Microsoft Codename "Tahiti" Pre-Beta

 

Codename “Tahiti” is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use Codename “Tahiti” to put your heads together and collaborate.

I am curious how many collaborative tools Microsoft is going to make. I am not cool enough to have a downloaded copy of Tahiti, but it looks like the Vista meeting space but online. I suppose that is cool for non-vista people, but I am getting overwhelmed here – when you think of Exchange 2007, OCS 2007, Meeting Space, Groove, Messenger, SharePoint, etc. so much of the functionality overlaps it is hard to visualize the “Unified Communications” strategy.

Source: Microsoft Codename “Tahiti” Pre-Beta

March 31, 2007 at 6:25 pm Leave a comment

Wired News: Seven Best Add-Ons for IE7

It is hard to find good plugins for IE, which is why most tech nerds prefer Firefox. This link only shows seven, and I don’t think IE will ever provide the functionality that firefox does, but I suppose it really depends on what you want out of a browser. All most people want is a window to the Internet – which is why the debate really only exists between geeks. Personally, I do love all the little tweaks you can make to Firefox, but at the end of the day I don’t use all the extensions as much as I think I will. The one piece Firefox 2.0 offers that I keep coming back to is the spell checker built into the browser…and if you have read this blog you know why. So check out the first one on this list –  ieSpell. I’m in business now! Really, the web hasn’t caught up to the new browsers yet, and I still run into issues all the time. Some things work in IE only and some in Firefox only – so my adivse is always carry a spare browser.

Also big ups to Lifehacker

Link to Wired News: Seven Best Add-Ons for IE7

February 23, 2007 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

How to Go from Xbox to Xbox Media Center in 30 minutes – ProductWiki

Holy Shit – This is pure gold for those of us out there who still haven’t got an Xbox360…or would like Media Center extender in another room. Seems like a pretty easy hack though I am almost positive it will take longer than 30 minutes…..and who cares if you screw up your old Xbox….it’s the 360 hacks that make me nervous…I’m no Four Hundredaire!

 

Link to How to Go from Xbox to Xbox Media Center in 30 minutes – ProductWiki

February 18, 2007 at 2:54 am Leave a comment

Netcraft: Web Server Survey Archives

It looks from this survey that Apache as a web server is on the decline and has reached below 60% for the first time since 2002. Which to me means that people are realizing that IIS has overcome it’s security woes that plaged earlier versions.

I guess people like GUIs after all.

 

Link to Netcraft: Web Server Survey Archives

February 18, 2007 at 2:37 am Leave a comment

The Scientists Speak – Evolution

This is a serious of You Tube videos that kinda cover the basics of evolution. I’m sure to a lot of intellectuals would look at this as rather simple concepts, but I find it as good ammution if you have “crazies” in the family.

This overall qualitative research study has as its purpose–”To discover the opinions of established scientists regarding the position of science in the United States today.

The overall study is broken down into sub-categories. The scientists are the respondents in the sub-category dealing with the controversy of evolution vs. creationism. As the data is collected, categorized, and analyzed, it will be published in the form of  short videos that play on You Tube.

Other sub-categories are: Abuse of Science, Separation of Church and State, Global Warming, Stem Cell Research, Human Sexuality, the media & democracy, and Authoritarianism.

Link to the videos

February 18, 2007 at 2:24 am 1 comment

Encrypt your web browsing session (with an SSH SOCKS proxy) – Lifehacker

 This seems like a pretty viable way to encrypt you browser traffic. The real challenge here is having an ssh server you can always get at. Even if you have one at home you would need a dedicated IP to access it 24/7.  I’m sure a lot of hosting companies offer ssh capabilities – may be worth $10 a month I guess….depending on how bad your porn addiction is.

Link to Geek to Live: Encrypt your web browsing session (with an SSH SOCKS proxy) – Lifehacker

February 18, 2007 at 1:56 am Leave a comment

Amnesty™ Generator for Vista

 I have not tried this yet, but it looks promising. It is a freeware tool that will convert an online widgets into a Vista Sidebar widget. So all of the online widgets found at sites such as the Windows Live Gallery can be converted into one of those glorious widgets occupying all of your desktop real estate. I will add an update once I try this out…..finally the Live Clock will live and breath in my sidebar…moo ha hah ha huh huh (evil laugh)

There is also a version for OSX.

UPDATE: I did try this and the software works OK, but porting the web gadgets to the sidebar is inherently jenky. It brings over non-transparent backgrounds, titlebars, etc. (I haven’t tried really messing with the xml) So I guess its OK, but it may work better for you.

Link to Amnesty™ Generator for Vista

February 6, 2007 at 5:43 am Leave a comment

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