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June 21st, 2006
Brush Up On Your Shakespeare With Google

Google has made all of Shakespeare's works available for your reading pleasure. Now you can brush up on everything from Hamlet to Romeo and Juliet. This will definitely help those people in high school doing homework assignments on Shakespeare. Why you might ask? Simple, you can SEARCH the books for text! You can look for the few key words to answer your questions.

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June 21st, 2006
Someone Could Be Watching You

The reverse peephole viewer is designed for police to look through a peephole from the outside and let them see perfectly through into an apartment or house. While you may start to think that this is a pretty cool little gadget why don't you think about the real people that are probably buying these things. All of your neighborhood creeps probably carry these things around in their pockets.

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June 21st, 2006
Microsoft To Release Vista Betas Monthly

Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 continues to grow more and more popular and as a result APC Magazine says that Microsoft intends to release Vista Betas each month. Jeff Putt told sources that the release of future betas depends on the complexity of the bugs that are found but their goal is to fix the bugs as quickly as possible.

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June 21st, 2006
Dell Laptop EXPLODES At A Conference

Gizmodo was quick to point out that a Dell laptop exploded at a recent Japanese conference. The model of the laptop has not been revealed yet but if you are a Dell laptop owner then you should make sure that your battery has not been recalled.

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June 21st, 2006
Dell’s New Laptop Boasts 7-Hour Battery Life

Dell's new Latitude D420 laptop weighs in at only 3.5lbs with an extended battery installed. The 9-cell battery that Dell is offering with this laptop will give users about 7.4 hours of battery life -- the perfect solution for those people traveling often.

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June 21st, 2006
Frustrated? Turn Your Macbook Into A Smackbook!

Everyone gets frustrated at some point but wouldn't it be nice if you could get use out of smacking your Macbook. Medallia has developed a patch that will allow you to switch programs by tapping the side of the Macbook.

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June 21st, 2006
New 3D Desktop Prototype To Be Released Soon

If you are looking for some exciting new software then BumpTop is what you need. The movie above is a great example of how it works and there are higher quality videos available (MOV or WMV) for those people with really high-speed connections.

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June 21st, 2006
CyberNotes: A New Web Browser, Firefox In Disguise?

Everyone knows the people that refuse to use or even try Firefox because they are already used to Internet Explorer. You know, the kind of people that don't like change? You tell them "it is easy to learn how to use it" but they just tell you "Internet Explorer does everything that I need it to".

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June 20th, 2006
Liquid Cool Your Xbox 360

A lot of people aren't brave enough to take apart their Xbox 360 which means most people wouldn't dare to try sending liquid through it! One man did it with careful planning and documented it with pictures along the way.

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June 20th, 2006
Gmail Outages Create More Frustration

Gmail, the popular webmail that offers over 2 gigs of storage space (and counting) has been experiencing outages again, frustrating users for hours-- even up to a day.

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June 20th, 2006
Google Globally Updates Their Maps To High Resolution

Google is at it again and this time they are updating their Google Maps...GLOBALLY! Someone noticed that high resolution maps were now available for some places, like Egypt (Egyptian Museum in Cairo is pictured to the right). I noticed that here in Ames, Iowa they had updated the maps to high resolution a few weeks ago. However, this is the first time that I have heard of a Global update.

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June 20th, 2006
Windows Live Messenger Patches Start Appearing

Windows Live Messenger was just released and millions and millions of users are awaiting the release of Messenger Plus! Live by Patchou but there are some patches already out there that will tide you over until he releases it to the public. Two of the most popular patches that you will find are A-Patch and the Mess.be Patch.

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June 20th, 2006
Portable Opera 9 Let’s You Test It Before Installing It

It looks like someone has developed Portable Opera 9 for those people who want to test out the latest version of Opera but aren't sure if it is worth installing. I believe that it is worth installing it but this also lets people carry it around on a USB drive or on a CD.

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June 20th, 2006
Don’t Tease Geeks

Geeks are known for being smart and this just goes to show you how smart they really are. If you tease them then it will come back to haunt you!

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June 20th, 2006
Play Contra On FlashPlayer.com

You can now play the classic game of Contra on FlashPlayer.com. I'll have to warn you though, it is pretty addicting. It comes complete with cheat codes (yes, even God Mode if you wish).

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June 20th, 2006
Opera 9 Has Been Released

Opera 9 has been released and it is awaiting your download. This release is very very big for them because they have a lot of great new features. One of the most hyped features is the ability for users to add widgets. I love their widgets because they don't take up a bunch of unnecessary memory when you run them, for example if you add 5 or so widgets you might see your memory increase just 1-2MB. [...]

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June 20th, 2006
CyberNotes: Speed Up Photoshop And Acrobat

Two of Adobe's most popular applications, Photoshop and Acrobat, take disappointingly long to load up. Wouldn't it be nice if you could cut the loading time down? For me Photoshop would take almost 25 seconds to startup and Acrobat was also very close to that. It was time to trim down some plug-ins. The software I use below is free from AcroPDF Systems and does not require installation.

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June 19th, 2006
Windows Live Messenger Is Released

Windows Live Messenger, the final version, is now available for millions of people to download and use. The Overview Page isn't available yet but the download links are active.

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June 19th, 2006
WetPaint Makes Wikis Easy

WetPaint just launched and it allows people to create wikis about anything. Creating a wiki is super easy and you will receive a domain that looks like CUSTOM.wetpaint.com where CUSTOM is whatever name you choose that is still available.

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June 19th, 2006
CyberNotes: Kaleidescape Stores All Of Your Media

Approximate Price: $27,000 We find more and more things to store on our computers as hard drive capacities continue to increase. Do you remember when computer games only took a few megabytes but now they take a few gigabytes! It isn't a big deal because most desktop computers come standard with more than 100GB of disk space.

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