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Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0

Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) 5.0 is a truly modern, innovative messaging and collaboration application. Zimbra is the leading open source solution for enterprise, service provider, education, and government environments; offering administrators and their end-users unmatched benefits. It’s no wonder Zimbra is a popular choice for today’s growing Mac and Linux email server base. It has been recently bought by Yahoo!

ZCS Server supports various clients:
Advanced Web Client (AJAX)
– Zimbra Desktop
– Standard Web Client (HTML)
– Outlook 2003, 2007 (MAPI)
– Apple Desktop
– iPhone
– Blackberry
– Standard Phones (J2ME)
– Symbian, Palm

The unique open source Zimlet technology makes it easy to include custom ‘mash-ups’ in the ZCS web client. Zimlets are a mechanism for integrating the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (ZCS) with third party information systems and content as well as creating “mash-up” user interfaces within the Zimbra suite itself. Zimlets save end users time by condensing common tasks, which typically force them to open multiple applications, into simple contextual ones within ZCS– such mashing up calendar information to appear within the email.
Zimbra has both Network Edition and an Open Source Edition. Comparisons between Zimbra CS editions can be found here.

Apparently Microsoft has given a competitive breakdown of Microsoft Exchange versus Zimbra, and candidly admits Zimbra’s superiority in several areas. You can see the web page at the link given here:
Zimbra Collaboration Suite 4.0 vs. Exchange Server 2007
Its as partner only document, but I got some insider information from some posts on internet.

Microsoft lists several Zimbra strengths that sound much more compelling than its defense of Exchange 2007:

* The open-source-software components [used by Zimbra] are proven solutions by themselves, many with large existing user bases (MySQL, OpenLDAP, Apache, PHP, SpamAssassin).
* Its’ class of service architecture allows for simple tiered access to services.
* Searching via their Web interface is fast and robust (AJAX query builder).
* The Verity HTML converter allows for fast rendering of 200 documents to HTML.
* Zimlets, can provide a more interactive user experience compared to the Microsoft equivalent of SmartTags.
* The Documents solution provides integrated wiki-document sharing with powerful embedded document features.
* The AJAX interface is pleasing and has a “wow” factor due to speed and Zimlets. Additionally, its’ interface is identical across Internet Explorer/Firefox/Opera.

Latest Update: Zimbra Collaboration Suite 7.0 Open Source Edition Beta 1 Available Now!

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July 31, 2008 Posted by | Email Platform, Microsoft, Technology, Zimbra | , , , , | 2 Comments

Interesting Light Graffiti

Light Graffiti has come to fame over the last few years and there are quite a bit of amazing works to show on the internet demonstrating what can be achieved.

Light graffiti artists create unique tagging in air or sometimes around object in dimensional way and then images are clicked with time-lapse photography. Sometimes this tagging is not even possible with spray paints.

Requirements for capturing light graffiti in your camera:
– For capturing the light graffiti in your camera; the most important accessory is tripod. If you cannot get a tripod make sure that your camera is in a fixed position.
– You need to set your camera with faster shutter speed.
– The exposure time should be around 10-30 seconds and this should vary with the lighting conditions.
– Keep your aperture dumb, do not highlight the aperture and make sure to keep your aperture closed. This controls the over exposure of the image.
– Always prefer low ISO and stick to ISO 100 for better light graffiti.

Different light sources give you different colors of graffiti. Glow stick can be used to give variety of color, xenon gives you warm golden lights, cathode tubes give you thick lines and LED gives you thin precise lines. Take a look at my Graffiti Album. Also check out the Light Graffiti Gallery on Flickr

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July 27, 2008 Posted by | Photography | , | Leave a comment

Zakir Hussain – Making Music

Making Music

Zakir Hussain is a poet of the tabla, but as this album makes clear, his interests extend far beyond Indian classical music. He’s joined here by an international cast of players, each of whom lends a different influence to the proceedings. While the dynamic remains largely on the low end, preserving the music’s meditative quality, there are elements of jazz (Jan Garbarek’s liquid sax lines) and folk (John McLaughlin’s pastoral acoustic guitar). These more Western influences contrast nicely with Hussain’s tablas, which seem to tell a slowly unfolding story to the listener. Famed flautist Hariprasad Chaurasia navigates the middle ground between Garbarek’s jazzy explorations and the traditional Indian bent of Hussain. While MAKING MUSIC would fit comfortably alongside the languid, atmospheric jazz that makes up the bulk of ECM’s catalogue, Hussain’s music is a singular animal–an utterly unique hybrid.

Recorded December 1986 – ECM 1349
Zakir Hussain: tabla, percussion, voice
Hariprasad Chaurasia: flutes
John McLaughlin : acoustic guitar
Jan Garbarek : tenor, soprano saxophones

01. Making Music
02. Zakir
03. Water Girl
04. Toni
05. Anisa
06. Sunjog
07. You And Me
08. Sabah

Size: 70,91 MB @ 192 kbps (mp3 tracks)

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July 24, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , , , | 2 Comments

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.1 – Portable


Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. Plus, thanks to the launcher bundled in the Mozilla Firefox – Portable Edition, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go.
Know more about Firefox

Download Firefox 3.0.1 for English (Portable) from

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July 23, 2008 Posted by | Browser, Technology | , , , | Leave a comment

Funny and Weird Country Laws

– All married women must get their husband’s permission if they wish to have a job.

– You must pay a fine of $600 in Thailand if you’re caught throwing away chewed bubble gum on the sidewalk.

– Cars whose license plates end with a 1 or 2 are not allowed on the roads on Monday, 3 or 4 on Tuesday, 5 or 6 on Wednesday, 7 or 8 on Thursday, and 9 or 0 on Friday.

– Clothes may not be hung to dry on Sunday.
– It is illegal to flush the toilet after 10 P.M.

South Korea
– Traffic police are required to report all bribes that they receive from motorists.

– The sale of gum is prohibited.
– Cigarettes are illegal at all public places.
– Oral sex is illegal unless it is used as a form of foreplay.

– Divorces are outlawed.
– It is illegal to be drunk on Licensed Premises (in a pub or bar).
– Placing a postage stamp that bears the Queen (or King) upside down is considered treason.
– Damaging the grass is illegal.

– Licenses must be bought in order to own television sets and VCRs.

– Children may not purchase cigarettes, but can smoke them.
– You may never leave your car keys in an unattended vehicle.
– It is illegal to roam the streets wearing black clothes, felt shoes and black shoe polish on your face as these items are the tools of a cat burglar.
– It is illegal to read someone’s tarot, or give them a psychic reading as these are forms of witchcraft.
– Under Australian Communications Authority (ACA) regulations, your modem can’t pick up on the first ring. If it does, the ACA permit for your modem is invalid and there’s a $12000 fine. –
Telecommunications Act 1991

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July 15, 2008 Posted by | General, Life | , , | 6 Comments