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India 2.0: 1024 and bleeding white?

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A long, long time ago…
I can still remember
How that 800x layout used to make me smile….
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people change
And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.

Four of India’s major news websites, Times of India, Hindustan Times, Indian Express and NDTV recently went under the knife recently and got a facelift each for themselves. All of them are now a spanking 1024 pixels wide, having thrown into the dustbin the old 800 pixel wide layout that the industry has persisted with for a very very long time. There still is not much in terms of innovation in any of their efforts, it is mostly a clean up job aimed at organising the information more logically, but it is a welcome break from the ancient layouts these sites used to have and as a bonus they load up much faster too.

I particularly like Times of India’s effort, HT is pretty much a rip-off of NYT and NDTV looks like a rush job that they are still fixing in full public view, but ToI is a pretty clean and logical redesign and the new mail service I’ve seen is also quite spiffy. I think a certain Mr Pankaj Gupta is finally getting make a mark there and knowing how hard that can be, it is a laudable effort.

Strangely, the portals of Indiatimes and Rediff are still on the 800 layout. I wonder how long before see them also being changed to 1024 and from what I know the audience is not that different on the related news sites. In any case, I am only glad to see the back of the 800.

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Written by shyam

April 21, 2007 at 7:26 am

Posted in Browsers, Media, Technology

Broken Opera 9 download link

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The download link for the new Opera browser is broken on the Opera homepage. The download is handled by some loadbalancing/redirection script that does not handle the spaces in the filename properly.

You can, meanwhile, use this link: wget ftp.ankara.edu.tr/opera/win/900/en/Opera%209%20Eng%20Setup.exe

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Written by shyam

June 24, 2006 at 12:28 pm

Posted in Browsers

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