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Friday, June 29, 2007

ooVoo FREE! the new VIDEO chat application!


This seems like a cool new application.. see the video below!

ooVoo(TM) is a free application which uses state-of-the-art audio and video technology enabling you to meet over the Internet using live video. It's the closest thing to being there with your family, friends and people you meet with. You can participate in a video conversation one-on-one or with up to 6 participants using a standard computer (Pentium 4, 1 GHz or higher) with just a web camera and headset (or microphone and speakers). The video and audio is of superb quality and only requires a standard broadband Internet connection (such as DSL or cable). You can see which contacts are online and easily call them for a live video conversation. The application is easy to use and also enables you to record and send video messages, chat with friends, and share files. Does it contain spyware? Absolutely not. What you see is what you get. No cookies. No spam. No spyware.

System Requirements:

  • Pentium 4 1Ghz with 256MB of RAM
  • 20MB Hard disk space
  • Webcam and Headset
  • Broadband connection (Cable, DSL etc..)
  • Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista

See VIDEO of the program HERE

download ooVoo

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Top 10 Vista Hacks


Itching to make Windows Vista behave the way you want it to, not the way Microsoft does? Take these fun and useful hacks for a whirl.

You've run Windows Vista, you've played around with the Aero interface, and maybe you've even mucked around a little bit in Vista's innards to see what makes it tick.

Now what?

Now is when the fun begins. There are plenty of ways you can hack Windows Vista, make it jump through hoops, bend it to your will and generally make it behave the way you want it to behave, not the way Microsoft does.

Where to begin? I've put together 10 of my favorite hacks for Windows Vista. They'll let you do everything from speed up Windows Aero to unlock a supersecret administrator's account and juice up the right-click context menu -- and yes, even hack the dreaded User Account Control. So if you want to take control of Windows Vista, read on.

A word of warning: Some of these tips involve editing the Windows Registry, which can be a dangerous thing to do. So before you touch the Registry, use System Restore to create a restore point so that you can revert to the previous version of the Registry if something goes awry. To create a restore point, choose Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Restore files from backup > Create a restore point or change settings.

Top 10 Vista Hacks

1. Hack User Account Control

2. Unlock the supersecret Administrator

3. Tweak Aero's glass borders

4. Protect your privacy by removing Windows
       Vista metadata

5. Power up Windows Vista's context menu

6. Speed up or turn off Windows Aero

7. Bypass the Windows Vista log-on screen
       on multiaccount PCs

8. Hack Vista's blinking cursor

9. Hack Vista's screensavers

10. Make Windows animation go slo-mo



Use Windows Vista Aero through Remote Desktop Connection (requirements)


Everybody knows by now about the Windows Vista Aero Glass user interface, but what everybody does not know is that you can use this over a Remote Desktop connection if you've got the right settings enabled on the client and the server.

To make this work, you'll have to make sure that you meet the prerequisite conditions.

  • Both systems have to be running Windows Vista
  • The system you are running Remote Desktop client on must already have Aero enabled.
  • The remote system must have at least 512mb of RAM, and be an Enterprise or Ultimate version of Vista.

If you meet these conditions, you should be able to use the Aero interface through the remote desktop connection.

Office 2007 free viewers (excel, word, powerpoint) and compatibility pack


PowerPoint 2007 viewer FREE:

Visio 2007 viewer FREE:


In order to view word 2007 (docx) and excel 2007 (xlsx) files you need the following 3 things:

1) the word 2003 viewer here:

2) the excel 2003 viewer here:

3) the office compatibility pack here:

There is no word 2007 viewer or excel 2007 viewers yet, read about this here:

Compatibility Pack for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
To reduce file size, improve reliability, and enhance integration with external sources, Microsoft has added new file formats to Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007. To help ensure that you can open files in these new formats, Microsoft has developed a Compatibility Pack for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats. By installing the Compatibility Pack after you install the Word Viewer 2003, you can view documents that are saved in the following new document formats:

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 document (.docx)
  • Microsoft Office Word 2007 macro-enabled document (.docm)
Note: When you use the Word Viewer 2003 to view files that are saved in these formats, you will see a Word 2003 version of the file. The following Word 2007 items will be affected:
  • Features that do not exist in Word 2003
  • Layout that uses properties that do not exist in Word 2003
For more information on specific changes, see Open a Word 2007 document in an earlier version of Word.

Language Interface Pack (LIP) downloads for OFFICE 2003


Office Language Interface Pack (LIP) packages provide the desktop user with a localized user experience. The packages provide the frequently used User Interface (UI) of the following Microsoft Office System programs:

  • Microsoft Office Word 2003
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2003
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003

In addition, the packages allow users to switch between the LIP language UI and the full Office 2003 program UI installed on the user's computer.

The following LIP downloads are available from the Microsoft Downloads site:

For updates related to the Language Interface Packs, search Downloads on Office Online. Also, for additional international downloads see the More International Downloads page.

Koepi XviD 1.1.3 Video Codec



Xvid is a video codec for PC, whereas codec is an abbreviation for [co]der/[dec]oder, hence describes a program to encode and decode digital video. The purpose of encoding video data is to reduce redundancies – that means to make it smaller for faster transmission over computer networks or for more efficient storage on computer disks. Xvid is Free Software and released under the GNU GPL license. This means that the source code of the software is publically available and programmers are allowed to make modifications to the code. Also, redistribution of Xvid is permitted but only under the terms of the GPL license.

Change log:
- {core}: Fixed possible security issue in mbcoding.c

 Download: Koepi XviD 1.1.3

 Link: Home Page

Google Desktop Finally Out for Linux


Google plans to launch a Linux version of Google Desktop, almost three years after the product's launch for the Windows operating system.


Google Inc. plans to launch a Linux version of Google Desktop on Wednesday, almost three years after the product's launch for the Windows operating system.

The application, designed for indexing and finding data in PCs, as well as for searching the Web, also comes in a Mac OS X version, introduced in April of this year.

Like the Mac OS X version, Google Desktop for Linux is a beta, or test, product. The Windows version shed its beta tag already, meaning Google considers it a more stable and mature product.

At this point, Google Desktop for Linux does not feature the Sidebar and Gadget features present in the Windows version.

Gadgets are mini-applications that display things such as e-mail, weather data, photos and news on the desktop. The Sidebar is a vertical panel where the Gadgets can be organized.

This Linux version, developed by Google's Beijing engineering team, is available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Dutch, simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese.

Google Desktop for Linux runs on Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, SUSE 10.1, and Red Flag 5.

Users can download it free directly from this Web site.

Vista Classic Theme DWM enabled Windows Classic Theme


Vista Classic Theme DWM enabled Windows Classic Theme | 1.29 MB
-Designed and Created by UK.Intel



A basic theme is included, however to take advantage of the DWM Flip3D and live thumbnails, your system must be capable of running the Aero based style.

Download 1.29 Mb RAR



FlashGet v1.9.0.1012


FlashGet is specifically designed to address two of the biggest problems when downloading files: Speed and management of downloaded files. If you've ever waited forever for your files to download from a slow connection, or been cut off mid-way through a download - or just can't keep track of your ever-growing downloads - FlashGet is for you. FlashGet can split downloaded files into sections, downloading each section simultaneously, for an increase in downloading speed from 100% to 500%. This, coupled with FlashGet's powerful and easy-to-use management features, helps you take control of your downloads like never before.
FlashGet displays download progress in ranks of glittering dots, but its acceleration is not as pronounced as most. Its inability to start a download without confirmation makes for slow starts. We ran into difficulty locating configuration settings, a problem aggravated by a help system that apparently belongs to an earlier version. Nonetheless, the software managed and categorized our sample downloads efficiently. FlashGet supports over 30 languages!
* Speed: FlashGet can automatically split files into sections or splits, and download each split simultaneously. Multiple connections are opened to each file, and the result is the the most efficient exploitation of the bandwidth available. Whatever your connection, FlashGet makes sure all of the bandwidth is utilized. Difficult, slow downloads that normally take ages are handled with ease. Download times are drastically reduced.
* Management: FlashGet is capable of creating unlimited numbers of categories for your files. Download jobs can be placed in specifically-named categories for quick and easy access. The powerful and easy-to-use management features in FlashGet help you take control of your downloads easily.
FlashGet Highlights:
- Speed. The ability to split files into up to 10 parts, with each part downloading simultaneously. Up to 8 different simultaneous download jobs. FlashGet just might be the fastest download software around!
- Organize. Categorize files with FlashGet's integrated & simple-yet-powerful file management features before your files engulf you!
- Mirror search. Automatically search for the fastest server available for the fastest possible downloads.
- Automatically have FlashGet dial up, hang up & shut down the computer when you're not around!
- Schedule to download files whenever you feel! Whether it's while you snooze or during off-peak periods, certain times each weekday, weekend or whatever. The choice is yours!
- Manage your copious downloaded files with FlashGet's simple yet powerful user interface. Automate your FlashGet downloads with a browser click! Supports Internet Explorer, Netscape and Opera* web browsers. *with freely downloadable plug-in.
- Superior ease-of-use. FlashGet's interface is logical, integrated, informative and customizable. Queue your downloads with FlashGet's logical queuing system.
- Control the download speed limit so that downloading files doesn't interfere with your web browsing!
- Easily see any aspect of your downloads at a glance. Whether it be server status messages, monitoring splits, amount downloaded, time left...whatever! No excessive clicking into multiple open windows to see what's going on!
- Customize the the FlashGet toolbar and user interface, including the Graph and log window colors. Support for proxy servers for maximum downloading flexibility.
- Speak your language with FlashGet's auto-select language capabilities (20+ selectable languages available).
- Check for FlashGet updates from within FlashGet.
- Monitor your download progress, server status messages and download splits graphically with the easiest, most functional user interface around!
- BT. BitTorrent files download support!
- Vista. Compatible with Vista
+ much, much more!
Changes in FlashGet Version 1.9.0 (2007.06.29):
* No MAX jobs limit for BT Torrent file.
* Fixed bug in certain situation that popped up Add New Download window when clicking on torrent file
* Fixed bug regarding category management that could creat categories which enabled not to conform Windows name criteria.
* Fixed bug regarding category management that enabled to creat same categories.
* Fixed bug that called FlashGet when closing eMule module and clicking eMule link.
* Other improvements
Homepage -
Size: 4.41 MB


Clean install workaround for Vista upgrade discovered


Well, it looks like those hoping to do a clean install of Windows Vista with an upgrade-only edition of the OS may not be entirely out of luck after all, although they'll still have to jump through a few hoops to get it done. According to Daily Tech, you can get around that pesky requirement to have Windows XP or Windows 2000 already installed on your PC by instead using the upgrade DVD to first install a 30-day trial version of Vista --that's done simply by not entering the product key when prompted to do so during the installation. Once you've got the trial version of Vista up and running, you simply start the installation process all over again from within Vista, this time entering the product key when prompted. After that's done, you should be staring at cleanly-installed, fully-functioning version of Vista, not once having set foot in Windows XP or 2000. As Daily Tech points out, this seems to suggest that any Vista upgrade DVD can function as a full retail copy of Vista, although it would also seem to be something that Microsoft could put the kibosh on pretty quickly, so you may not want to lose sight of that copy of your old OS just yet.



Vista isn't Me2, it's Win95 + 12 years

Posted by Ed Bott @ 7:32 am

In certain circles, it's become fashionable of late to refer to Windows
Vista as Windows Me2. It's the second-worst insult you can hurl at a
Microsoft program (the worst is to compare it to Microsoft Bob, neatly
summarized as "7th place in PC World Magazine's list of the 25 worst
products of all time and [named] worst product of the decade by" in 2005.).
Windows Vista is no Bob, as Steve Ballmer has said publicly, on the
record. But if you believe the comparison, Vista is heading down a path
roughly the same as Windows Millennium Edition (aka Windows Me).
Now, I've been present at the creation of every Windows version since
Windows 3.0 in 1990, and there's no question that everything about
Windows Me was wrong. It was ill conceived, plagued with bugs and
performance problems, ridiculed in the press as a colossal failure, and
quickly abandoned.
So does Windows Vista deserve the Me2 label? After a careful look back
at my Windows history books, I see Vista heading down a different path.
In fact, I'm struck by how similar Vista's path so far has been to the
one that Windows 95 traveled. Let's review: Windows 95 was launched
with tremendous expectations on a tsunami of hype. It was notoriously
unstable and finicky, and for the first year or two there weren't all
that many 32-bit programs. A total of four OEM service releases (in
1996 and 1997) added some interesting new features (like FAT32) but
didn't deal with the significant underlying problems of the OS.
It wasn't until three years after Windows 95's launch, with Windows 98
(and Windows 98 Second Edition a year after that) that the stability,
performance, and interface problems were finally dealt with.
The similarities with Windows Vista are striking:
Unachievable levels of hype. The hype for Windows 95 was unprecedented,
finally leading to Windows boss Brad Silverberg's award-winning entry
in the Tamping Down Expectations sweepstakes:
""It's just software," says Silverberg. "It doesn't cure cancer. It
doesn't grow hair. It's not a floor wax. It's Windows."
Windows Vista's planners tried not to fall into the hype trap, but they
failed. When the grand, sweeping plans for what was then code-named
"Longhorn" were scaled back in 2004 (the great Longhorn reset), the
narrative of Vista failure was set in stone.
A very long and public beta. Windows 95 was in wide-scale beta releases
for nearly two years. Similarly, the first public beta release of
Windows Vista was released in July 2005, roughly 18 months before its
eventual final release. Having buggy, incomplete code in your users'
hands for that long guarantees disappointment in the final release.
Initial compatibility, performance, and stability problems. If you ever
tried to install a sound card or set up a network in Windows 95, you
knew the definition of great pain. Early Vista adopters are reporting
similar performance and compatibility problems, most of them traceable
to problems with buggy or incomplete drivers.
A beginning, not an end. Windows 95 marked the beginning of a new
development platform, one that didn't truly hit its stride until
several years after its release. With its shift to 64-bit computing, a
new driver model, and a new kernel, Windows Vista is similarly at the
beginning of a cycle. By contrast, Windows Me was a stopgap release,
the end of the hybrid 16/32-bit era. Its successor, Windows XP, would
be released a year later. Microsoft wasn't committed to developing it
and was only too happy to drop it in favor of the technically superior
XP platform.
If Windows Vista follows the path of Windows 95, it's here to stay, and
here's what you can expect:
Service Pack 1 won't work miracles. Microsoft is right to dampen
expectations for SP1. Although it should fix some of the high-profile
problems being reported now, I predict you'll read another wave of
disappointing reviews when SP1 arrives next year.
Businesses will continue to stay away from Vista in droves. They have a
perfectly acceptable alternative in Windows XP, and there's little
upside in upgrading.
Expect a major update Vista update after three years. Between now and
2010, Microsoft has a chance to do for Vista what Windows 98 did for
Windows 95. The challenges? Polish the bundled releases into something
that looks more like an integrated suite. Improve reliability by making
it more difficult for buggy drivers and apps to get on the system,
perhaps by going all-64 bit and enforcing the requirement for signed
drivers. Fix User Account Control.
If history repeats itself, Microsoft will release its next Vista update
in 2009 or 2010, after a low-profile, secretive beta cycle, and it will
be greeted as finally delivering on the promise of what Vista should
have been all along.



Critics: Vista Ultimate's promised add-ons just broken promises


Microsoft Corp. has failed to deliver on its promise of downloadable extras for the highest-priced version of Windows Vista, critics claim.

Dubbed "Extras" and exclusive to Vista Ultimate, the downloads were touted before, at and after the launch as one of a handful of features that separated the $399 operating system from the $239 Home Premium. On Ultimate's marketing site, Microsoft currently says of Extras: "These cutting-edge programs, innovative services, and unique publications provide a richer computing experience for Windows Vista Ultimate users."

Trouble is, according to critics like Scott Dunn, an editor with the popular "Windows Secrets" newsletter, Microsoft hasn't followed through. Since January, when Vista was released to consumers, no new finished Extra have been offered to Ultimate users.

"Extras is not a minor feature of Ultimate," Dunn argued. "It's one of the things that sets it apart from Home Premium, and one of the few unique things that has been promised Ultimate users."

Microsoft issued three Extras when Vista debuted, including a poker game; an add-on to BitLocker, Vista's whole-disk encryption tool; and language packs for the operating system's Multilingual User Interface. The next month, Microsoft posted DreamScene, a video screensaver, in beta form; DreamScene has not shifted out of beta since then.

"Some of these so-called extras should have been included with Ultimate," Dunn said, citing the BitLocker add-on. "Without that, it's very difficult to even use BitLocker."

Dunn has taken up a cause first promoted by several Windows-enthusiast bloggers, including Josh Phillips, who writes WindowsConnected, and Long Zheng, author of iStartedSomething.

Readers of the Philips and Zheng blogs were almost unanimous in their disappointment. Several mentioned the phrase "class-action" in their comments. "I'm just waiting for the Ultimate class-action lawsuit for failure to deliver," said "Xepol" on Philips' post.

Although the development team in charge of Extras has a blog, the last entry was posted more than three months ago. Microsoft did not respond to several requests for comment.

"I think users do care about Extras," said Dunn. "Ultimate is aimed at the geek crowd, and they're the very people who looked forward to downloading add-ons. It would be nice if Microsoft honored its own marketing hype."



Microsoft to simplify downgrades from Vista to XP


Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be  able to provide “downgrade” rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers.

Microsoft will implement the first of the policy changes for its Gold  Certified (top-tier) OEM partners within the next couple of weeks. The company will streamline downgrade-rights policies and procedures for the broader channel somewhat later, said John Ball, general manager of Microsoft’s U.S. Systems Group.

Under current licensing terms, Microsoft allows customers buying PCs preloaded with Windows Vista Ultimate and Vista Business to roll back to Windows XP until they are ready to make the move to Vista. For OEMs, the process via which these rights can be activated has been quite cumbersome, Ball acknowledged.

Under the current rules, OEMs must call about and file for each and every machine the license keys required to downgrade from Vista to XP. But Microsoft is planning to move to a new policy which will allow its top 170 OEM partners to submit these keys online for groups of machines, which will save them time and reduce complexity, Ball said.

Microsoft is working on ways to allow the rest of the channel to take advantage of these simplified downgrade procedures, but is still in the midst of hashing out the details, Ball said. He didn’t have a timetable for when Microsoft will make its more liberal downgrade-rights policies available to the rest of its PC partners.

Microsoft doesn’t view the popularity of user requests to downgrade from Vista to XP as a ding against Vista, Ball emphasized. In fact, at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver in July, Microsoft plans to evanglize Vista to its OEM and system-builder partners, and play up Vista’s momentum as proof that system vendors should get on the Vista bandwagon, Ball said.

Ball said Microsoft officials will highlight data meant to counteract the impression by some that Vista isn’t doing well in the marketplace. Among the datapoints Microsoft will emphasize, according to Ball:

  • Ninety-nine percent of all Windows PCs sold at retail are being sold with Vista preloaded
  • Seventy-eight percent of PCs preloaded with Vista are shipping with “premium” SKUs (like Vista Ultimate and Vista Home Premium)
  • Microsoft is experiencing 21 percent fewer support calls with Vista than it did with Windows XP
  • Fewer security issues that need patching with Vista than XP (five Vista issues in the first 90 days vs. 18 with XP in the first 90 days)
  • Device compatibility is high and getting higher daily

All this sounds good on (virtual) paper. Like my ZDNet blogging colleague Ed Bott, I wouldn’t go so far as to call Vista “Windows Me2.” But I know I still wouldn’t want to be a Vista salesperson….

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Vispa: The Free Vista Tweaker!


Vispa is a small software, securing your Windows Vista installation and protecting your privacy. In addition to so-called Antispy features, it disables common security threats and increases your Windows performance. Based on the source-code of the award-winning Xpy version 0.9.8, Vispa allows you to easily tweak your Windows Vista for better privacy and security, even system performance. Do a few clicks rather than finding the write registry keys or program settings. The only recommendation we can give is not applying settings without vague knowledge of what you're doing. Not every setting is desired in every environment. Vispa is no tool for beginners, just a more convenient way of tweaking your operating system.

The only recommendation I can give is not applying settings without vague knowledge of what you're doing. Not every setting is desired in every environment. Vispa is no tool for beginners, just a more convenient way of tweaking your operating system.

Important: Some antivirus software might report Vispa as Spyware or a Trojan. Vispa is an executable written and compiled using NSIS, false-positives are unfortunately quite common among NSIS compiled programs. The NSIS development team is aware of this situation and constantly works with software companies to solve such issues.


Official site:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Leopard and Vista: Last Gasp of the Big OS?


Our grandchildren will be using discreet, unobtrusive operating systems.

Twenty years from now a new generation of computer users will look back on the operating systems of today with the same bemused smile we look back at the cars of the late 1950s and early 60s. They had huge fins, were the size of a small yacht and burned up just about as much gas.

That's right, I'm comparing Apple OS X 10.5, or Leopard, and Microsoft's Windows Vista to those old behemoths -- big and flashy and totally unnecessary.

Instead our grandchildren will be using discreet, unobtrusive operating systems that will be invisible to the naked eye.

They will, if you want to think about it like this, almost be a return to the concept of a command line, only in this case they will respond to either a typed command or a voice command or perhaps a gesture to open, join, find, save or close a file.

Most likely they will be embedded in the system that you buy or in the network.

Operating systems that try to make a statement as today's crop of OSes do will look awfully foolish, and perhaps the users of these systems will also be ridiculed for using them (as if we had a choice). But imagine what you would think of the guy who in 1959 built an extension on to his garage in order to accommodate the length of his Cadillac.

The OS of the future will not, like the current crop of OSes, feel it is necessary to toot their own (car) horn. The truth is Leopard and Vista are not user-centric, but instead are ego-centric.

They are created by a massive team that is collectively trying to say, "mine is bigger than yours." Consider if you will who the team leader at the very top of each of these companies is and you'll see that I'm not that far off base.

In the future, however, the OS and the computer, will become a true utilitarian tool, just like other tools where form follows function not determines it.

Today, whether you look at the simplest tool like a hammer or a giant crane at a construction sight, tools in the analog world come with few, if any, frills.

There can be beauty in the spareness. And this I think will be the direction the next generation of operating systems will take.


Little-Known Facts About Well-Known Leaders - Bill Gates


Everyone knows the most recent headlines about our country’s greatest leaders. In this feature, we’d like to shed some light on the lesser-known facts about these folks in hopes of giving you a little greater insight as to what makes them tick.

Bill Gates

  • William Henry Gates was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • His father William was a corporate lawyer, and his mother Mary was a schoolteacher.
  • By the age of 17, Gates had sold his first computer program, a time-tabling system for his high school, for $4,200.
  • Gates scored 1590 on his SAT standardized test. The top score for the test is 1600.
  • Gates told his university teachers he would be a millionaire by age 30. He became a billionaire at age 31.
  • While at Harvard, Gates co-wrote Altair BASIC, which became Microsoft’s (then called Micro-Soft) first product.
  • He met his wife, Melinda French, in 1987 at a Microsoft press event in Manhattan while she was a worker for the company. They would go on to get married on New Years Day in 1994. 
  • In 2002, Bill Gates was considered more idolized than Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse-tung in a poll of teenagers in Hong Kong and China. The survey was conducted by the City University of Hong Kong.
  • In 2005, Gates was honored with the title Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II of England.
  • As of the March 2007 issue of Forbes magazine, Bill Gates has been listed as Number 1 on “Forbes’ Richest People” list for 13 years in a row. His current net worth is about $56 billion.
  • Gates has recently announced that he will be reducing his involvement at Microsoft and will be devoting more time to his charity work.
  • He is currently having a building named after him at Carnegie Mellon University, called the Gates Building of Computer Science.
  • Gates is the current owner of the Codex Leicester — a 72-page collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific writings. The writings are a mixture of observations on water properties, astronomy, and rocks and fossils. Gates puts the Codex on public display once a year in a different city around the world.
  • Bill Gates earns $250 every SECOND; that’s about $20 million a DAY and $7.8 billion a YEAR!
  • If he drops a thousand-dollar bill, he needn’t even bother to pick it up because in the four seconds it would take him to pick it up, he would’ve already earned it back.


Vista Language Interface Packs


Windows Vista offers two options to change the User Interface (UI) language:

  • MUI (Multi Language Interface) Packs
  • LIP (Language Interface Pack)

The MUI packs offer the possibility to introduce multiple languages in a single Vista installation and choose a language per user. Users can change UI language whenever they like to. MUIs are only available for Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate editions. The MUIs for Vista Ultimate are available for download from Windows Update. The MUIs for Vista Enterprise must be obtained from the Volume Licensing Program.

LIPs provide the possibility to change the UI for Home Premium and Business versions of Windows Vista. A LIP changes most parts of the UI and is probably less complete than the MUI. A LIP changes the UI for the complete OS and offers no possibility to change languages after installation of the LIP.

LIPs seem to be one of the hardest add-ons to find on the Microsoft site. The Microsoft Local Language Program website seems to offer LIP downloads, but does not get any further then Windows XP and Office 2003.

A full list of available LIPs is located here. The only problem with the list is that it is not complete and download locations are not provided

List of direct downloads to LIP files

Friday, June 22, 2007

Safari 3.0.2 Beta


Safari has always been the fastest browser on the Mac and now it’s the fastest browser on Windows, loading and drawing web pages up to twice as fast as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Mozilla Firefox 2.
Why you'll love Safari:
* Blazing Performance2x Faster - Safari is the fastest web browser on any platform.
* Elegant User Interface - Safari’s clean look lets you focus on the web — not your browser.
* Easy Bookmarks - Organize your bookmarks just like you organize music in iTunes.
* Pop-up Blocking - Say goodbye to annoying pop-up ads and pop-under windows.
* Inline Find - Search any text on any website with the integrated Find banner.
* Tabbed Browsing - Open and switch between multiple web pages in a single window.
* SnapBackSnapback - Instantly snap back to search results or the top level of a website.
* Forms AutoFill - Let Safari complete online forms for you, automatically and securely.
* RSSBuilt-in RSS - RSS tells you when new content is added to your favorite sites.
* Resizable Text Fields - Resize text fields on any website: Just grab the corner and drag.
* Private Browsing - Keep your online activities private with a single click.
* Security - Apple engineers designed Safari to be secure from day one.




Windows Vista Multilingual User Interface

Multilingual User Interface packs for Windows Vista and Windows XP Professional are not as easy to come by as Microsoft partners and customers would expect. The general presumption seems to be that the MUI packs are available as separate downloads from the Redmond Company. This is not the case. Far from it in fact. The MUI packs are designed to provide support for multiple languages during the operating system's installation. Microsoft has applauded that fact that its latest operating system will change the strategy associated with multiple

languages. There is however a little detail that Microsoft failed to emphasize, the MUI packs are not available for all Windows Vista editions.
"We advise that the MUI for Vista is not available as a separate product and that this functionality is included in the Windows Vista Ultimate and Enterprise Editions. We also advise that the MUI for Windows XP Professional is not available as a separate product and that to obtain a license to run the MUI version of Windows XP Professional, customers will need to either acquire Windows Vista Business with Software Assurance, or as an alternative to acquire Windows Vista Ultimate through the OEM channel. These two options both allow downgrade rights to the MUI version of Windows XP Professional," revealed Lisa Michigan from the Microsoft licensing team.
Microsoft overhauled the process of applying MUI packs to Windows XP with Vista. Language packs are no longer deployed on top of the English version of the operating system in Vista to create a localized user experience. "In Windows Vista, the MUI architecture separates the language resources for the user interface from the binary code of the operating system. This separation makes it possible to change languages completely without changing the core binaries of Windows Vista, or to have multiple languages installed on the same computer. Languages are applied as language packs containing the resources required to localize part of, or the entire, user interface in Windows Vista," Microsoft stated.


Dell bows to user pressure over 'bloatware'

Dell has finally relented on the issue of "bloatware" — the often unwanted programs that come pre-installed on a new computer.

Ever since the computer manufacturer set up the IdeaStorm forum for customers to raise issues they wanted addressed, one of the most popular topics on the site has been that of bloatware. Dell is notorious for selling its PCs and notebooks with a varied assortment of programs pre-installed, ranging from security software to ISP and entertainment applications.

Win a trip to San Francisco and a Centrino Pro laptop to blog from the Intel Developer Forum for ZDNet. To enter, just start posting entries to our On the Road group blog.

Now the company has announced that most of the pre-installed software on its computers will become optional at the point of configuration. "When you configure a system on, you [now] have the option of choosing "No software pre-installed" for things like productivity software, ISP software and photo and music software," wrote Michelle Pearcy, Dell's worldwide client software manager, in a blog.

Pearcy added that "no software" would become the default option on most XPS systems, and an option on Dimension desktops and Inspiron notebooks.

However, three types of software will remain mandatory. These include trial versions of antivirus packages, "because many of our customers simply expect their PCs to be protected at first boot and beyond", according to Pearcy.

Other mandatory software will include Acrobat Reader so users can view essential system documentation, and Google tools.

US customers will get a "software uninstall utility" on their systems, allowing them to pick and choose what they want to keep or lose. There is no word yet on whether customers outside the US will get this privilege.

Feedback on the IdeaStorm website has also resulted in Dell finally selling machines with an open-source operating system pre-installed, although there is further controversy on the site over delays in extending this policy outside of the US.


Windows Longhorn won’t be reloaded, after all

One month after a team of Windows enthusiasts hit Milestone 1 of “Longhorn Reloaded,” Microsoft has put the kibosh on the project.

Longhorn Reloaded — an initiative of a handful of members of the site to take up where Microsoft left off with its Longhorn client development in 2004 — is no more, according to a posting on the site.

In late May, the core team of Joejoe developers working to resurrect the old Microsoft Longhorn client code, managed to deliver Milestone 1. But the project subsequently attracted the attention of Microsoft’s lawyers.

According to a mid-June posting on the Joejoe site:

“Dear Members and developers,

“It is with sad news that I have to inform you that today due to a (cease and desist) letter we recived from microsoft we are no longer able to provide you with a download link to longhorn reloaded. It deeply saddens me that although microsoft have known about this project for many months they only issued us with this notice a few days after we started to distribute the iso via torrents and ftp server.

“From now on any links posted or any requests asking for a download link to LHR the post will be deleted and the thread closed.

“I am just as sorry as you guys are about this, but we got to think about the community as a whole first.

“Many regards,


“ founder and senior administrator.”

Jean-Marie Houvenaghel (Jemaho), the founder of and supervisor of the Longhorn Reloaded project, posted on June 12:

“As per request by Microsoft, Longhorn Reloaded is DISCONTINUED. Thread Closed.”

In late May, when the Longhorn Reloaded developers hit Milestone 1, I asked Houvenaghel whether the team had been contacted by Microsoft’s lawyers. His response, at that time:

“We haven’t currently suffered any threats from Microsoft, maybe because Longhorn is considered abandonware, I don’t know,” Jemaho said. “Also I’m (not) a 100% sure that they are aware of the LHR (Longhorn Reloaded) situation.”

Contributors to the Longhorn Reloaded project, predictably, are not happy. A couple of contributors suggested that the team might be able to build “a standalone exe/msi installer to run on top of an existing install of (Longhorn Build) 4074.” But it’s uncertain whether Microsoft might attempt to crack down on such a project.

I’ve asked Microsoft for an official comment on the Longhorn Reloaded situation. More to come when and if someone responds.

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IMSpellchecker XP (shareware $19.99)

I usually dont feature shareware, unless they are VERY good. Well this is the case! At last a spellchecker that works correctly with live messenger and skype!


IMSpellchecker XP adds spell check and autocorrecting features to your favorite Instant Messenger. It is a powerful while ease-to-use application for improving your typing abilities.

Program runs silently in the background. It checks spelling and corrects misspellings or typos automatically as you type.

Autocorrecting technology replaces common known typos on-the-fly, increasing your typing performance.

Spell check add-on works with top of the popular Instant Messengers

Use IMSpellchecker XP to greatly improve your typing and spelling. Your messages will look more accurate and professional without misspellings and typos.

Download Free Trial Version Now!

Benefits of using IMSpellchecker XP

In-place spell checking

You don't need to click any buttons or use hotkey to check your spelling. There are no annoying pop-up windows that interrupt your typing. By default IMSpellchecker XP checks spelling automatically as you type, using wavy red underlines to indicate possible spelling problems. Then you can right-click on the underlined word to get the list of the suggestions.

Correction Modes

You can customize how the program will handle misspellings. Depending of selected correction mode, it can try to find the best suggestion and replace the misspelled word, display suggestions list or simple underline possible misspelling. This allows users with different level of typing experience use the program with maximum convenience and performance.
Please, visit Features page to learn more about corrections modes.


Speed up your typing with this powerful feature! IMSpellchecker XP automatically detects and corrects typos and misspelled words.
For example, if you type teh plus a space, then spellchecker replaces what you have typed with "the". You can also use this feature to quickly insert symbols that are included in the built-in list of Autocorrection entries. For example, type (c) to insert ©.
If the list of built-in entries doesn't contain the corrections that you want, you can add new ones easily.
Also, the program automatically corrects TWo INitial CApitals, capitalization of first letter of sentences and accidental use of cAPS LOCK.

Launch and forget

Just install it! IMSpellchecker XP runs every time, when you logon to Windows. It works in background and automatically checks spelling while you are chatting. Spell check add-on is extremely easy to install and use. Minimal number of settings you need to change makes this program easy even for the beginner user. Normally it will start working right after you install it.

Non English-speaking users.

IMSpellchecker XP can check spelling for nine languages. You can easily download dictionary for your language directly from the program's main window.
Please, visit Features page to view the list of the available dictionaries.

Free trial version available

Download a free trial version of IMSpellchecker XP now! The trial version of spell check add-on is distributed freely for the purposes of evaluation. You are entitled to evaluate the software for up to 21 days without obligation to pay.
Please note, the non-registered version of the software is a "full-featured" release. This means that the same capabilities available in the registered software are present in the non-registered software. This allows you to try out all the features of IMSpellchecker XP to confirm that they work to your satisfaction.
Download Free Trial Version Now! Click here to download Free Trial Version Now! (size 1.6 Mb)

Vista DeskHack V 1.1 (Themes Now install same as XP)

I have not tried this yet.. but I will... It seems interesting

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Vista DeskHack V 1.1 (Themes Now install same as XP) 1.21 MB
Now themes may be installed correctly just as in XP, just copy in themes folder and choose theme name in Appearance settings

*32 Bit Uxtheme patch Included as well*
Now themes may be installed correctly just as in XP, just copy in themes folder and choose theme name in Appearance settings
DeskHack for Windows Vista - Version 1.0
This run-time hack fixes the hardcoded strings of
Vista's Desktop Settings Control Panel (desk.cpl)
for all Visual Styles (but not Aero.msstyles *g*).
So you can rename your Styles by hacking the
If a .msstyles is not properly hacked, the file's
basename is used instead of the style description.
RUN "DeskHack_Install.cmd" "Run as Administrator".
Changes in 1.1:
Whenever the resources (like .msstlyes.mui) where
broken, the name would not have been shown, now
in 1.1 it simply takes the filename then.

Download 1.21 MB RAR


Thursday, June 21, 2007

PCLinuxOS 2007, The Linux Revolution!

Guys this is the best most simple Linux Distro I have ever seen...

Download it, burn it onto a cd, pop it in, boot the PC with it...

And there you have it.. ! Then go to the control panel and enable the 3d effects!

See for yourself... VIDEO

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PCLinuxOS is an English only live CD initially based on Mandrake Linux that runs entirely from a bootable CD. Data on the CD is uncompressed on the fly, allowing up to 2GB of programs on one CD including a complete X server, KDE desktop, and many more applications all ready to use. In addition to the live CD, you can also install PCLinuxOS to your hard drive with an easy-to-use livecd-installer. Additional applications can be added or removed from your hard drive using a friendly apt-get front end via Synaptic.

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Windows XP Service Pack 3 Leaked Details!

Not only is Windows XP Service Pack 3 alive and kicking, but Microsoft also managed to leak details about what the refresh will contain. The Redmond Company's policy when it comes down to future releases of the Windows platform is to gag all details. Windows

XP SP3 is old news for Microsoft. And with the general availability of Windows Vista it was pushed to the background. But in all fairness, Microsoft never confirmed the cancellation of the third service pack for Windows XP. The company only scrapped it out of sight and under the rug with repeated delays.
The availability date for the first beta of Windows Vista SP1 was revealed by a U.S. Justice Department legal filling. Microsoft plans to deliver Vista SP1 beta by the end of 2007, but the date is of course nothing more than an estimation. By comparison, SP3 for Windows XP is currently planned for the first half of 2008. But Microsoft initially planned to deliver the third service pack for Windows XP in 2006, only to postpone the release to 2007 and then again to 2008.
Windows XP SP3, despite its collection of delays, will make it to the market, and Microsoft plans in integrate changes to Internet Explorer and to Windows Media Player into the refresh. "Microsoft has agreed to make changes to Windows XP, two Middleware Products, and Windows Live Messenger. The Windows Live Messenger changes have been delivered in the Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta and will be included in the public release. Changes for Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player will be made available to users in August 2007 and Microsoft is discussing with the TC the delivery mechanism for those changes. The Windows XP changes will be incorporated into Service Pack 3 for Windows XP," revealed the U.S. Justice department in its filing.


Avant Browser 11.5 build 9, 6.19.2007

The Fastest Browser on Earth!

Avant Browser's user-friendly interface brings a new level of clarity and efficiency to your browsing experience, and frequent upgrades have steadily improved its reliability. Avant Browser is freeware That's right. 100% Free! No cost to you ever. No limitations. No Adware. No Spyware.

Top Rated Features of Avant Browser Online Profile Storage: Avant Browser can save users' bookmarks, RSS Feeds, configurations or web passwords etc, in Avant online storage. In this way, users can access their personal data from anywhere, office, home or an Internet cafe, and don't need to worry about losing those data when re-install windows. AutoFills: Help users to memorize web passwords, and fill passwords for users with one click. Flash Animation Filter: More than 85% of all flash animations on web pages are advertising. These flash files are pretty large, and normally take up to 90% of the size of the page you're visiting. With Avant Browser you can save the bandwidth by blocking the download of these flash files with just one easy click. Avant Browser also provides options to block downloads of pictures, videos, sounds and ActiveX components. With these options users can control their bandwidth and speed up page loading. Built-in AD/Pop-up Blocker: Easily eliminate unwanted AD banners and pop-up pages automatically with just one click. Built-in RSS/ATOM Reader: Avant Browser has a built-in RSS/ATOM Reader, which allows you to read RSS/ATOM feeds just like browsing web pages. And you can also keep your favorite feeds as bookmarks. Additional Mouse Functions: If you click a link in the web page with the middle mouse button, the link will be opened in a new window in the background. This feature is extremely useful for opening posts in forums. Avant Browser also comes with customizable Mouse Gestures, with which you can easily navigate the browser by moving the mouse. Multi-Window Browsing: Browse multiple web pages simultaneously. All opened pages can be easily stopped, refreshed, closed or arranged with one click. Real Full Screen Mode and Alternative Full Desktop mode: When you enable Full Screen Mode, all you see is the webspace, with no toolbars or other clutter. They are simply autohidden! Move your mouse over the top or bottom and find the toolbar and tab bar respectively. Avant Browser also provides Full Desktop Mode, which is the same as Full screen mode, but differs in that your windows task bar stays visible. Built-in Search Engine: Avant Browser provides a built-in search engines. Built-in search engines enable user to search for web pages, images, groups, directories, news, lyrics and software in Internet. Full IE Compatibility: Avant Browser comes with all Internet Explorer functions, including Cookies, ActiveX Controls, Java Script, Real player and Macromedia Flash. IE bookmarks are automatically imported into Avant Browser. Control Your Privacy: With Avant Browser, you can easily keep your privacy by deleting all browsing traces such as: Typed Addresses, Auto-Complete Passwords, Cookies, History of Visited Web Sites, Temporary Internet Files and Search Keywords. Safe Recovery: If Avant Browser is closed improperly, all open web pages are saved and will be automatically reopened at next startup. Customizable Skins: Express your creativity by making a skin for Avant using a custom, easy to use program called Avant Browser Skin Maker, or use any of the many and varied skins made by other users.

Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 (1 Terabyte) Hard Drive review

The terabyte race for consumer desktop hard drives has been on for a long time, now the first generation of drives is here. On April 25th, Hitachi announced that it would begin shipping the Deskstar 7K1000, their latest series of consumer hard drives, weighting in at 750GB and a monstrous 1000GB (1TB). The 1TB version which we are reviewing today is slated at $399, a serious price tag for this colossal amount of storage. The Deskstar 7K1000 represents a milestone for Hitachi and for the hard drive industry as a whole, as it is the first drive to offer a 1 terabyte capacity. Honestly, I expected that it would be Seagate who would deliver the first 1TB hard drive since they were the first to reach the 500GB mark. However, Hitachi has not simply grabbed five 200GB platters and stuck them together to create a 1TB hard drive. Rather, there is much more to the Deskstar 7K1000, such as its Serial ATA II interface and the massive 32MB memory buffer. This is also the first desktop Hitachi drive to feature PMR technology (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording).

The terabyte race for consumer desktop hard drives has been on for a long time, now the first generation of drives is here. On April 25th, Hitachi announced that it would begin shipping the Deskstar 7K1000, their latest series of consumer hard drives, weighting in at 750GB and a monstrous 1000GB (1TB). The 1TB version which we are reviewing today is slated at $399, a serious price tag for this colossal amount of storage. The Deskstar 7K1000 represents a milestone for Hitachi and for the hard drive industry as a whole, as it is the first drive to offer a 1 terabyte capacity. Honestly, I expected that it would be Seagate who would deliver the first 1TB hard drive since they were the first to reach the 500GB mark. However, Hitachi has not simply grabbed five 200GB platters and stuck them together to create a 1TB hard drive. Rather, there is much more to the Deskstar 7K1000, such as its Serial ATA II interface and the massive 32MB memory buffer. This is also the first desktop Hitachi drive to feature PMR technology (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording).

GOM Player Released

GOM Player Released. It is available using auto update now. It should also be available from shortly.

The following changes were made:
- works without skin information file (skin.xml)
- properly plays VoxWare audio using Gretech ASF Source 2
- fixed a bug where keyboard shortcut settings weren't saved properly
- fixed screen size issue in VMR7-Renderless mode
- supports H.264 video codec for HDTV files (TS)
- fixed a bug where the video title wasn't displayed correctly
- smaller application window when launched
- supports DAVC video codec
- other minor bug fixes


Thanks for using GOM Player!