KMines

KMines is another game offered by KDE. Beneath the square boxes are hidden mines. The object of the game is to locate all the mines as quickly as possible without uncovering any of them. If you uncover a mine, you lose the game. Simply put, it is a step above Minesweeper (for Windows, if you have played that already).

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KGoldRunner

KGoldRunner is the best game for me offered by KDE. It offers very good gameplay (tests your reflexes, your brain and sometimes even your patience), coupled with very good default theme complemented by a few more good themes.

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Installing KDE on Windows

Installing KDE on Windows is a simple process, just download and run the KDE for Windows Installer and follow the instructions.

Here is a to-the-point visual guide…

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KDE on Windows

kde_konqi_08_01KDE is an international technology team that creates Free Software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE’s products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE4’s full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X. More…

KDE on Windows Project is aimed at native porting of the KDE applications to MS Windows. I’m very much interested in it as I have to use Windows in the office, and this will let me use my favourite KDE application at office as well.

Though many applications are available even now, the project still is in early stages and you are likely to face some issues. But I have found KDE games very stable on Windows. The Project hosts not 1, 2, 5, or 10 but a lot of 30 games from different genres. The great part of the KDE games is that they  are themed using Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) implying that you can resize the game window and the game’s graphics will resize accordingly and still look spot on.

In the following posts I will guide you to install KDE games on Windows and introduce you to some of my favourite games in the pack.

Sources: http://www.kde.org/, http://windows.kde.org/

Channels being streamed by Hathway Digital Cable TV

Here I present the list of channels being streamed by Hathway Digital Cable TV.

  • General (Numbered through 1…)
    • Star Plus
    • Star One
    • Sony TV
    • Colors
    • 9x Entertainment
    • NDTV Imagine
    • Star Utsav
    • Star World
    • Zee Cafe
    • DD India
    • DD Bharti
    • Show Bizz
    • DD National
    • Zoom
    • Hungama (I’ve seen this channel being streamed only once)
    • Bindas
    • SAB TV
    • Sahara One
    • Zee TV
  • Movie (Numbered through 101…)
    • CCC
    • Star Gold
    • Star Movies
    • Zee Cinema
    • HBO
    • Set Max
    • B4U Movies
    • AXN
    • Bindas Movies
    • SET PIX
    • Zee Studio
    • Sahara Filmy
    • Zee Classic
    • Zee Action
    • Zee Premier
    • UTV Movies
  • Sports (Numbered through 201…)
    • DD Sports
    • Star Sports
    • TEN Sports
    • ESPN
    • Neo Sports
    • Neo Plus
    • Zee Sports
    • Star Cricket
  • News (Numbered through 301…)
    • IBN7
    • 24X7
    • NDTV Profit
    • Star News
    • CNBC
    • CNN International
    • Sahara NCR
    • Aaj Tak
    • DD News
    • Headlines Today
    • India TV
    • NDTV India
    • SUN News
    • DD Lok Sabha
    • DD Rajya Sabha
    • Times Now
    • VOI
    • Total TV
    • Delhi Aaj Tak
    • CNN IBN
    • BBC World
    • UTV News
    • Tej TV
    • NDTV LUMIÈRE
    • CNBC Awaaz
    • Zee Business
    • Zee News
    • News X English
    • NDTV Good Times
    • BBC Online
    • News 24
  • Music (Numbered through 401…)
    • Channel V
    • E24
    • ETC Music
    • VH1
    • MTV
    • Zee Music
    • Sun Music
    • 9x Music
  • Miscellaneous (Numbered through 501…)
    • National Geography
    • The History Channel
    • AniMax
    • Animal Planet
    • Discovery
    • Discovery Lifestyle
    • Nickelodeon
    • Pogo
    • Cartoon Network
    • Real Estate
    • Toon Disney
    • Disney

Following above are various devotional, regional and fashion channels which I think are not worth any mention here.

Hathway Digital Cable TV

Our local cable operator recently started digital cable tv service (side-by-side analogue) in collaboration with Hathway. Along with this change came poor picture quality as well as reduction in the number of channels being shown. Though I have no in-depth knowledge of the technology, I can (perhaps) predict that this was as a result of reduction of bandwidth allotted to normal tv channels.

So, if not for better picture quality, for getting all the movie and some of the music channels back, we decided to switch to digital tv. There was not really any option here because we wanted a service which is good enough with low initial cost. This meant a clear *no* to all the DTH service providers and the only way to go was Hathway. The local cable operator insisted that the picture quality is very good but upon asking for a demo, denied it.

So we shifted to Hathway digital cable tv (with minimal startup cost of Rs.500/- for set-top box and Rs.100/- for installation). The package consisted of a set-top box, a remote, a pair of batteries, one RCA cable and manual.

To start off with, the hardware which comes along seems to be of good quality. The remote also is really good with wide range (so one does not have to point it towards the set-top box) and the button placement is also satisfactory. On the back of the set-top box are two coaxial cable jacks (IN and OUT) and one RCA jack. Our tv does not support stereo sound and this box does not support mono.

The picture quality is good only in comparison with the normal cable tv connection. Boxes can be easily noticed in rapid motion videos in some of the channels, as in highly compressed videos (Does DVB allows different compression ratios for different channels?). On many times the video is also skipping in some of the channels. [EDIT:Since the last two months the video skipping problem has virtually gone off; now it happens very rarely.]

Other features of the box include EPG (Electronic Program Guide) which shows complete program chart for the day. Program reminders are also available, but you can only set reminder for the current day. It also supports a Favourite List which can store 20 channels at most. A few games are also available which can take care of kids for some time.

Overall, it is an upgrade from the normal cable tv and also has negligible start-up cost (even zero in some places, I’ve heard). But if you have the money to spare then I would recommend a satelite based DTH service.

You may also want to have a look at Channels being streamed by Hathway Digital Cable TV.