What would you do if you lost or someone stole your fancy smartphone? It's gone forever right? Wrong! Kaspersky Lab has come up with a great way to secure and even find your phone.
Before my laptop died I used the converter software from VMWare to convert it to a virtual machine thereby not losing all of my installed programs (most of which I actually paid for). Once I booted up the virtual machine I had to enter in the Windows serial number that's generally on the tag they slap on the bottom of the laptop. Not a big deal I thought.
Yesterday Google released the new version of Google Earth. This new version of Google Earth just doesn't let you explore the earth's surface now you can dive beneath the surface of the ocean. Through animation Google Earth lets you dive blow the surface and explore the ocean floor, see exclusive content provided by Google Partners like the BBC, and the National Geographic.
I recently decided to use Google docs to do a little writing. I find it's ok for simple documents without too much fancy stuff, simple for simple needs.
A little while ago I installed the Piclens firefox plugin to take for a test-drive. I first thought "not another flash gimick".
But I actually really like it for browsing my pictures on Flickr.
Its a heck of a lot better than the built in slide show viewer. The scrolling is smooth the image loading is fast and it's really quite fun to zoom through the images.
The only thing is that I find it has a very limited use. SearchMe on the other hand had made some pretty nice improvements to its flash visual search engine since it first released it's Beta back in March of this year. Its use as a visual search engine also probably has niche market, but I guess only time will tell whether it can carve out a little bit of the search engine traffic to stay make the business worthwhile.
It seems to me that this year is the Year of open source CF CMS's. Ben Forta recently made us aware of ColdBricks open source CF CMS, and now I have stumbled upon Sava CMS. I think it's a great sign to see all of these open source CFM projects coming out, especially in the crowded CMS market.
For those of you who like the new Ajax tags of Colfusion 8 the framework, ExtJS, has released the Alpha version of their next major release.
This release is a rather large upgrade to the code base that Coldfusion uses and fully separates its reliance or dependence on other frameworks (yahoo ui toolkit for example).
All I can say is that Jack Slocum and his crew do a fantastic job and I am continually impressed with the quality and level of their work. Add on top of that the three licensing options (open source, oem/reseller, and commercial) and you end up with a product that everyone can use.
An important thing to note is that this release while extensive has not significantly increased the size of the library. The whole library measures in at 522kb (thats everything you need) and it is possible to reduce that size rather significantly by importing only the library files that you need for a specific task. Though that being said the general practice is to include the ext-all.js file and be done with it.
A lot of folks in my office here in Munich use Winamp over iTunes. It just seems to be more accepted than iTunes. It might be that iTunes won't let you connect and sync with two different computers, or it might be that they just want a player not all the other things that come with iTunes. Or it may be that Winamp "really whips the Llamas ass"?
I have been, in the past, a heavy user of the notes in Microsoft Outlook for all manner of reminders and project notes. But I was always a little disappointed in the limited functionality, enter Microsoft Office OneNote 2007.
I'm not usually one to plug Microsoft but I have to admit I am relatively pleased with it. It has the ability to organize the notes into simple section/pages, it also provides multi-user sharing of the notes, search features, ability to embed images, drag and drop from IE, outlook integration and a host of other pretty cool features.
It comes standard with MS Office Home edition other than that you need to buy it separately at a cost of up to $79.
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