Tuesday, 31 March 2009

30 Photoshop Video Tutorials from Pros of Graphic Design

Sit back, relax.

Watch and learn from the pros of graphic design, as they show you advanced Photoshop techniques, taking the simplest elements and creating something beautiful as well as tutorials on advanced drawing and illustration techniques.

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Take your Google Contacts with you

Lots of websites ask you to invite your friends when you sign up, and for good reason; the web is more fun when you can share your experiences with other people.

However, too many of these sites access your list of friends by asking for your username and password so they can sign in as you and scrape your contact lists.

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Google Street View raising hackles in Canada

An Ottawa-area MP is calling for an investigation of Google's massive photo database it's collected. he says there are privacy concerns that have not yet been addressed.

The full story is here:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/wants Google boss explain street cameras/1443261/story.html

Skype For iPhone Is LIVE

When they said "Tuesday," they meant it.

Not long ago, the clock struck midnight in the Land of the Rising Sun, and sure enough, the bona fide Skype application (v1.0.0.63) for Apple's iPhone has gone live. It's absolutely free to download, too! We're fully expecting it to roll out elsewhere as Tuesday (March 31st) arrives in various time zones.


Will My Device Work with Windows 7

Vista's driver support was a mess when the OS first launched.

Will Windows 7 have the same compatibility issues?

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Monday, 30 March 2009

The Perfect MacBook Mini Leak Concept or Fake

I don't know what this is and I don't care.

It may be a MacBook Mini concept. Or a crazy leak. Or just a perfect fake. Whatever it is, it's beautiful. I want one badly.

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Is Linux ready for the average user

The other day I realized that it had been a long time since Id talked about Linux as a whole as opposed to looking at specific distros.

Also, over the past few weeks Ive spent quite a lot of time discussing Windows, in particular Windows 7, and Apples Mac OS X.

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12 Coolest Geeky Shoes Ever

Shoes for the geeks.

Some of the best ones out there.

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10 Creative Rich UI interfaces How to Create Them

There have been plenty of posts on the number of awesome javascript, Ajax and CSS techniques and where to find them.

Today, we will have a look at 10 creative & rich UI interfaces in modern day websites and how you can create similar interfaces using the techniques mentioned in this post.

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How Would You Respond to an RIAAMPAA Warning

How Would You Respond to an RIAA/MPAA Warning

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Sunday, 29 March 2009

Did You Know It Will Blow Your Mind

Did You Know? It Will Blow Your Mind.


10 Weirdest Tech Products Recently Introduced

These were introduced earlier this year and these products stood out for one particular reason... they are just weird.

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YouTube Nonprofit Raises 10000 in One Day Using Overlay Ad

This week, youtube launched a new "Call to Action" feature for YouTube's nonprofit partners, which allows them to use InVideo overlays to drive traffic to an off-YouTube web page, where they can collect signatures, email addresses, or even donations.

Already, we're seeing nonprofit organizations use this new feature with great success.

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Windows 7 Build 7068 Dogfooded Leaked Screenshots Forget

The Release Candidate branch of Windows 7 has evolved all the way to Build 7068.

Windows 7 Release Candidate would be made available in May 2009.


25 Websites To Have Fun With Your Photos

Getting a little bored how your photos are presented online? How about injecting some fun and humour into it.

You don't really need to be Photoshop literate


Saturday, 28 March 2009

Hackers Go After Pirate Bay Investigator

A police IT forensics specialist has had some of his personal details leak via The Pirate Bay.

Jim Keyzer, who led the investigation into the popular tracker, has just discovered that his girlfriends email account was compromised by hackers, who obtained several passwords and other personal documents.


99 iTunes But a Hottest Track Aint One

Apple's 30% price jacking is surprisingly tone deaf in the midst of a major recession.


Quick Guide To Buying Cellular Modem

Why limit your on-the-go Web surfing to Wi-Fi hot spots when you can get online anywhere you can find a cell signal? Here's how to pick the right service and device to bring mobile broadband to your laptop.


Consumers can be stuck when Web sites change terms

A recent e-mail from Eastman Kodak Co. didn't lead to a Kodak moment for Vanessa Daniele.

It got her angry.

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YouTube Adds A Twitter Button

Everybody's doing it.

Even YouTube has succumbed to Twitter mania.

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Friday, 27 March 2009

Hosting Reviews Without The Monkey Business

There are tons of sites out there comparing other sorts of products.

Affiliate programs have spawned so-called review websites, most of which simply rank the companies based on the payout. A new site, HostMonk, doesn't.

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Microsoft to attack Mac pricing in new series of TV ads

After running through a series of ad campaigns designed to make Windows look cool, then victimized, then simply inescapably ubiquitous, Microsoft is now hoping to attack Apple in new ads that portray Macs as unaffordable compared to generic PCs.

According to a report by the Associated Press, Microsoft hired Crispin Porter + Bogusky...

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Pwn2Own contest winner Macs are safer than Windows

Charlie Miller, the security expert who won both this and last year's CanSecWest Pwn2Own security contests by exploiting Macs running Safari, repeated in an interview that he'd recommend Macs to typical users as a safer alternative to Windows PCs.

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MediaDefender Founders Leave Sinking Ship

After suffering humiliation at the hands of a hacker in 2007, the future of anti-piracy company MediaDefender is in serious doubt.

The stock price of its parent company has plunged, and the two founders of MediaDefender have now left the sinking ship.


Parents Fight Against Sexting Teens

Backed by the ACLU, a group of Pennsylvania parents is suing to block an enthusiastic DA who has threatened to file child porn charges against teen girls who appear semi-undressed in candid cell-phone photos"unless they agree to attend a five-week program on "what it means to be a girl in today's society."


Thursday, 26 March 2009

25 Most Wanted Tips For iPhone 3G HowTo

This week, weve collected some really amazing tips from Web and our own experiences to present you 25 most wanted tips for iPhone 3G.

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Apple Mac malware caught on camera

Pob in our analysis labs blogged earlier this week about a new variant of the RSPlug Trojan horse for Mac OS X that he had written protection against.

One of the ways in which the OSX/RSPlug-F Mac Trojan horse is being distributed by hackers is in the form of a poisoned HDTV/DTV program called MacCinema.


EFF Stating the Case Against DRM to the FTC

EFF's stance is quite clear: DRM is harmful to consumers, it undermines competition and innovation, and unnecessarily preempts users' fair uses of copyrighted content -- all while making no appreciable dent in "digital piracy." In fact, generally the only ones who are inconvenienced by DRM are legitimate customers.

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Skype handles more international calls than ATT

Skype has become the world's single largest provider of international calls, surpassing even incumbent telcos like AT&T.

Unfortunately for the company, few of these calls generate any revenue, and corporate parent eBay grows impatient.

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iPhone App Refund Policies Could Bankrupt Developers

We reported yesterday about Apples alleged delay in payments to iPhone app developers, but there is more alarming news from iPhone developers about Apples refund policies.


Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Hulu Hires Up To Take Its Evil Plot International

Johannes Larcher will be Web TV startup Hulu's new SVP in charge of procuring international rights, according to PaidContent.

Johannes takes over for Andy Forsell, who is still with the company.

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Drawing an Abstract Lightbulb in Photoshop

This is an insightful tutorial that covers some useful effects. In particular, using brush dynamics to generate particles and creating an artificial bokeh effect was pretty cool.

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Geek warriors plotting to overthrow Twitter LAT

Esteemed online voices @LeoLaporte and @DaveWiner are sounding the alarm about Twitter's increasing platform dominance.

Its a very dangerous network because its all centralized, Winer said. Both critics have installed their own smaller, open-source micro-messaging systems outside of Twitters domain, i.e., Evan Prodromou's Laconica

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Obamas Gift to British PM Ruined by DVD Zone Restrictions

Arriving back home, PM Brown settled in to watch "Psycho" only to receive a far greater horror than the movie itself could bring -- none of his DVDs would play, due to zone restrictions. While saddened and shocked, the PM maintains that American and Britain still have a "special partnership".

http://www.dailytech.com/Obamas Gift to British PM Ruined by DVD Zone Restrictions/article14660.htm

TorrentSpy One Year After the Shutdown

Exactly a year ago one of the largest torrent sites shut down for good, and a month later the owner was ordered to pay a 110 million dollar fine.

We catch up with TorrentSpy owner Justin Bunnell, whos still in court fighting the MPAA, to see how he views the developments of the past year.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Obama Sides With RIAA Supports 150000 FinesMusic Track

The Obama administration for the first time is weighing in on a Recording Industry Association of America file sharing lawsuit and is supporting hefty awards of as much as $150,000 per purloined music track.

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10 Best Image ViewersEditors for Linux

Some of the most widely used Image viewers/editors for Linux you can consider using.

They are all unique in their own way.

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Internet Explorer 8 How not to launch a new browser

Explorer 8 shapes up to be a complete train wreck as far as customer adoption is concerned.

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Monster HDMI Difference scam still kickin in Frys

Man, this is just sad.

Over a year after the internet was set ablaze with rage after seeing Monster's HDMI cable scam, we've just been notified that the tactic is still being used in at least one Fry's Electronics store. For those unaware, the rig works as such: two TVs are set beside each other along with a sign that says "See the Monster HDMI...

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13 Great WordPress Speed Tips Tricks for MAX Performance

Performance is a key factor for any successful website.

And since WordPress is becoming more popular than ever, it will only be at its best when raised in the proper conditions. Here are a few things to try if you find that your WordPress site is not performing as well as it could be due to high traffic or hidden issues you don't know about.

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Kiss Futures

A 'set and forget' Forex product? Hmmm...it's worth reading this product report before deciding...

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Monday, 23 March 2009

70 Excellent Photoshop Resources

In this massive collection of resources, you'll find all sorts of resources including: tutorial sites, Photoshop Brushes, patterns, Photoshop Actions, showcases/collections, and much more.

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iPhone Multitasking Where You At

Apple's iPhone 3.0 OS and SDK promises much, except the ability to do more than one thing at a time.


Facebook and the downsides of software as a service

Watch carefully how Facebook responds to the tizzy over its page design changes.

It could be a case study on how to do software in a cloud-computing future.


5 Freeware Photoshop Alternatives and Webbased editing

This morning I thought Id try and spice this blog up a little by making my own logo and then I realised why I never did it before: this laptop is godd*mn slow! This is why I never got to installing Photoshop, the program Ive been using for years to create my own stuff.


Social Web sites face transparency questions

Properly balancing the interests of various constituencies " and retaining their loyalty, perhaps through improved channels of communications " will prove key to whether the sites can grow into vibrant, moneymaking operations for years to come.


Sunday, 22 March 2009

Internet Explorer 8 launch fails to dent Firefox 3 share

The release of Internet Explorer 8 hasn't had any significant impact on Firefox or any other competing browser, data collected by StatsCounter shows. While the final release of IE8 increased its market share slightly on launch day to 1.39 percent, Firefox 3.0 grew more quickly and reached 25.38 percent.

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Google Deindexes 5M ToysRUs Domain Toyscom

What a waste! Now the value of Toys R Us $5.1M purchase of Toys.com has been relegated to type-in traffic and potentially some of the inbound links to Toys.com.


Reviews of Forex Trading Made Ez

A nice selection of reviews about Forex Trading Made Easy

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Report Apple leaks 17inch iMac for 899

An Italian blog site notices a mention of a $899 iMac on Apple's education site.

Currently, Apple is offering only iMacs in 20- and 24-inch screen sizes, starting at $1,199. But it's unclear whether the 17-incher is really new or not.

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Worlds largest model train railway

Very impressive detail in this model train diorama.

Way better than my childhood toy set!

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Facebook Users Verdict On Redesign Hate CBS News

So there's a new Facebook app out there, designed to poll users on the social network's latest redesign.

The results? Hundreds of thousands have responded. 94 percent give it a thumbs-down. Ouch.


Saturday, 21 March 2009

What Facebook Will Look Like In A Few Years

Facebook unveiled their new design last week, and guess what: it sucks.

It seems like every time they tweak their design, they end up making it more confusing and lame. So, we looked into our crystal ball to see what Facebook will probably look like in a few years. And this is what we saw


Vote for Jay Adelson on the TIME 100

On the Web, you're nobody unless somebody Dugg you


Maverick Money Makers Review

Doesn't everyone want to be able to earn a few extra beans online? Well, just judging by the refund rate this...

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Forex Trading Made Ez Review

George C.

Smith's ebook claims to...

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OWFS a Linux application targeted for 1Wire

1-Wire bus is a communication system which uses just one wire.

It is quite similar to I2C, except for the data rate, which is lower, the costs, which are very low, and the range, which is higher. The 1-Wire protocol allows the communication among several devices such as: temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors, thermocouples etc

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Obama urges students to study engineering not finance

"We need young people, instead of -- a smart kid coming out of school, instead of wanting to be an investment banker, we need them to decide if they want to be an engineer, they want to be a scientist, they want to be a doctor or a teacher," the president said.

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I Stole My Friends Identity

If you think online safety stems from anonymity, guess what: Stealing your online identity is even easier if you don't have one.

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Friday, 20 March 2009

Traffic cameras billed as answer to Chicagos budget deficit

Red-light cameras have been combined with short yellow lights to catch drivers and raise city revenues across the country.

Now an insurance-checking camera company has presented Chicago with a new twist on the idea"instead of speeders, go after the uninsured.


Gmail Gets A Panic Button

Have you ever sent an email, and just as it was going on its merry way, you realize you misspelled something or you sent it to the wrong person.

Now you can take advantage of that delay to undo the message.

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Engadgets Full Comparison of iPhone30 to Other Mobile OS

iPhone OS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, S60; if you're in the market for a new smartphone, your choices have been getting exponentially more complicated lately, and 3.0 won't make the selection any easier.

Luckily for you, Engadget is here to make sense of a frightening and uncertain landscape.


Football Laying Code review

Football Laying Code - I don't think they are talking about going to bed with footballs...


How to Enable 3G Tethering in Your iPhone 30 Now

A tutorial on how to enable 3G tethering on iPhone 3.0.

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47 Twitter Power Users Secrets To Getting Many Followers

Twitter power users have many thousands of people following their tweets.

Here are their tips and insight to gaining so many followers.

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Thursday, 19 March 2009

Linux KDE4 Version of Digikam Photo Management Available

Photographers in the Free world rejoice! On behalf of the Digikam developer team, Gilles Caullier has announced the first KDE 4 release of Digikam, the photo management application.

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Kiwi ISP Already Disconnecting Alleged Pirates

he controversial Section 92a law is looking increasingly uncertain in New Zealand.

Following a breakdown in talks its been revealed that one ISP has already implemented a version of it, and may have already threatened innocent customers after allegations from copyright holders.

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Anatomy of an Intel Core i7 Killer Gaming Rig Digital Storm

Digital Storm as a company has been around since 2001.

It has become fairly well known in the community for building solid computer systems, primarily targeted at the enthusiast. The company has historically taken a design approach to their products that incorporates only top shelf, standard components.

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Time to take a look at Forex Trading Made Ez

Available in Windows and Mac versions!


Apple Sells 30 Million iPhone iPod Touch Units Worldwide

Apple sells an astonishing number of iPhone/iPod Touch models since launch, leveraging the unit's abilities as a game platform to be reckoned with


Cisco Pushes Into Server Computer Market

A maker of networking equipment has encroached on the turf of partners like Hewlett-Packard, I.B.M. and Dell with a new product.


Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Mich teen turns to Web for help getting to UND

Inspired in part by President Barack Obama use of the Internet as a fundraising tool, Harris said, "I decided to try and use the power of the Internet to help me pay for my college education."


Moving Digg

Most Digg users probably dont think about the technology it takes to keep Digg up and running.

Thats a good thing. That means hopefully the site always loads when you want to use it and the pages load fast enough so you dont give up and go somewhere else.


Breadcrumbs In Web Design Examples And Best Practices

On websites that have a lot of pages, breadcrumb navigation can greatly enhance the way users find their way around.

In terms of usability, breadcrumbs reduce the number of actions a website visitor needs to take in order to get to a higher-level page, and they improve the findability of website sections and pages.

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Stock Spy review

Available in Windows and Mac versions!


20 Facebook Applications to Try

A lot is happening on Facebook.

Not only are your friends telling the world what's going on in their lives, but Facebook itself is changing. It's more open now than before, thanks to the Facebook Connect program And more. You don't have to use Facebook.com to use Facebook anymore. Here are some of the best apps.

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Ubuntu 904s New Themes

Well, here we go again... it appears the Canonical just uploaded some new and very nice desktop themes for the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) operating system, in order to please their devoted users.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2009

What Apple Needs to Fix to Keep the iPhone Competitive

Apple's third-generation iPhone must adopt several crucial features to outsmart competing smartphones, developers and enthusiasts agree.

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Mininova Trial Due in Two Months

This year is an important one for the three largest BitTorrent sites.

In common with The Pirate Bay and isoHunt, Mininova is also heading to court in a dispute with the entertainment industry. This May, the court will decide if the BitTorrent indexer has to actively filter content from the site.

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Satellite piracy costing TV industry billions

The modern day pirate doesn't sport a patch or walk with a limp.

His weapon of choice is an unassuming pizza-sized satellite dish that can literally harpoon signals from space - and provide lucrative and illicit profit.


The big Tax Secrets of the Wealthy review

I want to get in on some of that tax evasion...


Putting Wikis to Work

The wiki may have a silly name, but it's a useful technology for collaborating with customers and employees.

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Apple confirms presence of proprietary chip in shuffle

A flurry of news broke out over yesterday regarding the proprietary headphones required by Apple's new iPod shuffle, and now that Monday's here and everyone's back in the office, some things are starting to get cleared up.

For starters, both Macworld and Boing Boing Gadgets have confirmed with Apple and various third-party vendors that the new...

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Monday, 16 March 2009

How the Linux kernel works TuxRadar

The kernel is a piece of software that, roughly speaking, provides a layer between the hardware and the application programs running on a computer.

In a strict, computer-science sense, the term 'Linux' refers only to the kernel - the bit that Linus Torvalds wrote in the early 90s.


The Pirate Bay User Pages Blocked by Google Firefox Torre

A few hours ago, certain sections of The Pirate Bay were flagged by Google as containing malware and were subsequently blocked.

Similar warnings are being shown by Firefox, which states that the worlds largest tracker is an attack site. The Pirate Bay team are working on the problem now.

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2nd Generation of Microsoft Surface Coming in 23 Years

A second generation of Microsoft's Surface computing device is two to three years away, the South by SouthWest Festival has heard.

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Search Engine Cloaker review

Search Engine Cloaker, what's that? Read on...

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Apple Wiimote patent discovered in US Apple vs Wii

Could Apple be about to take aim at Nintendo's gaming market share by introducing a Wii-like games console of its own?

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Amazon Legal Action For Increasing Kindles Usefulness

Amazon recently threatened the smackdown on a site offering instructions on how to trick the Kindle into reading other types of files.

This isn't a question of copyright infringement, it's a question of control.

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Sunday, 15 March 2009

Fake aXXo Torrents Bombard BitTorrent TorrentFreak

Uploading fakes to BitTorrent is a growing phenomenon, as unscrupulous individuals try to abuse the networks for their own ends.

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Man Builds Home Version of 60 Million Flight Simulator

For most, a joystick and Microsoft's Flight Simulator PC software is sufficient, but, over the past 10 years, Sheil has built what Guinness describes as the "world's most expensive home flight simulator".


Over 80 bug fixes due in Mac OS X 1057 Juno

Apple on Thursday evening made available to its developer community yet another pre-release of Mac OS X 10.5.7, which stands to be the seventh maintenance and security update to the company's Leopard Operating system in less than 18 months.

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Apple The cell phone Soup Nazi

Everybody loves the iPhone, but follow Apple's strict rules or it's 'No soup for you!'


Wine 1117 Released

What's new in this release: * Joystick support on Mac OS X. * Implementation of iphlpapi on Solaris. * A number of 64-bit improvements. * Obsolete LinuxThreads support has been removed. * Many fixes to the regression tests on Windows. * Various bug fixes.


Saturday, 14 March 2009

40 Most Inspiring 3D Text Typography Designs

One of the hot trends right now are those typography designs which normally focus more on 3D. Some designers are even introducing 3D typography particularly for web designs, and even for commercials.

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Rollout for Hotmail POP3 worldwide support complete

Microsoft has finished the worldwide roll out of POP3 support for Windows Live Hotmail.

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http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/03/rollout-for-hotmail-pop3-worldwide-support-complete.ars?utm_source=microblogging&utm_medium=pingfm&utm_term=Main Account&utm_campaign=microblogging

iPhone 30 MMS tethering rumored Sirius XM iPhone app enro

Apple's just confirmed iPhone 3.0 firmware is already rumored to add MMS picture messaging and data tethering.

Also, Sirius XM has said it plans to give its radio subscribers an iPhone app, and Maine is negotiating a major deal to lease 100,000 MacBooks for its schools.


Fusionio unwraps 15GBsec 12TB SSD Card

Fusion-io today announced what it is calling the fastest server-based solid state drive on the market today.

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Ask for a Raise reviewed

Asking for a raise is infrequently easy.

Damn those boss men!

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Extra Repositories for Ubuntu 810 You Might Want

The repository system is a great strength of open-source operating systems, but some people want the latest-and-greatest of a particular application while keeping the core system unchanged.

There is also the situation where non-free applications aren't available from within the standard repositories. So you can add extra repositories...

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Friday, 13 March 2009

Hulus Greatest Hits

This month, Hulu turns one.

And to celebrate, the joint venture of News Corporation and NBC Universal is pulling back the curtains to reveal which video clips and full-length TV shows from its extensive online collection have been the biggest hit with viewers.

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Ubuntu 904 Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 Released

The Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 is the fifth alpha release of Ubuntu 9.04, bringing with it a number of new features to improve daily computing.


10 Twitteriffic tools CNNcom

SEATTLE (CNN) -- From the halls of Congress to college dorms and the boardrooms of bankrupt companies, there's been a lot of buzz lately about the social media site called Twitter.


decorative concrete guide reviewed

I have always puzzled over making my concrete decorative (who hasn't).

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10 AJAXbased PHP WebMail Clients For Great User Experience

Employees need to access their email from wherever they happen to be " on the road, at customer sites, remote offices, and at home.

WebMail clients allows receiving and sending email messages using POP3 and SMTP protocols through both local and remote mail servers. Providing secure filtering of unsafe content while viewing HTML-formatted email mess

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Sirius XM Radio Planning to Stream to iPhone iPod

By streaming its music, sports and talk channels to users of the iPhone and iPod Touch, Sirius can give its existing subscribers another way to access content and let new customers sign up without buying new radios. Sirius also sees opportunities to bundle its satellite radio service with TV packages from...

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Thursday, 12 March 2009

Linux The GIMP Creating an industrialstyle wallpaper

This tutorial shows how to create a good-looking high-contrast industrial wallpaper.

You can reproduce the tutorial with other images to bring your own style into it.


33 Use a Single Password for Everything

It's easier, but it's far too risky to reuse the same password -- but many of us do, security firm reports.

A third of web users have admitted to using the same password for a number of different websites. According to the security firm, just 19 percent never use the same password twice.

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New People Order review

This looks like a scary one.

It was written by doctors though...


Security vs Privacy Reinterpreting the Fourth Amendment

A Yale legal scholar suggests a radical reinterpretation of the Fourth Amendment, in which "security" replaces "privacy" as the guiding principle.


Google and the Linux desktop

Google coming out with its own Linux desktop would be the best thing that ever happened to the Linux desktop and Microsoft's worse nightmare.

And, that last part is just fine by Google.

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Apples war on buttons has gone too far with new iPod shuffle

If you ask me, the war on buttons has gone too far.

The new iPod shuffle takes a step back in both the usability and compatibility departments. Dont get me wrong, the new VoiceOver feature is a very clever idea, especially on a device with no screen. But the rest of the changes make me wonder if Apple has placed too high a premium on the product's


Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Woz dances like watching a Teletubby going mad

He did it.

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and nerd superhero, just made his debut on Dancing with the Stars. As you'd expect, the surprisingly nimble Woz enjoyed himself without concern of mockery. But as one judge put it, "overall it was a disaster."


Sixth Sense Projection Technology [TED]

This demo -- from Pattie Maes' lab at MIT -- was the buzz of TED.

It's a wearable device with a projection screen that paves the way for profound interaction with our environment. Imagine "Minority Report" and then some.


Apple rejects Twitter client for dirty wordson Twitter

Right, not for offensive language in the app itself, but for offensive language on Twitter -- an insanely strict new standard.

Hell, Apple might as well reject the next versions of Safari and Mail, since they can display dirty words too -- and let's not forget the awful things people are doing with Notes and the camera.

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A review of Secrets of the Masons

Who in their right mind doesn't want to know about the Secrets of the Masons?

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Linux How Linux Can Finally Rise Above Microsoft

The conclusion? The Desktop.

Why the desktop? Linux has already conquered the server market. All it needs to do for that portion of its audience is to continue to scale upwards and keep creating incredible, usable servers. What Linux has failed to do yet is to show the world exactly what a desktop can do for the user.

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Snow Leopard to Add 4Finger MultiTouch Gestures

When Apple introduced the new MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and MacBook Pros in October, they also introduced a new four-finger multi-touch trackpad gesture that allowed users to easily switch between applications (swipe left/right) or invoke Expos (swipe up/down).

While it's long been known that the original MacBook Air and early 2008 MacBook Pros...


Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Good design evokes emotions

There's more to great products than functionality.

Don Norman, a cognitive scientist, elaborates on the emotional targets a successful product must hit, summed up in a funny, short and insightful presentation at TED.

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Brilliant tool Google killer or lots of hype

Wolfram Alpha has been covered recently by everyone from ZDNets own Larry Dignan, to Techmeme, to Ars Technica, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and skepticism.


Scientists deploy first Webbased secure voting system

Computer scientists affiliated with the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS), based at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), in collaboration with scientists at the Universit Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium, deployed the first practical, web-based implementation of a secure, verifiable...


Credit Axis reviewed

Credit Axis by Chuck Chuck

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Unscramble The Secret to Win Free Linux Journal Subscription

Want a free 1-year digital subscription to Linux Journal? Here's how -- it's easy:


How to Delete Any Online Account

Canceling accounts you've created on the Web isn't always easy.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to ditch social networks, online retailers, blogging services, and more.


Monday, 9 March 2009

Digital Web Magazine closes its doors

One of my favorite web design blogs, Digital Web Magazine is shutting down.

The site has been around since 1996 and I'm sure web designers everywhere are sad to see it go.


40 Useful Adobe Illustrator 3D Tutorials and Techniques

In this collection, you will find 40 useful and informative tutorials and techniques on creating three-dimensional artworks in Adobe Illustrator.

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50 Cute and Adorable Monster Characters Illustration

Here is a Showcase of 50+ Cute and Adorable Monster Characters Illustration to enhance your imagination and for more inspirations.


Norwegian State TV Launches BitTorrent Tracker

The government-owed Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) has set up its very own BitTorrent tracker to distribute their TV-shows.

After a successful test last year they plan to release more DRM-free TV-shows via BitTorrent, using the same tracker software currently in use at The Pirate Bay.

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70 New Useful AJAX And JavaScript Techniques

In this article, we present 70 new and useful JavaScript and AJAX techniques, all of which are of the highest quality and are more or less easy to configure.

You will also find some very useful but better known techniques to use on almost any project you work on.

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Sunday, 8 March 2009

Apple ready with second beta of Mac OS X Juno

Users still facing software issues while running the most current version of Mac OS X Leopard may take kindly to word that Mac OS X 10.5.7 is moving swiftly through its development cycle.

Apple as early as this weekend is expected to equip its vast developer community with a new build of the maintenance and security release.

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Write Grant Proposals Product Review Sheet

This seems to be one of those rare quality ebooks.

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How to Install Apps on Your iPhone 3G Easily Free

If you want to install cool apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch for free, easily, breaking Apple-imposed limitations without breaking your warranty or Applethingie, here is the how-to guide for Mac and Windows users.


Darknets and the future of P2P investigators

LimeWire's new software illustrates a growing trend: "darknets" are becoming simple to setup and use.

As millions of people now find that they can easily create their own private share networks, what's in store for content industry investigators who rely on public P2P networks to find suspected file-sharers?

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25 Reasons to Convert to Linux

"Businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other organizations around the world are converting their computer operating systems from Microsoft Windows to Linux at an increasing pace.

They are likewise converting their application programs from commercial software to free software"


Techs Laid Off Legions Return to Their LongLost Passions

Hutchins isn't surveying a crowd of boozing hipsters, but rather a mass of over 300 recently laid-off workers from the Bay Area's technology industry.

They assembled here Tuesday for LaidOffCamp, a free, day-long conference for the recent victims of the souring economy

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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Large Pirate Topsite Raided in Sweden

Swedish police have busted one of the largest topsites in the country.

Over 65 terabytes of pirated material was seized, spread across more than 10 servers. Several well known scene groups used the site. The Swedish anti-piracy bureau assisted in the investigation and says that their war on piracy will continue.


NY Times Rep Frank to Push to Repeal US Online Gaming Law

House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said on Thursday he would push to pass legislation to repeal a three-year-old U.S. ban on Internet gambling that has hurt trade ties with European Union.

Work on drafting the legislation should be completed this month, a House aide said.

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A review of Rat Race Annihilation

Reasonable looking take on how to escape wage slavery

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Digg CEO Jay Adelson on FoxBusinesscom

Digg CEO Jay Adelson discusses the merging of social technology.

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6 Companies Google Should Buy Right Now

Google wants to organise all the world's information.

That's the official line, at least, but what it really wants to do is organise all the world's information and stick ads on it. It's the king of web search and search advertising, but what about the other things we do online? If Google went shopping, these are the six sites and services they


Why iPhone users wont flock to the Palm Pre come June

Palm investor Roger McNamee recently stated that when the phone contracts of the initial iPhone owners expire this summer, theyll all be jumping ship for the Palm Pre - which should be shipping by then. That's not too likely to happen and here's why.

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Friday, 6 March 2009

The 5 Best iPod Car Adapters

So your car doesn't have an iPod dock.

Rather than scrapping your mp3 player for burned cds, (or scrapping your car, for that matter) owners of dockless vehicles can patch together a method for streaming their MP3s through the built-in stereo. Effort and expense will vary, and some setups will sound much better than others.

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A review of Speed Reading Secrets

Well being able to spead read would be awesome


Top hacker says Safari is easiest browser to hack

Security researcher Charlie Miller, who last year won $10,000 for hacking into a MacBook Air via Safari in just two minutes, says he thinks Safari will be the first browser to fall at this year's Pwn2Own contest.

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Windows 7 test build turns off Internet Explorer 8

Microsofts latest test build of Windows 7 comes loaded with an option to delete Internet Explorer 8's executable file - making it unusable on the OS.


The Real Reason for Microsofts TomTom Lawsuit

Samba's Jeremy Allison says it's all about forcing TomTom either to violate the GPL or to switch from Linux to Microsoft's embedded software - and that this isn't the first time a company has had to choose.