Camera-free iPhones

The Singapore ministry of defense actually asked the M1 operator for camera-free iPhone devices.
Reason: This allowed the “military” to use the smartphone in areas where cameras are strictly forbidden in those areas for security reasons..


Running StartX in Ubuntu screws up "login" [FIXED]

Two days back, I out of curiosity, fired up a terminal and typed in startx, with the hope that the UI would be reduced to naught but the original form of the X. At first it displayed an error, saying that i’m not permitted to. But then I tried again, and this time with a ‘sudo.’ The moment I entered my password, the screen went all dark, but only for a second, after which I was left with naught but a blank desktop, free from menus. Sensing failure, I opened another terminal and wrote ‘unity.’ Something similar happened, but this time, the title bar of the terminal kinda got stuck to the top of the screen. I tried the same command again, and this time, I was brought back to where i started. The terminal in which i had typed the startx command was still there, however i failed to notice that the user logged into it wasn’t my primary user account but root. I didn’t really notice anything unusual, except that the settings dropdown, present in the top-right, in the gnome bar, wasn’t showing up the options it ought to, so I restarted the computer by simply pressing the power button.
After the reboot, whenever I’d attempt a login, I’d be greeted by a dark screen, and after like a fraction of second, I’d be back on the Login Page. But the guest account seemed to work fine, so I logged into it and created another Administrator account, and on that one, I tried recreating the problem and was successful. Okay, now we might get somewhere…
Now what I did, that fixed the problem, was this:
I logged into the account, i.e the first one where i screwed everything up, via the tty1 terminal (Ctrl + Alt + F1), and ran the following commands:

sudo rm /home/anas/.Xauthority*
sudo apt-get install --reinstall xorg --fix-missing

The first one deletes the file, while the second re-installs Xorg. After this, I was able to login to the account again.


The Facebook messenger [mobile] gets a new look

Yesterday, when going through a list of updates that had to be installed, I noticed that the icon of the messenger had changed into a round-er, and light colored one, rather like the new icons in iOS7, this:

The icon’s what forced me into upgrading; had to try as it was bound to come with a number of new features and not just a change of icon. Well, I installed it, and ran it.
I was welcom-ed by a screen, all white (they dropped the light-blue background), which asked me if I was indeed ‘Anas Ismail Khan.’ As I proceeded, I was asked to confirm my number, which would ensure that people find me using my number, regardless of whether or not I’m part of the friendlist, but, this is optional. The reason behind it, I guess, is that they are moving towards making it into an independent messenger, which combines the best of both Kik and whatsapp. It’s similar to whatsapp in the sense that just having your number might do the trick, however the friendlist of course is still there, and thus the contacts list would consist of both your phone’s contacts and your Facebook Friends. However, due to privacy settings perhaps, usernames dont always work either, and just like the number thing this might be optional as well.
They also eradicated the sms integration’  feature. You can no longer use this app as your primary messaging app, though the changelog might say something similar.

A strange con of the app happens to be the fact that there is no ‘log out’ option. On androids, clearing the app data does the trick though..


Wordo – The Only Truly Free Dictionary on the Web

I am a student, and every now and then I come across a term too complex for me to understand, (or perhaps not too complex but alien,) and thus I have to Google things a lot, and half the time its such terms. The results would of course direct me to some other site, and some of them would have stupid lag-gy popups, while others with flashy ads or too Bland an interface.
Wordo is free from all this. The interface is really clean and only that which is required is on the page. No ads, no popups, no surveys nothing to distract you, instead a huge mature font to provide maximum readability. Apart from that, the simplicity of the interface also ensures minimum lag.
To sum it all up in a single sentence, Wordo is a true dictionary, on which, the user’s activity does not extend beyond anything that he isn’t willing to do. Give it a try and you’d know…