Saturday, October 22, 2005

Star Wars Animated GIF

An amazing Star Wars Animated GIF in only 169Kb.

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Opera 9.0 Preview Download for Windows

This is a preview version for Windows of the new Opera 9.0 Web Browser. Use only on properly backed up computers and do not install over previous Opera versions. This release uses a new account storage format. If you install over an existing profile, you will be prompted to convert all accounts into the new format. This will not require a re-index. You will not be able to use the reformatted e-mail with previous versions of Opera. DOWNLOAD.

Opera is a multi platform internet software suite which includes a Web browser, an Email & News Client, a News Aggregator (XML, Atom, RSS), an Address Book, an IRC client, a Download Manager and a BitTorrent Client.

Microsoft CRM 3.0 Implementation Guide - Download

This Implementation Guide provides the information required for a successful Microsoft CRM implementation into your business. This guide addresses the planning, installing (both hardware and software), pre-deployment testing, and operating tasks for the maintenance of the Microsoft CRM system.
This guide is written for the computer system administrator. This guide also assumes that any organization implementing Microsoft CRM software will have the services of an independent software vendor (ISV) or value-added reseller who is partnered with Microsoft and will help you with the entire process of implementing and maintaining your Microsoft CRM installation. Because of this assumption, there are references in this guide to these "partners" who are expected to provide various services to you.

What is Microsoft CRM?
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) provides organizations with technologies, business applications, and best practices that help them sell, market, and service their products and services.
Microsoft CRM provides a unified view of customer information and interactions through integrated sales, marketing, and customer service features. This approach enables organizations to share information, accelerate sales, identify new revenue opportunities, and deliver more consistent customer service.

My Web 2.0 From Yahoo!

My Web 2.0 while still in beta, but is a new social search engine from Yahoo!
Read the Yahoo! My Web 2.0 (beta) full review here.

What is My Web 2.0 Beta?
My Web 2.0 is a social search engine. What does that mean, you ask? It means that we're combining the power of search technology with the power of people. My Web 2.0 is a brand new way to find and share knowledge on the Web - letting you find better answers by tapping into the shared knowledge of the people you know and trust.

What does this mean for you? It means that you can now use My Web 2.0 to:

- Tag and save content that matters to you. Find something interesting on the Web? Just tag it and save it with My Web 2.0 and you'll re-find it instantly next time you need it.
- Connect to friends and share what you know. Sure search engines have revolutionized how people obtain information, but nothing takes the place of recommendations from people you know. My Web 2.0 lets you instantly tap into the knowledge of people with related or completely new interests so you can share what they know.
- Discover what the world has tagged and shared. Besides finding better answers through the community of people you trust, you can browse the content that the rest of the world has shared as well. So you don't just get access to Web content that's ranked by Search technology. With My Web 2.0 you get to discover new content ranked by real people.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

CUPS Printing System - Linux Tutorial gives a basic introduction to what CUPS (Common UNIX Printing System) is and why you might want to use it rather than LPD. CUPS is aimed at providing a common printing interface across a local network, masking differences among the printing systems on each computer. CUPS also provides interactivity with SMB and Windows printers and allows dynamic printer detection and grouping.
"CUPS provides a portable printing layer for UNIX®-based operating systems. It is developed and maintained by Easy Software Products to promote a standard printing solution and is the standard printing system in MacOS® X and most Linux® distributions.

CUPS uses the Internet Printing Protocol ("IPP") as the basis for managing print jobs and queues and adds network printer browsing and PostScript Printer Description ("PPD") based printing options to support real-world printing.

GmailThis - Instant Gmail Bookmarklet

GmailThis is a bookmarklet for your web browser and is an easy way to make a Gmail email without visiting Once you add the GmailThis bookmarklet link to your browser's toolbar, emailing will be a snap. Or rather, a click. Clicking GmailThis! creates a mini-interface to Gmail prepopulated with a link to the web page you are visiting, as well as any text you have highlighted on that page. Add additional text if you wish and then email or save as draft from within GmailThis!

What is a Bookmarklet?
A bookmarklet is a small JavaScript program that can be stored as a URL within a bookmark in most popular web browsers, or within hyperlinks on a web page. Because Internet Explorer uses the term favorites instead of bookmarks, bookmarklets are also less commonly called favlets or favelets. Bookmarklets can be saved and used like normal web page bookmarks. Therefore, they are simple "one-click" tools that can add substantial functionality to the web browser.

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Quake 4 Linux Download

Linux Games reports:
"Quake 4 for GNU/Linux is available now! The installer has been uploaded to our ftp and on the BitTorrent tracker. We're very pleased to announce that this it with both a dedicated server and a native client.
A licensed copy of Quake 4 retail for Windows(r) is required You will copy the assets files from it and use the CD key (a CD key is not required to run a dedicated server)"

- Quake 4 Linux Installer
- Quake4 GNU/Linux FAQ

PowerToys for Windows XP (Download)

PowerToys add fun and functionality to the Windows experience. What are they? PowerToys are additional programs that developers work on after a product has been released.

With new sources of files coming from every direction (such as digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops), SyncToy can help you copy, move, and synchronize different directories.

RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer
Are you a serious photographer? Now you can organize and work with digital RAW files in Windows Explorer (much as you can with JPEG images). This tool provides thumbnails, previews, printing, and metadata display for RAW images.

ClearType Tuner
This PowerToy lets you use ClearType technology to make it easier to read text on your screen, and installs in the Control Panel for easy access.

HTML Slide Show Wizard
This wizard helps you create an HTML slide show of your digital pictures, ready to place on your Web site.

Open Command Window Here
This PowerToy adds an "Open Command Window Here" context menu option on file system folders, giving you a quick way to open a command window (cmd.exe) pointing at the selected folder.

Alt-Tab Replacement
With this PowerToy, in addition to seeing the icon of the application window you are switching to, you will also see a preview of the page. This helps particularly when multiple sessions of an application are open.

Tweak UI
This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface, including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings, and more.

Power Calculator
With this PowerToy you can graph and evaluate functions as well as perform many different types of conversions.

Image Resizer
This PowerToy enables you to resize one or many image files with a right-click.

CD Slide Show Generator
With this PowerToy you can view images burned to a CD as a slide show. The Generator works downlevel on Windows 9x machines as well.

Virtual Desktop Manager
Manage up to four desktops from the Windows taskbar with this PowerToy.

Taskbar Magnifier
Use this PowerToy to magnify part of the screen from the taskbar.

Webcam Timershot
This PowerToy lets you take pictures at specified time intervals from a Webcam connected to your computer and save them to a location that you designate.

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Debian Pure Linux Review reviews Debian Pure 0.4 which is based on the Debian Sarge Linux release and is meant to be fully compatible with the Debian Sarge repositories. Debian Pure allows a newcomer to install Debian with a supposedly more user friendly installation procedure either by a cdrom or via ftp.

Debian Pure Web Site:
"I have been using Linux now for approximately 4 years. Over the years, I have tried virtually every major distribution and have finally settled on Debian. Debian offered the stability and robustness I was looking for in an operating system. However, installing a Debian desktop is not new-user friendly. Many variants have been introduced over time such as Ubuntu, Mepis, Knoppix, Progeny, Libranet, and others; although these distributions have their strengths, I found that a majority were incompatible with Debian's repositories and the ones that were, cost money. This project is not about creating an additional distribution, rather, a CD that will help newer users with installing a Debian proper system along with common plug-ins (DVD, Flash, Java, and Mplayer). The CD includes options to install either the Gnome or KDE desktops."

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Download OpenOffice 2.0 reports: Beat the Rush to Download OpenOffice 2.0 Final! - "Though it hasn’t officially been announced yet, the final version of OpenOffice 2.0 is circulating around the download mirrors and you can get it now before the main rush."

What is OpenOffice? the product is a multi-platform office productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites. Sophisticated and flexible, also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including those of Microsoft Office.
Available in over 45 supported languages with more being constantly added by the community, runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), Windows, Mac OS X (X11), and numerous other platforms.

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FTP: File Transfer Protocol - Linux HowTo Guide

This guide "Essentials for Using Linux FTP" shares the basics of FTP (File Transfer Protocol) when using the Linux Operating System and a number of unique ways to automate FTP updating and maintaining of files on a server. The tips include applying basic shell scripting, using text editors to create these scripts and how to create files to automate FTP tasks to ensure you get everything done successfully.

Tags: linux, howto, guide, ftp

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Latest Microsoft Download Updates - Oct 18, 2005

Latest downloads from the Microsoft Download Center. (For personal and non-commercial use only.)

Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 Technology Overview
Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1 is intended to enable developers to begin to test the new browser for compatibility with their applications and Web sites. Read the Technology Overview to learn more.

Update for Outlook 2003 Junk Email Filter (KB906173)
This optional update provides the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with a more current definition of which e-mail messages should be considered junk e-mail.

Update for Access 2002 (KB904018)
Microsoft has released an update for Microsoft Access 2002. This update removes the functionality in Access 2002 that lets users add new data to or edit existing data in a linked Microsoft Excel worksheet.

Project 2003 Service Pack 2 for Multilingual User Interface Pack
Provides the latest updates to Microsoft Office Project 2003 Multilingual User Interface Pack.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Provides the latest updates to Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003

Microsoft CRM 3.0 SDK - Preliminary
Preliminary version of the Microsoft CRM 3.0 Software Development Kit (SDK).

Network Awareness
Learn how to use the existing Windows XP network management APIs.

Advanced Tablet PC Development
Learn about features for advanced Tablet PC Development.

Ink Data Management
Learn about managing, analyzing, and interacting with the Ink data collected by your Tablet PC application.

Basic Considerations For Mobile PC Development
Become familiar with the core set of considerations for writing a Mobile PC application.

Office 2003 Add-in: Web Parts and Components
Collection of Web Parts, Web Part Page solutions, templates, and data retrieval services that work closely with Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0

Egenera Case Study: WiX and DIFx
Server Manufacturer Saves Time and Money Building Installation Packages with WiX and DIFx

Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB897616)
Install this update to correct an issue in which Internet Connection Sharing does not appear in the properties of the active network connection after you install Active Directory to configure a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 as a domain controller.

Update for Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-Based Sytems (KB897616)
Install this update to correct an issue in which Internet Connection Sharing does not appear in the properties of the active network connection after you install Active Directory to configure a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 as a domain controller.

Update for Windows Server x64 Edition (KB897616)
Install this update to correct an issue in which Internet Connection Sharing does not appear in the properties of the active network connection after you install Active Directory to configure a computer that is running Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 as a domain controller.

Business Scorecard Manager 2005 CFO White Paper
Enables users to optimize business performance through strategic decision-making.

Deploying Microsoft Windows Server Update Services
Comprehensive guidance on deploying WSUS.

Tags: microsoft, windows, update, download, explorer, office, server, access, sdk, sharepoint, project management

Windows Tools on CD-ROM or USB Memory Stick

Dirk Loss has a list of more than 600 free utilities for Windows that can be burned to a pocket CD-R or a USB Memory Stick. He has compiled a small list of instructions on how to create a bootable CD image to create a rescue disk complete with all these utils!
I started searching the Internet for useful utilities that can be run directly from CD-ROM. These were my requirements:
- Must be available free of charge (at least for non-commercial use). If source code is available under a Free Software/Open Source license, that's even better.
- Small is beautiful
- Graphical user interfaces are nice (this is Windows after all...;-)
- My focus is on diagnostic, network and security tools (no games or MP3 players...)
Here's my list. Download the tools, exctract the archives to a folder on your harddisk and burn them on a CD-ROM. Or put them on your USB-stick. If you leave out all unnecessary files (documentation, language files, etc.) and compress all executables with UPX, all these tools together (more than 600 executables) take less than 100 MB of disk space.

Tags: freeware, utilities, tools, windows, memory stick

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Windows BitTorrent Clients Reviewed

Grauw's Web Spot reviews some of the most popular BT clients and talks about their pros and cons. Clients included in this review are: ABC, Azureus, Arctic Torrent, BitComet, BitSpirit, Rufus, Shareaza, Torment, TorrentStorm, µTorrent, ZipTorrent.

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Tags: freeware, software, download, bittorrent, client, review

Monday, October 17, 2005

Free Net Tools Utility For Windows

Net Tools 4 Windows is an amazing free software utility which contains a whole variety of network tools including:
IP Address Scanner, IP Calculator, IP Converter, Port Listener, Port Scanner, Ping, NetStat, Trace Route, TCP/IP Configuration, Resolve Host & IP, Time Sync, Whois & MX Lookup, Connect0r, Net Sender, E-mail seeker, Net Pager, Active and Passive port scanner, Spoofer, Hack Trapper, HTTP flooder (DoS), Mass Website Visiter, Advanced Port Scanner, Trojan Hunter (Multi IP), Port Connecter Tool, Advanced Spoofer, Advanced Anonymous E-mailer, Simple Anonymous E-mailer, Anonymous E-mailer with Attachment Support, Mass E-mailer, E-mail Bomber, E-mail Spoofer, Simple Port Scanner (fast), Advanced Netstat Monitoring, X Pinger, Web Page Scanner, Fast Port Scanner, Deep Port Scanner, Fastest Host Scanner (UDP), Get Header, Open Port Scanner, Multi Port Scanner, HTTP scanner (Open port 80 subnet scanner), Multi Ping for Cisco Routers, TCP Packet Sniffer, UDP flooder, Resolve and Ping, Multi IP ping, File Dependency Sniffer, EXE-joiner (bind 2 files), Encrypter, Advanced Encryption, File Difference Engine, File Comparasion, Mass File Renamer, Add Bytes to EXE, Variable Encryption, Simple File Encryption, ASCII to Binary (and Binary to ASCII), Enigma, Password Unmasker, Create Local HTTP Server, eXtreme UDP Flooder, Web Server Scanner, Force Reboot, Webpage Info Seeker, Bouncer, Advanced Packet Sniffer, IRC server creater, Connection Tester, Bandwidth Monitor, Remote Desktop Protocol Scanner, MX Query, Messenger Packet Sniffer, API Spy, DHCP Restart, File Merger, E-mail Extractor, Open FTP Scanner, Advanced System Locker, Advanced System Information, CPU Monitor, Web Server, Process Checker, IP String Collecter, Mass Auto-Emailer. FREEWARE 15.3MB

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Free Software Development Tools For Windows

Devzoo is a resource for programmers where you will find continually updated lists of free software development tools for Windows. Listed are programmers text editors and IDE's, C/C++ compilers, tutorials, debuggers, installers, and other miscellaneous software development tools.

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Tags: programming, software development, tools, text editor, ide, compiler, tutorial, debugger, installer, windows