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View tweets via twitterfall

Twitterfall is a way of viewing the latest ‘tweets’ of upcoming trends and custom searches on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Updates fall from the top of the page in near-realtime.

For popular trends, Twitter is queried from the Twitterfall server, and results are pushed to your browser, rather than your browser doing the queries, or your computer polling our server repeatedly. This means using Twitterfall for popular trends is nicer on Twitter than other services.

You can toggle trends on the left, selecting or deselecting as many as you like by simply clicking on them. The list of trends are updated every few minutes right in the page (if you are looking at a trend that is no longer popular, you will receive a message in the stream).

You can also type in custom search queries yourself, and select or deselect these as much as you like by clicking on them. These custom search queries can also be refined by location by using the Geolocation panel (in beta).

You can also view your timeline, as you would normally see it in Twitter. This allows you to follow all of your friends while still using our service. This can be done by logging in on the left and then selecting “Show my Timeline”.

Twitterfall is powered by Erlang, JQuery, Comet Push Technology and Twitter.


30 reasons why Ubuntu is here to stay

1 – Free (and pretty good)

Ubuntu website homepage

2 – It’s HUGE

Google trends comparing Ubuntu with other linux distros

Its clearly the most used linux distro. According to Wikipedia, Ubuntu passed 100 million users in April 2009 and many vendors started selling computers with Ubuntu pre-installed:

A number of vendors offer computers with Ubuntu pre-installed, including Dell, Tesco, OP3, Gliese IT, System76, and the South African company Bravium Computers.

– Wikipedia

3 – Many resources

It is very easy to find help for Ubuntu. A quick search in Amazon listed 800+ books about Ubuntu. There’s an official wiki with loads of FAQs, guides and manuals all organized in a practical and reachable way. If that still haven’t solved your issues there is the “unofficial” forum with over 7.5 million posts.

4 – Stable

Windows blue screen of death!

Blue screen of death? Memory dump ? Frozen screen? Unacceptable memory leaks? Need to reboot it once in a while? Ubuntu has nothing to do with that son. I’ve seen reports of up-times as far as 2 years and the system kept smooth.

5 – Secure

Secure Lap

Open source is more secure than closed source applications for many reasons. More people can detect and fix bugs on open-source software than in closed-source. Even the Whitehouse and the US Departament of Defense have realized that. Also Linux protects system critical resources without annoying the user.

6 – Commercial support

Ubuntu was born with enterprise mentality and thus is has very good commercial support around the world. Be it for desktop or servers, you can get it at Caonical’s paid support and from its partners.

7 – Faster

Doesn’t need to be reinstalled every now and then to keep running smooth since there is no registry. There’s no DLL hell and no viruses. It also uses less hardware resources.

Ironically like I said bellow on the Wine topic, some Windows games ran faster on Ubuntu for me. You can see a very good benchmark between Ubuntu and Windows on’s article.

8 – Disk space

Ubuntu vs Windows comparing disk space usage. Note that altough Ubuntu uses way less disk space, it has more hardware support and comes with Office installed.

Ubuntu vs Windows comparing disk space usage. Altough Ubuntu uses way less disk space, it has more hardware support and comes with Office installed. Image source:

9 – No registry

Windows Registry (taken from Coding Horror archive)

With Ubuntu you don’t get that geek registry which is a big exposure of the system, a mess of system and user software configurations mixed forming a SPOF.

10 – Office for $679.95 Free!

Open Office 3.1 on Ubuntu 9.10

It comes with the free OpenOffice suite which can also open and save in Microsoft Office format.

Edit: As noted by Shady, OpenOffice is not yet a full alternative to Microsoft Office. Although OpenOffice has 80% of the most important functionalities that any office suite, it can be very frustrating if you need anything from those 20% of advanced functionalities. I hope it catches up with but only time will tell.

11 – Battery efficient

Ubuntu power consumption

Ubuntu can be very energy efficient if properly configured.

12 – Philosophy

Ubuntu makers follow a very humanistic philosophy which serves as a guideline for them to don’t be evil:

1. Every computer user should have the freedom to download, run, copy, distribute, study, share, change and improve their software for any purpose, without paying licensing fees.

2. Every computer user should be able to use their software in the language of their choice.

3. Every computer user should be given every opportunity to use software, even if they work under a disability.

13 – Great repository

Ubuntu Synaptic: GUI for installing software

As a child of Debian, Ubuntu inherited a very special power: it’s package system. APT works seamlessly with the whole system to keep it updated and offer a vast list of software to be installed.

With the addition of Synaptic things got even easier. And now the final blow: Ubuntu app store which is a hub for commercial and free software on Ubuntu. Enabling users to install apps with the click of a mouse, be it paid or free.

Ubuntu App Store

14 – Just works

Ubuntu 9.10 CD

Ubuntu offer better hardware support than Windows and MacOS and uses less resources to run. Add the fact that it can boot without installing and comes with a free Office suite and you’ll see that in most of the cases it Just Works.

15 – Easy and fast installation

Ubuntu vs Windows setup

Ubuntu installs faster with less clicks. It recognizes and respects other operating systems and try to keep them working side by side. Ubuntu 9.10 even prompts users to import user data and settings from other operating systems that where detected during install.

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Shuttleworth steps down as Ubuntu CEO

In a morning press call on Dec. 17, 2009, Mark Shuttleworth announced that he was stepping down as head of Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. In his place, Jane Silber, the current Chief Operating Officer who has been with Canonical since 2004, will take over as CEO.

Shuttleworth added that he will not in any way, shape, or form be leaving Ubuntu. In an interview, Shuttleworth said that he’s will stay head of the Ubuntu Community Council and the Ubuntu Technical Board. Instead of managing the business, he will be “working closely on product design and our enterprise customers. I will also be working more closely with partners, especially in Asia. I will also work more closely with larger enterprise customers in our new cloud offerings. I will be spending more time on the areas that interest me the most and where I feel I can do the most good.”

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Ubuntu 10.04 will bring panel overhaul, social network menu

Canonical has revealed plans to bring social networking integration and GNOME panel improvements in the next major version of Ubuntu. Notification area icons will be replaced by a new application indicator system. The panel will also feature a new Me Menu for setting messaging status.

Canonical has lifted the curtains on some ambitious plans to reinvent the GNOME panel. The changes, which could potentially debut in the next major version of Ubuntu, will help simplify the desktop user experience and clean up superfluous panel clutter. Although the proposed changes look very promising, getting third-party application developers to integrate with the new panel functionality could prove challenging.

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Make your story using flicker pictures

FlickrPoet is part of Stories In Flight, an ongoing exploration of storytelling in the age of the Internet.

Just enter a paragraph of text, a poem, some lyrics or even just a few random words and FlickrPoet will find matching photos on Flickr based on a search of tags, titles and descriptions of the photos.

– You can re-run the search with other images by clicking “Show Story” again.
– Poems and lyrics seem to work best, hence the title, but feel free to experiment.

so friends use it.Its very interesting.

What is love??

If you love some one because you think that he or she is really gorgeous …
then it’s not love..
it’s – Infatuation . . .

If you love some one because you think that you shouldn’t leave him because
others think that you shouldn’t … then it’s not love..
it’s – compromise . . .

If you love some one because you think that you cannot live with out his touch ….
then it’s not love ..
it’s – lust . . .

If you love some one because you have been kissed by him …
then it’s not love..
it’s – inferiority complex . . .

If you love some one because you cannot leave him thinking that it would hurt his feelings ..
then it’s not love ..
it’s – charity . . .

If you love some one because you share every thing with him …
then it’s not love..
it’s – friendship . . .

but if you feel the pain of the other person more than him even when he is stable
and you cry for him ..
that’s – LOVE

Unique identification number from Feb 2011: Nilekani

India will become the first country in the world to issue a unique identity number for each of its residents from February 2011 which will allow an on-line verification, a top official said on Wednesday.

“We will start issuing the unique number by February 2011,” Nandan Nilekani, chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said in New Delhi at a talk organised in the Parliament House Library.

He said that giving a unique number to each Indian was a big challenge as UIDAI will make sure that there is no duplication. The project estimated to cost around Rs 30,000 crore will cover the entire population of the country.

Nilekani said that biometrics will be used to prevent duplication and the authority will keep the same kind of information as is mentioned on voter I-card. “We want to keep minimal information,” he said, adding that there will be no invasion of privacy.

He said the unique number will enable the UIDAI to verify identity of a citizen online and India will become the first country in the world to have such a system. “No other country has done it. It will be gateway to open up public services to the people.”