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Archive for October, 2007

Update Java and Get OpenOffice for *FREE*…

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Java Update Dialog

Anyone else see the irony in this?

Here’s the story. User Account Control came up and asked if Java Update could run, I clicked allow, and Java had an update. So it plants an icon in the tray and a little balloon pops-up saying that if I update Java I can get OpenOffice for FREE. Thinking this was strange, I clicked on the icon and the above window came up.

I’m thinking “WTF??? OpenOffice is free anyways, regardless of it you update Java”. So I clicked the “More information…” link and it opened up a tab in my browser to this page. But, why is Java advertising for OpenOffice?

So, it turns out that Sun Microsystems (creators of Java) actually founded OpenOffice. I actually never noticed that (either that or I forgot).

I guess that explains why Java is advertising OpenOffice, because they’re both owned by the same company.

Although that fact that the window says “To get a FREE copy[…] click the More Information link” is a little weird. Since the product is free and you don’t need to click on that link to get it free anyways…

Looking for PHP Project

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

Right now I’m looking for a PHP project for myself that I can just code at whenever I feel like it. I want to use it to further develop my coding skills. Although the project should be useful, there shouldn’t be any rush to get it done.

Anyone got any ideas?

Gmail Users to Get Even More Space, Much Quicker

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

GmailThe Gmail Team recently announced that they’re stepping up the Gmail space counter to give us more space much quicker. This is part of their Infinity+1 Storage Plan.

As of writing, the current space is 3110 MB. Approximately every 11.8 minutes you get another MB. So, doing some calculations based on these numbers (and assuming the counter has a consistent increase), on October 28, 2007, Gmail users should have 5 GBs of space! Going forward with these calculations, Gmail should have 10GB on December 21, 2007, just in time for Christmas! Still assuming the counter stays at the same consistent increment (not very likely), Gmail users would have 100 GB by December 15, 2009.


Switch Back to Technorati Incoming Links

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

When WordPress 2.3 was released, it introduced a change that, most likely, affected every Blogger using WordPress. Whether the change affected the Blogger in a good or bad way, it still happened.

That change I’m talking about is, of course, the Incoming Links section, of your WordPress Dashboard, beginning to use Google Blog Search, instead of Technorati, to get a list of the links. Using Google over Technorati does have it’s advantages. Google is faster and includes links not just from Blogs, but from all sites. However, if you’re a Blogger that’s obsessed with your rankings on all the rankings sites, you might want to see who’s linking to you through Technorati’s eyes, so that you can easily tell when your Technorati rank is improving.

So, for people who want to change the Incoming Links on their Dashboard back to using Technorati, I created a simple WordPress plugin. I called the plugin Technorati Incoming Links. When activated, the plugin will start using Technorati for the Incoming Links instead of Google. If you want to switch back to Google, just deactivate the plugin.

This WordPress plugin requires WordPress 2.3 or higher and is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3.

I hope you enjoy the Plugin! 😀 If you find anything wrong with it, let me know.

Deal: 1GB Crucial PC2-5300 RAM at NCIX

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

Crucial RAM

Just wanted to tell you about a great deal over at NCIX. They have Crucial PC2-5300 1GB RAM for just $19.99 (CAD)! They have it $25 off of the regular price of $59.99 and Crucial has a $15 mail-in-rebate. As of writing this, they only have 137 left at this awesome price, so you’d better hurry up if you’re going to order this.