China limits kids’ online gaming time

Amidst concerns of curbs on free speech and online gaming addiction, China has passed a decree to limit the amount of time kids spend gaming online report Xinhua. Kids spending more than three hours online will lose half the credits they earned and those spending more than five hours online lose all of them. Online gamers will also need to get themselves registered.

Amidst concerns of curbs on free speech and online gaming addiction, China has passed a decree to limit the amount of time kids spend gaming online report Xinhua. Kids spending more than three hours online will lose half the credits they earned and those spending more than five hours online lose all of them. Online gamers will also need to get themselves registered.
Ars Technica got the full story.

Tip Thursday: Personalize Google

People using Google Personalized Homepage would be well aware that you can add pages, read feeds and lots of other stuff. Recently the folks at Google introduced a brand new feature to make your homepage look even better, viz. Themes.

People using Google Personalized Homepage would be well aware that you can add pages, read feeds and lots of other stuff.

Recently the folks at Google introduced a brand new feature to make your homepage look even better, viz. Themes.

Currently there are seven themes that you can select from besides the original default one.

Google Personalized Homepage Themes

There is one special thing about the themes. Can you tell me what it is?

Thanks to Ravi for the tip.

Tool Tuesday: Lorem Ipsum Generator

If you’re familiar with free templates, or have been working in the printing industry you would have come across this text often: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur.

If you’re familiar with free templates, or have been working in the printing industry you would have come across this text often:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.

Lorem Ipsum or Lipsum, as it is more popularly known as, is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. The text can crossed over from the print world and has landed into the electronic world and is now used by several designers for layout purposes.

The purpose of Lipsum is to distract the reader from the text and focus on the layout. It also helps to fill the layout with content instead of generating your content from scratch.

There are several lipsum generators available, but the most popular of this is the one at Lipsum.org

The generator uses over 200 Latin words to generate content. It can generate paragraphs, words, bytes or lists of content to save you from doing the manual labor.

And if you do use the generator often, do consider a donation to the Webmaster.

Multimedia Monday: Prism Video Converter

Prism Video Converter is a free video file format converter for Windows. It can convert video files from avi, mpg, vob, wmv (Windows Media Video formats) and more into avi, asf or wmv files. You will need to have the appropriate codecs installed in order to run the conversion.

Prism Video Converter is a free video file format converter for Windows.

It can convert video files from avi, mpg, vob, wmv (Windows Media Video formats) and more into avi, asf or wmv files.

You will need to have the appropriate codecs installed in order to run the conversion.

Prism Video Converter

Features:

  • Converts avi, mpg, vob, asf, wmv, mp4, ogm and all video formats that have a DirectShow based codec to AVI and Windows Media Video formats.
  • If you can play the video file using ‘Windows Media Player’ you can convert it using Prism.
  • Set compression/encoder rates of output files.
  • Set resolution and frame rate of output files.
  • Prism can be added to your right click menu for easy access.
  • Prism video file converter has an intuitive and easy to use interface.

One really good feature with Prism is the ability for you to queue up all your files and do a batch conversion. These files can be in any format and you can choose the output format.
And, you can set all the encoder options so as to customize the settings you have in the video file.

Download Software (zip file)
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Summary Sunday: Week 14

April 2 – Multimedia Monday: jetAudio Basic April 3 – Tool Tuesday: IE NetRenderer April 4 – WordPress Wednesday: A Plugin A Day April 5 – Tip Thursday: Preview Pane in Windows Vista April 6 – Fun Friday: Rotate April 7 – Service Saturday: IndiaNewsBox If you would like something featured, do write in and let us know.

Techtites Daily: Summary Sunday

April 2Multimedia Monday: jetAudio Basic

April 3Tool Tuesday: IE NetRenderer

April 4WordPress Wednesday: A Plugin A Day

April 5Tip Thursday: Preview Pane in Windows Vista

April 6Fun Friday: Rotate

April 7Service Saturday: IndiaNewsBox

If you would like something featured, do write in and let us know.

Service Saturday: IndiaNewsBox

IndiaNewsBox is a new Indian startup that aims at being a news aggregator to display news on a single page while preserving the segregation in news source. Currently they offer news from the following categories: National Headlines International Headlines Business Sports -> Cricket Technology News Showbiz Regional News -> Hindi Regional News -> Kannada Market News Indian Blogs Each page has nine different sources for news. Clicking on an article takes you to the respective page.

IndiaNewsBox is a new Indian startup that aims at being a news aggregator to display news on a single page while preserving the segregation in news source.

Currently they offer news from the following categories:

  • National Headlines
  • International Headlines
  • Business
  • Sports -> Cricket
  • Technology News
  • Showbiz
  • Regional News -> Hindi
  • Regional News -> Kannada
  • Market News
  • Indian Blogs

Each page has nine different sources for news. Clicking on an article takes you to the respective page.

I like the idea of having just nine major sources because it ensures that you are not overloaded with content to read. At the same time you get all the latest news.

While it is no substitute for a full fledged feedreader, it is a good idea worth watching.

Fun Friday: Rotate

Don’t we all love games. But, nothing stimulates the mind more than a game that needs you to rack your brains. That is what Rotate and its successor Rotate2 hope to establish.

Don’t we all love games. But, nothing stimulates the mind more than a game that needs you to rack your brains.

That is what Rotate and its successor Rotate2 hope to establish.

Rotate uses photos from Flickr and jumbles them up. You need to rotate the individual pieces and place them the right side up to complete the picture, all the while as a timer ticks down.

Rotate

Rotate2 is similar, but instead of images it uses pipes. You need to rotate the various parts of the pipe and close all open ends of the pipe. You progress on to the next more difficult level on clearing the current one.

Rotate2

I preferred Rotate 2 and played for a good amount of time. Do let me know you score 🙂

Tip Thursday: Preview Pane in Windows Vista

One of the new additions in Windows Vista is the new Preview Pane. The Preview Pane can be activated in Explorer by navigating to Organize » Layout » Preview Pane. Using the Preview Pane you can browse readable views of various documents or, with media files, preview a few seconds of content.

One of the new additions in Windows Vista is the new Preview Pane.

Preview Pane in Vista

The Preview Pane can be activated in Explorer by navigating to Organize » Layout » Preview Pane.

Using the Preview Pane you can browse readable views of various documents or, with media files, preview a few seconds of content.

This becomes extremely useful if you are searching for one particular document, do not know the name but have some idea about the starting content.

The Preview Pane is available in the Documents Explorer, Music Explorer, and Pictures Explorer.

Via: LyteByte

WordPress Wednesday: A Plugin A Day

All this month of April, the folks at Weblog Tools Collection will be taking up a single plugin every day and reviewing it in detail. The purpose is to highlight some of the outstanding (for various reasons) plugins available today as well as provide a means for the WordPress community to tell the authors what they actually want. The series began on Monday and you can expect six posts a week (Sunday is the weekly off).

All this month of April, the folks at Weblog Tools Collection will be taking up a single plugin every day and reviewing it in detail.

The purpose is to highlight some of the outstanding (for various reasons) plugins available today as well as provide a means for the WordPress community to tell the authors what they actually want.

The series began on Monday and you can expect six posts a week (Sunday is the weekly off).

If you are interested in getting your plugin featured then you need to send an email with details as listed on this post at WLTC.

Google TiSPs over

Google launched their brand new ISP which provides free in-home broadband via wifi. The ISP is called TiSP. Read the official press release or find out how to go about getting it.

Google launched their brand new ISP which provides free in-home broadband via wifi. The ISP is called TiSP. Read the official press release or find out how to go about getting it.