Archive for August, 2005

BlackViper.com is back!

August 26, 2005

Until it disappeared from the net a while ago, BlackViper was my reference source for what services did what on Windows XP and which services were OK to shutdown. Well, the site’s back!

Gas Prices From Around The World

August 19, 2005

From Digg.com again:
http://money.cnn.com/pf/features/lists/global_gasprices/

MagicLine — a GreaseMonkey hack to track what you’ve seen

August 5, 2005

This probably isn’t ready for primetime yet because it requires too much manual intervention but it’s a promising GreaseMonkey hack. MagicLine tracks where you’ve been, collecting loads of information like URLs, page titles, referrer, author, feeds and organizing it so that later, if you’re looking for something you’ve seen before, it can autocomplete based on any of this information.
Right now it modifies prefs.js with all this info and it will slow things down over time. Unless you really wanna play with this now, I’d squirrel it away for a future look-see … it sounds really promising.

GreaseMonkey updated to 0.5 beta

August 5, 2005

The Firefox extension GreaseMonkey has had its security holes plugged and is now available in a 0.5 beta version.

SyncToy’s Finally Available

August 3, 2005

Microsoft has finally made the download for the new SyncToy available.
What is it? I guess I’d call it Offline Folders on steroids or a superhuge Briefcase. It’s supposed to allow you to synchronize multiple folders across multiple machines, combining directories, handling renames and so on. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m about to.
Update: I don’t think it’ll replace Offline Folders because it’s a manual synchronization. Supposedly you can set it up to run automatically through XP’s Scheduled Tasks but that’s not the same as Offline Folders which allows you to specify that synchronization is to occur at logon and logoff. Not to mention the fact that if your connection disappears, when Offline Folders detects that your connection has been restored it will automatically sync up. SyncToy provides other features that makes it valuable, though. There are 5 “modes” which you can set up:
Synchronize: New and updated files are copied both ways. Renames and deletes on either side are repeated on the other.
Echo: New and updated files are copied left to right. Renames and deletes on the left are repeated on the right.
Subscribe: Updated files on the right are copied to the left if the file name already exists on the left.
Contribute: New and updated files are copied left to right. Renames on the left are repeated on the right. No deletions.
Combine: New and updated files are copied both ways. Nothing happens to renamed and deleted files.
Worth the energy, I think.

Ubuntu Linux on a USB drive

August 3, 2005

engadget has this article on a Ubuntu Linux bundled on a 3GB USB drive for $135 Euros. Seems to me that $200 for a 3GB USB minidrive is quite a deal and you get a bootable Linux that stores all its stuff on the drive, at the same time!
Update: Fry’s has a 2.2G drive on sale for $80. One day sale.