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May 31st, 2006
Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 Scheduled For July 6

Mozilla has finally come up with an estimated date for Firefox 2 Beta 1: July 6! The code freeze is supposed to occur on June 29 and by that point we should see the visual refresh implemented.

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May 31st, 2006
Microsoft Officially Launches OneCare

Microsoft has finally released Windows Live OneCare which is designed to be your PC's one-stop solution for PC protection. They were actually intelligent when they priced the software at $49.95, which you may be thinking "I can go and get Norton for less than that!" You are right, however, Microsoft lets you install OneCare on 3 computers for each license that you purchase.

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May 31st, 2006
Slashdot Announces CSS Redesign Winner

The popular Slashdot CSS redesign contest has come to an end and we have a winner (screenshot above). Alex Bendiken has been awarded the grand prize which was a laptop along with the opportunity to brag that he redesigned Slashdot. The 2nd place Peter Lada walked away with a $250 gift card to ThinkGeek.

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May 30th, 2006
Download YouTube Videos Using KeepVid

Jake Ludington shows us how easy it is to download YouTube videos by using a site called KeepVid. Using KeepVid you enter the YouTube URL into the text box on the homepage and press "Download". The site will then give you the download link you need to use in order to download the movie. It doesn't get much easier than that, unless of course YouTube offered download links directly on their site.

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May 30th, 2006
Comodo Personal Firewall 2.0 Gets Great Review

PC Magazine just reviewed Comodo Personal Firewall 2.0 and gave it 4.5/5! You might think that you don't feel like paying for a firewall when Windows XP SP2 has one built into it, but this one is FREE. PC Magainze also tagged it as an Editor's Choice and this is the overview that they gave of Comodo: Comodo Personal Firewall is a kick-ass free firewall.

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May 30th, 2006
Sync Your Cell Phone With Google Calendar

For those people who are avid Google Calendar users then you will find this extremely useful. It is now possible to carry the Google Calendar in your pocket via your cell phone. GCalSync will synchronize your cell phone and Google Calendar in just a few simple steps.

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May 30th, 2006
Windows Sidebar Gallery Released, Public Vista Soon?

It looks like Microsoft has finally launched a site that is dedicated to the Windows Sidebar so that users can download gadgets. Now don't get all excited because there is only 8 gadgets on the site so they must be relying on user submissions.

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May 30th, 2006
Register For ReplayTV Beta By Wednesday

It was back in December when we found out that the ReplayTV was going to switch from set-top boxes to the PC. This news shocked everyone but now they are looking for Beta testers. If you are interested in participating in the Beta program then you need to fill out a 40-question survey before Wednesday (tomorrow).

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May 30th, 2006
Top 10 Most Common Passwords

Ahhh, passwords. The heart and soul of our cyber world. Many people don't ever change their passwords which may be fine unless you see your password on this list. Here is a list of the top 10 passwords (see source below for more information on each password): 10. 'thomas' (0.99%) 9. 'arsenal' (1.11%) 8. 'monkey' (1.33%) 7. 'charlie' (1.39%) 6. 'qwerty' (1.41%) 5. '123456' (1.63%) 4.

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May 30th, 2006
Google Video Gets A Movie Trailer Section

Google steps up and starts competing with Apple by creating a movie trailers section in Google Videos. I believe this is important because of all the rumors flying around that Google is secretly working on an iTunes killer called Google Music.

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May 30th, 2006
Sidekick III Release Scheduled For June 26

Information on the much anticipated Sidekick III release is very sparse but Gizmodo says that they have some reliable dates. A celebrity launch party is expected to be on June 20 and located in New York City while other "normal" people will get to savor the goodies on June 26. These dates have not been confirmed by T-Mobile but they do sound reasonable.

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May 30th, 2006
Vista And Suse 10.1 Go Head-To-Head

Desktop Linux has done an article that compares Suse 10.1 and Vista, and talks about how much Suse is better. I currently use both of those Operating Systems and they are both very well designed. Right now I would have to say Suse 10.1 is ahead of Vista, but there is one major point that you have to keep in mind...Vista is still in Beta!

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May 29th, 2006
CNet Releases Free Photo Upload Site

CNet is trying to compete with popular photo sites like photobucket by releasing a free photo uploading site. They allow you to use the images on sites like MySpace and eBay by conveniently providing links to your pictures after you upload them.

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May 29th, 2006
Paul Thurrott Covers Vista Compatibilities

Paul Thurrott has a very important article that discusses software that is and isn't compatible with Vista Beta 2. For me the most important software that isn't Vista compatible is Nero 7, but that hasn't kept me from using Vista.

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May 29th, 2006
Is Dell Getting Closer To Selling Macs?

Michael Dell has talked about carrying Macs before, but is this some kind of hint? Engadget reports that the Dell Drivers Site now has Apple Mac OS drivers listed. They are also careful to point out that the files attached to the Apple Mac OS don't appear to be Mac drivers. They believe that listing the Apple Mac OS was just an accident by Dell, but that is a pretty big oops!

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May 29th, 2006
New Ubuntu To Be Released On Thursday

Ubuntu 6.06 is scheduled for release this Thursday, June 1. This comes just 1 month after Beta 2 was released to the public which is quite impressive (if Microsoft did that then we would have Vista by the end of June :) ).

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May 29th, 2006
Let FedEx Pay For Your Furniture

If you are a cheap person and have a bunch of time on your hands then this is the perfect solution for you. Build all of your furniture out of FedEx boxes! Make sure you follow the link below because this guy made more than just his computer desk out of the FedEx boxes. The dining room table is probably my next favorite.

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May 29th, 2006
Google Voice Search Homepage?

It looks like we finally know what Google was doing with that Voice Search Patent from over a month ago. They will be allowing users to search by voice over the telephone. The homepage below is very very basic but gives us some insight into the service: You say a query, it sends you the results, you say another query, and so on.

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May 29th, 2006
Google Earth Being Made For Linux

When Google released Picasa for Linux there was a big stir all over the web about it. People were amazed at Google's dedication to bring their Windows applications to Linux. Then we all started to wonder if Google was going to stop there or continue to transform their popular applications over to the Linux platform.

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May 29th, 2006
Google Is Experimenting With A New Homepage

It looks like Google is testing a new homepage that will shift some links around and that is about it. There is no official word on if this new homepage was just a Photoshop job or if it is real, but I would say that it looks reasonable enough to be real.

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