Saturday, September 27, 2008

Firefox 3.0.3 Now Available

Three days after Tuesday’s release of version 3.0.2, Mozilla pushes out Firefox 3.0.3, an update that fixes one bug: “where users were unable to retrieve saved passwords or save new passwords.” Hit “Check for Updates” from the Help menu of your copy of Firefox 3 to get this latest version.


Google Toolbar 5 Released For Firefox

All platforms running Firefox: Google has updated their browser toolbar for Firefox, and it integrates Google services with your browser chrome better than ever. Frankly, we’re not so big on browser toolbars around here, but if you’re a big Google Apps, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Bookmarks, and Notebook user, the Google Toolbar looks really useful. Probably the most impressive feature is the ability to set up profiles—like “Personal” and “Professional”—and associate web form auto-fill information with them, like addresses, credit card numbers, and phone numbers. If you’re willing to give the big G that info in your toolbar, filling in web forms becomes a one-click affair. You can also add Google Gadgets to your toolbar, like Wikipedia and YouTube. Check out the Google video clip of the toolbar in action after the jump.


Wikipedia Screen Saver

Wikipedia lovers, you can get a random page from the ‘pedia to just show up automatically on your PC with the Wikipedia Screen Saver. Sometimes you get pretty empty pages in need of work, other times you learn something pithy and new without lifting a finger. Choose Wikipedia from the screen saver drop-down in Display Properties after you install it. [via Ghacks]


Browser Speed Tests: The Compiled, Up-To-Date Results

Back when Firefox 3′s final release candidate dropped, we ran some tests to compare its page-loading, memory use, and technical timing to Internet Explorer 7, Opera, and Safari for Windows. Then Google Chrome arrived, so we pitted it against the betas for Firefox 3.1 and Internet Explorer 8, and shared the results. The tests were by and large the same, but many commenters wisely asked to see all the results, betas or no betas. Well, today we’ve patched together all our data, thrown in a fresh test of the Opera 9.6 beta, and we’re sharing all the graphy goodness. Read on to see a full comparison of the major browsers you can load on Windows.


xVideoServiceThief Downloads Video From Over 50 Sites

All platforms: Download your favourite online video clips from YouTube, 5min, Metacafe, and more than 50 other online video sharing sites with free open source application xVideoServiceThief. Enter a URL of nearly any online video and xVideoServiceThief will automatically download the video (unless you specify otherwise). Videos can be downloaded to either FLV or AVI formats. For an alpha build, xVideoServiceThief has a few bugs; not all services were tested error-free. The application does, however, accept anonymous bug reports automatically. Regardless, the interface is pretty slick, with options to pause, cancel, and to delete downloads from the queue. An indicator displays the download status and speeds of each video. xVideoServiceThief’s open source approach should mean that downloading videos from your favourite sites should never be too hard to achieve. xVideoServiceThief is a free open source download for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

xVideoServiceThief [via Hehe2.net]


Watch Real-Time Election Commentary On Twitter

Last night Twitter launched its Election 2008 site, which is a live-updating stream of commentary by Twitter users who mention any of the U.S. Presidential candidates’ names in them. The stream moves pretty fast—literally, down the page as you watch—but if you want to pause on a tweet, just hover your mouse over it. You can also filter updates by candidate by clicking on the Obama, McCain, Biden, and Palin tabs on the right side. Election 2008 | powered by Twitter


Are You More Likely To Lie Via Email Than On Paper?

A new study out of Lehigh University shows that workers lie 50% more of the time via email than in handwritten communication. “There is a growing concern in the workplace over email communications, and it comes down to trust,” says Belkin, an assistant professor of management in the College of Business and Economics. “You’re not afforded the luxury of seeing non-verbal and behavioral cues over email. And in an organizational context, that leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation and, as we saw in our study, intentional deception.”


Evolution Brings Linux Office Suite, Exchange Support To Windows

Windows only: Evolution, the default office suite installed on most GNOME-based Linux systems, has a working port available for Windows systems. As its Linux fans know, Evolution has a serious focus on supporting and adapting to open standards: Full iCal support, IMAP access (I got a Gmail account working in minutes), integration with Pidgin’s IM client, and support for GPG encryption. The big news for non-Outlook acolytes, however, is that Evolution can hook up to Exchange servers, though I haven’t been able to test that personally. You also get contacts, memos, and tasks in the Evolution suite, and they’re pretty robust in their own right. Evolution’s Windows port is a free download for Windows systems; note that, while it installs, some have reported buggy operation in Vista.

Evolution for Windows [DIP Consultants]