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Everyone is talking about the new computation search engine Wolfram Alpha wolf

and comparing it with Google. Some say it is a Google killer though it can’t even answer what Twitter is –

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Lot of people like wolfram but aren’t yet ready to leave the beloved Google. This add-on is to help those people –

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Wolfram alpha Google 3.0 adds a neat table to the Google results so that you can see the results of both the search engine in a single page.

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Neat huh? along with the regular results you get some cool facts with which you can impress your friends, get some knowledge and finish your projects.

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You can get Wolfram Alpha Google 3.0 here and it works even with Firefox 3.5.

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No one would argue with me when I say twitter search is a very useful thing. Now it’s getting better.

Twitter search used to crawl only the text in tweets, soon it’ll start crawling links in tweet and index the pages making it almost an alternative to google search for upto the second information.

The trending topics will integrate reputation ranking system which ranks the search results on the basis of reputation of the person. How this reputation will be calculated is still unknown, though I think the number of retweets and linking will be taken into consideration.

The ranking system would help twitter search in reducing or eliminateing the noise by removing retweets and irrelevent content.

Other changes – Twitter follower notification emails have changed from plain text to full html earlier today. It now gives information like the number of people the user is following, how many people are following the user and the total number of updates tweeted. Now with all this information it is easier to weed out spammers. Addition of user’s bio and last 5 or 10 tweets would have been more helpful.

Note: the lack of pictures is because I wrote the entire article on mobile. Sorry.
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According to Antivirus firm, F-Secure, Microsoft has failed to remove a long recognised security risk from Windows 7.

According to F-Secure’s Chief research officer, Windows operating systems (NT, 2000, XP, Vista and now Windows 7) contains a “hide extensions” feature which could be exploited by virus writers to trick users into opening and running malicious files.

What this virus does is turn documents and folders into executables. For example- you have ‘image.jpg’ file, the virus hides image.jpg and creates exact copy ‘image.jpg.exe’. The .exe is hidden so you won’t notice the difference, even the icons are same. You click to open the file and virus starts acting.

The best way to protect yourself from this attack is to scan your PC and keep User Account Control (UAC) on. Yes! UAC although annoying is helpful. It happened to me – one of my pendrive had this virus. I clicked to open a word file and UAC was asking me if I really want to open the file. I was annoyed, UAC shouldn’t ask my confirmation for opening a document. Them I realised that the document was an .exe file. I clicked no in UAC and scanned my pendrive to find 2 dozen virus. Stay safe and switch on that annoying UAC. 🙂

w7

Ok…. The official Windows 7 Release Candidate is now available for everyone through Microsoft’s Customer Preview program.

Here’s what you need to know –

  1. This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the RC.
  2. You don’t need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we’re not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
  3. Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)
  4. Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don’t test the RC on your primary home or business PC.
  5. Tech details/updates: Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes and Things to Know for important information about the release.
  6. Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.
  7. Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.
  8. Installation: You can install the Windows 7 RC on a PC running Windows Vista without backing up the PC—but we encourage you to make a backup for safe keeping. If you’re running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you’ll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.

To install and use the RC, you’ll need to know how to:

Troubleshoot problems. You’re pretty much flying solo, so you’ll need to handle your own tech support, and rely on other RC testers for their know-how

  1. Burn an ISO file to make an installation DVD
  2. Install Windows
  3. Backup and restore your PC
  4. Set up a network
  5. Create and use a system recovery disk
    Just click on this link and select 32-bit or 64-bit version and start the download, the speeds are really good. (I’m getting 450kbps) The good news is that once you start the download, you won’t have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If it gets interrupted, it’ll restart where it left off.

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You might to fill some form (I had to), then click continue and you’ll get this page –

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Hit Download and you’re done.

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Ok…today I’m posting after a really long time. My exams end on 24th of this month and then I’ll start regular posting. Thank you for your patience.

I had to use my PC yesterday to check on my projects when I saw the tiny windows update icon in the notification area –

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I was not surprised to see Internet Explorer 8. Now, I’ve not got any problem with Internet Explorer, I just ignore it. My problem is the way it is being pushed to users, it is silently downloaded without users knowledge. Many users are barely getting used to IE7 and here comes IE8. Users should be given the option to update like Firefox. people are usually not even aware of the version of Internet Explorer they are using. This might cause Microsoft some trouble from the EC.

Anyway… Internet Explorer is a good browser, at least better than IE7 or IE6. So now that you’ve downloaded it, use it and tell me if you like it or not.

If you didn’t like it Microsoft has made it fairly simple to remove Internet Explorer 8 .

 

windows7

Many windows users still like and use XP, it is one of the most popular operating system till date and it seems that it isn’t going out of service any time soon.

Microsoft has been offering downgrade from vista to XP, now they say they are going to extend it to Windows 7 too.

While it is true that Vista was/is too resource heavy to run in low powered computers like netbooks so as to keep the market share of Windows high and not to give way to Linux. But this isn’t required in case of Windows 7 as it is perfectly capable of running in netbooks and low powered PCs.

You have to remember that you just can’t walk into a store and purchase Windows XP, you have to downgrade. For netbook users the downgrade is most likely to be limited as Windows 7 isn’t a resource hog. The downgrade option would most likely benefit corporate customers who aren’t ready to upgrade to Windows 7. You might have to purchase Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate edition to qualify for the downgrade.

Microsoft isn’t commenting on the deadline for downgrading to Windows XP. But an early report indicated that the downgrade option would be available through April 30, 2010.

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We already know that Windows Starter is a very basic version which is going to be extremely feature limited but not giving the option to even change the wallpaper is preposterous… yeah you heard it right, no personalization, not even wallpaper.

Well, starter edition will be only available in emerging markets and will be used in low cost PCs and netbooks but that is no excuse for denying basic feature such as personalization.

Windows 7 is still in beta testing and no features has been finalized yet, hopefully Microsoft will enable personalization in final version.

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note: Sorry guys and gals for not updating for so long, my exams are on and I’m getting hardly any time to even check my mail. So the frequency of my posting will be less for a month or so. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

 

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