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Archive for May 2008

Do we need another plugin for outlook?

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Is there a resurgence of Outlook or our dependency on offline email client are getting stronger? More and more people’s email are moving into the cloud… plugin for Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo will be wiser in my opinion.

Now, if only there are APIs to tap into… Is there?

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May 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

Watch out Apple, here comes Android.

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Best thing… it’s open source licensing!!! Anybody can twist, shape and turn it into anything… full stack provided!!! Wow!!! Imagine Google knowing every single part of your life… from your habits online (provided you logged into Google stuff while surfing online…) to the next thing, your whereabouts, what you search or surf on your phone… Man, more advertising dollars coming in and mobile is the next bigger platform.

Android and the Apple iPhone makes the rest of the mobile phone UI looks soooo dated. Where are you Microsoft? A classic example of how dominance slows the out of box thinking…

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May 29, 2008 at 4:30 pm

First we have Piclens… now Tag Galaxy… what’s next

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Thanks to the team at Piclens, we now have an extremely productive way to browse through pages and pages of photos… quickly and slideshow it right within the application.

Now we have another one on the block, by the name of Tag Galaxy! It is based on Papervision3D technology

Check it out for a fun way to browse through your flickr photos!!!

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May 29, 2008 at 9:52 am

Posted in Fun Stuff

The rising is of Drupal…

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May 28, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Posted in Great Stuff

A good laugh, kinda… Five Google-Whacking Ideas for Microsoft

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Another piece of good article from Joe Wilcox… this time round, on ideas for Microsoft to whack Google.

Have a good laugh on some of the ideas. 🙂

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May 26, 2008 at 7:00 am

Posted in Just For Laugh

Love it or hate it… Vista UAC

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A very good read on Vista UAC… from PCWorld

Some reports Vista as a flop which to me personally is not, as I have been using it at my home pc and work laptop and find it not to be anyway as bad as the press gives it.

There are truth is what was written like the UAC prompt, compatibility (which has mostly been fixed by now after service pack 1…) but here is one article that may turn the favour back to Vista, especially home user.

About the malware, virus thingy on Windows… no questions about that. XP and other OSes from Microsoft before it was not built with strong security in mind and the widespread of that negative press and real threats are real.

I have to say though that over the years as a Windows user, much of the problem lies in the user behaviour. That is the first line of defence and not antivirus software… and many of the friends whom I have serviced their Windows over the years, are just ignorant to the point of even keeping their antivirus up to date… much talk about user behaviour.

(updated: 26th May, 5 pm…)

We have Mac machine in our office as well and guess what, the designers / users are not keeping the Mac OSX updated as well… and sometimes over a period of more than 3 over months! And just in the last 6 months since Leopard is out, there’s been tonnes of fixes on almost every part of the system, from Quicktime, to Safari, to iTunes all the way down the core system level of Leopard. Some of the fixes / bugs are critical in nature and could allow for malicious attack on the system. IT administrator has to step in and patch it up and keep it updated.

The point being, it’s not the platform as they all have bugs… it’s the user. And many ‘normal’ user, regardless of Mac or Windows are just ignorant of that.

(updated: 26th May, 5 pm…)

It is a big task for the general user but as hopefully as they become more and more aware of the basic measures in their behaviour, many of the threats could be reduced to minimal.

So in conclusion, for home user, and you know who you are… Turn on Vista UAC and run as a Standard User account.

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May 26, 2008 at 6:36 am

Posted in News Only, Opinions

I could not agree more on the myth of the invulnerable OS

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Take your time to read through this article by Ed Bott from ZDNet.

It’s an interesting read which I totally agreed. And just to add to the argument… there’s many bittorrent application out there for both Mac and Windows and the truth is that the sheer size of the worldwide Windows market will give you a very huge numbers in terms of users downloading stuff from bitttorrent and… many of the keygen seems to have spyware / trojan like behaviour and often triggers alarm from different anti spyware / virus vendors.

Some keygens are real and some are malware masquerading as one… People will ignore the warning and install anyway… No wonder it’s likely the numbers are high.

Another possible marketing ploy…  

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May 21, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Posted in Opinions