Archive for October, 2006

October 22nd, 2006 by Keith

Scrybe Beta – To Launch in October

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Solaris, Web Apps, Windows


Recently, there has been on-going news about Scrybe that is expected to be launched in October, this month. What on earth is this new product, that has been catching a lot of attention, particularly in Digg.

Simply, ScrybeTM is an online organiser that caters to the need of users’ everyday lifestyle in a cohesive and intuitive manner. Some of these features include:

  • * Seamless offline access – without any installations
  • * Rich and fast like a desktop
  • * Intuitive zoomable calendar views
  • * Organize your thoughts with bookmarks, web snippets, images and files
  • * To-do lists integrated with your calendar
  • * Share and collaborate with friends and co-workers
  • * Elegant, compact and handy print formats
  • * Easily work across multiple timezones
  • * Import and export from other apps easily. Your data is yours!

Alright, as mentioned above, this is an online organiser, so it is not something you will need download. At of now, it is open to invitation, and to sign up for the Beta invitation, go to this site and enter your email address. An email will be sent to you once the first public beta is available.

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October 22nd, 2006 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 2 Final to be Released on October 24

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

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With recent release of Release Candidate (RC) 3 of Mozilla Firefox 2, it appears soon that the final release is round the corner. As expected, there have already been news spreading around that this final release of Mozilla Firefox 2 is ready to be released on October 24, 2006.

Therefore, if you are an avid fan of Mozilla Firefox, do make sure to keep a lookout here in SoftSift, or alternatively, catch hold of the latest version 2 release of Firefox. This is sure to blow you mind away!

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October 22nd, 2006 by Keith

Yahoo! SiteBuilder 2.3.1 – Website Builder

Posted in Development Software, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

Yahoo Site Builder

What are the few professional website builder around, other than Macromedia Dreamweaver and Microsoft Frontpage? Perhaps, this is one that you might not heard of, but it is free. Yahoo! SiteBuilder is a free and useful site building utility that allows you to create profession web sites or online stores within minutes, even if you have no experience in HTML or web building codes.

Before you can download the software, you have to sign in with your Yahoo! account first. Yahoo! SiteBuilder is available only for Windows 98/ME, 2000 and XP.

Key Features:

  • · Contains over 380 customisable templates for users.
  • · Drag-and-drop tools make it easy to add new pages, change layouts, switch colors, edit text, and more — on the fly.
  • · Add creativity to your site with tables, royalty-free graphics, and prebuilt forms.
  • · Create your site within a few minutes with the Site Creation Wizard.
  • · E-commerce Ready
  • · Integrate PayPal buttons or Yahoo! Merchant Solutions to your website.
  • · Full-featured software that runs offline, on your computer.

Download Link:
Yahoo! SiteBuilder

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October 20th, 2006 by Keith

Songbird 0.2 Released

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps, Windows


This is a Developer preview release for those who cannot wait for the release of Songbird version 1.0. Songbird is like a media player, but it is not meant to replace your current multimedia player. However, with a list of things to do, there is a fast growing features to implement into Songbird once version 1.0 is released.

Available for Macintosh, Windows and Linux users, Songbird 0.2 has the following features:

  • * Slightly-Less-Cheezy Video Window.
  • * New Miniplayer, slim and sexy.
  • * Collapsable Splitters for a totally customizable Songbird UI.
  • * Easy access to web media in the Web Playlist.
  • * Subscribe (like a podcast) to mp3 blogs.
  • * Keyboard shortcuts
  • * Global Hotkeys
  • * Media keyboard support
  • * Ctrl-J Jump To Window to control your playback.
  • * Ctrl-E Metadata Editor.
  • * More and better search engines
  • * Updated welcome page
  • * User bookmarks (add and delete)
  • * Sortable, resizable, and reconfigurable playlist columns
  • * Blazing media import speed!
  • * Improved remote metadata reading.
  • * More metadata formats (.m4a & .ogg)
  • * Extension support (with Extensions!)
  • * Automagic Updates!

Songbird 0.2 can be downloaded from the following Songbird website.

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October 19th, 2006 by Keith

Gaim 2.0.0 Beta 4 Released

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Web Apps, Windows


It certainly takes quite a long time for Gaim to be releasing from the previous beta version to this latest beta 4 verseion.

Assorted builds of this Gaim release can be found on the sourceforge page. Gaim is a GTK+ instant messaging application. It supports multiple protocols, including AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster, Gadu-Gadu, Zephyr, and SILC. It has many common features found in other clients, as well as many unique features

All builds can be downloaded here, including sources.

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October 19th, 2006 by Keith

Adobe Flash 9 for Linux – Now Available

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Plugins, Software Companies, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

Macromedia Flash

This is a GREAT news for everyone, particularly Linux users! A pre-release version of the Adobe® Flash® Player 9 software is now available at Adobe Labs. Currently this release is a beta version, and is under development. The good thing, is that it has been made available for developers and end-users to test out the content to ensure compatibility with most flash playbacks.

The Flash Player beta is available in all languages; however, the beta installers are only in English. Note that, the beta downloads are also available for the Microsoft® Windows® Vista™ and Linux platforms.

I have listed out a step-by-step instruction to install Flash Player 9 for Linux below. It doesn’t even take a minute to get it working.


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October 19th, 2006 by Keith

Skype for Windows

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Web Apps, Windows


The latest version of Skype for Windows has just been released.

Skype has made Skype 2.5 easier to install and get connected up to the Internet. Furthermore, users will find it easier to pay for the premium features, such as the SkypeOut services. Some of the new features include SMS (short messaging services) functions and the ability to automatically update to major releases of Skype once there is a new release. Hotfixes update can also be configured to be updated automatically.

Released on October 18, 2006, the change log over the previous version is still not available when this was published.

Skype for Windows can be downloaded here. Builds for other platforms are also available, i.e. Linux or Macintosh.

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October 18th, 2006 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 2 RC 3 – Preview Release

Posted in Linux, Mac OS, Web Apps, Windows

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The releases of Firefox 2 is speeding up very quickly. Following the last RC 2 release of Firefox 2 last week, the development team has already announced the release of Firefox 2 RC 3! This could be the last Release Candidate to freeze all changes to Firefox 2, before officially announcing the public release.

I have been using Firefox 2 for quite some time, even during the unstable development stage. I must admit I have been really impressed with the features that the Mozilla team have put into the browser.

There are several improvements to RC 3:

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October 17th, 2006 by Keith

SUSE Linux 10.1 “Remastered”

Posted in Linux, Site News


Early this year in May, SUSE announced their latest public release of SUSE Linux 10.1 GM (GoldMaster). However, as most of us might expect life of SUSE Linux 10.1 stops there, but no. Andreas Jaeger revealed last Friday that they have “remastered” the version 10.1.

The new release of “remastered” SUSE Linux 10.1 GM includes the previous GM 10.1 version and all online updates that openSUSE has released for 10.1 so far. Those updates include libzypp, which make installation and working experience much smoother for all users.

Hence, new CD .iso images and supplied delta .iso have been re-created for the GoldMaster version. While non-OSS DVD images may decide to release sometime this week, others are available on the FTP servers and mirrors for download.

Note that, the revised files have a “Remastered” in their name and a symbolic link from the old name to them so that references will continue to work despite the upgrade.

You might be please to note that, if you are already running SUSE Linux 10.1, you would already have all those updates. These “remastered” versions are meant for full installation.

Download Links:
SUSE Linux 10.1

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