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 Reader Starts Using “Magic”
The Google Reader team announced that there is a new way to sort your feeds: by magic. They use your reading habits and web history (if you’ve opted in for web history tracking) to determine what sort of stuff from your feeds you’ll like the most. You can also view popular items from feeds you’re not even subscribed to, which they hope will help you discover new sites you’ll like.
Microsoft Reveals How Windows 7 is “Version 7″
Microsoft has assembled a video that clarifies exactly how they consider Windows 7 to be the 7th version of Windows. The order? Windows 1, Windows 2, Windows 3, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Who did they leave out from the consumer lineup? Poor ol’ Windows Me, that’s who. I think they’re trying to wipe it from their memory (no pun intended).
Microsoft Security Essentials Delivered to Over a Million Users
In the first week Microsoft received 1.5 million downloads of their Security Essentials antivirus software. According to them there were over 4 million virus detections in that first week on over a half million unique machines. That just goes to prove that their are plenty of people who still need antivirus software to keep them safe, and it’s a good thing Microsoft finally got around to offering a solution for free.
–News in Brief–
Windows 7 Compatibility Center Released
Microsoft has posted a site you can visit to see if your hardware or software is compatible with Windows 7.
Whitehouse.gov Now Powered by Drupal
In an interesting move the Whitehouse.gov site has decided to use the open source Drupal software as their content management engine.
Google Maps’ Appearance Takes New Direction
On Google Maps you can now see street names more clearly thanks to a visual refresh they’ve rolled out.
Windows 7 Launch Day Facts
Over 8 million people tested out pre-release versions of Windows 7 from over 113 different countries.
Flickr Adds People Tagging
Flickr is rolling out people-tagging capabilities that TechCrunch says is better than what Facebook currently has.
Video Walkthrough of Apple’s Newest Additions
Apple unveiled a new “magic” mouse, new iMac’s, and more. This is a video walkthrough of their new products.
Twitter Hits 5 Billion Tweets
Robin Sloan happened to be the lucky person to post the 5 billionth tweet on Twitter.
uTorrent Holds 60% of BitTorrent Marketshare
Vuze, formerly known as Azureus, continues to drop in popularity as uTorrent emerges as the king of the BitTorrent network.
IMDB Turns 19
IMDB, which began as a USENET group, turned 19 about a week ago! Congrats to a site that definitely deserves it.
–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–
Ninite Does Bulk Installs for Windows Apps
This amazing service lets you choose the applications you want to install on your machine, and it will then create a custom installer for you to download. When running through the setup process it will keep the questions to a minimum, and according to Lifehacker it’s able to install most apps without asking you a single question. The number of apps supported is pretty incredible, and I could see this becoming a must-have app for anyone that sets up new PC’s regularly.
Burn Windows 7 ISO or put it on a USB Drive
Wow! Microsoft has finally wisened up and provides a tool to create a bootable DVD or USB drive that you can then install Windows 7 from. I’m happy to see the USB drive support in there because using media like that is nice since it’s reusable… as opposed to a DVD that most people probably won’t use more than a handful of times.
VistaSwitcher Improves Alt-Tab on XP, Vista, and Windows 7
I’m always on the lookout for something to improve my productivity, and for that reason I’m always tinkering with different application switchers. As the How-to Geek points out this is one awesome app switcher… especially because of the eye candy it offers.
–Tips in Brief–
How to Set Up a WordPress Blog on Your PC
A guide that covers everything you’ll need to get WordPress up and running on your local machine.
Look Up the Location of Any IP Address
Curious where an IP address is coming from? Just enter it in here to have it retrieve an approximate geographical location.
How to Safely Uninstall Ubuntu from a Dual-Boot Machine
An outline of what you need to do in order to remove Ubuntu without screwing up the other OS’s on your computer.
PortableApps.com Now Does Google Chrome On-the-Go
PortableApps now has a portable version of Chrome… kinda. It will create a portable version from the small file you download. They can’t actually redistribute Chrome as a portable browser due to licensing.
Lifehacker’s Guide to Windows 7
A rundown of all Lifehacker’s best Windows 7 tips.
How to Create a Virtual Hard Drive in Windows 7
A perfectly outlined guide to creating a virtual hard drive in Windows 7 that will appear as though it’s a second drive on your machine.
Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Sponsored Themes
You can now grab themes for products/companies such as Ferrari or the video game Gears of War.
Adobe Browserlab Open for All
I thought this was already open for everyone, but according to DownloadSquad Adobe just opened the doors so that you can easily start testing your site in all the most popular browsers.
Flickr Schedulr Lets You Upload Pics When it’s Convenient
Schedule your photos to upload when you won’t be using your PC.
How to Build a WiFi Home Surveillance System
An awesome tutorial on what you’ll need to create a motion-sensitive surveillance system in your own home.
Performance Showdown: Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard
Spoiler: I wouldn’t really say one OS comes out on top of the other. They both have things they’re good at.
- Avant Browser 11.7.40 [Mirror]
- CDBurnerXP 126.96.36.1998 [Mirror]
- Foxit Reader 188.8.131.523 [Mirror]
- Google Chrome 184.108.40.206 Beta [Mirror]
- Google Desktop 5.9.909.30391 [Mirror]
- Maxthon 220.127.116.116 [Mirror]
- MediaMonkey 18.104.22.1685 Beta [Mirror]
- Miranda 0.8.9 [Mirror]
- Miro 2.5.3 [Mirror]
- OpenOffice.org 3.2 Beta [Mirror]
- PDF-XChange Viewer 22.214.171.124 [Mirror]
- PeaZip 2.7.1 [Mirror]
- Picasa 126.96.36.199 [Mirror]
- Pidgin 2.6.3 [Mirror]
- RSSOwl 2.0 RC2 [Mirror]
- SeaMonkey 2.0 RC2 [Mirror]
- TrueCrypt 6.3 [Mirror]
- uTorrent 1.8.5 RC1 [Mirror]
- uTorrent 2.1 Beta [Mirror]
- VLC Media Player 1.0.3 RC1 [Mirror]
- WinMerge 2.13.9 Experimental [Mirror]