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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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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