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Skypecast Shutting Down

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Skypecast has been shut down by Skype, apparently due to the quality concerns. Skypecast was sort of a poor man’s podcast tool.


Written by Brajesh

August 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Posted in Desktop, P2P

Safari on Windows Crashes Too Often

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I’m not much of a fan of Apple softwares on Windows. I like iTunes though, even if it’s a bit bulky. I’ve tried using Safari on Windows for its super pleasing font rendering, aesthetics and, of late, some testing on WebKit/KHTML. However, it crashes just too often to be of any serious use and, of course, doesn’t have any DOM inspector. It has a barely usable JavaScript console though.
On a side-note, I’ve read that Safari can work on Linux under Wine. I’ll give it a try sometime. Now, if only I could run iTunes under Wine 🙂 .


Written by Brajesh

January 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

Yahoo! Messenger 7.5 comes with Ads

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I don’t really mind having ads in applications (Adobe Reader et al), but Yahoo! seems to have taken great ‘care’ to piss me off. New YM client has one big ad banner at bottom, totally obtrusive, distracting and unpleasant, and showing an absolutely useless eBay ad. And I, for one, don’t object to their bundling of Toolbar and Extras, and highjacking my homepage with YM install because I can choose to uncheck that.

I wholeheartedly ensured that I uninstall new YM client and install the old happy-to-live-with YM 7.0 instead. No YM8 beta for sure a(d)s of now.

[Update] Looks like there is a small registry hack to ‘fix’ these ads – just open regedit.exe, navigate to ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Yahoo\ pager\ YUrl‘ and create a new string key named Messenger Ad that has the value * (an asterisk). I haven’t tried this yet as I won’t be re-installing YM7.5.

Written by Brajesh

June 28, 2006 at 11:33 am

Posted in advertising, Desktop, Yahoo!

wget for Windows

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It does feel good to use wget on Windows for downloading. It lets me get rid of some windowing/visual overheads.

The link –
move the file to C:\windows after downloading, and type wget -h for options.

[Thanks Scott]

Written by Brajesh

March 24, 2006 at 11:50 am

Posted in Desktop, Windows

mind your desktop Part-II (can’t help it)

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Well…I have been using the Copernic Desktop Search tool for sometime now. It has some amazing features apart from being very “light” on the system. While Google Desktop Search requires 1GB of space on C: to conveniently locate the index of your entire electronic existence, I didn’t find any such requirements for Copernic. Copernic doesn’t index secure web pages in its index, which Google does. Probably it is a good thing, you don’t want your visits to secure web pages to be available at the first place..meant to be secure include bank websites, Gmail and other e-Commerce sites.
So by its design itself Copernic seems to offer more security(?)…whatever that means. But overall I found myself more comfortable with Google Desktop search.
Any way, instant desktop search is a revolutionary concept, whatever the tool be…so, bye bye old days of Windows Search Companion which used to take painfully long time to search a mp3 or a file containing a phrase with unreliable results.

Written by Brajesh

January 10, 2005 at 3:29 pm

Posted in Desktop, Search

mind your desktop

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“I can find anything online in under a minute, but it takes me days to find an e-mail address on my PC.” Slate@msn has come up with comparative study in the background of the recent rage of desktop search applications-Google, Ask Jeeves, HotBot, and MSN already slugging it out, and Yahoo is poised to join the fray very soon. But surprisingly rather lesser known Copernic stole away the honour of being the top pick.

Written by Brajesh

January 5, 2005 at 8:15 pm

Posted in Desktop, Search