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.

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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

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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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Parallels adds Installation Assistant,Shared Networking in Build 1970

Parallels

Parallels today released Parallels Installation Assistant, a utility to ease the installation process of Microsoft Windows on a Mac. The software comes as part of Parallels Desktop for Mac, the company’s solution for running PC operating systems alongside Mac OS X without the need to reboot on any Intel-based Mac.

The Installation Assistant will complete the entire installation process for you – you won’t have to select any configurations, answer and questions, or make decisions about partitions or options. Just sit back, relax, and wait for the Assistant to finish.

The Installation Assistant also automatically installs Parallels Tools, a useful set of add-ons that enable file sharing, cutting/pasting/copyings between OSes, syncs your mouse and system clock, and improves networking, video and sound performance.

Windows Vista running on Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop for Mac.

Shared Networking enables multiple IP addresses to appear as one IP address on a network and effectively hides virtual machines from the outside world, making them far less likely to be the victim of a hacker attack.

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Here are the new and updated features:

  • New! Installation Assislant built-in tool included.
  • New! Shared Networking
  • Works on ANY Intel-Mac with ANY memory configuration with no system
    modification. This includes Mac Pro towers with up to 16GB of RAM, and
    the full line of Core 2 Duo iMacs
  • New! Compatibility with developer build of Mac OS X 10.5, code-named “Leopard”
  • New! Support for Windows Vista
  • Solaris guest OS no longer hangs after suspend/resume
  • An improved Parallels Tools package
  • Full support for OpenBSD 3.8 as a guest operating system
  • G4U hard disk cloning tool now works in virtual machines
  • Better video output improvement and acceleration
  • Added multi interface USB devices support (including Windows Mobile 2005 devices)
  • Added isochronous USB devices support (including WebCam devices)
  • Keyboard support improvement: Eject CD key support, left/right Shift/Ctrl/Alt (Option)/Windows keys difference support
  • Added virtual disk cache policy option: Mac OS X performance optimized or guest OS performance optimized
  • Image Tool fixes
  • Optimized disk cache policy for Suspend/Resume feature
  • Windows ME Suspend/Resume fix
  • Shared Folders first time access acceleration
  • Clipboard synchronization tool fixes (unreadable symbols sometimes added during copy and paste)
  • Sound playback and recording improvement

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Platypus AKA GDrive

Features:

  1.  Backup. If you lose your computer, grab a new one and reinstall Platypus. Your files will be on your new machine in minutes.
  2.  Sync. Keep all your machines synchronized, even if they run different operating systems.
  3.  VPN-less access. Not at a Google computer? View your files on the web at http://troutboard.com/p.
  4.  Collaborate. Create shared spaces to which multiple Googlers can write.
  5.  Disconnected access. On the plane? VPN broken? All your files are still accessible.
  6.  Publish. All of the files you store on Platypus are automatically accessible from the (corporate) web.
  7.  Share. Other Googlers can mount your Platypus folders and open your files in read-only mode.
  8.  Local IO speeds. Open and save as quickly as you could if you were accessing them from your C: drive.

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Google Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheets from Google Labs

Google has announced Google Spreadsheets [spreadsheet.google.com] which is a web based spreadsheet based on XL2Web software from 2Web Technologies.

Google Spreadsheet offers limited set of features with no support for
Charts or Excel Macros. You can sort data or use the 200 functions and
common spreadsheet formulas for doing basic calculations of numerical
data.

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Jungle Disk

Jungle Disk is an application that lets you store files and backup data securely to Amazon.com’s S3â„¢ Storage Service.

  • Store an unlimited amount of data for only 15¢ per gigabyte
  • No monthly subscription fee, no startup fee, no commitment
  • Your data is fully encrypted at all times
  • Data is stored at multiple Amazon.com datacenters around the country for high availability
  • Access files directly from Windows Explorer, Mac OSX Finder, and Linux

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Google Notebook

Google Notebooks

Clip and collect information as you browse the web.

    * Clip useful information.
      You can add clippings of text, images and links from web pages to your Google Notebook without ever leaving your browser window.

    * Organize your notes.
      You can create multiple notebooks, divide them into sections, and drag-and-drop your notes to stay organized.

    * Get access from anywhere.
      You can access your Google Notebooks from any computer by using your Google Accounts login.

    * Publish your notebook.
      You can share your Google Notebook with the world by making it public.

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