Friday, July 4, 2008

Mac lower price on one of their MacBook Air models

The very acclaimed computer MacBook Air is becoming cheaper since Mac has decided to lower the price with 500 bucks. There are two different versions of MacBook Air, one that has got a weaker CPU (Intel Core 2 Duo 1,6 GHz), regular hard drive of 80 GB and one model with a stronger processor (Intel Core 2 Duo 1,8 GHz), solid-state drive of 64 GB. The last computer mentioned is affected by the lowered price. Apple has cut the price by 16% which imply 500 dollars. I'm not personally interested in buying a MacBook Air because I find the price is entirely too high. Apple Store set the price to $1,799 for the cheapest one and $2,598 for the more powerful MacBook Air computer. If you are going to buy a MacBook Air, then I suggest that you wait a couple of days to get the computer $500 cheaper.

Microsoft is loosing its market shares to Mac

Microsoft's is loosing some of its market shares. Microsoft "only" has about 90% of the market. Above all, it's Mac that slowly cut down on Microsoft's monopoly. The company Net Applications indicates that 90.89% of all computers use Windows OS. Mac OS X is upcoming star with 7.94% of Internet connected PCs. Linux only have 0.80% of the market. Personally I use Ubuntu Linux, and it will do fine, even if it is some difficulties before you get the operating system to act as you want. Ubuntu requires some juggle to get movies, music, etc working. Otherwise it's a rather good alternative for former Windows users. Read more at Net Applications homepage.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Uninstall and remove programs completely with Revo Unistaller Freeware

Windows Add/Remove Programs does not always remove the installed software completely. On the contrary, programs are often left on the hard drive in one way or another. However, there are better tools to use if you want to be sure to remove a program completely. Revo Uninstaller Freeware is such a uninstallation tool. The program uninstall and remove programs, even if it can not be done properly by using Windows normal uninstallation method. Revo uses a mathematical algorithm to make a quick and effective uninstall a program. By using Revo you are able to not only uninstall the program but also delete the folders, files and registry keys that have been left during the uninstallation process.

The program also has a feature called "Hunter mode" and it makes it possible to uninstall the program by selecting a shortcut on the Windows desktop or by cclicking the program icon in the system tray. This is a good feature as it provides an opportunity to uninstall programs that you might not know what they could be find or and if you are helping someone with their computer. Revo provides a smooth and easy way to uninstall programs! You can download Revo Uninstaller Freeware free from the website which can be found here.

iPhone/iPod Touch - a program that creates a smart playlist for iPod and iPhone

iPhone/iPod Touch is a programme that improves the shuffle function of iPhone or iPod. The program adapts the shuffle mechanism after your listening habits. You need to upload the playlist to the site Instinctiv which then analyzes the playlist. The site then sends back a shuffled list depending on artists, music genre, etc. Best of all, the programme continues to analyze your listening habits. The program register the songs that are played and decide how the playlist will be arranged. This is possible because the programme takes into account which songs you tend to skip, and when you choose to do so. Exactly how the analysis is done is a secret, the reason is - otherwise, you may steal the whole concept. ;). Does it sound interesting, then go to the site and read more about the service. Instinctiv also have published a funny commercial video. The website can be found here.

Important security update for Firefox 2

Although Mozilla recently released Firefox 3, there are still a lot of people using Firefox 2. Probably because of failure during the installation of FF3 or simply as a result of unknowledge about the release of Firefox 3. Firefox had no less than 125 million users worldwide by the end of 2007. Today the figure is even higher. Therefore there may be some people still using Firefox 2.

It is very important to have an updated browser if you wish to use the Internet safely and avoid getting infected by malware, etc. It is also to meet this need amoung their users that Mozilla has just brought out a new package of security updates to Firefox 2. The new edition of Firefox 2 is called Firefox, and contains, better security in terms of certificates, which reduces the risk of being subjected to phishing. Before the update, one could fool Firefox 2 to accept an unreliable certificate if the name of the certificate recalled a trusted certificate name. A user who were not on guard could thus happen to give the false certificate full rights. Below, you'll find a list of problems that Mozilla has resolved in Firefox 2, version In addition, Mozilla also has improved memory management, which is welcome in the case of Firefox 2. If you are using Firefox 2, click on the alternetive "Help" and select "Search for updates", or install the latest version of Firefox 2 via Mozilla's website, se link below. Or why not switch to Firefox 3? If you want to read more about the new features in Firefox, you will find Mozilla's Release Notes on the browser here. For those of you who still insist on using Firefox 2 instead of Firefox 3, there is a direct link to Firefox 2.0.0.x. You can find the latest version of Firefox 2 here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

SOS Children: Wikipedia Selection for schools

SOS Children has released a special edition of Wikipedia. The Selection is about the size of a 15 volume encyclopaedia with 24,000 pictures, 14 million words and articles on 4,625 topics. The articles are specifically selected to follow the UK National Curriculum. The articles are also guaranteed child-friendly, so that the encyclopaedia does not contain any information or material that might be inappropriate for children and young people. The encyclopaedia is called Wikipedia for schools and is available online. If you want the encyclopaedia on a laptop without a permanent Internet connection then you are able to download the encyclopaedia from the British website of SOS Children. There are two different files available at the site, one file of 792 MB, and a larger file of 2.5 GB. What distinguishes the large file from the the larger one is that the large file contains full-scale images while the images of the images of the smaller file is compressed to thumbnails. The advantage of Wikipedia for schools version of Wikipedia is that it has been reviewed by experts and therefore errors are corrected. In addition, the Wikipedia for schools are not open for the public to edit, which prevents people from clutter the articles with advertising or their own political opinions. I read some of the articles and I think it was written in a fairly moderate level. In case you want to get a little general knowledge in different areas there would be a good reason to read Wikipedia for schools. For example, I read about Zimbabwe, which gave me some understanding of what is happening there these days, about Mugabe's background, vote-rigging etc. I think that Wikipedia for schools is well worth a visit. You can find Wikipedia for schools on the Internet here. Would you rather download the encyclopedia, you will find links to the files here.

Overclock your Mac with ZDNet Clock

There are a multitude of overclocking tools for Windows. I even got one when a purchased a new motherboard to my computer. The program was included in the installation disc. For Macintosh, it has been a little more difficult to get overclocking tools. Until now. German ZDNet has developed a program called ZDNet Clock to overclock Macintosh computers. According to ZDNet, it is possible to overclock a Mac Pro on clock speed 2.8 GHz to around 3.2 GHz. If you have a Mac Pro or an Apple Xserve server, feel free to try the ZDNet program. Just remember that you do it at your own risk. Don't blame me if something is going wrong during the process. Link to the download page of ZDNet Clock can be found here.