Firefox Flawed???

Written on Wednesday, November 29, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

hmm..many of u know that Firefox is my favorite web browser..
unfortunately been having some probs with Firefox 2.0..i know that i was talking a lots of good things abt Fx2.0 in some previous posts, still am a great fan of Firefox..
hmm actually there are two major observations I've made..whether they are related?? that i dnt really know..

I usually download lots of things, and very often use the Auto-Shutdown feature of flashget when my downloads are completed. Bt the prob is that i was getting some error message at shutdown, where there was some process XPCOM:EventViewer could not b terminated..tht sux..since the whole shutdown process blocks waiting for some1 to click on the End Now button..and comme par hasard...there is no one around..one day my pc stayed on that blocked state a whole day..i had put Autoshutdown on to download smtg that would take some 15 minutes while leaving home in the morning..when i got back home at around 10 pm or so..i was shocked to c it stuck on that error message..pffftttt..

Next i wonder if some of u have noticed that although u have closed firefox, it is still resident in memory and consumes abt 22,000K of memory..note that for a process that has basically been terminated 22,000K is a lot..bt that is not the only problem..i initially thought that this was done on purpose so that the next time the use launches Firefox, it will load faster, since it is already in memory..bt, unfortunately i noticed that on launching Firefox again..another firefox.exe process is process is created..and this goes on and on..

i usually launch Firefox many times a day..imagine my surprise at the end of the day to notice that there was as many Firefox instance running while i had closed all instances..and that consumed much memory..

On doing some research i found out even the Firefox guys were unsure of the source of that XPCOM prob..initally i thought it was due to the multiple instances of Firefox remaining in memory..since manually killing all the processes "solved" the prob..bt in many cases, disabling the TalkBack plugin or some other plugin solved the prob..which i tried..and since..no sign of the XPCOM error message..i hope it last..however..i still have no clue for the multiple instances of Firefox..on taking a look at the firefox forums..i found out i was not the only one..and there was no answer from mozilla developers yet..

NOTE: this problem is inexistent in Linux..

Carbon?

Written on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

i've finished it in less that 24hrs (abt 17hrs plus precisement..)(not continuous..). Need for Speed Carbon is too easy :s..
The only interesting..less easy part of the games were the canyon drifts and sprints..else the games was rather short..there was no spectacular pursuits as in Most Wanted..since i didnt get busted at all (Akshay got me busted while he was playing on my profile..bt that doesnt count..)
Although i was much addicted to the game..mostly because i wanted to know wht will come ahead..i need to say i finished the career mode..there are still many things left..now i'll b doing the challenges..and unlock all the reward cards..i've already started another career with Muscle cars..the first one was in Tuner mode..Tuner cars are much more manageable..if u are used to them..i will try the Muscle cars since i heard they were the hardest to manage..

In general, i would say the game didnt impress me much..the career mode was way too easy..bt ya with the canyon races..those saved the game from being a flop..anyways..if u havent played it..go get it..ah..i would forget..the drifts are just fantastic..u might initially find some difficulty since they are not always like in the previous NFS..bt once u master it..u will b sliding all over the track..i have an account on needforspeed.com and uploaded some pics of my cars in-game..bt i havent yet been able to access it..

Infotech

Written on Monday, November 20, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

Well..
been working for DCL on its stand at Infotech..
hmm
was pretty tiring..
bt was a good experience..
the DCL stand was in a very strategic position
just in front of us was the HM Rawat stand..with its loads of pretty gurls and a sexy BMW Z4..and just behind them was the Emtel stand with their Cowgurls..iiiiiihaaaaaaaaa...the 4 days went on very smoothly had a quite pretty neighbourhood u c..
oh and i also got to meet many ppl..and had the opportunity to use a Dell Inspiron..with Intel Core Duo 2.16Ghz, 100GB hard disk, 256MB GeForce FX7800GT, 1GB RAM, 17" Wide screen, and Dual Layer DVD RW..its price was only Rs. 85,990 +vat..
I didnt have much time to go visit all the stands..bt infotech this year didnt seem that impressive to me..Nokia phones didnt impress me..the only thing that attracted ppl to that stand was the Z4 and for guys like me the chicks..same for the Emtel stand..i even managed to befriend one of the Cowgurls..and that was coz i needed a battery charger for my mob..not only coz she was pretty sexy and hot :p
the UoM stand wasnt that interesting..neither were the other stands..i spend most of my time on the DCL stand explaining ppl the difference between intel pentium family, dual core, celeron and amd family processors..and also y they should use or atleast try linux..or i was giving a demonstration of Need for Speed Carbon on the Game Stations or i was taking a round distributing flyers..bt that was mostly wen i spotted a cute gurl :p or was simply on a friend's stand trying Need For Speed Underground 2 with a steering wheel and pedals..
anyways..
that was a good experience..very tiring..bt still was interesting to meet so many ppl..i dunno if i will work for another Infotech..bt if i have the opportunity i wnt refuse

Futile Attempts At Having A Normal Life

Written on Monday, November 13, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

i just came across this




and i wonder y it reminded me of my own uni life..

I have a need for speed..

Written on Monday, November 06, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

although i hate IE, blogger seems to b opening on it..



It is out since 1st Nov 2006, and i have been impatiently waiting for it, its finally on the roads..Need For Speed : Carbon. Well, for those of you who don't know, i am a massive fan of need for speed. I played all need for speed, actually need for speed was the first car game i ever played on my old Pentium I. One thing which was always nice with Need for speed, is the soundtrack of the game. They always kinda match with the game. My all time favourite Need for Speed are Need For Speed : Underground 1 (i would've loved 2 as well if the cars didnt look more like cartoons to me..i didnt like the storyline with the sort of cartoon style story..) and Need For Speed : Most Wanted. Well actually i think Most Wanted was the best ever Need for speed, well i have not tried Carbon yet. The only thing that was lacking was the Drifts. Else i found the game perfect.

From wht i heard, Carbon should be as good, or even better than Most Wanted..i need to say i really enjoyed Most Wanted, and finished the game, by that i do not mean not only beating Razor and escaping Cross. But also reaching a 100% career completion, number one on all the rapsheets, and also completing..or atleast unlocking all the Challenge(coz i dnt like the tollbox..bt i did all the compulsory tollboxes..). Next step is getiing Carbon, initially i thought of buying the original game, bt since it's very expensive and not yet available in mauritius..i got some1 download its torrent and will soon b getting it..if u want a copy, let me know..

From wht i could gather, the game was very much inspired from real street racing clubs, and for the first time in NFS, u will b able to recruit teammates..interesting. The is also the much talked abt AutoScuplt feature which allows u to customise everything..absolutely everything on u ride, i heard u could even design ur own patter for ur rims. Also this game include Drifts and Canyon Racing, to be noted that Carbon was much inspired from The Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift movie. Note that Cross, the cop from Most Wanted also appears here, he has lost his job and he thinks it because of u..so beware, he will b hunting u down.

i managed to get a spoiler

In the game, the player starts out driving down Carbon Canyon. It then shows a
recap of his last race with Kenji, Angie, and Wolf. As the race comes to an end, police use lasers to disable all the racers' cars except for the player's. Nikki comes to drop off a bag inside the player's car, and the player is able to escape, while the other racers are arrested. The recap ends, and a Corvette begins to chase the player down the canyon. The player reaches a dead end, where he is cornered by Cross and meets Darius and Nikki. There, he is recapped on the night of the incident, where the cops ambushed a race and the player escapes with the help of an officer. Darius offers the player a choice between an exotic, muscle, or tuner car as a starter to help him fix his reputation. As the player wins races, he will gain new territory and eventually challenge the bosses in a street and canyon race to win complete control over their territory. As the story progresses, the player learns that Nikki left a bag of money in the player's car before he escapes and that Darius had switched Nikki's bag prior to the escape. As a result, the player enters a new city where he meets the bosses of the conquered territory in their new rides. The player challenges all three bosses in a canyon and street race. Once the player defeats the three bosses, Darius hallenges the player to a street race, then a canyon race. After losing both, Darius hands over the car keys to the player and leaves the city.

If u wanna know more.. go get it..else, i will b back after playing it..Get..Set..Gooooooo

Written on Monday, November 06, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

Problems with blogger

am currently having big problems to log onto my blogger account..specially the edit/compose post page :s wonder wht is wrong..i am currently posting this from an open source Blog Entry Poster on linux..is any one else having this kinda prob???

FireFox 2.0

Written on Friday, November 03, 2006 by Sundeep Rambhojun

so,
its been a while since i last came here..and so much happened since..
well let's start with Firefox 2.0..

Firefox 2.0 is awesome..been using it since Saturday, and till now not problem..
let's take wht's new in Firefox 2.0

Visual Refresh: Firefox 2's theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience.


Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the Phishing Protection feature is enabled.


Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or Answers.com search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user may wish to install.


Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.

Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to resume their previous session after a system crash.


Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!, Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.


Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms without having to use a separate application.


Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a "Live Title". Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.


Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a single tool.


JavaScript 1.7: JavaScript 1.7 is a language update introducing several new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let expressions, and destructuring assignments. It also includes all the features of JavaScript 1.6.


Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.


Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.


Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.


SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to follow a curve or shape.


New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.

What are you waiting for???
go get it!!!

Firefox 2