Browse any site in your Mobile Phone or PDA

This is possible using portals that strips out graphics, javascript and other elements not needed by your mobile phone or PDA browser.

Here are the portals that can instantly render any ordinary websites into mobile website:

Google mobile: http://www.google.com/gwt/n
This is the latest offering from Google. Great for browsing mobile pages because it gives you an option to remove images. It also trims the website into several pages so that you can browse it easily in your mobile browser.

You can also try Skweezer and IYHY. They do not paginate mobile pages so the mobile web page may take too long to load or your mobile browser may not be able to browse the entire page.

Links:
Google mobile: http://www.google.com/gwt/n or
http://www.google.com/xhtml
Skweezer: http://www.skweezer.net
IYHY: http://www.iyhy.com
Google, mobile, Skweezer, IYHY, XHTML+browser

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Visual Guide to MyODBC in VS.NET 2005

In this visual guide I\’m going to show how you can use MyODBC in .NET 2005. It\’s rather sneaky because when you install MyODBC it is not readily available in the data source option after installation. You have to create a connection string first in order to make use of MyODBC. I have tested this in Visual Web Developer 2005 Express and should work in other Visual Studio 2005 versions.

You should download and install MyODBC before beginning. It is available at MySQL Connector/ODBC download section. I\’m going to use MyODBC 3.51.12 for this guide.

1. Go to menu bar -> Tools -> Connect to Database or click the Connect to Database icon

2. Choose Microsoft ODBC Data Source (or you may choose .NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC, either will be just fine) then click Continue.

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3. Choose the Use Connection String radio button and click Build…
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4. In Machine Data Source tab click New…
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Thunderbird 1.5 Released

\"Thunderbird\"Finally Thunderbird 1.5 is out. This new version has automated update system, RSS feed and podcast support, in-line spell checking, and a lot more.

What\’s new in Thunderbird 1.5

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Thunderbird may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Sort address autocomplete results by how often you send e-mail to each recipient.
  • Spell check as you type.
  • Saved Search Folders can now search across multiple accounts.
  • Built in phishing detector to help protect users against email scams.
  • Podcasting and other RSS Improvements.
  • Deleting attachments from messages.
  • Integration with server side spam filtering.
  • Reply and forward actions for message filters.
  • Kerberos Authentication.
  • Auto save as draft for mail composition.
  • Message aging.
  • Filters for Global Inbox.
  • Improvements to product usability including redesigned options interface, and SMTP server management.
  • Many security enhancements.

Links:
Mozilla Thunderbird
Read the release notes
Mozilla, Thunderbird

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New Shiny Skype 2.0 Released

\"Skype\"Skype 2.0 had been released and there are great features added in this release as well as many bug fixes. It\’s currently available in Windows only. There\’s a new release for OS X but it doesn\’t support video calls yet while Linux has not received any update yet so let\’s hope that both OS X and Linux will be updated with video capabilities soon.

For starters, this new release boast the best ever call quality of Skype. The developers had fine-tuned the codec and the sound quality is supposed to give you clearer calls. Skype 2.0 also added the most anticipated feature of all: video conversation. Now you can make video calls one-on-one anywhere in the world — for free! Contacts can also be sorted into different groups. You can also display your mood so that people know what you feel on the spot and you can display your local time so that your Skype buddies can tell the time difference of your Skype buddies. New sounds were added and were set as default. You can always revert to old tones if you don\’t like the new ones. I personally don\’t like the new ones so I changed them all back to old tones. I think it would be better to have tone themes rather than changing the individual tones one at a time. It\’s just too annoying and time consuming.

Aesthetically, the new Skype 2.0 had undergone some redesign. New icons has given Skype a new face lift with its shiny new icons. New interface had cleared some of the clutter. I like the new over-all user interface design because it\’s more streamlined and compact.

Technically this release has a better CPU utilization and smoother video playback than the previous builds. For a more detaiedl list of enhancements and bug fixes you can view the Skype changelog.

Kudos to Skype team!

Links:
Download Skype for Windows
Skype, VoIP

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Earphones Might Damage Your Hearing

I recently read this article about ear buds causing hearing loss and it\’s very alarming as MP3 players are so popular today. So you own an iPod or Zen? You probably want to change the earphones / ear buds that comes with it. The article suggests using ear muffs / headphones because they have noise-cancelling which eliminate background noise unlike ear buds. This prevents the user from stepping up the volume of the device, possible for causing hearing loss after just about an hour of listening.

Links:
Techtree.com: Ear Buds Cause Hearing Loss?
ear buds, earphones, headphones, audio, mp3 player

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Why AMD’s clock rate don’t equal Intel’s

Recently at Digg.com, an article was submitted about the comparison of AMD clock rate vs. Intel clock rate. I know this for years already but for those who don\’t know the facts yet, it\’s good to read the article.

Ever make this off-the-cuff comment? \”AMD is only clocked at 2.8GHz, while Intel is at 4.0GHz! Intel is much faster.\” Learn why it\’s not such a good idea to say that in the company of those who know.

Link:
Geek.com : Why AMD-MHz don\’t equal Intel-MHz by RickGeek

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IE 7 Will Use Firefox RSS Icon

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Good news, Microsoft Team RSS announced in their blog that they have collaborated with Mozilla to adopt the RSS icon used in Firefox in upcoming version of Internet Explorer, IE 7.

In an attempt to create a standard interface for everyone, the team agreed that it\’s in the user\’s best interest to have one common icon to represent RSS and RSS-related features in a browser. It wasn\’t the first time Microsoft worked with the Mozilla team to exchange ideas and it won\’t be the last.

Back in October 8, Microsoft Team RSS posted several designs of the RSS icon to be used in IE 7. I think they were scrapped for good as IE 7 will be using the orange RSS icon of Firefox now. :)

Link:
Microsoft Team RSS Blog: Icons: It’s still orange
Firefox, Internet Explorer, IE, RSS icon

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