Ryan's Google+, Twitter, and CyberNet posts

April 17th, 2006
Can You Fill Your 2.7GB GMail Account In 24 Hours…Yes You Can!

If you never thought it was possible, then you better think again. This guy filled his entire 2.7GB GMail account in less than 24 hours. He did intentionally fill his account by repeatedly sending himself a 7.81MB text file, but he originally tried to signup for all of the spam that he could.

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April 16th, 2006
Windows Vista 5365 To Be Released As April’s CTP On Monday

Windows Vista 5365 is going to be the build that beta testers are going to receive on Monday around 1:00 PM EST. A few days ago build 5361 images were leaked to the Internet and struck some as interesting when they saw that Internet Explorer was labeled as version "7+".

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April 16th, 2006
Windows Live Messenger Available To The Public

Microsoft has frustrated many people by making Windows Live Messenger an invite only service while it was being tested, but the frustration is now over! If you would like to test out the latest version of Windows Live Messenger then simply follow the link below and under the section that says "Windows Live Messenger beta" select "Sign Up".

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April 16th, 2006
Will Shopify Replace eBay?

The competition with eBay has been rising with the release of Google Base and now another service called Shopify is going to be stepping into the ring. Shopify is currently in the beta stage but should be officially released for public use in May. They will allow users to create stores and add as many items as they want to those stores at no additional cost.

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April 15th, 2006
Zillow.com Allows Users To Search For Homes In 3D

Zillow is a real estate site that allows users to see information, such as price, on over 65 million homes. The homes do not have to be up for sale in order to be listed with information. That is why this is so great, because it is an easy way for you to find out how much your home is worth compared to the rest of your neighbors.

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April 15th, 2006
Google Maps Gets Yahoo’s Dynamic Movement Feature

Google Maps finally received some stiff competition from Yahoo when they released their satellite maps. The one feature that everyone loved about the Yahoo Maps can now be found in Google Maps (surprise surprise).

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April 15th, 2006
GMail Updated With The Links Bar And Calendar Integration

With the release of Google Calendar, many people were awaiting the integration with GMail. Well, it is now available and can be found whenever you start to compose a message or receive a message with a date in it.

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April 14th, 2006
Windows Vista 5361 Screenshots Leaked…Will It Be April’s CTP?

Leaked images of Windows Vista 5361 have made it to the Web, and with the release of the April CTP on Monday (April 17th) many people are wondering if this is the build that will get released.

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April 14th, 2006
Microsoft Releases Minor Update For Windows Defender

Microsoft has released a minor update to its Windows Defender antispyware system. The update includes some changes to the user interface, 64-bit support, and improved real-time protection. They have updated Windows Defender to ensure that it will monitor the Operating System's key files and make sure they do not get infected.

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April 14th, 2006
The Ultimate Freeware Guide

Have you been looking for freeware utilities lately? Well, this is what I call the ultimate list of freeware on the Web! Econsultant.com has put together a list of software and organizes it by what you would like to do. They answer questions like "I want to edit PDF files" and then they recommend Foxit PDF Editor.

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April 14th, 2006
Tweaking Portable Firefox For Maximum Usability

Recently Mozilla released Firefox 1.5.0.2 and from my experiences, it runs much much better than 1.5.0.1. I currently use the portable version of this build and it runs like a fox! Memory leaks are very minimal and it is secure like we expect Firefox to be.

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April 13th, 2006
IE7 Beta 2 Build 5358 Leaked To The Web

A new build of Internet Explorer 7, build 5358, has made it to the web. Conveniently, just in time to compete with the Firefox 1.5.0.2 release :) . This build is only for those people that are running a genuine version of Windows because the previous Genuine Advantage Workaround does not work properly with this new build.

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April 13th, 2006
Did Mozilla Fix The Memory Leaks With Firefox 1.5.0.2?

Mozilla has officially released Firefox 1.5.0.2 today and it is actually quite exciting. I have been using this build for a little over a month (since it was a Tinderbox build) and the memory leaks seem to be minimal compared to Firefox 1.5.0.1! With having a constant 8 or so tabs open I normally max out at 60-70MB, and this is the case on multiple computers! Yay Firefox!

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April 12th, 2006
Google Calendar CL2 Now Live

For those of you who have been waiting for this day, it is finally here. Just moments ago Google Calendar went live. They are sporting all of the features and screenshots that were expected when the information got leaked before. Well, there is not much to say other than "enjoy it!"

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April 12th, 2006
Microsoft Patches IE…Again

Microsoft has released its round of April patches, some of which include critical Internet Explorer fixes. You may be thinking "great, it is nice to know that they are fixing problems" but do you know how long some of these problems exist before they get fixed?

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April 12th, 2006
Yahoo Widget Engine 3.1 Released

The Yahoo Widget Engine, formerly known as Konfabulator, has now been updated to version 3.1. There is quite an extensive list of changes for both the Mac and Windows versions. From scrolling through the change list it appears that many of the changes are to help safeguard the user and beef up the security.

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April 12th, 2006
Google Patents Voice Search Technology

What is Google going to come out with next? Well, many are starting to believe that it is going to be voice searching capabilities. People are thinking this because Google recently filed Patent #7,027,987 to protect their idea of a "voice interface for a search engine". So how is it going to work? If you look at the Patent then the Abstract gives you a slight idea of what to expect:

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April 12th, 2006
Yahoo Maps Beta Adds Satellite Images

Yahoo, in hopes to rival their competition, has finally added satellite images to their mapping system. After using it for a little while (I had to install Flash first) I started to like how smooth it ran. They did a really nice job putting it together, however, I don't believe that they did enough to pull people away from the already popular Google Maps.

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April 12th, 2006
Best Buy Gets Sued For Using Pirated Software

Best Buy is being sued by Winternals Software LP for allegedly using their software without the proper number of licenses. The software that is in question is currently used by the Geek Squad and costs $1,200 per license.

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April 11th, 2006
MSN Messenger Plus Updated

If you are a current MSN Messenger user then you will love Messenger Plus. It adds a ton of functionality to MSN Messenger, and many features that you would have never thought you needed. Unfortunately, the most recent release is still not compatible with Windows Live Messenger but a compatible version should be released in May.

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