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Eid MubaRock 2011

Eid MubaRock, Eid Ul Fitr 2011.
Not without the usual, it’s Eid today or no it’s tomorrow drama.
That can’t diminish Eid one bit.
Ramadan’s done, If only Ramadan lasted a little longer.

Eid Mubarock!
Enjoy it wherever you, however you can.

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Earthquake hits Toronto

An earthquake centered in Virginia with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 hit eastern U.S. and central and eastern Canada.
The earthquake quake was felt hundreds of kilometers in eastern Canada, all across from Ottawa to Toronto and into New Brunswick. No damage has been reported due to the earthquake in Toronto.

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Google+: 6 Reasons why it seems promising.

 

1. Google+ Circles

Google+ Circles is amazing feature numero uno in Google+. It allows us to organize all relationships in Google+ by dragging & dropping in different circles like friends, family, co-workers, etc. This allows us to choose what we want to share with different circles. E.g. you may share work photos with your coworkers & personal photos with your family & friends.

 2. Google+ Hangouts

Google+ Hangouts is a feature that lets you have group video calls of up to 10 people together. It also allows simultaneous viewing of YouTube videos by groups of people, a feature that is exceptionally crafty.

3. Google+ +1

The counter to Facebook’s Like button, Google+ +1 is Google+’s simple way of showing approval of anything from a status to an article.

4. Google+ Sparks

Google+ Sparks allows you to share information on a particular topic all across the internet. IF you add something in Google+ Sparks, you get related articles/sites on that topic.

5. Google+ Takeout

You can take away all your shared information on Google+ & numerous other Google services via the Google Takeout feature. So even if Google+ is another aborted Google idea (which it won’t be), you will still be able to retain all your information.

6. You own your information

Unlike Facebook which co-owns everything you post there, Google+ doesn’t. The terms of service for Google+ clearly state “You retain copyright and any other rights you already hold in content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services.”

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Dream Theater: On The Backs Of Angels

On the backs of Angels, released on 29th June on youtube, is Dream Theater’s first ever release without founding member Mike Portnoy. It is also their first ever release with new drummer Mike Mangini and the first single from their upcoming album, A Dramatic Turn of Events. The single was released as a high-quality digital download on August 14th.

On the backs of Angels is a return to classic form for Dream Theater. It sounds like it could be a track from The Images & words era or Metropolis 2 era. Unlike their last few offerings which were more in the metal direction and less in the prog direction.

The entire band is beautifully showcased. The drummer is finally grooving with the band and not trying to forcefully take the spotlight. John Myung’s bass can finally be heard again. The song is carried by Jordan Rudess. He has tastefully integrated his patches with a grand acoustic piano sound.  This is all topped off by a solo John Petrucci. Everything in this song goes and fits so well. This could be the start of something epic.

Dream Theater
James LaBrie – lead vocals
John Petrucci – guitars, backing vocals and lyrics
Jordan Rudess – keyboards, continuum
John Myung – bass
Mike Mangini – drums, percussion

Production
John Petrucci – production
Paul Northfield – engineering
Andy Wallace – mixing

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Tareque Masud: Rest In Peace Golden Son

Tareque Masud. Rest In Peace, Golden Son.

Tareque Masud passed away after a road accident, on 13 August 2011. He leaves behind his wife, Catherine Masud & his very young child.

One of the greatest filmmakers ever of Bangladesh. Director of the legendary Matir Moina (Cannes Film Festival, International Critics’ Prize winner), Muktir Gaan, Muktir Kotha & many others. A true patriot and witness to the Liberation War. Done so much to preserve our Liberation War history & the freedom fighters.

Rest In Peace, Golden Son.

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HTML5 new features: Doctype, Link, Script, Canvas, Figure, Figcaption, Local Storage, Header, Footer, Hgroup, Video, Audio, Required Attribution, Preload, Controls, Patterns, Mark.

 

1. Doctype
 

<!DOCTYPE html>

That small bit, the new doctype declaration, in fact is not required. It’s used for older & current browsers that require doctypes. Browsers not yet compatible will render the page using the markup in the standards mode.

The reason for it not being as specific as before is that HTML5 is a living standard. It is always changing. Welcome to the future. HTML5 has arrived.
 

2. <link> & <script> is now type free.
 

<script src=”path/to/javascript.js”></script>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”path/to/style.css” />
 

Type does not need to be specified in these tags anymore.
 

3. <canvas>.
 

The <canvas> is a revolutionary new tag in HTML5. It works exactly like a canvas holding animations drawn in real time.
 

4. <figure> & <figcaption>.

<figure>
<img src=”path/to/image” alt=”useless cat image number 4231618″ />
<figcaption>
<p>This is a picture of yet another cat </p>
</figcaption>
</figure>
 

<figure> is to be used as the opening tag of an image element, with <figcaption> being used to describe the image.
 

5. Quotation marks the spot.
 

<p id=myId> rebel by design.
 

Quotation marks are now optional.
 

6. Local Storage.
 

Not exactly HTML5, but grouped with it. Local storage is kinda like the next step in cooki evolution.
 

7. <header> & <footer>.
 

<header>
</header>
<footer>
</footer>
 

The <header> can be used to sort ele,msts that would fit in the head part of the document, eg meta data. The <footer> can be used to store the copyright & related info of a page.
 

8. hgroup.
 

<hgroup>
<h1> Recall Fan Page </h1>
<h2> Only for people who want the memory of a lifetime. </h2>
</hgroup>

Used to group headings.
 

9. Required Attribute.

<input type=”text” name=”username” required>
 

Used for specifying if a particular input is required or not.
 

10. <video>.
 

<video >
<source src=”Meow.ogv” type=”video/ogg; codecs=’vorbis, theora'” />
<source src=”Meow.mp4″ type=”video/mp4; ‘codecs=’avc1.42E01E, mp4a.40.2′” />
<p> Your browser is old. </p>
</video>
 

As HTML5 doesn’t specify a specific codec for video, it’s a free for all as far as video formats go. Safari and Internet Explorer 9 support video in the H.264 format, Firefox, Chrome and Opera support the open source Theora and Vorbis formats.
 

11. <audio> .

<audio>
<source src=”file.ogg” />
<source src=”file.mp3″ />
</audio>
 

This is one of the major improvements of HTML5. Audio file playback is finally supported without the need for additional plugins. However agreeability on file formats is another story.
 

12. <preload> .
 

<video preload>
 

Used to preload the video.
 

13. <controls>.

<video preload controls>
</video>

<audio controls>
</audio>
 

Enables the controls in the video/audio player.
 

14. <pattern>.
 

pattern=”[A-Za-z]{6,10}”
 

The string [A-Za-z]{6,10} accepts only upper and lowercase letters. This string must also have a minimum of six characters, and a maximum of ten.
 

15. <mark> .
 

<mark>”Hell Yeah”</mark>.
 

The <mark> is used as a marker, e.g. to highlight parts of text or search results.