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iPod Nano the fourth

September 30, 2008 Leave a comment

The ipod Nano is back with the 4th generation model!! An here are its features:

At the Apple Let’s Rock Event on September 9, 2008, the iPod nano 4th Generation was officially announced. It returns to the narrow form factor of the 2G model, while retaining and rotating the 2-inch (51 mm) screen from the 3G model. It is also thinner than both the 2G and 3G, measuring 90.7 mm (3.6 inches) tall by 38.7 mm (1.5 inches) wide by 6.2 mm (0.24 inch) thick, and weighing 36.8 grams (1.3 ounces). It has a curved aluminum shell and glass screen.

The six previous colors (silver, charcoal, mint, turquoise, berry red, and rose pink) have been replaced by silver, black, purple, light blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and pink. Apple markets the new colors as “nano-chromatic”. Also added is an accelerometer which allows the nano to switch between portrait and landscape display modes by just tilting the iPod left or right, shuffle songs when shaken, and access Cover Flow when tilted sideways. The UI has also been refreshed, adding a more stylized look in keeping with the new hardware design. It includes a new voice recording feature which starts automatically when an Apple compatible microphone is plugged in. It also includes the new “Genius” feature, introduced by Apple the same day. The Genius feature automatically creates playlists based on a selected song using an algorithm built by Apple.

It is additionally touted as “the most environmentally friendly iPod Apple has ever made”, containing arsenic-free glass and a BFR-, mercury-, and PVC-free design. It is also claimed to be highly recyclable. The iPod Nano 4G will be shipped in cases similar to the 2G ones with the clear view in the front, and is marketed in two models: 8 GB and 16 GB. limited quantities of an unannounced 4 GB models have surfaced in various markets.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

It seems that Apple is constantly improving and turning the ipod Nano into a multimedia platform rather than just a mere MP3 player. Personally I’m still using the iPod Nano second generation which I am fully satisfied (at least for now) though I have tried the third generation which did not really trilled me despite its advanced features compared to the 2th G.

SaneBull is a tool for investors

September 20, 2008 Leave a comment

Are you a stock-broker, market speculator or investor? If yes, SaneBull.com will surely be appropriate for you as this website provides information about:

–    World Market
–    Commodities and Futures
–    Portfolio
–    Us Stock Market Indexes
–    Stock Symbol Information
–    Currency Monitor
–    Real-Time Stock Symbol News
–    Real-Time Stock Market News
–    United States Mortgage Monitor
–    Crude Oil Futures
–    Gold Futures

All in the form of widgets where you simply have to copy the html code and paste it on your blog or website. What makes these widgets really interesting is that they provide information real-time as changes occur on the world market!

An amazing freeware called Xnview

August 21, 2008 5 comments

For years now I have been using this piece of software to convert graphic files and resize photos. This freeware is easy to use for beginners as well it would be ideal for professionals with limited budget. Over the years Xnview has proved to be an excellent working tool especially if you work in the design/photography industry.

Here are its features

● Import about 400 graphic file formats

● Export about 50 graphic file formats

● Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support

● Image IPTC, EXIF metadata support

● EXIF auto rotation support

● IPTC editing

● Resize, rotate, crop support

● Lossless rotate & crop (jpeg) support

● Adjust brightness, contrast…

● Auto levels, contrast

● Modify number of colors

● Apply filters (blur, average, emboss, …)

● Apply effects (lens, wave, …)

● Fullscreen mode

● Slide show with effects

● Batch convert, batch rename

● Create WEB page easily

● Screen capture

● Create contact Sheet

● Create or edit Multi-page file (TIFF, DCX, LDF)

● TWAIN & WIA support (Windows only)

● Print support (Windows only)

● Drag & Drop support (Windows only)

● Compare image side by side

● Filmstrip layout

● 44 languages support (Windows only)

● And many many other things…

No Adware, No Spyware

With all these features mentioned above, this freeware will provide you with full satisfaction while using it!!

P.s In the near furure I will be creating a page on this blog dedicated to software/freeware 🙂

You Know You’re a Network Administrator When…

August 20, 2008 Leave a comment

1. All of your friends have an @ in the middle of their names.

2. Your best friend is someone that you chat with online but have never met.

3. You see a beautiful sunset and you expect to save it to your desktop.

4. You are overcome with disbelief, anger and finally depressed when you encounter a Web page with no links.

5. You ask a plumber how much it would cost to replace the chair in front of your computer with a commode.

6. You feel driven to consult the “Cool Page of the Day” on your wedding day.

7. You are driving on a dark and rainy night when you hydroplane on a puddle, sending your car careening toward a flimsy guard rail that separates you from the precipice of a rocky cliff and certain death. You frantically search for the “Back” button.

8. When every member in your family has an e-mail account on the mail server where you work.

9. You find yourself typing “com” after every period when using a word processor.com

10. When you shut down your router and get an awful sick feeling like someone you love just died.

11. When you come home late at night from reconfiguring the servers and your wife draped a blond wig over your monitor and tells you to marry this.

12. You refuse to speak to your parents until they get e-mail.

13. Your phone bill comes to your doorstep in a box.

14. You laugh at people that have modems.

15. You move into a new house and decide to Netscape before you landscape.

16. You refer to going to the bathroom as downloading.

17. You tell the cab driver you live at http://123.elm.street/house/bluetrim.html

18. Your spouse makes a new rule: “The computer cannot come to bed.” Not even the laptop.

19. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. :^)

20. You turn on your computer, and turn off your spouse.

21. Your spouse says communication is important in a marriage…so you install Instant Messenger on her computer. And when she leaves you, you’re 😦

22. You begin to wonder how on earth your service provider is allowed to call 200 hours per month “unlimited.”

And finally,

23. You know you’re a Network Administrator if you’ve sent this page to your yahoo account.

Courtesy of thenetworkadministrator.com

I came across this amazing and yet funny ‘list’ some time back and I wanted to share it with you readers! This list comes from an incredibly interesting website dedicated to networks and meant for network administrators. The website is thenetworkadministrator.com and you will see that there are amazing articles and news concerning routers, swiches, linux etc.

Coucoucircus.org

August 9, 2008 1 comment

We all remember the 70, 80 and 90’s Tv shows, series, mangas, cartoons etc. But do you still remember the opening music or soundtrack of each of them??? If no, you can visit coucoucircus.org which will provide you with practically all the Tv shows music you might have heard.

I personally have found on this interesting web database a lot of Tv series and mangas music which I used to sing while I was young. All these music have revived the kid in me and moreover you can find a section on the website dedicated to video games soundtrack!!! What can we ask for more except that they continue the good job 🙂

Facebook Texas Hold’em

August 7, 2008 Leave a comment

I started playing Texas Hold’em on Facebook. I got to admit its great to play on Facebook platform and within the Facbook community. In fact its better simply because we are not playing for cash and believe me if it was for real my bank account would be crying by now 😉

How harmful can technology be?

August 3, 2008 2 comments

Technology as a whole provides us with a lot of benefits in our everyday life whether at work, at home, when traveling etc. But apart from these facilities and benefits, technology do possesses a lot of disadvantages that the ordinary media try to avoid in fear to displease their master which is capitalism!

These disadvantages ranges from ‘laissez aller’ attitude for example television which have largely contributed to the increase of obesity among children and young adults due to lack of physical activities, addiction from social network websites which provides more of a ‘voyeur’ attitude rather than keeping individuals in touch, harassment from mobile phones or via SMS, viruses or hackers which only aims at stealing your personal information and your bank account at the same time.

With all these disadvantages mentioned and others which haven’t been said, will these stop us from using these ‘precious’ tools of our everyday life? I would rather say NO! or in other circumstances it could also be YES! So its you the jury to decide!!