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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Firefox 3.5 (update)


Whats new in version 3.5 ?


# Use the new Private Browsing Mode and the updated Clear Recent History function (in the Tools menu) to keep your browsing habits a secret.
# Tear tabs off the tab bar to create new windows, and drag and drop them from one Firefox window to another.
# Watch a video in your browser without needing any plugins or external media players.
# Control the Smart Location Bar results with special characters.



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Thursday, June 25, 2009

BatteryBar v3.2 Beta (free and pro versions)

BatteryBar is a simple, straight-forward, battery meter that monitors the status of your battery and displays your battery's status in the taskbar.

BatteryBar constantly monitors the status of your battery as you use your laptop. As it monitors your battery, it keeps historical data on your battery and provide you with a very accurate estimate of how much time is remaining on your battery.

BatteryBar is free. Additional features are unlocked when you upgrade to BatteryBar Pro.

After installing BatteryBar, you can upgrade at anytime to BatteryBar Pro. After your purchase you will be given a license key that will unlock all the features of the Pro version without installing any new software.

Learn more about BatteryBar Pro

BatteryBar v3.2 Beta released (June 19, 2009)

Read more about BatteryBar 3.2 Beta

Features available in BatteryBar Free

Statistical Time Prediction

This is the most important feature of BatteryBar.

BatteryBar keeps historial data on your batteries as you use your laptop. That information is used to calculate a very accurate estimate of the time remaining on your laptop.

Windows reports a time remaining that's very simple and fluctuates wildly from moment to moment.

Battery meter popup shows detailed information
Status popup show detailed information
about your battery's status


When you're running on battery, BatteryBar shows the percentage bar in green, yellow, or red, depending on how much battery power is remaining. The bar displays the time left on your battery in Hours:Minutes

Battery meter toolbar showing battery life remaining
Battery is discharging with 2 hours, 46 minutes of battery life remaining.


When charging, the percentage bar is shown in blue to indicate charging, and the estimated time to full charge is shown. The bar turns black and shows "On A/C" when fully charged.

Battery meter showing time to recharge the battery
Battery is charging with 46 minutes until the battery is fully charged.

Other Features

  • Vista style - The toolbar is using the same look and feel as the Vista taskbar buttons
  • Statistical time prediction - BatteryBar monitors your battery and keeps a history of how long it takes for your battery to charge and discharges. That information is used to more accurately predict the life of your battery
  • Translations - BatteryBar fully or partially supports 13 languages. Anyone may volunteer to translate BatteryBar to additional languages
  • Detailed Battery Info - BatteryBar is now capable of collecting detailed information about your battery, including max capacity (mW), current capacity (mW), charge rate (mW), discharge rate (mW), and more.
  • Automatic Update - BatteryBar will check for new versions at startup and automatically download the new version

Features in the Pro version

  • Customizable themes to change the look and feel of BatteryBar
  • Low battery and critical battery notifications and audio alerts
  • Customize 20 settings, including changing the font, low battery warning levels, and more.
  • Change the current Windows power scheme by right-clicking on BatteryBar
  • New features in future versions that will only be available in the Pro version


Current Stable Version: 3.1 build 60

Released April 23, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Opera 'reinvents the web' with Opera Unite


Opera Unite reinvents the Web

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Cloud computing and Web-based applications will never be the same

June 16, 2009 — Oslo, Norway

Opera today unveiled Opera Unite, a new technology that shakes up the old client-server computing model of the Web. Opera Unite turns any computer into both a client and a server, allowing it to interact with and serve content to other computers directly across the Web, without the need for third-party servers.

Opera Unite makes serving data as simple and easy as browsing the Web. For consumers, Opera Unite services give greater control of private data and make it easy to share data with any device equipped with a modern Web browser.

For Web developers, Opera Unite services are based on the same open Web standards as Web sites today. This dramatically simplifies the complexity of authoring cutting-edge Web services. With Opera Unite, creating a full Web service is now as easy as coding a Web page.

Opera Unite is available in a special version of the Opera 10 desktop browser from Opera Labs. Opera Unite services run directly in the browser.

It is easy to use Opera Unite
  1. Download the Opera Unite build from
  2. To start Opera Unite, click the Opera Unite logo in the lower left-hand corner of the browser and log in with your existing Opera ID — the same Opera ID used for other Opera services such as My Opera and Opera Link. Opera Unite will prompt you to register an Opera ID if you do not have one.
  3. Now you are ready to use Opera Unite. Simply access your Opera Unite services from the Opera Unite panel of the browser. New services can be installed from
  4. Running a service will give you a direct Web address to the Opera Unite service on your device, for example:, where “notebook” is the name of the local device serving content, “jondoe” is your username, and “photo_sharing” is the Web service being accessed. That link will also allow others to access the same Web service from your computer through their Web browser.
  5. You may also see which friends are using Opera Unite services on your My Opera Unite home page.
Current Opera Unite services are as follows:
  • File Sharing

    Securely share a file from your personal computer without waiting to upload it. First select the folder from which you would like to share files. Opera Unite then generates a direct URL to that folder. By giving that link to your friends, you can share files without routing through a third-party Web service.

  • Web Server

    Run entire Web sites from your local computer with the Opera Unite Web Server. After selecting the folder containing your Web site, you can share and host it from the given Opera Unite URL. Opera Unite will automatically recognize index files and create the Web site as you designed it.

  • Media Player

    Rock out wherever you are by accessing your MP3s and playlists from any machine. After selecting the folder containing your playlist, use the Opera Unite direct link to play your tracks directly in any modern Web browser.

  • Photo Sharing

    Share your photos direct from your PC, without uploading them online. Once you select your photo folder, the photo-sharing service will create a thumbnail image gallery of your photos. Clicking the thumbnail will present the photo in its original resolution.

  • The Lounge

    The Lounge is a self-contained chat service running on your computer. Your friends can access the chat room via the direct link, which will not require them to sign into any service. Depending on your privacy settings, you need only provide the generated password to your service in order for people to log in to your chatroom.

  • Fridge

    Post a note on your friends’ virtual refrigerators. By sharing the direct link to your refrigerator, you and your friends, family or colleagues can exchange notes securely and privately in real time.

These six services represent the beginning of what is possible. Web developers can unleash their creativity to design unique Web services and, in doing so, unlock the full potential of Opera Unite.

What our CEO says

“Today, we are opening the full potential of the Web for everyone,” said Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera. “Technology moves in distinct cycles. PCs decentralized computing away from large mainframes. Opera Unite now decentralizes and democratizes the cloud. With server capability in the browser, Web developers can create Web applications with profound ease. Consumers have the flexibility to choose private and efficient ways of sharing information. We believe Opera Unite is one of our most significant innovations yet, because it changes forever the fundamental fabric of the Web.”

One Web developer to another

“What interests me about Opera Unite is how current technology and the social world are now interconnected,” said Molly E. Holzschlag, Web evangelist, Opera. “Using open standards including HTML, CSS and JavaScript, developers and even enthusiasts with a little standards savvy can make their own Opera Unite service. Opera Unite allows people the ability to be imaginative with their skills and create a wide range of technical and social applications using the same open standards used today.”

Make your own Opera Unite service

When you have finished your new Opera Unite service, just upload it to and share it with the world.


Watch our Getting started with Opera Unite video.


Find out more about some interesting ways of using Opera Unite at Opera Labs.


The screenshots are available at press resources page.

Find Opera on the Web
About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vista error solution : Host Process for Windows Services Has Stopped Working

Once in a while, Windows Vista may pop up an error message that says “Host Process for Windows Services Has Stopped Working”, which normally has problem details point to svchost.exe application and fault module name of rasmans.dll_unloaded. The error also appears occasionally and intermittently in Windows 7, or start occurring suddenly, experienced by early testers who manage to download Windows 7 pre-beta build and install on their system for normal usage.
The exact cause for the “Host Process for Windows Services Has Stopped Working” error to happen is unknown, however, there is a workaround fix to stop the error from ever appearing again.
To fix the Host Process for Windows Services Has Stopped Working error, follow these steps:

  1. Open up Task Scheduler.
  2. Expand and go to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> RAC.
  3. Click on View menu, and then enable Show Hidden Tasks (so that a tick appear beside it).
  4. Right click on RACAgent (Windows Vista) or RACTask (Windows 7), and select Disable so that the status appears as Disabled.