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Time to build Mobile friendly website for the search engines

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Every year starts and there are these top 10 lists, with what’s in and what’s out. In similar pattern there are lists related to website design trends, populating from previous year’s experiences, experiments, technology enhancements and sometimes based on some renowned web developers’ visions. This year, keeping aside these different design trends, what became the main topic for discussion over Internet was Google’s search update which questioned the existence of many popular websites with poor user experience in mobiles.

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How to change color in Gimp to specific value for an icon

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There are very few processes to change color in Gimp to specific value of a single colored icon. If you don’t require an exact valued color then you can go by changing the values through the Colors > Colorize > hue/saturation menu. Sometimes you can also use the Colors > Colorify tool for that. But for changing color to a specific value you have to go for layer mask process, which gives much control for blending your icon and better color manipulation, although it’s a long process which may not be needed for quick needs.

For faster results I like the following process most. It gives me the ability to change the icon color in Gimp to specific value as per my project requirement, in short steps.

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Switching from windows xp to ubuntu linux – My experience

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It has been 7 years that I had switched to ubuntu linux from windows. At that time I was using windows xp and windows 7 was not enough perfect for me upgrading to. But I was desperate to move out from xp, with its slow booting / shut down time, irritable “not responding” programs (for which I needed to use the task manager every now and then, to close those) and on top of them regular virus issues.

For many project requirements I required internet on my PCs and I had to also frequently use client CD/DVDs and USBs on them. So this virus problem was getting on my nerves. I invested in two three popular anti-virus / anti-malware solutions. But still I was not satisfied. I had no authority on my own computers, they were on their own. Everyday I was worried, what new issue will turn up today during work.

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India’s Broadband dream starts with Mobile Internet – Infographic

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Going by the existing definition of 256 kbps downlink speed as ‘broadband’ (here in India), most of the mobileย  internet subscribers that use 3G services might all qualify to be broadband subscribers ๐Ÿ˜‰ !!!

That means right now we can say, that India’s “broadband” dream actually starts with this “mobile internet”.

Although NTP 2012 had a clause for the grand revision of definition of “broadband” from 256 kbps to โ†’ 512 kbps to โ†’ 2 Mbps by 2015, atleast for the coming 2 years mobile internet can still be termed “broadband”. And thus mobile internet will be used in large percentage to access websites for information, social networking and ecommerce websites.

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Website vs Social Media – A Small Business Dilemma

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Website vs Social media, a modern investment dilemma for all small business owners, i.e choosing the right option for business publicity with budget constraint. So you have a small business too? Great! Then obviously you want more customers. For more customers you need promotion. And that brings us to the next step of investing on a website and social media.

Now if you have a tight budget, and right now you can afford only one thing :( then you must be also deciding between investing in website or social media. So before you take your choice, and if you have some moments to loose, just go through the next few lines to identify what exactly your website and social media can do for you, and how to plan before taking the plunge.

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Why you need a responsive website

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We all know the famous quote by Stan Lee in Spiderman, ‘with great power comes great responsibility’.

Now for websites I would say, ‘great responsiveness can give great power to a website’    ๐Ÿ˜€

Why? let me tell you why…

It says by 2014, more people will be using mobile devices to access the internet than desktop computers. That means different screen sizes, smart-phones, tabs, etc. and their different types of browsers against your poor innocent website. Here you can’t say its not fair, because customer is God and if you are running a web-based business, you can’t upset your God and have to be always ready for them. So either you have to create different websites for different devices or a super-website that can transform itself according to the device and its browser. We call this superiority – Responsive.

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