Archive for September, 2003
I stumbled across this site downloading the latest version of MSN Messenger, and found it to be very cool.
SoftNews.Ro is a library of over 8,000 free and free-to-try software programs for Windows and Unix/Linux,games and drivers. They review and categorize these products in order to allow the visitor/user to find the exact product they and their system needs. They add more than 50 products on our site every day. All their services are FREE of charge for the visitors/users. There is a membership system, but it does not require a payed subscription, although it offers a series of advantages for the registered user.
The Borg Meet Bill Gates
Just thought this was funny. Here is an excerpt …
“Picard: “Mr. LaForge, have you had any success with your attempts at finding a weakness in the Borg? And Mr. Data, have you been able to access their command pathways?”
Geordi: “Yes, Captain. In fact, we found the answer by searching through our archives on late Twentieth-century computing technology.”
Geordi presses a key, and a logo appears on the computer screen.
Riker looks puzzled: “What the hell is ‘Microsoft’?” “
If you are a bigBrains, geek, nerd, technocrat, egghead, congnocenti, guru, ivory dome, maven, savant, deep thinker, book worm, or just a smart person, you got to check out this site. It is worth while to also join as a subscriber.
This is a site geared for geeks. It has a kind of anti-Microsoft counter culture thing going on, but I still love Slashdot.
Slashdot is known for its ultra-high number of visitors it gets in a day. It gets so many visitors, that often when it links to a site, the site crashes due to the overload.
With charters like Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda , and Jeff “Hemos” Bates, the site is fun and edgy.
I recieved the following email Evan Williams here, co-founder of Pyra/Blogger.
“I wanted to give you a heads-up about something we’re announcing
shortly: We’re no longer offering Blogger Pro as a separate product
and we’re folding most of the features into regular (free) Blogger.
It’s sad but true. (Except it’s not really that sad.)
Don’t worry – nothing you paid for is going away. And while you won’t be
charged, your subscription is still valid. You will continue to have
access to features like RSS and post-via-email that are still not
in the free version. You’ll also have priority support from our
expanded team and new support system: http://help.blogger.com .
More importantly, I want to stress that we couldn’t have gotten to
where we are today without you. Pro subscribers helped keep us going
as a struggling start-up, when servers and bandwidth were at an
extreme premium. We wanted to keep basic Blogger free, but we needed
to start charging in order to keep the lights on. So we built new
things that would appeal to some Blogger users (namely, you).
Thanks to supportive people like yourself, this plan allowed us to
grow and build a better service — and, eventually, get us to much
more stable ground. We’re eternally grateful, and I hope you were
happy with the relationship, as well.
Today, as you may know, Blogger’s situation is much different.
For one thing, we’re part of Google. (If you missed that announcement,
check the FAQ: http://www.blogger.com/about/blogger_google_faq.pyra).
Google has lots of computers and bandwidth. And Google believes blogs
are important and good for the web.
This is a good thing.
So we’re in the fortunate position of being able to give back to our
users. Specifically, we want give all of you who paid for Pro,
a Blogger hoodie as a way of saying thanks. Just go to
http://new.blogger.com/sweatshirt.pyra by October 1, 2003 to claim yours.
We feel this move will be good for all Blogger users, and we’re
excited about the many new things we have in the pipeline. Stay tuned.
SpamBayes: Windows platform
While nothing going to get rid of spam, may are looking for a way to get the upper hand. There are literally millions of spammers out there looking for ways to garbage into our lives, so it makes sense that this problem may take many clean up. SpamBayes is an open source project working on a Bayesian anti-spam filter. There are several flavors different clients:
* Outlook Plugin – A plugin for Microsoft Outlook which tightly integrates classification and training into the Outlook interface
* Pop3proxy – A mail filter which sits between the user’s POP3 server(s) and the user’s mail client and presents a web-based training interface
* Imapfilter – A mail filter similar to pop3proxy but which talks the IMAP protocol
* Hammiefilter 0 A simple mail filter suitable for embedding in a procmail environment
You can download this program for free. Outlook Version.
The following is a Quote from Chris Pirillo.
“Wow. How did I ever get along without an integrated spam squelcher? Dare I say this thing is next to flawless within Outlook? The SpamBayes engine went through 1,400 messages from a single “catch all” account yesterday and kept my inbox clutter-free (after very little training). It’s comforting to know that even this early in the process, I’m 99% satisfied. When it makes a mistake, I correct it with a simple drag and drop operation. Nothing could be more simple. Not surprising, this is a zillion times better than even Outlook 2003′s built-in blocker. I’m very much looking forward to better control over HTML messages. As indicated by one of my insiders, “Outlook 2003 lets you [automatically translate HTML into text] as a default. No pictures or anything else. Then, there are the smart overrides. If the sender is in your safe list, it will then show the pictures, etc. Same holds true for Hotmail. If the person is in your address book, or in your safe list, it’ll render graphics. Otherwise, it won’t.” At least we have some degree of control with this PIM revision. There are times it’s acceptable to send an HTML message, and times when you’d be better off sticking with plain ol’ text. FWIW, it’s never acceptable to send an embedded sound file in e-mail. Ever.”