Wednesday, November 19, 2008

20 awesome dreams for Windows Vista

Dreams are high quality animated wallpapers that run exclusively on Windows Vista and transform the static desktop users spend all day looking at into a world of motion and activity.

Dreams are subtle, looped motion videos or animations that bring new life to the desktop without slowing down your PC. Watch a serene nature scene while you type an email. Glance at a meteor shower as you work on a document. Make your desktop interesting again!

Here I pick 20 of my favorite dreams!

1) Winter Snow

Give your desktop that winter feel with this dynamic dream. Use the supplied night image or pick your own from the configuration dialog.

Snowflakes fall from the top of the screen and collect on your taskbar.

You can control the number of flakes, their size, speed and how long they take to melt, and the background wallpaper. Even better it will use very little cpu unless you really crank up the number of flakes!

Turn your desktop into a rippling pool of water with Liquid Dream from Stardock Design.

Water drops fall on your desktop, creating realistic ripples that spread across your screen. Using the DeskScapes engine to render the water and motion in real-time, this Dream looks great without using up valuable resources.

Liquid Dream is highly customizable to suit your preferences. You have the ability to decide:

  • Time between water drops
  • Size of water drops (bigger drops mean larger ripples)
  • How reflective the water surface is
  • Choose a sky to see reflected in the water (fluffy white clouds, or a starry night sky)
  • Choose the background image that sits below the water. Pick from one of 3 provided images, or supply your own.

Turn your desktop into constantly-changing photo collage with the Desktop Collage Dynamic Dream from Stardock Design!

This is the second dynamic Dream released by Stardock Design and one of the most anticpated Dreams since the first announcement and preview of DeskScapes' dynamic content capabilities.

Desktop Collage takes photos and images you have on your computer and randomly places them on your desktop, creating a collage that is always shifting and never the same. Photos are framed in white and layered on your desktop, fading to gray over time as newer pictures are added.

All you have to do is fill a folder on your computer with your favorite photos, and using the configuration options in the Desktop Background window tell this Dream where the folder is, and you're in business!

Grass sways lazily in the breeze in these three beautifully rendered animated desktops for Stardock DeskScapes.

Blissful Dream is an updated package of animated wallpapers from Stardock Design. This is the second of our triggered dreams, where your wallpaper changes automatically based on the time of day. Included in the package are:

  • Blissful Sunrise/Sunset-
    The animated wallpaper shown off by Microsoft at various press events leading up to the release of Windows Vista, and is the first premium Dream from Stardock Design. (Plays starting at 6am and 6pm)
  • Blissful Day Dream -
    The same beautifully rendered scene in full mid-day splendor. (Plays from 8am until 6pm)
  • Blissful Night -
    Darkness falls across your desktop as night falls outside your window. A scene of summer night provides the perfect background to your PC as the day draws to a close. (Plays from 8pm until 6am)

Slow, dramatic waves over the Atlantic.
1920x1080 @ 25fps

This is a new version of Big Blue Sea at full HD resolution. I had to completely restructure and tweak all effects but I think it was worth it.

Poubel Sun v1.0
HDV 1920x1080 Widescreen

a quick farcry2 dream.i`ll find better scenery but i`m to busy doing the bad guys in.

1680 x 1050

designed by Andrew Kramer and his biscuits.

at sunset the faries come out to play

1680 x 1050

a winter scene

1680 x 1050

My first dream!
I hope you all will enjoy this!

Widescreen 1920x1080

So, this is my first rendered dreamscene.
HDV 1920x1080 Widescreen

Now the clouds is more slower and smooth.
Added more saturation to dream

Poubel Hill

HDV 1920x1080 Widescreen

By some requests to HD resolution i've updated the dream to HDV 1080 widescreen format with seamless transition.

1920x1080 mpeg encoded dream

nice close up shot


1920x1080 mpg encoded dream.

Hummingbird feeding on your desktop

just 4 fun

1920x1080 mpg encoded dream

butterfly warming its wings


Sky pulsates with the northern lights.

A large asteroid belt surrounding this blue supergiant makes it difficult maintaining the required stationary orbit for monitoring a unique solar disruption.

Blue supergiants represent a slower burning phase in the death of a massive star. Due to core nuclear reactions being slightly slower, the star contracts and since very similar energy is coming from a much smaller area (photosphere) then the star's surface becomes much hotter.

Almost break through the clouds in the dream.

I would like to dedicate this dream to my wife. Today we found out she has cancer.

2 Minutes @ 1152x720 30fps MPEG2

You will need Stardock DeskScapes to run these dreams.

DeskScapes is available now as a free trial. The free trial includes three free dreams. (The free trial will ONLY run the three dreams included.) It supports nearly all versions of Windows Vista including Home Basic/Premium/Business/Enterprise.


Windows Vista Ultimate users can download DeskScapes 1.02. from here

Thursday, October 23, 2008

10 blogs related to Linux and Microsoft that you should bookmark!

Blogs are the best way to get information about something, fast and quick. Some blogs have more tips, tricks and features than the official websites. So if you want information about Linux or Microsoft, straight from the red hot frying pan, you should lend your eyes on the following blogs.

It's not possible for me to cover all the Linux and Microsoft related blogs. I have just picked up the ones which are more popular and interesting, according to me.


1) UBUNTU Blog

Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much more.

Do you want to install Vista fonts in Ubuntu? Do you need libdvdcss2 and w32codecs? Or maybe you want to know how to mount a remote ssh filesystem usi? The answers to all these questions are right here. Go ahead and bookmark it, if you haven't already!

2) openSUSE Blog

openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos or music and have a lot of fun!

This blog has information about openSUSE and also about Linux as a whole. Lancelot Menu for KDE 4.1, Linux Running on Large Hadron Collider, London Stock Exchange runs Windows, Crashes (considers Linux?) are some of the recent posts here.

3) Fedora Blog

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute.

One of the busiest and updated blogs you will find among the five. I counted about 15 new posts in a day itself! I came across some interesting articles like Install Fedora 9 on Eee PC (1000H), Amarok 2 beta video preview, Fedora 10 Beta, etc.

4) Debian Blog

Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux. Debian GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 18733 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.

The blog features posts which are quite diversified. From nice essay type articles like What Traditional Values Mean to Me or Differences between paid and volunteer FOSS contributors to more technical ones like python-gammu 0.27.

5) Mandriva Blog

Mandriva Linux is an operating system created by Mandriva. It uses the RPM Package Manager. The product lifetime of Mandriva Linux releases is 18 months for base updates and 12 months for desktop updates.

This blog is a bit different from the last ones as it solely dedicated to this particular distribution. So the posts are mainly related to Mandriva directly. Mandriva Linux 2009 RC2 is available, Happy 10th birthday Mandriva Linux are some of the latest topics in this blog.


6) Windows Vista Blog

The intro on the blog says, The Windows Vista Team blog exists to provide you, the community, a channel for conversation with Microsoft on all things relating to Windows Vista. We do our best to relay the "back story" of the product, and in turn hope that you'll share with us your experiences using it. This will help us learn what you think works well -- or perhaps not so well --, and what you like vs. what could stand to be changed.

So whether you want to know about the Adobe Flash killer - Silverlight 2.0 or download ''I'm a PC'' messenger theme pack, it's all here. Information or features directly related to Vista like Mojave, SP1 or the Snipping tool, forms the bulk of the blog. If you are one of the 180 million people who are using Vista right now, you have come to the right place.

7) Internet Explorer Blog

Jeff Davis says about this blog that ''We will happily post and discuss issues around what features should be in IE, how features work in IE, the importance of application compatibility in IE, tips and tricks in IE, answers to technical issues, security and extensibility in IE, web browsing in general, and what keeps us up at night.''

You can be a Firefox user but you cannot ignore the most dominant browser in the market in terms of market share. IE8 is going to release soon with new features like Accelerators, WebSlices and more, so now it's a good time to visit this blog and find some reasons to switch from Firefox. The blog has nice information about IE8 group policy, tab grouping, visual search etc

8) Windows 7 Blog

Let's face it, many people are not happy with Windows Vista. They are not in a mood to switch from XP and are waiting for Windows 7 to be their savior. Are you one of them?

This blog features all the latest development and engineering news from Windows 7. You can get the latest about the improvements and evolution that are taking place in the Windows Desktop Search, UAC, User Interface, etc of Windows 7. You can always share your ideas by dropping a comment or two and really make this the best Windows version to date!

9) Microsoft Office Word Blog

Microsoft Office word is the most powerful word processing software yet. It's so rich with features that it's not possible to learn everything about it by yourself. That's where this blog comes.

The blog is full of tutorials, tricks, tips and the latest news related to Word. The tutorials are rich with big illustrations. I found some interesting topics related to Widows/Orphans, Picture Styles, Line Numbering, WordMail, Stlyes and many more.

10) Microsoft Surface Blog

To me, this is the most exciting and innovative product to come out of Microsoft. Now people are comparing this to a giant iPhone, but I wonder who stole the idea from who? Anyways, atleast the functions are different, so I could care less.

Microsoft Surface has been recently deployed at various places. You can get pictures, videos and articles right from that spots and get to know what people think about it. You can also read what Ashton Kutcher thinks about Microsoft Surface!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

10 ''Google Fight'' results that will surprise you!!!

Obama Vs. McCain, Windows Vista Vs. Ubuntu, Bill Gates Vs. Steve Jobs, Xbox 360 Vs. Playstation 3 and six more fights is in the cards for tonight's ''Google Fight''.Only one will be declared the winner and there will be no runner up's in this battle. Who stand's tall and who bites the dust? All the questions will be answered now. So let the games begin!

You might ask, ''What is Google Fight''? According to Wikipedia, Googlefight is a website that allows users to compare the number of search results returned by the Google search engine for two given queries. What that essentially means is that you can compare the number of websites that two particular keywords has against each other. Suppose you do a fight between Google and Microsoft, the keyword which has the maximum number of search results or websites will win the fight. Simple!

I made ten fights, and most of the results weren't according to my expectations!


Who sucks more, Barack Obama or John McCain?

And the winner is Barack Obama!

Obama Vs McCain


Which company is hated more, Microsoft or Apple?

And the winner is, Apple!

Microsoft Vs Apple

Fight # 3

Which Operating System is loved more, Windows Vista or Ubuntu?

And the winner is, Windows Vista!

Vista Vs Ubuntu

Fight # 4

Who has a larger fan following, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs?

And the winner is, Bill Gates!

Gates Vs Jobs

Fight # 5

Which sucks more, Internet Explorer or Firefox?

And the winner is Firefox!


Fight # 6

Bill Gates Vs. Linus Torvalds

And the winner is, Bill Gates again!

Gates Vs Linus

Fight # 7

Sarah Palin Vs. Pitbull

And the winner is, Pitbull!

Palin Vs. Pitbull

Fight # 8

XBOX 360 Vs. Playstation 3

And the winner is, XBOX 360!

360 Vs PS3

Fight # 9

Apple Vs Intel

And the winner is, Apple!

Apple Vs Intel

Fight # 10

God Vs. Satan

And this result is not surprising, God pwns Satan!

God Vs Satan