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G-PicBrowse

This is a nice, small image browser with some powerful features and a no-nonsense interface. Features include reads 27 different image...

February 26, 2006 by 1Software4u

Zamzar launches free file conversion via email

The Zamzar website, which converts files between formats, has launched a new service: it will now convert files submitted by email. This could be particular useful to smartphone users who are often emailed files that their device is unable to display.

February 10, 2012 by

JavaScript decoder for MP3 - No Flash!

The other day I linked to code that Mozilla is hoping to bake into the Firefox browser to natively handle PDF documents, today let's look at an example of JavaScript code that will decode MP3 files.

June 19, 2011

Music industry negotiating over 24-bit downloads

For hi-fi fans, the most depressing aspect of the digital music revolution has been the reduction in sound quality. Just when we were hoping to get better-than-CD quality sound from disc formats such as Sony's Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio, we were hit with the double whammy of low bit-rate MP3 files and, sometimes worse, the UK's low bit-rate DAB digital radio.

February 22, 2011 by

Google Chrome vulnerable to data theft flaw

Google has seeded a new version of its Chrome browser to developers with fixes for a pair of security issues that could expose users to data theft.The issue, rated as a "moderate" risk could allow hackers to use HTML files to steal arbitrary files from a victim's machine.

November 12, 2008 by

IT Dojo: Control users' temporary Internet files and browser history

In this IT Dojo video, Bill Detwiler shows you a simple monitoring solution that uses Windows Server 2003 Group Policy.Before watching the video, you should realize this tip isn't right for every situation. This method uses Windows XP and Internet Explorer's local browsing history. To view the history files, you must physically visit each machine, remotely access the machine, or copy the files to a network location with a script. Furthermore, a sophisticated end-user could easily navigate to and delete the browser history. This monitoring technique is best suited when monitoring a small number of users, or better yet, a single, problem user.

July 7, 2008 by

Microsoft confirms Excel flaw; outlines defense

The Microsoft Security Response Center has confirmed ongoing attacks against Excel and is recommending that users either run files through a tool that strips out exploit code or block Office 2003 and earlier formats except for those from trusted locations.

January 15, 2008 by

Palm offers wireless backup option for Palm OS-based devices

I travel quite a bit and for people like us that rely on the data stored on their handhelds having a good backup is critical. I discovered how valuable a hosted Exchange service can be and rarely sync directly to a computer anymore. The new beta of Palm Backup does even more than a hosted Exchange service can do in terms of backing up your data. Palm Backup saves a copy of your contacts, calendar, memo, tasks, browser bookmarks, speed dials, and call logs to a secure server from anywhere you have wireless coverage. You can setup a backup schedule or perform manual backups when you want. You should still perform regular backups to a storage card for your applications and other files, but this is a great way to know your vital data is backed up. The service is available from Palm for free for now, but there will be a fee structure when the service rolls out of beta. The Palm Backup service works with the Treo 700p, Treo 680, and Treo 650 Palm OS based smartphones.

April 13, 2007 by

Google Docs to support PowerPoint presentations soon

If you dig around the language files in Google Docs, you will find what appears to be traces of a new service preparing for launch soon. Meet Google Presently -- an online presentation creator that will likely read and write the most common formats like Microsoft PowerPoint and Open Office Impress.

February 4, 2007 by

Vista Speech Command exposes remote exploit

Vista speech command system allows remote exploitation because sound files played by from a web browser or any other audio player can interact with the OS. Users should turn off Vista speech command until a patch is available.

January 30, 2007 by

Google Base now supports Word and PowerPoint

Garrett Rogers who covers all things Google for us here on the ZDNet blogging network has the skinny (and some screen shots) on some new file formats supported by Google's Google Base service: Google has updated the uploader tool on Google Base, allowing users to associate more types of files with their items.  Until today, uploading was restricted to images — but now users have the option to upload PDF's, Microsoft Word documents, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets and more.

August 4, 2006 by

Live blogging from the Lotusphere opening session

I'll be occasionally blogging live on thisthread and others from the Lotusphere 2006 opening session.  If you'rehere, feel free to add your thoughts on this post!Notes licenses are up -- 125 million licenses sold71,000+ downloads of Notes/Domino 7Double-digit growth6,000attendees at Lotusphere (some are in the Swan ballroom overflow, severalhundred on-site and last minute registrants) Guest speaker: Jason Alexander Ken Bisconti: - Over 61,000 Notes customers - Over 200 launch events around the world, touching over 21,000 customers- "The best release of Notes in Notes history" -- being implementedfater than any Notes release in history - Notes 7 support for Mac announced (coming in 7.0.2) along with DominoWeb Access for Mac (on Firefox) - Mac/Intel will be supported later this year - Compares three major releases of Notes/Domino vs. more than three yearsbetween Exchange releases, with next release requiring all new hardwareand ISV applications on 64-bit architecture/hardware- "Wanda" -- allows users to carry and run their Notes installationon a USB memory stick - Expanded Notes and SAP integration into workflows... planned to deliverin mid-2006 - Ron Sebastian just demonstrated Sametime on a RIM Blackberry along withNotes application workflow Mike Rhodin -- Announcing connectivity for Lotus Sametime with AOL, Yahoo,and Google.  Mike didn't mention this, but one key to this announcementis that the connectivity to these networks is without separate licensingcosts Craig Hayman -- Sametime 7.5 announced.  Details and screen shotsfrom thisseparate Sametime 7.5 entry Workplace Forms -- Ron Sebastian has just demonstrated "pixel-perfect"Workplace Forms integration into both WebSphere Portal and Lotus Notes. Cool stuff. Bowstreet Portlet Factory -- Ron is now demonstrating how easy it is tocreate WebSphere Portal portlets.  Over 4000 WebSphere Portal customers,unchallenged market leadership. Alistair Rennie -- Announces Workplace Collaboration Services 2.6 and WorkplaceManaged Client 2.6 shipping.  The 2.6 release is the first releasewhere the Workplace Managed Client is generally available -- as a partnumber on IBM Passport Advantage. Ron Sebastian -- Showing Workplace Collaboration Services, including anew blog template component. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 -- Runs IBM Productivity Editors stand-alone. Supports common file formats but also all the ODF (Open DocumentFormat) files formats. Alistair -- Over 1 million Domino Designer developers.Maureen Leland is showing Workplace Designer updates....good show eventhough her demo errored out. Craig Hayman came back and demonstrated updates to Activity Explorer andthe Activities model.  He highlighted the integration with Lotus Notes7 as well as browser-based access to activities (supporting Firefox, hisfavourite browser, and IE, too).Ken Bisconti -- Next version of Dominowill continue existing Domino architecture but integrate WebSphere Portalcapablities for further improved web application integration..OK, so my battery is starting to run low, so I don't want to let this sessionend without a link to the updatedscreen shots for the next version of Lotus Notes, codenamed "Hannover"What a great opening session!  Morecoming from other sessions and events today!

January 24, 2006 by

ComputerWorld: IBM Workplace Client to Support Open Document Format in ´06

IBM officially announced support for OpenDocument Format in Workplace Managed Client 2.6....Inan announcement Sunday in India, IBM said it will add ODF support to theclient software to give customers more flexibility, since the standardallows files to be compatible with any office productivity suite or otherapplications that support the standard. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 willsupport Version 1.0 of the ODF standard, which is XML-based and was recentlyratified by Organization for the Advancement of Structured InformationStandards. IBM is a member of the OASIS technical committee that developedthe standard.  ... "I think it's something that will make life a lot easier for users,because they won't have to worry about proprietary file formats,"said Peter O'Kelly, an analyst at Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "Anyvendors using ODF make it easier for users; they won't be beholden to anybody."You'll find similar articles on a dozen other publicationsso far.  Good news. Link: ComputerWorld:IBM Workplace Client to Support Open Document Format in '06>

December 7, 2005 by

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