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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to make Torrents Faster?? Updated!


How to get more seeds or make uTorrent faster ?

I'm downloading with torrent from isohunt . it was written 600 seeds and 100 leachers however when i was downloading its 4 seed and 40 peers the downloading speed is 1.5 and if it will stay like this it will take 20 weeks to be downloaded . how can i get seeds or make utorrent faster ??



Hello, Read the following 3 possibilities

1) Your ISP may be doing some TRAFFIC SHAPING meaning that they are cutting the ports of utorrent because they don't want people to suck up bandwidth

2) On the bottom status bar of utorrent you have yellow triangle (as opposed to a round green with a checkmark) this means utorrent is not forwarded properly through your router.

Go to to learn how to open ports in your router

3) there is a built in problem with XP and Vista, that limits the total number of half open connections to around 8 or 10. This was done to prevent spreading of trojans.. however with programs that need to connect many times to various locations this makes them go very slow.
There is a patch for the TCPIP of XP and another one for Vista, that will let you increase the number of half open connections.

If you go to the event manager (control panel > administration tools) and see there you most possibly will have a list of warnings that the tcpip has reached its limit ... Like this:

EventID 4226: TCP/IP has reached the security limit imposed on the number of concurrent TCP connect attempts

So make a restore point and download the patch BUT BE WARNED THIS IS NOT SUPPORTED BY MICROSOFT!


Download it here:


The vista patch for EventID 4226 can be found here:


Then restart and go to utorrent and go to OPTIONS > PREFERENCES > select BANDWIDTH from the left list of items and then increase the numbers (that I have with red arrows in this screenshot) You can try 300 and 100 for starters… then if things are stable you might increase it even more…

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Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm

My comment: This is not an April fools joke, but I dont want people to panic either! Make sure you have updated windows, by going to windows update and downloading all the latest updates!
Read below for a tool from microsoft that can scan your pc for the virus (free)

This page is from microsoft, the original source is here:

Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm

Published: March 27, 2009

Protect yourself from the Conficker computer worm

The Conficker worm is a computer worm that can infect your computer and spread itself to other computers across a network automatically, without human interaction.

If you are an IT professional, please visit Conficker Worm: Help Protect Windows from Conficker.


Am I at risk of having the Conficker worm?

Most antivirus software could detect and block the Conficker worm, so if you have updated antivirus software on your computer, you are at a much lower risk of being infected by the Conficker worm.

If you or your network administrator have not installed the latest security updates from Microsoft and your antivirus provider, and if you have file-sharing turned on, the Conficker worm could allow remote code execution. Remote code execution allows an attacker to take control of your computer and use it for malicious purposes.


What does the Conficker worm do?

To date, security researchers have discovered two variants of the worm in the wild.

Win32/Conficker.A was reported to Microsoft on November 21, 2008.

Win32/Conficker.B was reported to Microsoft on December 29, 2008.

Win32/Conficker.C was reported to Microsoft on February 20, 2009.

Win32/Conficker.D was reported to Microsoft on March 4, 2009.

Win32/Conficker.B might spread through file sharing and via removable drives, such as USB drives (also known as thumb drives). The worm adds a file to the removable drive so that when the drive is used, the AutoPlay dialog will show one additional option.

The Conficker worm can also disable important services on your computer.

In the screenshot of the Autoplay dialog box below, the option Open folder to view files — Publisher not specified was added by the worm. The highlighted option — Open folder to view files — using Windows Explorer is the option that Windows provides and the option you should use.

If you select the first option, the worm executes and can begin to spread itself to other computers.

 The option Open folder to view files — Publisher not specified was added by the worm.

The option Open folder to view files — Publisher not specified was added by the worm.


How does the Conficker worm work?

Here’s an illustration of how the Conficker worm works.

 Here's a visual explanation of how the Conficker worm works.


How do I remove the Conficker worm?

If your computer is infected with the Conficker worm, you may be unable to download certain security products, such as the Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool or accessing certain Web sites, such as Microsoft Update. If you can't access those tools, try using the Windows Live OneCare Safety Scanner.


Where can I find more technical information about the Conficker worm and how can I stay up to date on the Conficker worm?

•For additional information, see Centralized Information About the Conficker Worm.

•For more technical information about the Conficker worm, see the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Virus Encyclopedia

•Bookmark the Microsoft Malware Protection Center portal and the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog for updated information.

•For symptoms and detailed information about how to remove the Conficker worm, see Help and Support: Virus alert about the Conficker Worm.

•To continue to get updated information on security, sign up for the Microsoft Security for Home Computer Users newsletter.

For more information, see How to prevent computer worms and How to remove computer worms.

Using Google Earth Offline

One of Google Earth's speed features also has the benefit of enabling the application's use when Internet is not available. The key is the Google Earth cache file which stores imagery and other data locally on your hard drive. This speeds up your experience even when you have broadband Internet, but it also is the secret to offline GE use.

By using the GE cache, you can still use most of Google Earth's features while on an African Safari, while driving your car, while boating offshore, or just camping on a mountain. This includes the aerial/satellite imagery, the 3D terrain, and more. And, the iPhone Google Earth app has this feature as well. If you anticipate taking your computer (or iPhone) somewhere where you won't have an Internet connection, you can still use GE. Or you can use it for doing a demonstration somewhere without an Internet connection. You will need to do a little preparation first.

GE Cache Options

First, go to the menu item Tools->Options and select the "Cache" tab. You will not need to change the memory cache for viewing the cache (there is a trick for storing the cache with this setting - see below). You can make the disk cache size as large as 2000 MB (i.e. 2 Gigabytes). This will give you more data to work with. Then, you need to move to the area you want data for and zoom into that area. The most recent things you have looked at will be what's in your cache. It's important you zoom to the closest view you think you'll use. Turn on other layers for information you want cached (for example, 'Terrain', 'Roads' and 'Borders' - the more you select, the faster the cache wil fill). Also, make sure you save any KML files you might want to use in files on the same computer.

The more data you cache, the sooner the cache will fill, so be cautious. If you're going on a long trip, cache in high resolution imagery just the areas where you plan to use GE for close viewing. Avoid turning other layers if you only need imagery. It can be a pain to move around and capture an area of imagery at full high resolution and load up your cache properly. FreeGeographyTools has written some nice tutorials for some free tools for loading your GE cache in a more automated fashion - see here, here, here, and here. There is also a way you can save the cache files to extend the amount of area you can store (see this forum thread),

The GE offline capability can be really useful. I've used it personally for driving in a car, traveling by plane, and while sailing. There are still places without broadband or even cell phone connectivity. But, Google Earth can still work even in those remote places. Amazing!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition 3.0.8 Released


My comments: is a very nice site where you can find a nice collection of image portable programs (aka programs that can run from a USB drive). You can also use these portable versions from your hard drive, because they dont need install or uninstall, they don't make any permanent changes on your system. It’s a good way for example to try out openoffice, that also has a portable version.

Announcement: is proud to announce the release of Mozilla Firefox®, Portable Edition 3.0.8 in English, German, French, Italian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. It's the popular Mozilla Firefox bundled with a launcher as a portable app, so you can take your browser, bookmarks, settings and extensions on the go. This new release updates Firefox to 3.0.8, fixing two critical security issues. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. And it's open source and completely free.

Read on for more details...

What is Dell DataSafe Online Backup?


If you have a Dell, like with many other computer companies you might have seen that when you bought it, it had preinstalled stuff… well Dell Datasafe online backup is a preinstalled program from Dell. But what does it do? Read below…

From the Dell site:

What is Dell DataSafe Online Backup?

Dell DataSafe Online is an online backup service that encrypts and backs up your important data (music, photos, email, financial records, and other important documents) offsite to secure data centers using your internet connection and helps protect it from software corruption, accidental deletion of files, hard drive crashes, theft and natural disasters.

Dell DataSafe Online's "one-step" setup and file selection wizard was designed to make using this service easy for any type of user.

When does my Subscription to Dell DataSafe Online start?

If you received this service with your purchase of a new XPS™, Inspiron™ or Vostro™ system, the service will come already-installed. You must activate your Dell DataSafe account as soon as your computer is delivered to gain its benefits, as your 1-year Subscription will start to run from the date we ship the computer to you. To activate your 30 day trial, go to run/programs/find the DataSafe Online program and follow the registration process by clicking on “activate your account”. To activate your DataSafe Online account, click on the desktop icon and follow the registration process by clicking on “Activate Your Account”.

If you are purchasing DataSafe to download onto your current computer, then your 1-year Subscription will begin as soon as your order is accepted by us. To register your account and download Dell DataSafe Online, check for the Dell “welcome email” and follow activation steps. A Dell order number is required to complete the registration.

Some recently updated popular programs (5)


Why filehippo? Many people ask me… well I can find all updated programs in ONE location and the downloads are fast from there..

Firefox 3.0.8

CCleaner 2.18.878

DivX Play

Internet Explorer 8.0 (for XP)

Java Runtime Environment

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Study: IE8's SmartScreen leads in malware protection


A recently released NSS Labs study, claims that Internet Explorer 8 greatly outperforms competing browsers in terms of protecting users against web based malware.
According to the study based upon a sample of 492 URLs, not only is IE8's SmartScreen Filter image   achieving a leading position against the rest of the popular browsers, but also, it also outperforms them in terms of the average time it takes to block known and already tested malicious sites.
Here's how the study ranks the browsers:

    Microsoft Internet Explorer v8 (RC1) achieved 69% block rate
    Mozilla Firefox v3.07 achieved just over 30% block rate
    Apple Safari v3 achieved 24% block rate
    Google Chrome 1.0.154 achieved 16% block rate
    Opera 9.64 achieved 5% block rate

Google Chrome Beta

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

imageOne box for everything

Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages. 

Thumbnails of your top sites

Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Shortcuts for your apps

Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.




* New FTP implementation: use --new-ftp
* Experimental Bookmark Menu: use --bookmark-menu
* HTML5 Web Workers: use --enable-web-workers
* Implement SSL renegotiation. (Issue: 6893)
* Pressing the Del key while a item is selected in the form suggestion popup deletes that suggestion from the DB.
* WebKit version 530.4
* V8 version
* Add command line switch "--new-ftp" for new portable FTP (Issue: 4965)
* Add the directory listing code for the new portable FTP (Issue: 4965)
* SSL improvements. (Issue: 8706)
* Fix excessive CPU when scrolling Flash. (Issue: 8653)
* Fix crash on showing info bubble. (Issue: 8854)
* Aligning text to the right, especially RTL languages. (Issue: 1845)
* Fix dragging a Chrome window which has a single tab by the tab itself. (Issues: 2827, 8287)
* Do correct hit testing for context menu items. (Issue: 8100)
* Add support for progressive JPEGs with MIME type image/pjpeg. (Issue: 2104)

Setting Up Google Earth Options

If you're wondering what Google Earth experts do to make things run faster or better, then read this article. This blog entry describes tips on how to set up your Google Earth 5 options ("Preferences" on the Mac). These options can greatly improve your experience with Google Earth by optimizing important graphics and data constraints, speeding up certain actions, or improving the quality of your views.

To get to the GE options, select the menu "Tools -> Options" (or "Google Earth -> Preferences" on the Mac). This opens a window of options with the following panes: 3D View, Cache, Touring, Navigation, General.

Google Earth Options

Here are recommendations for each pane of the options (Read the Google Earth User Guide for settings not covered here):

  • 3D View tab - You will have to restart Google Earth after applying most of these settings.

    • Anisotropic Filtering - This advanced graphics feature improves resolution when viewing 3D at an angle. Things at a distance will seem clearer. If you have a relatively new computer/graphics card you should try turning this setting to "medium". If you have a gaming machine, you can probably use "High". I recommend using this setting (at least at "Medium") if your computer can do it, you will enjoy GE views even more.

    • Graphics Mode - For my Windows computer, OpenGL seems to give better results. However, depending on your graphics card, DirectX may do better. The primary difference is 3D update speed, and support for features such as antialiasing, and polylines.

    • Antialiasing - New to GE 5, this option lets you turn on antialiasing within GE which smooth jagged lines in the 3D views when viewed at an angle. You should only turn this feature on if your graphics card is new/powerful. Gaming machines can usually handle at least "medium" without impacting performance. Once you have it on, turn on a vector layer like "Roads" or "Borders" in GE. You should see a great improvement verses looking at them without anti-aliasing.

    • If you use Google Earth to look at mountains, try temporarily setting Elevation Exaggeration to 1.5 or higher (maximum of 3). This makes the 3D terrain have exaggerated heights. A setting of 2.0 would be twice as high. NOTE: the "Terrain" layer must be selected to see 3D terrain. Also, it is best to return the exaggeration to 1 - otherwise 3D buildings and other features won't work right.

    • Overview Map - I suggest you adjust the map size to what works for your screen size. The Zoom relation is handy - a smaller value has the zoom level more closely match your view. (tip: use Control-M (or Apple-M on the Mac) to bring up the Overview Map)

  • Cache tab

    • Memory Cache Size GE 4 automatically optimizes this setting. You can adjust it, but I recommend leaving it alone unless you change the amount of memory on your system.

    • Disk Cache Size - If you can afford the disk space, set your disk space cache to 2000 MB (2GB) - the maximum GE will allow - this will mean less downloading when viewing the same locations. Also, you can use Google Earth offline better.

  • Touring tab

    • When creating a tour from a folder - You can "tour" a folder of placemarks. These settings effect the time between placemarks.

    • When creating a tour from a line - You can also tour a drawn line in GE. This lets you set the camera position relative to the line. Very handy for driving direction playback, or for guided tours.

    • When recording a tour - this setting lets you determine how much data is stored (size of resulting file) while recording motions in a "recorded tour".

  • Navigation tab

    • Fly-To Speed - Set the Fly-to/Tour Speed to a faster speed if you use GE a lot. This means you will fly more quickly when you double click or search for a location.

    • Mouse Wheel Settings - I recommend adjusting the speed of the mouse wheel setting which will increase your control for zooming up and down in GE.

    • You can also invert the mouse wheel direction so it makes sense for you whether forward or backward zooms you down/up.

    • Automatically tilt while zooming - turn this off if you prefer the old GE behavior which would not tilt as you zoom closer to the Earth.

  • General tab

    • Click "Show web results in external broswer" if you want (or don't want) to use an external browser when clicking on a link in a placemark description.

Now, go enjoy an improved experience with Google Earth!

Update: GOM Player

GOM is a FREE media player with popular audio & video codecs built-in.

This means that it can play almost ANY video file on your hard drive without you needing toimage download codecs EVER again!

No need to install codecs separately! Try one of your broken AVI files or one of the files that is being downloaded with GOM.

GOM Player supports most popular codecs (AVI, DAT, MPEG, DivX plus many more) with its own embedded codec system that you won't have to look for appropriate codecs everytime you can't play a certain video format. For those codecs that require a license that cannot be distributed, GOM will automatically lead you to an open-source codec web-site.

Watch video files while you are downloading them! GOM has a registered patent for playing broken AVI files and files that are still being downloaded. So try one of your broken AVI files or one that you are downloading right now. You'll find it amazing!

GOM supports a lot of advanced features for advanced users. You can customize the player by creating your own skin, setting toggle keys, VMR modes, detailed resolution among others. It also provides features such as an overlay mixer, real-time index rebuilding for AVI files, unicode support, key frame based RW/FF and many more!


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Interesting ADD-ON for Firefox: AnyColor 0.2.5


AnyColor 0.2.5

Change Firefox to Any Color and create your own personalized theme.


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Long Description

A dynamic theme that lets you customize it's appearance on the fly.

Works with:
  • Firefox: 3.0pre – 3.6a1pre


Support for this add-on is provided by the developer at

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Very fun animated video about twitter!


I can say that I agree with what this animation states about twitter….

Twouble with Twitters

A young man struggles against the pressure to Twitter his life away.
From: "SuperNews!" An animated sketch comedy series airing on Current TV.

For email subscribers click here to view the video online!:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dear netbook, thank you for Windows 7


What is a netbook? Its a smaller lighter and less powerful version of a laptop.

How does the netbook affect the development of Windows 7? It's time to connect the dots.

When a new market of small-factor computers became very popular last year, Microsoft wasn't feeling too hot. Linux and Windows XP were being used, and the consumers buying these PCs were not able to take advantage of all the hard work that had gone into Vista. It didn't matter that with Vista SP1, the operating system was running better than its XP on higher-end machines. New computers don't necessarily mean better, faster, stronger anymore. Netbooks mean smaller, cheaper, lighter, and many consumers are quite happy to use XP, the operating system they had gotten used to during Vista's unusually long development. Microsoft simply did not foresee this new trend occurring when it was working on Vista; the demand for the inexpensive netbooks began to skyrocket even before the economic downturn.
Windows 7 further takes advantages of the improvements in Vista, adds a few features here and there, and also focuses a ton on performance. For the first time ever, Microsoft has promised it would aim to keep the same hardware requirements of a future operating system the same as its predecessor. Hardware leaps will still continue, but Windows 7 is already outperforming XP and Vista on current hardware.
If it wasn't for the netbook, that would have never happened; Microsoft is very much aware that it's not going to make much money offering XP on netbooks forever. So it's really no surprise that when Microsoft announced the Windows 7 editions last month, it promised that all editions would run on netbooks. To achieve this goal, the company has been tweaking like no tomorrow. It's never bothered doing that with a new Windows release, at least not to the extent that it is doing with Windows 7.


UPDATE: Picasa 3.1 Build 71.18

Picasa is software by GOOGLE that helps you instantly find, edit and share all the pictures on your PC. Every time you open Picasa, it automatically locates all your pictures (even ones you forgot you had) and sorts them into visual albums organized by date with folder names you will recognize. You can  drag and drop to arrange your albums and make labels to create new groups.image Picasa makes sure your pictures are always organized.

Picasa also makes advanced editing simple by putting one-click fixes and powerful effects at your fingertips. And Picasa makes it a snap to share your pictures, you can email, print photos home, make gift CDs, instantly share via Hello, and even post pictures on your own blog.

The latest version includes Web Albums (along with other improvements), but requires that you request an account from Google.

See video below to view what Picasa is all about. Email subscribers can click on this link to view the video online

Download :



Version 3.1, Build 71.18 - March 23, 2009

  • Added support for ICC color profiles.
  • Newly created versions of hidden files will be renamed to be compatible with their Mac counterparts: '.picasa.ini' and '.picasaoriginals'.
  • Integrated user stats reporting. You can opt-out on the Tools > Options > General tab.
  • Various bug fixes to address user issues with database corruption, loading pictures, email, upload to Picasa Web Albums, and video rendering.
  • Added a fix for images appearing less sharpened when saved -- also applies to glow and film grain effects.
  • Updated RAW support for new cameras:
    • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Canon EOS 50D
    • Canon PowerShot G10
    • FjiFilm IS Pro
    • Nikon D90
    • Nikon COOLPIX P6000
    • Pentax K2000
    • Panasonic DMC-FZ28
    • Panasonic DMC-LX3
    • Panasonic DMC-FX150
    • Panasonic DMC-G1

Freeware of the day: Messenger Plus! Live 4.81.358

Messenger Plus Live is an add on for Windows Live Messenger that adds tons of features andmsgpluslive-logo extras to the software Extend the possibilities of Messenger and make your experience a lot more entertaining
The only thing needed to use Messenger Plus Live is Windows Live Messenger the latest version of MSN Messenger which requires Windows XP or above Messenger Plus Live is compatible with Windows Live Messenger 8 0 to 9 0 and can be installed on 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista
Installed more than 350 million times since 2001 when it started as a simple add on for MSN Messenger 3 Messenger Plus is guaranteed to improve your Messenger experience by leaps and bounds.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When installing BE CAREFULL to decline the installation of SPONSORS or else you might get add-ware installed on your PC.

If you decline the installation continues normally.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

The Pirate Bay User Pages Blocked by Google & Firefox


Certain sections of The Pirate Bay are flagged by Google as containing malware and are subsequently blocked. Similar warnings are being shown by Firefox, which states that the world’s largest tracker is an “attack site”. The Pirate Bay team are working on the problem now.

Right now, trying to access certain sections of The Pirate Bay via Google or using the Firefox browser is proving worrisome. While other parts of the site appear to function normally, the ‘user’ sections of the site (such sections are identifiable via this type of URL: appear to have some significant problems. Accessing the site via Firefox generates the following message;


A Google search on the same pages returns, “This site may harm your computer.”

So what exactly is the problem? TorrentFreak spoke with Peter Sunde (brokep) who told us that right now they don’t have a clear idea of what is causing the problem although they are working hard on fixing it. Current thinking by some says that the problems are being caused by malicious ads from third parties which are embedded in the site.

Google has made its own analysis and is reporting that the /user sections of the TPB site were listed once for suspicious activity, yesterday 14th March 2009. Of 699 pages tested, it found that 2 pages resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. Google goes on to say that the malicious software includes 68 scripting exploits although they report that a successful infection resulted in zero new processes on the target machine.

The malicious software in question is said to be hosted on 3 domains;,, and, with another 6 reported as distribution intermediaries including, and

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cannot open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program

On computers that are running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008, you may be unable to open Help files that require the Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) program. This article contains information about a download that helps you fix this problem.
Ever since Windows 3.1, Microsoft included the Windows Help program (WinHlp32.exe) with new releases. WinHlp32.exe is used to view 32-bit Help files that have the .hlp file name extension. Starting with the release of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has decided to no longer include in WinHlp32.exe as a component of the Windows operating system. Microsoft made this decision because WinHlp32.exe has not had a major update for many years, and it does not meet our standards for all new Microsoft programs. Microsoft realizes that this may cause some problems for customers who want to upgrade to Windows Vista or to Windows Server 2008 but still rely on 32-bit .hlp files. Therefore, Microsoft is making WinHlp32.exe available as a download from the Microsoft Download Center.
Special note for Help content providers who ship .hlp files
Starting with the release of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, third-party software developers are no longer authorized to redistribute WinHlp32.exe with their programs. section.


To install the correct version of this update, you must know your Windows version

To install the correct version of this update, you must know your Windows version. Additionally, you must be logged on to Windows as an administrator. If you are not sure which Windows version is installed, or if you need help verifying that you are an administrator, click here to verify your environment ( . Then, download the correct update by clicking one of the following links.
Note There is currently no WinHlp32.exe download available for Windows 7. However, a download will be available after the RTM version of Windows 7 is released.


Download WinHlp32.exe for Windows Vista
To obtain the WinHlp32.exe download for Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Friday, March 20, 2009

New stuff on GMAIL! The cloud is updating itself while you are SLEEPING!

Here is the big difference between the old school of computing and the new school of computing.

The old way meant you would always have to download an updated program in order to have new features.

Now with the WEB 2.0 and CLOUD, all the web applications like youtube, facebook, gmail, etc are updating by themselves! The result is that you get new features with no pain!

The only draw back with this, is that if they change too much too soon, people might get disoriented.. but Google is taking small and sure steps.

For those who don't know what on earth (or rather above the earth) CLOUD computing is, here is the definition given by

What Cloud Computing Means>

Running applications in an Internet server or downloading the software from the Internet each time it is used. The phrase "in the cloud" may refer to a company's own network, but the term "cloud computing" almost always refers to the Internet and the use of Web browser-based or rich client applications. For example, Google Apps and Zoho provide common business applications online that are accessed from a Web browser. The software comes from the Web servers, and the data may be stored on the servers as well (see Google Apps).

Cloud computing is considered by many to be the next great wave in the IT industry and is currently one of its major buzzwords.



New in Labs: Photo previews, offline access, and more

Try out these and other experimental features from the Labs tab under Gmail Settings:

YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, and Yelp previews
Instead of just links, see previews of photos, videos, and reviews right in your email.

Undo send
Oops, hit "Send" too soon? Give yourself a grace period of a few seconds to cancel sending, then edit your message before sending again.

Tasks mobile
Take your to-do list everywhere you go. Just go to from your mobile browser.

Make Gmail work even when you're not connected to the internet.

What's been keeping us busy...

Labels: auto-complete and "move to"
The buttons and menus at the top of your inbox look a bit different: there's a new "Labels" button that makes labeling messages even easier. Turn on keyboard shortcuts and hit "L" to bring up your labels, and auto-complete will take it from there. Use the "Move to" button to label and archive in just one step -- just like you would with a folder. Learn more

Gmail stickers
Send in a self-addressed stamped envelope, get back some free Gmail stickers. We may be all about speedy electronic communication, but this time we're going old school with snail mail. Send in your envelope, postmarked by February 14th, 2009, to: Send me some Gmail stickers already, P.O. Box 391420, Mountain View, CA 94039-1420 Learn more

Fast PDF previews
Now you can preview PDFs right in your browser without waiting for them to download and open in another application. Just click the "View" link next to any .pdf attachments you receive.

New in Labs: Tasks
Keep track of what you need to do with a lightweight task list right inside of Gmail. Just click and type to add new tasks, convert emails into tasks, and (most satisfyingly) check them off as you're done. Once you turn on this Labs feature, look for the Tasks link to the left of your inbox under Contacts. Turn on tasks and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

New in Labs: Text Messaging in Chat
Send SMS text messages right from Gmail. You chat from your comfy computer and reach your friends on the go; they get your messages as texts and can peck out replies on their little keyboards. Turn on SMS text messaging and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

Spice up your inbox with Gmail Themes
From minimalist grays to dynamic mountain landscapes, choose from over 30 options to personalize the look and feel of your Gmail account. To get started, check out the Themes tab under Settings. Learn more

Talk face to face with Gmail voice and video chat
See and hear friends and family right from within Gmail. All you need is a webcam and a small download that takes seconds to install. Learn more

15 new Labs features to try out
There's a whole lot more to play with in Gmail Labs, our testing ground for experimental features. Google Calendar and Docs gadgets, a forgotten attachment detector, advanced IMAP controls, and canned responses are just a taste. Turn on these and more from the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

Gmail on Android
Gmail is now available on the world's first Android-powered phone, the T-Mobile G1. All of the features you love about Gmail on your computer, plus real time push email so you never need to refresh your inbox. Learn more

Emoticons – they're not just for chat anymore
Express yourself with emoticons from to or even . Click the button when composing a message in "Rich formatting" mode, or choose the new emoticons tab in chat, and express yourself to your 's desire. Learn more

Gmail for mobile 2.0
Save multiple mobile drafts, compose and read recent email offline, use new shortcut keys and more. Download Gmail for mobile 2.0 for your BlackBerry or J2ME phone by going to in your mobile browser.

Gmail Labs: A testing ground for experimental new features
Try out features in development and let us know what you think. To get started with Labs, click the Labs tab under Settings. Learn more

Gmail has a new look on the iPhone browser
Now with auto-complete when composing, automatic refreshing, and faster load times when viewing email. Learn more

More friends are more fun. Gmail welcomes your AIM® friends.
Now you can talk to your AIM® friends using an integrated chat list right inside Gmail. Learn more
AOL and AIM are trademarks of AOL LLC

Colored labels
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Group chat
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Undo that email! Gmail adds a 5 second undo option as an add-on


Many times we forget to add attachments, notice a spelling mistake or forgot to add something ingmail the email. New in Google Labs is an add-on to your account that can undo the email you just sent, with a limit of five seconds, allowing you to go back and re-edit the email you previously just sent.

Once the add-on is enabled under your Gmail settings, Labs and Undo Send, users will be promoted with an "Undo" button after sending an email, giving them just enough time to prevent regrettable emails. If users opt to undo the email they had just sent, they will be taken back to the email where edits can be made.
The tool works by adding a five second delay into the sending email process, giving the user time to prevent the email from going out. The email will automatically be stored as a draft if the user opts to undo the sending process, giving them a chance to alter their email. If the user closes the browser after the email was initially sent, during the five second delay, the email will still be sent to the recipient.