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March 13th, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 – Finally Another Beta

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

I thought Mozilla Firefox 3.1.x will never release the next beta version any more; but as I was unsuspecting this outcome, Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 has finally been released by Mozilla.

Below are some of the changes in this version:

  • * Beta is now available in 64 languages.
  • * Improved the new Private Browsing Mode.
  • * Improvements to web worker thread support.
  • * Improved performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • * New native JSON support.
  • * Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • * Support for new web technologies such as the and elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

As this is still currently under development stage, it is strongly advised not to deploy this version on your production machine. The official stable version of Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7 should be used instead.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

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March 11th, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7

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

Since the last release of Firefox 3.0.6, the next 3.1.x version of Mozilla Firefox is still yet to be released. On the other hand, we already have the next stable (official) version of Firefox 3.0.7 in the market. The main reason why the 3.1.x version is still not available because several plugins are still currently not supported by that version.

Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers, commonly used by computer users in the world. I guess it needs no introduction. Generally, the following are the changes in this version:

  • * Fixed several security issues.
  • * Fixed several stability issues.
  • * Official releases for the Estonian, Kannada and Telugu languages are now available.
  • * Items in the “File” menu show as inactive after using the “Print” item from that menu – switching to a new tab restores them. This issue has been fixed.
  • * For some users, cookies would appear to go “missing” after a few days.
  • * Mac users of the Flashblock add-on, experienced an issue where sound from the Flash plug-in would continue to play for a short time after closing a tab or window.
  • * Fixed several issues related to accessibility features.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.0.7

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March 10th, 2009 by Keith

Pidgin 2.5.5 Released

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Web Apps, Windows

Pidgin 2.5.5, the widely-popular Internet Messaging client is now released. This application supports several protocols, such as MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, QQ and ICQ. There is also a portable version available for users to download and install on removable drives, i.e. Pidgin 2.5.5 Portable.

I believe there are a lot of Pidgin users out there right now and I do not have to go into details about this wonderful, brilliant software, that supports both Windows and Linux platforms. The only drawback, once again, is the lack of webcam ability. Apart from this, it is a piece of fantastic messaging application. I practically could connect to various networks at once.

The availability of the portable version also makes it ultra mobile. Saving the entire application into a thumb drive, users can plug onto a USB ports of any PC (with Internet connections), wherever you go.

Interested users can download the application from the link below.

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Pidgin 2.5.5
Pidgin Portable 2.5.5

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February 10th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.7.1 Now Released

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

Within a short period of time, WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1 has matured and officially released. Between version 2.7 and 2.7.1, 68 tickets have been fixed.

Currently, the full change log has not yet to be placed on the site, but it should be done in a matter of time. The latest version can be downloaded from the link below:

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WordPress 2.7.1

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February 8th, 2009 by Keith

Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6

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

All of us might be waiting for the newest version of Mozilla Firefox to be released, however it still does not beat the current stable (official) version of Firefox 3.0.6. The main reason is that there are still plugins that are currently not supported by the latest version of Firefox 3.1.x.

Firefox is one of the most popular web browsers, commonly used by computer users in the world. I guess it needs no introduction. Generally, the following are the changes in this version:

  • # Fixed several security issues.
  • # Fixed several stability issues.
  • # In previous versions of Firefox, some users experienced a problem where parts of the screen were not properly displaying after Firefox was open for long periods of time.
  • # Improved the ability for scripted commands (including those included in popular extensions like Adblock Plus) to work properly with plugins.
  • # Removed the client user ID from crash reports.
  • # Fixed issues with the display of some Indic scripts.

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Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6

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February 7th, 2009 by Keith

WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1 Released

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

Ryan Boren’s email has revealed that WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1 is made available to the public. This was announced earlier than expected, as the release is still not announced formally at the main page of WordPress. Based on the information, the following issues have been fixed:

  • * URL column in Edit Links removes www. from domains that end in www
  • * Theme preview fails when theme in subdirectory
  • * “Draft Saved” current_time not reflecting timezone setting in the edit area
  • * Revisions do not respect time zone offset
  • * Canonical redirect of feed URLs with suffixes is wrong
  • * index.php file in the plugins folder makes the Dashboard fail

In spite of this, WordPress users are still unable to utilise the Upgrade functionality on the WordPress software to automatically upgrade to this release candidate version. However, it isn’t too bad either, to just wait a couple more days for the final (stable) version to be available.

However, if you still bend on getting your hands onto the latest release, you can download from the link below. Just note that, it is important to avoid deploying on production machines.

Download Link
WordPress 2.7.1 RC 1

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January 28th, 2009 by Keith

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 RC 1

Posted in Beta, Business Software, Fun Stuff, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

After a long wait, the almost-ready final version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 is drawing near. Coupled with several enhancements, there were many features included in this latest release of Internet Explorer, such as the ability to view driving directions, translate words and instant emailing of sites to others – all done in a few mouse clicks with as minimal hassle as possible.

Besides, Microsoft also incorporates the new Accelerator feature that is meant to improve user-surfing experience.

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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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January 11th, 2009 by Keith

Windows 7 Beta Available for Download

Posted in Beta, Business Software, OS, Site News, Software Companies, Windows

How often does Microsoft offers its Windows beta release for downloads and trials? Well, only for the past recent copies of XP and Vista, does it do that. Never would you have imagined that Windows 7 Beta is also available for download NOW! According to CNET, this software is supposed to be available on Friday but was delayed for another day due to web site issue.

In order to run this Windows 7 Beta release, Microsoft has provided some recommended specifications, although that could change for the final release. The installation file is provided in a .ISO format, which can be downloaded and burnt onto a DVD disc.

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