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 Gets Windows 7 Jumplist Support
Now that the final release of Windows 7 is making its way out into the public we will surely start to see apps taking advantage of the new technologies it offers. Jumplists, which I like to call supercharged right-click menus for Taskbar shortcuts, will be one of those things. And it looks like the latest dev release of Google Chrome is already taking advantage of them.
iTunes 9 to Support Blu-ray
Apple’s iPod event is coming up in September, and hopefully that’s when they’ll also announce iTunes 9. Early rumors say that iTunes 9 will include support for Blu-ray videos, and will also provide users with an interface for organizing apps on the iPhone or iPod Touch.
Opera Mobile for Android Coming
Don’t be confused by the title. Opera Mini is currently available for Android, but Opera’s CEO also said that the team is working on a version of Opera Mobile for the Android OS. What’s the difference? Opera Mini sends traffic through Opera’s servers so that the content can be compressed before relaying it on to the browser. Opera Mobile, however, is more of a full-browser experience. It doesn’t need to send data through an intermediary server before reaching you. In other words it’s more like the browser that comes with Android, but with a few added features like a download manager. Oh, and Opera Mobile isn’t free.
Windows 7 RTM on MSDN/Technet
If you’re lucky enough to have access to an MSDN or Technet account you can legally download and activate Windows 7. If you were one of the people downloading Windows 7 last week when it was first released you probably experienced some “clogged pipes,” too. Well, at least that’s the experience I had. They definitely had troubles serving up the download that weighed in at several gigabytes, and it felt like they were throttling the download speeds. Or maybe they just hate me.
Twitter & Facebook DOS Attack
Several sites including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Blogger and others were the target of DOS (denial-of-service) attacks last week. Of the sites targeted Twitter had the most trouble and could hardly stay afloat (get it, fail whale, afloat, yeah you know it’s funny). Facebook experienced slowness throughout the day, but didn’t struggle nearly as much as Twitter. And Google’s sites like Youtube handled it pretty well. What was the reasoning behind all this? Apparently it was just one user’s account that was the target of each attack on all the sites. *sigh* Guess this is how geeks go to war.
Flickr Enhances Search
Flickr is one of the few Yahoo! services that I still use, and I absolutely love it. I mean really, $25 a year for unlimited uploads, bandwidth, and storage… not to mention the awesome sharing features for friends and family. It would be hard to find a deal much better than that. The search feature, on the other hand, was far from being useful. Good news though. They have given the search interface a completely overhaul. I have to admit that finding photos just got way easier.
Windows XP Mode RC Available
The Release Candidate of the the Windows 7 XP Mode was released by Microsoft last week. For those of you unfamiliar with this it’s the tool Microsoft said it would offer to for free to Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate users. It basically lets you run Windows XP apps side-by-side with your Windows 7 apps thanks to advancements in virtualization technology.
Google Chrome Gets Themes
A recent developer version of Google Chrome unveiled a bunch of themes that users could apply to the browser. The way they’ve implemented this is pretty nice because you don’t have to restart Chrome to see what they look like (unlike Firefox). Just click apply and within seconds you should see the transformation take place. Some of the themes, um, how can I put this, are eccentric.
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Upgrade from Windows 7 RC to Windows 7 RTM
I’ve never been a big fan of upgrading an operating system, and to be honest I’ve never actually done an upgrade from one major release to another. When a new version of Windows comes out I always install it fresh because, well, I’ve had to fix plenty other people’s computers after they’ve performed upgrades. The How-To Geek wrote up a guide on jumping from the RC to RTM version of Windows 7, and it apparently works well. I guess that’s not quite as bad as going from XP to Windows 7, for example. I’d definitely never do that without a fresh install, but I guess from RC to RTM might be okay.
Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1 Review
Last week Mozilla posted Firefox 3.6 Alpha 1, in which the final version is slated for release later this year. For me things feel a bit snappier when using the browser, and they’ve brought back the thumbnail view when using Ctrl+Tab for switching between open tabs. I wonder if it will actually ship with this version? After all, it was supposed to be in the last two major releases. I won’t hold my breath.
Remotely Disabling Drives on a Computer
I can’t say that I’ve ever really needed to do this on a network where “group policy” wasn’t available, but hey, I don’t know what you do at home. Maybe you get weird urges to disable the DVD drive on the machine in the other room? Whatever floats your boat.
PeerBlock Safeguards Your “Legal” Activity *wink*
I know I know. So you’re sharing the latest Ubuntu release over the BitTorrent network, but you want to make sure you don’t upload it to any of those people at the RIAA or anything. Yeah, because you don’t want to share with them if they won’t share with you, right? For situations like that you’ll want to grab PeerBlock, which is a blacklist for those pesty anti-P2P groups. They won’t be gettin’ no Ubuntu from me!
Spotify to Enhance Desktop Music?
Lifehacker gave a rave review of a music service called Spotify that makes a home for itself on your desktop. It’s a peer-to-peer streaming music service that keeps all the music in the cloud so that it’s accessible from anywhere there’s an Internet connection. It’s also got a desktop interface that is about as smooth as a media player can get. There’s just one thing… it’s not available in the United States yet. Bummer.