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May 7th, 2006
Get A Free Song From Buy.com

Right now you can get a FREE song from Buy.com but you have to do this before 5/17/2006. There is no catch or gimmicks and all you have to do is click the link below to redeem your coupon. Once you have redeemed it you can go ahead and select your song from their music store. When you go to complete the checkout you will notice that the coupon has been added to your cart.

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May 6th, 2006
Automate Tasks On Your Mac OS X With Automator

Doing repetitive tasks is always a grueling job, but Automator will relieve that stress. This is only for the Mac OS X and is a powerful application. Here is just some of the things that you can do with Automator:

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May 6th, 2006
Will The End Of Bearshare Result In A Domino Effect?

The RIAA is bringing in another $30 million for a settlement that they received with BearShare. BearShare just couldn't hold up any longer and ended up selling everything they had (domain name, user database, etc...) to iMesh for an unannounced amount.

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May 6th, 2006
Windows Vista 5381 Released To Testers

Microsoft has released both the x86 and x64 platforms of Windows Vista 5381 today. This has surprised many people because this build was expected to be released as Beta 2 in the middle of May. This might mean that the build 5421 will get designated as Beta 2.

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May 5th, 2006
Google Shoots For More Referrals

Google continues to push consumers to use their products by offering web site owners more money for referrals. You can now earn $2 for getting a user to install Google Pack or $1 for getting a user to install Google Picasa.

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May 5th, 2006
Windows Vista 5381 Designated As Beta 2

With WinHEC right around the corner (about two weeks away) people are starting to find out which build of Vista Microsoft will hand out to attendees. Paul Thurrott has said that Microsoft is going to hand out Vista 5381 and this will be branded as Beta 2. Here is what he had to say: Microsoft continues work on Vista build 5381, which will be finalized as Beta 2 on May 22.

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May 4th, 2006
Firefox 2.0 Nightly Build Now Lets You Inline Spell Check!

Firefox 2 now has inline spell checking capabilities! This is one feature that I have been waiting for a long time to see. The screenshot above shows it in action and shows what nice features it has. It will spell check as you type and will underline the misspelled words with a red dotted line.

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May 4th, 2006
Is Google Pushing To Release Unlimited Data Storage?

We have been expecting Google to release a competing service to Microsoft's Live Drive. Garett Rogers from Googling Google noticed that Google has added a new line to their Robots.txt file: Disallow: /uds/

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May 3rd, 2006
Firefox Replaces Extensions Manager With Add-ons Manager

While using the latest Firefox Nightly build I noticed that they no longer have the Extensions Manager, it is now the Add-ons Manager. It is not that much different except that the Themes is now built into the Add-ons Manager instead of having separate managers for both themes and extensions.

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May 3rd, 2006
Opera Mini 2.0 Released

Opera has revolutionized the way we browse the web on our cellphones. They also help make it less of a burden to get your stuff done quickly and efficiently.

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May 3rd, 2006
More SlashDot Redesigns — This Round Is Much Better

There are some more redesigns posted for SlashDot and these are much better than the previous designs. There are a couple that really stand out to me and, in my opinion, would be great to see on SlashDot.

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May 3rd, 2006
OpenOffice.org Wants You To “Get Legal”

OpenOffice.org is pushing for a new reason to make the switch from Microsoft Office...so that you can "Get Legal"! The article talks about a lot of statistics that I found to be very interesting: According to Microsoft 35% of the software in the world is thought to be counterfeit or otherwise illegal. 86% of users would prefer to try OpenOffice.org 2 rather than buy MS-Office 2007.

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May 2nd, 2006
Firefox 1.5.0.3 Released With The Security Patch

Firefox 1.5.0.3 is now available and for those people running Firefox 1.5.x you should receive the update automatically. I figured this would be released soon with the releases notes being posted yesterday. This is an important update because it fixes a security issue that was found early last week. The security issue was a denial of service vulnerability.

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May 2nd, 2006
Windows Desktop Search 3.0 Beta Download

Microsoft has begun testing the next release of Windows Desktop Search. Unfortunately this version does not include an end-user UI, but the next release is expected to have it. This release is for the Engine Preview ONLY. It allows applications like Outlook 2007 and OneNote 2007 to be indexed so that the content within those applications can be quickly searched.

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May 2nd, 2006
Microsoft Releases Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0689 Beta Refresh

Microsoft has finally released a refresh of Windows Live Messenger and has made it publicly available. This build appears to offer some significant speed enhancements for signing into the Messenger service.

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May 2nd, 2006
A Different Kind Of Pocket PC

This is not your typical handheld Pocket PC because it does not have a touch screen that you can use for input. However, this is truly a Pocket PC because it is a desktop equivalent computer that is only about 2 cubic inches in size! More pictures can be found at the source but here are the details on this amazing piece of work: The Space Cube is the world's smallest personal computer.

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May 2nd, 2006
Will Windows Vista Get Pushed Back Even Further?

Analysts are now saying that we should not expect to see a release of Windows Vista until Q2 of 2007! Microsoft has already pushed the release date back to January 2007 and another push-back will definitely start to anger some people.

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May 2nd, 2006
Mozilla Updates Their Pocket PC Browser Called Minimo

Many Pocket PC users only use Internet Explorer because they do not realize that there are other alternatives. Mozilla has an alternative called Minimo and they have finally updated it. I like Minimo because the overall design and usability is very nice and really seems to fit my needs.

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May 2nd, 2006
Firefox 1.5.0.3 To Be Released Very Soon?

I just noticed that Mozilla has finally put up a release notes page for Firefox 1.5.0.3. However, this does not mean that it is released but it is often an indication that it will be very soon. They don't have any changes or anything announced on the page and appears that they have only copied the template from 1.5.0.2 right now.

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May 2nd, 2006
Azureus Users: The Most Popular Plug-ins

Zeropaid has put together a great list of extensions to use for Azureus (one of the most popular BitTorrent clients). There are many BitTorrent clients that are available to be downloaded but these plug-ins are what distinguish Azureus from the rest. Some of the ones that I like on their list are the Progress Bar, Chat, and Safe Peer.

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