Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.
Google Chrome Nabs #3 Browser Spot
Internet Explorer has been on a rather fast decline, and that point is driven home by the fact that it has lost nearly 1% of its market share in each of the last 6-months. Chrome keeps on pushing forward as it squeezes into 3rd place past Safari, but still lags far behind IE and Firefox. All browsers seem to be making progress with the exception of IE, and with some luck we may see Firefox cross the 25% threshold next month.
BaconBits: BitTorrent Tracker for “Good” Reddit Users
I have to say that I was rather surprised to see a BitTorrent Tracker that is geared solely towards the Reddit community. In order to be a member of this site you must have signed up at Reddit over 3-months ago, have at least 100 comment karma, and have at least 1 link karma. As long as you meet those requirements there is nothing else you have to worry about… meaning there is no certain ratio you have to hit to remain an active member.
Firefox 4.0 Pushed Back to Late 2010/Early 2011
Mozilla is letting the deadlines slip once again. The Firefox 3.6 release is now expected sometime in the 1st quarter of 2010, which kicks back Firefox 4.0 to the late 2010/early 2011 timeframe. I understand that issues arise and release dates have to be adjusted accordingly, but I hope Mozilla realizes how competitive the browser market is becoming now that Google has joined the race to dethrone IE. Maybe Mozilla needs to hire on some more people so that they can hopefully meet their initial targets.
–News in Brief–
Most Pirated Movie of 2009 Makes Heaps of Money
Star Trek is said to be the most pirated movie of the year, and according to estimates the movie still profited over $100 million.
Verizon Forces Subscribers to Use Bing
Microsoft struck a $500 million deal that has forced Verizon Blackberry users to use the Bing search engine.
Google Android Event Tomorrow
Google temporarily posted the support page for the Nexus One, which is expected to officially be announced tomorrow.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
How to Temporarily Change the Default Program for Filetypes
Coffee is a pretty cool portable app that will let you define a custom set of default applications to use when the program is running. For example, you could use Coffee to make a portable version of Firefox your default browser. All you’d have to do is plug in your USB drive, fire up Coffee, and it will kick in and make the portable Firefox the default app for your web surfing needs.
Enable Windows Aero in Vista/Windows 7 Home Basic
If you’re running Vista or Windows 7 Home Basic I’m sure you’re aware that you can’t take advantage of everything the OS has to offer since you don’t get Aero support. Well, this app will remove that limitation. Assuming your graphics card can handle Aero this app will make the necessary changes so that the additional functionality will be made available to you, and it will disable future hardware checks that could cause Windows to disable it.
–Tips in Brief–
SPlayer – A Lightweight Media Player
This portable media player is compact, free, has a clean UI, and is easy on system resources. A killer combination.
Check Unread Counts for Gmail, Wave, Reader, and More in Chrome
This Google Chrome extension will monitor most of your Google services for unread items.
Upload Files to Dropbox by Email
If you leave this app running on a PC you’ll be able to upload files to your Dropbox account simply by attaching files to an email.
Thumbnail Database Files (thumbs.db) Cleaner
You could simply just search your computer for these files, but this provides a slightly different approach for deleting those pesky thumbnail files from your machine.
Manage Your Windows 7 Library Settings
Get complete control over your Windows 7 libraries: add/remove them, change icons, change default saving location, and more.