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May 2009 Blog Posts (15)

Pandora One: Good For You, Even Better For Pandora

May 20th, 2009 | by Jennifer Van Grove

http://mashable.com/2009/05/20/pandora-one



As we reported yesterday, PandoraPandora reviewsPandora reviews has bounced back from the brink of extinction and is heading towards profitability, largely thanks to their ability to sell targeted advertising.

Starting today, however, the company is expanding its paid offerings and releasing Pandora One, a subscription-based upgrade that will… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 21, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

HOW TO: Juice Up Firefox with Amazon, Google and Twitter

May 20th, 2009 | by Ben Parr

http://mashable.com/2009/05/20/juice/



The Firefox sidebar tool Juice could change the very way you browse the web, especially if you’re an information junkie or a multitasker.

Linkool Labs, the makers of Juice, released the 1.0 version of its extension today. The updated interface brings a whole slew of features to the table. The core is the same: Juice allows you to identify, store, and track content… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 20, 2009 at 9:22am — No Comments

Goodbye, SOX?

May 18th, 2009

Posted by Joe McKendrick @ 8:54 am

http://blogs.zdnet.com/service-oriented/?p=2085&tag=nl.e019



Keep your eye on this one: the US Supreme Court has just decided to review the constitutionality of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.



According to today’s news, the Supremes said they would consider a legal challenge to the law, on the basis that it “violates the constitutionally mandated separation of powers.” (Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Wolfram Alpha: A new slant on Web data

The online tool supplies answers to factual, data-intensive questions but also does math in the process. This weekend, it's set to open up to the public.



May 16, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

by CNET News staff

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10241816-93.html?tag=nl.e703

Wolfram Alpha is live; give us your impressions

New search engines don't come around every day; let us know what you think about your initial experiences with… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 19, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

PDF-Crack: Free Online PDF Unlocker

http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/pdf-crack-free-online-pdf-unlocker/



Some PDF documents come with restrictions that don’t let you to copy or print its contents. This is very inconvenient if you want to access the information from the document or print it out for offline use. Now you can unlock this kind of PDF files with one click using free online pdf unlocker PDF-Crack from Ensode.net.



Just upload a document from your computer and click “Submit”. The unlocked version of your… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 18, 2009 at 9:42am — No Comments

How To Kill Unresponsive Programs without The Task Manager

May. 14th, 2009 By Varun Kashyap

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-kill-unresponsive-programs-without-the-task-manager/



Windows is generally not known for its stability. Among other things there are frequent “Not Responding” applications. The reasons may vary from less RAM to Viruses to poorly designed applications. So what do you do when an application hangs up?



I bet you hit Ctrl+Alt+Del or fire up the task manager in some other way, reach for the application and… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 15, 2009 at 12:37pm — No Comments

10 handy Firefox about:config hacks

If you really want to fine-tune your Firefox functionality, you have to roll up your sleeves and tinker with the about:config page. Jack Wallen shares some simple hacks to make Firefox work the way you want.



Date: May 7th, 2009

Author: Jack Wallen

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=719&tag=nl.e102



Unless you’re a Firefox power user, you may not be familiar with the about:config page. The Firefox about:config page is not so much a page as it is a… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 12, 2009 at 9:16am — No Comments

Microsoft tweaks antipiracy tech for Windows 7

May 7, 2009 6:00 AM PDT

by Ina Fried

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10234441-56.html?tag=nl.e703



With Windows 7, Microsoft is making some subtle changes to the ways it tries to thwart piracy.



As has been the case for some time, Microsoft's strategy hinges on requiring a user to electronically verify their copy of the software, a process known as activation, and then the software also periodically validates that a copy of Windows is genuine.



In… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 8, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Windows 7 at risk from legacy flaw, F-Secure says

May 6, 2009 7:01 AM PDT

by Tom Espiner

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-10234336-83.html?tag=nl.e757



Microsoft has failed to remove a long-recognized Windows Explorer security risk from Windows 7, according to security company F-Secure.



The "hide extensions" feature, which was present in Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Vista, is also included in the Windows 7 release candidate, Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure's chief research officer, said Tuesday in a blog. The feature could… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 7, 2009 at 8:52am — No Comments

Is There Such a Thing as a Safe Web Browser?

May 6th, 2009 | by Stan Schroeder

http://mashable.com/2009/05/06/browser-innocence/



Do you remember how, a couple of years ago, you could tell someone who was clueless about computers to simply switch from Internet Explorer to Firefox, and that action alone would fix 90% of all their security problems?

This hasn’t been true for a while now, unfortunately. The fact that Internet Explorer is still the most widely used browser out… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 6, 2009 at 9:14am — No Comments

Hands On with Windows 7's XP Mode

Microsoft's new Windows XP Mode is getting a lot of buzz on the blogosphere, but when we actually tested the beta, we found it to be surprisingly clunky.



ARTICLE DATE: 05.04.09

By Edward Mendelson

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346464,00.asp



The Windows 7 Release Candidate ships with a feature called Windows XP Mode (XPM) that has left longtime Windows users excited. XPM is designed to let users continue to run older XP-compatible applications, mostly… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 5, 2009 at 10:47am — No Comments

War of the Firefox Extension Developers

By Harry McCracken | Posted at 2:16 pm on Monday, May 4, 2009

http://technologizer.com/2009/05/04/war-of-the-firefox-extension-developers



Ars Technica’s Ryan Paul has posted a good piece on an alarming story: The developers of two popular and useful Firefox extensions, NoScript and AdBlock Plus, descended into an ugly squabble that involved each one attempting to interfere with the other’s operation–and which eventually led to NoScript… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 4, 2009 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Microsoft to give away free Windows 7 for a year

Thu, 4/30/2009 — 10:51am — Son Huynh

http://www.mndaily.com/blogs/tech-corner/2009/04/30/microsoft-give-away-free-windows-7-year



On May 5th, general users will have access to an entire year of Microsoft's brand new operating system, Windows 7, for free! It is already available to download for MSDN and TechNet subscribers. This version is only the Release Candidate and will expire June 1, 2010. The Release Candidate is merely the near finished product and is basically the final… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 3, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Adobe Alert: Sure enough, another vulnerability

I doubt if everyone has installed the patch for Adobe’s February zero-day vulnerability and now there’s another one just waiting to get exploited. Find out what I decided to do.

Date: April 29th, 2009

Author: Michael Kassner

Category: Security

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/security/?p=1470&tag=nl.e019

Adobe Reader and Acrobat once again have a JavaScript vulnerability. The following quote is from Adobe’s Product… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 2, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Palm Pre: $138 to build according to iSuppli

by Laura June, posted Apr 29th 2009 at 10:49AM

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/29/palm-pre-138-to-build-according-to-isuppli/

With the economy in the tank (still) and the heat on, cost and profit margins are more important than ever to companies hoping to stave off the inevitable, apocalyptic doom of recession. Well, iSuppli's released an estimated report of how much its costing Palm to cobble together the Pre -- about $138, as it turns out.… Continue

Added by SkiCat56 on May 1, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

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