Web addresses to include non-latin characters

ICANN finally approved the long anticipated support for non-latin languages as web addresses. Read more here.

How to install support for Flash and other multimedia on Ubuntu

This guy has a neat tutorial for installing support for Flash and other multimedia on Ubuntu. Give it a try.

Just released: Firefox 3.6 Beta 1

The latest beta version of Firefox is now available as a preview release. Take it for a test drive and let us know what you think!

Resources for Java programming

In this post, I want to introduce some of the best IDEs, resources, tutorials, and code examples that I have found on the internet for Java. Java tutorials can be found in many websites, but many of them are outdated and some of them are just not good enough. Not that all the resources I mention are great, but I have tried to be selective. I may update the post as I find new materials on the web. The material also covers Java IDEs and toolkits particularly the ones that are meant for web development and programming (even Ajax is included). Suggestions for improvement and better coverage are welcome.

1. Free Java programming textbook from David J. Eck (Hobart and William Smith Colleges )
Introduction to Programming Using Java, Fifth Edition.

2. The Java tutorials by Sun Microsystems

3. The documentation of the Eclipse IDE

4. NetBeans IDE and its documentation

5. JBuilder and its documentation

6. Google web toolkit is a Java to Javascript compiler that can make your Ajax development a lot easier.

7. Ajax for Java developers: Build dynamic Java applications. parts: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

8. Asynchronous JavaScript Technology and XML (Ajax) With the Java Platform.

9. AJAX Tutorial for Java Programmers

10. The Source for Java Developers

11. A list of resources for Java programming

ASUS introduces first USB 3.0 supportinng motherboard

ASUS unveils first motherboards to feature true USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s performance. The data trasnfer speed offered by this USB 3.0 motherboard is 10 times more than the predecessor USB 2.0 mode. Read more here.

Just released: Ubuntu 9.10

Ubuntu 9.10 was just oficially released. You can download it here.

Google music search officially launched

It is official. Official Google weblog puts it this way:

“Today, we’re rolling out a search feature that does just that by enabling you to search and more easily discover millions of songs, all via a simple Google web search.”

Here is a movie

Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”

Only 1 day is left until the release of the new version of Ubuntu, Karmic Koala. Wanna know how to upgrade to Koala? Give this link or this link a shot.

Yet another free service from Google, this time GPS navigation

NY Times reports that Google has announced the release of a “free navigation system for mobile phones that offers turn-by-turn directions”.

Why Nokia 3G netbook is cool

Nokia recently announced the release of a premium netbook which costs a lot more than the ordinary ones. It is supposed to hit the shleves this week at least in Europe. The main question is: does the premium features of the laptop justify its high price tag? If you want my short answer, I must say YES, it indeed does. Wanna know why? let’s have a look. Here is a list of the features of the Nokia laptop:


  • Aircraft-grade aluminum slim body with super chassis construction
  • Dimensions: 264 x 185 (with hinge) x 19.9 mm
  • Weight: 1250 g

Memory and hard drive

  • RAM: 1 GB DDR2
  • Hard drive: 120 GB


  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Built-in 3G modem (data calls only): WCDMA 900/2100 or 800-850/900/2100

Audio and video

  • 1.3 megapixel FF camera
  • HDMI port for HD video out
  • Built-in stereo speakers, and microphone
  • Analog audio output / headphone out (with OMTP headsets also functions as audio-in)

CPU and chipset

  • Intel® Atom™ Z530, 1.6 GHz
  • Intel® Poulsbo US15W

Display and keyboard

  • 10.1″, 1280 x 720 pixel display
  • Glass window
  • Frame keyboard


  • 56.8 Wh (claimed to last 12 hours)

I/O ports and slots

  • HDMI 1.2 out for HD video
  • 3 x USB 2.0
  • 3.5 mm headphone out (OMTP: with OMTP headsets also functions as audio in)
  • DC-in
  • SD card reader
  • SIM / USIM slot


  • Integrated GPS and A-GPS
  • Ovi Maps application


  • Accelerometer (motion sensor)

Here are two relevant videos that can give some idea of how it look like:

So what is so special about this little guy which makes it worth several hundred bucks more than the normal ones. In the above feature list, I have made those little differences bold. First of all and most importantly, Nokia 3G laptop comes with a 3G modem. To me, that not only means much better access to internet but also a lot cheaper access. In Holland, you should be able to get an unlimited 3G access to the internet for 10€/month and that is a lot cheaper (but of course slower) than access to Wifi networks. It just sounds more practical to me to buy a 3G internet plan and be always online.

Next to the 3G modem, you will get a really really slim and well designed aluminum body which is only comparable to Apple Macbooks, if you ask me. That makes the device even more mobile, easier to use, and eye candy. And let’s not forget about the much better quality you get from the higher resolution screen. The screen resolution is the best that I have seen in the netbook category so far.

It is not yet over. For your bucks, you also get an impressive mind blowing 12 hours (claimed) battery life, which makes the gadget even better and more practical to carry around. You can practically deduct the weight of the charger from the total weight that you will be carrying around, and believe me that makes a big difference. So, the weight of the Nokia 3G netbook must be considered at least half a pound less than the normal package of netbook plus charger. That is one more big plus.

Not yet satisfied? How about GPS, accelerometer, and Bluetooth? Come on guy! that is gotta convince you that this gadget is really worth the price. OK! you may not like Windows 7, but I guess you can always replace it with a Linux distro.

I think Nokia 3G may actually sell really really well.   Are you going to get yours? let me know what you think about Nokia 3G.


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