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BBC Launches Free Online TV in UK
July 30, 2007

 The BBC launched its online television service on Friday, which is being called the biggest change to the way its viewers watch its programming in four decades.The advent of content on the Internet is as big for the BBC as its first broadcasts in color in the 1960s, according to Director General Mark Thompson.

Altogether, about 400 hours of programming would be available through the service at no cost, which constitutes about two-thirds of the BBC’s television lineup. Similar services are already available from commercial competitors such as Channel 4 and ITV.”This is a significant moment, as it heralds a new era when viewers will have the freedom to watch programs from the BBC’s linear TV channels when they want,” BBC Vision director Jana Bennett said. The application is in beta, and will be launched in the fall of this year.

The service, called iPlayer, does not permit users to permanently save programs. Instead, after viewing or 30 days, whichever comes first, the programs are automatically deleted. The software prevents any kind of copying.

iPlayer is only available to those living in the UK, and running Windows XP. The BBC said it takes about 30 minutes to download an hour-long show. Programs on the service are from the previous week’s programming.

Although not available initially, the network does plan to eventually make available versions compatible with Vista and Macintosh. Other distribution agreements are in the works with MSN, telegraph.co.uk, AOL, Tiscali, Yahoo!, MySpace, Blinkx and Bebo.

It was not immediately clear whether those agreements would also be geographically restricted or open to a worldwide audience.

Written by: By Ed Oswald, BetaNews

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Microsoft to Change Vista After Google Complaints
June 23, 2007

A little background info is in order. A couple of months ago Google made a confidential complaint against Microsoft to the Justice department over Microsoft’s indexing software. Google’s complaint was that Microsoft doesn’t make it easy to turn off the default indexing software in Vista (“Instant Search,” which allows you to search your hard drive) if you chose to use a competitor’s product like Google Desktop. So you would be wasting system resources by running 2 indexing applications.

Last week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that Google’s claims were “baseless”. Well it seems that Microsoft and the Justice department have come to an agreement and will make changes to Vista that will allow users to select a third party application as the default search program. This update will be available for testing by the end of the year.

Written by: Colin Colehour, Google Blogoscoped

Stalking 2.0: The Websites that Track Your Every Move
June 17, 2007

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So, you don’t mind being followed and tracked? You don’t care if your friends can see what websites you’ve been to lately, what software you’ve been running, or even what music you’ve been listening to? Then you’ll love the web’s trend towards extreme openness: sharing everything you do on your computer. Sometimes referred to as sharing your ‘attention’ data, this is a growing market. Below, we round up 12 services that want to track your every move – voluntarily.

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Wakoopa is an excellent service which tracks what software you have been running. It keeps tabs of what software is running in the background, what software you have installed, and what software you actively use. Every so often the software uploads this data to the Wakoopa site where it then lists all programs you have been running. The interesting thing here is that you can add friends to track individually or join a team and combine the data. Thanks to Wakoopa, I have found several useful programs that I now use regularly.

Last.fm has been making news with the site being acquired by CBS for nearly $300 million. If you’re a tech-savvy music fan, you probably already use it. With Last.fm you download a small program which gathers information on the current song you are playing through your favorite mp3 software application. Through a process called “scrobbling,” the software determines what song you are listening to and then uploads this song’s data to the server and then keeps track of it. On the website itself there are many ways of viewing the data which is fun to play around with. To be honest though, I think the greatest part is learning exactly how much horrible music you listen to and what songs your friends listen to in comparison. (Our Last.fm review.)

Cluztr takes it to the web by tracking every site you visit online through your browser. Not only that, it also keeps a history log or “clickstream” of all those sites. One word of advice, avoid visiting sites that your mother would not think much of, as it’s all out there for your friends to view. Cluztr installs a plug-in to your FireFox or Flock browser (sorry IE and Safari users, Cluztr is hopeful for a mid to late 2007 release) where it then captures your entire web surfing history and compiles it into your “clickstream” which you are free to share or publish on the web for all your friends to see. There are also social functions built into the sidebar which allow for posting of messages for that specific site which other users can see when visiting that same site. (Our Cluztr review.)

AttentionTrust offers services similar to Cluztr. AttentionTrust installs as a browser plug-in and tracks the sites you visit. You can then take this data and share it with other applications or development projects that could make use of this data, or simply store it on your desktop. AttentionTrust’s idea is to let you share this data with in interested parties for a fee – in other words, a form of lead generation.

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Atten.TV is another site that allows you to follow what you or your friends are clicking on around the web. You have the option to share this data or keep it private. It is completely up to you. Since you are reading this article, I think it is safe to assume you are leaning towards the former option. The downloadable application is only for Mac OS currently. (Our Atten.tv review.)

Me.dium can be considered a competitor to Cluztr. Me.dium takes the same basic approach, but doesn’t act as a personal log: instead, it lets you see which sites your friends are on, and join them there. It is simply personal preference on your decision to use Cluztr, Me.dium, Atten.TV or AttentionTrust. (Our Me.dium review.)

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Plazes is a service that tracks where you are no matter where you are in the world. So now if you not only want your pals to know where you are online, you can have them know where you are in person. Just be sure not to get in to trouble with this service.

iStalkr doesn’t keep tabs on you directly, but rather, indirectly by utilizing RSS and ATOM feeds that most social web 2.0 sites are utilizing now. If you sign up for an iStalkr account and enter some social sites you are a member of, like Del.icio.us and Twitter, iStalkr will then grab the RSS/ATOM feed for that service and will be able to get your updates from the site. To put it simply, think of iStalkr like as a central hub for your social website information and updates. (Our iStalkr review.)

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SlifeShare is an application built for the Mac OS primarily. If you are running Firefox you can install the extension regardless of what OS you run. SlifeShare is similar to iStalkr in that the application tracks data from multiple sources and acts as a central hub, but SlifeShare takes it a step further and collects this data directly. Music, videos, photos, websites, applications, and more are tracked and then the data is displayed on the SlifeShare website which you can share with friends. You are only allowed five friends, after which you must either become a premium user or just stick with the five friend limit. (Our SlifeShare review.)

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YouTube Active Share simply allows you to share videos that you watch on YouTube with all your friends. Your profile will show what videos you have recently watched and when you are currently watching a video while others are viewing the same video, they will see your name appear on a list of people currently watching that video.

Particls is a downloadable application which doesn’t necessarily track what you do, but instead tracks what you are most interested in receiving information about. The concept is that you allow the Particls software to search your documents for keywords that will allow the program to determine what information you want to be fed to your computer via RSS and ATOM feeds. For example, if you type in Web 2.0, it’s almost a guarantee you will receive site updates from the Mashable website directly to the Particls software. Minor problems with the application is that it can be a resource hog at times, but it is very powerful, and Particls will have an ad supported version and a pay version in the future. (Our Particls review and custom Mashable version.)

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Google History has drawn much controversy over privacy issues. Google search history is another controversial tool Google released that tracks every search term you enter into Google’s various search tools. This feature is mainly for your benefit only.

Written by: Mashable

Opera to replace Flash, iPhone has its first app
June 17, 2007

Opera Software officials confirmed today that it is developing native video functionality for its mobile browser that will replace the ubiquitous Adobe Flash plug-in.

“What we are doing is adding video capability directly into the Web browser so you can use text, and video, and javascript and directly execute video inside of the Web,” said Tatsuki Tomita, senior vice president for consumer products at Opera Software.

Behind the move is a desire to increase the functionality of mobile Web browsers, according to Tomita. The Flash plug-in is extremely processor- and memory-intensive and on mobile devices, or any other hardware-constrained device such as even a set-top box, it is not an ideal solution.

“You cannot execute and provide a good user experience,” Tomita said.

In addition, Flash requires more battery life than a native application.

Tomita includes the Apple iPhone as part of a long-term trend that will see more powerful browsers becoming the de facto operating system or environment on mobile devices.

Although not yet available, Apple already has its first application on the Web from Webware and a site for creating iPhone widgets from Widgity.

A move away from Flash and its expensive authoring tool could also lower developer costs, especially if over time an open source standard becomes available.

For example, a similar move was made years ago by most of the cell phone industry when it deployed SVG [Scalable Vector Graphics], an open W3C standard language for describing two-dimensional and graphical applications in XML in mobile browsers rather than using available proprietary solutions.

Tomita believes the browser will gain more and more functionality as the operating systems continues to move down the infrastructure food chain. Although there are limitations to applications built on top of a Web browser, they can be overcome if the browser providers work with individual handset manufacturers to control the hardware and middleware capabilities natively.

The combination will give browsers almost unlimited functionality and interactive capabilities, Tomita said.

Tomita would not put a date on when the Opera browser would replace Flash with its own technology.

Written by: InfoWorld

Any Video Converter Free 2.03
June 15, 2007

Any Video Converter is an All-in-One video converting tool with easy-to-use graphical interface, fast converting speed and excellent video quality. It allows you to effortlessly convert video files between every format! It can convert almost all video formats including DivX, XviD, MOV, rm, rmvb, MPEG, VOB, DVD, WMV, AVI to MPEG-4 movie format for iPod/PSP or other portable video device, MP4 player or smart phone. It also supports any user defined video file formats as the output. Any Video Converter makes it easy for anyone to enjoy any format video with your iPod, PSP, mobile phone or MP4 player.

Any Video Converter features include:

* User-friendly interface that is easy to use.
* Converts all video formats to Apple iPod Video, Sony PSP and more
* Batch convert any video formats including avi, wmv, asf, mpg, mp4, etc.
* Support DivX and Xvid avi format as importing and exporting video

* Support default video/audio settings or user customized parameters for video and audio.
* Has the option to preview the video in real-time before conversion .

* World’s fastest video conversion speed with stunning video and audio quality.

* Supports adjust many video/audio options for MP4 files. For example, video/audio sample rate, bit rate, video size…

Suppotable Input Formats: WMV, ASF, VOB, MPG, DV, M1V, M2V, MOV, MPEG-4, 3GP, RM, RMVB and FLV.
Supportable Output Formats: MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4.

Home Page: http://www.any-video-converter.com

Download: Any Video Converter Free 2.03

Safari for Windows Tops 1 Million Downloads
June 15, 2007

Despite security concerns and Microsoft pundits like Paul Thurrott wondering “who would ever use” it, Safari 3 Beta for Windows was downloaded over 1 million times in the first 48 hours, Apple announced. The company continues to tout the speed and standards support of its browser, which was previously Mac-only.

Even with 1 million downloads, however, Apple has its work cut out for it in order to retain those users. The initial Safari 3 beta was noticeably buggy on Windows, and many reported slower performance than both IE7 and Firefox 2. In addition, Apple is now facing the same security issues that have long plagued its rivals on Windows, with upwards of 10 vulnerabilities already discovered in the beta. Some analysts speculate that Safari for Windows exists primarily to aid development of applications for Apple’s upcoming iPhone, not to compete with IE or Firefox.

Written by: BetaNews Staff

After hacker dissection, Safari beta is patched
June 15, 2007

Three days after releasing Safari 3.0, Apple has issued its first patch of the beta software.

The 3.0.1 update, released early Thursday morning, fixes three flaws in the browser including bugs that were discovered earlier this week by researchers Thor Larholm and Aviv Raff.

Apple released the 3.0 beta on Monday, and hackers started digging up bugs within hours. In fact, some researchers suggested that Apple should have done a better job of checking the browser for vulnerabilities before releasing the beta code.

But even Apple’s critics give the company credit for pushing out a quick update to its browser.

“Let’s give Apple a round of applause for the quick response,” wrote researcher Tom Ferris on his blog Thursday. He says he’s discovered 10 vulnerabilities in the browser.

Earlier this week, Ferris said that Apple had done a “horrible” job of testing the Safari beta for bugs, prior to its initial release.

Larholm agreed that the quick update was a good sign. “I want to congratulate Apple for fixing a serious security vulnerability in such a short time frame,” he wrote in a blog posting. “Their usual response time can be counted in weeks to months.”

This is the first time that Apple has released a version of Safari for the Windows platform. Because it now can be run on a much larger number of systems, the code has been getting more attention from the security community.

 

 

News source: InfoWorld

Security flaw hits Safari (Windows) only hours after release
June 13, 2007

 ecurity researcher Aviv Raff claims to have found the first security vulnerability in Apple‘s Safari browser on Windows only hours after the software was released.

Raff tested the application against a standard browser security testing tool.

“A first glance at the debugger showed me that this memory corruption might be exploitable. Although I’ll have to dig more to be sure of that,” he wrote on his blog.

Apple unveiled a beta of a Windows version of its Safari web browser on Monday. The final product is scheduled for release in October.

In a keynote presentation at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, chief executive Steve Jobs claimed that the browser would run up to twice as fast as Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, but did not mention Internet Explorer’s security record.

Apple lists the browser’s security as one of 12 reasons “why you’ll love Safari” and adds that “Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one “.

Raff worked on the “Month of Apple bugs” earlier this year, during which researchers published details on a slew of vulnerabilities in the software.

It was intended to challenge Apple’s security record. He took the company’s boasting about Safari’s security as a personal challenge.

“So I’ve decided to take it for a test drive and ran Hamachi. I wasn’t surprised to get a nice crash few minutes later,” he wrote. Hamachi is a tool that tests a browser’s integrity.

“Don’t you hate those pathetic claims?” he said in the closing of his post in reference to Apple’s marketing speak.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

News source: Vnunet

Wyzo: BitTorrent Focused Browser And Firefox Extension
June 10, 2007

wyzologo.jpgWyzo is a new company with two products. The Wyzo browser is built on the Firefox core and comes with a BitTorrent plug-in called FireTorrent built in. For those not interested in a separate browser, a standalone version of FireTorrent is available for Firefox.The primary target audience for Wyzo is people who don’t already use BitTorrent. The Wyzo team don’t anticipate that the product will be appealing to heavy BitTorrent users. Instead the company is focused on reaching out to those users that don’t know what BitTorrent is or how to install a Firefox extension by offering them a standalone browser where everything is already set up and working for them.

Downloading content with FireTorrent (both from Wyzo and Firefox) is remarkable only for its simplicity; visually it looks identical to downloading any regular file in Firefox.

The module itself is built upon technology provided by P2P Innovative and supports features such as uTorrent compatible fast peer exchange, STUNT and uPnP connection integration.

There’s a number of existing BitTorrent add-ons for Firefox including FoxTorrent which we covered in April. In downloading legal content I found nothing particularly different with FireTorrent, it’s simple to use, fairly quick with downloads and perhaps surprisingly for an Alpha release, it was stable under Vista.

The offering of an actual branded web browser though is different. There will be many people reading this thinking that building a standalone browser is a stupid idea. To those people I say: you’re not the target audience. This is a package my mother would like. It’s for an audience who doesn’t read TechCrunch and who wouldn’t know BitTyrant or Firefox add-ons to save them. It should be remembered that there is a real and actual market for standalone browsers: there’s very little in Flock that can’t be done with Firefox add-ons and yet today Flock has in excess of 250,000 users. Simplicity can be a strong selling point.

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Written by:  Duncan Riley, Techcrunch

Developers Eye Microsoft’s Silverlight As Potential Flash Alternative
June 8, 2007

Adobe’s ubiquitous Flash has never had serious competition, which allowed it to become the dominant technology for Web multimedia, even though its complexity causes some headaches for developers. Yet Microsoft’s Silverlight stands to give Flash a run for its market share.Now available in beta, Silverlight is slated for a 1.0 release this summer and is already drawing strong interest from developers.

Attendees at Microsoft’s TechEd 2007 conference in Orlando, Fla., crowded into a packed Silverlight overview session Monday evening, led by Developer Division General Manager Scott Guthrie. A recap of slides and demos first shown at Microsoft’s Mix07 show last month, the Silverlight session showcased the technology that Microsoft is relying on to bring its technology platform beyond the operating system and into the Web browser.

Silverlight is a subset of the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) system that powers Vista. It aims to best Flash in two ways: By offering better-looking, more advanced display and interactive functionality, and by featuring better tooling support.

Silverlight’s programming model supports Visual Basic, C# and a number of dynamic languages, including Python and Ruby, while Microsoft’s Visual Studio and Expression IDEs will allow .Net developers to work with Silverlight using tools they’re already familiar with.

“I’m itching to get started,” said Jon Nowick, a systems engineer with logistics software maker Coyote Logistics in Lake Forest, Ill. A self-described “old-school Flash programmer,” Nowick would prefer to never deal with Flash again. From what he’s seen of Silverlight tool and programming model, he expects it to be easier to use than Flash’s.

“One of the things I didn’t like about Flash was the debugging and scripting. It was painful,” Nowick said. “It looks a lot easier to do things with Silverlight than in Flash. I’ve been a .Net developer for the last five years, so it would be great to be able to apply those skills. Since we’re a Microsoft shop, I can see us redoing our entire Web site in this.”

But other Flash programmers won’t be so easily converted. Flash’s greatest strength is its universality: More than 95 percent of Internet-enabled PCs worldwide include the Flash Player, according to Adobe research. Flash also runs on aging browsers and on Linux, a platform Microsoft isn’t planning to support for Silverlight, which will work on Macs and PCs running Internet Explorer 6 or 7 or modern versions of Firefox or Safari.

“This is a tougher sell than Flash,” said freelance developer Michael Chabot, who stopped by to check out a Silverlight demo on the TechEd show floor. “One hundred percent of the people they’re targeting with this use Flash. Right now, zero percent of them use Silverlight.”

Chabot said he’s eager to see competition for Flash, but what he’s seen so far of Silverlight and the Expression toolset supporting it doesn’t impress him. For designers accustomed to programs like Adobe’s Dreamweaver and Photoshop, Expression feels clunky and isn’t intuitive to use, he said.

“I would say that, by far, Flash is the hardest technology I’ve ever had to learn. It’s not a good product, but it’s the only one that does these things,” Chabot said. “This is really the first rival, but I don’t think it’s going to be successful. I don’t think it does anything more than Flash does, and it excludes old browsers.”

Another potential hurdle for Silverlight is that it requires users to download and install the Silverlight client runtime. Microsoft has made the process as painless as possible: TechEd’s opening keynote included a Silverlight installation demo that took less than 20 seconds and didn’t require a reboot.

Still, corporate users in secured environments may not have the option of installing new browser add-ons, according to solution providers.

“A lot of our users don’t have security permissions to change their configurations, and our clients aren’t ready to install yet another runtime,” said Matt Jurgensen, lead infrastructure architect for financial services software developer DST Systems in Kansas City, Mo.

Jurgensen’s firm aims to redevelop its desktop software for browser-based access and is beginning to explore options. Flash’s steep learning curve is daunting, and Jurgensen likes the idea of using Silverlight and putting his .Net expertise to work. He plans to keep an eye on Silverlight as it launches and works to gain traction over the next year.

To read the full Post and page 2, see the source: ChannelWeb

Adobe Reader 8.1 Brings Vista Support
June 8, 2007

Adobe on Tuesday released the first major update to both Acrobat and Reader 8.0, adding support for Windows Vista and remote printing capabilities through a partnership with FedEx Kinko’s. Version 8.1 (download from FileForum) also brings integration with Microsoft Office 2007.

Acrobat users can now export Office documents to PDF files by right clicking, as well as preview multi-page PDF files from without Outlook 2007. Adobe has additionally added Flash movie playback for Mac users, removing the need to use QuickTime. The new “Send to FedEx Kinko’s” toolbar button quickly sends a document to the company’s remote printing service, primarily designed for business users when traveling.

By BetaNews Staff, June 6, 2007, 5:09 PM

Suggestions for Google Services
May 30, 2007

Most Google services have feedback forms where you can suggest new features or improvements, but some of them even list frequent suggestions and let you vote your favorites. The lists also give you hints about the future updates.

The writer:  Google System

Particls goes Public Beta
May 30, 2007

This Announcement Has been sent to my email because I’m a beta tester for a months. I like this program but the last time I test it didn’t support Arabic I don’t know about it now, I think I’m gonna download the  new beta and see.

 

 

After many months of anticipation, we are happy to announce that Particls has gone Public Beta.

Download the client now!
Hit reply to send feedback or join us on the Tangler forums.

  • For users: Particls is a filtered news reader or widget that learns what you care about and alerts you to important news and information while you work. More at www.particls.com

  • For bloggers and site owners: Particls allows bloggers and site owners to create a custom version of the application. Particls will share revenue with partners. More at www.particls.com/about/publishers

  • For developers: Particls is freely extensible by developers. Reach into corporate databases and web APIs to grab and display data in new and interesting ways. More at http://www.particls.com/extensions/

  • How much is it: Particls is a free download with some ads. Later, an ad-free Pro version will be available for a small subscription fee. It is free for Partners to create custom versions.

  • What’s new in public beta: Particls is now no longer invite only. Anyone will be able to download it from the download page. Also, bloggers can now embed Particls widgets on the blog sidebars or create white label version of Particls. Learn more here.

  • Got a Mac: We love Mac – An OS X native version is coming. Here are some instructions to use parallels or watch the demos.

  • Sending feedback: The Particls team loves feedback – get int touch via: Email, Tangler, Twitter, and of course, right here in the comments

A little about Particls – for end users
The web is just too big. No one has time to keep track of all the sites, conversations and interesting bits and pieces that are out there. We each have real work to do and lives to live!

Particls helps you track your favorite sites and applications by displaying desktop alerts for important changes.

Subscribe to the sites you like best, and then when they change you’re notified. Particls can even work out how important the new information is and display an alert that is proportional to its importance to you.

For example, general information might be displayed on a news ticker, important stuff might appear on a popup alert and urgent information might be SMS’d to your phone.

Think of it like a highly advanced widget or filtered feed reader.

A little about Particls – for bloggers and site owners
Through the Particls partner program, bloggers and site owners can create a custom version of Particls. They can change the skin, default feeds and default Attention Profile to give users their own branded desktop notification system.

By integrating Particls into their site, partners get more return traffic, their brand on desktops everywhere and a share of revenue.

This service is free for partners to participate in. Learn more at www.particls.com/intouch


A little about Faraday Media

Particls is owned and operated by Faraday Media. Faraday was founded by 2 ‘Twenty Something’ Australian entrepreneurs.

Faraday Media focuses on helping users deal with information overload by creating tools that generate a highly personalized view of worldwide information and entertainment media.

The company has been in operation since July 2006 (product development started earlier in January 2006). In that time it has launched Alpha and Beta versions of Particls to over 4000 self-subscribed testers, secured Angel Funding and attracted attention from global media and financial services brands as well as high-profile technology leaders.

The company has also been an active contributor to the community founding the APML and Media 2.0 workgroups and open sourcing some of its software.


More Information

More information for bloggers can be found on the website or contact Chris Saad (Co-Founder/CEO) at chris@particls.com

Thanks
We would like to thank all those who have made it possible for us to get to this major milestone. Your generous help and advice has been always been very much appreciated.

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The perfect PC
May 26, 2007

Here in KSA stealing software is nothing… and even I don’t like that, I can’t stop it. And because of that I start a year ago the search for good alternatives, to be honest I always knew about the free and open source programs but I didn’t try it. I didn’t know how good those software but as a result of the searching I can say that some of the free software is far better than the ones that we pay for 🙂

And this is list of the best programs (this is my opinion) :

1- VLC* and Gome for playing all media ( it doesn’t play real media ).

2- for malware protection Antivir* (it has one of the best detection rate for last months but it doesn’t protect from spyware), Active Virus Shield ( it use Kasersky engine, umm you can call it Kaspersky lite), Avast and Clamwin.( I don’t like AVG )

3- Windows Defender*, Spyware Terminator and Arovax AntiSpyware* for anti spyware.

4- Comodo and Ashampoo for Firewall protection.

5- Paint.NET* for photo designing.

6- OpenOffice* for Office and spreadsheets work.

7- Firefox* and Opera for surfing Net (I like Firefox more and it’s the default Browser).

8- Notepad++* notepad replacement and for PHP editing

9- Deep Burner* and CDBurnerXp for Burning CDs and DVDs

10- Google Desktop* for desktop search.

11- “7-Zip“* to open and make Zip, 7z and Rar and other type of archives ( 7-zip doesn’t make rar files and only open it ).

12- Thunderbird is an Email Clint like Outlook.

13- Utorrent* and Azureus for downloading Torrent files.

13- Orbit* ,Fashget and Freedownloadmanager as download managers that supports resumable downloads and multiple simultaneous downloads.

 

Any progarm in thel list with the sign * is installed in my PC.

Note: even the free programs is good but that doesn’t mean the paid programs is over, no the paid ones still have the some advantages campared to the alternatives, because it has many tools and options the free programs doesn’t have and you can take Nero as an example.

If you have a better List please tell me as a comment

Written By: Murtadh

No end in sight for Vista’s Long Goodbye
May 24, 2007

Looking for yet another reason to hold off buying Vista? Read on

Seven weeks ago, when we first reported Vista was causing many machines to stall indefinitely while deleting, copying and moving files, we were sure the problem was caused by a bug that would be fixed relatively quickly. After all, Vista is Microsoft’s flagship product. It’s also an operating system. And everyone knows deleting, copying and moving files are among the most basic tasks any operating system can set out to do.

Now we don’t know what to think. Vista’s Long Goodbye, as we’ve come to call this bizarre phenomenon, continues unabated. No amount of diagnosing by the untold number of confounded sysadmins sheds any light on the problem’s cause, and Microsoft has yet to acknowledge its full extent.

“I just wanted to say…that I have tried everything…in this section..till yesterday (May 13 2007) and none of it worked,” a user who goes by the name SR_1976 posted today in a Microsoft TechNet forum discussing the glitch. “I have tried my best to work with Vista ….did not work…so, gone back to XP…and all my problems are gone. Vista was more stable than XP (for me…)and does have some good features…but enough is enough..” (The discussion, by the way, is the longest TechNet thread we’ve ever seen.)

Another posting made today relates the experience of a certain groden, who spent four hours trying to copy 3.8GB of data off a Windows 2003 server using a Sony Vaio with 2GB of RAM. It took him a couple of minutes to copy the same files using a similar set up that was running XP.

To recap, an untold number of Vista users are unable to delete, copy and move files without interminable waits, in which the OS appears to be calculating the time the job will take. While most vexing for people working with files on a remote server, the glitch is also present when working with local files. Microsoft issued a hotfix, but it appears it was designed to repair a problem other than the one at hand. Or at least we hope, because it sure hasn’t fixed Vista’s Long Goodbye.

We asked Microsoft for an interview with a product manager who could shed some light on the difficulty that’s vexing so many of the company’s most important customers. What we got was an emailed statement that gave no new information. It read:

Finding the root cause of issues like this and identifying a solution is of the utmost priority for Microsoft. That said, crafting a fix and fully testing it – to be sure we are not introducing other problems – takes time. This is why Microsoft makes hot fixes available, and while we understand that hot fixes are not a perfect solution, they can help people get by while we perfect the long term solution. We will keep you updated with specific plans to this issue as soon as we have confirmation.

Microsoft’s inability to fix a defect in such a basic feature has led to its share of conspiracy theories that would be quickly dismissed as kooky, were it not for the company’s steadfast refusal to provide any details about what’s causing the problem. The top contender: The inability to copy files without stalling isn’t a bug at all, but rather the result of a digital rights management feature designed to protect Hollywood (even if the rest of us have to cuss our way through four hours deleting a few gigs worth of crap).

To prove the point, one user found the problem went away when he ran an XP Pro Virtual Machine that was running on top of Vista. Mysteriously, it took him about eight seconds to delete the 23GB of files he wanted to get rid of. Using Vista on the same machine took him more than 25 minutes.

Hmm, maybe the DRM conspiracists are right after all. ®

By Dan Goodin in San Francisco

REAPER v1.85
May 21, 2007

I use it for more than 2 months “Audacity”and Connect presented it last night. I don’t have any thing against Audacity, I like it but it’s very simple I mean it’s for light use.

Anyway this post is a small review about REAPER , this program is better and for advance use, it’s easy and the most important thing and I like is the installer it’s installer is just over 2MB.

 

You need two things about it first:

1- Its not free, but hay it has reasonably priced. Buy it if you like.

2- If you have for plugins in your PC or you installed another audio program, REAPER will be more useful. Because it steel or in other words compatible to use other program plugins easly

Some of the program feature:

REAPER is a powerful Windows application for multitrack recording and editing of audio.

  • Portable – supports running from USB keys or other removable media
  • 64 bit audio engine
  • Excellent low-latency performance
  • Multiprocessor capable
  • Direct multi-track recording to many formats including WAV/BWF/W64, AIFF, WavPack, FLAC, OGG, and MIDI.
  • Extremely flexible routing
  • Fast, tool-less editing
  • Supports a wide range of hardware (nearly any audio interface, outboard hardware, many control surfaces)
  • Support for VST, VSTi, DX, DXi effects
  • ReaPlugs: high quality 64 bit effect suite

 Editing features

  • Tool-less mouse interface — spend less time clicking
  • Drag and drop files to instantly import them into a project
  • Support for mixing any combination of file type/samplerate/bit depth on each track
  • Easily split, move, and resize items
  • Each item has easily manipulated fades and volume
  • Tab to transient support
  • Configurable and editable automatic crossfading of overlapping items
  • Per-item pitch shift and time stretch
  • Arbitrary item grouping
  • Markers and envelopes can be moved in logical sync with editing operations
  • Ripple editing – moving/deletion of items can optionally affect later items
  • Multiple tempos and time signatures per project
  • Ability to define and edit project via regions
  • Automation envelopes

If you want to know more about this program you can check this site http://www.cockos.com/reaper or you can download REAPER User Guide 

The writer: Murtadh

Yahoo widgets 4 vs Google Desktop
May 13, 2007

After I saw today Connect “Tariq” talked about Google Desktop so i decided to write the deferences between it and Yahoo widgets. But lucky me I read a post two months ago about this subject and I a greee with the writer 100% , and this is the post (I updated some parts of the post) :

 

 

Yahoo launched a new version of Yahoo Widgets (previously known as Konfabulator), a free application that displays small widgets on your desktop. Launched in 2002 for Mac, and then ported to Windows, Konfabulator was bought in 2005 by Yahoo.

Google Desktop
was launched in 2004 as a desktop search tool, but it started to include support for widgets in 2005. “Google Desktop is a new, easier way to get information – even without searching. You can think of it as a personal web assistant that learns about your habits and interests to identify and present web pages, news stories, and photos that it thinks you will be interested in,” said Marissa Mayer.

While Konfabulator is the real innovator, Google Desktop combined widgets with search and focused on personalization. Here’s a small comparison table:


Google Desktop
Yahoo Widgets
Platforms Mac OS X,Windows 2000/XP/Vista Mac OS X,Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Setup size 1.7 MB 11.6 MB
Terminology gadgets widgets
Default widgets Gmail, clock, To Do list, news, feed reader, sticky notes, photos, weather. Yahoo! search, maps, notepad, address book, mail, photos, Flickr, Calendar, Weather, Finance, digital clock, CPU monitor, widget gallery.
Total number of widgets 420 4095
Rendering In the same process as Google Desktop. Each widget has its own process: as a result, Yahoo Widgets is more stable, but also uses more memory.
Widgets are built in XML and JavaScript XML and JavaScript
What you can do with widgets
  • Can be detached from the sidebar
  • Collapsible
  • Always on top
  • Heads-up display: show/hide all the widgets at once
  • Expand the widget
  • Resize the widget, move it on your desktop
  • Change the frame, the opacity
What’s unique
  • Desktop search engine
  • Recommendations
  • Google Desktop can display many gadgets available at Google Personalized Homepage
  • You can save the settings for some gadgets on Google’s servers
  • Using Google Talk as a communication protocol
  • Alerts
  • Bigger developer community
  • Widgets have comments, ratings
  • Widgets look better and are more customizable
Performance Google Desktop also indexes your computer, so it has worse performance. If you disable desktop search functionality, you’ll reduce memory usage. The latest version improves memory usage. The performance is similar to Google Desktop without desktop search.

Yahoo Widgets is for people who want to spread a lot of information chaotically on the desktop; there are plenty of sleek widgets to choose from. Google Desktop is for organized people: it lets you search you computer as well as the web, it shows a sidebar that’s visible all the time and personalizes the gadgets automatically.

the source : Google system

The online scanner
May 13, 2007

Do you have a virus or a spyware in your PC, or you want to be sure that your PC is clean? then you don’t have to install another antivirus or do format “like some friends I know the only answer for all the problems they have is the format :)” any way if you can enter the Net this site will give you a greet help. Because they scan your PC and give you the name of the virus or some of them clean your PC of the malwares, there are a lot of site that scan the PC but I picked the powerful ones :

1- Trend Micro: the best web scanner I’ve ever used, you can choose if you want to scan a virus or just a spyware and fast.

Link: http://housecall.trendmicro.com

Cleans: Yes

2- Bitdefender: very active company and one of the first site I visit if I want to do a scan.

Link: http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

Cleans: Yes

3- Kaspersky: I know it doesn’t clean the files but it’s Kaspersky one of the big malware database, so you will know the name of the malware and you could do a search about it and how to delete it.

Link: http://www.kaspersky.com/service?chapter=161739400

Cleans: No

4- F-secure: it help some times to delete the rootkits because this is the only site that scan this type ” or as far as I know”

Link: http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

Cleans: Yes

5- Panda:

*Nano Scan: the Nano still in Beta and it didn’t work well with some PCs, but it’s good and scan your PC in 1 min. Nano will support Firefox nearly (update: now it support).

Link: http://www.nanoscan.com

Cleans: No

*Panda totalscan: you need to register if you want to disinfect.

Link: http://www.nanoscan.com/as/v1/principal.aspx

Cleans: yes
6- Symantec: it doesn’t clean or delete the file but the best thing about Symantec is that after you do the scan and have the virus name you can search in their huge database of the manual steps or mini tool to delete the malware

Link: http://security.norton.com/sscv6/default.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym

Cleans: No

7- Virus Chaser: I didn’t use it my self but It use Dr.Web engine, and this is good

Link: http://www.viruschaser.com.hk/eng/webscan/?color=68b9e1,ff99c1?cure=on

Cleans: Yes

Note:

This list of scanners that scan your full hard-disk. The engine underlying each scan is noted so you can avoid duplication with scanners you already have. If a freeware version of the scanner (or at least roughly the same engine) is available for local use it is indicated. Most allow you to scan specific folders as well. Almost all have options to scan archives, those that do not are “tested” by scanning with a zipped version of eicar, though this is not a foolproof test. A few scanners only detect problems but do not offer to disinfect or even delete the offending file; these are indicated.

The Writer : Murtadh

Use IM with out installation
May 13, 2007

What is Web messengers, how it’s useful?

It’s an instant messaging service without the need to download and install a separate application.

The change allows people working for companies and some Universities which stop staff downloading and installing applications to use the service. It will also make the service usable for people in internet cafes that don’t already have the standalone messenger software installed.

And this is the most used services:

Gmail: http://www.gmail.com

Has a built-in messenger in the email in the left.

MSN/Hotmail: http://www.hotmail.com

you can use: www.webmessenger.msn.com (this is the official one)

Note: there are so many sits that can give you a web messenger for Hotmail but it’s not official so there are some risks of stealing your Identity and your privacy.

Yahoo: mail.yahoo.com

They published this site early, two weeks ago: http://www.messenger.yahoo.com


The writer: Murtadh

Do you like Mac OS X? try Yahoo! Widget Engine 4
May 13, 2007

The Yahoo! Widget Engine (formerly known as Konfabulator) is a JavaScript runtime engine for Windows and Mac OS X that lets you run little files called Widgets that can do pretty much whatever you want them to. Widgets can be alarm clocks, calculators, can tell you your WiFi signal strength, will fetch the latest stock quotes for your preferred symbols, and even give your current local weather.

What sets Yahoo! Widget Engine apart from other scripting applications is that it takes full advantage of today’s advanced graphics. This allows Widgets to blend fluidly into your desktop without the constraints of traditional window borders. Toss in some sliding and fading, and these little guys are right at home in Windows XP and Mac OS X.

The format for these Widgets is completely open and easy to learn so creating your own Widgets is an extremely easy task.

For the “skinning” crowd, Yahoo! Widget Engine is a dream come true. You can easily change the look, feel, layout, even functionality of a Widget so that it matches your lifestyle, your desktop, or the pants or skirt you have on that day.

Installation

Allow the automatic download of the installer to your desktop.

Launch the installer (click Run when asked or double-click widgetsus.exe).
Follow the installation steps it provides.

When the installation is finished, make sure that “Launch the Yahoo! Widget Engine” is checked, then click “Finish.”

The Welcome Widget will appear and give you some instructions. Read up, then have fun!

If you clicked through the Welcome Widget’s screens too fast, you can get more help here

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