Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Prices for Windows 7 OEM Versions

September 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under software

Prices for Windows 7 OEM Versions

If the “normal” retail prices for Windows 7 sounds a bit steep for you, you may want to consider the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) versions of the operating system scheduled for an October 22 release. The summary of Tom’s Hardware thus states:

Newegg is selling Home Premium for $100, while the retail price is $200. Those looking for the Professional version can get an even greater break as the OEM is $135, compared to $300 for the retail.
Still not good enough? Then you can hand over $175 for the Ultimate SKU, which would cost $320 in stores.
What’s the difference between OEM …read more

So How Do You Find Snow Leopard?

September 5, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops, software

So How Do You Find Snow Leopard?

Aesthetically-wise, there really isn’t any difference between Snow Leopard and Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.5 respectively. And without spending enough time to go over all the promised new features and improvements (see the reviewer’s guide here), I can say Snow Leopard brings speed and responsiveness improvements out of the gate. At the very least, that new Quicktime feature allowing screencast creation on the fly is a really great addition. It, as a friend says, will probably kill most of Screenflow’s current market.

Another good impression Snow Leopard makes is the price of the upgrade, which for a single-user license …read more

Down With the Walled Garden Apple!

Down With the Walled Garden Apple!

Update: Whoops, correction time! Got this in my inbox a few hours after this post was published:

As stated in your article, Kevin Duerr is not “the leader of the team behind the high-profile Google Voice iPhone app.” His company, Riverturn, developed a Google Voice-related app for the iPhone called, VoiceCentral. The VoiceCentral app was accepted, then removed from the App Store. Can you please make this correction? Thanks.
The original post with corrections is below. Apologies to Kevin Duerr.
Apple-bashing seems to be en vogue nowadays. Both Mahalo founder Jason Calacanis and Kevin Duerr, leader of the …read more

New York MTA: Railroad Schedules are Copyrighted

August 22, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, Services, software

New York MTA: Railroad Schedules are Copyrighted

It’s New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority vs. Chris Schoenfield, with the former insisting the latter pay license fees or take down his iPhone application. The app in question lists schedules for trains running on New York’s Metro-North Commuter Railroad service. That, according to the MTA, is a violation of its copyright on the information.
Since when did schedules for a mass transit service enjoy copyright protection? In any case, MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz has an unrelated explanation: ” ‘The bigger concern is that he is not licensed by us, so we can’t verify the information he is providing is correct. If …read more

Norton and G.I. Joe Team Up to Save the Day! (Maybe Not?)

August 17, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under software

Norton and G.I. Joe Team Up to Save the Day! (Maybe Not?)

Yes, dear readers, it’s true: There’s a G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra edition of Norton Internet Security 2009! Yours only for $63.25, the box says: “Strike First With the Speed of Norton”!
Scary! Maybe Snake Eyes posed visage should be enough to scare viruses away from your computer, but given Norton’s reputation as the producer of slow computer security software, I’m not sure if the merchandising tie-in can live up to G.I. Joe’s fast and efficient standards.
Or does it even have to? Remember, (if you haven’t watched the movie, stop reading NOW) Cobra was able to infiltrate the Joe’s primary …read more

Free Photoshop Alternatives—Available for Windows

August 8, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under software

Free Photoshop Alternatives—Available for Windows

Indeed, Web Design Booth’s 15 Great and Free Photoshop Alternatives are great and free, but for your sake, here’s an abridged list featuring alternatives that run on Windows. I’m fanboyish that way.

GIMP
Paint.NET
Artweaver
PhotoPlus SE
Photoscape
PhotoFiltre
PaintStar
Pixia
Active Pixels
Photo Pos Lite

Have you used any of the above? I’ve got experience with GIMP, and as mentioned above, it’s got nothing on Photoshop. Most especially if you make a living manipulating images. If you just need to resize a lot of images quickly, you’re better off using Photoscape (#5), or Google’s Picasa.
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Self-Destructing Encryption to Protect Data

August 6, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Services, software

Self-Destructing Encryption to Protect Data

A team of university researchers led by a certain Roxana Geambasu will unveil a security system that effectively destroys messages after a set duration, and it will make use of the online cloud!

The software-driven system, named Vanish, relies on P2P technology to make pieces of an encryption key available online. The pieces, which are required to decrypt received messages, are stored on P2P nodes for access by recipients. As computers disconnect from these nodes—presumably after they’ve accessed the data needed for decryption—these nodes self-destruct, effectively wiping the encryption keys and making it impossible to decipher a message without authorization.
How secure …read more

Apple Blocks Google Voice App

July 28, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones, software

Apple Blocks Google Voice App

Yesterday, Apple blocked Google’s official Google Voice application from the App Store. And this after Apple’s Phil Schiller, the Senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, gave his personal approval.
In retrospect, you just had to see it coming. The Google Voice iPhone app basically allowed free texts and much cheaper calls. That meant more money for carriers from data plans, but less profit from their traditional voice and SMS services.
It’s easy to point fingers at partner AT&T, as they’re the carrier with the most to lose if iPhone owners figure out how to send texts and do calls without adding to …read more


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