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January 19th, 2009 by Keith

Gimp 2.6.4 Released

Posted in Business Software, Development Software, Fun Stuff, Graphics, Linux, Mac OS, Site News, Software Companies, Solaris, Windows

Introducing another sophisticated paint and photo-editing program – GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) – the next version 2.6.4 has just been released. There are several bug fixes over the previous version.

Gimp shares several similarities with Adobe Photoshop, but the most apparent differences between the two is that the latter is a paid version, whilst the former is made available publicly as an open-source program.

In saying so, it simply means that what you can do in Photoshop are likely to be the things that you can do with GIMP, including complicated image filtering, lighting effects, etc.

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January 18th, 2009 by Keith

Filezilla 3.2.0 Released

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

Filezilla is one of the most popular and widely-used FTP applications. Despite it being an open-source program, it has surpassed its expectation by many users such that even some enterprises are using them as part of their work.

There are two kinds of Filezilla programs – one as a Client, and secondly as a Server. The client application is mainly by end users to connect up to the server to upload and download files to and from the destination. The server is the centralised location that stores the file.

The latest version of Filezilla Client 3.2.0 has just been released with several enhancements and improvements towards the earlier version.

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December 27th, 2008 by Keith

MySQL 5.1 Speeds Up Processes

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

SUN Microsystems has announced the release of MySQL 5.1, the latest release of the popular open-source database application. According to the release note, it is mentioned that this version incorporates features that speed up processes.

The new service allows developers to automatically schedule common SQL-based tasks to execute on the database server, thereby reduces time-spent.

In addition, the new MySQL Query Analyzer tool, which was originally available to premium MySQL Enterprise subscribers, is also incorporated in MySQL 5.1. This tool can dramatically improve the speed and uptime of MySQL database applications, thereby reduces downtime.

Download Database Application
MySQL 5.1

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December 10th, 2008 by Keith

Using WordPress 2.7 NOW

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

No, it is not officially announced yet, but guess what, I am already using WordPress 2.7! See the screen-shot on the right, you’ll notice that the version mentioned WordPress 2.7 and not WordPress Release Candidate 2.

So, this rather surprising to me. Anyway, do enjoy the latest WordPress version. Note that, it may not yet be available from the WordPress Download directory, but it should be available from the Development repository.

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December 9th, 2008 by Keith

WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 2

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

WordPressSince the last release of WordPress 2.7 RC 1, WordPress has revealed the Release Candidate 2 version of WordPress.

Upgrading to this version is pretty easy, if you are already using previous version of WordPress 2.7. Simply go to the Upgrade function and click on “Upgrade Automatically”, that will set your system going.

New users are highly encouraged to try out this version, as of my personal opinion. WordPress 2.7 is definitely a huge improvement over any previous versions of WordPress.

Download File
WordPress 2.7 RC2

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December 8th, 2008 by Keith

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 Released

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

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is now released to the public for download. The upgrade process is a simple click of a button from the “Help” menu, whereas new users can download the file from the link at the bottom of this page.

There are several new features in Mozilla Firefox 3.1:

  • * Use the new Private Browsing Mode and the updated Clear Recent History function to keep your holiday shopping a secret.
  • * Tear tabs off the tab bar to create new windows, and drag and drop them from one Firefox window to another.
  • * Control the Smart Location Bar results with special characters.
  • * Watch a video in your browser without needing any plugins or external media players.
  • * and more…

Note that, this version is still for testing purposes and deployment onto production machines should be avoided. Interested users can download from the link here.

Download File
Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 2

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December 5th, 2008 by Keith

Opera 10 Alpha Web Browser

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

Coming towards the end of 2008, Opera has released to the public the new kid on the block – Opera 10 Alpha, as an early Christmas present to Opera users and fans. Packed several features, especially with the much anticipated Presto 2.2 rendering engine, everyone must be dying to test out this new browser on their system.

The new rendering engine provides improvement to the browser in terms of speed, stability, support for new generation Web standards as well as several other key features. With Presto 2.2, it was mentioned that it gave a 30% speed improvement on resource intensive pages, such as GMail and Facebook.

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December 3rd, 2008 by Keith

Songbird 1.0 is Finally Here

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

Finally, after a long-awaiting period for Songbird, the official release of version 1.0 is now available! In this release, there are several new features to look out for.

Features

  • GStreamer
  • Improved mashTape
  • Improved Album Art Support
  • Complete Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Updated Linux Installer
  • Re-usable Smart Playlists
  • Reveal Original Files
  • Recommended Add-ons Updater
  • Hide & Show Display Panes
  • Simpler Column Headings

Besides, there are several other enhancements as well!

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December 1st, 2008 by Keith

WordPress 2.7 Release Candidate 1

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

WordPressReleased just yesterday, WordPress 2.7 is ready to take the Internet by storm and with that, WordPress 2.7 RC 1 is now available for download. Released on the first day in December 2008, about 280 fixes have been applied since its beta 3 version.

This version encompasses several changes, including a new Administration User Interface (UI), automated version upgrade function, and several other enhancements and bug fixes.

Although this was noted to be ready for trial, but make sure you back up all the essential files and database prior the upgrade. Trust me, you’ll like this version over any previous versions of WordPress!

Download Upgrade File
WordPress 2.7 RC 1

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November 27th, 2008 by Keith

uTorrent Mac Beta is Out

Posted in Beta, Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Site News, Web Apps

The time has finally come for Mac users who love BitTorrent. The popular and widely-used uTorrent is now available in Mac platform; combing the lightweight power and high performance of the uTorrent feature, Mac users can delightfully choose to use this application – uTorrent for Mac – now.

However, do note that this application is still currently under beta development and bugs my be present. Do not deploy this on production machines.

Requirement
- Mac OS X 10.5 – Intel

uTorrent for Windows are also available here.

Download Link
uTorrent Mac Beta 0.9

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