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Create your own magnigraphs

Magnigraph by Casegame

You can create your own magnigraphs of your signature, a sketch, even a photograph. Your magnigraph can then be scaled to arbitrary size, for printing on T-shirts, mugs,
or posters. Makes a great gift!

There are two ways your can create your own magnigraphs. You can upload an image from your computer, or your can point us at an image on the web.

Low resolution, high contrast images work best.

My Real photograph

Some of my magnigraphed photographs

images available in 4 different colours and 5 different Sizes (180 · 400 · 640 · 960 · 1920)

you may also try yourself! but respect copyrights images...

Case Game's other Sites :

* clickarang.com
* giflix.com
* magnigraph.com
* millipedia.org
* mp3daq.com
* urladex.com
* wikipredict.com

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Lingro - Help build dictionaries

check out all the new tools, dictionaries, and translations of Lingro’s pages!

Since their launch, they've received a lot of amazing feedback and requests from users. They've been hard at work adding tools that users've asked for, fixing problems user have found, and adding new dictionaries users have requested. Here's a run-down of everything new users will be able to see on the site:

Lingro in your language

Users have been coming to Lingro from around the world, especially from the U.S. and Europe. To make the site easier to use and accessible by more people, we've added translations of Lingro's pages into German, Polish, French, Spanish, and Italian! To set the language you see Lingro in, click "preferences" on the right side of the toolbar at the bottom.

If you speak German or Polish, you can also use http://lingro.de or http://lingro.pl for quick access to Lingro in your language.

Review sentences User have read

It's a fact - learning new words in context not only helps you remember vocabulary, but helps you develop a deeper understanding of their meaning. You've been able to look up words in context with the web viewer and file viewer - now you can review words in context too! The sentence history page lets you see all the sites you've read with Lingro, along with the words you've clicked on and the sentences those words were in. Try coming back to your Sentence History a few hours after you've read a page and see how many words you remember.

Tools for webmasters

Do you have a blog or a website with international readers? Here are some great ways to give these readers a hand, without having your writing lost in translation with Babel Fish or Google Translator. You'll also be showing your support for open, community-developed dictionaries!

o Lingro Badge

By putting the Lingro Badge in the sidebar of your blog or on your website, you'll let your readers open your page in the web viewer with a single click! Multilingual readers will be able to read your website much more easily since they can look up new words with a single click. They'll also be spending more time on your site, which is great for you if you're supported by ads.

You can try it out right now on their blog - you should see the badge on the right.

o Contributor

Are you as enthusiastic about open-content as we are? We designed the contributor along with our friends at Worldwide Lexicon (check out their site if you haven't already!) to let your readers contribute translations missing from the Lingro dictionaries. The contributor figures out which language a reader uses on their computer, and prompts them with words from a second language to translate.

Check it out on the bottom of their blog.


The Lingro API gives you a way to invisibly add Lingro translation bubble capability to your page. Just add one line of HTML code and set the class of any element on your page to "lingro_container" to let users click on words inside for instant translations. This is especially useful for sites with interactive multilingual content (such as language-learning social networking sites) where users will frequently encounter words they are unfamiliar with.

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Fluid - Web browser

Your web browser is for web browsing.

Are you a Gmail, Facebook, Campfire or Pandora fanatic? Do you have 20 or more browser tabs open at all times? Are you tired of some random site or Flash ad crashing your browser and causing you to lose your (say) Google Docs data in another tab?

If so, Site Specific Browsers (SSBs) provide a great solution for your WebApp woes. Using Fluid, you can create SSBs to run each of your favorite WebApps as a separate Cocoa desktop application. Fluid gives any WebApp a home on your Mac OS X desktop complete with Dock icon, standard menu bar, logical separation from your other web browsing activity, and many, many other goodies.

Fluid includes Tabbed Browsing, built-in Userscripting (aka Greasemonkey), URL pattern matching for browsing whitelists and blacklists, bookmarks, auto-software updates via the Sparkle Update framework, custom SSB icons, a JavaScript API for showing Dock badges, Growl notifications, and Dock menu items, and more.

The Fluid Thumbnail Plug-in allows you to browse the web with CoverFlow or iPhoto-like thumbnail previews for links on the current page. Watch the screencast in the sidebar on the left to see the Thumbnail Plug-in in action. How does the Thumbnail Plug-in know how to find the links on the current page from which to make the thumbnails? Simple... Use CSS selectors to select links or images for a given URL pattern (like *google.com*). Add CoverFlow support for your own site with a simple CSS selector!
(Credit : Fluid)

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Yedda - People. Sharing. Knowledge...

Connect, share, learn something new every day - Imagine you could connect with someone who knows the answers to your questions, on any topic, at any time. An AOL product....

Ask - Ask a question on any topic get personalized answers from relevant people
Answer - Share your experience, give advice, tell your story, help others
Explore - See what people are asking, learn something new every day

Connect with people who can help

At Yedda we strive to merge the convenience and efficiency of search with the unlimited value of individual knowledge to get you the best answers to your questions.

We believe that every person is multi-faceted. A unique combination of professional history, personal experience, acquired hobbies and pursued interests nurture the uniqueness in every one of us. That unique individuality is an invaluable resource when shared.

It's simple and fun to explore and discover

We are building Yedda as a fun place to share, explore and discover knowledge - a place where you can connect with people having specialized knowledge or with people of interests similar to yours.

Share your personal knowledge with others

Key unique values we’ve put into the user experience of Yedda:


There are so many topics out there. At Yedda, we carefully select for you, based on your preferences, the questions and answers that are likely to be of interest to you. And, the more you use Yedda, the better we get at understanding your interests. So go ahead, personalize Yedda to match your interests!


We like to think of each question you ask as if it's the single most important question. After all, it probably is to you. Yedda proactively invites relevant people to answer your question and continues to monitor it to make sure you get the best answers as quickly as possible


Yedda understands what your question or answer is about, and is clever enough to find related questions and answers automatically for you even if they're listed under a different topic.


We've built Yedda to be a dynamic, self-evolving system that adapts itself to the people using it. New topics and associations between topics are created dynamically by the community. Every question you ask or answer contributes to our understanding of what people really care about.
(Credit : yedda)

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Yahoo's ymail & rocketmail

Yahoo! offering free e-mail accounts under two new domains in a new way to attract the experienced surfers unhappy with their current mail ids.Registering new addresses under the domains of "ymail" and "rocketmail" at http://mail.yahoo.com is expected by a company that is located in Sunnyvale. This is the first time that Yahoo has offered different e-mail accounts under the shadows other than its own name. Both ymail.com and rocketmail.com already lead to the Yahoo Mail landing page.

Most people prefer an e-mail address that's easy to remember like the their first name in front of their last name or interest, like a hobby or favorite sports team or the favourite actor's name as a fan. But the popularity of Yahoo e-mail had criticalized the range of choices, forcing users to perform too many decisions to come up with an e-mail handle that hadn't already been taken.

Yahoo! mail is the market leader with the most users (266 million worldwide in April) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo_mail

"We realized we needed to expand the universe of Yahoo mail," said John Kremer, a vice president in charge of Yahoo's e-mail.

Yahoo is hoping the additional options created with the ymail and rocketmail will help boost its e-mail growth. E-mail under the ymail and rocketmail domains offering all the same features as the Yahoo domain. if you register your free e-mail account under one of these two new domain names, you’ll get the exact same features as you would with “standard” mail.yahoo.com. these two new domains Yahoo is offering will change the fact that Gmail is growing much faster than both Yahoo and Microsoft eventhough Gmail is not the market leader.

so whats your choice ymail or rocketmail? let me know your thoughts as comments....

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StyleMob was acquired by Glam Media

Women's-focused media and advertising company Glam Media has acquired StyleMob, a small social-media site consisting of a blog and some community features pertaining to fashion. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The rumor was first reported in Valleywag earlier on Thursday, where blogger Nicholas Carlson added that StyleMob's founders "weren't happy" about the acquisition. Glam Media recently raised significant venture funding and hinted that it would go in part toward purchasing smaller companies.

StyleMob, centered on "street fashion" rather than the runways of Paris and Milan, had already been a part of Glam's advertising network prior to the acquisition. As it turns out, the deal was actually closed earlier this year. "Glam Media did acquire StyleMob, a fashion social media site founded in early 2007. All three employees are now with Glam,"

Glam Media public relations director Caroline Hacker said in a statement. "Co-founder Adam Souzis was previously announced as executive director of Glam Labs, the technology research arm of Glam (on) February 4th."

Recent months have seen a number of acquisitions in the fashion-media start-up space, including some by women's blog network Sugar Inc. Glam, meanwhile, has stayed relatively mum on purchases, choosing instead to expand its advertising reach.

Source : Webware

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Hulu - legal source for TV shows and movies

Hulu is an excellent 100% legal source for TV shows and movies. If you were looking for a website where you could freely watch your favorite movies and shows online this is it. Most of the content come in pretty good quality. No ‘camrips’ here. There is also an option to watch videos in full screen mode. Plus it’s completely free, you don’t have to pay anything.

The site has a rich choice of content including popular TV shows (The Office, The Simspons, Family Guy etc.) and hundreds of popular movies. You won’t be able to watch latest movies here, but there are lots of cool stuff to choose from. You can browse content by network or genre (Comedy, Crime, NBA etc.). If you’re not sure where to start you can also check what’s most popular among Hulu users. One really cool feature is that you can subscribe to your favorite shows or channels and get notified whenever the new videos are added.

At the moment the service is available only within the United States. However there is a way to access it from outside the United States as well. You will need to install a program called Hotspot Shield for that.

Lots of websites come and go, especially when it comes to TV show and movie websites. Being a major movie, TV show, news and documentary addict made me try lots of websites over the last couple of years. While many of those sites sucked, some of them were really good.

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Get Your Guinness World Record Certificate for Firefox 3

Firefox lovers helped Mozilla set a unique Guinness World Record for the “Most downloaded software in 24 hours.”

Firefox is celebrating with certificates that also carry a Guinness World Records logo.

To print your own certificate, type your name and download the certificate in PDF format.

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(Credits : Spreadfirefox)

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The 100$ laptop - OLPC Project New Design

The 100$ laptop just got better with its new design

Now that’s good news, the 100$ laptop, while running a bit behind its agenda, just got much better. The i-Phone-like touchscreen display dramatically increases the usability of the computer and helps making it thinner.

The machine got even eco-friendlier than the previous version, using green material and requesting very low energy to run. The other green aspect of it is its focus on the ebook reading functionality, which could lead to produce less books and have an impact on the forests.

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, which developed the low-cost XO education laptop for developing countries, has revealed plans for its next-generation mobile computing device. The new system, which will have a clamshell form-factor with two 16:9 touch-screen displays and no hardware keyboard, is expected to sell for $75 per unit and will be available in 2010. That's the hope, at least. The reality is likely to be quite different, given the project's troubled history.

OLPC has suffered from a multitude of serious setbacks and has had difficulty managing the development and rollout of its XO laptop. The cost of the XO climbed to $188 from the initial target of $100 and OLPC complains that sales have been disappointingly slow. The organization attempted to sell XO units in North America through the Give 1 Get 1 program in order to offset some of the production costs, but the effort was undermined by serious shipping and deployment problems. The XO keyboard, which is said to be susceptible to hardware failure, has prompted a dubious patent infringement lawsuit by a Nigerian company.

The laptop used as an ebook reader

The organization itself is also fracturing internally as key contributors take sides in a bitter dispute over the direction of the OLPC software platform. This battle has led to the departure of several important participants. OLPC's former security director lashed out at the organization last week and revealed that it has absolutely no deployment infrastructure in place at all to facilitate the XO rollout.

Those problems will hopefully be worked out by the time OLPC 2.0 is launched. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte says that the clamshell design of the new laptop is modeled after a book. It will be smaller and lighter than the XO and can also be opened up completely flat to provide a single continuous touch-screen surface. Like the XO, it will use former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen's unique dual-mode display which is readable under direct sunlight. Jepsen left OLPC earlier this year to found her own company with the intention of commercializing the display technology. She indicated at the time that she was working with OLPC on a new project—a $75 laptop. The new OLPC hardware model announced likely what she was referring to.

Negroponte's announcement of a next-generation product seems extremely premature in the face of all of the severe problems faced by OLPC and its current product. Without proper deployment infrastructure to handle the XO, there's a very real question of whether the organization will last long enough to push out a second product.

For More Pictures of the OPLC Laptop Click Here

Source : Designer-Daily and OLPC

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Firefox 3 - Download Day 2008

Download Firefox during Download Day and enjoy increased security, blinding speed and cool new features that will change the way you use the Web.

If you don't already have the fastest, most secure,
most customizable web browser,get it for free today!

Download Day

With more than 15,000 improvements, Firefox 3 is faster, safer and smarter than before.

New Features
  • Firefox 3 sets the innovation bar very high with exciting new features, including one-click bookmarking, the smart location bar and lightning fast performance.

  • Keeping you and your personal information safe is our top priority. Firefox 3 includes phishing and malware protection, plus our new instant site ID info.
  • With features like built-in spell checking, session restore and full zoom, Firefox 3 makes it possible to work faster and more efficiently on the Web.
  • Your taste and needs set you apart from the rest. With Firefox 3 you can choose from over 5,000 add-ons that help you customize your browsing experience.

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Let’s take a look atSyncplicity that now not only backs up your data, but it also keeps it synchronized across multiple computers and also allows you to share data with your friends.

What it claims to offer:
  • Unlimited storage: Everybody hates keeping track of cell phone minutes. Why should your files be any different? Syncplicity’s storage is unlimited, so you never need to worry about how many file, gigabytes, or what-have-you of bandwidth you have left. Ever.
  • Real-Time Backup: Murphy’s Law doesn’t pay attention to the clock. Syncplicity backs up your files not once a month, once a week, or even once an hour, but immediately. Create a masterpiece only to accidentally delete it three seconds later? Skip the sinking feeling. Just go straight to the Syncplicity website and get your precious data back.
  • Sharing made Simple: Share any folder with anyone with a simple click of the mouse. Since your files are already in Syncplicity, others get access right away. So if they choose to use the Syncplicity client, the files simply show up on their computers.
  • Access anytime, anywhere: Access your files while away from your computer through the Syncplicity File Explorer. Are you at a friend’s computer, and need to print out a file? Grab it from the File Explorer and print it out. Find a typo along the way? No worries. Just make the change and upload it back. The edited version will be waiting for you on your computer when you return.
  • Multiple Computers, One View: Keep all of your computers in sync. With Syncplicity, it doesn’t matter which machine you use. Writing a letter at home on your desktop, but need to run? No problem! Just save the file like you normally would, grab your laptop and go. Your letter will be on your laptop, ready and waiting.
  • An Elegant Experience: Pleasant and powerful. The Syncplicity client is built to be second to none. It intelligently synchronizes your computer and is never intimidating. The client integrates tightly with Windows so you can see the status with just a glance and perform common actions with just a right-click. Want more information or help? The client walks you through common tasks with ease.
  • Bridges the Online and Offline Worlds: A one-of-a-kind platform breaks free of limitations that restricts you to a single website or set of computers. With Syncplicity, your files follow you to where you want them, including web applications such as Google Docs and Facebook.
  • Secure: Syncplicity transfers all your data using 128-bit SSL, the same encryption used for online banking. On the backend, your files are stored encrypted using AES, military grade encryption. Only you can access your files.

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Skyfire's cell phone browser

Skyfire is a free, downloadable mobile browser that delivers rich web media

There's nothing fun about being on a wait list, especially when you're told the wait just got longer. Skyfire, a new cell phone browser demoed in February, hit such demand in its closed beta program, the company split participation into two rounds.

According to a Skyfire statement, those lucky ducks who signed up before March 1 made the cut for Beta 1 and will receive the golden invitation to join the testing in phases from now until the end of April. This first phalanx of users will also be invited to continue their testing as the second round of beta testers, who signed up March 2 or after, is welcomed aboard sometime this summer. If you've got a Windows Mobile phone, it's still not too late to add your name to Skyfire's growing list of second-session testers. In the meantime, live vicariously through this video of the browser's current features.

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Trapster turns your cell phone into a police detector

When you see a trap, report it by pressing a button on your phone, or calling a toll free number. Other user's phones will alert them as they approach the trap. Trapster® learns the credibility of traps based on how many users agree. It also learns the credibility of each user, over time. Trapster® works on any mobile phone, and also other devices like PDAs, navigation systems, and laptop computers!

Skyhook Wireless' geopositioning can be useful, but rarely does it save you from a $400 speeding ticket. A start-up named Trapster is trying to change that. The company has taken a creative spin on using geopositioning to help lead-footed drivers avoid known and newly discovered speed traps and other police dragnets. By installing the application on your mobile phone you'll get heads up on speed cameras, red-light cameras, hiding places, and live police while out and about. The application uses Skyhook Wireless' Wi-Fi and cell tower location positioning system to keep tabs on where you are while you're driving around. It also blends in GPS to give you more precise positioning on city streets.

The data comes from other tipsters on the Trapster network, and is updated frequently. Creator Pete Tenereillo tells me there only need to be about 10 active users in each city to provide a reasonable amount of coverage for live police and new traps on major thoroughfares, a number which has already been met in places like Rhode Island, Florida, and San Diego. To keep users tipping, the service uses a karma system and a confidence scale to make sure tips aren't providing useless tips. Users can also create new trap alerts for others right on their phones. Tenereillo says the ratio of people tipping to simple leechers is hovering at about 40 percent. Part of that is because of the simplicity of adding new traps, which is a one button affair if you have the application running on your Nokia or Blackberry smartphone.

Coming in a couple of weeks is an iPhone version of the application which will take advantage of the geopositioning that made its way into the maps application in an earlier software update. iPhone users will get the same audio alerts and live-positioning locating, with less position accuracy because of the lack of GPS, something Tenereillo is hoping will be added in the next hardware revision. Despite the free price, there are a few hindrances. The stock warning sounds are a little alarming, but you can go in and rename and rerecord the warning with your own voice. You're also missing out on the radar and laser protection you'd get with a real radar detector, which tend to work a little faster than the mobile phone alerts. I'm still in love with the idea though, and for the cheapskate out there with a compatible handset, this is almost as good an alternative as being a safe and responsible driver.

See speed traps and other police gotchas in your area with Trapster. While not as accurate for things like highway speed traps, knowing if you're close to a red light or speed camera could save you from a big ticket if you're a leadfoot driver. (Credit: CNET Networks)

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Highlight and Share the Web!

Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community

Research and Collaborate

  • Don't just bookmark! Highlight the web! Add sticky notes too!
  • Access and search your findings from any PC or iphone!
  • Create groups to pool resources for specific projects.

Connect and Discover

  • You are what you annotate, creating a presence for you in the community.
  • Connect with friends effortlessly and non-intrusively through content.
  • Discover quality resources on any subject or get personalized recommendations.
Organize your bookmarks and annotations by tags or lists.
  • Tags and lists are two different ways to organize information.
  • Tags are best for diverse and disparate information, while lists are best for focused information.
Multiple ways to share your bookmarks and annotations
  • You can publish your findings to your blog by using the one-click "Send to Blog" feature, by setting up automatic daily posting, or by adding linkrolls and tagrolls to your blog. You can send multiple annotated and highlighted pages at once by email, and the recipients will see exactly what you are referring to. You can also easily post to other websites such as twitter, facebook, delicious, etc.

The service finds people who bookmark like you do.

Diigo takes all the data it collects from users and allows them to rotate it in interesting ways. When you're looking at the page for a site, for example, you can easily see what other users who bookmarked that site also bookmarked (sort of like MyBlogLog, Medium, eSnips). And based on the tag cloud for a site as well as the affinity you have with its other bookmarkers, the system will suggest other sites to you that it thinks you might like.

There's also a social angle: The system suggests people that it thinks you'll find interesting, but identifying the ones closest to you in bookmarking behavior. I recommend Diigo, especially with the plug-in. It's a complex tool but if you take a few minutes to learn what it can do and how it does it, it can make you a more productive, smarter Web user.

There's also a very nice new browser sidebar that shows you a lot of very useful and focused information, including your own latest bookmarks, those from your Diigo friends, and most cleverly, the Diigo users who have also saved information from the page you're visiting as well as the site itself.

Reading is more fun with friends, more productive with Diigo...

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Xoopit turns Gmail

Xoopit turns Gmail into a gorgeous media browser

All these media-hosting and social-networking services are great, but there's been a relatively untapped resource in tracking what you're sharing: your e-mail in-box. Today a new service called Xoopit is opening up in private beta to Gmail users who are looking to not only sort through the deluge of photos, videos, and other files that make their way into your in-box, but add ways to share that media with social networks you're already using.

Xoopit's answer is to have you install a small browser plug-in and give it the credentials to your Gmail account. It will crawl over all the data, and within 24 hours the entirety of your in-box, sent mail, and mailbox archive will be able to be browsed and sorted through in a whole new (and I think far simpler) manner. While Gmail has its own search function, it's not so good when it comes time to browse and interact with media from those search results like Google does with Web queries.
With Xoopit installed you can view photos sent to you like a photo slide show. It does the same for videos and files too. (Credit: CNET Networks)

I've only had it indexing my in-box for the past hour or so, but it's already made my in-box a lot more useful. The latest media can be browsed in a little thumbnail stream on the top of the page, which reminds me a lot of a similar feature in Flock. Additionally, photos, videos, and files can be viewed off-site at Xoopit.com. It takes a similar approach to DropBox (review) in giving you a reverse chronological stream of your media that can be viewed, downloaded, and managed while away from Gmail. The same interface is actually a part of Gmail once you install the plug-in, so users will feel right at home in either location.

I must say Xoopit is off to a really great start. For a new app, I found very little to gripe about. It succeeds in two major areas: one in speed, since it doesn't slow down your in-box whatsoever, and the other in ease of use. The user interface is incredibly intuitive and provides a far better media viewing experience than Gmail does on its own. (Credit: Webware)

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Digsby - instant messaging application

Digsby is a multiprotocol instant messaging application developed by dotSyntax, LLC. It currently supports e-mail notifications and alerts from MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. It is released under a proprietary license and is free to download. To control access, users must register for a Digsby Account. Registration can be done through the program's installer or through a web interface. As of March 20, 2008, Digsby is in public beta, and no longer requires an invitation to set up an account.

  • POP3 and IMAP support for almost any email service available
  • Pre-configured email services such as Yahoo, AOL Mail, or Hotmail's webmail, emulating a POP3 or IMAP client
  • Email alerts which pop up a small window in the corner of your screen, alerting you of new mail
  • Built-in email composition, which can automatically acquire email addresses from IM profiles.
Social Networking
  • Support for MySpace alerts, keeping you informed of updates to your friends' profiles, status, and private messages. Provides instant access to various parts of your MySpace account, such as your profile, home page, blog, etc.
  • Support for Facebook, alerting you of updates in your friend feeds.
  • Support for Twitter, allowing you to easily submit new "tweets", and view your friends' tweets, as well.
  • Future support for additional social networks are currently being developed.

Buddy List
  • Supports metacontacts, much like Trillian's metacontacts by a simple drag-and-drop system.
  • Instant status updates.
  • Customizable ordering of all aspects of the buddy list.
  • Email and social network alerts.
  • Skinnable buddy list for a personalized look and feel.
  • Custom notifications for various actions such as contacts signing in/out, messages sent/received, etc
  • Buddy list, IM accounts, widgets, and application settings are synchronized on Digsby's server, so all your settings are transferred between installations on other computers.
Supported protocols
  • .NET Messenger Service (Windows Live Messenger, commonly known as MSN)
  • OSCAR (AIM/ICQ/.Mac)
  • XMPP (Jabber, Google Talk)
  • Yahoo!
  • Twitter
courtsy : www.digsby.com

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Earth Day cleanup is March 29

Turning the lights off for Earth Hour is a great first step, but if you really want to see a difference, then make Earth Hour part of your everyday life.

Simple things like turning off appliances while not in use and switching your light globes to energy efficient bulbs, will all help us reach our goal of reducing our annual emissions by 5%. Even something as simple as turning out lights when you’re not in a room and switching to cleaner sources of electricity like “green power”, make a big difference.

At Home

You don’t have to live in total darkness every day to make a difference. Just follow these five quick and easy tips.

  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and reduce emissions. Lighting accounts for around 5% of household greenhouse gas emissions, and compact fluros use 75% less energy than an equivalent incandescent bulb. Although the bulbs cost more up-front, you will actually save money through the energy saved and extended life of the bulb.
  • Turn appliances off while not in use. Unplug any appliances like mobile phone chargers, TVs, microwaves, MP3 players, which are not being used and are on standby. In Australia, appliances on standby consume up to 10% of your electricity bill.
  • Turn off anything that doesn’t need to be on. A good rule is to turn off anything not being used. When you leave a room or leave the house, turn off your lights or appliances like the TV or computer.
  • Switch to green power. This is one of the best ways you can make a difference. Contact your electricity provider today and switch to green power, a cleaner, more renewable form of energy that does not contribute to global warming. If all Australians switched to green power today, Australia’s total greenhouse pollution would be cut by 30% in one year. That’s the equivalent of more than 40 million cars!
  • Use less hot water. This is not only a good water saving tip, it saves electricity too. Spend one minute less in the shower.

At Work

As well as the very simple things you can do in the office, like printing double-sided and using recycled paper, there are many other ways to help your workplace reduce its carbon footprint.

  • Get off standby. Speak to your office manager about turning off any equipment at work that is not being used, including computer screens, photocopiers and printers, particularly when you leave at night.
  • Turn off lights at the end of the working day. Before you leave your place of work remember to turn off any lights in your workspace and your computer if you use one at work. Remember to unplug your mobile phone or laptop charger when it’s not in use. Speak to your office manager about installing motion-sensor lighting after 5pm when most people have gone home.
  • Find out what’s happening in your workplace. Ask about your company’s emissions reduction policies and find out what’s already happening. Look for ways to reduce energy use in your workplace and encourage improvements. If employers know their employees are keen to make their workplaces environmentally friendly, they’ll be even more inclined to take action.
  • Encourage your organisation to have measurable emissions reduction targets. Many Australian businesses are committing to emissions targets and have plans to be carbon neutral by a certain date. Switching to green power, reducing and offsetting energy use and travel, and incorporating this into all areas of the business are critical to this process. Does your company have a plan?

source : technozone

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Firefox 3 Beta 4 Released For Download

Mozilla has released the fourth beta of its popular open source browser Firefox. This almost coincides with the release of the first beta version of Internet Explorer 8.1 by Microsoft. Mozilla says that the new beta version of Firefox has more than 900 enhancements. Additional stress has been given to performance, memory and simplifying the user interface.

The company also claimed that web applications run twice as fast in Firefox 3 when compared to the earlier version. The beta four also has a resume download application, a new location bar and an auto-complete system which presents options for the addresses of pages as soon as a user starts typing. Only the most relevant matches are shown based on frequency of use. Mozilla will release one more beta before coming out with the full fledged version of Firefox3.

Firefox is a fast, full-featured browser that makes browsing more efficient than ever before. More information about Firefox is available.

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is 5x faster than IE7, 3x faster than FF2

The almost-but-not-quite-final beta of Firefox 3 (FF3 beta 4) is now available for download. The most noticeable improvement is speed. In some tests, it’s three times faster than Firefox 2 (meaning the test completes in 1/3 the time), and a whopping five times faster than IE 7:

Other improvements in beta 4 include:
Smarter location bar that tunes itself to your browsing habits. As you type in part of the URL it will offer suggestions based on where you’ve been before. Better native look-n-feel on Vista, Mac OSX, and Linux.

This includes continuing work on icons, menus, native controls.
Zoom just the text or the whole page.
Zooming the text was one feature I missed from Firefox 2.
Reduced memory usage. This is the main reason I switched to Firefox 3 for my everyday use.
The old version often became unstable after a long session with many tabs open.

To see all the changes made so far in Firefox 3 read this excellent summary by Percy Cabello or see the release notes. Mozilla watchers expect one more beta before the production version is released.

Ed Burnette has programmed everything from device drivers and compilers to video games and multi-user servers. He is currently writing enterprise software in a variety of languages including C, Ruby, Python, and Java.

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ADrive offering up 50GB for free

Storage newcomer ADrive offering up 50GB for free
By Josh Lowensohn – March 6, 2008, 5:13 PM PST

I'm big on places to store a lot of files, and Web storage newcomer ADrive seems up to the challenge. The host serves up a whopping 50GB of storage for free, with the only bandwidth limitations being in the size of the files you can upload, which are capped at a reasonable 2GB. The free "beta" accounts are supplemented with ads (hence the AD in the name), which show up on the top and bottom of your file explorer.

While lacking some of the graphical beauty and familiarity of other file-hosting services like Box.net and DigitalBucket, ADrive lets you arrange whatever you'd uploaded into nested directories to help maintain organization. It also doesn't require any special software to upload or download your files.

The one major downfall I came across is the Java-powered file uploader, which uses a pop-up status indicator to let you know what's going on with your transfers. The problem is that it takes control of whatever else you're doing in that browser window. This means uploading large files should be done in another instance of your browser just in case you feel like regaining control of whatever tabs you had open.

Regardless, I found the performance on file transfer to be phenomenal. Given our speed here at CNET HQ in San Francisco is faster than what most people have at home, the uploader will take as much bandwidth as you can give it--which should come in handy if you've got Verizon FiOS or live in Sweden.

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Mozilla VP talks IE 8, Firefox 3

LAS VEGAS--Mozilla Vice President Mike Schroepfer said Microsoft's decision to support a more standards-compliant mode by default should keep Web developers from having to waste so much time.

With the current set-up, he said that developers have a fairly easy time getting a site that renders properly in Opera, Safari, and Firefox, but often spend a lot of energy trying to get that same site to also render correctly in Internet Explorer.

"Web developers burn through a tremendous amount of time getting their sites to work with IE because of IE's special quirks," said Schroepfer, who I caught up with here at Mix '08.

He said that Microsoft's move toward greater embrace of standards with Internet Explorer 8 is a good thing.

"There are some encouraging things there and I hope to see more," he said.

In particular, it would be helpful if Microsoft gave a roadmap for which standards it planned to support down the road, that way Web developers could decide earlier to invest time. He said he would really like to see Microsoft support a new graphics standard known as scalable vector graphics.
"That would be a great win for the Web," he said.

Meanwhile, Schroepfer also talked up the benefits of Firefox 3, which is just hitting its fourth beta and is edging closer to a final release. In particular, he pointed to the browser's "Awesome bar" that remembers not only specific Web addresses that have been visited but also other information from the page. For example typing in "televisions" might bring up a recent TV search on Amazon, even though television wasn't in the address.
"Once you use it you actually can't use any other browser," he said. Also on tap are improved speed and antimalware features, he said.

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Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Download

Developer : Microsoft
License : Freeware
Size / OS : 14.4 MB, Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008
Last Updated : March 5th, 2008, 20:04 GMT

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 description
The first public beta of Internet Explorer 8 is alive and kicking. Well, you have been waiting for it for more than a year. Microsoft has successfully kept the lid closed on the work it was doing with Internet Explorer 8, more so than on the work poured into Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP3 and Windows Server 2008. After being dogfooded throughout 2007 over at Microsoft, IE8 first peeped outside of Redmond with the recent private Beta 1 testing program. Now, Microsoft is ready to open Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 to all Windows users.

"Welcome to Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1, the latest test release of the most popular browser! This release contains some great advances in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and layout, programming model, performance, reliability, usability and service integration. We are eager to ensure that the transition to Internet Explorer 8 is seamless for you and your audience, and to give you a head start on using many of the new features with your sites and services. We encourage you to test your sites and services, and our platform implementation, and give us feedback," stated Chris Wilson, IE Platform Architect.

The fact of the matter is that Microsoft's official Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 public release webpage has went live ahead of the company's web-centric MIX08 conference in Las Vegas. During the opening keynote address at MIX08, Dean Hachamovitch, IE General Manager, will give an in-depth presentation of Internet Explorer 8.

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Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Beta

Microsoft unveiled today the public beta version of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) for developers at the annual MIX08 conference in Las Vegas.

By David A. Utter - Wed, 03/05/2008 - Review

Next version of Microsoft's browser emerged at MIX08

The answer to the question "how long until IE8 will be ready for download" turned out to be 3pm ET today.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Internet this afternoon. A few websites noted Internet Explorer 8 emerged as a beta download.

Several clicks and a restart later, we have IE8 Beta 1 for Developers running on Windows XP SP2. First order of business? The Acid2 Test of course!

Where previous versions of Internet Explorer, including IE7, bombed out of Acid2 in knee-slapping fashion, IE8 renders it as well as Opera ever has. Microsoft's chest-thumping about better standards compliance has proven accurate, at least by one measure.

The company also described the two big new features in IE8, called Activities and WebSlices. Activities enable the use of web services provided by Microsoft and other activity providers directly from text highlighted on a page and right-clicked by the user.

WebSlices enable people to subscribe to content directly within a webpage, as though it were a feed. Developers define parts of a web page as a WebSlice. From the WebSlices whitepaper:

WebSlices are enabled by adding HTML annotations directly to the Web page. WebSlices use a combination of the hAtom Microformat and the WebSlice format to describe a subscribable portion of a Web page.

People who subscribe to a WebSlice will be able to keep track of it from the Favorites bar in IE8. "If anything, this launch shows that Microsoft is not taking Firefox's creep into browser market share lightly," ReadWriteWeb's Sarah Perez said of the surprise launch.

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Microsoft Embraces Standards For IE8

Fear of possible "legal and regulatory" issues likely motivated Microsoft to enable three rendering modes for the next version of the Internet Explorer browser.

Microsoft's rendering gyrations in its widely-used web browser gave web designers fits over the years. Pages needing special tweaks to overcome IE oddities like its handling of CSS meant designers had to practically design the same pages twice.

A nice round-up of standards compliance on HTML, CSS, DOM, and ECMAScript for IE, Firefox, and Opera may be found at Web Devout. We imagine web designers will look at the browser support comparison there and nod their heads in grim agreement.

A silver lining appeared in the cloud of Internet Explorer rendering with Microsoft's announcement of better support for web standards.

"Microsoft is now configuring the settings in Internet Explorer 8, the upcoming version of its browser, to render content - by default - using methods that give top priority to Web standards interoperability," they said.

Web designers may be stunned to read this quote from chief software architect Ray Ozzie: "Even in its first beta, IE8 correctly renders the popular test known as ‘Acid2,’ which was created by the Web community to promote real-world interoperability," he said.

The Acid2 test demonstrates a browser's compliance with HTML and CSS standards. Viewing it under IE7 and other versions of Internet Explorer returns a result that isn't even close to the reference rendering.

But having been stung recently by another fine from the European Union over its business practices, Microsoft found the motivation to make IE8 behave. IE8 will have three rendering modes in place to accomplish this:

Internet Explorer 8 has been designed to include three rendering modes: one that reflects Microsoft’s implementation of current Web standards, a second reflecting Microsoft’s implementation of Web standards at the time of the release of Internet Explorer 7 in 2006, and a third based on rendering methods dating back to the early Web. The newest rendering mode is forward-looking and preferred by Web designers, while the others are present to enable compatibility with the myriad sites across the Web that are currently optimized for previous versions of Internet Explorer.

"While we do not believe there are currently any legal requirements that would dictate which rendering mode must be chosen as the default for a given browser, this step clearly removes this question as a potential legal and regulatory issue," Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith said in a statement.

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