Browzar-adware in a shell

September 2, 2006

When Browzar was launched earlier this week it was a ‘safe’ browser that kept thing anonymous. There is no cache and no history which they claim are features. In fact Browzar is just an IE shell with an interesting name. Why does everyone  seem to hate it? Because it is full of ad-ware. It goes to extreme lengths to try to get the user to click on Overture ads, it doesn’t even let users change the search function or homepage. Some of the users complain the URL auto comlete is redirecting them to the ad filled homepage. It claims no spyware but says nothing about adware. If all of this doesn’t detter you from Browzar go ahead and download it

myTunes = no DRMed tunes

September 2, 2006

 Goodbye DRM hello long days typing in track locations. myTunes strips the DRM off of FairPlay tracks just like QTFairUse, it’s just much easier to use. It is based on the QTFairUse python code, so these people are working with each other, to bad apple and MSFT cant work together. The tool makes it easy but there is still a lot of work to be done. Just the latest chapter in the arms race between reording labels and the world.

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Image Labeler

September 1, 2006

Google Image Labeler is an atempt by google to make image search more people oriented(meaning a bot doesnt decide a human does). And to save money by having the public do it.

What it does is take two random people and they tag pictures. If two people get the same tag google tags that picture with the tag that the two users came up with. It seems pretty cool, but not very web 2.0 like. Now lets see who actually uses it.

CSTV: IPTV

September 1, 2006

CSTV is a new network of IPTV channels run by CBS. It has over 100 channels and over 10,000 different events. You can watch live events as well. Well this is good free IPTV that anyone with bandwidth could get. It shows only college events. But mayebe someday they will show pro events. But for now good job CSTV.

FairUse4WM and QTFairUse6

September 1, 2006

DRM is everywhere and it’s ruining our lives. Well what if there was a way to finally use the music you bought anyway you want. Well there is and Microsoft doesn’t like. There has been a sort of arms race between the Record Companies and the world. These led to the release of FairUse4WM wich will soon be useless because of new DRM software and QTFairUse6. Notice the Fair Use? Well DRM is anything but fair so is this stripping software fair use? Well we certainly don’t have any fair use right now. But mayebe at some point some where at some time a record label will say ‘oh wait they dont want DRM’

 

That would be the day…

Stolen from Microsoft?

September 1, 2006

Garry Wiseman wrote a blog post today critizing Sina a large chinese search engine for stealing it’s interface. The post highlights the interface and graphics of Sina’ classified system that seems to be stolen. Here is the post:

 

Sina.com steals our design and graphics

“We were recently made aware (thanks to a comment on our blog by Phillipe) of a new classifieds site in China that had not only lifted our previous user interface’s look & feel, but also directly copied some of our graphics (note the cool pushpin graphic that our designer Becky created). The shocking thing is that the website in question is owned by one of China’s largest search engines called Sina.com. Couldn’t they afford to hire a designer?”

“Anyway, take a look for yourself at the images I’ve attached to this blog entry. Alternatively, check out the screenshots of our previous UI and then visit: http://post.sina.com.cn/v3_index.php

“Let’s just say that I’m looking forward to our China launch..”

“- Garry”

Search your friends

August 31, 2006

Today I came across a website called Riya.com. It allows you to search pictures. Not like google Image search but you take their picture and search it. And it finds out who they are. Go to Riya.com to learn more.

Live QnA opens up today

August 29, 2006

Windows Live QnA like Yahoo! answers is a service that let’s you ask a question and let’s the community answer for free(or fee if your google). And it was launched today! in public beta. It has a very nice interface and it is more streamlined and much more streamlined then Yahoo! Answers. Like all community driven products it needs a community(da!) to make it useful. Once it has a real community it could take off. The only downside is the Microsoft brand name that could possibly hold the whole Live product line back. Although Live.com and the whole array of Live services has really beat my expectations. Mayebe they have a chance but we’ll see how long Microsoft’s attention span lasts!

SpiralFrog.com free Music(and DRM)

August 29, 2006

SpiralFrog.comm a 2-year old start-up based in New York, NY has struck a deal with Universal Media to sell it’s entire catolog for free. It is(like Qtrax wich has struck a deal with EMI) going to have some form of DRM and will make money off adds. It is free so are people going to use it for that reason or will they stick with iTunes?

There seems to be a number of companies figuring out that consumers hate DRM(well SpiralFrog hasen’t figured that out) and want it free! Let’s just hope these ads can pay for the content and the music isn’t DRMed up the wazoo!

Leaked Vista Prices

August 29, 2006

Microsoft Canada retail pricing page has the prices of the different versions of Vista with their SKUs. It was taken down immediately but the news was already out. Well someone’s getting fired!

Vista (without formerly owning XP)

  • Ultimate $450
  • Business $341
  • Home Premium $269
  • Home Basic $233

Upgrade (from XP) 

  • Ultimate $269
  • Business $224
  • Home Premium $179
  • Home Basic $116

These are AVERAGE prices and may be changed when Vista is released. 450 dollars for an OS that’s insane! We’ll I’ll just wait for KDE and Fedora to catch up. Or I’ll just buy a Mac!

The prices were found on ZDnet

And the average prices from Gizmodo