Archive for August, 2007

August 28th, 2007 by Keith

WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 Released

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Utilities, Web Apps, Windows

WordPressGreat news travel fast. The next major release of WordPress 2.3 Beta 1 is now being released. It is definitely a piece of excellent software, as we have been tracking the work on WordPress 2.3 over the last couple of months ever since WordPress was working on it.

This beta release has some changes:

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August 27th, 2007 by Keith

MythTV 0.20.2 – Watch TV Online

Posted in Audio, Linux, Mac OS, Software Companies, Video, Web Apps

MythTV ScreenshotMythTV is a GPL licensed suite of programs that allow you to build the mythical home media convergence box on your own using Open Source software and operating systems.

Some of the functionalities are:

  • * pause, fast-forward and rewind live Television.
  • * install multiple video capture cards to record more than one program at a time.
  • * have multiple servers, each with multiple capture cards in them. All servers are centrally managed and all programs are scheduled by the Master backend.
  • * have multiple clients (called “frontends” in MythTV parlance), each with a common view of all available programs. Any client can watch any program that was recorded by any of the servers, assuming that they have the hardware capabilities to view the content; a low-powered frontend will not be able to watch HDTV, for example.
  • * use any combination of standard analog capture card, MPEG-2, MJPEG, DVB, HDTV, USB and firewire capture devices.
  • * Program Guide Data in North America is downloaded from, a non-profit organization which has licensed data from Tribune Media Services. This service provides almost two weeks of scheduling information. Program Guide Data in other countries is obtained using XMLTV.
  • * MythTV implements a UPNP server, so a UPNP client should automatically see content from your MythTV system.

This program is known to work on both Linux and Mac OS X (PowerPC and Intel), unfortunately it does not run on Windows. (more…)

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August 26th, 2007 by Keith

SMF 2.0 Beta 1 Now Available

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

SMF LogoSimple Machine Forum (SMF) 2.0 Beta 1 is now released. According to the developer, mentioned here, this beta release is a significant milestone release that contains several new features. Some of which are listed below, with more to follow.

For those who are unaware of this software, SMF is a free open-source forum application that can be installed on web servers. In contrast to paid software such as vBulletin and Invasion Forums, SMF is available for free.


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August 23rd, 2007 by Keith

Messenger Cafe – by Windows Live Messenger

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

Messenger CafeWindows Live Messenger has created an innovative idea to keep Live Messenger users occupied – know as Messenger Cafe. For it to be functional, users will have to run Windows Live Messenger and choose their favourite games from there.

According to their menu, they have both Hot Games and Cool Activities to cater for all users. Some of these hot games include:

  • - GoPets
  • - Brain Battle
  • - UNO
  • - Rock, Paper, Scissor
  • - etc…


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August 22nd, 2007 by Keith

YouTubeDesktop – Beta

Posted in Audio, Beta, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Video, Web Apps, Windows


Most users would have already known about YouTube, one of the richest online video archive, powered by Google. Though it is rather easy to browse and search for videos in YouTube directly from its website, it is undoubtedly easier with YouTubeDesktop, an impressive dynamic web application, coupled with modern design for search, watching and even downloading videos from the web!

As according to the developer, YouTubeDesktop is designed based on the key idea; that is, to bring normal desktop experience to the browser. Within the web application itself, windows can be dragged, resized and minimized into a tray. It is even possible to drag-and-drop videos between players and result, all within a single web application, hence making it one of the richest, if not the best web application for viewing and managing video content. The incredible flexibility of the design is encompassed by the user-friend interface and functionality.


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August 16th, 2007 by Keith

Skype 2.7 for Mac Beta is Released

Posted in Audio, Beta, Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Video, Web Apps, Windows

Skype for Mac

According to the report by Villu Arak, Skype 2.7 for Mac Beta is now out for the public. There are several new features in this beta release – so do check them out!

  1. * Group contacts – organize your contacts into as many groups as you need.
  2. * See your Apple Address Book contacts in Skype – easily call or SMS anyone who has a phone number in their address-book profile.
  3. * Create and manage public chats by clicking on Chats in the menu bar and choosing Start Public Chat.
  4. * Auto Redial for busy or unconnected calls. When your call hits the busy signal, Skype will give you the option of automatic redial every two minutes until the call goes through.
  5. * Easy sound-level controls – when you need to tweak the sound level during a call, use a simple slider in the call window
  6. * Overhauled file transfer – wearing a more fashionable jacket, file-transfer now looks elegant and acts even nicer, especially when receiving many files at once.

Indeed, this version is worthwhile trying out. However, it is vital to note that this release is still labelled as “beta“, hence it is advised not to install this on production machines.

Download today from here.

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August 15th, 2007 by Keith

ReNamer – File Renaming Tool

Posted in Fun Stuff, Site News, Utilities, Windows


This is when I need it most, and has proven so effective for me. It happens one afternoon when my sister called me up and asked me to help her solve a filename renaming batch issue. I thought, that could be simple and be solved using either Windows Explorer or Command Prompt. In fact, it can be done – but to deal with a huge number of files (approximately thousands of them), and with extremely long and weird filenames, task of renaming them looks daunting. Though Linux might have done a better job with batch processes, but I decided that instead of getting her to install Linux and do a batch process, it might be easier to grab hold of a software that actually do these tasks.

I combed the Internet for several possible tools; some of which are great, whereas others are mediocre. These are some that I have found:


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August 14th, 2007 by Keith

Skype 3.5 for Windows

Posted in Audio, Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Utilities, Video, Web Apps, Windows

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Without a doubt, Skype has released its latest version of Skype for Windows just a few days ago. I was completely taken aback by this new release as it contains several enhancement and improvements, integrated with new newly designed security features.


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August 9th, 2007 by Keith

Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (Tribe 4) 7.10 Alpha 4 Released

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Development Software, Linux, Site News, Software Companies

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For the Ubuntu enthusiasts, I am proud to announce that Ubuntu Gusty Gibbon Tribe 4 (the 4th alpha release of Ubuntu 7.10) is now available to the public. This release is accompanied by a rich list of new features which is likely to excite all linux users, and not just Ubuntu die-hard fans.

If you are using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and is highly interested to upgrade to this version – use the command below to perform your upgrade.

Upgrading from Ubuntu Feisty Fawn
Install update-manager 0.59.23 from feisty-proposed. Then run “update-manager -d“.

Below are some of the list of new and improved features of Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon.


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