Vista Icons for XP

vista-xp.jpgI’m sure most of you like the way the Vista icons look. There’s a smooth, new feeling to them. Here’s an alternative to actually installing Vista, or even using Vista Customization Pack: Icon Tweaker. Here’s what you’ll have to do:

1. Download Icon Tweaker.

2. Install Icon Tweaker.

3. Download the Vista Icon Pack.

4. Extract the ZIP file and install the icons.

5. In Icon Tweaker select the Vista icon and click Load Theme.

6. Enjoy!

!Warning! – Failure to fulfill step #6 will lead to a system crash!


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Finding web apps – simple. Simple Spark.

sp.pngSimple Spark is a web site where you can search for all the new and cool web applications that you need. With over 3.500 apps in its catalog, Simple Spark is the best choice for finding and sharing web apps. “Not only does the Simple Spark Catalog have a comprehensive listing of really cool apps that gets larger every day, but we also give you the tools to organize and share all these apps with your friends.” If you’re a developer with an idea, Simple Spark can help you find both the tools and audience for your work. Whether you’re a blogger looking to add functionality to your site, a business looking for tools, or a developer looking to create the next big thing, Simple Spark is the place to find cool stuff for your life online. Check it out here.


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Symantec is Sorry

symantec-sorry.pngSome of you may know about the incident with Norton Antivirus that occurred in China last month. Apparently, a routine update for Norton Antivirus deleted some critical system files, thus crashing about 50.000 PCs. Luckily for the rest of the world, only computers running the Chinese version of Windows XP were affected. Symantec, the world’s largest security software provider, announced on Monday a compensation package for Chinese users whose computers have been affected. They will have the period of validity for the anti-virus software extended by 12 months, plus free data backup and restoration software and enterprise users will get permits to use Ghost Solution Suite. That’s Symantec’s way of saying they’re sorry. And the lawsuits… I guess that’s just some Chinese people’s way of saying “screw you!”.

Source: Xinhuanet

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64GB Flash Hard Drive

ssd.pngSamsung Electronics is now mass-producing the industry’s first 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSD) at a whopping 64 gigabytes, making the high-density flash-memory-based drives suitable for widespread ultra-portable laptop use. “Flash-based memory drives represent the future of the laptop market” says Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, told TechNewsWorld. “They pull less power and generate less heat, and you don’t have to shield them as heavily, so they result in a smaller overall form factor.” The price is still unknown, speculations going as high as $1.000. Notebooks using the new SSD should appear shortly after shipping begins and will likely focus on premium models, including those from Samsung itself.

Source: TechNewsWorld, Mac News Network

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YouTube available on iPhone and Apple TV

youtube-iphone-apple-tv.pngApple iPhone users can now officially use their Apple iPhone handsets to view the latest videos on YouTube. This is the first mobile phone capable of providing its users with viewing privileges to YouTube. Apple TV users can now download the latest firmware and software release versions in order to provide their Apple TV sets with YouTube video viewing capabilities. More information here.

Source: Netscape

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StarCraft 2 details

sc2.pngBlizzard has revealed some new details regarding StarCraft 2. Here’s a list of what I think is most important:

1. The will be no fourth race. There were some speculations about a Protoss/Zerg hybrid race, but as I already said, there will only be 3 races: Terran, Zerg and Protoss.

2. There will be no significant gameplay changes, only small tweaks – for example there will be no limit on the amount of selectable items.

3. Zealots, Siege Tanks and Zerglings are safe, and given new powers. Many other units, however, will face forced redundancy.

4. Hero units will not be as important or require as much management as they did in Warcraft III.

Source: CVG, Joystiq

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Vista more secure than OS X and Linux

vista-os-x-linux.pngJeff Jones, a member of Microsoft’s Security business unit, has made a report which bases its security assessment upon vulnerabilities found (not actually exploited). According to the report, Vista is “more secure than OS X and Linux.” In fact, even XP is more secure than OS X and Linux. Seeing as how Jeff works for Microsoft, some might be a little suspicious about the integrity of the report. You can see the report below.

Source: engadget

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abilogo.jpgAbiWord is a free alternative to Microsoft Office and is suitable for a wide variety of word processing tasks. AbiWord is part of a larger project known as AbiSource, which was started by the SourceGear Corporation. The goal of the project was the development of a cross-platform, Open Source office suite beginning with AbiWord, the project’s word processor. It is unique among word processors in its drive to become a fully cross-platform word processor. Its source code is carefully written so that it will run on virtually any operating system with a minimum of time spent on porting. Already impressed? Try it!


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Windows Evolution


Witness the evolution through time of the miracle that is Windows. See where it all began, from Windows 1.01 (1985) to Windows Server 2008 (2007). Enjoy!

Windows 1.01 (June 1985)

Windows 1.0 is a 16-bit graphical operating environment released on November 20, 1985. It was Microsoft’s first attempt to implement a multi-tasking graphical user interface-based operating environment on the PC platform.

Windows 2.03 (December 1987)

Windows 2.0 is a version of the Microsoft Windows graphical user interface-based operating environment that superseded Windows 1.0. Windows 2.0 was said to more closely match Microsoft’s pre-release publicity for Windows 1.0, than Windows 1.0 did.

Windows 2.1 (June 1988)

Windows 2.1x is a family of Microsoft Windows graphical user interface-based operating environments.
Less than a year after the release of Windows 2.0, Windows/286 2.1 and Windows/386 2.1 were released on May 27, 1988.

Windows 3.0 (May 1990)

Windows 3.0 is the third major release of Microsoft Windows, and came out on May 22, 1990. It became the first widely successful version of Windows and a powerful rival to Apple Macintosh and the Commodore Amiga on the GUI front. It was succeeded by Windows 3.1.

Windows 3.1 (April 1992)

Windows 3.1x is a graphical user interface and a part of the Microsoft Windows software family. Several editions were released between 1992 and 1994, succeeding Windows 3.0. This family of Windows can run in either Standard or 386 Enhanced memory modes. The exception is Windows for Workgroups 3.11, which can only officially run in 386 Enhanced mode

Windows for Workgroups 3.1 (October 1992)

Windows for Workgroups 3.1 (originally codenamed Kato), released in October 1992, features native networking support. Windows for Workgroups 3.1 is an extended version of Windows 3.1 which comes with SMB file sharing support via the NetBEUI and/or IPX network protocols, includes the Hearts card game, and introduced VSHARE.386, the Virtual Device Driver version of the SHARE.EXE Terminate and Stay Resident program.

Windows NT 3.1 (August 1993)

Windows NT 3.1 is the first release of Microsoft’s Windows NT line of server and business desktop operating systems, and was released to manufacturing on July 27, 1993. The version number was chosen to match the one of Windows 3.1, the then-latest GUI from Microsoft, on account of the similar visual appearance of the user interface. Two editions of NT 3.1 were made available, Windows NT 3.1 and Windows NT Advanced Server.

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (November 1993)

Windows for Workgroups 3.11 (originally codenamed Snowball) was released in December 1993. It supported 32-bit file access, full 32-bit network redirectors, and the VCACHE.386 file cache, shared between them. The standard execution mode of the Windows kernel was discontinued in Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

Windows NT 3.5 (September 1994)

Windows NT 3.5 is the second release of the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. It was released on September 21, 1994.
One of the primary goals during Windows NT 3.5’s development was to increase the speed of the operating system; as a result, the project was given the codename “Daytona” in reference to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Windows NT 3.51 (November 1994)

Windows NT 3.51 is the third release of Microsoft’s Windows NT line of operating systems. It was released on May 30, 1995, nine months after Windows NT 3.5. The release provided two notable feature improvements; firstly NT 3.51 was the first of a short-lived outing of Microsoft Windows on the PowerPC CPU architecture. The second most significant enhancement offered through the release was that it provided client/server support for interoperating with Windows 95, which was released three months after NT 3.51. Windows NT 4.0 became its successor a year later; Microsoft continued to support 3.51 until December 31, 2001.

Windows 95 (August 1995)

Windows 95 was a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. It was released on August 24, 1995 by Microsoft, and was a significant progression from the company’s previous Windows products. During development it was referred to as Windows 4.0 or by the internal codename Chicago.

Windows NT 4.0 (September 1996)

Windows NT 4.0 is the fourth release of Microsoft’s Windows NT line of operating systems, released to manufacturing on July 29, 1996. It is a 32-bit Windows system available in both workstation and server editions with a graphical environment similar to that of Windows 95. The “NT” designation in the product’s title initially stood for “New Technology” according to Bill Gates, but now no longer has any specific meaning.

Windows 98 (June 1998)

Windows 98 (codenamed Memphis and formerly known as Windows 97) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft and the successor to Windows 95. Like its predecessor, it is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit monolithic product based on MS-DOS.

Windows 98 Second Edition (May 1999)

Windows 98 Second Edition (SE) is an update to Windows 98, released on May 5, 1999. It includes fixes for many minor issues, improved USB support, and the replacement of Internet Explorer 4.0 with the significantly faster Internet Explorer 5. Also included is Internet Connection Sharing, which allows multiple computers on a LAN to share a single Internet connection through Network Address Translation. Other features in the update include Microsoft NetMeeting 3.0 and integrated support for DVD-ROM drives. However, it is not a free upgrade for Windows 98, but a stand-alone product. This can cause problems if programs specifically request Windows 98 SE, but the user only owns Windows 98.

Windows 2000 (February 2000)

Windows 2000 (also referred to as Win2K) is an interruptible, graphical and business-oriented operating system that was designed to work with either uniprocessor or symmetric multi-processor 32-bit Intel x86 computers. It is part of the Microsoft Windows NT line of operating systems and was released on February 17, 2000. It was succeeded by Windows XP in October 2001 and Windows Server 2003 in April 2003. Windows 2000 is classified as a hybrid kernel operating system.

Windows ME Millennium Edition (July 2000)


Windows Millennium Edition, or Windows Me, is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical operating system released on September 14, 2000 by Microsoft.


Windows XP (October 2001)

Windows XP is a line of proprietary operating systems developed by Microsoft for use on general-purpose computer systems, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, and media centers. The letters “XP” stand for eXPerience. Codenamed “Whistler”, after Whistler, British Columbia, as many Microsoft employees skied at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort during its development, Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000 and Windows Me, and is the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel and architecture. Windows XP was first released on October 25, 2001, and over 400 million copies are in use, according to a January 2006 estimate by an IDC analyst. It is succeeded by Windows Vista, which was released to volume license customers on November 8, 2006, and worldwide to the general public on January 30, 2007.

Windows Server 2003 (April 2003)

Windows Server 2003 is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. Introduced on April 24, 2003 as the successor to Windows 2000 Server, it is considered by Microsoft to be the cornerstone of their Windows Server System line of business server products.
According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 is more scalable and delivers better performance than its predecessor, Windows 2000.

Windows XP Media Center Edition (October 2005)

Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) is a version of Windows XP designed to serve as a home-entertainment hub. The last version, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, was released on October 12, 2004.

Windows Vista (January 2007)

Windows Vista is a line of graphical operating systems used on personal computers, including home and business desktops, notebook computers, Tablet PCs, and media centers. Prior to its announcement on July 22, 2005, Windows Vista was known by its codename “Longhorn”. Development was completed on November 8, 2006; over the following three months it was released in stages to computer hardware and software manufacturers, business customers, and retail channels. On January 30, 2007, it was released worldwide to the general public, and was made available for purchase and downloading from Microsoft’s web site. The release of Windows Vista comes more than five years after the introduction of its predecessor, Windows XP, making it the longest time span between two releases of Microsoft Windows.


Windows Server 2008 (2007)

Windows Server 2008 is the name of the next server operating system from Microsoft. It is the successor to Windows Server 2003. It was known as codename Windows Server “Longhorn” until May 15, 2007, when Bill Gates announced its official title during his keynote address at WinHEC.
Windows Server 2008 is the server operating system containing many of the new client features from Windows Vista. This is a similar relationship to that between Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.
Beta 1 was released on July 27, 2005. Beta 2 was announced and released on May 23, 2006 at WinHEC 2006, and Beta 3 was released publicly on April 25, 2007.


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vga.jpgA VGA box is a video converter that allows the display of common analogue video standards on a VGA computer monitor. It sits between your console and your TV/Monitor in order to convert component video into VGA. It should work on most TVs and monitors supporting VGA input and costs $69. It also comes with three component cables for the Xbox/Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii.

Source: Gizmodo

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