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Help Keep Internet Rado ALIVE

sigh the petition and tell your friends to join in to keep the internet radio up and running. It kept us going all those long days and nights pumping new tunes free of charge . Now its our time to help them.


sigh the petition

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March 17, 2007 Posted by | Web | 1 Comment

Vista at it again

back-lit Vista orb wallpaper bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s “First 30
years” picture displayed earlier this year. hmmm what a coincidence 🙂

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March 8, 2007 Posted by | Windows | Leave a comment

PCLinuxOS on Heroes

PCLOS is finding its way onto desktops and laptops everywhere – even Hollywood.

It was spotted almost 23 minutes into the 13th episode (originally aired January 29, 2007), The Fix, as Zach & Claire scour online newspapers looking for clues to Claire’s real parents.

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March 3, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Reduce Firefox Memory Consumption

Firefox saves the last 50 visited websites of a single session in
memory which means that it could add up quickly if you visit lots of
content filled websites. The reason behind this is that it is faster to
access a already visited website if it still resides in memory instead
of loading it from disk cache or from the server.

The fix is relatively simple. Type about:config in the Firefox address bar and search for the term:


Right-click the entry, select modify from the list and change it to a lower value. I set it to 5 which works well for my surfing habits. Select a value which suits your browser habits.

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February 25, 2007 Posted by | Browsers | 1 Comment

PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 2

PCLinuxOS Test Release 2 is now available for download. “This is mainly a bug fix update based on user feedback from Test Release 1. We still have a few pending issues to clear before final’.
The good news is PCLinuxOS 2007 final will be released on or before the end of the month.

Features include:

  • Kernel
  • KDE 3.5.6 final
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Flash 9
  • Mozilla Thunderbird
  • Open Office 2.1.0
  • Xorg 7.1
  • Beryl (1.99), Compiz, Aixgl and Xgl for 3D graphics support
  • Gcc 4.1.1 and updated glibc
  • Updated bootsplash, icons, and more from the beautification project.
  • Xdg Menu system
  • Rebuild and update of our entire repository against new gcc and glibc
  • Simplified Livecd boot options.

who needs vista when we got pclinux 🙂

Here is a quick link to the CD image: livecd-TR2.iso (695MB, MD5).

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February 15, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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.

View Webcast:

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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