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Archive for July 2008

Do you remember the cool add-on IE8 Activities for Firefox or do you know that Internet Explorer has a feature known as Activities ?

These posts will refresh your memory –

New version of Firefox activities is here

My take on Internet Explorer 8

Got what I’m talking about?

I said at that time this feature would be more useful only if more services are integrated into it. I especially wanted Google services like Blog with Blogger, send with Gmail etc. Google seems to have created activities.

Activities

Some of the Google Offerings are –

  • Blog with Blogger
  • Define With Google Define
  • Find with Google
  • Lookup in Google News
  • Map with Google Maps
  • Send with Gmail (and)
  • Translate with Google Translate.

Sadly Google activities doesn’t have the preview pane.

You can get the activities here.

Google search architect Anna Patterson her husband Tom Costello and Russell Power, who worked at Google on search indexing, Web rankings and spam detection, (He works as vice president of engineering at Cuil.) have launched a new search engine named cuil (pronounced ‘cool’)

cuil- it’s pitched as bigger, faster, and better than Google‘s flagship search engine in pretty much every way.

The most important difference between Cuil and Google is its ranking system. Rather than assigning priority to pages based on inbound links as Google does ("Pagerank"), Cuil analyzes the content of Web pages to divine their relevance to a search query. The service also displays images from Web results whenever possible. It all adds up to search results pages that are much more attractive.

cuil search

Unfortunately the seems to be down when I tried to use it greeted me with –

We’ll be back soon…

Due to overwhelming interest, our Cuil servers are running a bit hot right now. The search engine is momentarily unavailable as we add more capacity.

Thanks for your patience.

 cuil-not available

Try it out

[via Cnet]

 

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The GrandCentral Click to Call Firefox extension calls phone numbers on web pages using your GrandCentral account with the click of your mouse. That means whenever a web page loads, the extension recognizes phone numbers on the page and turns them into clickable links. Clicking the number will call the phones you’ve connected with GrandCentral, and when you answer, GrandCentral connects you to the number you’ve clicked on.

Features are –

  1. Automatic login to your GrandCentral account
  2. Hover your GC number on the toolbar for the most recent call
  3. Double click your GC number to redial the last call
  4. Quickly access your voice messages, address book, and call log by right clicking the toolbar
  5. Click any phone number to place a call

New message notifications and new missed call notifications might make it into the future release.

 

GrandCentral Firefox Add-On

You can get Click to call here.

 

[via That Smith]

Video hosting site vimeo has announced that they no longer allow game videos on the site. Videos such as "game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps, or any other video gaming videos that simply depict individuals playing a video game." will be subjected to deletion from September 1.

According to them such videos don’t meet the standard of "creative expression" that the site is trying to uphold. Gaming videos sometimes expose Vimeo to liability from the game creator(s). Gaming videos are by nature significantly larger and longer than any other genre on Vimeo thus slowing down transcoding times for the other content.

Apparently an interesting debate has started in the comments section as users wonder why such a popular genre is being deleted but there are some who are relieved that such content are deleted.

 

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Fx3exeBlocked

Well not really… it’ll happen only if you have kept the security settings on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 to their most paranoid level.

This problem is not with Firefox, Firefox is just honoring your Windows security settings for downloading applications and other potentially unsafe files from the Internet.

According to Mozilla –

Starting in Firefox 3, downloads of executable files (e.g., .exe or .msi) may fail and the Firefox Downloads window will contain this message, under the filename:  This download has been blocked by your Security Zone Policy.

Lot of users won’t be facing this problem if they haven’t played around the security settings. But if you have changed the security settings then — open Internet Options (via Control Panel or from Internet Explorer -> Tools) and click the Security tab. With the Internet zone icon highlighted, click the Custom level… button. (which is default setting) A list of security settings for the Internet zone will appear. Find the “Launching applications and unsafe files” setting (under Miscellaneous) and select “Prompt (recommended)”.

 

Google Docs has added full screen feature to documents which hides the menus and the toolbars. just go to view—> full screen mode or type Ctrl-Shift-F to go into full-screen mode.

google docs-fullscreen

Knowing the keyboard shortcuts would be helpful as you no longer have access to the menus.

 

hmm…. five continues Google related posts.

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First it was Google reader then Google Docs and now it’s gmail and Google calendar.

Andrew Fogg a preview of the integration at Google’s offices and found that Gmail and Google Calendar will add offline support in approximately 6 weeks.

With gmail offline you probably can read mails, create new mails, star and search mail.

google-calendar-offline

With Google Calendar you can add and edit details for the next 3 months.


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