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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 25th, 2008 by Keith

Windows XP LifeSpan Extended

Posted in Software Companies, Windows

Normally, when a new product is released for Microsoft, the previous version is likely to be phased out within 6 months; however, this is not the case for Windows XP, as it sees itself extending the phase-out deadline to beyond January 31, 2009.

Although Microsoft has iterated that this is not an extension programme to prolong the lifespan of Windows XP, they do allow distributors to place their final orders for this product until end of January 2009. Microsoft XP has been in the market for over 90 months since its initial public release in 2001.

It follows that Microsoft Vista, the next generation of Windows operating system, is likely to further market even strongly to attract end-user consumers as well as corporate users. However, it may seem that Windows 7, may be the favourite as Vista looks to fail.

Sources: InternetNews Realtime IT News

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December 8th, 2008 by Keith

Google Chrome 0.4.154.33

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

The next version of Google Chrome 0.4.154.33 has just been released. With my last few written posts related to web browsers, it seems that there is a strong competition going on in the browser marketing. With the exception of Microsoft Internet Explorer, which seems to be losing grip on its stronghold, other developers, such as Mozilla, Google and Opera, have been hitting it really hard.

Upgrading Google Chrome is just a breeze; however, there is still some issues with this web browser that I am still not comfortable with. For example, there is a problem opening Hotmail. Apart from that, other sites seem to load pretty well.

Download File
Google Chrome 0.4.154.33

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November 24th, 2008 by Keith

Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1 Released

Posted in Beta, Development Software, Fun Stuff, Linux, Site News, Software Companies

Great news for Ubuntu lovers. The latest alpha version of Ubuntu 9.04, nick named Jaunty Jackalope, is now officially released for public to try. As part of the development cycle, this alpha version is the first of the 6 Alphas, 1 Beta and final Release Candidate, prior the Final Release.

Current Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex users can upgrade directly from the Ubuntu desktop. Firstly, press Alt+F2 key and type in “update-manager -d” into the command box. This will bring up the Update Manager console informing you that “New distribution release ‘9.04′ is available“. Simply click on Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade your Ubuntu version.

New Users can download the installation files from the link below. However, please note that this is still under development and it is strongly advised that it is not to be deployed for production. The final release will be available on April 23rd, 2009.

Download Link
Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1

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November 23rd, 2008 by Keith

Disk Internals – Linux Reader for Windows

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Software Companies, Utilities, Windows

It is easy for Linux users in Linux environment to access Windows partitions, such as FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS, by mounting the volume in the operating system. However, it is not easy to do so for the reverse; that is, to access Linux partitions (files and folders) from Windows environment.

Nonetheless, the task is not impossible. Although Microsoft did not equip the Windows operating systems with this feature, it can done via Disk Internals Linux Readers. With this tool, users can access the ext2 and ext3 partitions from Windows.

System Requirement

  • - An Intel-compatible platform running Windows 9x/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP/2003/Vista.
  • - At least 16 MB of RAM, a mouse, and enough disk space for recovered files.

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DiskInternals Linux Reader 1.0

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November 17th, 2008 by Keith

Safari 3.2 for Windows and Mac

Posted in Business Software, Fun Stuff, Mac OS, Software Companies, Web Apps, Windows

Last week, Apple released the latest version of Safari 3.2 web browser for both Windows and Mac (Tiger and Leopard) platforms. Though available on the site, the announcement was still showing version 3.1.

The update of this application over the previous version is recommended for all Safari users as this release features several protection features for users, such as identifying fraudulent phishing websites. Furthermore, it includes some bug fixes and security enhancement to ensure users surf the web safely.

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November 8th, 2008 by Keith

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.1 Beta 2

Posted in Business Software, Software Companies, Utilities, Windows

One of the most useful applications developed by Microsoft is the Microsoft Outlook Connector. With this application, users can access Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts from their Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Outlook 2007 software.

Using the connector, the emails messages, contacts and calendars are accessible directly from the client software. Best of all, it’s free!

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October 24th, 2008 by Keith

WordPress 2.6.3 Patches Snoopy Library

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

WordPressShortly after the release of WordPress 2.6.2, the next version of WordPress 2.6.3 is now available for download. In Ryan’s blog, it was mentioned that a vulnerability was discovered in the Snoopy library.

This was found to be a low-risk vulnerability, and only affects two files in the WordPress installation. Hence, if you do not prefer to download the entire installation, you can over the 2 files below and replace them in their respective directories:

  1. wp-includes/class-snoopy.php
  2. wp-includes/version.php

The version number on your WordPress will not change; but that’s all it takes to patch the Snoopy library issue. The two files will patch the library file as well as update the WordPress version.

Download Software
WordPress 2.6.3 [tar.gz version]
WordPress 2.6.3 [zip version]

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October 20th, 2008 by Keith

FileZilla Client 3.1.4.1

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

Ask anyone which application is the best software for FTP (file transfer protocol), most of them will point in the direct of Filezilla. Filezilla is a free FTP solution that provides both server and client applications; furthermore, it is an open source software, distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. In other words, you can download this for free and use it for personal purpose, as long as it is within the GNU GPL agreement.

Having used Filezilla for a long time, I have absolutely no complaint with this software as it provides almost everything that is required for file transfer. In addition to common FTP communication, it supports SFTP (Secure FTP) and FTPS (FTP using SSL). In the latest release of Filezilla Client 3.1.4.1, some of the bug were fixed.

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October 19th, 2008 by Keith

GIMP 2.6.1 Released

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

The open-source GIMP, also known as the GNU Image Manipulation Program, has released the latest version of GIMP 2.6.1. For others who are not familiar with GIMP, you can consider as a substitute for the free version of Adobe Photoshop. This software is capable of performing complex tasks, such as photo re-touching, image composition and image authoring. On top of that, it runs on multiple operating systems and not just Microsoft Windows alone.

Release notes for this version is made available here. From a development point of view, GIMP 2.6 series is a rather important release as it features major changes to the user interface that addresses some complaints provided by users. Furthermore, there is a tentative integration of GEGL, the graph based image process library, that will bring a much detailed and comprehensive editing to the users’ experience.

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