My Experience on upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8
· โ˜• 6 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya

So after much thought, I upgraded my Windows 7 Ultimate install to Windows 8. I didn’t plan to upgrade so soon, I wanted to wait for few more months before doing the upgrade - the main reason for holding back the upgrade was lack of drivers. However with Super Userโ€˜s Windows 8 Challenge around, I could no longer use the RP for posting answers.

And since the RP was working fine, including the GPU drivers which I had to install in Windows 7 compatibility mode, I decided to complete the upgrade. Now my Windows 7 install is a culmination of several years of crap, including lots and lots of software, context menu entries, personalized superbar and to add to the mix, some exoticย softwareย  Here’s what I had installed/present on Windows 7


Animated GIFs the Hard Way & Using Them For Realtime text communication
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
When doing the new website for the Sublime Text 2.0 launch, instead of just screenshots, I wanted to have animations to demonstrate some of its features. Animated GIF files would have been a candidate, except for two issues: the 256 color limitation, which would have made the animations ugly, and the encoders I tried spat out huge files, at almost 1MB per-animation. Instead, I wrote a small Python script that takes a collection of PNG frames as input, and emits a single packed PNG file as output, which contains all the differences between the frames, and some JSON meta-data specifying which bits of the packed PNG file correspond to each frame.

Chrome says bye to its Wrench icon
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
I noticed this few days ago on the dev build: case ya'll haven't noticed, the Chrome's wrench icon is no longer there :( i.imgur.com/rkbMh.png โ€” Sathya (@SathyaBhat) August 8, 2012 It’s been replaced with what I can only call.. “Three horizontal lines” which is really weird way of calling it :\ Having the wrench icon was so much better - have referred bringing up the menu quite a few times as “Click on the wrench” on Super User.

Wakoopa officially shutdown โ€“ grab your data now
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
About 2 weeks ago, Wakoopa announced that they will be shutting down their social network soon & focusing on “Corporate Research”. Unfortunately that day is here. Just received an email stating that as of today, you can grab an export of your data. This is what they have to say about the export The export is a CSV file containing the following columns: application name, subcategory, category, the number of seconds you've used the application in the hour, the hour you've used the application in, the date of the usage, the operating system and your user id.

Chromeโ€™s active extension icons in Omnibox annoyance
· โ˜• 2 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya

I’m a huge fan of Chrome & pretty much loved whatever changes Chrome team have done to the browser since it’s inception. This change, however, is probably the first annoying thing that I’ve run into.

Few days ago, after the latest dev channel update, all the extension icons on went missing. I initially thought all my extensions got wiped out. However, after heading over to chrome://extensions I realized that the update had a new “Show button” feature next to the extensions list and they had been set to hide all :|

Chrome Extension SHow Button


On password reuse & password collection.
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
After 12+ years of collecting passwords, I have found a few interesting facts: Although my list contains about 6 million username/password combos, the list only contains about 1,300,000 unique passwords. Of those, approximately 300,000 of those passwords are used by more than one person; about 1,000,000 only appear once and a good portion of those are obviously generated by a computer. The list of the top 20 passwords rarely changes and 1 out of every 50 people uses one of these passwords via How I Collect Passwords ยซ Xato.

Linus on openSUSEโ€™s security settings
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
I first spent weeks arguing on a bugzilla that the security policy of requiring the root password for changing the timezone and adding a new wireless network was moronic and wrong. I think the wireless network thing finally did get fixed, but the timezone never did - it still asks for the admin password. So here’s a plea: if you have anything to do with security in a distro, and think that my kids (replace “my kids” with “sales people on the road” if you think your main customers are businesses) need to have the root password to access some wireless network, or to be able to print out a paper, or to change the date-and-time settings, please just kill yourself now.

Best Birthday Present For a 7-Year Old
· โ˜• 1 min read · โœ๏ธ Sathya
He loves [Edge]. The game, the puzzles, the music, the levels, everything. He knows which music belongs to what level, what secret passages can be reached when traversing through the level a certain way and when his gaming time is over he tends to his lego and builds his own Edge levels. โ€ฆ I sent a tweet to Edge creatorย Two Tribesย where I asked if they had any promotional material such as a poster, flyer or business card perhaps.