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Thursday, November 30, 2006

November 30 - Windows Vista

Microsoft CFO Christopher Liddell (L) and CEO Steve Ballmer (C) ring the NASDAQ opening bell with NASDAQ President and CEO Robert Greifeld (R) to celebrate the business availability of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system and Exchange Server 2007. New York, NY, Nov. 30, 2006. Okay... I admit it. If it hadn't have been for the shiny press release that arrived on my doorstep today, I might have actually completely forgotten that today was that day. The day that Vista gets launched and Microsoft realizes they just shipped an operating system which will cost their patching team goodness knows how many million dollars. Nevertheless, there is hope in Vista, the flagship operating system that Microsoft is banking on to take the world forward into the most critical part of computing history yet. The coming years will be not only a test of fate, wit and courage for the Redmond based company, but will also no doubt decide the future face for Microsoft.

Today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, rang the NASDAQ opening bell along with NASDAQ president and CEO, Robert Greifeld. Supposedly the start of a new era, November 30 has come and gone as quickly as any other day in my memory. Not even a ten page advert in the Metro. A pity really. Microsoft thought that Windows Live Search deserved a quadruple page spread the other day, over the front page, the second page the back page and the second to back page. Hopes obviously aren't riding high at Vista. As usual though, Microsoft are banking on the businesses to lead the way, suggesting that all business will see their productivity soar with the new operating system in place. If only it were that simple.

Joining Ballmer at NASDAQ MarketSite was Michael Wolf, president and chief oprating officer of MTV Networks. “In the highly competitive and fast-moving media and entertainment industry, our advantage comes from our people,” Wolf said. “These new products provide rich collaboration tools and powerful information-discovery capabilities that will help our employees be more productive and more creative. This will strengthen our competitive edge, and that’s why we’ll deploy the new products to 3,000 desktops in the coming six months.”

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November 30 - Yahoo! TV 2

You're probably dismayed at the fact I've not already written a long winded post on Window's Vista's official launch today, but it all comes in due course. In the mean time, here's a post that I wrote at Profy that I think might interest you. Yahoo! TV. The opening paragraph is below...

Yahoo! TV has been around for quite some time, but when I heard that an all-new, Yahoo! TV had been released, I simply had to go and check it out. Yahoo! TV 2 has some rather interesting new additions to the already content-rich service it provides. Yahoo’s TV service is truly great. Best of all, unlike many other services, this thing really works! It allows you to surf the comprehensive listings with ease and quickly pick out interesting programs you might like. With extensive details branching out from the listing itself, you can find out additional information about the programs, the cast and the producer. Read more...





Wednesday, November 29, 2006

November 29 - Google Answers Dies!

For once, even the almighty Google has to fail. It’s not often that we see offsprings of the company, particularly highly anticipated ones, just like Google Answers, die such a horrific death. The truth though is, that with Yahoo! Answers offering to pay people, and its existing current success, coupled with the fact that there are 101 other Web 2.0 start-ups out there, promising to do the same, there really was never any hope for Google Answers. Having been in development for over 4 years, Google has admitted that there is ‘no point’ in continuing development of the service. Read more about how Google might face eventual death...





November 29 - YouTube Mobile

Well, when it's an article like this, I just can't refrain from posting part of it. YouTube has gone mobile! The teaser is below. But like usual, the full article is on Profy. I get paid there see... ;)

YouTube Mobile is now, we’re hearing, readily available to the public! After months of shrouded suspicion and speculation amongst Web 2.0, Internet, Media and Mobile Technology analysts alike. And yes, it’s thanks to Verizon, as many had predicted. YouTube promised that YouTube mobile would be available within a year, but, according to the companies, the service is ready for launch as soon as next month! Read more about YouTube going mobile...





Tuesday, November 28, 2006

November 28 - The Answer To...

The Answer To Life, The Universe, And Everything. A very interesting answer indeed. 42. For those of you who've seen or heard about The Hitchhikers Guide To Galaxy, the number will bear some significance of one kind or another. Try googling it. That's one smart calculator!

It the mean-time, check out this great K-Nex Gating Gun!



Thanks to Timothy on the gun! I found out the Google Search.




November 28 - The Internet Marketing Country Club

As usual, during my blogging regime at Profy.com, I ran across something that I believe will be of great use and value to you all. The Internet Marketing Country Club. A free, easy, straight to the point guide on making money. You can read the article beginning below. To find out more, you'll have to visit Profy itself though.

This is how to make money online, without paying for the info. If all Internet marketers were as kind as the man who produced this, and gave quality content like this away for free, all of us would have quitted our day jobs and would now be following the superb advice in eBooks like this. This is the one. The eBook or read more...





November 28 - Bush Hid The Facts

I just ran across a very, very interesting video on Metacafe. Check it out! If Flash doesn't work for you, open up Notepad, type 'Bush hid the facts' and save the file. Has Microsoft got something going on with the US government? Open up the file and see for yourself. Slightly... How should I put it? Corrupted? Yes, that will do.



Now if that's not political filtering, I don't know what is. The 'glitch' only happens in Windows XP reportedly. If you can, check the video below. Redmond has some serious questions to answer for.

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Monday, November 27, 2006

November 27 - PC Xbox 360 Controls

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If you love your Xbox 360, but just can't face not having your trusty mouse and keyboard at hand, incase things go real bad, then the XFPS360 is for you. Fusing PC gaming with the best of the Xbox 360, XCM is "bringing old school PC gaming to your living room". Simply plug-in the dinky adapter into one of your Xbox 360's USB ports, and it'll let you connect either more USB devices or a PS/2 gadget. Of course hardcore gamers will much prefer a keypad and pointer to a heavenly, ergonomically shaped controller, but then again, who's to stop them? There's a hell of alot of pictures for you to drool over in the mean-time. Enjoy! Thanks to Team Xbox for tipping me off.

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November 27 - MySpace Shopping

A post that I wrote a few days back for Profy.com just got published an hour or two ago. Thought you ought to know. This is really an article that doesn't deserve to be missed. Billions of dollars are at stake. Read more, or the teaser below!


According to The American Marketing Association, many top social networking sites could be losing out on billions of dollars in extra cash, by not selling products, such as gadgets and gifts through their sites. According to the association, Facebook, MySpace and other major hitting social networks are missing the possible extra profits that they could be raking in. Carry on reading this article...






November 27 - Cubical Warfare. Round Two.

We've seen plenty of non-destructive weapons used in cubical warfare (eg. marshmallow guns, foam missiles and sonic grenades), but now, I bring you the next-generation in the cubical battlefield. This ladies and gentlemen, is the real deal. A .17 Caliber Browning Desktop Machine Gun that will rip the pants of a Magnum .22 any old day!




And that, is why guns are outlawed in the UK. Such a pity really. I can picture the adults having great fun with a piece of kit like that!



Sunday, November 26, 2006

November 26 - Pimped PS3!

If your spanking new PS3's 60GB HDD just isn't big enough, then will 750GB suffice? At least, it's the biggest that can be fitted to date, courtesey of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750 GB HDD. It's only now, that after months of negativity driven in laser guided hoards towards Sony, that the console's true hackability is starting to shine through it's beautifully wrapped, plastic gloss coating.

Kotaku is reporting that, "Console hacking enthusiasts have already taken the first steps towards making the PS3 backup friendly, installing LINUX and using it to dump a 7.08GB ISO file from Madden 07 onto an external hard drive. Pool Boy over at PS3News points out that this is exactly how the PSP backup scene got started, and that the PS3 file structure closely resembles the one used in PlayStation Portable games."

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November 26 - Hack A Site, Get A PS3!


Computer Hacker

This is brilliant! At least, if I was a pro-hacker, it would be. I know that some of you out there are much more skilled than myself in this area. Simple, easy rules. No “dirty hacking”. So don't DDOS the site. Just simply change the picture on his site with another picture, preferably from the root user’s home directory. Follow the incstructions given on the website. Post on his forums, buss along an e-mail, place a .txt file in the home directory, with shipping information inside and he'll hop along to his nearest Best Buy and ship you one of these babies free of charge, world wide. Just for hacking his site! If you do this before January 2007 of course. Hackers, there's a deadline here, but good luck to you all! Remember, there's a next-gen console at stake! This is big stuff. Run Along. There is hacking to be done. News via Your NEWB.

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November 26 - Generation Next

Generation Next runs on the BBC from the 2nd December, up until the 10th. Aimed at getting a different angle on the world, the BBC launched Generation Next to get perspectives from youngsters like myself, from around the world.

What are they doing? Well, they're looking in general, at teenagers and kids around the world. Everyithing from photography, to podcasting and Shakespeare to music, the BBC are making a real effort to find out what us young people think, and for that matter, care. The eight day program, by the BBC World Service, will be based on BBC Radio Five Live (Link to online tune-in). Chris Vallance, from BBC Radio Kent, and popular website, Pods & Blogs, invited me to go and find out more. Stay tuned. More coming soon!

The fact that the BBC do care, and aren't just trying to get 'down with the kids', really does matter. It shows how much the world has changed. Not just in the past few decades, but you can look at recent events, to see how much the world, and the Internet has changed in the past few years, even months. Who would have thought, that YouTube, a site that didn't even exist 18 months ago, would now, according to Alexa, be the Internet's 8th most visited? The world is changing. Media is changing. Life is changing. The winds of change are blowing, once again... We all know what happened last time someone said that!





November 26 - The Gorb

The post I wrote at Profy, earlier this week. This is a must read. Is your reputation online, or on the line? Teaser below. View the whole article above, by clicking the link.

TheGorb. I’m loving the name. But I’m not really sure what to think of the service… It seems okay so far though! Well, TheGorb is a rather new concept in the Web 2.0 startups zone. It is, in short, a site that collects and aggregates various opinions from multiple sources about a person’s conduct and reputation. It then goes on to deliver a reasonably reliable result of what others think about you on the internet as a whole. It’s a tough game out there, but the ability to measure a person’s conduct based on other user’s opinions about them is certainly a tool that will help you. Read more...





November 26 - Next Gen Wars

I came across a rather useful, and interesting site today, whilst browsing some gaming forums. NextGenWars.com provides an in-depth count of the number of each next-gen console sold. The PS3, (at the time of writing), had just broken the 306,000 consoles barrier. The Wii, sat comfortably above the 534,000 threshold, and leading the pack, the Xbox 360, with an astounding 7,530,570 sales.

It's going to be a tight one. Current, updated sales below. The tallies should auto-update. If they don't, refresh to see what the current standings are. It's nifty. A highly recommended tool to stick in your forum signature, if only to show off your console's impressive number of sales!







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Site News - Feed Address Change

Over 50 of you read my various feeds, and that's great stuff! Keep it coming! But the thing is, with the website changeover, our feed address will also be changing. Please update your bookmarks! This will be good, really! Instead of having three different feeds, there will now just be one feed, unified to work with many other feed readers! I hope that some of you guys don't mind this slight inconvenience. But I know that for the rest of you, this will be a god-send.

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November 26 - Free Domains

There's no point in denying it, there are always going to be some bigshots out there with the spiffy domain you want. They'll be charging ridiculous amount for the domain, and you've resigned yourself to think of something else. Well if that's the case, as it was for me, then CO.NR is the answer. Read my post at Profy, or the teaser below.

Can’t be bothered shelling out top a top level domain? Want something that actually works and has 100% uptime? Want a domain that is actually free? Well, now could your chance! CO.NR is dishing out free domains all round, left, right and center. I’ve already grabbed my snazzy domain, Tech.co.nr, and have been very impressed with it so far. Not once, in three months, has the company behind the domain let me down. I’ve had 100% uptime, and the customer service is second to none. Read more...

Site News: In the meantime, I'll let you know, that I've been approached by a major TV, Internet & Radio network. Everyone in the world will have heard of 'em. What do they want? Well, they're planning to interview me, live on air. I can't say any more right now, but things are hopeful. I'll let you know as soon as I'm allowed to say more, but it's all confidential right now. But trust me, this is BIG! Wish me luck! Like I said, I'll give you further details when I get them myself.





Saturday, November 25, 2006

November 25 - Wordpress Partnership

When an article like this presents itself, and you're one of the first to blog on it, you have to get it through the publishers ASAP. That's what I did at Profy.

Automattic, the company powering the almighty blogging software that is WordPress, and the enterprise RSS experts, KnowNow have just very recently, reported that a partnership with WordPress has indeed happened! It is reported, at the KnowNow blog, that the two companies, that is to say Automattic and KnowNow will be offering a joint product, designed specifically for Wordpress blogs that reads and blogs feeds of websites, both public and private. Read more...

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November 25 - DropBoks

DropBoks. A post published at Profy that I had great fun writing. It was a great Web 2.0 application too! I'm still using it now. =D

DropBoks. Free. Practical. Easy. Speedy. Useful. They’re just some of the words I’d choose to describe the little website that allows you to have your own private hosting space on the net in seconds. Free hosting isn’t usually this good or reliable, but this, ladies and gentlemen, is one for the history books. Why though? Read more...






November 25 - Rezzible

I have had a busy week! Also at Profy, is Rezzible! An Ajax powered website creator!

The website creator created by the creators of SecondLife is Ajaxified! Rezzible, the spiffy, easy website creator that is sweeping the nation, is without a shadow of a doubt, the best Web 2.0 startup I’ve seen this year. We’ve seen some pretty darn impressive stuff, but this is great! Read more...






November 25 - SalaryScout

SalaryScout - A post I wrote at Profy at the beginning of this week. I'm sure alot of you will like it. Head over now and see what I mean. Teaser below.

How much do you think you’re worth? Want some figures to back it up? SalaryScout is more than just a useful tool, but also a persuasive plus-point to back you up in any dispute over pay. Dubbed merely a ‘research tool’, SalaryScout deserves a lot more mainstream attention and recognition than it’s received. Still, the ability of SalaryScout, is that it can help you ‘determine more precisely how much your skills and abilities are worth.’ This may be useful for anybody who is in any postition anyway. Read more...






November 25 - Psychedelic MySpace

I was busy writing a post over at Profy, on how MySpace has been going through some rather interesting changes. Perhaps you should head over and check it out.

When Google logos start showing up around MySpace, you know that something big is happening. It’s not just that though, MySapce has gone red! Now they’ve gone red though, it seems it’s not without glitches. An IE7 & FF2 flaw is leaving many people stranded without MySpace accounts aswell! It seems that hackers have taken control! Read more...






November 25 - Bunk Busters

Plain and simple really. For the sole reason that I have absolutely nothing better to do on this fine Saturday afternoon other than update my blog and do homework, here are a couple of videos of Bunk Buster Bombs in action.



Yep, it's real! Just slowed down. But if you thought that was big, check this!



That is clearly, like the guy said, a 'big-ass hole'.




November 25 - Wii Glove






















This Wii Glove looks cool. But is there really a point? Okay... Well I suppose it might save your palm from becoming uber sweaty from time to time, but it is rather weird. I'm sure you'll agree. Then again, anything that can make it onto the Digg front page is evidently weird enough to be mentioned here. We're all weird.

But back to the point. I heard that the Wii Smash video was released the other day. Hopefully I'll get a blog post out soon with it in. :)

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November 25 - Microsoft Dies

I wrote this piece a while back, but never got round to publishing it. Hope you guys like it!

This is the day. The demise of Microsoft. The day of reckoning has come at last. Friday 23rd November 2006. Google had seen it’s profits soar massively. Microsoft on the other hand have had an awful year. Low profits, internal scandals, a lowered reputation and a lowered customer satisfaction rate have left the company in tatters. After the rather unsuccessful launch of Windows Vista, Microsoft had been forced to focus and emphasise more upon the Internet sector. It was clear that Google’s freely distributed operating system had taken over Microsoft’s share of the market. Businesses, home users and government departments alike had taken to Google’s easy switch-over and increased user friendliness.

Microsoft’s third quarter had plummeted, sending the company into debt. Thousands of staff based in the USA had been layed off and things were looking increasingly worse for the company. Google on the other hand, were now making their way into global domination. It was estimated that 80% of blogs were powered by Google. That 50% of e-mails were processed, scanned and monitored by Google (a figure ever increasing), and that the company’s operating system was now the first choice for over 40% of the country (another figure, growing at an average rate of 34% a month). Firefox, the free browser, created by Mozilla, was also doing great, with a now estimated use of 52%, putting it for the first time, as the market leader. Google had purchased Wikipedia and Internet domination was becoming ever more likely. YouTube was going strong as ever and Google.com had climbed to the No. 1 Alexa spot.

In the mean-time, Google had started offering their free broadband initiative and now had news stations broadcasting world wide. Though all of this was great, there were constantly Web 3.0 services striving to push further into Google’s dominating grasp and markets. The Internet was becoming an expanding factor in day-to-day lives. As were the people behind it.


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November 25 - An Open Letter To My Toaster

This is an open letter to a certain misbehaving toaster, by another one of the guys from cre.ations.net.

You're better than this. Rather, at one point I thought you were. I remember taking you home from the store, wrapped tightly in your shiny packaging. "This is going to be a long and prosperous relationship," I remember thinking to myself as I glanced over at you in the passenger seat on the drive home. For weeks I couldn't help but smile each time I passed you sitting proudly atop my kitchen counter. Nestled between the microwave and the cookbooks, you had the world by the tail. You had everything, and you've gone and ruined it.

When you first came into my life you could toast a bagel to perfection. The face was always an even golden brown, not too crispy and not too soft. Just perfect. Remember that time we made eggs benedict together? I cooked the eggs, and you toasted the English muffins. God, we were such a perfect team. I was so proud of you. I loved you.

But that's all gone now. You don't toast evenly anymore. You're not even consistent. Sometimes you burn, sometimes you don't toast enough; all this on the same setting! It's like your heart isn't in it anymore. It's so sad to see you giving up on the one activity we shared together for so many years. I fed you an Eggo this morning, and you burned just one half of it. Charred and black on one side, soggy and cool on the other. I TRUSTED YOU! I gave you my breakfast, and you betrayed me!

Is there someone else? Are you toasting my roommate's waffles? Are they getting the once perfect golden brown that you had always saved for me?

I have something to tell you that has been weighing heavily on my heart for some time now. Ever since you burned that flat bread a few months ago, I've been looking for someone else. Now, don't be mad at me, please. I just feel that it is time for us to go our separate ways. She's a newer model, a Cuisinart. I don't want to hurt you, and I wasn't sure if I should even tell you this, but I feel you have a right to know. She's chrome. I know how you feel about that, but as a plain white kitchen appliance, you're just going to have to learn to get over it. I'm sorry, but I love her and she's moving in with me next week. She hasn't toasted any of my breads though; I was always faithful to you. Always.

So this is what it's come to? I'm so sorry things couldn't work out between us, but this morning's Eggo fiasco was the straw the broke the camel's back. Even though this is goodbye, I hope that you can look back on the good times we had together. The bagels, the waffles, the white, and the wheat. Goodbye, and I hope you find happiness.

Okay guys... I'm sorry. This isn't technology related, but when you see such a heart-felt, passionate letter to a toaster, how can you not post it on your blog?




November 25 - Blue Pee

Ever wanted blue pee? Of course you have! Well here's a cool guide from cre.ations.net showing you just how to do it. Take note, I don't advise trying this. Looking at the MSDS sheets, I wouldn't fancy it myself!



We've all dreamed of it - who wouldn't want to have bright blue urine? Alright, I admit some people might be appalled at this strange activity, but many will find it interesting.

No, you don't have to contract Syphilis to get blue urine. The method presented here is quite harmless.

WARNING: This guide contains instructions to eat things which are not sold for human consumption. Make sure you know the risks and read all relevant MSDS sheets before trying this on yourself! Some people may be allergic to Methylene Blue dye.

My interest in this subject began from hearing a rumor that there was a chemical you could add to food that would make someone's urine turn blue, as a prank. The person I heard it from had no idea what chemical it was but insisted that it existed.

I, of course, being of the Google generation, searched immediately for turn urine blue and lo and behold, the second result was a Wikipedia entry for a chemical called Methylene Blue. I knew I had to have it.

So, turning to my old buddy eBay, I searched for methylene blue. There are a lot of results for it, many being a treatment for fish rot or something like that. I bit the bullet and went for a nice 100g bottle of it as a powder.

(image note: The above picture is not of actual urine, though it closely resembles the effect the dye will have). Here it is, the step-by-step guide on turning your beloved pee blue.
It arrived promptly, and needless to say I was quite excited. Having read the MSDS for the specific form of Methylene Blue I'd received, I was fairly confident that it wouldn't kill me. But there was a problem. I tasted it, and it was very bitter. So much for prank potential. I knew I had to ingest some large-ish amount of it, so I turned to my cherished personal friend, a loaf of sliced white bread.
Using one (1) slice of white bread, remove the crust and tear away a piece of bread approximately 1.5 inches across.
Then press your finger in the middle, to create an indentation in the bread.
Using a cotton swab or similar disposable scoopy thingy, place the powder into the indentation in the bread. Be careful not to spill any - this stuff stains like crazy!
Shown here is way too much powder. Use about half as much as that.
Fold the edges up to fully enclose the powder. Compress it as much as you can.
You're done! Swallow this gargantuan bread wad and await results in two hours. I suggest drinking a lot of water with it to avoid possible upset stomach issues. That's all you need to do! The dye should last anywhere from one to two days and will slowly filter completely out of your system. For more information on what can change the color of your urine, check out Wrong diagnosis.




November 25 - Google Adds Blog Results To Search

Micro Persuasion points out, that The Google Operating System blog points out that a post by Andy Boyd points out that 'Google is now highlighting blog results in Web searches, much as they do for news. This is another Google test. I am not seeing this in my results, but it would be great if they released this widely.' =) I hope you followed that!


The picture above demonstrates what I was trying to tell you. Blog posts are soon to be added to the search functionality of Google. Now that, is what I call cool! Maybe you don't though. O_o





Site News - Milestones

Wow. This is the life... Sitting back, sipping my ice cold glass of Tropicana Original, and stuffing my face with Thorntons. Just how I like it! But that's aside from the point. The reason I'm writing this post, has a truly spectacular reason behind it.

Tomorrow, the site will be four months old. But today, this very post is our 500th. We've been bringing you technology, internet and gadget news whenever we can for these past months, and it greatly pleases me to say, that we have some upcoming expansion features planned. Something I've been promising for a while, a move to a privately hosted server, and for Wordpress to become our blogging platform of choice, is finally making some good progress. Admittedly, it's not the home-server I'd been planning on purchasing, but with the money I've earned using Michael Cheney's 11 Days To List Profits, and the income I've been getting from Profy, I've managed to get myself a decent host.

Okay, it's not exactly state of the art, but it'll do. All-in-all, the site has had it's ups and downs. This past week, I've not had loads of time for blogging, but on previous occasions, I've managed to pump out over 50 posts a week! It all varies on how busy I am, whether or not I get much homework, and how often I get to fulfill my other commitments.

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Site News - Techzi







In short, I got fed up with the long-winded 'Globa-Tech Today' thing. We're keeping the domain, Tech.co.nr, but I'm enabling cloaking. Just thought I'd warn you. As expected, there's a spiffy new logo too. Check it out. ^_^ I'm not sure what you think, but a mini-version can be found on the above. Click on it for a bigger picture.

Oh, and I'm adding a Digg logo
(as seen there!) and removing those other random, useful social network links. I've also cleaned up the sidebars. More new features coming soon!

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Friday, November 24, 2006

November 24 - Record Attempt Update

Wow... These past few days have been very exciting for me! I've been in constant contact with people interested in sponsoring me in my World Record Attempt and am very pleased to announce that I've just received confirmation from the guys at The Guinness World Book Of Records that my application has passed initial guidelines. Now, I've got an eight-page form to fill in and for the sponsorship to be sorted out. I've got some big names involved, believe me!

I can't wait to release more details, but once I've faxed off my form, I'll be one step closer to getting my name in that book. Not just that, but bloggers around the world will finally be recognized for their contributions and efforts in bringing a whole new form of media to the world.

If all goes well and according to plan, expect to see a 'Blogging' section appear in your 2008 edition of The Guinness World Book Of Records. In case you missed all the excitement, check out my first post and the last update.

In the mean-time, I've been listening to Weird Al Yankovic and his crazy songs. I must admit, that, Don't Download Me ans Hardware Store are my current favourites. Stay tuned! Things are about to get exciting.

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November 24 - World's Youngest Pro-Blogger

This is an update to the World's Youngest Pro-Blogger post I published yesterday. Now I know that it went down quite well and that more than a few people are interested, I though I'd let you know how things are going.

I'm still awaiting an e-mail from TGWBoR (The Guinness World Book Of Records) team, but in the mean-time, I can announce that I've been contacted by a party who is interested in sponsoring me in my record attempt. If any more of you are interested, feel free to contact me. I'm sure we can work something out. =D

But all-in-all, I'm really excited about this. Who knows what the future holds?

Also, for those of you who didn't know, I'm now looking for positions as a Pro-Blogger. Whether you're big like b5media and Gawker, or just a little start-up that nobody's even heard of, give me a buzz, I'll see what I can do.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

November 23 - World's Youngest Pro-Blogger

The Guinness World Book Of Records. Each and every year, it comes in a different, extravagantly designed covering. Being a fan of the books myself, I thought that I'd suggest a new category for the 2008 books. Blogging. As it plays such a major role in day-to-day lives, why not? So I set off on a journey. A journey, not only to get blogging in that great ol' book, but also to get myself listed in there.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I noticed that there weren't any records around concerning blogs or blogging. As blogging has become a major factor in many people's lives and is now a recognized news source, in my opinion, not having a section dedicated to it is unwise.

I'm writing to put myself forward in the proposed Youngest Pro-Blogger section of the blogging category. A Pro-blogger is one who 'earns their sole income by means of blogging or blogging related activities, earning a substantial amount of money each month'. As a 12-year fulfill this quite clearly, earning all my money by blogging. I, edited name, 12, am putting myself forward for this category. I blog under the name of Delta Taph, not my real name, but merely a fake name that I use to protect my identity. The record, as mentioned, will be based on age. I'm doing this because I believe that blogging is a great, great thing. I also believe that I am the youngest person who can be defined as a 'Pro-Blogger'. Putting myself forward for the record, I believe, will encourage others to do the same who are younger than me. If any further information is required, (Photos, Date Of Birth Certificate, More Information, etc.), I can be contacted at the following e-mail: e-mail edited - which is also the e-mail I use for blogging. I also earn from my personal blog, Tech.co.nr. Tech.co.nr is a technology, internet and gadgets blog, aimed at anyone, anywhere. It's address, is, http://www.tech.co.nr/ - As you may have guessed. =D

Yours sincerely,
Delta Taph

And that's it. Took my 5 minutes to whip up. What do you think? Well, I'm looking for sponsors in the form of anybody with alot of money. Let me know if you're interested. ;)

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November 23 - iAXE Electric Guitar Rocks! Let's party USB Style.

Wow. USBs. And the gadgets they come with are wacky and wonderful. And when I heard that ThinkGeek had launched a new product. The iAxe Electric USB Guitar. It looks great. What do you think?

We know that USB is perfect for Evil Robot Snowmen, USB Thumbdrives and of course the George Foreman iGrill... but were you aware that USB can ROCK! with a screaming speed-metal guitar solo? Neither did we, that is until we got our hands on this amazing iAXE USB powered electric guitar. Simply plug the iAXE into any available USB port, jack in some headphones and commence to rock using the included software which simulates different amps and effect pedals. The iAXE is a full size professional guitar so having some guitar playing skillz might help.





Tuesday, November 21, 2006

November 21 - Legend Woz Gets New Mates!

Google Mac
Wow. Or should I say Woz? Steve Wozniack has made a surprise move to Google. Read more at the Google Mac Blog. This is pretty cool stuff! Afterall, this is the guy who wrote iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It! The book with, officialy, my favourite title. Of course, it's one of 'em that you can spit out in a second flat. That's why it's known as iWoz.

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November 21 - NYTimes Says PS3 Sucks!


If the New York Times can say that the PS3 sucks, then that means I can finally let it go at last. This article is by The New York Times and I take absolutely no claim in writing it.

Howard Stringer, you have a problem. Your company’s new video game system just isn’t that great.

Ever since Mr. Stringer took the helm last year at Sony, the struggling if still formidable electronics giant, the world has been hearing about how the coming PlayStation 3 would save the company, or at least revitalize it. Even after Microsoft took the lead in the video-game wars a year ago with its innovative and powerful Xbox 360, Sony blithely insisted that the PS3 would leapfrog all competition to deliver an unsurpassed level of fun.

Put bluntly, Sony has failed to deliver on that promise.

Measured in megaflops, gigabytes and other technical benchmarks, the PlayStation 3 is certainly the world’s most powerful game console. It falls far short, however, of providing the world’s most engaging overall entertainment experience. There is a big difference, and Sony seems to have confused one for the other.

The PS3, which was introduced in North America on Friday with a hefty $599 price tag for the top version, certainly delivers gorgeous graphics. But they are not discernibly prettier than the Xbox 360’s. More important, the whole PlayStation 3 system is surprisingly clunky to use and simply does not provide many basic functions that users have come to expect, especially online.

I have spent more than 30 hours using the PlayStation 3 over the last week or so and may have played more different games on the system — 13 — than probably anyone outside of Sony itself. Sony did not activate the PS3’s online service until just before the Friday debut. Over the weekend a clear sense of disappointment with the PlayStation 3 emerged from many gamers.

“What’s weird is that the PS3 was originally supposed to come out in the spring, and here it came out in the fall, and it still doesn’t feel finished,” Christopher Grant, managing editor of Joystiq, one of the world’s biggest video-game blogs, said on the telephone Saturday night. “It’s really not the all-star showing they should have had at launch. Sony is playing catch-up in a lot of ways now, not just in terms of sales but in terms of the basic functionality and usability of the system.”

Sadly for Sony, the best way to explain how the PlayStation 3 falls short is to explain how different it is to use than its main competition, Xbox 360. When I reviewed the 360 last year, I wrote: “Twelve minutes after opening the box, I had created my nickname, was in a game of Quake 4 and thought, ‘This can’t be this easy.’ ”

I never felt that way using the PlayStation 3. With the PS3, 12 minutes after opening the box I realized that Sony inexplicably does not include cables to connect the machine to a high-definition television. Keep in mind that one of Sony’s main selling points has been that the PS3 plays Blu-Ray high-definition movie discs. But high-definiton cables? Sold separately. The Xbox 360, by contrast, ships with one cable that can connect to either a standard or high-definition set.

Then, before you are even using the PS3, you have to connect the “wireless” controller to the base unit with a USB cable so they can recognize each other. If you bring your PS3 controller to a friend’s house, you’ll have to plug back in again. The 360’s wireless controllers are always just that, wireless.

If there is one thing one would expect Sony to get perfect, though, it would be music. Wrong. Sure, you can plug in your digital music player and the PS3 will play the tunes. But as soon as you go into a game, the music stops. By contrast, one of the things I’ve always enjoyed most on the Xbox 360 is being able to listen to my own music while playing Pebble Beach or driving my virtual Ferrari. Doesn’t seem too complicated, but the PS3 can’t do it.

In that sense it often feels as if the PlayStation 3 can’t walk and chew bubble gum at the same time. In the PS3’s online store (which feels like a slow Web page) you can access movie trailers and trial versions of new games, but when you actually download the 600-megabyte files, you’ll be stuck watching a progress bar crawl across the screen for 20 or 40 minutes. Astonishingly, you can’t download in the background while you go do something that’s more fun (like play a game). On the Xbox 360, not only are files downloaded seamlessly in the background, but you can also shut off the machine, turn it on later, and the download will resume automatically.

The PS3’s whole online experience feels tacked-on and unpolished. On the Xbox 360 each user has a single unified friends list, so you can track your friends and communicate with them easily, no matter what game you are in. On the PlayStation 3 most games have their own separate friends list and some have no friends function at all. There is a master list as well, but in order to communicate with anyone on it, you have to quit the game you are playing.

There are some high points. The multi-player battles in Resistance: Fall of Man are excellent. The arcade-style action in the downloadable Blast Factor is suitably frantic.

But the list of the PS3’s disappointments remains, from its undersupported voice chat to its maddening cellphone-like text messaging system. (In frustration I ended up plugging in a USB keyboard.) Overall, Sony seems to have put a lot of effort into cramming as much silicon horsepower under the hood as possible but to have forgotten that all the transistors in the world can’t make someone smile.

And so it is a bit of a shock to realize that on the video game front Microsoft and Sony are moving in exactly the opposite directions one might expect given their roots. Microsoft, the prototypical PC company, has made the Xbox 360 into a powerful but intuitive, welcoming, people-friendly system. Sony’s PlayStation 3, on the other hand, often feels like a brawny but somewhat recalcitrant specialized computer. (Sony is even telling users to wait for future software patches to fix some of the PS3’s deficiencies.) The thing is, if people want to use a computer, they’ll use a computer.

Through the decades of the Walkman and the Trinitron television, Sony was renowned as the global master of easy-to-use, seamlessly powerful consumer electronics. But recently Sony seems to have lost its way, first in digital music players, in which it ceded the ergonomic high ground to Apple’s iPod, and now in home-game consoles. For now Sony’s technologists seem to have won out over the people who study fun.

As a practical matter, given the limited quantities Sony has been able to manufacture, the PlayStation 3 will surely remain sold out throughout the holiday season. If you can’t find one, don’t fret. Sony still has a lot of work to do. As Mr. Grant of Joystiq put it: “Maybe in six months it’ll be finished. Maybe by next fall I’ll be able to do all the cool stuff. I’m still kind of waiting.”


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November 21 - Gears Of War Trilogy

Marcus in Gears, part One

WOW! Gears Of War, widely acclaimed as the best ever game since Halo, has done it again for Microsoft! They do love their spiffy, good selling, money making games don't they? Now there are three Gears of War games to accompany the Halo series in the hall of fame! Read on...

According to Microsoft VP of lots of words Jeff Bell, Gears of War is the first title in a planned Gears trilogy. In a recent interview he accidentally slipped up on his wording and let the trilogy out of the bag. That’s some of the best news I’ve heard in a long while — I can’t get enough of the game! Gears of War has become one of the best titles to come out in a long while and probably the best game on the entire 360 console. Since yesterday, it overtook Halo 2 as the most played game on the Xbox Live and continues to grow rapidly. With all the success that is coming from the game, there was no doubt that there was going to be a sequel, as Cliffyb said before. Here’s what Jeff Bell said:

Gamers today demand an excellent story in their games; they need to know what’s at stake, and why they should care. Excitement tops the list of desired emotions, but they want to be scared, too. They want the rush that comes from being scared by an enemy or trapped in a dark room and escaping with their lives. The goal of this ad is to establish Marcus Fenix as the hero of the Gears of War trilogy. The intention is to create emotional connection with him that is lacking in typical third-person action title marketing, by communicating a sense of desperation, loneliness, overwhelming odds, and the ultimate futility of the situation he faces.” via YourNEWB.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

November 20 - Make Millions In Minutes

Most of you have heard of Michael Cheney. The multi-gazillionaire who I wrote about the other week? Well guess what? I scored a world exclusive interview with him at Profy.com. This is big stuff people! Right from the mouth of the master himself! :O

Heard of 11DaysToListProfits.com or AdSenseVideos.com? Well, they're just a few of his better known products. But that's not the point. If you want to find out more about him, and get some exclusive tips on how to make major money, you should visit the article.




Sunday, November 19, 2006

November 19 - Nintendo Wii Payback

Okay... After just reporting that the PS3 got a battering, it's been announced that so has the Wii. Pity really. But who cares! I'm waiting for the video! :)

In the mean-time, as the video of the Wii smashup hasn't been published yet (still being edited), why not check out these great videos of the iPod and the Xbox 360 getting smashed? As much as I love both of these, seeing them get smashed still manages to raise a smile on my face.



The Xbox 360 - $400. The look of horror on that kids face. Priceless.



And again! :)

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November 19 - Wii Will Rock You!

Well, it's about time! The PS3 has got it's just deserves. Talk about crashing! Check out this video. Smashing, just smashing!



See what I mean? Smashing. Beautiful! I'm just waiting for the extended version to be released! :) That should be a laugh. But yes, now Xbox and Wii fans really can rest in peace. The PS3 has been punished. Perhaps next time though, we could do better? Dropping it off the Empire State Building would be a prime example of 'better'.

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November 19 - Nintendo Wii Lauches!


Unfortunately, I'm too busy today to cover the Nintendo Wii's launch in New York, but thankfully the great guys at Gizmodo have a correspondent over there and ready. Head right over and see for yourself. Again, my apologies that I can't be there, reporting myself, but with a test on Monday at school, it's just not feasible. I'm sure you understand.

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November 19 - myTripz


myTripz, apart from having a funky multi-colored logo, is a great social network which connects people world-wide. Rather than just being a cheap MySpace rip-off though, myTripz is a themed network, with users sharing experiences of days out, displaying photos of where they’ve been and recommending places for others to visit. The community feel there is great, with everyone dying to write about both the positive and the negative sides of things. If you think that your country won’t be included, you might get quite a shock. There’s a very extensive list of countries where the users come from, growing by the hour!

Signing up is easy. Give simply your name, e-mail and password, and off you go! Simply click the link in the verification e-mail and your account is up and running. Despite there being few members, the myTripz community is making the most of things, before inevitably, a rush of spam accounts attack the site. At the moment, there are some thoughtful reviews and comments on various places. After verifying your account is real and filling in some additional information (e.g. Hometown, Photo, Birthday and Interests), then you’re ready to go. Once set-up, you can invite your friends, start sharing info, send some messages, make some friends, join groups and pimp your layout. It’s not just reviews on days out though or holidays, you can review anything from clubs, restaurants and hotels to safari parks, nature reserves and beaches. myTripz clearly has tonnes of potential that it’s sitting on, and not utilizing, so it will be interesting to see how it fares up against some of it’s bigger competitors. via MOMB via me on Profy.com.





Friday, November 17, 2006

November 17 - Yahoo Shopping Spree

On a Web 2.0 startup shopping spree, Yahoo today announced that they have purchased three (Yes you read that right, three!) spiffy startups. Bix (Bix.com), KenetWorks and My Blog Log (MyBlogLog.com). So, as you can see, they've been pretty darn busy!

Take over bids are purportedly still flying thick and fast, and it looks like Yahoo has allocated their entire web development budget to these cool new Web 2.0 startups. Of course, they have to keep up with Google, who recently acquired JotSpot, and as you very well know, YouTube. Yahoo have so far refused point blank to comment on the selling price of KenetWorks, but sources close to the companies have revealed that the deal did not just happen, but infact has been in the works for quite a number of months now! According to a Carnegie Investment Bank report, Swedish paper, Dagens Industri, was amongst the first to report the deal. The paper reported that the selling price of Kenet, was something close to a figure of at least SEK 150 million. This translates to just over €16.6 million or $21.28 million. A pretty hefty number! MyBlogLog, the blog stats tracking service sold for $10,000, where as Bix, the online popularity contest site was sold for 'an undisclosed sum of money'. That's what the New York Times are reporting, and generally, they're right. No word yet on what this 'sum of money' might amount to. Expect it to be slightly more than your average startup takeover cost though. Bix has recently hit the headlines numerous times and has seen it's popularity soar. Becoming part of Yahoo can only increase these numbers drastically! via me on Profy.com.





November 17 - The Metro

The metro. Distributed free on trains and busses throughout England. As my daily source of offline information, I picked up my copy, as per usual and sat down to read it. Low and behold, not quite as I usually do. After turning the first page, I noticed a large, spiffy advert for Splinter Cell: Double Agent. Fine. It was an Xbox 360 advert for the game. As are all the rest I'm about to mention. I flip the page. BAM! Tony Hawks Project 8. Flip again. BAM! An ad which stretches for the best part of two pages at the bottom. Gears Of War. Flip. BAM! Full double page spread devoted to Gears Of War. Flip. BAM, BAM, BAM! Dead Or Alive: Extreme 2, Open Season, Need For Speed: Carbon. Flip. BAM, BAM, BAM! A Giant hand made up of box art from different 360 games. Saints Row. Xbox 360 General Advert. Flip. BAM, BAM, BAM, BAM! WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2007. Phantasy Star Universe. Cars. Dead Rising. Flip. BAM, BAM! Xbox 360 Live Vision Camera. And again, opposite, a large Live Vision Cam. Flip. BAM, BAM, BAM! Test Drive Unlimited, Table Tennis, Xbox 360 Classics. Flip. BAM, BAM! General Ad and Xbox 360 High Def gaming ad. Flip. A very bright BAM! Viva Pinata. Great advert! Flip. Odd shaped BAM! King Kong sat on a big green tower. Green planes flying at him. It's an Xbox 360 HD-DVD advert. Flip. BAM, BAM! Another Gears Of War advert. This one revolving around a red traffic light with the Gears Of War logo on. Call Of Duty 3 advert. 'Get Closer Than Ever'. (I thought Call Of Duty 2 was, 'As close as you'd ever want to get'? Admittedly, yes, they've gone further!) Flip. GOOD GRIEF! It's a free calendar! A whole double page spread. It's a 2007, Dead Or Alive: Extreme 2 calendar. Sweet! I have two copies with me now. Flip. BAM, BAM! Lost Planet 'Exteme Condition'. Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy. Flip. BAM! Ninety-nine nights advert. Flip. Also, on right-hand page, there's a little red smudge. Flip. BAM, BAM! A big, long-winded technical analysis of the 360. Also, red smudge has got bigger. Opposite page, red smudge even bigger! Sonic The Hedgehog 'Enter The Sonic Age' advert too. Flip. BAM, BAM! Yet another red smudge. BT/MS Xbox 360 Wireless Xbox Live advert. Opposite, red smudge even bigger, starts to take a form. Marvel: The Ultimate Alliance advert. Flip. BAM, BAM, BAM! Smudge gets still clearer. Xbox 360 'Fly away' advert. Pics of Wireless Controllers and Wireless steering wheel. Opposite, woah! A fully made out, bloody, Gears Of War logo! Microsoft are loving it. Metro competition. 'Win an Xbox 360!' and a Samsung R7 TV plus Q100 home theater system. Flip. HALLELUJAH!I t's the classifieds. Flip a couple more through the ads and... Xbox Live Arcade advert! It's World Series Of Poker! Fun, fun, fun! Flip. BAM, BAM! Another Xbox Live Arcade advert. I like the writing style on this one more. Opposite, 'This Is The Season 2007. This is Fifa 2007.' Flip. Pro Evo 6 advert. Opposite, a scarf with the words 'Next Generation...' on. Flip. Scarf continues to read, 'Football only on...' and opposite, 'Xbox 360.' Flip. A big green advert at the bottom of the backpage.'Merry Xbox!' Not Christmas, not Xmas, but XBOX? These guys are losing it. How many adverts was that? I dread to think. How much did it cost Microsoft? More than I care to speculate. Madness!

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

November 16 - Bill Gates finds out what 'uber' means.



Well, Bill Gates has learnt a new word. 'Uber', and is using it like there's no tomorrow. Next thing we know, it'll be 'Uber Messages', not 'Error Messages' and there'll be a bunch of hippies storming NATO. In other news, Microsoft reckons that Vista is the best and most secure operating system ever. Rather funny that, I'd have to disagree with 'uber' Bill on that one. Check the PressKit article here.

Also, if you've watched the video above, you'll have learnt that 'uber' takes on a whole new meaning. ;D

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November 16 - Google Ajax

The very popular Google Web Toolkit is a godsend for any AJAX developer yes, but until now, you've been unable to use it on Mac Os X. Thankfully that will all change with the latest news that GWT1.2 has been released. Check it out at the Google Blog! This is a very short post, I know, but aswell having more hardcore PC modders around, I know for a fact that alot of developers are now visiting my blog, based on the feedback I've collected the past few weeks.




November 16 - Microsoft, Yahoo & Google

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have finally made a partnership in the search market. But not entirely. This small beginning may lead to bigger, other moves and joint projects together and will certainly make way for other, larger future ventures. Nevertheless, it’s a start.

Yahoo and Microsoft have now joined Google in the new format standard, Sitemaps. Many sites use sitemaps as a quick way of getting indexed my Google fast, and now that Microsoft and Yahoo have joined the craze, indexing will never have been easier. The beauty of sitemaps lies in simplicity. Simply create a sitemap once, then it updates in line with your new pages and the search engines index you speedy quick. What does this mean? Well, like I said, speedy indexing of dynamic pages and their static conuterparts alike. All a Sitemap is, is just a simple XML file, meaning that even a novice can create a sitemap, and the benefits are instantly available and noticable.

Sitemaps caters for the needs of those who have complex URLs, but wish for their articles to be relevantly searched and found for. E-commerce sites like Amazon can now keep wary buyers on standby, alerting them the instant they get a new product, say the PS3, in stock. Tim Mayer from Yahoo, has been quoted by GigaOM saying that the Sitemaps format is currently “very simplistic, but it could be expanded to include meta information about URLs and geo-location data”. This would be extremely cool, and useful for users and webmasters alike. The future is rapidly changing. It was only just over a year ago that Google launched the Sitemaps concept. Now that other search engines, beside Google have taken it up, should hopefully mean that this can become the Web 2.0 unified indexing standard. via me on Profy.com. Profy rocks, so click that link anyway.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

November 15 - AIM 6.0 Launches

AIM 6.0 is out, and it really is an impressive piece of work. Despite AOL’s dropping popularity, their widely distributed IM program, AIM is still going strong as ever, picking up new users every single day. Tonight, AIM 6.0 was launched, and is far, putting on a really good show. Many have called it 'state of the art', and, well, they're quite right. Using some of the more popular technologies from some not so successful startups, AIM delivers some truly impressive stats. 44.8 million monthly visitors (Yes, that's unique visitors!), which is over 5 million more than both Yahoo! and MSN combined. Admittedly, in the UK, MSN is the dominant leader, with most teenagers having not known otherwise. Market dominance is an important key. With Yahoo! having the world's highest Alexa rank, it'd make sense for them to control the IM market, but no. In due course, once Google Chat starts to pick up more and more users, then the market will only get ever busier.

AIM 6.0 is an experiment amongst AIM fans and users. Some will like the new, incorporated project AIM Triton. What this means is that “value added” features will be included. Some call this cheap marketing, other find it a genuine help. What this is, is linking to various sites such as AOL music and various other, related AOL services available. Some paid, some, like AIM, free. In my opinion, Instant Messaging should be done ad-free. It has really annoyed me at how the likes of AOL and MSN have added in these little monetized links here and there. At least Google has kept some sense about them, and not ran off with possible dreams of infinitesimal riches. Then again, that's not to say they're not making a pretty turnover! Thanks to TechCrunch on the this following tip. If you are a long-time loyal AIM user who really doesn’t like the new looks and general upgrade, you can go over to OldVersion.com. They have plenty of old files available for free download. via me on Profy.com.





November 15 - Skype Reverse Engineering

It’s true. The rumors have been confirmed. Skype is going mobile! But not in quite the way you might have expected it! Skype has been hacked. Officially.

TalkPlus, the startup which raised a whopping $5.5 million in funding from Menlo Ventures has now released a video onto the net, showing how they’ve hacked Skype to make it mobile! You’ve probably read many articles before now, on how Skype are planning to release a mobile version within the next few weeks, but it’s never happened. Time after time, we’ve heard these rumours. But now, TalkPLus have figured out, how using a Java Application, you can make Skype In/Out calls on your mobile. This could become a powerful tool for any travelling businessman/blogger/marketer, mainly because no special Skype software is needed. Just your phone and the small, background app. Not a full blown service download. The video I mentioned can be found here, at The Skype Journal, but it doesn’t quite look like it’s ready for public release. It’s quite possible there will be some restrictions on what phones are compatible, but all in all, this looks like a very, very promising start to what is sure to become people’s new, mobile companion.

The Skype Journal points out the fact that the team behind TalkPlus has managed to complete the complicated task of “engineering a server without Skype components that talks to the Skype network as if it were a Skype client using Skype’s own language.” Quite an impressive feat! Or so it seems. Nobody knows how they’ve managed it, but once public release happens, some clever hacker is bound to figure it out. The side-effects of this upon Skype will could be hugmungous. GigaOM point out that, “Right now, Skype-Out minutes are free woth TalkPlus. Their revenue is from licensing, and from an annual 30 euro fee for Skype-In. Why buy a Skype-In number if TalkPlus can do the job?” I’m very hyped up about this admittedly, despite the fact that I’ve only recently become a Skype member. This could very well be the first step for Skype Mobile however. We may see, in the long-run, that many people adopt this. Skype owners, Ebay, might even get involved in this, chipping in to the service, or fighting against it. Who knows! But it’s not public yet, so don’t get giddy over nothing. The beta launches in two weeks! Buckle up and get ready for the ride. Skype is going mobile! via me on Profy.com.

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