Saturday, October 15, 2005

Make Ubuntu More Useable In A Few Minutes

Easy Ubuntu is an easy way to make Ubuntu Linux more usable in a few minutes. This is a beginner's tool using a graphical interface. Easy Ubuntu allows you to Add extra repositories for installing a lot of additional software. Installs multimedia codecs for reading all videos, musics and DVDs. Activate the "audio preview" feature in Nautilus. Installs the most needed Firefox plugins: Flash, Java, Real, videos. Adds Microsoft fonts, GNOME's Firefox buttons, officials Firefox icons. Install archiving support for RAR and ACE.
Installs the most used peer-to-peer softwares: aMule (a clone of eMule) and Azureus (for Bittorent). Installs the Skype voice-over-IP software. MSN: Installs AMSN cvs with webcam support. Num lock: Active the num lock at system startup. Replace the GNOME foot logo with Ubuntu's logo and installs the NVIDIA or ATI driver for 3D support.

What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. It is developed by a large community and we invite you to participate too! The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.

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Tags: ubuntu, linux, distro, distribution, software

Tiny Tiny - Mini XP PC

This tiny PC from Media Stream Technologies runs silent, consumes very little power and boots in 5 SECONDS! Called the eBox-3800sl, the puny PC runs Windows XP Embedded powered by an Eden-N Nano processor at 800 MHz with 356 MB of DDR RAM, as well as a CLE266 chipset with MPEG-2 accelerator for zippy graphics. Best of all, it's just 6.7"x4.9"x1.5"

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Tags: mini PC, windows XP, embedded, nano processor, intel cpu

Linux etc etc etc ...

Under /etc: A Simple Guide: If you're new to Linux or know someone who is, here's an explanation of what's in the /etc subdirectory. Newcomers to Linux, especially those coming from a Windows background, often find files in the /etc directory to be difficult to understand. In this article, I provide a brief explanation of some of these files and their uses. Before we dive into the /etc directory however... [more]

Largest Internet Talk Station: World Talk Radio

World Talk Radio claims to be the largest Internet Talk station with more than seventy regularly presented shows. Enjoy a wide variety of high-quality audio and multimedia programming produced in the World Talk studios. All shows have fresh, new content added every week. Listen live or on your schedule via the archives.

Ultimate Web Developers Resource

Every now and then, but unfortunetly rarely, you come across a web site which really gives you that WOWeee Factor. Web Developers Handbook is one of those sites! What an amazing resource for any webmaster or web developer. Web Developers Handbook has over 1200 hand picked links to assist in helping you develop your web site.
All links are categorized into the following categories:
creativity, css galleries & showcases, color tools, color schemes, palettes, color patterns, fashion colors selection, color theory, royalty free photos, css daily reading, web design daily reading, css layouts, css navigation menus, css techniques, css-web-tools & services, html-web-tools & services, accessibility checkers, misscellaneous tools, ajax applications, DOM, fonts, typography, CMS, blogging, specifications, usability & accessibility, seo tools, seo references, howto get things done, freelancers resources.

Web Developers Handbook is truly a MUST HAVE bookmark for any webmaster or web developer.

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Friday, October 14, 2005

Google AdSense Stats Notfier for FireFox

Webmasters who use Google's AdSense on their web site will find Adsense Notifier very handy. AdSense Notifier is an extension for the FireFox web browser which displays your Adsense earnings on the status bar and updates the stats automatically.
Adsense Notifier is highly configurable and should be useful for everyone that uses adsense. This is wonderful for anyone who needs to check their stats every three seconds to see if they have gotten any more clicks :-)

- Real Tech News

Tags: adsense, browser, extension, firefox, stats, webmasters

Pictures of Bill and Melinda Gates on Vacation

Bill Gates may be best known as denizen of Redmond, Wash., but he's also a well-traveled executive. Early October found Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, on vacation on the west coast of Turkey including visiting the ancient city of Ephesus. When you're the world's richest man, you can travel in style. Gates' accommodations included the yacht Leander Hamilton. Yes, he does seem to be carrying some work with him.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Best Free Web Applications

An excellent list of web applications like word processers, bookmark managers, project managers, online file storage, collaboration tools, etc. No trial periods, no demo versions, nothing to install, run them from your web browser. Everything is reviewed and rated.

Web applications are becoming more popular as the sophistication of AJAX increases and as broadband becomes more prevalentv. Many companies are finding it profitable to offer free services to individuals while making money from corporate licenses.

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Faster Bootup For Windows XP

A very comprehensive guide (99 Tips & Tricks) to help improve the bootup and start time for Windows XP.

Related Posts
How To Speed Up Windows XP
Windows XP Tips and Tweaks

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Resize Any Window For Windows

Sizer is a freeware utility that allows you to resize any window to an exact, predefined size. This is extremely useful when designing web pages, as it allows you to see how the page will look when viewed at a smaller size. The utility is also handy when compiling screen-shots for documentation, using Sizer allows you to easily maintain the same window size across screen grabs.

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Tetris Clone For Your Blackberry

BBTetris a Tetris Clone For The BlackberryBBTetris is a freeware Tetris clone for the Blackberry. The game plays very similar to the original. Use the trackwheel for horizontal piece movement, "W" to rotate the piece and "q" to make it drop faster. Runs on most midp 1.0 or higher and should still be midp 2.0 compliant. Autosizes to any screen size.

Freeware Scheduler For Windows

nnCron LITE is a small, but full-featured scheduler that can start applications and open documents at a specified time or with specified frequency. nnCron LITE is a perfect freeware Windows clone of a well-known UNIX scheduler Cron (including all the useful Anacron features).
Here are the most important features of nnCron LITE:
- can be started as a system service or as a regular standalone application
- understands cron table format (Unix) and is managed with easy-to-edit text crontab files that are fully compatible with Unix crontabs
- handles and restart so called missed task
- set and use environment variables
- run applications authorized as currently logged user (WinNT/2000/XP)
- extendedable with plugins written in Forth language
- easily tuned up to answer your current needs
- not resource demanding, and it can run even on very older PCs without any noticeable performance degradation.
- not just a scheduler, but a full-blown automation manager.

Freeware: Win95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP

Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger Released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce Ubuntu 5.10. This is the official Ubuntu 5.10 release, and includes installation CDs, live CDs, and combination DVDs for three architectures. Download Here and Screenshots.
Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network, a commitment to security updates for 18 months after each release and professional technical support from many companies around the world.

Also Kubuntu 5.10 Released
The second release of Kubuntu (KDE Version of Ubuntu), codenamed Breezy Badger, is now available for download. This release comes with the very latest KDE 3.4.3 and includes the new Guidance configuration tools. New additions in Kubuntu Breezy include Adept package manager, System Settings and KDE Bluetooth. Download Kubuntu 5.10.

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Apple Releases New Video iPod

Apple launches a new iPod (30GB & 60 GB versions) with video capabilities and has a similar form factor of the old iPod but with a larger screen. The new display is a 2.5in TFT (260,000 colors)with 320x240 pixels and realtime decoding of MPEG4 & H.264 video formats including a video output for connection to a TV.

USB 2.0 Only, No More Firewire!
On a negative note the new Video iPod has USB 2.0 only and Firewire is now completely unsupported, no more super fast transfers. Apparently Mac users are too expensive to support. :-(

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How To Speed Up Windows XP

Tech Yogurt reports on 23 different ways to speed up your Windows XP system (many of these tips also work for older versions of Windowss as well).

Related Post:
Windows XP Tips and Tweaks

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Audio Editing With Linux

Ars Technica takes a comprehensive look at the state of audio editing applications for the Linux operating system. The results? Things are more promising than you think. Article includes a review of applications like Ardour, Audacity, SND and others.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Apple Releases New Thinner iMac

Stuff Magazine reports on the all-new iMac from Apple which has these new features: it's thinner, it's got an iSight video camera built in, and it has new applications called Photobooth and Front Row.

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Crontab Creation Tool For Linux Users

Here is an easy Crontab Creation Tool for Linux and Unix Users. Cron is the name of program that enables unix users to execute commands or scripts (groups of commands) automatically at a specified time/date. You can think of a Cron Job as a scheduler. Cron wakes up every minute and examines all the stored configuration files, called crontabs, to check each them for commands that may be scheduled to be executed at the current time.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

100 Downloadable Fonts

Top 100 downloadable fonts from including fonts such as "CocaCola", "Disney", "Evanescence", "The Simpsons" "PlayStation", "Austin Powers", "Blade II", "Matrix", "Harry Potter"...even a super cool "Barcode" font!
Please note: "The fonts presented on this website are their authors' property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain, most of the time for non-commercial use. Look at the readme-files in the archives or check the indicated authors' website for details, and contact him if in doubt."

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Microsoft and Yahoo Linking Chat Services

BetaNews has a report about how MSN and Yahoo will link their Voice and Chat services so users of either service can contact each other. Finally a solution to the age old problem of having friends on different IM services. The new deal between the two companies will reshape the landscape of the fragmented instant messaging market and will be the first time major players in the very competitive IM industry have officially partnered up to enable cross-network communication.

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Google Payment Service (Wallet) to Rival Paypal

Webmaster Brain reports: ... With much rumour of an upcoming Google Payment service (a.ka. Google Wallet) to rival PayPal, the most notable of the new sub-domains were, and
After some exploring, I managed to find the actual sign up form for a service Google have coined "Purchases"....

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Linux Introduction with Comprehensive Bash Guide

These pages contain three e-books: A "Linux Newbie Guide", the most comprehensive Bash Guide (I could find) and everything about firewalls and proxies. You can also download that whole thing as a compiled Windows help file :-)
Bash guide includes: Bash and Bash scripts, Writing and debugging scripts, The Bash environment, Regular expressions, The GNU stream editor, The GNU awk programming language, Conditional statements, Writing interactive scripts, Repetitive tasks, More on variables, Functions, Catching signals.

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Cool CSS and Web Site Designs

Design Shack offers regular examples of great CSS and web site designs for webmasters, standards based design to help inspire and create. They feature any website which shows off some flair, and doesn't fit into the standard pattern we come to expect from CSS design.

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Firefox Tweaking Guide

This Firefox Tweak Guide brings together all the major tips, tricks and tweaks for Firefox web browser. Whether you're a first-time user or a veteran. From the basic to the advanced, the above 11 pages of information are sure to enhance your Firefox experience.
More Firefox Tips and Tweaks:
- Create Your Own Firefox Extensions
- Five Handy Firefox Extensions
- How to add reminders to Firefox

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Predictive Web Searching Site

Inquisitor Instant Search combines as-you-type instant search, search term suggestion, and multiple-engine searching in a single elegant and original user interface that can be used in any (modern) browser like Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.

Inquisitor is an instant search technology that takes the waiting out of searching the web. It is an AJAX-style web application that retrieves web results and suggestions as-you-type. What does it do? Well, just try it! Type in a test search like 'iPod' and see what happens.
Please note, Inquisitor is a beta service. At the moment, the service works best with either Firefox, Safari, or Opera (or a derivative like OmniWeb or Camino). It does work (albeit limitedly) with that other unmentionable browser, but since Firefox rocks so much, you should probably just use that.
Since this is brand-spanking new, it isn't yet feature complete. Bear with me, please.

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Free Alternatives for Adobe & Macromedia Programs

Here is a nice compilation of applications that can almost replace most Adobe and Macromedia applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign, Fontographer and many more. Most of these are geared for linux but most of them are available on all platforms. Hope this helps, enjoy!

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Five Handy Firefox Extensions

SnakeOil Labs reports on 5 Firefox Extensions That Will Change Your Life. I am not so sure if these extensions or any Firefox extension will change your life, but certainly the ones listed in the above article are very good.
Also checkout more on Firefox Extensions here:
- Create Your Own Firefox Extensions
- How to add reminders to Firefox

Firefox Extensions
Extensions are small add-ons that add new functionality to the Firefox web browser. They can add anything from a toolbar button to a completely new feature. They allow the application to be customized to fit the personal needs of each user if they need additional features, while keeping Firefox small to download.

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Opinion: Windows Users Won't Switch To Apple Mac?

Opinion piece with the 10 reasons why Windows users won't switch to the the Apple Mac. Personally I have no opinion on the subject because I have not used or even played with a Mac since 1980's.
Lately I have been more interested in learning and trying different Linux distributions (distros) as an alternative to Windows. There are many good distros you could try but two Linux distros I can highly recommend with no hesitation are:
1. MEPIS Linux
Good all round, easy to use and setup, general purpose desktop Linux distro.
2. Puppy Linux
Very small but powerful mini distro especially good for older PC's.

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Free Online TV Channels From Around the World

Watch free online TV channels from around the world. Beeline TV provides a selection of the best broadband internet television channels. Enjoy news, TV shows, movies, music, entertainment and sports. A fast connection to the internet is recommended. To watch the internet TV channels on this page you need a player. On a Windows or on a Macintosh computer you can use Windows Media Player for 'Media' streams, Real Player for 'Real' streams and Apple's Quicktime Player for 'Qtime' streams. On many platforms (including Windows, Mac OS and Linux) TV streams can be played using VLC or MPlayer.

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Antipixel Icon Button Generator

Pixel Button has an antipixel generator on the web with a nice interface to make your buttons and icons. Generates both GIF and PNG antipixels buttons.
Antipixel is a movement among blog writers and several web pages (primarily open source related) to create small unobtrusive tags or badges for indentification. This movement was inspired by pixel art. These images are precisely 80x15 pixels in size. Their features often include a single pixel border and pixel font text.

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Linux Tips, Howtos and Tutorials

HowtoForge provides free Howto hosting and discussion forums for Linux and OpenSource software. If you want to give Linux a run and see how to set it up step-by-step then this is the page for you. Now a lot of these FAQ's cover just the basic setup, but not these! These FAQ's take you WAY deep into Linux (we're talking stuff like how to get Post Fix, DNS, SSH Server, etc..)
Most Popular Linux Tips
The Perfect Setup - Debian Sarge (3.1)
The Perfect Setup - Fedora Core 4
The Perfect Setup - SUSE
The Perfect Setup - Mandrake/Mandriva
ISP Server Setup - OpenSUSE
Apache2-SSL-PHP5-Howto (Zend Optimizer & IonCube Loader)

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