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CS3The world recently witnessed the arrival of the Adobe Creative Suite 3. Needless to say, its probably the most well rounded suites to do almost everything imaginable with web design and content creation but its almost certain to empty your wallet too.

Here’s a round up of free alternatives to popular programs like Photoshop, Dreamweaver etc. by CNET

Link: CNET 

Windows Live Mail (old)Windows Live Hotmail (new)

Just noticed a few days ago that Windows Live Mail got renamed to Windows Live Hotmail. It’s quite a mouth full but I can understand that they don’t want to alienate hotmail users.

Hehe, atleast in abbreviated form we can call it WLH and not confuse it with WLM (Windows Live Messenger).

Apart from the name change, there are some other changes too (version M10). The interface finally works for me without causing any problems with AdMuncher and its slightly quicker too. Now if only they can do something with that LARGE annoying ad. 😕

Link: Offical Microsoft Blog on M10

Xp like Vista (+)I like the new Vista OS but moving to it poses quite a few problems for me, mainly the lack of a good video graphics card and some key software compatibility issues.

So the next best course of action is to make my Xp look more like Vista but at the same time remain XP. In such a case the best solution is Vista Transformation Pack 6.0. The transformation is pretty neat. However, I myself haven’t installed it as of now since it changes some system files and I don’t want to take any risks.

Link: Vista Transformation Pack 6

Source: CNET (Video)

Here are videos and specs of two similar phones:

Apple iPhone

The specs of the iPhone:

  • GSM(850/900/1800/1900 MHz), EDGE
  • 3.5” 320×480 pixels display
  • Input system – Multi-touch
  • Operating system – OS X
  • 4 GB or 8 GB memory onboard
  • Wi-Fi (802.11b/g), Bluetooth 2.0
  • 2-megapixel camera
  • HTML e-mail client
  • Safari Web-browser
  • Talk/video/Web-surfing time – up to 5 hours
  • Music time – up to 16 hours
  • Dimensions – 115x61x11.6 mm
  • Weight – 135 g

LG Prada (KE850)

The specs of the LG Prada:

  • GSM/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • 3” display
  • Input system – Electroconductive touch
  • Macromedia Flash User Interface
  • 2-megapixel camera with flash
  • Music player – MP3, ACC, ACC+, WMA, RA
  • Video player – MPEG4, H.263, H.264
  • File viewer (ppt, doc, xls, pdf, txt)
  • microSD slot
  • 800 mAh battery
  • Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0
  • Dimensions – 98.8x54x12 mm

Credits: Slashphone, Mobile-review

OCR (according to wikipedia) basically refers to computer software designed to translate images of typewritten text into machine-editable text.

Lately I’ve been working on a project that involves converting text in some images to normal text that’s editable, so instead of spending a lot of time on simply reading the text and then typing, I looked out for some good OCR programs and ended up getting two of them.

One is SimpleOCR – Its opensource and has a free version, and the other is Abbyy FineReader – a proprietory software.

Abbyy is definitely powerful, easy and is considered one of the best OCR programs, on the other hand SimpleOCR does its job being free.

As for me though, my images are far too low on resolution to make them recognisable to edit 😦
Nonetheless these programs are especially good if you want to edit the text from a scanned document.

Update: Let’s just say my project is going to be a breeze (or something like that), thanks to Abbyy. 

More: Wikipedia on OCR

I am not too sure if this is widespread, but, I just noticed that my regular Google search result has a refreshed layout.

The main difference is in the results page: the links (Images, Maps, News..) above the search bar has been moved to a new column on the left.

Here are the screen-shots below

Old Google (+)Google - old (+)

Update: It seems as though things have gone back to as they were before. 

I have been using the latest version (v-2) of Firefox and here are my impressions in brief:

  • Pages load quicker (especially images) than v-1.5
  • The default themes looks more sleek with some improvements in menu structure
  • Nifty built-in spell checker (handy for those who make a lot of typos like me)
  • Decent crash recovery solutions

    Most of my favorite extensions were also easily updated.

    Here are the screen-shots of v-1.5 and v-2 default theme.
    Firefox 1.5 (+)Firefox 2

    Links: List of all new features, Download Firefox 2

    Here are some specs of the ‘Detailed complete scan’ done by AVG Anti-virus Pro 7.5

    Total objects scanned: 198224 aprox. 51 GB
    Time taken : 1 hour 20 minutes 54 seconds
    Average CPU usage: 30%

    Old Look (+)New Look (+)

    I just noticed that Windows Live Mail has a refreshed look. Not really sure which one I prefer, the old one was more simplistic but the new one packs in more info but the new one look does give it more of the Windows Live family design.

    Good news is that this update no longer causes any problems with my Internet Explorer and AdMuncher, however, now I have problems with FireFox and AdMuncher while opening the inbox. Sheesh 😕

    Note: The large annoying ad is still ever present.

    If you ever run into some problems on your PC with the messaging softwares of different vendors such as Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Gtalk , AIM etc… then i would recommend using Meebo.

    Meebo is a browser based messenger and allows you to connect to WL Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, AIM… at the same time without using their individual respective softwares, which is really cool. This is one of the most realistic and simplistic browser based messenger i’ve seen and is pretty quick too.

    Of course, you won’t have all the advanced features such as voice-calls but still it comes in pretty handy for me especially when I’ve problems with signing into the vendor softwares on the PC.

    Note: This is way better than the online MSN messenger.

    Link: Meebo

    Update: Kool IM is a simillar site suggested by SamerBazzi, it adds support for other services like Jabber and Sametime. This service though, requires pop-up blocking to be disabled for the site so that it can properly.