Google network’s performance on BSNL EVDO in Linux

has been annoyingly sluggish ever since. Pinging Google sites via command-line shows heavy packet losses. I use the same browsers in Linux (Chrome & Firefox), and the same browsers in Windows. Still, performance of all Google (and related) sites is very poor in Linux (but OK in case of Windows) due to an arcane reason that is still now clear to me. Even (innocuously) normal sites with Google ads take 4-5 refreshes to load properly. And don’t forget almost no site (ok, except some only-HTML stone-age sites still lurking around) in the world today are devoid of those nasty Google ads.

So until I solve the mystery, Google will keep me frustrated in Linux.

Computer Talks – Recent posts

Computer Talks is the second blog that I maintain quite frequently infrequently. It is a Blogger-hosted blog and one of my oldest ones.

Here are some recent blog entries from Computer Talks:

Themed Gmail
You heard it. Google’s Gmail offers themes now. Now, how did I first come to know about this? I woke up yesterday night to download some important stuff, started the download, opened Gmail in browser, checked my emails, changed my status message in Gmail to “Sleeping”, let the browser remain open with Gmail, turned off the monitor of my PC, and went to my bed to have some sleep while the download was in progress. [more]

Emoticons (Smileys) in Gmail
Today, as I was reading a friend’s email, I noticed he had used smileys in his email. It was surprising as I had seen people attaching images with the email, but emoticons? And that not attached but embedded in the text itself. [more]

Forum post number in Google results
Today, while Googling casually, I found out an all new feature in the normal Google search results. [more]

Most Visited Webpage
Thanks to my faulty and irritating (BSNL broadband) Internet connection, my most visited webpage is one of those frustrating default pages of Firefox (yup, you guess it; I am a Firefox user). [more]

Google Chrome – My Views and Review

Google is everywhere these days. Most of their products, or “innovations” as many people like to call them, usually get very successful. Like GMail, Orkut, Google Docs, and many more. Some time back, they decided that we, the people, need an all new browser that would redefine our browsing experience. So, here we have yet another browser. And the name is Chrome, Google Chrome.

Just a day before the launch of Chrome, a blog entry was made on the Official Google Blog on 1st September notifying the readers about the launch date of a beta of Chrome. That was when I came to know about it. So, I eagerly waited for the next day to arrive. Although I had my exam the day following the lauch date, I still preferred to wake up at night and be one of the first ones to download it.

My first attempt on downloading was when I went to the official Chrome site for it. From there, I got a 470KB executable which would download the actual Chrome browser from the Internet. As my modem has a tendency to disconnect very frequently, I made 3 unsuccessful attempts of downloading Chrome through that 470KB file. On some googling, I got a direct link to the actual Chrome installer which was around  7MB in size.

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