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Microsoft Office 2007 SP1 Releases in December
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 10:39:36 +0000
When we say “Service Pack” or “SP1”, most of us immediately think about Microsoft’s Windows Vista update. After all, it is the first service pack for this operating system and should bring a lot of performance enhancements and fix bugs, together with improving anti piracy efforts showed by Microsoft. On the other hand we need to realize that we should not only be talking about Windows Vista. Microsoft Office 2007 was also launched recently and it will also receive an update. It is only normal as we are dealing with the best selling productivity suite labeled with Microsoft.
Contrary to popular belief, the update of Office 2007 is moving a lot faster than Vista’s and we will see a Service Pack 1 for Office released on December 11. According to Microsoft, we are dealing with a lot of improvements that were based on consumer or corporate feedback. We are still not sure about the complete list of improvements or features as the company is keeping a tight lid on this. What we do know is that we will see improved support for VSTO v3 and .NET v3.5, better object model documentation aimed towards coding, the compatibility issues with various other Office file formats of the past were corrected and we will also see some changes when talking about DirectX video overlay. Security updates and small bug fixes are also something we can expect as they always appear at every single update.
What you need to know is that SP1 will not be delivered through Automatic Update Deployment because of various concerns exhibited by corporate customers. By doing this, they will be allowed to test the SP before they will add it to their systems. On the other hand, we do not know exactly the details of how regular consumers will receive their Office 2007 Service Pack 1 packages. Microsoft is expected to release an official statement soon.
Huge Price cut on Adobe Flash Media Servers and 2 New Models
Wed, 09 Jan 2008 10:28:48 +0000
Adobe recently announced the third version of the company’s Flash Media Servers: Flash Media Streaming Server 3 and Flash Media Interactive Server 3. The two servers come with a lot of improvement but the one thing that really catches the eye stands in the built-in support for H.264 and, of course, a huge price drop in the Interactive Server that comes with intelligent caching. What is really special is that this price cut comes from $45,000 to just $4,500. This has to be one of the most incredible price cuts in some time now and it is quite interesting that it comes from Apple.
Sting as it could mark a significant change when it comes to running a streaming media servers, as this might not be a link necessarily done with Brightcove, YouTube or various other companies like Disney or CNN. Besides taking off $40,000 from the original price, we also have to say that the assembly of an Adobe based Flash media server in such a way that it can service thousands of connected clients at the same time can be done a lot better and faster than in the past. To put it simple, for the price a company had to pay for one Flash Media server, we can now purchase 10, making one an origin server ant the rest edge servers. The new media servers from Adobe run on AMD or Intel based machines that come equipped with Windows Server or Red Hat Linux. The real problem is no longer the price of the equipment thanks to Apple, but the price paid on high-bandwidth storage and networking infrastructure. The next step is taking a look if there will be any company that will be bold enough to try a streaming server similar to that of YouTube and if so, if there will be some sort of success.
Microsoft Office Suite – $60 for Students
Fri, 14 Sep 2007 12:07:15 +0000
The Microsoft Office suite is one of the best sold software packages around the world but it is also one of the most pirated. Now we have some stress on Microsoft because alternatives are appearing including the highly popular OpenOffice open source software and StarOffice. On the other hand we still have Microsoft Office setting the bar and the alternatives are simply not good enough, no matter what fans say.
Office is great but the problem with it has always been price. Microsoft Office 2007 varies in price from $149 for Microsoft Office Home and Student to $679 for Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007. This is quite a difference and we have an amount that will add to the bills. OpenOffice is getting better with each version and this has to worry Microsoft since we have the possibility of dealing with great software that costs a lot versus good software that is free.
Microsoft is trying to change the trends and is introducing a special offer aimed at students. If you are a college student, have a .edu e-mail address, you have the needed documents and are enrolled in 0.5 hours of coursework you can purchase Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for just $59.95. This is basically a steal and you can download everything from an official web site or you can have a DVD shipped to your own postal address for free.
Before you get ready to go to your nearest store with $60 in your pockets you should check your country. This offer is only available in USA, Canada, UK, Spain, Italy and France. The tag line is “The Ultimate Steal” and the promotion will be over on April 30, so be quick or you will lose on this chance. It does not happen very often that you can get licensed software like the entire Microsoft Office Suite for just $60.
Firefox Reaches 400 Million Downloads
Sun, 09 Sep 2007 06:03:26 +0000
There is no secret that Firefox is one of my favorite Internet browsers and I am really happy to break this piece of news. Mozilla launched this software on the 9th of November 2004 and since that date it continued to rise in popularity among net users. Every year saw the number of downloads doubling and this lead to the current high point of 400 million downloads. Keep in mind that this fact does not mean that 400 million unique users downloaded the browser. I alone am sure to have downloaded it at least 10 times but an average is of around 4-5 downloads per person in the time frame between 2004 and now. It is impressive that around 80-100 million individuals might have downloaded Mozilla Firefox.
The first big player that helped out Firefox was Google by including it in its Adsense referral system. As time passed, satisfied customers wanted more and Mozilla, together with independent manufacturers, stood up to the task. We now have in Firefox the second most used Internet browser in the world. It is hard to imagine it will ever be able to top Internet Explorer as it comes with every Windows system out there but only time will tell if free, open source software will have the benefit over large corporations like Microsoft. Nonetheless, there are many available extensions for Firefox that are not usable on Internet Explorer and the other way around. If download numbers keep rising at the rate they did in the past we might see 800 million Firefox downloads next year.
Eudora, Back Like It Never Left
Wed, 05 Sep 2007 09:10:07 +0000
If you are a user of , odds are you have been around the internet for a while. While Outlook, Thunderbird, and online email services like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail get all the news story’s these days, once upon a time Eudora was the was the app to have for all your email needs.
Well, digg up the parachute pants, because , this time as a Mozilla project. The new Eudora is based on the open-source Thunderbird email client, but has the familiar look and feel of Eudora.
Eudora 8.0.0 beta includes Eudora’s toolbar icons, keyboard shortcuts, and menu structure, among other things.
You can easily import mailboxes and messages from Eudora or from Thunderbird. There’s also an option to import filters from Eudora, although this won’t work with every filter as Thunderbird doesn’t use the same structure as Eudora.
Eudora 8 beta comes in Windows and Mac varieties.
Opera 9.5 alpha Coming Soon
Mon, 03 Sep 2007 14:11:55 +0000
The first public alpha of Opera 9.5 is due out tomorrow. be as well know as Internet Explorer or Firefox, but the people behind the scene deserver a lot of credit when it comes to the work they have put into pushing web browsers to the next level
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile offer the best solution for fast browsing on PDA and Mobile’s. The Opera browser used in the
Nintendo Wii makes web browsing very easy on a television thanks to it’s very handy zoom function.
So what do they have in store for the new release? Well, there’s a new rendering engine, a bunch of bug fixes, and generally faster program start times. and a bunch more.
If you like to experiment with your browsers, I suggest you give Opera a go. It is a lot different in many ways to it’s competitor’s but has all the same advantages.
Found a fix for WordPress and safari 3
Fri, 17 Aug 2007 17:28:26 +0000
I found a fix for the infamous paragraph/Safari 3 issue.
Basically, before you do this fix, when you write in wordpress, it will come up as one big clump of words, after you publish it.
Here’s how you fix it (You will lose some features, but it will work for now).
1. sign into the admin panel for wordpress.
2. click on users –> your profile.
3. Uncheck USE RICH TEXT EDITOR.
4. Save Changes.
now, the rich text editor is gone, so if you want to make major edits, knowing html helps. but if you just want the regular font, etc. this will
be fine. there are some buttons and stuff at the top, so you don’t lose all the features. It just works a little differently.
iLife ’08 Released
Wed, 08 Aug 2007 00:08:56 +0000
Today Apple Inc. released iLife ’08.
iLife is a suite of applications for the Mac, that lets Mac fans use their Mac in creative ways.
Here’s a summary of the applications, and some of the new stuff that they offer. They are in order of my personal preference.
Garageband: This is a program that lets you make music! You can input midi instruments, and use the Jam Packs (cost extra) and loops that are included with GB. Some new features include a VISUAL EQ:
and Magic Garageband (which lets you visualize the instruments being played – I think):
This app organizes your photos in one application.
You can order prints right from iPhoto, and make calendars, etc. You can also search Pictures by tags.
You can use the new .Mac Web Gallery feature.
Lets you make movie clips. It has a whole new interface.
iWeb: Let’s you publish websites. You can now use Google Maps right in your website, and it comes with more themes.
Getting more than one line to copy&paste into a one-line field:
Sat, 09 Jun 2007 00:30:30 +0000
Story originally found at:
In Google (local) for an address, you have to copy each line individually, if you are copying and pasting an address.
This little hack will show you how to paste the whole thing:
Fire up the Fox (Open firefox) and in the address bar, type:
In the field to filter out words, type:
In the editor.singleLine.pasteNewlines field, change the setting to:
New Version Of Parallels Will play 3D Games
Sat, 02 Jun 2007 08:39:52 +0000
Parallels Desktop 3.0 is due out in a few weeks time, with . Some features are very cool and others have been needed for a while.
Parallels is virtual hardware emulator. It’s very popular in the Mac community for running Windows on Apple hardware. It can also be used for running any OS, for example you can run Linux and Windows at the same time without rebooting your computer, all you need to do is open the
The beauty of Parallels is the fact that there is no need to dual boot anymore. You can run any OS you like with-in Windows or Mac with very little knowledge and very little effort.
For a full edition of Parallels it will set you back $80, but if you already own a copy you can upgrade for $50. If you preorder, you can save a few bucks and.