April 16, 2013

Miyano Mamoru's UtaPri Single 'Kanon' Ranks #3 for the Week

According to Oricon's singles ranking chart for April 8-14, voice actor/singer Miyano Mamoru's single "Kanon" sold 28,000 copies in its first week to rank #3. This is Miyano's best showing on Oricon's charts; his last album, Fantasista, went on sale last December and placed fourth on the weekly album chart.
You can watch the song PV here.

YouTube celebrates VCR’s 57th birthday with 'Tape Mode'

YouTube may have played a part in killing the VCR, but the video giant has not forgotten. Today is the VCR’s 57th birthday after the Ampex VRX-1000 became the first commercial video cassette recorder in 1956. To celebrate, YouTube has added a “Tape Mode” to select videos.
Not too long ago, the video tape was the media of choice for living rooms around the world. In celebration of the 57th birthday of the first commercial video cassette recorder, check out a fun VHS mode for the YouTube player to relive the magic feel of vintage video tapes. On select videos, you’ll find a VHS button in the bottom right of the player–just click to turn back the clock and enjoy the static and fuzzy motion of the VHS era.
Here is an example of 'Tape Mode' in action (you will have to open the video in YouTube to enable 'Tape Mode'):

A reason to change my cover photo on Facebook

I've been using Google+ since its Beta stage and it has been improving in many ways since then. As for Facebook, I seldomly check it nowadays. If I do, I usually just glance at the home page and then close the tab within a minute.

Micheal Johnson decided to create a cover image for the Google+ converts that said "Bye, I've moved to Google+" on the image.
Well, see ya Facebookers!
And so...I finally found an excuse to change my Facebook cover photo.
Looks good, doesn't it?
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7 Little Changes in Ubuntu 13.04

Ubuntu 13.04 will be released late this month, and whilst we are eagerly anticipating the cool new features that it will bring, let's not forget the smaller chances that will make our life a little be easier.

Faster Icon Reveal

If you like to pins every single app you use on the Unity, you will notice that the animation to reveal the icons in the list can be a bit slow. With Ubuntu 13.04, the icons are noticeably faster in transition.

Dash Error Handling

In Ubuntu 13.04, you no longer require to type the name of the application you are looking for letter-for-letter. It now uses 'fuzzy searching' to try and determine what it is you're looking for.
fuzzy searching in the unity dash

Scroll Switching

Unity 7 includes a number of ways to switch between applications. A new method introduced in Ubuntu 13.04 is 'scroll switching'. It enables the use of the scroll wheel on the mouse to cycle through open windows.

Filesystem Fill

To make it easier to see whether the trash can, SD card or external drive is open in Nautilus, the icon with the Unity bar will fill in a background color.
Screen Shot 2013-04-11 at 20.09.13
Trash can not opened vs Trash can opened

Tooltip Fade

Everytime you mouse over items pinned to the Unity launcher a tooltip shows up with a description label telling you what it is or what it does.

Non-Pixelated Pips

To make it easier to distinguish whether an app as multiple windows opened, the inclusion of un-pixelated pips has made it easier to do so.

Radio Dot

When more than one window of an app is open you can right click on its launcher item to see a list of open windows. If one has focus you’ll now see a ‘dot’ next to it.
So these are some of the small changes you will see in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail that will be released later this month.