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Microsoft Sets New Web Apps

Would you like to use browser as your desktop and perform any tasks that you’ve been doing using applications installed on your computer?

From the article:

Specifically, Windows Live includes new e-mail and IM programs plus a customizable Live.com home page, which you can populate with your favorite blogs, RSS news feeds, and mini-apps (requiring Internet Explorer) called Gadgets. Office Live, meanwhile, provides small-business goodies ranging from a free, basic, ad-supported Web page to subscription software bundles. Microsoft hopes third-party software developers will create additional applets for Windows Live and Office Live.

How about having free access to most of these goodies? Well, you can read the full article here.

Video tricks revealed

Great little clip that shows how they do computer compositing of shots and effects. It’s always a little jarring to be reminded of how much we see on a screen is not real.

Was SMS invented in 1861?

An interesting article about how it seems that text messaging may have been invented in 1861 when old technology was found to be surprisingly similar to SMS.

From the article:

Once upon a time, major service providers around the world introduced a short message service allowing people to send multiple messages to each other for a nominal fixed fee. Typically the message space was small, and as a result people invented methods to deal with this by cramming in as much information as possible using shorthand, acronyms and restricted grammar. It became very popular, creating upgrades to services infrastructure, and employing additional people, all despite the fact that people were already using the same service provider to communicate with each other using similar services. Sounds familiar?

The Best of next generation Website – Web 2.0

DesignTechnica has assembled a list of the next generation Websites which is appropriately called Web 2.0.

The main difference between Web 2.0 technology and the current one is its interface. You feel like you are interacting with desktop applications rather than a normal web application.

Anyway, the list recommended websites that range from video, audio, photos and others that show case the best of Web 2.0 technology.

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Windows Media Player 11

Microsoft has released Windows Media Player 11. Many improvements can be seen by the redesigned interface which includes simplified trees, helpful shortcuts on the menus and menu bars, and an advanced and improved media library. There are now Back and Forward buttons, giving Media Player a web-browser feel.

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Also available is a deeply integrated music library for both online and offline content, the ability to connect to additional hardware easily, and integrated, easy-to-use tools for following the process of any task (downloading music, burning CDs, synching music, or streaming video, just to name a few). Media Player 11 has a new integrated feel, too—one that makes online, network, and offline content indistinguishable.

A review from CNET says

As for the WMP interface, the latest version takes a page from the iTunes book, focusing more on simplicity and ease of use and less on massive numbers of features, though there’re still plenty of them. Microsoft did away with most of the options in the left-hand navigation tree, opting to place emphasis on music instead of offering a huge menu of video, TV, and music all at once

Faster Chips in stores near you soon

I always wondered how fast computer chips can be 10 years from now.

Apparently it would be feasible to create 5GHz CPUs in four years. I have a 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 so it would be fun to have a speed jump of over 150%.

However Intel and AMD have said the rate at which clock speeds increase – in measured gigahertz, is not the main reason for the performance boosts. The companies will take advantage of increasing chip densities to pack multiple cores onto each chip, resulting in performance leaps. Intel said there may be as many as 100 cores packed on a single processor within 10 years.

How cool will that be?

The Future of the Blog

Blogging is here to stay. Although it won’t supplant the mainstream news Web sites and other established media but it is meant to complement each other. What makes a blog interesting is the presence of a more personal voice.

What would the next big issue in blog design? Interestingly a simpler design with bare-bones templates and more focus would be given to the content.

From the article

We’ll focus on the idea of more select and filtered readership, and how to allow people to read certain posts. That to me is interesting: how different people want different views of the blog. A big issue right now is how to take that idea in account when designing blogs.

Another new challenge is the trend toward adding a lot of assets. People are adding photos, video, and music to supplement the text. How do you make it possible for bloggers to present as much as they want to present without creating blogs that are too cluttered or confusing?

Read The Future of the Blog here.

Check out AbsolutelyFreebies.com for free blogging resources.

Photos of life inside Google

If you are a Google user in anyway or form, you might appreciate this photo gallery which was put together by Time magazine.

Life in Googleplex looks more like a college with extra gizmo to play with, complete with swimming pools and hair stylists, than a corporate headquarters of a multibillion dollar company. Interesting.

Can you create a beautiful picture using MS Paint?

I remembered when I was in my first year in college, I drew a diagram for my engineering project using MS Paint because there’s no other graphic editing software available in that department computer. It was a pain, but I did manage to draw the relatively simple diagram.

Most people consider MS Paint as a relatively primitive tool. Its full potential can be realised if you are an artist named Stanley William II. He has created some impressive art works using nothing but MS Paint. His art is so good, in fact, that some have doubted its origins. So Moore has taken pains to offer proof of his methods, with zoomed images.

Full-time blogger call it quits

No it’s not me, I am not a full time blogger, but I am a full time Internet marketer so I can’t quit 😉

Jason Kottke, a Web designer who quit his job to run his blog full-time, has abandoned his plan to make a living through blogging after exactly one year.

He has been seeking payments from his regular readers to support his endeavor by creating a subscription model. From the article

Kottke revealed on Wednesday that he had raised a total of $39,900 from 1,450 donors. Most of that was received in the initial fund-raising drive in February and March 2005, when his project began.

In my humble opinion, the project could have been more successful had he expanded his revenue streams to accept other sources of income such as advertising and sponsorships. His blog feels bland because it lacks focus and which is probably the reason why it fails to attract attentions from others.

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