Posted in December 2007

Two new LOTR movies – Yey!

I loved reading Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings and all other Middle Earth related books written during WW II season. And there’s no need to talk about LOTR movies done by Peter Jakson because they made a land mark in modern Hollywood movies, specially in Special Effects arena. Then LOTR games done by EA Sports also became one of my favourites. So all and all I’m a huge fan of Lord of The Rings in every aspect.

After the success of LOTR movies it was reported that there has been some issues between New Line Cinema and Peter Jakson. But it made my day hearing that Peter Jakson and Fran Walsh are going to build another two more movies based on “The Hobbit”, which is the preclude to Lord of The Rings trilogy.

PETER JACKSON AND NEW LINE CINEMA JOIN WITH MGM TO PRODUCE “THE HOBBIT” Movie

Hopefully we will be able to see another two great LOTR movies in another few years time.

Vista to Ubuntu (100%)

I had enough with eating crap with Vista. My last line of patience warned off when I happened to wait about 5 seconds when changing from one MS Doc file to another and also happened that I was running with time to finish a project report. No, I’m not running on 256 ram, it’s 1 GB and this kind of a time wastage is totally unacceptable. You may ask why I put up with Vista in the first place. That’s thanks to HP’s decision to embrace Vista so my laptop was pre-built with Vista and no chance to downgrade because there are no drivers. So where to go now ? Easy….Gutsy.

So I’m now another guy who left windows permanently because of their own defects. I was playing dumb with Vista for this long had nothing to do with Vista being better, it’s because of substitutions not being available for some applications that I was used to in Windows environment – mainly Macromedia(now Adobe) Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Now before biting my head off, yes – there are good web developer editors in Linux such as NVu or KompoZer but they will need another few developing years to get into the same line as Dreamweaver (which had a long time to develop into the state now in) and I have to have some thing until then.

But my worries were groundless as Wine now supports Macromedia 8 series like a babe. Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash all works perfectly with Wine – installation to Execution. Another great thing with Gutsy is that my Broadcom network card support is inbuilt and with some additional applications I can search networks and connect to them like a charm. Also I’m using AWN manager to manage desktop (here is a great article on desktop styling – thanks to Lakshan) and now it looks like a hybrid between Leopard and Vista. So what else I can ask for ?

Here is my application list in Ubuntu.

Web developments = Wine + DreamWeaver 8

Web images = Wine + Fireworks 8

Photo Editing = Gimp

Java editor = NetBeans for Linux

Python = Eclipse with PyDev plugin

IM client = Pidgin

Wifi manager = gtkwifi and wifi radar

Skype = Skype for Linux

Btw, My machine is AMD 64 X2, therefore had some issues and had to do some tweaks when installing some applications but nothing I can’t handle with some effort. The catch is that I can work with all comforts like in Windows with half the memory usage as in Windows.

Vista-Leopard Look

DreamWeaver in Ubuntu

GTKwifi

Favour returned to Drupal

As I mentioned in an earlier post we, people at Vesess now use Drupal heavily for our developments. We built our new job protal Plex using Drupal as the base and through heavy use of modules provided by Drupal community. Therefore we felt we need to make a return contribution to the Drupal community.

While we were building the Plex site we had to make considerable amount of module customizations and also created some new modules. The best way to pay back the favour was contributing our home made modules to Drupal community. So here is my first Drupal module release ( and hope it will be only one in many to come).

Name : RequestInvitation

Dependencies : Invite

Licence : GPL

Backend and front of requestinvitation module

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