Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Firefox 1.5 released

Firefox 1.5 has been released after the 1-year wait from the last major software update, Firefox 1.0. It sports a new rendering engine (Gecko 1.8) as well as hundreds of other software improvements. Important changes include faster page loading, the ability to reorder tabs, faster back and forward buttons, a feature to clear personal data, improved accessibility and popup blocking, and SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6 support. You can download it here.

Firefox has attracted attention as an alternative to other browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer. As of September 2005, estimates suggest that Firefox's usage share is around 7.6% of overall browser usage (see market adoption section). Since its release, Firefox has slightly reduced Internet Explorer's dominant usage share.

Monday, November 28, 2005

It's raining cats and dogs

It's monsoon season here in East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. When I'm thinking of rain, I'm thinking of an idiom it's raining cats and dogs to describe heavy rain. What I'm thinking was (at that time) , a group of cats and dogs, quarelling while they were falling off the roof. Funny isn't it? Well idioms are full of funny (and crazy?) synonyms but not all of them. I heard one of them since my secondary school years, hustle bustle. Then, my teacher said "It's too english for you!". All of us didn't get the correct answer for that particular fill in the blank question. Oh well. Now as a worker talking and writing in English for most part of my work, I still rarely use lots of them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

I can't take my eyes off you (relax a bit)

Nor yet were you seen
neither seen nor heard
when this earth was made
when the sky was built...

- Kalevala 3:245-248

He looked up as he plodded
Down 42nd Street,
So many nameless faces
All shuffling to some beat.

So many anonymities,
But then, to his surprise,
He suddenly made contact
With a pair of hazel eyes.

She looked into his soul's windows
And didn't look away.
A wry smile grew inside his mind;
"All right," he thought, "I'll play."

He gazed back at her placidly,
His cold blue eyes grew warm.
And only then did he glance down
To admire her female form.

As she passed him by that day,
He hazarded a grin.
She kept her lovely eyes on his
But still,
to his chagrin,
The woman walked away from him,
Without reciprocating.

He chuckled silently,
That other eyes were waiting.

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