Friday, 22 May 2015

Doodle: Organized vs Unorganized desktops


Here's another doodle.

It categorizes the people based on how they keep their desktop and folders organized. and there are others who love to keep their desktop like chaotic mess.  Both have their own arguments to defend the situation.

Check it out:

I, being a computer user keep the desktop and every folder on files system clean and organized, ie this let me find anything within few clicks and doesn't require me to remember everything, like where did I put the timeline of particular project.

Let us know in the comments how you prefer your desktop organization.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Doodle: popular types of pointer tracking: Mouse vs Trackpad

Hey guys,

Here's our first doodle entry.

There're many types of pointer tracking available on modern personal computer operating systems, like mouse, trackball, trackpad or touchpad, track point, joystick, graphic tablet, stylus etc. Two of them are very popular.

1. Mouse
2. Trackpad or Touchpad

Mouse being the most traditional and conventional pointing device is very popular among computer users, but the advancements of laptops and notebooks the trackpad has been becoming more popular and giving the users more independence and portability. User can switch between these any time by pressing the keyboard functional keys. The people who're used to any of these find themselves more comfortable using their desired device and sometimes the opposite device can be very frustrating.

We've categories these two types of people in our today doodle, check it out and let us know what do you use typically and are more comfortable with.

There're two types of people.

I being a software engineer and a mac user, find myself more comfortable with the type 1. Yes, I use the trackpad and its been a year or more. I do all kind of stuff with it, like Xcode interface builder, eclipse and android studio graphical interface, even the photoshop (not that much but still) with the trackpad.

I find it very handy with the mac environment. The two finger and three finger gesture, pinch and zoom are the features that has convinced me stop using mouse. I scroll through long document and webpages and pinch and zoom through pictures using two finger pinch. The three finger drag is also very cool, it gives a sense of control over the screen. But not as good as smartphone touch but it feels more closer to mouse.

Let us know in the comments what points do you have in mind to support your way of pointer tracker. 

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

MacBook 2015 for programmers?

There's so much to love about the new all-metal MacBook released in March 2015. Its the redesigned version of late 2009 MacBook, which was silently discontinued by introducing the Macbook Air. The new Macbook targets all the educational and consumer markets. It has many cool features as follow:

  • All metal: Its the first ever macbook to come with all metal. So aren't the existing all-metal? no, they're not, the hinge mechanism has some plastic in it, as well as a plastic cover.
  • Retina: It has stunning 12-inch retina display.
  • Colors: yesss, we love them, the first ever MacBook to come in three colors, Silver, Gold, Space Grey.
  • Better Stereo Speaker: Unlike Macbook Air that has speaker hidden in vents near the hinge, the speakers in MacBook are above the keyboard, which throws music right at you.
  • USB-C port: basically a new all in one port for charging, video sharing and data transfer.
  • Others: Full size keyboard, New trackpad.

Now the questions comes that is it suitable for programmers?

Short answer: NO.

Long answer: well, the gorgeous MacBook can broadly be categorized as a portable tablet-like mac computer such as an iPad with a fancy metal unibody macbook casing and a keyboard. Regarding the specs, its an entry-level macbook that stands at bottom of the macbook family, even beneath the Macbook Air. (upto 1.3GHz dual-core VS upto 2.2GHz Core i7 ) comparison link: Apple - Macbook vs Macbook air

Its mainly targeted to mid-range "mac" users, with personal use (eg, office work, music, movies, internet surfing etc), users who wants their nootbook to be more portable (like a tablet?). As stated earlier, educational institutes and consumers are its main audience.

Considering the USB-C port introduced in MacBook, it would create a lot of gap for the tools/mobiles which connects to machine using standard USB 2.0 ports for debugging or programming. Although its expandable, which gives you one USB port, but as a programmer you would be wanting more ports, plus who wants to carry an extra converter. USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter costs US$79.00.

MacBook features VS programming at a glance:

  • No ports, kills the programmers' environment. A programmer needs as much ports as possible.
  • No fan, may be overheat, while doing programmers' tasks. (MBP starts fan noise when eclipse compile the android app)
  • Processor, 1.3GHz dual-core, low power processor not enough for programming. Slower than Air.
  • Cost, too much, Want one? Yes. would Buy one? No.
  • Wifi only, you can't just intact the Ethernet or any other networking cable, what if you need to directly connect to an interface? (converter needed here)

  • Other general changes:

  • The glowing apple logo in back of the screen won't glow anymore, its been replaced with a shiny metal logo.
  • The fancy new MacBook is shipped with 480p FaceTime camera, unlike others having 720p.
  • The MagSafe is gone, and has been replaced with USB-C port. What is MagSafe?

  • So if you're a normal user, who want to use MacBook for personal use, like reading email, writing blogs, doing office work, surfing the internet, watching movies, listening making music. Yes, MacBook suits you if you've no money issues.

    And If you're a power user like, programmer, then probably itsn't for you.

    Want to add something to this, let's know in the comments.

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