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Showing posts from September, 2004

Clusty - new way to find Web sites

Online search engine upstart Vivisimo is trying to persuade the masses that Google's vaunted technology isn't the most efficient way to find things on the Internet.

The little-known Pittsburgh company is taking aim at Google and other industry leaders like Yahoo with a new search engine called, scheduled to debut today after four years of fine-tuning.

The search engine's name refers to the clustering technology that Vivisimo has refined to sort search results into different categories related to the initial search request.

blinkx - Change the way you search

Blinkx is not yet another keyword search engine, it is much more than that. It uses special patented technology to link concepts, rather than simple keywords. As you view web pages or documents it uses intelligent algorithms to find related articles to the contents of you active window. This list is continually updated as you scroll through documents. Instead of entering keywords into a flat database of keywords, you are presented with a dynamic and relevant set of links. It’s easier, more logical and faster than traditional methods. Blinkx is self-learning too, analysing what you’re interested in and intelligently linking through to related articles. Blinkx is available as a free download and can be used in two ways. Blinkx can sit quietly in the background while you work or browse, placing a toolbar at the top of open windows where it links to related concepts on the internet, in the news, in blogs and on your hard drive. Or, you can call up a search box that you can type words or s…

Desktop Linux a vehicle for pirating Windows

PCs running Linux are growing in popularity in part because they can be loaded with a pirated copy of Windows, according to a study from analyst Gartner.

The consulting firm issued a report on Wednesday stating that about 40 percent of Linux PCs will be modified to run an illegal copy of Windows, a bait-and-switch maneuver that lowers the cost of obtaining a Windows PC.

DoT asks BSNL, MTNL to offer broadband at Rs 500 per month

The telecom incumbents Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) are likely to be among the first ones to offer broadband services at 'consumer friendly' rates. The two public sector undertakings (PSUs) have been asked by the department of telecommunications (DoT) to offer broadband services at around Rs 500 per month for a minimum speed of 256 Kbps.

Assemble your Ideal PC

If you'd like to assemble your own, our step-by-step guide shows you how to put everything together.

Building your own PC can save money, but you're unlikely to save a huge amount in these days of stiff competition between PC vendors. Still, by building your own you'll get exactly the system you want, and gain insight into how PCs are put together.

Record and Promote Your Own Music

Want to be a rock star? It's never been more affordable to pursue the only valid excuse to trash a hotel room. Cheap software makes it easy to record CD-quality audio to the PC in your bedroom--or to a notebook in the back seat of a taxi, for that matter. And the Web offers instant access to millions of music fans.

Skip those large music companies that don't care about your music. Doing it yourself is easier and more affordable than ever.

Why you should switch to Firefox now

Can you imagine the Internet without pictures? A new flaw in the way Windows, and therefore Internet Explorer, renders JPEG images--one of the most common image formats on the Web--should make you think twice about whether you should display them. At the very least, it should nudge you into considering an alternative Internet browser, such as Firefox.

The code to exploit this flaw is now public. Usually, exploit code release is the first step toward a new virus or worm, and as we have seen before, the time from exploit to virus is generally about two to three weeks. In other words, the clock is ticking.

Google News Kills The Exclusive News seems to be getting hammered lately. Last month, we wrote how they seemed to be favoring just a few small sites. Last week, there were a bunch of stories about how Google News' political coverage might be unintentionally biased. Then, over the weekend, there was plenty of news coverage over Google's admission that they were blocking certain Chinese news links on purpose, as the Chinese government didn't like those sites. The latest, however, is an accusation that, thanks to Google News, there are no more exclusive stories any more. People don't remember who broke a story (unless, of course, they get it really, really wrong). The idea is that since Google groups together all of the coverage, plenty of "me toos" get credit for breaking the story. In fact, the article claims, since the latest version often gets top billing at Google News, editors have the incentive to make minor modifications on stor…

Old Computers - rare, vintage and obsolete computers

Early personal computers were nothing like present day computers, they had personality!

Each was different and more exciting than the previous, with new features and capabilities.

Sure, they have limited power, were possibly very expensive, and can't run any software written for a different system, but that's what makes them unique and interesting!

This website is dedicated to the preservation and display of these vintage computer systems.

You Might Be An IE User...

From Dvorak Uncensored: Who uses IE?? He's compiling a list of "You may be an IE user if..." jokes. Examples:If someone tells you to go to "" so you go to Google and search for it, you are probably an IE user.If someone tells you you need a firewall and so you go to the store and buy Norton firewall in a box for $70, you might just possibly be an IE user.When you get a popup ad showing a Windows-like warning and you think it is a Windows warning box, you might be an IE user.If you web browser has 8 search bars and you don't even know how they got there, you might be an IE user.If you get pop-up ads and you aren't even using the Internet, you just might possibly be an IE user.Apologies in advance to the 83% of my readers who are using Internet Explorer.

The Obsolete Technology Web Site

If you have worked around computers for more than then or fifteen years, I am sure you will enjoy this site as much as I did. The site is called The Obsolete Technology Web Site, and as its name implies, it is about old things. It serves as a history of the personal computer, or the home computer, or whatever it was called years ago. Early personal computers were nothing like present-day computers, they had personality! Each was different and more exciting than the previous, with new features and capabilities. Sure, they had limited power, were very expensive, and couldn't run any software written for a different system, but that's what made them unique and interesting!

My Yahoo! - What's New

My Yahoo! now supports the various flavors of RSS and Atom, allowing you to add virtually anything to your page. Choose from thousands of sites that syndicate content.

More Content - You still get all your favorite Yahoo! services like Mail, Movies, Maps, Photos, Stocks and Sports. Now you can mix in cool stuff from around the Web - Craigslist, BBC, CNet, plus blogs like Boing Boing, Defamer, Instapundit and thousands more.

Find Things Fast - Whatever your interests, it's easy to track down what you want and feed it into your page. Look for specific sites or type in a topic. Global news. Gadget reviews. Travel logs. Baby blogs. It's all out there. We've made it easy to find and pull on in.

Add What You Like -- Instantly Add Content - Found something you like? Great. Preview it, and if you like it, just click "Add." Presto! It's yours! Refreshed and updated whenever you look.

Picasa offers Hello - web photo sharing application

Following their recent purchase by Google, Picasa has introduced Hello, a web-based photo hosting and sharing application. Like Picasa, Hello is free, and provides the ability for (also owned by Google) authors to post thumbnail images int heir blog posts that, when clicked, show a full size image.

Hello works like an Instant Messaging application that allows users to view images together, comment on them, and share them. High resolution images can be downloaded and printed once they’ve been shared. Hello uses AES encryption to keep these exchanges private.

The integration with the Picasa image manager and blogging engine reveals a bit more of Google’s integration strategy. In fact, Hello may be the first thrust by Google into the IM space that many have been predicting.

System Rebuild Utilities - Clipmate, Knockout, ActiveWords

ClipMate - this utility captures everything I copy and allows me to perform sophisticated editing, pasting, and searching capabilities on my collection. ClipMate turns the standard Windows Clipboard into a power user’s dream - an archive that is always ready and available with the click of the mouse or tap of the pen. I stor all of my passwords in an encrypted ClipMate collection and can, with a couple of keystrokes, authenticate myself to any web page or account I need to access.

Knockout - This free utility addresses the number one complaint I hear about Outlook - it’s tendency to leave “orphan” processes running in the background. When this happens, Outlook behaves badly. Add-ins refuse to load properly, your system slows down, and some pretty bizarre things can start happening. Lookout puts an icon int he system tray that monitors whether Outlook (as well as Word which apparently has similar tendencies although I rarely experience them) is running and provides the ability to force …

Windows XP Command Prompt CMD Documentation

Well every now and again - actually more often than I prefer - I need to open a Windows command prompt to do some work. So I hammer out some DOS commands, make some mistakes, curse, then success! The Command-line reference from Microsoft have some really great tips like copying and pasting and a complete command reference.

In addition to the tools installed with Windows XP, there are over 40 support tools included on the Windows XP CD. You can use these tools to diagnose and resolve computer problems. For more information about these support tools, see Windows Support Tools For information about installing support tools, see Install Windows Support Tools

For more information about changes to the functionality of MS-DOS commands, new command-line tools, command shell functionality, configuring the command prompt, and automating commmand-line tasks, see Command-line reference.

Some command-line tools require the user to have administrator-level privileges on source and/or target computers.

Why Google Will Defeat Yahoo! in the Web Hosting War [Hosting]

The mighty (and now public) juggernaut that is Google is emerging as the most formidable potential competitor in the Web hosting space. Who will suffer the most when Google enters Website hosting? Yahoo!

"No way!" you say. "Google doesn't even offer Web hosting." You mean Google doesn't even offer Web hosting yet. Let's look at the facts and see exactly why Google will defeat Yahoo! in the Web hosting war.

Google indexes pictures all wrong

Here at ongoing, I used to store all my own pictures with nice names I invented on the spur of the moment. Sometime last year, I realized my cameras were thoughtfully giving each shot a nice guaranteed-unique name, so I just started using that; for example, that slug is in a file named IMG_2663.jpg. But, I’m careful to always supply an appropriate alt text, like so: . It turns out that Google pretty ignores the alt text, which is irritating, so you’ll find my roses and prairiescapes and Foo Campers in Google only with a lot of effort.

Firefox as MyIE2

Tariq writes ..Recently I was writing a mail to a friend of mine, who wanted to know how I customized Firefox to give me the same features as MYIE2 (which I used to love). So I thougth I'd share the content with you as well.Actually there is nothing much to it, all you got to know is the proper extension to install.My current list to duplicate most of MYIE2 (now known as Maxthon) functionality isAll in one gesturesContext searchMagpieSingle WindowIe viewTab Browser PreferencesSuper drag and gominiTUser agent switcherDownload manager tweakXSwitch proxy toolWeb developerAdblockUndo close tabadd bookmark hereblank lastcopy image (cant find a url to install for 1.0)SendtoImage toolbarKeyconfigImage zoomOther configurations that were needed·to load images like in IE set browser.display.show_image_placeholders to false in about:configThe other big thing for me was to be able to do searches from the address bar. In MyIE2 (Maxthon) this was extremely customizable. You could setup wild car…


Every day all of us encounter complicated things that we take for granted. For example, if you own a car with an automatic transmission, do you regularly think about how it works? Are you currently thinking about the microprocessor that is allowing this content to be delivered to you? These things are probably erased from our brain. We just use what’s around us and keep going on with our lives. This is fine, but sometimes it’s fun to really dig deep into how certain things work. HowStuffWorks is the standard online destination for this type of information.

My Favourite FireFox Keystrokes

I was observing my own habits the other day and noticed that there are certain things I do without even thinking. I am definitely a keyboard user. I can’t remember the last time I used a “mouse” – my laptop has a built in touchpad, and I’ve used an external touchpad for my desktop system for close to 6 years.

First, I noticed a pattern; I operate in two different modes - active working mode and casual reading/browsing mode. When I’m in casual reading/browsing mode, I noticed that instinctively my hands rest in two positions: with my left hand thumb on the Alt key, and my left hand index finger on the tab key poised to cycle through my open applications with Alt + Tab; and with my right hand index finger on the right side of the touchpad for scrolling up and down or moving back and forward in my browser.

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Isolating Google's Printed Material

Isolating Google's Printed Material in a Google Search Form

Google has digitized a certain amount of printed material and made it available via regular Web search. Magazine articles have articleid in the URL. Book excerpts have ISBN in the URL. This quick search makes it possible to narrow your search to exclusively book excerpts, magazine articles, or both in the Google search engine. Give it a whirl.

ASCII Art Made Easy!

If you don't want to save the image as an HTML file, you can use a program like Paint Shop Pro (free evaluation available) to take a screenshot of your browser showing the text-image, and save it as a normal image. Don't forget to use the tools to cut the text-image out of the rest of the screenshot.

Magic ASCII Picture has a lot of output modes for you to create your own ASCII Art Photo, such as Custom Text, Random Letters, Binary Numbers, Hex Numbers, MAP Gray Chars and so on. So you can make some web photos with this application. The image that you choose to have converted, along with your own personal message, can be exported into three major formats, HTML, Rich Text Format (for emailing and word) and BMP. The software is backwards compatible with all major web authoring software and graphics programs.

Now it is so easy to convert your pictures to text - Just point your GIF image and this amazing script ( converts the GIF file into ASCII …

Why want you to use

Why use remembers your information. You can keep your own notes about any web page and search them; it is a new way to store and organize your bookmarks; it even recommends new sites and favorite old sites specifically for you to visit. With the A9 Toolbar all your web browsing history will be stored, allowing you (and only you!) to retrieve it at any time and even search it; it will tell you if you have any new search results, or the last time you visited a page.

Google Guide

Google Guide

Google is so easy to use but most people use only a small number of Google's services and features. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs.

Just as the best way to learn how to sail is to sail, the best way to learn how to search with Google is to search with Google. Consequently this GoogleGuide contains many examples and exercises designed to give you practice with the material presented and to inspire you to find amusing or useful information.

Convert Hi8, 8mm,VHS Tapes to DVD

Convert your VHS videotapes to DVD. Transfer Video Tapes to DVD before they deteriorate. Send 8mm videos from VCR to DVD.

Fortunately, if you still have a device that can play your tapes, like VCR and a DVD recorder in your PC, you can convert these analog videos in Hi8, 8mm or VHS Tapes to DVD.

To copy VHS tapes to DVD, you'll want an analog deck, like your VHS player or camcorder (Hi8), to send the analog video to a capture device, which you can control with a consumer DVD-authoring program such as Sonic Solutions' popular MyDVD, used for this article. In the authoring program, you can set capture and encoding parameters, choose and customize your menu, capture the video, and record the DVD on a standard DVD recorder.

Get a DVD recordable drive that supports dual-format (+R/RW and –R/RW) single and dual-layer recording. They provide a better one-disc solution for converting 2-hour VHS tapes. The VHS To DVD trasfer is 16x speed.

Ulead MovieFactory and Pinnacle Instant DVD Rec…

Have you tried Picasa yet?

The Tablet PCs Weblog writes ...

Google recently purchased Picasa, a picture organizingation tool, and has made it available for free. It’s a very nice application that will scan and watch any folders you designate (or your entire drive) as picture folders. You can perform a number of useful operation on these pictures including:

* Watching a slide show
* Creating a web album
* Printing images
* E-mailing images
* Ordering prints
* Minor image corrections (red eye removal, auto enhace)
* Crop and rotate images

An interesting feature is the Timeline, which organizes and displays images based on their creation date. You can also associate keywords (metadata) with each image to aid in searching for just the image you need.

The UI is very clean and intuitive and most users should be able to get up and running in a matter of minutes. If you have a large collection of images and are looking for a lightweight tool to keep them organized and viewable, Picasa may be …

Google's History

The Economist has a nice backgrounder on Google, with a look ahead:Google now faces a three-way fight with Yahoo! and Microsoft, which have both vowed to dethrone it as the dominant internet search engine. Yahoo!'s strategy is to interconnect its various online services, from search to dating to maps, in increasingly clever ways, while Microsoft's plan is to integrate desktop and internet searching in a seamless manner, so that search facilities will be embedded in all its software, thus doing away (the company hopes) with the need to use Google. Both firms are also working to improve their basic search technology in order to compete with Google.In response, Google has gradually diversified itself, adding specialist discussion groups, news and shopping-related search services, and a free e-mail service, Gmail, which is currently being tested by thousands of volunteers. It has also developed “toolbar” software that can be permanently installed on a PC, allowing web searches to …

How your blog will get discovered makes a very common mistake about weblogs: "if no one has linked to [my blog], then it might take Google forever to find it."This is absolutely not true, but it prompted me to write a blog on all the ways your blog can be discovered.First, why isn't it true? Well, if you're using a modern weblog tool your tool will ping a weblog ping server. There are at least two that I know about:1)
2) Karsten Schneider says that Pingomatic is even better cause it'll automatically ping 14 different places.Your weblog is really not a weblog unless you ping one of these two sites. Make sure your blog tool pings at least one of these two sites (and I'd recommend pinging both). This is one of five things that make weblogs different from standard old Web pages. (I've written about the five rules of conversational software before, but they are 1) Easy to publish. 2) Discoverable. 3…

TargetAlert for Firefox

TargetAlert: "TargetAlert for Firefox"

TargetAlert is an extension for the Firefox web browser that provides visual cues for the destinations of hyperlinks.

If a hyperlink points to a something that is not a web page, then TargetAlert will try to append an icon to the hyperlink that represents its destination. For example, a hyperlink that points to a PDF document would look like this when using TargetAlert:

Byepass compulsory registration in news sites single hottest topic in the online news industry at the moment is that of required registration. A number of large news sites (the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune) have moved to this model, and many local newspapers are following suit.If you haven't seen BugMeNot, go and check it out now. It's a simple service for sharing free news site accounts, and it's started to upset some people in the news industry. A post to the online-news mailing list inquiring about possible legal action against the site prompted me to reply with the following:The flaw here is not with BugMeNot - it's with the entire concept of user registration in its present form. The reason BugMeNot works is that there is absolutely no value to an end user in keeping their account to themselves. If you want to stop people from sharing their accounts, give them an incentive not to. This is not a difficult thing to do - I ha…

David vs. Goliath... vs. Goliath: Blinkx and the Future of Search THE ELEPHANTS DANCE, THERE'S sometimes an opportunity for a mouse to change the world. And that may be just what's happening in the world of search. In the aftermath of Google's IPO and the continuous stream of search speculation from Microsoft, a small technology start up named Blinkx may have just changed the way we search.With over a million downloads in under two months, Blinkx has been a hot topic on the download forums and blogs. Ironically, the big draw for Blinkx has more to do with finding the right piece of information on your desktop than with making the Web easier to search. No matter, the same technology powers both types of searches and introduces a paradigm shift for the entire industry. Almost all of Blinkx's functionality sounds very similar to projects currently underway in Microsoft's research labs. The difference is, Blinkx is out there and working right now, not two years fro…

2% of Office

2% of Office

Why should I upgrade to Office 2003 when I only use 2% of Office’s capabilities as it is? Does that question sound familiar to you?
This topic came up recently in a conversation I had with a lady by the name of Donna Poskey, a marvelously talented Microsoft Account Executive. She hears this occasionally from clients who are using much earlier versions of Office. And I hear it as well, from individuals and companies alike. If you teach, develop with, or write about Office, or are known as the power user in your circle – you probably hear it, too.

Google like it's 1999 picture above is of all the hardware it took to run Google (Lego bricks and all) back in 1999. Kinda freaks us out, though we’re not really sure why.

Microsoft cracking down on pirates? is talk like a pirate day and the crazy folks at Microsoft UK have issued a light-hearted press release having a jab at those who use pirated Microsoft products. Although the press release is a joke, Microsoft recently started an optional Windows Validation process on their download servers. At recent conferences before the release of XPSP2 several Microsoft representatives have hinted at possible PID blocking on other Microsoft applications. In simple terms if you have a pirated version of Windows XP and you install an updated application like Windows Media Player, that application will detect your pirated install and will not install. There are also rumours that Microsoft are cracking down on the pirates themselves. Earlier this week the largest seizure of counterfeit Microsoft software and components took place, worth $80 million. For now the pirates are laughing but it looks like Microsoft are beginning to laugh an…

Sleeping at Airports ? Guide to Airport Lounges

If you are a frequent traveller, you may have found yourself stuck in an airport overnight. Experienced business travelers will usually find their way to the nearest hotel, but when bad weather or strike action conspire to ground flights en masse, these fill up swiftly, leaving passengers without a bed for the night.

While spending the night in an airport lounge is not the most attractive prospect, there are ways to make the most of a bad situation.

Sleeping In Airports is a light-hearted site full of great travellers tales and titbits of advice for those that find themselves stuck overnight at an airport, whether you are catching an early flight, or become horribly delayed.

Everything is clearly laid out on the opening page.

Click through to a region to select a particular airport, or you can just browse the stories and funnies using the links in the main section.

The entries have been added by people from all over the world, and include advice like the most comfortable or peaceful spot t…

Seating Arrangement in Airplanes

Anyone who has flown with a commercial airline will probably have experienced the downside of flight accommodation. Cramped seats, zero legroom, if only you had known when you checked in that the seat three rows in front offered so much more comfort. Well, now you can.

Seat Guru is the home of this brilliant resource, where you can check out the seat plan for many of the main airlines' fleets.

You will need to know the type of plane you are flying in, which you can find out by calling the airline or your travel agent. You then select the airline from the panel on the left, and select the plane from the pop-up menu.

Here you will see the full layout of the plane, with the pros and cons of each seat clearly stated.

Hover your mouse over the plan to read the pop-up info. This guide notes everything from extra legroom, to proximity to noisy areas, such as the toilets.

You can even find out what entertainment is going to be available on your flight by clicking the links in the boxes that ap…

FileHand Search 2.0 - better than ever and now it’s free!

FileHand Search, winner of a 2004 Shareware Industry Association award for best utility using .Net, has just been upgraded to version 2.0 and offers a number of enhancements including the ability to index and search Outlook data.

The interface has been redesigned but still offers the same fast and clean look of the previous version which displays extracts from found files ranked by relevance to your search terms. It’s a unique display and one that eliminates any question as to whether you’ve found just the file you’re looking for.

Free Search Tools

From the UnofficialMicrosoft Blog

I’m amazed at the number of people who continue to discover Lookout - I figured at this point, everyone who uses Outlook would have found it in a blog or website they regularly read. It’s pretty common that new reviews or posts about Lookout end up comparing it to x1, FILEHand Search, or another tool. I’m not going to get into that again - I wrote a lengthy comparative review some time ago (do a search at Marc’s Outlook on Productivity if you want to read my reviews).

No, the reason I bring this up again is that I encountered a really interesting thought in a post about Lookout that showed up in RSS this morning from the Early Adopter blog:

It’s kind of funny that the top feature of many products (Lookout, Newsgator, etc.) is that they integrate into Outlook. This makes me wonder if Microsoft made a mistake when they went out of their way to make Internet Explorer the OS shell. I wonder, would the world have been better served if Outlook was the…

A9 vs Google is taking on Google with a new search site called A9. While Google concentrates on simplicity and delivering the most relevant search results in the shortest possible time, A9 is adding the experience face to the process of conducting a web search by providing various facets like related movies and books. While A9 still relies on the Google to provide its basic search results, integrating it with Amazon's 'Search inside Book' feature, has made this into a really powerful...

Filehand vs Copernic Desktop Search

www.filehand.comwww.copernic.comI tried both these great programs on my desktop and here is some of my analysisBoth program are equally effective in indexing and can index all types of microsoft office files, pdf, text, mp3 and pictures.Personally, I found the interface of Copernic better and easy to navigate.Filehand give you results in google type format and you get lot of options per document while in the result window itselfThe Preview pane of Copernic wins by a great margin and the way it groups the results is quite intelligent.There are rumours that even Google is coming up with such a desktop search application. So we can expect some great wars for this market in the near future.

Windows security checklist

Windows security checklist ( "Windows security checklist"

8 steps to better Windows security

1. Run Windows Update regularly.

2. Install ZoneAlarm (Firewall)

3. Buy and install NOD32 (Anti-Virus)

4. Install WinPatrol (Anti-Hijack)

5. Buy and install AdMuncher (Ad and Popup Blocker)

6. Install and run AdAware (Anti-Spyware)

7. Replace Internet Explorer and Outlook Express with Firefox & Thunderbird

8. Disable Autorun.

Export Captivate Movie to Macromedia Flash 8

To export a Captivate movie to Flash, you should have Macromedia Flash MX 2004 installed.

Since Macromedia Captivate 1.0 is designed to export to Flash MX 2004, when exporting to Flash 8 in Macromedia Captivate, you can receive an error message like the one above. Macromedia Captivate 2.0 may solve this issue but till then, follow this:

Although Captivate is designed to export only to Flash MX 2004, you can import your Captivate project into Flash 8 by following the directions below:

1. Close Flash 8 if it is open.
2. Open Windows Explorer.
3. Navigate to:
C:\Program Files\Macromedia\Captivate
4. Copy the RDMFISTUB.dll file.
5. Navigate to:
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash 8\en\Configuration
Note: The 'Local Settings' folder by default is hidden. If you are unable to locate the 'Local Settings' folder you can unhide it by opening Windows Explorer, select Tools > Folder Options > View, and s…

Microsoft Calculator Plus

Microsoft Calculator PlusThis application includes mathematical and conversion functions.

Microsoft Calculator Plus is an updated calculator application for Windows XP that you can download at Microsoft Web site. Microsoft Calculator Plus has an improved interface over the standard Calculator that comes with Windows XP. The new calculator also boasts some neat features, including the ability to perform exchange-rate calculations and various types of conversions, such as currency and weight.

The download process checks the version of Windows on your system and doesn't download the program until it has verified that the software is a "genuine" Windows version.

Calculator Plus also includes currency conversion, with a live link to the European Central Bank to ensure that the currency exchange rates used by Calculator Plus are as up to date as possible.

Download Microsoft Calculator Plus

Autodesk Revit 9, Revit Building 8.1, Autocad 2006, Autocad 2007

Autodesk will release Autodesk Revit Building 9 and Revit Structure in early 2006. Autodesk Revit Building 8, incorporating state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM) capabilities that let architects and designers work together on a single holistic representation of a building project, to save time and money in the design process. Autodesk Revit Building 8.1 is a fully integrated geometrical, material, and analytical mod�eling application for structural engineering, analysis, design, and documentation. It is building information modeling (BIM) for structural engineers.

The Autodesk Revit platform (Autodesk Revit Building 8.1 and Autocad Revit 9.0) is beginning to show some connection with Autodesk Architectural Desktop through the ability of Revit Structure to export and read Architectural Desktop structural objects. Revit Building 8.0 success the highly successful Autodesk Revit 7. The AutoCAD Revit Series 8 includes AutoCAD 2006 and Autodesk Revit Building 8. Autodesk R…

Everything you wanted to know about blogging but were afraid to ask

The things they don't tell you about in blogging school

50 tips on how to bog - and some interesting comments too.

1. If you want to start blogging and have huge amounts of traffic instantly I can recommend one of three things: be an established journalist/opinion maker; be Glenn Reynold's brother; or porn. Otherwise face facts: you've got an awfully big hill to climb.

2. Never get your brother to guest blog for you. Trust me.

3. Before you start, read other blogs and get a feel for what they are like. Then completely forget everything you've read and seen so you can establish a new and distinct voice that will get noticed. This also helps a common problem: a really sucky first post. Trust me.

4. Prepare for the reality that the rest of the world may not share your high opinion of yourself and your site.

5. You know that movie where the guy built a baseball field and waited for some dead folks to turn up and play ball? Blogging's like that. Prepare to slog at putting up…

Google Groups 2

Google Groups 2 is now open for BETA users .. finally bit the bullet and added mailing list support to Google Groups: Google Groups 2 - BETA. It even lets you create your own mailing list, just like Yahoo! Groups.Google says:Group creation: Users can easily create, join, and search email-based mailing lists; administrative interface enables customized access controls to designate a group as public or restrictedDynamic conversations: Postings appear within 10 seconds and are indexed within 10 minutesEnhanced user interface: Users can track and mark favorite topics using the "My Groups" feature and view postings in a variety of ways including by message summary, title, or conversation view

Abbyy FineReader 8.0 Professional OCR

ABBYY FineReader OCR 8.0 delivers accurate text recognition quickly, and excels at high-end OCR automation. Abbyy FineReader 8.0 Professional Edition offers a new ability to automate common OCR tasks. It also adds a wealth of new features for making recognition work better for a wider range of originals, most notably text in books, PDF files, and digital photos.

PDF has become the lingua franca of the online document world because Adobe gives away the Reader program free. So it's a good thing that FineReader expands its Adobe Acrobat PDF file capabilities in version 7.0. FineReader not only now supports most available types of PDF, it also exports PDFs and extracts text from PDFs, a capability that turns PDF into an editable file format.

FineReader 8.0, similar in many ways to OmniPage, follows the same design as earlier versions. Its main screen shows thumbnails of pages on the left, a graphic image of the currently selected page in the middle, and an editing pane with recognized t…

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Meryl Evans writes about this great utility called TweakUI (freeware)I never use Microsoft Window’s default settings of My Documents, My Pictures, or My Music. I change it up on my own or use TweakUI, a Windows PowerToy. For home users, there is no compelling reason to change the defaults. I do it because I have my way of doing things and organizing. For business users or networked environments, it’s a good idea to redirect folders because of the backup system and use of network…

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Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator, the latest version of the best-selling mapping and travel planning software for the United States and Canada. Microsoft Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator introduces Voice-Prompted Directions, a hands-free option that reassures travelers with turn-by-turn directional information so everyone in the car can enjoy the ride without the stress of getting lost. For running errands around town, taking a family road trip, finding the way around a new city or planning a day of business meetings, Streets & Trips 2006 with GPS Locator offers easy-to-use tools to plan personalized trips and travel with confidence.

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