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January 13th, 2009 by Keith

gOS 3.1 Gadgets (SP1)

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, OS, Site News, Software Companies

Today, we have several version of Linux distributions, ranging from Ubuntu and openSUSE to Debian and Red Hat. However, how can we possibly miss out one of the biggest release by Google, the giant Internet search engine, most impressive release to-date that incorporates the popular Google gadgets into the picture, that is the gOS 3.1 Gadgets.

This application launches the Google Gadgets for Linux on startup, incorporating several Google gadgets to the desktop. There are over 100,000 possible iGoogle and gadgets that can be chosen and selected to be part of your desktop interface.

The application, gOS 3.1 Gadgets, is based on the solid Linux distribution base of Ubuntu 8.04.1, thereby bringing users one of the most stable system, with up-to-date Linux packages. Furthermore, this operating system is designed to be used with NetBooks and have been known to be shipped inside these systems in the United States and several other countries.

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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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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.

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December 17th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome Drops Beta Tag

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

Google Chrome has finally hit the public without the Beta tag! The latest version is 1.0.154.39. However, you would probably not have noticed it, as the upgrade was done automatically by the system in the background.

Some unknown source reports that this release of Google Chrome has seen its performance improved by 1.5 times compared to its initial beta release. Considered that Google is truly serious about the web browser market, this is indeed remarkable.

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Google Chrome 1.0.154.39

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December 11th, 2008 by Keith

Drupal Releases Version 6.8 and 5.14

Posted in Business Software, Linux, Site News, Web Apps

DrupalThe last release of Drupal 6.6 was dated 2 months back. Just only a few days ago, Drupal released version 6.7 and 5.13. I have a few Drupal-based websites, but due to my busy schedule, I have hold on to the upgrading process. Just only yesterday, Drupal 6.8 and 5.14 were released! Luckily for me that I have not done the immediate upgrade, or otherwise I would have wasted my effort.

In Drupal 6.8 and Drupal 5.14, these are only slight updates to Drupal 6.7 and 5.13, removing an incompatibility with sites running before PHP version 5.2. The major and critical vulnerabilities and security issues have been fixed in the earlier version, so this release is only a minor patch.

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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 10th, 2008 by Keith

SoftSift’s 1000th Post!

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SoftSift has reached the 1000th post since its inauguration on February 2006. For almost 3 years, SoftSift has enjoyed its ups and downs. Focus on the publishing the latest release of softwares, SoftSift has also introduced about new social networking sites, comparisons of applications and keeping readers with the latest upgrades.

One of the most significant contributions is the release of the WordPress Thumbnail Summary plugin, which has served a lot of websites to help improve search engine ranking as well as improve visibility for the visitors.

In 2 months’ time, we will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of SoftSift; as such, we’ll be looking forward as much as you do to celebrate the new milestone.

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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.

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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.

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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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