Archive for January, 2008|Monthly archive page

Qtrax: World’s First Free and Legal P2P Music Site

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Qtrax Beta is the first peer-to-peer digital site that will be offering free and LEGAL music downloads. There is no adware, spyware, or spoofing. All you need is to download Qtrax as soon as it becomes available. It says on the site “download at midnight,” and I’m not sure if that’s the only available time to download it on any day or it will start of from the midnight coming up?!?!? However, Qtrax has clearly stated that Mac users will be able to download the P2P on March 18, so mark it on your calenders Mac users.

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Windows XP, Vista Requirements:

› 733 MHz Pentium III CPU (Recommended: 1.5 GHz Pentium IV or comparable)
› At least 256 MB of physical RAM (Recommended: 512 MB)
› At least 40 MB of available space on your hard drive
› 16 bit sound card (Recommended: 32 bit Sound Card)
› Speakers or headphones

Qtrax Beta

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How-To: Retrieve Your Windows or Microsoft Office Product Key

I just wanted to post three freeware tools that I know that you guys can use in case you want to retrieve your Microsoft Office or Windows key from the program in case you have lost your CD with the product key. You could go through the long process of contacting Microsoft for retrieving your key or you can use these freeware utilities to get it in a second.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder – is a freeware utility that retrieves your product key that was used to register your Windows operating system or Microsoft Office Suite. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.

WinkeyFinder – is a website that offers several different freeware utilities to help you find not only your Office product key, but Vista’s product key. Beware: they have reported bugs and are still in the process of being fixed, so the utilities are still not stable.

RockXP – is a freeware program that is specifically designed to retrieving your Windows XP product key, but it will retrieve other Microsoft’s product keys. It has received high ratings and it’s recommended by many users.

News: Tax Rebate for 2007

Bush announced today that an individual tax player with the income of 75,000 will receive $600, while a working couple with a combined income of $150,000 or less would get a $1,200 tax rebate. In a more recent article, it was stated that the check should come in as soon as May, and in was stated that the amounts got lowered from $800 to $600 as well as the $1500 to $1200. This was more families will able to get receive a tax rebate. The rebate should be automatic, but it’s a good thing to bring up to your accountant when doing taxes. Also, if you will be claiming a dependent in your taxes your will be receiving another $300 for each person. If you are above the income mentioned, you will still receive a rebate but of a smaller amount depending on difference.

Tax Rebate [via CNN] 

Xobni: Inbox Backwards

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Xobni Insight is an add-on to the Microsoft Outlook. Xobni’s mission is to help people reach a better productivity in their lives. They offer several features, such as: lightning-fast email search, threaded email conversations, and automatic phone number discovery. If you are looking for a tool to stay on top of your work and game, Xobni Insight is a must. With few clicks you can do twice as much as in the regular Outlook. To sign up as a beta for Xobni click the following link and be on your way to a better productivity.

Xobni outlook add-in for your inbox

The Alien Abduction Lamp

I think this is one of the coolest lamps I have ever seen. The Alien Abduction Lamp “is a lamp for Sci-Fi fans of all ages. A light bulb inside the metal UFO lights up the beam and the windows. The glass of the beam is frosted to distribute light in all directions.” It’s still in a concept stage, so it’s not manufactured, but I think it would make a great birthday or Christmas present for the little ones. The idea and design belong to Lasse Klein.

The Lamp also comes with 4 add-ons:

  1. Alien Abductors
  2. Bovine Abductee
  3. Human Abductee
  4. Multi-Function Antenna

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The AbductionLamp

Microsoft – The Ultimate Steal Promotion

Microsoft is offering Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for U.S. university students for the price of $59.95. You have to have a valid U.S. university email that contains the domain suffix .EDU and be enrolled in 0.5 credit courses, upon request to prove this as well. Microsoft® Office Ultimate 2007 includes the following applications:

  • Access™ 2007
  • Accounting Express 2007
  • Excel® 2007
  • InfoPath® 2007
  • Groove 2007
  • OneNote® 2007
  • Outlook® 2007 with Business Contact Manager*(see Obtaining Software below)
  • PowerPoint® 2007
  • Publisher 2007
  • Word 2007

Students have a choice of either ordering a CD for the Office 2007 or downloading it on-line. However, the Business Contact Manager will require are separate download, but if ordering a CD then it will come on a separate CD.

The Ultimate Steal

Apple’s New Laptop:World’s Thinnest Notebook

Yesterday Apple announced it’s new product that when manufactured it will be “the world’s thinnest notebook”. The MacBook Air has:

  • LED backlit 13.3″ wide-screen
  • Keyboard with an ambient light sensor
  • Multi-touch track-pad.

Just like with the iPhone, you can rotate a photo by moving your index finger around your thumb, and pinch to magnify or widen to zoom out.  However, it does NOT have an optical drive. The MacBook Air will be starting at a price of $1,799 when it comes out. Do you think it’s worth it after having to waste money for the drive? The model will be with a 1.6 GHz processor with an 80 GB hard drive and be available in a couple of weeks.

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Gmail: iPhone and Shotcut Update

Today Gmail announced a new look for the iPhone browser. The new features are: auto refreshing, auto complete when composing, and it loads faster when viewing mail. Furthermore, when you set up Gmail on your iPhone, Gmail will be converted from POP to IMAP. IMAP means that the iPhone access to Gmail and the web access are synced together, and each show which mail has been read, deleted, archived, etc. This also means that the message deleted on the iPhone will be moved to the trash on the web Gmail and deleted after 30 days, so be very careful when doing such a thing.

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Now moving on to the Gmail shortcut update. Gmail added a new shortcut key that is for archiving mails. Until now Gmail did not have a shortcut for archiving (a bit strange since they have shortcut keys for everything else). Anyway the shortcut key is “e”.

Unlocker 1.8.5 (Freeware)

Ever gotten the annoying massage “Cannot delete Folder: it is being used by another person or program” in Windows? The solution to this problem has always been a long process and waste of time, restarting your computer. That’s until Unlocker came into the picture. Unlocker is a free program that allows you with a simple right-click on a file or folder to get rid of this message without restarting your machine to do so. Simply right click the folder or file and select Unlocker. If the folder or file is locked, a window listing of lockers will appear. Select the lockers and click Unlock and you are done.

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Dumper – “The coolest place for digital photography hobbyists”

Dumper offers several features for your digital pictures. You can make your picture look old, a pencil sketch, mosaic, and much more. It is very easy to make a change, you just upload a picture and Dumper does everything else for you. Once converted to your preference, you can pick what kind a link you want from a variety of choices.

The different ways to change your digital pictures:

  1. Your photos in art museums!
  2. Rubik’s cube
  3. Christmas E-cards (Merry Christmas w/ Personalized Ornaments)
  4. Weave
  5. Jigsaw puzzles
  6. Photo to Sketch
  7. Make photos look old
  8. Stone Mosaic $6.99
  9. Amazing Circles
  10. Easter Egg
  11. Photos inside a photo
  12. Lego-ize Premium
  13. Alien vision

Dumper