Operation:NetTalk Entry#016

February 13, 2007

What application do you use to store and organize your photos?

I use Picasa on my PC and iPhoto on the mac. Each work reasonably well. Recently I found an application that not only stores and organizes your photos, but does it in an unique way. It’s called Photopolis.

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What is Photopolis?

Photopolis is a new way to experience your photo collection. Photopolis extracts the date you took your photo. Then it assembles the photos that were taken in a week as a “house”. Out of 4 houses a month is created and so on. The result is a checker-board arrengement of houses in a city. The straight streets represent years, the cross streets months. Because of this arrangement you can for example view your Christmas photos of all the years by walking along the “December” street.

Photopolis is available for PC and mac. So if this application seems of interest to you, you can find it here.


Operation:NetTalk Entry#014

February 10, 2007

Don’t Wait For A Genius: Quick Drop Your Mac And Go

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With Quick Drop, we’ll never again wait in line for a Genius.

We love Apple, but fixing a broken computer can be a pain. Too much planning, too much waiting, and none of the instant gratification we love. Now, thanks to a tip from a disgruntled genius, the next time our Mac fails, we’ll know to use Quick Drop: (The Consumerist)

John Edwards Stands by Bloggers

John Edwards issued a statement today defending his hiring of two bloggers, Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare’s Sister, saying he believes “in giving everyone a fair shake.” (New York Times)

Microsoft: Novell deal a milestone despite squabbles

reporter’s notebook SAN FRANCISCO–Microsoft’s deal late last year with Novell may have set a record for shortest honeymoon, with the two companies publicly bickering within days.

Nonetheless, Microsoft top lawyer Brad Smith hails the deal as a landmark that still holds the potential of bringing together the open-source and commercial software business models.

“I actually think that when the decade is through, we’ll look back, and we’ll say the agreement between Microsoft and Novell was one of the most important milestones in the decade from an (intellectual property) perspective,” Smith said Thursday at a dinner with a handful of journalists. (CNET News)

Online forums replacing coffee shops for tip-seeking farmers

MARTINSVILLE, Ohio — Tucked away in the den of his 127-year-old farmhouse, Ed Winkle huddles over his computer. The screen’s soft glow lights up his eyeglasses, reflecting messages about tractors, corn hybrids and crop insurance.

Winkle is checking the latest postings on his favorite Internet farm forum. Advice from fellow farmers around the country has enabled him to increase his corn and soybean production, better market his crops, learn how to rebuild engines and get good tires for his tractor. (USAToday)

How do I… Install Windows Vista in a dual-boot configuration along with Windows XP

Are you really excited about the prospect of experimenting with the new features in the Windows Vista operating system, but are not yet ready to give up your existing Windows XP installation? For instance, you may be on the fence, because you’re not 100 percent sure that all your existing hardware and software will work in Vista and you still need them to get your work done.

If so, then you may be the perfect candidate for a dual-boot configuration. With this type of configuration, you can easily experiment with Windows Vista and still use Windows XP. In other words, you get to have your cake and eat it too.

In this article, I’ll discuss some of the options you’ll need to consider as you begin thinking about and planning for adding Windows Vista to your existing system in a dual-boot configuration. I’ll then walk you step by step through the entire procedure. (TechRepublic)


Operation:NetTalk Entry#013

February 7, 2007

Hackers Slow Internet Root Servers With Attack

Online attackers have briefly disrupted service on at least two of the 13 “root” servers that are used to direct traffic on the Internet. (PC World)

New York may ban iPods while crossing street

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers who blithely cross the street listening to an iPod or talking on a cell phone could soon face a $100 fine. (Reuters)

At retail stores, Apple prepares to counter Vista

February 7, 2007 – Apple has been waging a quiet war against Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system in its television ads and on its Web site. Now, the Mac maker is bringing the fight to its chain of 170 retail stores, as well. (Think Secret)

Music industry sues Augusta man

In its running legal battle against unauthorized downloaders, five recording companies have sued an Augusta man in federal court claiming he illegally pirated and shared copyrighted music.

Scott Hinds, 23, is a defendant in one of a number of lawsuits by Recording Industry of America affiliates seeking to halt illegal sharing of copyrighted songs — a once-widespread practice some maintain was “fair use,” encouraged by certain computer software. (Morning Sentinel)

Hidden Vista tricks that can make you more productive

There are literally hundreds of new features and hidden tricks in Vista. Here are a few that will be helpful to you as you begin to get accustomed to using the new Windows Vista operating system. (Tech Republic)

AMD cranks out new Opterons

Three low-power Opterons and two processors in the mainstream power category were added to AMD’s product list. The low-power chips are said to consume no more than 68 watts, while the mainstream processors consume no more than 95 watts. (CNET)

Apple: Record labels should drop DRM

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc. indicated it would open its iTunes store to other portable players besides its ubiquitous iPod if the world’s major record labels abandoned the anti-piracy technology that serves as the industry’s security blanket.

Steve Jobs, Apple’s chief executive, made the case for abolishing the protections known as “Digital Rights Management,” or DRM, in an open letter posted Tuesday on the Cupertino-based company’s Web site. He also explained why Apple had decided against licensing its own DRM technology, known as “FairPlay,” as an alternative method for making iTunes accessible to all portable players. (Yahoo News)

MySpace offers 1m directing job

Social networking website MySpace is running a competition to win the director’s job on a 1m feature film (BBC News)

Soldier’s Blogs Monitore, Group Sues For More Info

It is no secret that the military monitors soldiers’ Web postings, can remove certain items and will punish those posting content that violates military rules.

Still, recent publicity about a special military group monitoring soldiers’ blogs and other Web postings has gained widespread attention and led to a lawsuit. (Information Week)

Security better, but needs more work, Gates says

SAN FRANCISCO — In his swan song to an annual gathering of 15,000 computer security experts here Tuesday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said the software giant has made giant strides in security.

But he acknowledged that threats from malicious computer code and the proliferation of devices connected to the Internet have made security a moving target. (USA Today)


Operation:NetTalk Entry#011

February 4, 2007

Once again I want to talk about a neat Firefox extension. I came across Sage this morning while searching for a RSS reader that I enjoy using, not one that I have to learn to live with. In the past I’ve used Thunderbird, Google Reader and a few other’s. None of which worked the way I wanted them to.

Sage

What does Sage do?

  • Reads RSS (2.0, 1.0, 0.9x) and Atom feeds
  • Newspaper feed rendering customizable via style sheets
  • Feed Discovery
  • Integrates with Firefox’s bookmark storage and Live Bookmarks
  • Imports and exports OPML feed lists
  • Technorati and RSS search engine integration
  • Support for a number of locales: Argentine Spanish, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish
  • Simple, one step install / uninstall

If Sage sounds appealing to you, give it a try.


Operation:NetTalk Entry#005

January 27, 2007

Woz Presents the Apple Historical Museum.

The next time you’re on YouTube, check out adiblasi videos. Great stuff, even Woz views his vids!


Operation:NetTalk Entry#004

January 27, 2007

Tab Effect

While surfing the net a few weeks back I came across this clever Firefox extension. When switching between tabs it has a cube effect. I don’t know if it’s really useful, but I like it. Of course, nothing beats exposé on the mac – IMHO. If you’re interested you can find it here

By the way, it’s Windows only.


Operation:NetTalk Entry#001

January 20, 2007

In this first entry I want to mention a neat Firefox extension that enables you to download and save flash video that you come across while surfing the net. It’s called Download Helper. You can find it at: downloadhelper.net After installing the extension and restarting Firefox you’ll notice a symbol on the top of you’re open windows. When it detects video that can be downloaded it begins to spin. By clicking the arrow you can choose to save the file as is or rename for easy locating later.

Below is a list of apps I like to use if you wish to convert and view the .flv files.

iSquint.com (conversion app for Mac)

wimpyplayer.com (a flv player for Mac)

anyvideoconverter.com (a conversion app for Windows)

FLVplayer.com (a flv player for Windows)

All of these apps are free.

Here are a few of the sites I like to visit that uses flash video.

peekvid.com

simplisticsmovielinks.blogspot.com

livevideo.com

ummyeah.com