SNIMMER – Web-based cross platform messenger


SNIMMER Web IM Chat is instant messaging for webmasters. It helps
you interact with your website or blog visitors quickly, easily
and privately using any instant messenger of your choice. Live Message Boards are public forums where anyone can join, post
messages, chat and connect with others quickly, easily
and privately.


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Sun opens Java

Sun Microsystems Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., has released the source code to its widely used Java programming language.The company will post the source code to various pieces of Java over the nextfew months, according to Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz, who announced the releasetoday. Available immediately, on the site, is the code for the JavaPlatform Standard Edition-which has over 6 million lines of code-and the JavaPlatform Micro Edition for embedded systems.
Today this project contains two significant components of the JDK:

The remainder of the open-source JDK will be available in the first halfof 2007. At that time this project will host the source code for thecomplete JDK except for a few components that Sun does not have the right topublish in source form under the GPL; pre-built binaries will be provided forthose components.



VirtueDesktops – Yo DJ, spin that screen!

“VirtueDesktops” is a
virtual desktop manager for Apple’s Mac OS. It offers features, eye
candy and configurable options that no other desktop manager on the mac
has added yet, and is under active development. It is based upon the
work done by Rich Wareham on DesktopManager, which is a lighter, less feature-packed virtual desktop application. It includes a small amount of Rich’s code from DesktopManager,
which means that presently it is licensed under the GPL – the goal is
to move to a less viral license that would allow VirtueDesktops’
components to be used in other products more freely.

Below are some of the key features of VirtueDesktops.

Virtual screens: an unlimited number of virtual screens at your disposal

Eye candy: exciting transitions and window fading

Universal binary: runs at full speed on your shiny new intel-based mac

AppleScript-able: script your desktop experience

Unobtrusive: VirtueDesktops does not clutter your
desktop – it gets in, switches your virtual screen and then quietly
hides itself, waiting for your next request

Extensible: install plugins to add additional features

Exposé: works well with Apple’s Exposé

Keeps you informed: notifications and current desktop display orient you as you work across multiple virtual screens

“Stick-ify” your windows or applications: Make your windows and applications visible across all of your virtual screens


Pager-dragging in action


Desktop inspector



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Apple Delivers Another Leopard Build

Apple delivered a new build of Mac OS X 1.5 Leopard to developers this week, the objective of build 9A303 is too solve “performance related bugs”.

The following are listed as changes since build 9A283;

  • Finder hangs due to network connectivity issues have been reduced
  • As a precaution, please backup your Portable Home Directory before using FileSync
  • Many peformance related bugs have been fixed across the system
  • Timbuktu and Eudora no longer crash on launch
  • Safari’s bug reporting is now fixed
  • Performance improvements in the initial Time Machine backup

The following are known issues present in build 9A303;

  • Upgrades from previous seeds are not supported
  • Upgrades from previous releases are not recommended
  • Configurations with ATI Radeon or Radeon 7500 graphics cards will not be able to use this seed
  • Airport cards not recognized on some of the newst Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros
  • 32/64 bit universal apps built with 10.5 deployment target will now run as 32-bit on Tiger.
  • Can’t print to HP raster printers
  • Can’t login initially after enabling FileVault protection for an account. Wait several minutes and try again to workaround.
  • System Trash still shows deleted items until a reboot
  • Volumes in the Time Machine Pref pane are all named Volume. Quitting and relaunching System Preferences should workaround this.
  • Image Capture fails to recognize USB devices on PPC
  • Memory leaks when using CoreData’s NSManagedObject. This can been seen when sycing files.


  • Automatic iDisk syncing is not currently working. Please sync manually.
  • PHD syncing may generate false conflicts


  • File transfers result in an error
  • QuickTime not working with iChat Theater

    Quick Look

  • Album art downloaded by iTunes 7 is not displayed in the music preview
  • Slideshow (aka Fullscreen from the Quick Look preview panel) doesn’t work for most types

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is due for release in Spring 2007.


Leapard now features a more functional Firewall preference tab
Leapard now features a more functional Firewall preference tab

Calculations can be performed in Spotlight
Calculations can be performed in Spotlight

Dictionary searches can be performed in Spotlight
Dictionary searches can be performed in Spotlight

File Recovery is now included with Disk Utility
File Recovery is now included with Disk Utility

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Gmail – New Features

Gmail by Google

Reply on top
No more scrolling to the bottom of a long message to find the “Reply”
link. Now there’s a Reply button right on top, along with a lot of
other options under the little dropdown arrow.

Embarassment-reducing new message notifications
Ever replied to a message only to find out that someone sent a better,
smarter reply right before you? Now, if someone sends a reply while
you’re in the middle of reading a conversation (or replying to it),
you’ll get a notification that a new message has arrived. Click “update
conversation” to see what you’ve missed.

Forward all

When viewing a conversation, use the new “Forward all” link on the
right if you want to forward the entire conversation instead of just
one message.

Chat even when your friends are offline
Chatting in Gmail just keeps getting better. Now, if you’re chatting
with a friend who goes offline, your friend will be able to see
whatever you were typing the next time he or she goes online.


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Skype 3.0 Beta

Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows is now available.

New look and feel

This is the first thing that you’ll notice when you first install and run Skype 3.0 beta, and the first major update to Skype’s interface on Windows in a long time.

Skype 3 beta

Public chats

Public chat in Skype 3 beta

Aside from the new interface, Public Chats are one of the most significant new features in this release.

Download here

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Windows Vista Released to Manufacturing

Windows Vista is released to manufacturing (RTM) today — a significant
milestone for Microsoft and its partners — anticipation is building
around that all-important question: How good is it really?
Windows Vista Ultimate Screenshots



Enhance Safari With Inquisitor 3

David Watanabe recently released the successor to the popular Inquisitor Safari
search enhancement with the beta version of Inquisitor 3.

Inquisitor… it’s like Spotlight for the web. Start typing and websites pop up immediately, along with ideas to refine your search. It’ll autocomplete your words (is it reading your mind?) and you can add more search engines to Safari with customized keyboard shortcuts.

Oh, and it’s free.

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Perian – The swiss-army knife of QuickTime®

Perial Logo Perian is a free, open source QuickTime® component that adds native support for many popular video formats. If you own a mac then this is the must have tool for all your movie needs.

Once installed this application will enables QuickTime® application support for additional media types including:

  • AVI and FLV
  • 3ivX, DivX, Flash Screen Video, MS-MPEG4, Sorenson H.263, Truemotion VP6, and Xvid
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3

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VMWare’s Fusion


VMware, Inc.

Fusion is the codename for a new VMware
desktop product for Mac that will enable Intel-based Macs to run x86
operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, NetWare and Solaris, in
virtual machines at the same time as Mac OS X. It is built on VMware’s
robust and advanced desktop virtualization platform that is used by
over four million users today.

Fusion boasts the following features and benefits:

  • Ability to create and run a wide variety of x86 operating
    systems on OS X without rebooting. You can easily create virtual
    machines and run multiple operating systems simultaneously on Mac OS X.
    In addition, you can download and run any of the 300 virtual appliances
    available on VMware’s Technology Network.
  • Easily share
    files between OS X and guest operating system. You can simply drag and
    drop files between OS X and virtual machines to easily share files
    between the two environments.
  • Access physical devices
    from the virtual machine. You can access physical devices such as CD
    ROM drives, video cameras, iPods, printers and high-speed disks from
    the virtual machine.
  • Leverage Virtual SMP capabilities to
    gain additional performance improvement. You can assign more than a
    single CPU (on supported hardware with Intel Core Duo CPU) to gain
    additional performance for CPU-intensive workloads.
  • Consolidate
    onto your Mac: If you need a PC to run specific applications that are
    not supported on your Mac, you can consolidate onto your Mac by running
    the PC environment in a virtual machine. In addition to space savings,
    consolidating onto your Mac reduces hardware, power and cooling costs.
  • Safely
    evaluate software in isolated virtual machines: You can evaluate non-OS
    X applications safely on your Mac by running them in an isolated
    virtual machine. If the application crashes or corrupts the system,
    your Mac is not affected.
  • Run over 300 virtual
    appliances: You can download any of the over 300 virtual appliances –
    preinstalled and preconfigured applications packaged with an operating
    system in a virtual machine – available from VMware’s Technology
    Network. Setting up a wiki or blog server has never been easier.
  • Fusion supports all Intel Mac hardware, including the new 64-bit Mac Pro and iMac.
  • Your
    virtual machines can have multiple virtual processors, taking advantage
    of the Intel Core Duo chips in today’s newest Intel Macs.
  • Fusion
    supports high-speed USB 2.0 for a huge range of devices. Even devices
    that do not have drivers for Mac OS X will work in a virtual machine.
  • Simply drag and drop files and folders in and out of your virtual machines to transfer your data.


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