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Google Chrome (BETA) for Windows

September 3, 2008 2 comments

Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

One box for everything
Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.

Thumbnails of your top sites
Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.

Shortcuts for your apps
Get desktop shortcuts to launch your favorite web applications.

[ Source: Google Chrome ]


Bill Gates retires from Microsoft

June 23, 2008 Leave a comment

A Harvard University dropout who ushered in the home computer age and made billions of dollars along the way will have his last official day of work at Microsoft on June 27, 2008.

Three people will essentially fill the void left behind when Bill Gates retires from the company he and friend Paul Allen co-founded in 1975.

Since Gate’s begin his transition from leading Microsoft to heading his personal-bankrolled charity, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, his job as Chied Software Architect has been handled by Ray Ozzie.

Craig Mundie inherited Gate’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer duties, while former Harvard classmate Steve Ballmer become Chief Executive Officer at the Seattle-based software colossus.

Gates left Harvard after two years to found the firm that become global powerhouse Microsoft. He later received honorary degrees from Harvard and other universities.

After retiring, Gates will remain chairman of the Microsoft board of directors and its largest shareholder.

“I don’t think anything is going to drastically change the day he leaves,” said Matt Rosoff of the private analyst firm Directions On Microsoft.

“If he thinks something is important and tells Steve Ballmer, Ballmer will listen to him.”

Still, Gates’s bespectacled nerdish visage is an integral part of Microsoft’s image and his departure is symbolic, according to analysts.

“The challenge Microsoft has when the founder departs is remembering its heart,” said analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.

“At some point the firm has to take the essence of what make Bill Gates successful and make surethat is preserved. Whether it is a company or a person, once you’ve lost your heart there isn’t much left but a shell” – AFP

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Keep Windows Up to Date Quickly with Appupdater

December 26, 2007 1 comment

Command line application Appupdater is similar to the Linux apt-get package management. It enables you to install and update many common programs.

Download and Install Appupdater and execute one of the following:

appupdater –update
appupdater –upgrade

To install a specific application:

appupdater –install=packagename

To list available packages:

appupdater –available

To list installed packages:

appupdater –list

[Source: Hackosis ]

Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta

November 30, 2007 12 comments

Windows Live Messenger 9 Beta

The next upgrade of Windows Live Messenger has been leaked from a “private” beta for 5,000 users (surprising?) and is available for downloading—at least until Microsoft decides too many people are hitting their servers. The beta of Live Messenger 9 shows off some decently cool features, including the ability to log on from multiple locations without annoying warning messages, setting up “signature sounds” that broadcast to those you’re chatting, spam reporting, and a generally less-cluttered interface. The full version isn’t due out until late 2008 or early 2009, so more additions are sure to come. Windows Live Messenger 9 beta is a free download (while it lasts) and works on Windows XP and Vista.

[ Windows Live Messenger 9 ] [ Source: Lifehacker ]

Download Free Camtasia Studio with Serial Key!

November 26, 2007 11 comments

Camtasia StudioWhat’s almost as good as stuffing your belly with a healthy Thanksgiving dinner? Free downloads! And Techsmith is offering a deal that will make your screencasting wishes come true.

The company is offering its popular Camtasia Studio software up as a free download. The screencasting software currently sells for $300. But there is one small catch. The most recent version of Camtasia Studio is Camtasia 5, while the version available for free download is Camtasia 3. That means a few of the newer features will not be available. Nonetheless, it’s free and upgradable to version 5 for half price if you choose.

To get started, grab your copy here, and request a registration key from Techsmith. Sorry, this is only available for PC users.

[ Source: Download Squad ]

Enable/Disable Login Prompt for Windows XP

November 17, 2007 Leave a comment

If you want to enable or disable the prompt to type a username and password to get into Windows you can follow these steps.

  1. Click Start –> Run
  2. Type “control userpasswords2
  3. Uncheck the box that says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
Categories: Microsoft, Tutorial, Windows

USB Devices Can Crack Windows

November 16, 2007 Leave a comment

Vulnerabilities in USB drivers for Windows could allow an attacker to take control of locked workstations using a specially programmed Universal Serial Bus device, according to an executive from SPI Dynamics, which discovered the security hole.

The buffer-overflow vulnerabilities could enable an attacker to circumvent Windows security and gain administrative access to a user’s machine.

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