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May 15th, 2006
Portable Firefox 2.0 Alpha 2 Download

I have had some requests to assemble a Portable Firefox 2.0 Alpha 2 so I have now put it together. The download link is listed below.

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May 15th, 2006
Autorun Portable Applications On Your USB Drive

For those people that have a USB drive you might find this application quite useful. PStart is a program that will store shortcuts to applications and documents in one central location (kind of like a bookmarks system for your files on your USB drive). The tricky part was determining how I could get this application to automatically start when I plugged my drive into my computer.

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May 14th, 2006
What You Need To Know To Be A Firefox Nightly Tester

Mozilla is known for how quickly they update their software. Firefox has become one of Mozilla's most popular applications and their newest version, Firefox 2.0, is very much anticipated. Everyone loves to see the new features that they implement from build-to-build but many people don't realize that you don't have to wait for an official release in order to do some testing.

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May 14th, 2006
Where You Can Find Free Portable Applications

I recently purchased a USB drive that I could carry around with me but I wanted to have some of my favorite applications on it. I was looking for applications that I use frequently like Firefox, Thunderbird, some photo editing software, and other applications that would be nice to have with me.

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May 14th, 2006
Computer Power User Magazine Falls For April Fools Joke

It looks like the Computer Power User Magazine has fallen for an April Fools joke that Thinkgeek.com published. The picture above shows the article from the magazine about a Wireless Extension Cord (WEC). The WEC was claimed to cost only $34.99 and can transmit power up to 300 feet away.

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May 13th, 2006
Google Music Clues Start Popping Up

It looks like some more clues about Google Music are starting to make their way around the web. Garett Rogers received a tip stating that Google is currently working on some of the kinks in the service. Here are some things that they are supposedly working on: Possible names for the music service are GMusic or Google Tunes. These services will be integrated into Google Desktop.

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May 13th, 2006
Firefox 2.0 Alpha 2 Released

Firefox 2.0 Alpha 2 has finally been released a little bit past the expected release date of May 9. Mozilla was able to get a lot of new features slammed into this build and there are still more to come. One big feature that was not put into this build was the phishing filter. This is now expected to be in the Alpha 3 build that should be released on May 25.

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May 12th, 2006
Windows Media Player 11 Leaked To The Web

Windows Media Player 11 has been leaked to the web and 9Down.com has download links and instructions on how you can install it. They also offer some hints on how to workaround the Windows Genuine Advantage that is required in order to install the software.

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May 12th, 2006
Use Office 2007 As Your Blogging Software

It looks like Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 will allow users to create posts for their blogs. You will be able to upload your post directly for Microsoft Word and you will also be able to upload your photos. At this point you should not expect these features to be flawless because they just started to work on them.

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May 12th, 2006
Firefox Changes The Way We Use RSS Feeds

While testing the latest Firefox build I noticed a new feature that can be found in the Options. This new feature allows users to choose how they want Firefox to handle Feed Subscriptions. You can have Firefox add the feed to an external application, Bloglines, Google Reader, My Yahoo, or leave it as the standard Live Bookmarks.

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May 12th, 2006
GMail Gets New Features – ‘Avatars’ And Sound

While viewing my GMail I noticed that there was an option to view the "New Features". After selecting it took me to a page that demonstrated the use of an avatar-like feature for emails. It reminds me of the avatars that you can use in the new Google Talk.

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May 11th, 2006
Free Program To Rearrange Your Taskbar Buttons

Firefox has become popular because of tab implementation. One of the new features that was put into Firefox 1.5 was the ability to rearrange the tabs in the browser window. Now you can take that power and harness it in your Windows taskbar.

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May 11th, 2006
Google Notebook Screenshots Made Available

Google had recently announced a Google Notebook at their press release. This is supposed to be made available next week for testing and it will allow users to keep notes on the pages they visit. This is how it will work: Notebook is a little notes window that follows you from the Google search results to other sites, allowing you to collect bits and pieces of information.

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May 10th, 2006
The Army Starts Playing With A New Toy

Everyone loves to have a remote controlled car and the Army does too! The one they have is not something that you can find at your local Toys-R-Us though. Theirs weighs in at 8,000 pounds and can cruise at 25 miles per hour. An onboard diesel generator is setup to recharge a lithium ion battery that powers this beast. Step on over to CNet so that you can watch this in action.

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May 10th, 2006
Google Shows How The World Searches

For those people that have been wondering why my posts have been less frequent it is because I am currently on vacation. There are many times that I am completely unable to get connected to the Internet as well. I will be returning on May 16 at which time I should be posting more frequently.

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May 8th, 2006
Uh Oh! GMail Experiences Some Outages And Data Loss

It appears that GMail has been having some issues lately with users receiving a 404 error while trying to login. I think most people have experienced this kind of error at some time or another. This situation is a little different because people are claiming that the emails that were sent to them during the outage do not show up.

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May 8th, 2006
SlashDot Redesigns…Yes These Are More

Here are some more redesigns that have been done for SlashDot. I know this is my third posting of designs but I find it interesting to see what people can come up with for one of the most popular sites on the web.

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May 7th, 2006
Firefox 2.0 Alpha 2 Code Freeze

It looks like the Firefox 2.0 code freeze has now taken place and the frozen builds are available on the Mozilla FTP. This build should be very similar to the one that gets released on May 9 so if you are impatient then go ahead and check out this build. New features that I have found so far is the spell checking capabilities and new Add-Ons Manager.

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May 7th, 2006
Keeping Track Of Firefox Extensions That Leak Memory

Earlier this year I revealed Firefox extensions that had known memory leaks. An extension has now been made that will help users keep track of which extensions are leaking memory. It will popup with a message if a memory leak is found in an extension so that you can notify the author or submit a bug report. It doesn't cover every kind of memory leak but this is definitely a good start.

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