Thursday, May 25, 2006

Microsoft's Expressions

Expressions is a new range of applications being developed by Microsoft.

There are three applications in this suite,


Web Designer
- Microsoft Expression Web Designer:
Web designer appliaction (replacement for MS Frontpage)

Interactive Designer
- Microsoft Expression Interactive Designer:
A tool for designing the interface of Application projects (works along with .NET)

Graphics Designer
- Microsoft Expression Graphic Designer:
Graphics designer application

End of Front Page

The age of FrontPage is over.
In 2003, Microsoft removed Front page from its office package in Office 2003 and distributed it separately.
Now, in 2006, in Ms office 2007 (Ofiice 11), MS Front page will not be released.
Microsoft acquired Frontpage in 1990's and now discarded it completely.
Frontpage's technology will be used to develop Microsoft's new web designing solution "Expression web designer".

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Create Buttons in seconds

Buttonator is not about mid 90's online button creation; it has taken a simple idea and made it useable for real web users and designers in the year 2006.
Buttonator is becoming a tool that designers want to use!

http://www.buttonator.com/

Friday, May 19, 2006

Blue Security Gives Up, Spammer Wins

Blue Security is a Anti-Spam company which aimed to to stop SPAM by spamming spammers, ie, it sent back opt-out emails to all spammers who sent spam to Blue Security's clients.
But, Spammers targeted Blue security with a Denial-of-service (DOS) attack and brought down the entire site and its network.
So, Blue security decided to close its business and shut down its service for good.
Here's more about the incident from InformationWeek.com: >>

The anti-spam venture embroiled in a denial-of-service attack that brought down millions of blogs two weeks ago has thrown in the towel. Wednesday morning, Israeli-based Blue Security posted a message on its site -- now offline -- that it is shutting down operations.
Blue Security, which debuted its spam-fighting service last summerand built up a user base of more than 500,000, decided to wave the white flag after its servers were knocked offline by an aggressive denial-of-service (DoS) attack it claimed was launched by a deep-pocket Russian spammer tagged as "PharmaMaster."
May 3, in an attempt to get out the word about the DoS, Blue Security repointed its domain to an unused blog on Six Apart's TypePad blogging service. Within minutes, PharmaMaster attacked the blog with another DoS, which brought down Six Apart and left millions without access to their blogs. Blue Security's domain name service provider, Tucows, was also hit with a DoS and knocked offline for several hours; Tucows going down took thousands of Web sites it hosts with it.
Wednesday, Blue Security said it had to give up because it couldn't sustain the fight against spammers. "Several leading spammers viewed [us] as a strategic threat to their spam business," Eran Reshef, Blue Security chief executive wrote in the message posted to the company's site.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Windows Vista Hardware Requirements

Microsoft has published the requirements for Windows Vista OS.

Take these requirements into consideration before you buy a new PC or while perfroming a system upgrade!

A PC with minimum requirements cannot support the "AERO" interface, which forms all the glassy and eye catchy part of VISTA.

A PC with recommended requirements alone can run VISTA in its full glory.

Minimum Requirements (Vista-Capable PCs):
--800 MHz Intel-compatible processor
--512MB of RAM
--DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor
--20GB HD
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/systemrequirements.mspx

Recommended Requirements (Premium-Ready PCs):
--1 GHz Intel-compatible processor
--1GB RAM
--DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor, with 128MB graphics memory. (64MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels [no more than 1440x900]; 128MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels [no more than 1920x1200]; 256MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels [more than 1920x1200]).
--40GB HD with at least 15GB "free space"
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/capablefootnotes.mspx

SW for Thumbnail view of taskbar items


Get live thumbnail view of taskbar items(running programs) like Vista.
The software is available for free from:
http://www.visualtasktips.com/

I am using it and it looks awesome.

Download the small Software (87kb) from here:
http://www.visualtasktips.com/download.php

Here's a screenshot of VisualTaskTips in action.
Media player 11's thumbnail is shown when mouse is hovered over its task button.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

International Space Station


The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest human-made object ever to orbit the Earth. After departing the ISS, the crew of Discovery captured this spectacular vista of the orbiting space city high above the Caspian Sea.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Search Flickr

A superb tool to search Flickr.com's Photo archives.
Neat Flash animations and search results.

Just enter keyword and press ENTER in this link,
http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/

Read daily Newspaper

Read 250 newspapers from 55 countries online in a way similar to reading hard copy of newspaper.
Newspaper will be in original format and layout as the print copy.
Nice website

http://www.pressdisplay.com