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.
Free Software Foundation Trashes Windows 7
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) is pushing hard to keep people from jumping on the Windows 7 bandwagon. They have gone as far as to create a site, windows7sins.org, that would pretty much make any Windows user feel like they are a cult follower. They say that Microsoft is doing things like “poisoning education, invading piracy, and abusing standards.” OMG! Grab your picket signs! To be honest I’m a bit disappointed in the foundation with their approach.
Google Enhances Traffic Reporting
Last week Google announced that in select cities they would be showing traffic on roads other than major highways. I’m in the Chicagoland area, and I can verify that the color-coded traffic lines show up on way more streets than they did before. What’s even better, however, is that this functionality also spills over onto mobile devices (like the iPhone) that use traffic reporting on Google Maps.
Nokia Unveils Netbook with 12-hour Battery Life
Nokia is entering the PC market with a netbook that boasts a whopping 12-hour battery life. It has a 10.1-inch display, and even includes an HDMI port for hooking it up to your TV. And, of course, it is equipped with a 3G Internet card. Pricing and availability of the netbook hasn’t been announced, but they say that more details will be revealed at Nokia World 09 on September 2nd.
Office 2010 to Require Activation for Volume Licenses
Microsoft has come forward saying that even volume licenses will require activation in Office 2010, which isn’t surprising. When Microsoft was developing Office 2007 they didn’t have time to sneak in the enhanced activation system like they did for Vista. This meant that piraters could bypass activation simply by acquiring a volume license serial number (many of which are floating around the Internet). This move will help combat piracy of Office 2010.
Mininova Ordered to Remove Illegal Torrents
Man, it’s been a rough time for the BitTorrent community lately. Mininova is now getting hit hard as a judge ruled for them to remove all illegal content in the next three months, otherwise they’ll have to pay a $7 million fine. Since the news of this broke Mininova has come forward saying that they may appeal the case. It will be interesting to see if they will be able to get around the judgement, or whether they’ll just relocate their servers.
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Ubuntu Software Store Coming to a Computer Near You
Canonical is developing a software store that can be used to easily install applications on their Linux platform.
Wikipedia Turning to Experienced Editors for Approval Process
In the next few weeks Wikipedia will being requiring approval of content changes by experienced editors, but only on pages that are about living people.
Gmail Finally Gets a Contact Picker
Users have been asking for this for awhile, and Google finally delivered. Clicking the “to:” link will open a contact selector where you can choose which of your contacts will receive the email.
LogMeIn’s Free Service Gets Revamped
The remote access service LogMeIn is getting some handy features including a Flash-based client that works in nearly all browsers.
Google Docs Can Translate into 42 Different Languages
In Google Docs you’re now able to translate entire documents into 42 different languages.
Zoho Notebook Gets Search, Moving, and Export Capabilities
If you’re using Zoho Notebook you’ll now be able to enjoy several new features. I must say that search capabilities was desperately needed.
Google’s Special ASCII Art Search Page
Performing a search for “ASCII Art” on Google will cause their logo to be replaced with an ASCII Art representation. What’s cool is that the logo is truly composed of text… it’s not an image.
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Snow Leopard Reviews Roll Out
Apple’s Snow Leopard OS came out last Friday, and the reviews are in. For the most part people view the $30 price tag as reasonable since most of the improvements are under-the-hood, but for some it’s seen as more of a service pack than a full OS release. There are some new features though that do make the OS more pleasant to use on a day-to-day basis.
11 Windows Apps that Tie into Gmail
Download Squad has compiled a list of 11 different Windows applications that tie nicely into Gmail. The list has apps that can backup files to your email account, share files with friends/family, dedicated apps that check for messages, and more. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a Gmail user.
Add Tabs to Microsoft Office
Wouldn’t you like to have tabs in Microsoft Office? I’m not talking about the tab-like interface on the Ribbon either. I’m talking about tabs for switching between open documents. This simple little app will add a thin bar underneath the Office 2007 Ribbon that can be used to switch between your different docs. There’s nothin’ better than decluttering the Taskbar.
Yahoo! Messenger 10 Beta Available
A new Beta of Yahoo! Messenger was released last week, and I must admit that they are going down the right path. The most prominent feature in the update has got to be the high-quality video calling, which is likely targeting Skype users. They also threw more sociability into this release… you can view the status updates (from Facebook, Twitter, or Last.fm) of your friends right in your contact list.
Speed Up Outlook
Outlook can be painfully slow at times for me, and I’m always looking for ways to milk every ounce of performance out of the app. It’s especially important when you spend a large chunk of your day sending out dozens of emails. This guide includes things that will hopefully speed up Outlook, and offers tips like compacting your PST, running the Inbox repair tool, and more.
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Making Windows 7 Home Premium more like Professional
This covers some free apps you can use to add the features found in Windows 7 Professional that are not included in Home Premium.
LicenseCrawler Retrieves Serials from the Registry
Keeping track of your serial numbers can be a tedious process, but this little app tries to make it easier by scanning the registry looking for any product keys you’re using.
Putting a Windows Install DVD on a Flash Driving
This free app will take a Windows install DVD and move it to a Flash drive that you’re able to boot from.
A few weeks ago we covered a free app called TweetMyPC that let you control your PC using Twitter. That same app is now available for Mac users.
Upload Files Unlimited in Size for 24-hours
A free file sharing service called Save As has an interesting upload policy. You can upload files of any size, but they will only remain available for 24-hours.
Mozilla Weave Gets More Improvements
Mozilla released Weave 0.6 that not only boasts better performance, but also comes with a nice administration page for managing settings.
5 Great Defragmenters
Looking for a good file defragmenter for Windows? These are five great solutions.
ChromePlus Builds off of Google’s Browser
This browser is based on Google Chrome, and includes features like rendering a site with IE, mouse gestures, and more.
- 7-Zip 9.07 Beta [Mirror]
- AbiWord 2.7.10 Beta [Mirror]
- BurnAware Free 2.3.9 [Mirror]
- CCleaner 2.23.993 [Mirror]
- FeedDemon 184.108.40.206 RC7 [Mirror]
- FileZilla 220.127.116.11 [Mirror]
- Foxit Reader 3.1.0824 [Mirror]
- Gimp 2.7.0 Beta [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 18.104.22.168 [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 22.214.171.124 Beta [Mirror]
- Maxthon 126.96.36.1990 [Mirror]
- MediaMonkey 188.8.131.521 [Mirror]
- Miranda 0.8.5 [Mirror]
- Nero Free 184.108.40.206d [Mirror]
- Opera 10.00.1750 RC2 [Mirror]
- Paint.NET 3.50.3522.33900 Alpha [Mirror]
- PeaZip 2.7 Beta [Mirror]
- SetPoint 4.80 [Mirror]
- TagScanner 5.1.551 [Mirror]
- uTorrent 2.0.16222 Beta [Mirror]