Give people what they want : Windows meets Android

The two most used operating system in the world are the windows and the android. And how would it be if there is a release to have them both together on a PC simultaneously  and one could use them at the same time without switching??
This year at CES , many people got just the thing they were looking for. The company BlueStacks in collaboration with AMD have created the android for windows 8. It runs on top of windows and they have taken care of the very last details while creating it.

I have tried emulators, tried running android on VMs but it was still painfully slow. But with this release its become awesome. Imagine the apps that are only on android can be played in full resolution. You don’t need your phone/tab while you are home and because the apps will be synced straight into the android running on your PC. And for the best part it even allows you to sync multiple android devices.

So this has the potential to bridge the gap between multiple operating systems and multiple devices. This does not involve Dual booting, as it becomes very messy and is very resource intensive. The bluestack-AMD approach  is a virtual environment created to run android natively. This is as of now optimized under AMD and thus makes use of the AMD’s  APUs, beginning with the 4th generation AMD APU codenamed “Kaveri” .

amd_bluestacks_android_win8

For the user, the workflow advantages are enormous. BlueStacks provides a full Android User Interface (UI). The customization, settings and personalization capabilities you expect from your Android phone or tablet are right there in the virtual Android environment.

And that Android UI? It is a fully functional window on your Windows desktop. So, you can have Photoshop open on one side of your desktop and your favorite Android app on the other.  About to unlock a Booster? Blow your Android window up to full screen and fill your desktop. BlueStacks takes full advantage of the AMD platform.

check out the live demo:

For those of you having Intel, I think it should be a short wait before something alike comes for Intel as well, because BlueStacks has made it clear why this is very necessary.

You can read the full press release here.
SOURCE – AMD COMMUNITY

 

BitMessage – messaging client

After the news that government is snooping on the user’s messages ,calls, etc, this was created by few developers who wanted to create a messaging client that would keep the user’s messages private. This client is written in python. It  is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities. It uses strong authentication which means that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, and it aims to hide “non-content” data, like the sender and receiver of messages, from passive eavesdroppers like those running warrantless wiretapping programs.

It helps t keep your identity a secret. That is it will generate a unique key for a particular user and you can share that with others,  so  only you can know who that person is when he/she shares their key with you. It can be used for good or bad purposes but, the developers believe that when  privacy is not given to us  then we have to take such measures to maintain it ourself.
You can use this to send, receive messages without having to fear the loss of your privacy. It also has measures to help you block spams if your key is got by some unwanted people. It also allows you to have multiple identities and helps you create an addressbook (which only you can see), so that you can easily know to whom  you are sending / receiving the message from.

the best part about it is that it is completely open source, so for those who wish to tinker around with it or want to have a look at the code can download from github here.

if you want the detailed documentation  as to what it is, how it works you can read the developers whitepaper here.

download link:

click here to download for Linux.

click here to download for Windows.

click here to download for Mac

instructions:

once the client is downloaded and installed first you have to click on the “your identity” tab and generate a unique key for yourself or you can give a key explicitly. Once that is done , save it and then you can share tht key with anyone you wish to. Then you can message them using the various tabs in the BitMessage  window.

you can also discretely use your email to use the services of bitmessage free of cost without using any software. Check out the link here  . all the instruction for using this client online is in that link.
Share your thought, your key(if you would like to) , and what you think about such software. in the comments below.

Rescuing windows when boot loader is deleted.

I had installed ubuntu 13.04 and wanted to install 12.04LTS . I knew that directly deleting the Ubuntu partition will delete the linux GRUB and also due to the absence of the windows bootloader it will make the system unable to boot any OS. I had heard about the easy BCD software to create a WIndows entry and MBR. But that procedure went wrong and i deleted the partition without knowing the mistake. The laptop wasn’t booting any OS.

the GNU grub is a pacakage that is installed when installing a linux operating system parallel to a windows OS. This package gives you the choice to boot one of the multiple OS on your system.The grub is installed over the default  windows bootloader(that helps booting windows) and hence if the linux OS is deleted so is the grub and the system doesn’t knows where to boot from.The only solution is to add the windows bootloader again into the system.

This led me to do lot of research as to how to add the bootloader. I didn’t have my operating system installation disc either. But my research helped me  repair my system back to normal state booting on windows.I learnt a lot of Do’s and don’ts while installing multiple OS.

I had a windows 7 Ultimate installation disc. But mine was windows 7 home premium.It is not a problem if u have a different version CD of your OS. Boot your laptop with that CD and click on repair computer.It detects the fault and automatically installs the windows bootloader. You have to restart and the windows is back to normal.

Another way is, if you have a live USB with ubuntu in it,then boot the laptop through the live USB and install ubuntu on your system.this reinstalls the linux GRUB and you will be able to boot windows or ubuntu.
Once this is done boot Windows and create a recovery disc so that you can boot using those discs  if the bootloader is deleted.

Remember not to use system recovery present in your laptop as it will reinstall the entire OS and may sometimes delete the data also.It is best advisable to use the method mentioned above and create recovery discs.
If you haven’t already deleted ubuntu and if you want to then use Easy bcd to add windows entry and don’t delete the partition unless the changes you have made using Easy bcd is found working.