Trying out DSLinux

Downloaded the VDI hosted at
Simple to the extent where you find yourself drowning in a variety of options on a confusing UI.
Though the image is packed with a whole lot of tools, (that account for Its size, 200+MBA), installing stuff and customizing it to suit your needs isn’t really as simple as it might seem. Definitely not an option for a General consumer looking for a feather-light distro, and requires a bit of tuning before it can be of much use..



Once there was an elephant,
Who tried to use the telephant—
No! No! I mean an elephone
Who tried to use the telephone—
(Dear me! I am not certain quite
That even now I’ve got it right.)
Howe’er it was, he got his trunk
Entangled in the telephunk;
The more he tried to get it free,
The louder buzzed the telephee—
(I fear I’d better drop the song
Of elephop and telephong!)
– Laura Elizabeth Richards



A cloud-development platform for developers, where with every free sign-up, you get a virtual-machine, complete with root access, 2GB RAM and 1.2GB storage. You can view, manage and create files right in the browser. It even has a terminal emulator which too runs in the browser.

The VM is sort of pre-configured with NodeJS, PHP, Apache, MySQL e.t.c. and you can always install whatever packages you need. You can import personal projects from your disk, into the cloud, and you can also create new ones, using a few presets for a start. The presets here refers to Bootstrap, AngularJS, WordPress e.t.c. So the idea is that it would just create all the necessary files, and prevent you with like a template that you are free to edit to suit your needs.

The development-UI is fine too. You can edit code right in the browser, and view it in a browser app running inside the browser, rather like on W3schools.

The thing is certainly worth giving a try. 


The Yahoo Notepad gets the new look

Yahoo NotepadYahoo Notepad, one of my personal favorites of such apps on the web, has recently been altered in terms of UI, and the new look, no doubt, and improvement, at least in terms of readability, greatly resembles or happens to be identical to yMail’s new theme. Also, there’s a change in the terminology (slight) and perhaps a feature or two has been introduced.

What used to be folders, are now called “notebooks”, and also, they’ve added a search bar, rather similar to the one they have on ymail. Only this one offers to actually search through all the notes. Other than that, the new UI is way more user-friendly than the older one. Creating, Modifying/saving, deleting notes and notebooks, every single one of these tasks were like slow and taxing in terms of UI back in the old interface. e.g. to rename or move or delete a folder or note you actually had to navigate to that one and then select stuff from menus e.t.c. but now, it has evolved to a slightly ‘straight-forward’ sort of UI, and yet sleeker. To create a new notebook, you simply have to type a name in the input box that says “create new notebook” ,  and press enter. To rename or delete notebooks, they’ve added a right-click context menu. Just move your cursor over to the notebook and right-click.

Another minor improvement is that whenever you are switching from one note to another and have made unsaved changes, it’s gonna prompt you and ask whether or not you are willing to save your work. Good, cause in the previous one, you can keep on switching from one note to another without realizing that all his work was being lost. A warning like this would do.