Windows Vista

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Clear, Confident, Connected: Bringing clarity to your world.

Microsoft has just posted their Press Release confirming that Windows: Codename Longhorn will be called Windows Vista. Microsoft has also launched their official \”Windows Vista\” web page here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/default.mspx

Also, announced on the page: \”Beta 1, targeted at developers and IT professionals, will be available by August 3rd 2005\”.

On the otherhand, many people really debated about the name Vista and its significance. Actually I also didn\’t like it at first but I\’m getting more used to it. Vista means \”sight\” or \”view\” in Spanish. I wonder if Microsoft wanted a big facelift to get Windows a new \”view\” and perspective about their OS. Beside some people started abbreviating it as WinVi.

Here\’s the reasoning:

  • Vi is the first two letters of Vista
  • Windows Vista is Windows NT 6.0. In Roman Numerals VI is the number six.

-Taken from Bink.nu

I\’m already itching to get a copy of Beta 1! :P Let\’s see how much it improved over the last significant update of Windows.

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Google Earth

Google Earth puts a planet\’s worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.

I am fiddling with Google Earth (powered by Keyhole) and I\’m very much impressed with the detailed satellite maps it can generate on screen. There\’s not much information shown in other countries except USA, but the aerial maps that you can view, virtually on any place of the earth, is just too amazing. Imagine how the CIA manages to spy the rest of the world with more advanced mapping satellites. I\’ve watched documentaries about spy satellites that can easily pin point a car from several thousand kilometers above, which is really freaking me out. In no time, they will be able to track down people using those satellites! x_x

Anyway, here\’s a fancy view of Metro Manila. I have annoted some parts of the satellite map so that you can familiarize with it quickly. Click it for more details.

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Skype And VoIP Buster

I had a chance to call in America for free thanks to VoIP. It\’s really cool and convenient.

\"SkypeI tested Skype with my friend Enye and the quality of the voice conversation was pretty good. We also tried the new \”call\” feature in Yahoo! Instant Messenger (YIM) and it really looks like a copy of Skype. What I really like about Skype is the candy-like interface… I don\’t know if I\’m the only one who thinks that their website is very candy-ish too. The yellow-green white combination makes it even more \”yummy\”. :D Anyway, regarding Skype\’s features, it\’s very intuitive and feels much like YIM, albeit the bubblegum effect. I have to try the conference feature yet… I will pull some people to test it as it might be very useful in guild wars tactics. I know hard core gamers who uses VoIP softwares to communicate in realtime. Ventrillo is very popular in counter strike community as well as in mmorpgs but the problem with Ventrillo is, you need a central server for it to work, unlike Skype which is decentralize, which is P2P instead. On the otherhand Skype\’s conference feature is limited to 4 + host… (which is 5?)

\"VoIPAnyway I was about to purchase credits for Skype when Moneybookers, the credit card gateway of Skype wants me to send scanned copy of my credit card\’s front and back and a document.. blah blah, I was really discouraged and searched for another VoIP service that is less hassle than Skype credit billing. Then I found VoIP Buster from Skype\’s forum. I was relieved when I found it. As a beta product and service, VoIP Buster allows beta users to call for free… but it has 1 minute limit to reserve capacity for their genuine testers. I have to buy just one Euro worth of credit to get unlimited free calls to any regular phones of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States! Isn\’t very cool! It\’s free to call in any of these countries! ^_^ Well, so much for Skype now… I think that they have to resctructure their rates to get very competitive. From what I see, telephony is getting much cheaper these days because of VoIP. Sweet!

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PearPC Running OS X

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:mrgreen: Looks cool… but then it\’s too slow. Good enough to test Safari on Mac though. :wink:

(from the 2nd screenie, OS X recognized my PC as 822 mhz G3…)

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eMule

e-Donkey has been around for a while but it was my first time using it :P I almost always rely on Bearshare then I found a link this morning that requires eMule to download so I tried my luck and it worked. :wink:

The network of eMule is very active… at least when I used it there was about 3 million people using it.

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The Fox is Burning!

I want to plug my favorite browser…. Mozilla Firefox!

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I hated Internet Explorer after using this browser… I realized that Microsoft is so sluggish in developing IE that I switched to a browser that defines what a true web browser should be. :)

Version 1.0 is just around the corner. Yey! \"Get

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