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Vista orb

Microsoft’s Sean Alexander got the scoop on some select custom-built laptops by ASUS with a sleek backlit Vista orb on the casing.

Specs : widescreen (rare) Tablet PC packed with a Centrino Core 2 Duo and a bunch of extras running on Windows Vista Ultimate with Aero Glass.

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January 28, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


WikiSeek is a search engine that has indexed only Wikipedia sites, plus sites that are linked to from Wikipedia. It serves two purposes. First, it is a much better Wikipedia search engine than the one on Wikipedia (and has been built with Wikipedia’s assistance and permission). Second, the fact that it also indexes sites that are linked to from Wikipedia means that, presumably, it will return only very high quality results and very little spam. It won’t show every relevant result to a query, but it will certainly give a good overview of a subject without all the mess.

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January 16, 2007 Posted by | Web | Leave a comment

Firefox 3

“Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 is an early developer milestone for the next major version of Firefox that is being built on top of the next generation of Mozilla’s layout engine, Gecko 1.9. Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 is being made available for testing purposes only, and is intended for web application developers and our testing community. Current users of Mozilla Firefox should not use Gran Paradiso Alpha 1”.

“These Release Notes cover what’s new, download
and installation instructions, known
and frequently asked questions for the Gran Paradiso Alpha 1 release. Please read these notes and the
bug filing instructions
before reporting any bugs to Bugzilla.”
[Via :]

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January 15, 2007 Posted by | Browsers, Web | Leave a comment

Bill Gates Keynote @ CES

From Las Vegas, Nevada, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates keynoted the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and demonstrated Microsoft’s new generation of connected experiences. Bill was joined by Robbie Bach, President of Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division, in announcing several new offerings from Windows Vista, Xbox 360, Microsoft TV and more.

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January 8, 2007 Posted by | Web, Windows | 2 Comments

access linux partitions fron windows

“provides Windows NT4.0/2000/XP/2003 with full access to Linux Ext2 volumes (read access and write access). This may be useful if you have installed both Windows and Linux as a dual boot environment on your computer.
It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys,
which actually extends the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating system to
include the Ext2 file system. Since it is executed on the same software
layer at the Windows NT operating system core like all of the native
file system drivers of Windows (for instance NTFS, FASTFAT, or CDFS for
Joliet/ISO CD-ROMs), all applications can access directly to
Ext2 volumes. Ext2 volumes get drive letters (for instance G:). Files,
and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of all
applications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in
order to work with them” [Via :].

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January 7, 2007 Posted by | software | Leave a comment