Ubuntu 12.04 - Pecuniary Parrakets - the future is dark and littered with Ads

March 6th, 2011
Ubuntu 12.04 - Pecuniary Parrakets - the future is dark and littered with Ads

NOTE: This is not a “real” and “researched” news and is a collection of random thoughts and impressions after using Ubuntu 10.10. I’ve been copping some flack for this article, but ultimately this was not meant to offend anyone and was written with some humour intended.

With the recent launch of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, I can’t help noticing a bunch of new commercial features “embedded” into this Linux OS. In this release, Ubuntu brought with it the Ubuntu music store which allows users to buy music and the AppCenter store that allows the users to purchase applications. Previously on 9.04, they introduced UbuntuOne which is a commercial cloud based storage service allowing you to sync your files with some complimentary free space.

Next natural step is Ads! Here’s why and how…

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Yet another free Geocoder

December 5th, 2010

Thanks to Google Maps API, I was able to write up a geocoder in a couple of minutes without even realising that there was already a whole bunch of paid and free web sites that already do this.

Oh well, another one to add to the long list.

My geocode converter allows the user to enter a list of addresses and get it converted to its corresponding Latitude and Longitude with on click. The resulting list of Latitude and Longitude coordinates is comma separated so you can just open it with MS Excel or just copy and paste it into Excel.

You can use it by visiting my Geocoder page.

Disabling highlight on touch in iOS mobile safari web apps

November 25th, 2010

When building web apps for mobile devices such as mobile Safari on iOS and the web browser on Android devices. When implementing web apps, by default any touch events causes a tint sort of highlight on any anchor elements or DOM elements with click events. On Android particularly HTC sense, it creates a green border.

To disable this, you use the webkit CSS attribute -webkit-tap-highlight-color

This overrides the highlight color shown when the user taps a link or a JavaScript clickable element.

Syntax

-webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0,0,0,0);

Note, you’ll need to set the above colour with alpha channel as 0 in order to disable the touch highlight