Fedora 7 Released!

FedoraProject.org has now released an update to the Fedora family. The previous version, Fedora Core 6, has been much improved upon..evolving it into what is now just ‘Fedora 7‘. They seem to have grown tired of ‘Core’..or preferred a shorter name. With each new version comes a new theme. Fedora 7 comes with the all new’Flying High’ theme installed by default.

fedora Boot up screen.
fedora Login screen.
fedora Default desktop.

Release highlights can be found here.

Opera 9.5: Kestrel is Coming!

From the Opera desktopteam:
The last couple of months we’ve been working hard on the upcoming Opera 9.5 release, codename Kestrel. Opera 9.5 will contain many cool new features, improvement of existing features, and we fixed a lot of bugs. Within a few weeks we will publish 9.5 weeklies on this blog so everyone can start playing with it.

What’s new!
After the release of Opera 9 last year, we continued the development of Opera’s rendering engine for inclusion in the 9.5 release. As a result, Opera 9.5 contains more than a year of improvements on the rendering engine. This includes improved CSS3 support (text-shadow anyone ), superior SVG support and a brand new javascript engine with support for ECMAScript 4 ‘getters’ and ‘setters’. Apart from being the best standard compliant browser, Opera 9.5 will also display even more webpages with bad coding.

User Interface
Earlier we asked our users for feedback by enabling the usage statistics. Thanks to all the feedback that we got, we now know more about which features are most popular and which ones are used less. In the Opera 9.5 user interface we made several usability improvements that make the popular features easier to access, and more consistent with other browsers.

Accessibility
Opera’s zoom function has always been a very popular accessibility feature. Opera 9.5 takes a big step forward in accessibility by introducing screen reader support , improved keyboard navigation and more consistent keyboard shortcuts.

Platform integration
To make sure that Opera remains the best choice on your platform, we spend a lot of time making Opera feel more integrated with your platform. Mac users can expect a nice new visual look and feel. Opera for Linux will add a QT4 build, so you can easily adjust the skin to match with desktop. There will also be 64-bit Linux/FreeBSD packages made available.

Performance
If you like speed, we’ve got good news for you! Opera 9.5 will be much faster, both in benchmarks (and we don’t have to cheat ) and most important: on real web pages. The user interface will also feel snappier and more responsive, for example switching tabs is now a lot faster on UNIX.

And there is so much more! While we’re preparing the first weekly build for you, we will introduce you to more new features and changes in 9.5. Keep yourself updated!

I don’t know about you, but I for one am very excited!

Userbars!

How many of you are regular forum visitors? You’ve probably seem many users who have small images in their signatures that make them a little unique.

You can get these signature images from Userbars.org!

userbars.org

They have thousands of contributed signature images! Just do a search for anything that defines you!

Here are a few of my favorites..
opera
vista
photoshop cs3
trillian astra
azureus
bmw

Mac OS X86 and Vista in perfect harmony

So I’ve been looking up some information trying to figure out how to install Mac OS X on my AMD machine which already has Vista Ultimate installed. I came across several helpful sites in my search and although I don’t have it setup successfully just yet..I thought I’d share the information that I found.

mac vista

First off, to install Mac OS X on a regular pc you have to get a *patched* version of the install disk. Please don’t ask me where you can get a hold of a copy of this. ;)

I used a prepatched version called “Mac OS X JaS 10.4.8 Intel/AMD Install DVD”. The steps are pretty easy.

  • Get a pre-patched install disk and burn it with your favorite program.
  • Create a partition on your hard drive at least 6GB..leave it unallocated.
  • Insert your install disk and restart.
  • Make sure that during installation you select all of the appropriate settings to install for your computer’s hardware.
  • After installation completes successfully you will need to restart your computer.

You can play around in OSX for a while if you wish, but you need to configure your boot loader to dual boot Vista and OSX. You can find a guide for this here. There are also plenty of other guides out there that you can use.

It would also be wise to take a look at a compatibility list to make sure that your hardware is supported. You can check that here.

Updates will come soon when I successfully get Mac OS X installed. I’ve heard that a version of 10.4.9 by uphuck is pretty reliable, so I’m in the process of installing it.

Hauppauge WinTV PVR USB2

When I upgraded my pc from Windows XP Pro 32-bit to Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit..I found some compatibility issues with my WinTV unit. However, I made some connections and quickly got my unit swapped out for free with another unit that was compatible with 64-bit windows. I actually got the same unit style of unit back, it’s just that the hardware inside had been upgraded.

wintv pvr usb2

Before I upgraded to Vista I was using BeyondTV which is very good, but lately I’ve been using Windows Media Center that comes installed in Vista by default. WMC can record shows for me just liek BeyondTV! So if any of you guys need help getting your WinTV unit to work with your Windows system just hollar at me and I’ll see if I can help out at all!

Opera Mini beta 4

Opera has released beta 4 of Opera Mini! Download Opera Mini now!

If you don’t have a mobile phone to test Opera Mini with, you can test it online with a demo here.


Opera also updated their home page to reflect Opera Mini:
opera

..but they also have another design on their home page. You get one or the other and they alternate each time you load the page..
opera

Back from vacation, Opera, Paris Hilton..

Vacation

So I went to Sunset Beach last week. It’s near the border of North Carolina and South Carolina. Very nice place! Only down side was that they had poor Internet access, hehe. The weather was great and I got a decent tan. I would suggest this beach to anyone traveling!

Opera..awaiting a new build

Anyone else still waiting for Opera Desktop Team to release a new build!? We’ve been waiting for several weeks now! Any who, the up coming builds should include parts of Kestrel code..which means that there will be major improvements to the rendering performance!

Paris Hilton..jail

In other news, I’m glad that Paris Hilton is going back to jail! I hope she serves all of the time that she deserves. I don’t necessarily believe she should be treated worse than you or me. However, she should serve just the same as you or me. (PERIOD) She may be a celebrity, but I think it’s more beneficial for everyone to watch her serve time so we all understand that the law is the law. It sets a better example by showing that celebrities also get in trouble for wrong doings.

Music Video..time to relax

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes

This song is an old favorite of mine and is most famous for its part in the movie ”Say Anything…” (1989) starring John Cusack. If you haven’t seen the movie you should really check it out!