Digg - Google releases Zeitgeist 2007
Anna Nicole Smith, facebook, the iPhone were all top searches in 2007. See who else made the list...
Best of 2007: Top 7 Coolest Web Apps
While everyone is trying to create their ultimate list of the winners and losers of 2007, please allow us to take a different, utterly subjective route, and choose the coolest web applications of 2007
The 15 Biggest Tech Disappointments of 2007 - Yahoo! News
From on-demand video services that were overly demanding, to underwhelming operating-system updates, 2007 was full of disappointments.
Slashdot | Vista Named Year's Most Disappointing Product
PC Magazine has declared that Windows Vista is the most disappointing product of 2007. Quoting: 'Five years in the making and this is the best Microsoft could do?... No wonder so many users are clinging to XP like shipwrecked sailors to a life raft, while others who made the upgrade are switching back. And when the fastest Vista notebook PC World has ever tested is an Apple MacBook Pro, there's something deeply wrong with the universe
Comic Life 1.4: Image Adjustment, New Styles, and More | MacApper
Comic Life, Plasq’s fantastic comic creation application has been updated to version 1.4. For the uninitiated, the Apple Design Award winning Comic Life allows you to take photos and turn them into comics–complete with speech bubbles, panels, and stylized text.
Digg - KDE 4.0 to be Released in January
The KDE Release Team has decided to release KDE 4.0 this coming January. The release was originally planned for mid-December. The KDE developers want to solve a couple of essential issues before releasing
Linux is about to take over the low end of PCs
Opinion -- Sometimes, several unrelated changes come to a head at the same time, with a result no one could have predicted. The PC market is at such a tipping point right now and the result will be millions of Linux-powered PCs in users' hands.Four trends: user-friendly Linux
desktops, useful under-$500 laptops and desktops,
broadband, and business-ready Internet office applications. Put them
together and you have a revolution.
EeePC Blog - eeeXubuntu: Ubuntu for the Asus EeePC
an enterprising soul has taken on the task of customizing Ubuntu (or more specifically Xubuntu) for use on the EeePC. While Ubuntu worked reasonably well on the EeePC before, there were plenty of additional steps necessary to get WiFi working as well as reducing the number of writes to the slightly fragile Solid State Drive. Along with these fixes eeeXubuntu also makes it much easier to install Xubuntu from a USB drive rather than an external CD-ROM drive.
Featured Windows Download: Take Control of an Unresponsive PC with AntiFreeze
Windows only: Take control of your unresponsive computer next time it freezes up with freeware system tray app AntiFreeze. After you've installed it, just wait for the next time your computer hangs and hit Alt-Ctrl-Win-Home to activate AntiFreeze, suspend your running programs, and free up your memory and CPU cycles. You can then use AntiFreeze's interface to selectively resume processes or end the process that you suspect is to blame.
Television: Watch Full-Length Television Online with OpenHulu
You may have already heard of Hulu, a closed beta, on-demand TV service from NBC Universal and News Corp. designed to stream the latest new shows from NBC, Fox, Bravo, Sci Fi, and more YouTube-style. But you may not have heard of OpenHulu, a Hulu clone that's attempting to embed every video from Hulu (which is part of how Hulu is designed to work) so you don't need an invitation to Hulu to enjoy the free, on-demand TV.
Access Linux Files from Windows with Linux Reader | Lifehacker Australia
Windows only: Dual-booters have long been able to get at their Windows-formatted files, but Windows certainly doesn't make it easy to go the other way 'round. Enter Linux Reader, a free Windows application that emulates the look and feel of the Windows XP Explorer and allows read-only access to ext2 and ext3-formatted drives, the most common formats for Linux installations. Linux Reader can also search through Linux images and mount images for browsing, and runs as a stand-alone application—for a driver-based reading tool, check out Ext2 Installable File System. Linux Reader is a free download for Windows 98 and later.
Lifehacker's 2007 Guide to Free Software and Webapps | Lifehacker Australia
As we wrap up the year 2007, it's the perfect time to put together an authoritative guide to our favourite pieces of free software and web services for common computing tasks on every platform.
Lifehacker Top 10: Top 10 New and Improved Apps of 2007
top 10 best new and improved desktop and web applications of 2007.
The ACCC shares its views on next generation telecommunications networks - Telecommunications - www.itnews.com.au
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued for public consultation two papers related to next generation telecommunications networks.
The first is a draft decision on a 15-year special access undertaking given by the G9 for its proposed fibre-to-the-node network upgrade, with initial access prices of up to $29 to $50 per month (depending on the speed offered). This first paper also provides guidance on access to FTTN networks more generally.
Games Radar - DS news - Nintendo DS - Lumps of coal are better than these utterly disappointing gifts
the worst presents for gamers are awful games, because you know the gift giver’s hands were inches away from a title you actually would’ve wanted to play
10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2008
10 Worst Gadgets of 2007 - Palm Foleo - Apple TV - LG Chocolate - Microsoft Zune - Popular Mechanics
To responsibly critique art, wrote W. H. Auden, requires "an inclination to praise rather than blame, and regret when a complete rejection is required...."
Featured Firefox Extension: Take Online Media Offline with UnPlug
Firefox only (Windows/Mac/Linux): Save embedded media like audio, video, or even Flash games to your desktop with the UnPlug Firefox extension. Just browse to a page you want to grab media from, click the little smiling fish (or go to Tools -> UnPlug), and find and download the media on that page you want. UnPlug is similar to previously mentioned Video Downloader extension, which means it should work just as well to download videos from YouTube, MySpace, Google Video, and all the rest of your favorite video sites. UnPlug is free, works wherever Firefox does.
Second Life CTO Cory Ondrejka leaves the company - Boing Boing
citing irreconcilable differences in the technical development of SL, Chief Technical Officer Cory Ondrejka has just left the company after being there since 2000. He was a strong force behind the open sourcing of the viewer code, and was leading the effort to open source the servers that comprise the world's fabric.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Google debuts knowledge project
Google has kicked off a project to create an authoritative store of information about any and every topic.
The search giant has already started inviting people to write about the subject on which they are known to be an expert.
Google said it would not act as editor for the project but will provide the tools and infrastructure for the pages.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Weblogs rack up a decade of posts
The word "weblog" celebrates the 10th anniversary of it being coined on 17 December 1997.
The word was created by Jorn Barger to describe what he was doing with his pioneering Robot Wisdom web page.
The word was an abbreviation for the "logging" of interesting "web" sites that Mr Barger featured on his regularly updated journal.
A decade on and blog-watching firm Technorati reports it is tracking more than 70 million web logs.
Report: 95 percent of all e-mail has that spammy smell
This news will come as a shock to none, but the volume of spam has continued to rise throughout 2007. So much so, in fact, that spam researchers say that electronic junk mail has long surpassed the volume of human-issued e-mail this year, despite efforts to thwart it. One company, Barracuda Networks, goes so far as to say that spam now accounts for 90 to 95 percent of all e-mail, with no end in sight.
63 percent of US population now plays video games, says report
While most of the press reporting on games focuses on the more sensational and negative aspects of the hobby, the NPD Group has just released Expanding the Games Market, a report that shows that an increasing number of people see gaming as a viable and fun hobby. The report also notes that while gaming might be a more isolated activity for the "hardcore" market, most gamers use their hobby as a way to connect with their friends and family.
PlayForSure becomes "Certified for Windows Vista"
Microsoft's PlaysForSure has always been a model of how to run a DRM ecosystem: launch a new scheme with logo, convince device makers to sign up, launch your own online music store that uses said ecosystem, drop your music store, launch your own device which uses incompatible DRM, launch new music store with same incompatible DRM, then change branding of ecosystem logo. On second thought, perhaps there's room for improvement here.
Microsoft has just announced a change in the PlaysForSure branding
that adds even more confusion to the DRM ecosystem. Instead of looking
for the triangular PlaysForSure logo, consumers are now supposed to
look for the "Certified for Windows Vista" logo that is used for plenty
of other devices.
The obvious problem here is that PlaysForSure has nothing to do with
Vista, and has in fact been used for years on XP. While never gaining
much traction among music download stores, it has become the DRM of
choice for subscription plans. Now, users of those plans who still run
XP should look for the "Certified for Windows Vista" logo the next time
they purchase a new player. That shouldn't confuse anyone.
Hot, sexy bot sweet-talks personal data out of chatters
As if there needed to be another reason to be wary of chat rooms geared toward meeting people and having flirtatious, cyber-relations with them, doing so can now put you at increased risk of identity theft. CyberLover.ru, a new site out of Russia, boasts that buyers of its software will be able to trick unsuspecting marks into handing over their personal information. CyberLover.ru's sexy bot can allegedly drum up salacious conversations using 10 different personalities that are so life-like that the victims will hand over their photos, phone numbers, and more at the drop of a negligee. The program can also be tailored towards either gender, and be used to obtain other forms of data, says the company.
Against odds, iPhone overtakes Windows Mobile sales in Q3
Earlier this month, we learned that the iPhone's MobileSafari already claims more than twice the market share of Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile and Windows CE devices combined.
New numbers compiled by Canalys and quietly published by Symbian, however, show that the iPhone snagged 27 percent of smartphone sales from July to September, the device's first full quarter on the market. This puts it in second place in overall sales during Q3 2007, behind the number one BlackBerry but ahead of Windows Mobile.
Digg - Movable Type is Open Source
Movable Type is open source. This means you can freely modify, redistribute, and use Movable Type for any purpose you choose.
Digg - The Next Social Network: WordPress
Could open-source blogging platform WordPress serve as your next social networking profile? Chris Messina, co-founder of Citizen Agency, thinks so. He’s started a project called DiSo, for distributed social networking, that aims to “build a social network with its skin inside out.” DiSo will first look to WordPress as its foundation.
Cheat Sheets: Quick Reference to Windows Alt Codes
Need to type a women's symbol, musical note, copyright, trademark, or Greek letter on Windows? You need the right "alt code," a series of numbers you type while you hold down the Alt key. Reader Nathan writes in with a helpful PDF cheat sheet that lists characters you've never seen before, as well as the Wikipedia Alt Codes entry for bookmarking.
Slashdot | Major Australian ISP Pulls OpenOffice
Australia's largest Internet service provider Telstra BigPond has removed OpenOffice from its unmetered file download area following the launch of its own, free, hosted, office application, BigPond Office. The removal of OpenOffice was brought to TECH.BLORGE's attention by a reader, who complained to Telstra BigPond's support department about no longer being able to download OpenOffice updates. The support people were quite open about why OpenOffice was no longer available, i.e. because it was perceived to be competitive with BigPond Office
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