Archive for November, 2006

November 24th, 2006 by Keith

Gnome 2.16.2 Released

Posted in Development Software, Linux, Site News

Gnome

Gnome is a well-known desktop environment for Linux. The long awaiting Gnome 2.16.2 Desktop has finally announced its release, the second release in a series of point releases for the 2.16 branch. In this new release there are several new features, bug fixes, new translations and updated documentations.

Here is the release note by the GNOME Release Team.

Sources

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November 23rd, 2006 by Keith

iFox Smooth 2.3.8 Theme for Firefox

Posted in Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Utilities, Windows

iFox Smooth

iFox Smooth is a free theme for Firefox. The latest release of this iFox Smooth theme is version 2.3.8. A screenshot can be seen on the right. This is especially for users who are great fans of Mac OS X interface!

Requirement
- Mozilla Firefox 2.0+

iFox Smooth Theme

This theme gives a sleek design and clean look on your desktop. In fact, if may be very familiar to Mac OS X interface, in the style of Mac OS X Aqua look.

Download Link
iFox Smooth 2.3.8

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November 22nd, 2006 by Keith

Adobe Flash Player 9 Update Beta 2 for Linux

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

Macromedia Flash

Ever since Adobe Flash Player 9 Beta for Linux was released last month, this has spark a great interest from users from the Linux communities to push forth the development of this Flash 9 for Linux. The good news is Adobe® Flash® Player 9 Update Beta 2 is now released at Adobe Labs. This 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.

Several issues have been fixed, but there are some remaining known issues yet to be resolved. More information are available in the release note.

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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November 21st, 2006 by Keith

PortableApps Suite 1.0

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

PortableApps Suite

Isn’t it troublesome to install applications on your system and can potentially mess up your system registry? A possible solution is perhaps to run programs that do no require any installations, such as PortableApps. The latest product is a PortableApps Suite™ 1.0 which includes a combination of several popular software programs made to be portable and packaged into an integrated menu.

PortableApps Suite is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, anti-virus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all pre-configured to work portably. The PortableApps Menu has a familiar layout and it can run from any Windows operating systems, even Vista. There is also a PortableApps Backup utility which allows you to easily backup your documents, data or entire drive with just a few clicks.

PortableApps Menu

Available in three editions, the PortableApps Suite is catered for your need.

  1. Standard Edition: ClamWin Portable (antivirus), Firefox Portable (web browser), Gaim Portable (instant messaging), OpenOffice.org Portable (office suite), Sudoku Portable (puzzle game), Sunbird Portable (calendar/task manager) and Thunderbird Portable (email client) and runs comfortably from a 512MB drive.
  2. Lite Edition: uses AbiWord Portable (word processor) instead of OpenOffice.org Portable and runs comfortably from a 256MB drive.
  3. Base Edition: This is a stripped down package with just the PortableApps Menu, PortableApps Backup utility and custom folders, icons and autorun. It’s less than 1MB installed, so it’s a great option for smaller drives.

To see a screen-shot of the PortableApps Menu, click on the image at the right.

Download Links
Portable Apps (Standard Edition)
Portable Apps (Lite Edition)
Portable Apps (Base Edition)

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November 20th, 2006 by Keith

SpadFS 0.9.2 – Filesystem for Linux

Posted in Development Software, Linux

First of all, I would not say this is a fully developed software. SpadFS 0.9.2 is a new Linux filesystem developed by Mikulas during his PhD research, which eventually become part of his thesis.

It is an attempt to bring features of advanced filesystems (crash recovery, fast directories) and good performance without increasing code complexity too much. Uses crash counts instead of journaling (because journaling is too complex and bug-prone) and uses hash instead of btrees for directory organization.

My advice is not to implement this on production machine. Know what you are doing to your Linux file system before implementing the change. The outcome may be irreversible. Nonetheless, this new filesystem certainly adds a new taste to the current ext2/ext3 and Reiser filesystems.
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November 20th, 2006 by Keith

Ejector 0.8.1 – ejects everything

Posted in Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Utilities

Ejector

Ejector is developed by Jeb-Soft. The latest version of Ejector 0.8.1 has been released. Meant for Mac OS X users, Ejector adds an Eject icon to the Mac OS X menu bar, and from there, users can eject any disks, such as:

  • - iPod
  • - CD
  • - DVD
  • - USB
  • - .dmg
  • - external hard disk
  • - and perhaps more…

After ejecting the media devices from your Macintosh PC, you can then safely disconnect it from the machine. This latest release is an universal binary, which also allows the program to work on Intel-based Macintosh machines.

Download Link:
Ejector 0.8.1 [125kB] (requires Mac OS X 10.3 and above)

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November 19th, 2006 by Keith

Xtorrent Public Beta 2 (Build 18)

Posted in Mac OS, Site News, Utilities, Web Apps

Xtorrent

Xtorrent Public Beta 2 is the latest bittorrent client for Macintosh users that brings a friendly and powerful interface to BitTorrent users. It is now available for download and testing. The major change in Beta 2 is the overhaul of the downloads pane. The only visible manifestation of this right now is that the folder structure of downloading torrents can now be browsed, much like in the search pane. The purpose of this design is to facilitate future integration work between the search pane, downloads pane and RSS modules (which has yet to be released).

Xtorrent has their own Xtorrent blog site that allow users to discuss about the application and torrent-related stuffs.

While bittorrent is the latest P2P (peer-to-peer) communication using advanced technology with de-centralised servers, holding the files, it allows downloads provided one serves to provide bandwidth for uploads for other users, who are also downloading the same file. More information about BitTorrent can be found at the BitTorrent website.

The basic requirement to run Xtorrent Beta 2 is at least a Mac OS X machine.

Xtorrent Public Beta 2 can be download today.

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November 18th, 2006 by Keith

Talk Extra 1.1 – New Messenger

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Web Apps, Windows

XC Talk Extra

Developed by XCSoftware.net.tc, Talk Extra 1.1 Final has been released with some new interesting features. It works just like MSN Messenger, Skype, Yahoo Messenger and Google Talk. Talk Extra allows users to talk to friends and family in a free and safe environment.

New Features:

  • - New layout and Icons
  • - New Media Player
  • - More Useful Update Manager
  • - Save Conversations
  • - Display Pictures
  • - More Stable

Instructions on how to install Talk Extra can be found here. Do read the instructions before installing.

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November 18th, 2006 by Keith

XC Shutdown 1.0 – Quick PC Shutdown Tool

Posted in Site News, Utilities, Windows

XC Shutdown

Want a quick way to shutdown computers in a network? If you are a network administrator overlooking 300 computers at one time, you won’t want to go to every single machine and shut them down. Neither should you be just turning off the main power switch, which could potentially damage the system. So, you will need a software that allows you to remotely shutdow computers quickly. So, this is what XC Shutdown is all about.

XC Shutdown 1.0 is a program that allows a network administrator to quickly shutdown his computers, and it works only Windows XP only. One of the requirements is that the network administrator must have administrator rights on the remote computer.

Download Souce:
XC Shutdown 1.0

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