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Thursday: July 7, 2011

App of the Week: Instantbird

InstantbirdLately I've noticed that I've somehow found myself on a great deal of sites that have their own form of instant messaging clients.  Facebook has one, Google has one, and then there's that ancient AIM account that I can never seem to let go of. The problem is that it can be more than a little annoying having to be logged into each respective utility to do something as simple as instant messaging.  Enter Instantbird. I gave this a whirl last week and I've liked it thus far. Instantbird takes all of these IM clients and puts them into one easy to use app. You can finally see a list of your Facebook friends along with your AIM friends, it works almost a little too well. After adding my Facebook list I was overwhelmed by the number of items on my typically small AIM list.

According to the Instantbird website they currently support the following clients by default: AIM, Facebook Chat, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, MSN, MySpaceIM, Netsoul, QQ, Simple, Twitter, XMPP, Yahoo and Yahoo JAPAN. That's a pretty big list of clients.

Under the hood is a lot of code from the Mozilla project. As such there are add-ons and familiar settings panes for those who are well-versed in the art of Firefox (you'll notice some similarities mainly in the control panel section). So far I've only tried the app on Windows but there is a Mac version as well. I like that the software is minimal and for the most part stays out of your way.  For those of you can't live without tabs you can have tabbed chats.  For those who are maniacal single window fans (for purposes of IM, I fall into this category) you can turn it off. Lastly, you can also theme your IM conversations with a couple different variations. Overall I reccomend giving this app a try if you like me, you grew tired of having to log in here and log into that. Consolidation of your instant messaging is a good thing. 

You can download Instantbird from their website: http://instantbird.com/.

Posted to Verbose filed in Apps @ 12:27 PM | Tags (13) | aim | appoftheweek | apps | facebook | instant | instantbird | mac | messaging | mozilla | review | twitter | verbose | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 11, 2010

Have a peek at some near-final screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 interface.Have a peek at some near-final screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 interface.

I find parts of this user interface to be very depressing (granted it's not final but near-final sounds like their pretty close). The data entry screens are bland, colorless, and lifeless. Almost as if you're signing a death warrant on someone when you want to add them as a contact. Not very inviting.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 1:59 PM | Tags (10) | black | dark | depressing | design | interface | microsoft | phone | screenshots | series | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


FYI, Windows 7 'compatibility checker' currently masquerading as trojan horse virus.FYI, Windows 7 'compatibility checker' currently masquerading as trojan horse virus.

Once a victim has installed the software, criminals can pretty much do whatever they want on the PC, Cosoi said. That could mean installing a keylogger to steal banking credentials or even gaining full access to the hacked system.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 6:19 AM | Tags (9) | trojan | virus | windows7 | security | compatibility | checker | horse | vulnerability | keylogger |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: March 5, 2010

Turns out that Microsoft has a secret phone waiting for use with Verizon's network.Turns out that Microsoft has a secret phone waiting for use with Verizon's network.

The phone is dubbed as 'Project Pink' (but may just end up being called 'Pink') and runs the brand new Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system.  Verizon is most likely the exclusive carrier.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 6:59 AM | Tags (8) | microsoft | verizon | cnet | secret | device | windows | phone | seven |  | Discuss (1) |  | facebook | twitter | 14 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 17, 2010

Microsoft decides to go with AT&T for their upcoming Windows 7 phone.Microsoft decides to go with AT&T for their upcoming Windows 7 phone.

Interesting move considering how much AT&T is bashed for their poor and spotty coverage as it relates to all things iPhone. Although, I have to admit I've never had a real issue with AT&T in terms of service here in the NYC suburbs. Maybe I have a magical account.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interesting @ 6:33 AM | Tags (10) | 2010 | at&t | carrier | exclusive | holiday | interface | microsoft | phone | service | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: February 10, 2010

Microsoft decides to finally fix a security hole that plagued them for seventeen years.Microsoft decides to finally fix a security hole that plagued them for seventeen years.

Much as been made of the fact that the hole is 17 years old, but Ormandy said he informed Microsoft about it in June 2009. 'You can criticize them for taking a long time to fix a bug,' but not if they didn't know about it, said Pedram Amini, who runs the Zero Day Initiative.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Security @ 9:35 AM | Tags (5) | microsoft | patches | security | vulnerabilities | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 19 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: January 14, 2010

A handy guide on how to give Android a whirl on your Windows machine.A handy guide on how to give Android a whirl on your Windows machine.

Want to see what the Android operating system is really like before you take the plunge over to one of these devices? Follow this guide and you'll be able mess around with it on your beloved desktop and see for yourself.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 6:43 AM | Tags (6) | android | desktop | environment | google | sdk | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 17 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: December 22, 2009

Ten things Microsoft managed to do right in 2009.Ten things Microsoft managed to do right in 2009.

Microsoft didn't have all that bad of a year all things considered. But don't get too excited, BetaNews has also compiled a list of everything that Microsoft did wrong in 2009 as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 6:43 AM | Tags (6) | betanews | events | launch | microsoft | right | windows7 |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 23 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: December 11, 2009

A list of Lifehacker's most popular tutorials of 2009.A list of Lifehacker's most popular tutorials of 2009.

An extensive list of tutorials that covers step-by-step guides on everything from installed homebrew on the Wii (without the need of Twilight Princess) all the way over to building your very own computer from scratch. Good luck.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 6:54 AM | Tags (11) | lifehacker | bestof | 2009 | electronics | gadgets | apple | microsoft | windows | leopard | fixes | hacks |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 45 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: November 24, 2009

Yes, it's quite possible to run the Google Chrome OS from a USB drive.Yes, it's quite possible to run the Google Chrome OS from a USB drive.

Itching to try out what Google's forray into the world of operating systems is all about? Now you can attempt to do so in a much safer fashion without (accidentally) wiping your machine.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Google @ 6:27 AM | Tags (8) | google | chrome | install | windows | usb | drive | thumb | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 15 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Friday: November 20, 2009

Steve Ballmer quite pleased with how Windows 7 turned out.Steve Ballmer quite pleased with how Windows 7 turned out.

Ballmer told the Microsoft Annual Shareholder Meeting that Windows 7 has been outselling previous versions of Windows, including Windows Vista, by a ratio of two to one. While Ballmer declined to give exact sales numbers he said that the sales were fantastic.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 6:59 AM | Tags (6) | business | microsoft | pleased | steveballmer | tgdaily | windows7 |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: November 19, 2009

The top ten free Windows tools for IT professionals.The top ten free Windows tools for IT professionals.

A well-rounded list of some free applications for those of you (who may or may not be IT professionals, InfoWorld) who happen to have a predilection for tinkering under the hood with your copy of Windows.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Nerdy @ 2:58 PM | Tags (9) | free | information | infoworld | it | microsoft | software | technology | tools | windows |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 30 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 28, 2009

Add some multitouch to your new Windows 7 installation with this Dell monitor.Add some multitouch to your new Windows 7 installation with this Dell monitor.

Just remember to lower your arms every once in a while, lest you get sore arms from simply browsing your adult media collection.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Gadgets @ 3:25 PM | Tags (4) | dell | multitouch | windows7 | gadgets |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 6 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A handy tutorial on how to compile software from source code.A handy tutorial on how to compile software from source code.

...thanks to the popularity of open-source software, where the source code is available for one and all to read and enjoy, the impetus has been put on the end-user to compile their own code if they want to use the software.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Tutorial @ 7:57 AM | Tags (15) | applications | apps | code | compile | development | linux | macosx | opensource | programming | software | source | systems | tutorial | windows | wired |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: October 22, 2009

Windows 7 more popular than Harry Potter in regards to pre-order sales.Windows 7 more popular than Harry Potter in regards to pre-order sales.

The OS immediately put Windows Vista to shame, selling more copies on Amazon in its first eight hours than Vista did in its entire pre-order period. In the last three months, the only currently available products to beat Windows 7 were Dan Brown novels.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Technology @ 8:04 AM | Tags (8) | microsoft | windows7 | preorders | harrypotter | danbrown | books | amazon | vista |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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