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June 12th, 2006
Windows Live Messenger Release Date Incorrect

Windows Live Messenger was once expected to be released on June 16, but that expectation has gone away. The next generation Messenger can't be too far away though because Microsoft has sent out emails thanking Beta Participants for their feedback, and letting them know that the Beta Program for Windows Live Messenger is now over.

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June 12th, 2006
Is Google Preparing For VoIP?

Garett Rogers from Googling Google noticed that there were some new additions to Google's robots.txt file. The new addition references some sort of calling feature that looks like it will have caller ID. If you try and visit what the robots.txt is blocking then an XML file is displayed. A picture of the XML file is above.

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June 12th, 2006
Firefox Makes Rounded Corners In CSS Easy

I was reading Google Blogoscoped when something caught my attention. Philipp had demonstrated how easy it is to get rounded corners on boxes, but the trick is that it only works for Firefox. Here is the example he used and the CSS code that is used to create it: border: 2px solid gray; -moz-border-radius: 25px; width: 250px; height: 100px; padding: 15px;

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June 12th, 2006
Download Google Earth 4 Beta Version

Alright, Google continues to be on a roll with the release of Google Earth 4 Beta (of course it is Beta). There are a variety of enhancements that you will see while using the new version. Some of these new features include a new user interface, integrated SketchUp designs, and some KML improvements.

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June 12th, 2006
Great Guide To Installing Software In Ubuntu

For those people who have downloaded the new Ubuntu and have started tweaking it then you might find this of interest as well. This guide, by Monkeyblog.org, will walk you through the steps to get just about any software installed that you would want to. It is very well put together with a number of screenshots to help ensure that you won't get confused.

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June 12th, 2006
Firefox Extension To Save Web Sites As Images

Screen Grab is a Firefox extension that will save a complete Web Site as an image. You are probably thinking "gee, I can do that with the Print Screen button", but that is where you are wrong. This extension actually scrolls the whole site taking multiple images. It will then assemble them together to form one complete picture.

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June 12th, 2006
AllOfMP3 Releases Greatest 500 Albums

Sometimes it is hard to find those great songs that you want to download but Russian music site AllOfMP3.com is trying to make it easier for you. This isn't just your classic "Top Selling Albums" list that sites always provide. This list goes back in history to give you some of the best albums that money can buy (and it doesn't take much to buy songs from here).

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June 12th, 2006
Firefox 2.0 Options Screen Refresh

I was reading through the Firefox 2.0 forums and noticed that someone pointed to a bug report that referenced a new Firefox 2.0 preferences page. It is all done in ASCII art but you can get the gist of the new interface we might see in later builds.

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June 11th, 2006
Download The “Official” Windows Vista Beta 2 Torrent

Windows Vista Beta 2 has been made available by Microsoft for users to download for free. However, the download speeds can be terrible because there are so many people downloading it! So that is why a site was created that has made the Vista Beta 2 torrent available.

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June 11th, 2006
The Pirate Bay Doubles Their Traffic After Police Raid

A lot of people felt bad when The Pirate Bay was raided and their site was down for 3 days. We all began to wonder if they could recover and become as strong as they were before. Well, they have proved that they can!

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June 11th, 2006
Nite Ize Upgrades Your Old Flashlights

Nite Ize is currently offering an upgrade kit for those flashlights that you have laying around the house. The kit will replace the light bulb in your flashlight with an LED light. This upgrade kit will run you just $10 and can convert that rusty Mag-Lite you have sitting in the basement to a top-notch illuminator.

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June 11th, 2006
Windows Vista Beta 2 Gets A Patch

Microsoft has released a patch for Windows Vista Beta 2 that will make Symantec Antivirus 10.0.1.622 compatible. This is the first patch that I have heard of Microsoft releasing to fix compatibility problems.

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June 11th, 2006
Pictures From Nintendo’s DS Lite Launch Party

Nintendo had the big DS Lite Launch Party this morning at the Nintendo World Store in the Rockefeller Center. The line piled up because the first 100 buyers got a free copy of Brain Age and a carrying case.

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June 11th, 2006
Windows Vista Specific Applications Start Rolling Out

Windows Vista users will have the joy of experiencing software from thirteen23 that is specifically designed for Vista. It utilizes the 3D visual effects and the transparency to give users the ultimate experience.

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June 10th, 2006
Get Rid Of Those Thumbs.db Files

Lifehacker has pointed out a good tweak for all of those people who hate the "Thumbs.db" file that shows up in folders that contain pictures. This file is used to cache thumbnails of the images so that when you view a folder with a large number of pictures you don't have to wait as long for the thumbnails to load.

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June 10th, 2006
Windows Vista Software Compatibility List

Some people are skeptical of testing Windows Vista Beta 2 because they aren't sure if a lot of their software will work properly. Well, you don't have to wonder anymore because IEXBeta has put together a large list of software that will and won't work properly with Windows Vista.

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June 10th, 2006
Ghostzilla Lets You Browse The Web At Work

This is for all of those people that go to work and try to hide the fact that they are browsing the Web. Whether it be hiding from your boss, co-worker, or anyone this is perfect.

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June 10th, 2006
The HotFix Claims To Have Leaked Windows Live Messenger

If you want a leaked version of the "final" Windows Live Messenger then The Hotfix claims they have it. Sounds great huh? However, they force you to pay $1.39 in order to get access to their downloads. Technically I don't believe that is legal for them to charge for Windows Live Messenger.

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June 10th, 2006
Windows RG: The Online Operating System

If you have some time to kill then this will keep you busy for a few minutes. Windows RG (Really Good) Edition is an online operating system that was developed to help people remember what operating systems use to be like.

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June 10th, 2006
Google Homepage In The Year 2084

If you are looking for a good laugh then this image will give it to you. This is what someone has predicted Google will look like in 2084. There are some subtle things on here that you may not notice right away, like the "I'm Feeling Paranoid" button.

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