New Kid on FOSS – OX Documents

There’s been much ado about office suites over the past year or so, thanks in large part to the anticipation and then arrival of Microsoft’s baffling Office 2013. We’ve seen the ascendance of LibreOffice, we’ve seen Redmond’s wacky pricing plan, and we’ve even heard rumors — as yet unsubstantiated — of a launch that would blow more than a few minds.

None of that could have prepared us, however, for what came to light last week. Was it Office for Linux? Hah. No. But it was something much better: a new open source productivity suite.

Say hello to OX Documents and then join one of the blogosphere’s many excited conversations.

Drive for Linux, Part Deux

Linux Girl was down at the blogosphere’s Broken Windows Lounge when the news hit, listening to several barmates lamenting the end of Google Reader.

When Open-Xchange’s announcement arrived, however, Linux Girl practically fell off her chair. This was one she hadn’t seen coming, so she had to leap into action when the conversation exploded.

‘This Looks Good’

“I think this is an exciting development and very timely,” offered Google+ blogger Kevin O’Brien, for example.

“I had been using Google Docs, but now I am re-evaluating my use of Google products and looking to diversify in the wake of closing Reader,” O’Brien explained.

“Having a safe, cloud-based, open source alternative is great,” he opined. “I will still use LibreOffice on my desktop for any serious work, but this looks like a good tool to have. I will be looking to sign up and try it out.”

‘We Need More Choices’

Indeed, “there is definitely a place for OX Documents — if anything, we need more choices, more options, more projects driving fresh design in UI and workflow, as this will ultimately drive other projects such as LibreOffice or Calligra Suite to innovate and refine,” Google+ blogger Brett Legree told Linux Girl.

Legree uses Microsoft Office 2003 extensively at work, but for his engineering consulting business and personal work, he uses a mixture of Google Docs, Office 2011 and 2013, and a “huge variety” of text editors on all platforms,” he explained.

He actually tested OX Text on a Nexus 7 tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard, on an old and slow HP 2133 netbook via openSUSE 12.3, and on his office workstation during a coffee break, via Internet Explorer 8 and Windows XP.

‘It Was Quite Responsive’

“First impressions: The user interface is very clean and easy to understand, which I discovered when accessing the application via my tablet — OX Text decided that I am French!” Legree recounted. “Luckily, I can read French, so I quickly changed the language to English.

“For a preview, it was quite responsive on the Nexus 7 and the netbook, and I would say in some ways more so than Google Docs, which I have found can become very unresponsive with long documents, especially with the netbook,” he explained.

“Sadly, I could not evaluate OX Text on my office workstation, since the settings on Internet Explorer 8 (controlled by our IT group) would not allow it to load,” he added.

“Would I use OX Documents? Yes, I would,” Legree concluded. “I like the design and overall user experience, and since it can be used with a wide range of file formats, as well as with local files via what they call ’round-trip editing,’ I could use it everywhere.”

‘There’s Always Room’

Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza had a similar view.

“One of the real strengths of the Web development model is that there’s always room for a new competitor,” Espinoza told Linux Girl.

Espinoza’s experience with the preview was less encouraging, however.

“At first stab, the interface was immediately flaky, with drags becoming clicks and the like,” he said. “It’s probably wisest to hold off on that preview until the software works properly.”

‘A Message to LibreOffice’

Google+ blogger Gonzalo Velasco C. also liked the look of the new project.

“Not altering the original seems the best feature of this OX initiative,” he told Linux Girl.

“Cloud based? Thanks, but no thanks for me,” he added. “As a major document writer (university job), the desktop applications are more suitable for me.”

Nevertheless, “here’s a message to the LibreOffice guys: Correctly opening some other (m$) office documents needs improvements,” Gonzalo Velasco C. concluded. “Google Docs and perhaps this OX Text can do it better!”

‘You’re Gonna See Problems’

Slashdot blogger hairyfeet wasn’t so sure.

“Sigh…everybody seems to miss the problems with these things, which is it really needs to be in a format that everybody can use,” hairyfeet asserted. “This is why MS Office is pretty much a ‘must have’ in business, because it’s the one format you can be sure will be able to be opened by pretty much any business.”

Regarding OX Documents, however, “I’ll say about this the same thing I say about LibreOffice: If the ONLY work you are gonna be doing is strictly internal? Then it’s perfectly fine. But when you start dealing with other companies, I bet you’re gonna see problems.”

‘It May Be Quite Competitive’

Last but not least, “a new FLOSS cloud/web-application for office productivity is welcome, especially when it manages to follow the law and not use a generic term for itself, unlike M$’s stuff,” offered blogger Robert Pogson.

One of Richard Stallman’s objections to software in the cloud is that “FLOSS can be exploited and modified without sharing the code, since it is the service and not the software that is distributed,” Pogson pointed out.

OX, however, “may deal with that issue,” he added. “If it catches on, it may be quite competitive with other technologies, but it will be an uphill battle. There isn’t much new under the sun in regards to office suites, so users may find the UI no problem at all.”

Uptake may, in fact, depend more on performance, he suggested.

‘There Won’t Be a Huge Monopoly’

Meanwhile, LibreOffice is also working on a Web application, Pogson pointed out, but “more important than office suites in the air is that the emergence of LibreOffice and OX will free up some portion of business from the desktop monopoly in operating systems,” he said. “That will inevitably permit other Free Software to grow in the business space.”

All in all, “the only thing I am sure about in this space is that there won’t be a huge monopoly, just a big pie sliced unequally,” he predicted. “At first the pie will have two slices — M$ and Google — but eventually there will be five or six slices, probably approaching 20 percent each.

“The guys with the lowest unit costs will be the most profitable, and that will likely be GNU/Linux on ARM for simple editing and perhaps GNU/Linux on x86-amd64 for the collaborative editions,” he added. “It all comes down to how much work a CPU can do with whatever operating system for a given cost, and GNU/Linux beats everything because that’s its only design goal: to run well.”

Reference :http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/77616.html

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Mozilla Popcorn

Popcorn is a Mozilla project to make video work more “like the web.” It aims to transform video on the internet.

Popcorn is HTML5 media framework written in javascript for film makers, web developers, and anyone who wants to create time-based interactive media on the web

Popcorn allows users to combine video with content pulled live straight from the web. Popcorn videos behave in a way the web does; charismatic, effective, full of useful links and absolutely changeable. So in all popcorn makes your video viewing experience much more reciprocal.

With popcorn you can attach live feeds from a Twitter, Facebook or even Flickr page using tags. and have them come up live in your video showing the viewer the latest images or statuses from that tag.

uTorrent 3.3 its features and the android version of it

The free version of uTorrent just came out with a new stable release that adds a media player and support for external devices such as smart phones and game consoles. uTorrent Plus gives users extra features such as file-conversion and a built-in virus scanner.

In recent years uTorrent has transformed from a relatively ‘geeky’ and minimal application into a BitTorrent client that should appeal to a mainstream audience.
Another step in this direction has just been taken with the newly released stable build of uTorrent 3.3, now with a built-in media player. This player allows users to watch videos or listen to downloaded music without having to leave uTorrent.

Another new feature, one that was already present in early beta releases, is integration with external devices including the iPhone, iPad, PS3, Xbox 360 and Android hardware. This allows users to quickly sync downloaded content to these devices.

To Disable Ads:

Options > Preferences > Advanced will see the following entry:

sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled.

When this value is set to false the yellow advertisement bar will disappear the next time uTorrent is started.

Native Android Client:

BitTorrent Inc. released a native uTorrent client for Android smartphones and tablet computers today. This is the first official BitTorrent client released by the uTorrent team that works on mobile devices, a relatively underserved market of BitTorrent users. The new release allows users to search for torrents online, download files directly to any Android device, and supports RSS feeds.

But despite its unrivaled popularity uTorrent didn’t have a mobile client.Until now uTorrent users could only use their Android devices to remotely control their uTorrent desktop client. For the past few months our engineers have been hard at workdeveloping a mobile BitTorrent app that is worthy of the name uTorrent. Finally, the utorrent for the mobile ,arsenal has arrived.

Aside from Android, the uTorrent developers are also working on a native Linux client.

Configuring Firefox at Your Own Risk

browser.cache.disk.capacity
When a page is loaded, it is cached so it doesn’t need to be downloaded to be redisplayed. For e-mail and news, messages and attachments are cached as well. This preference controls the maximum amount of hard drive space to use
for caching purposes.

pdfjs.disabled
To disable the new js pdf viewer.

browser.download.dir
To set the downloads folder

browser.newtab.url
Url for which the new tab will be opened

browser.startup.homepage
To set the homepage

devtools.webconsole – options
For Developers to customize the webconsole like font size,enable or disable the filters etc…

extensions.update – options
To set the update options like url,interval etc

Font – options
To set the default font and its size for each language that firefox supports

Plugin – options
To set the url for plugin update checker , manage the versions etc

Privacy – options
To set the values for password, pop up blockers,cookies,offline data etc…

Get Started with Office 365

Office 365 Home Premium, the 2013 Windows 8 version of Microsoft’s latest version of its Office product, amusingly remains a suite of applications that run under the Windows desktop — as in earlier, non-tiled versions of Windows.

Although Office installs quick launch tiles, each core element, like Word or Excel, is an application, not a ballyhooed app.

Major differences from earlier Office versions include heavy SkyDrive cloud integration and Skype Voice over IP telephony. Cloud functionality allows full-featured Office applications to be streamed to any Internet-connected PC. With its personalization features, your settings are remembered wherever and whenever you sign in.

For the first time, there is no software-loaded CD for purchase — you can only get Office 365 Home Premium online. Any store-bought product ultimately pulls the software from the Internet. Online-only ostensibly allows for continual version upgrades — and presumably reduces the manufacturing costs.

Office 365 Home Premium is the first version to be launched in this rentable format. Other versions, including office Home & Student and the products geared for business, can be purchased outright only.

You can try Office 365 Home Premium for a month for free; you can buy it for US$99.99 per year or $9.99 a month. The one-subscription license is for five PCs or Macs and multiple Windows 7.5 and higher phones and tablets. PCs can be running Windows 7 and higher; Macs can be operating Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

The license includes version upgrades.

Office applications within this version will install depending on device; they include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access. Access previously was bundled only with pricey business versions.

Step 1: Getting Started

Browse to the Microsoft Office website. Then click on the “Try It” button adjacent to the “One Month Free” label.

Click on the “Start your Free Month” button on the resulting page and then enter your ID and password for your Microsoft account (formerly Microsoft Live).

Step 2: Payments

Enter a payment method. The first month is free, and you can cancel anytime within the period. Bank cards and PayPal can be used. Follow the prompts to complete the transaction, and then check your email for confirmation.

Tip: Keep the email, because it has links for canceling the subscription if you decide you don’t want to keep it.

Step 3: Installation

Press the Install button for the first of five available installs on the final account page that will display after you’ve followed the billing prompts. Then follow the prompts to download the software, and run the executable file that will pop up in a dialog box.

Office will download. Allow the download to take place, and then follow the steps to configure Office. The resulting dialogs will prompt you to choose a look.

Click on the “Take a Look” button to get an introduction to new features. You can do this while the install completes.

Tip: Stay online while Office installs.

Step 4: Launch

Close the Web browser and desktop. Then scroll to the right of the Start page to see the Microsoft Office tiles, which include Excel 2013, Access 2013, Word 2013 and so on.

Choose an application by clicking on it, and the application will launch within the desktop.

Step 5: Open a File

Browse for a file by clicking on “Open other Files” within the application. Choose file locations, like the Computer’s My Documents, and the file will open.

Tip: Cancel the subscription within the first month if you don’t want to continue. Browse to the Web page noted in the email you saved earlier.

Scroll to the Renewal Information page and select Cancel Subscription.

Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File in Windows


You can use a HOSTS file to block ads, banners, 3rd party Cookies, 3rd party page counters, web bugs, and even most hijackers. This is accomplished by blocking the connection(s) that supplies these little gems. The Hosts file is loaded into memory (cache) at startup, so there is no need to turn on, adjust or change any settings with the exception of the DNS Client service . Windows automatically looks for the existence of a HOSTS file and if found, checks the HOSTS file first for entries to the web page you just requested. The 127.0.0.1 is considered the location of your computer, so when an entry listed in the MVPS HOSTS file is requested on a page you are viewing, your computer thinks 127.0.0.1 is the location of the file. When this file is not located it skips onto the next file and thus the ad server is blocked from loading the banner, Cookie, or some unscrupulous ActiveX, or javascript file.

Example – the following entry 127.0.0.1 ad.doubleclick.net blocks all files supplied by that DoubleClick Server to the web page you are viewing. This also prevents the server from tracking your movements. Why? … because in certain cases “Ad Servers” like Doubleclick (and many others) will try silently to open a separate connection on the webpage you are viewing, record your movements then yes … follow you to additional sites you may visit.

Using a well designed HOSTS file can speed the loading of web pages by not having to wait for these ads, annoying banners, hit counters, etc. to load. This also helps to protect your Privacy and Security by blocking sites that may track your viewing habits, also known as  “click-thru tracking” or Data Miners. Simply using a HOSTS file is not a cure-all against all the dangers on the Internet, but it does provide another very effective “Layer of Protection”.

In case you’re wondering … this all happens in microseconds, which is much faster than trying to fetch a file from half way around the world. Another great feature of the HOSTS file is that it is a two-way file, meaning if some parasite does get into your system (usually bundled with other products) the culprit can not get out (call home) as long as the necessary entries exist. This is why it’s important to keep your HOSTS file up to Date.

Instructions :

Step 1: You can download the hosts file here.

Step 2: Extract the downloaded zip.

Step 3: right-click the installer “mvps.bat” and select: Run as Administrator. Ok the UAC prompt and the batch file will run … which will backup the existing HOSTS file (HOSTS.MVP) then copy the updated HOSTS file to the proper location. You should see a completed prompt (press any key).
Thats it … !!!