Thursday, December 20, 2007

Have Fun With Facebook

Watch this two hilarious videos on Facebook.

The Facebook Skit by Penn Masala


Facebook Infomercial Parody


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Saturday, December 15, 2007

An Essay about the Future of Telecommunication

Mobile Phone Evolution
A little girl recites her essay about the future of telecommunication to a group of adults. Watch this video to see their reactions.




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Friday, December 14, 2007

Burn CDs and DVDs for Free

Here are a few applications to burn your CDs and DVDs for free.


1. CDBurnerXP - a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface.

Key Features:
  • burn all kinds of discs on CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/ DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/BD/HD-DVD, including double layer mediums
  • audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks
  • burn and create ISO files
  • burn on-the-fly and with buffer-underrun protections
  • data verification after burning process
  • create bootable discs
  • multi-language interface
  • bin/nrg → ISO converter
  • simple cover printing feature for data- and audio-discs
  • Support Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
ImgBurn CD DVD Burner

2. ImgBurn - a lightweight CD / DVD / HD DVD / Blu-ray burning application. It's an excellent free tool for burning data discs and has simpler interface.

Key Features:
  • Several 'Modes' for performing different tasks - Read, Build, Write, Verify and Discovery
  • Supports a wide range of image file formats - including BIN, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG and PDI.
  • Automatic Write Speed feature
  • Supports all the Windows Platform (including all the 64-bit versions)
3. InfraRecorder - open source and does almost everything the above-mentioned programs do. It has small footprint too.



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New Advancement in Silicon NanoPhotonics

IBM New Silicon Nano Photonics Technology

IBM has achieved new breakthrough in computing utilizing photons instead of wires to relay data in the chipsets.


IBM Researchers from the T.J. Watson Research Center reached a significant milestone in the quest to send information between the "brains" on a chip using pulses of light through silicon instead of electrical signals on copper wires. The breakthrough -- a significant advancement in the field of "Silicon Nanophotonics" -- uses pulses of light rather than electrical wires to transmit information between different processors on a single chip, significantly reducing cost, energy and heat while increasing communications bandwidth between the cores more than a hundred times over wired chips.

The new technology aims to enable a power-efficient method to connect hundreds or thousands of cores together on a tiny chip by eliminating the wires required to connect them. Using light instead of wires to send information between the cores can be as much as 100 times faster and use 10 times less power than wires, potentially allowing hundreds of cores to be connected together on a single chip, transforming today's large supercomputers into tomorrow's tiny chips while consuming significantly less power.


Here is another video giving an insight of the silicon photonics technology in the future.


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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Useful iTunes Utilities and Add-ons

Here are a few add-ons to use with iTunes to manage and sync your music files in Windows.

1. Music Bridge 2 - good freeware application that offers a variety of synchronization options.

  • It copies music meta-data (artist, album, ratings, and album art) in both directions between Windows Media Player and iTunes.
  • Includes Play Count and Playlist syncs
  • Support for Windows XP and Windows Vista
  • Requires iTunes 7+
Music Bridge 2 for iTunes and WMP in Windows


2. iTunes Export - an open source Windows utility that
  • exports only songs from certain playlists from your iTunes Music Library to create separate new playlists (in .m3u / .wpl files format) and
  • transfer / copies the actual song files of individual playlists out of your library for playing anywhere (WinAmp, foobar, VLC, WMP and etc)

iTunes Export
Choose your iTunes Music Library

iTunes Export playlist in m3u format
Select Output Directory and Format


3. Moody - an iTunes Music Tagger based on Mood with colour cues. Moody will write the mood to the comment section in the song meta-data.

Moody


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Here Comes Another Bubble



Yet another awesome viral video to reflect how Web 2.0 has turned out! And i guess the second bubble is near.



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Monday, October 29, 2007

Alternative to RealPlayer

Real Alternative

Real Alternative is a codec package that allows you to play Real Media Files without having to install RealPlayer.

Some advantages compared to RealPlayer :

  • Quick and easy install
  • Proper uninstallation
  • No background processes
  • Use media player of your own choice
  • Low resources usage
  • No advertising, no registration forms, nothing annoying

Features Overview:

  • Play RealMedia files in all DirectShow enabled players.
  • Supported Real Media Format includes: RealAudio (.ra .rpm), RealMedia (.rm .ram .rmvb .rpx .smi .smil), RealText (.rt), ReadPix (.rp).
  • Browser plugin supports Internet Explorer, Opera, Netscape and Mozilla.

Real Alternative comes in both Regular Version (6.14MB) and Lite Version (4.40MB). The Lite version does not include Media Player Classic.

Grab your free copy of Real Alternative here.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Free Firewall Security for your PC

Here are a few free firewall application to secure your PC.

1. Comodo Firewall Pro is a free security program designed to keep your PC safe from hackers. It provides protection against both internal and external attacks. Comodo also recognizes over ten thousands applications, meaning you don't need to configure them individually. [Support Windows Only]


Sleek design gives an at-a-glance overview of your security status

Grab your free Comodo Firewall copy here.

As a side note, Comodo Firewall 3.0 is currently under development and will feature "Host Intrusion Prevention System" to shield computer from unknown attacks.

2. Jetico Personal Firewall -uses multiple level filtering scheme to provide highest protection level. It outperformed Zone Alarm, Outpost and others; ranked first on Global firewalls 'outbound application filtering'. [Support Windows XP and Vista]



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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Opera 9.50 Beta Released


Opera once again demonstrates its prowess in browser innovation with the new feature list in Kestrel
  • Major performance improvement
  • Synchronize your bookmark, Speed Dials, and Personal toolbar across multiple computers
  • New ECMAscript (i.e JavaScript) engine, which is faster and less-memory intensive
  • Full history search: search the complete content of the webpages you visited directly from the URL toolbar
  • Improved site compatibility- Fixed thousands of bugs in Opera’s rendering engine
  • Added support for the CSS3
  • Added support for JavaScript 1.5 Getters and Setters
  • Releasing Opera in 64-bit version
  • Added “Drag to scroll” feature
  • Improved platform integration
  • Access for everyone
  • and more here

Go and grab your copy of Alpha Release here.


Updated: 25th October 2007


Opera 9.50 Beta features the all new Opera Link, providing access to your bookmarks and Speed Dials everywhere. Grab your own copy of Opera 9.50 Beta here.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Information R/evolution

Here is an interesting presentation by Michael Wesch, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University entitled Information R/evolution.

This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.


Credit: Digital Ethnography

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Amazing Windsuit Flying

Basejumpers wearing windsuits flying inches from mountain walls. It's the craziest thing I've seen in a while. A must see!



And I don't understand how they could sleep in this situation.

Portaledge

Dare to try?

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Switcher 2.0 - An Exposé App for Windows

Swithcer 2.0 is an application that will bring Apple Exposé like features to your Windows workstation. Here are a few snapshots of Switcher 2.0 in action.


Tile view arranges the windows.


Switcher treats the desktop as a window.




Download it here. And it requires Windows Vista and Aero.


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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Super Mario Brothers Live

Super Mario Galaxy
These college students perform a "live-action" skit of the old school super mario brothers video game at a talent show. It's hilarious!



Here are the latest clips/trailer from the highly anticipated 3D Action Games for Nintendo Wii - Super Mario Galaxy.


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Saturday, October 6, 2007

Feedburner Bug - Pimp your Reader Stats

FeedBurner has a major bug! Now with this tool you can add as many subscribers as you want!


Try it here.

Credit: deeario.it
"If you visit a feed with a modified user agent like this:

Bloglines/3.1 (http://www.bloglines.com; 4317 subscriber)

it will add 4317 subscribers to your feed. "

We realized a web app to “boost your feed readers” just for fun and to show how it works. You can find it here: Tessarolizr. Just add the last part of your FeedBurner feed (that after http://feeds.feedburner.com/) and the number of readers you want to add and click “Tessarolizzami!”.

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Upload to multiple file sharing sites with one click

Are you tired to upload your files onto different file sharing sites? Here are a few free web service to upload your files/documents to these sites automatically.



1. MassMirror.com - provides upload tool that will automatically distribute/mirror your files to multiple file sharing sites from just a single upload. It makes automatically mirrors on: -
  • www.badongo.com
  • www.megaupload.com
  • www.picshome.com
  • www.rapidshare.com
  • www.sendspace.com
  • www.zshare.net




2. ShareOnAll - offers free service to reupload your files onto these file sharing sites automatically:
  • www.rapidshare.com
  • www.megaupload.com
  • www.filefactory.com
  • www.depositfiles.com
  • www.easy-share.com
  • www.zshare.net

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Opera vs Firefox vs Internet Explorer

Here is a funny comparison of Firefox, Opera with Internet Explorer.

Firefox with Extension

Firefox with no extension

Opera Browser

Internet Explorer


Which web browser do you prefer?

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Monday, October 1, 2007

Alternative Media Player For All

Here are a few useful alternative media player software for everyone.

1. VLC Media Player provides cross-platform audio and video playback for various format s without codec packs mess.

VLC Media Player

2. musikCube, a lightweight and uncluttered music player. Here is the plugin to migrate the rating from Apple iTunes or Windows Media Player to musikCube.
musikCube helps you just listen to what you want to hear, while offering innovative features not seen elsewhere. musikCube is based on an embedded SQL database engine known as sqlite. It features "Dynamic playlists" which allow fully automatic, randomized playback of songs based on your observed listening habits.
musikCube player

3. Amarok is the music player for Linux and Unix with an intuitive interface.



4. Media Player Classic - Light weight media player resembling Windows Media Player 6.4



5. Foobar 2000 - a lightweight audio player for Windows platform.




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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Freeware for FLV Audio Extractor

Here are a few free software for extracting audio from FLV files.

1. FLV Audio Extractor is an light weight, easy to use tool to batch extract audio from flv files and saved as mp3 files. (by EArt Media Software - Support Windows only)



2. FLV Extract

Extracts video and audio from FLV files without decompressing or recompressing. The video is saved to AVI (H.263/FLV1 and VP6/FLV4 are supported) and the audio is saved to MP3





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Free Software for Recording Internet Radio

Here are a few free software for recording internet radio stream.

1. Free music zilla - first tool specialized in social music downloading.

  • Support download of music and song from Last.fm, IMEEM, Pandora, MySpace, MOG and almost all social music sites.
  • Break limitation of anti-leech technology
  • Integration into Firefox, Opera, Maxthon, IE, Netscape and etc
  • Maximum 10 music files download per day



2. The Last Ripper - save Last.fm streams directly to mp3.
Key Features include:
  • automatically download of album art,
  • appends ID3v2 tags,
  • creates playlists in M3U, SMIL, PLS, and
  • recordings organize according to artist, album, and track.



Note: Please be aware that recordings of radio streams, may NOT be legal, do check your local laws before using this software.


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Friday, September 21, 2007

Free File Hosting Service

Here are a few free file hosting websites suitable for sharing and sending large files or attachment with virtually no limits.

1. MiHD.net - world's most generous filehosting service with no artificial limits!

MiHD.net's key features include:
  • Resumable downloads!
  • Download accelerators are allowed.
  • No daily / hourly download limitations.
  • No waiting for a download to start (no timers, countdowns and etc)
  • Support upload up to 500 MB
  • Extended file expiry period

2. BayIMG.com - Free uncensored image hosting site.


Key features includes:
  • Supports for approximately 140 image formats.
  • There's even support for .RAR and .ZIP-archives!
  • Maximum upload size of 100 MB.
  • No apparent bandwidth restriction.
  • Hassle free image deletion thru removal code.


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Quality Desktop Wallpaper Sources

Here are a few free quality wallpaper sources to spice up your desktop.

1. InterfaceLIFT provides free high-resolution wallpaper of any sizes, ranging from widescreen to apple ipod or sony psp, and are very diversely themed.

Interfacelift wallpaper

2. deviantaART provides platform to exhibit and share artist work of art.

deviantart wallpaper

3. Mandolux has a wide collection of dual-screen wallpapers, useful for those with multiple monitors.

mandolux dual screen wallpaper

4. Social Wallpapering, a community effort to classify, rank, and distribute high resolution images for use as computer wallpaper.



5. Gnome Look




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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Useful Firefox Extension for Note Taking

Here are a few useful tool for online note taking and information gathering.

1. ScrapBook

It's a Firefox extension which helps you to save Web pages and easily manage collections. Key features are lightness, speed, accuracy and multi-language support. Major features are:
  • Save Web pageScrapBook firefox extension
  • Save snippet of Web page
  • Save Web site
  • Organize the collection in the same way as Bookmarks
  • Full text search and quick filtering search of the collection
  • Editing of the collected Web page
  • Text/HTML edit feature resembling Opera's Notes

2. Google Notebook
"Google Notebook give you an online "notebook" where you can organize all your research, add personal notes to it, and share it with others. Google Notebook which allows you to:
  • Clip and collect information as you surf the web.
  • Stay in your browser window.
  • Organize your notes from the web page you're on." Note this
Google Mini Notebook

They included a Firefox extension for making notes without having to navigate away from the page.

3. Zotero
a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Key features include:-Zotero Firefox Extension
  • Automatic capture of citation information from web pages
  • Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
  • Flexible notetaking with autosave
  • Integration with Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.org


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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Apple iPod Touch

iPod Touch Music Player

A guided tour of Apple iPod Touch
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Neatly designed Table and Chair

A pretty awesome chair, can be folded into any design. Have a look.



And here is a table to match with that chair.


Got to have both of this in house!

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

ZunePhone - Coming up Next

Here is an exclusive sneak peek at the soon-to-be released ZunePhone from Microsoft!



and yet another ZunePhone Ad..


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Mac OS X Leopard

Here is Leopard build 9A527 intro video.



Via: MacRumors
Apple appears to be accelerating seeds of Mac OS X Leopard to developers. After only 5 days since the last seed (9A500n), Apple has issued a new version of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard to developers.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Red Light vs Green Light

Traffic lights sign on war!



Trivia: The song featured is "Let's Roll" by Army of One, a hip-hop band based in Kuwait.

Via: jennindubai

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Paint - A Possible Photoshop Killer?

Paint - A Possible Photoshop Killer
Paint has came bundled with almost all version of Windows. Here is a video poking fun at Microsoft Paint purported to be this year must-have killer software.



Paint, a possible Photoshop killer? Nay..

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Windows Vista Aero Vs Linux Ubuntu Beryl

Windows Vista Aero interface competing with Ubuntu Linux and Beryl.

Here is Linux with Beryl, CSS, Ventrilo and Xfire.


Vista Aero against Ubuntu Beryl


Linux pwnz Vista! and we are not even considering security here.

Update: 13 August 2007

Beryl and Compiz have merged. The very first development release of Compiz Fusion happened on August 13, 2007 and is tagged 0.5.2, matching Compiz 0.5.2 release. Release announcement.

Compiz Fusion: A Quick Demonstration


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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Perfect Pictures for an Imperfect World

We live in an imperfect world and nothing is absolute as what it seems. Here is a very powerful and well done video to illustrate this.



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One of the most frustrating elements of living is being faced with choices, when none of the options are likely to produce a desirable outcome.

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Friday, August 10, 2007

Pat and Stanley

Pat and Stanley
A super funny clip of two animated characters, Pat (hippo) and Stanley (dog) singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".



Now, they are singing in Fast Motion!


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