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Comment: Re:I would personally be more interested in this (Score 1) 82

by megabyte405 (#29899693) Attached to: AbiCollab Takes On Google Docs and Zoho Writer

We've only got one mac dev, and his ability and desire to work on the port varies. On the plus side, he recently gave it a lot of love, and the source is getting there but not quite ready for you slashdotters to go bang on it :-P If you've got any os x dev skills, drop by the mailing list and lend a hand.

Comment: Re:Flash buttons for login and register? (Score 1) 82

by megabyte405 (#29899441) Attached to: AbiCollab Takes On Google Docs and Zoho Writer

Actually, if you look at the source of the page, you can see that the designers apparently used a flash text image replacement technique for all the "spiffy" ui elements. This is a common technique among some of the most standards-aware web designers today, certainly not an anomaly. The code itself is clean, and if you look at the page without flash, you don't get flash buttons. Just checked it, and the page still looks and works fine with no-script blocking javascript and flash.

Comment: Re:Does anyone actually *want* collaborative softw (Score 1) 82

by megabyte405 (#29899267) Attached to: AbiCollab Takes On Google Docs and Zoho Writer

Can you simultaneously edit real documents (any document abiword can open, so that's a huge amount and variety), fully featured (every feature AbiWord supports) at the same time - with parties not necessarily looking at the same part of the document (aka, not simple screen-sharing), and so on with those apps? You can with AbiWord. Use it with your voice or voice/video teleconference, sure, but putting a real word-processor in everyone's hands is powerful.

Comment: Re:Slashvertisement! (Score 1) 82

by megabyte405 (#29899243) Attached to: AbiCollab Takes On Google Docs and Zoho Writer

As anonymous posted before, the "plugin" is not a web browser plugin. AbiWord is a regular application. AbiCollab is a recent feature (debuted in 2.6, much improved in 2.8) allowing real-time collaboration between as many people as you want, over a variety of protocols. is a new web service that offers remote document storage, history, conversion, etc, that can also produce ".abicollab" files that, when saved and opened by your local copy of AbiWord (which is what happens when you click the edit link on the web), cause AbiWord to join a centrally-hosted collaboration session on that remote document. No browser magic is required: some server magic and abiword local magic takes place, but it's all very streamlined.

+ - AbiWord 2.8 and released->

Submitted by uwog
uwog writes: The AbiSource community has released version 2.8 of the well-known AbiWord word processor. In addition to support for annotations (comments) and native SVGs, it comes with powerful, real-time collaboration capabilities that were originally developed for the One Laptop Per Child project. With this release, users can now collaborate with multiple people on the same document at the same time, using all of the rich-text features that AbiWord brings to the table. These features are tightly integrated with a new online web service called, which lets you store documents online, allows easy document sharing with your friends, and performs format conversions on the fly.
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Comment: Re:Yes I use it and it is great (Score 1) 206

by megabyte405 (#27177523) Attached to: GrandCentral Reborn As Google Voice

Yes - you can "call out" from either your phone access to grandcentral voicemail (call your own number, hit star, type a pin - then hit 2 after a message to call the person back, I think - which will return you to your voicemail when the call is done!) or click a "call" button online which rings the phone of your choice, then your chosen contact. This is the bit they say they might charge for once out of beta, since it's basically like a skype-out (you can add a Gizmo sip address as a line)


Soldiers Can't Blog Without Approval 358

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the how-else-will-we-know-what-they-ate-for-lunch dept.
denebian devil writes " has obtained a copy of updated US Army rules (pdf) that force soldiers to stop posting to blogs or sending personal e-mail messages without first clearing the content with a superior officer. Previous editions of the rules asked Army personnel to "consult with their immediate supervisor" before posting a document "that might contain sensitive and/or critical information in a public forum." The new version, in contrast, requires "an OPSEC review prior to publishing" anything — from "web log (blog) postings" to comments on internet message boards, from resumes to letters home. Under the strictest reading of the rule, a soldier must check with his or her superior officer before every blog entry posted and every email sent, though the method of enforcing these regulations is subject to choices made by the unit commanders. According to Wired, active-duty troops aren't the only ones affected by the new guidelines. Civilians working for the military, Army contractors — even soldiers' families — are all subject to the directive as well, though many of the people affected by these new regulations can't even access them because they are being kept on the military's restricted Army Knowledge Online intranet. Wired also interviewed Major Ray Ceralde, author of the new regulations, about why this change has been made."

+ - Sacrificing the Windows stability gains

Submitted by
PassMark writes: "An article discussing increased levels of application instability due to Windows programs interfering with each other, reminiscent of the early DOS and Windows 95 development era. Leading to the sacrificing of gains in stability made over the last 20 years. Concluding that, many of the Anti-BadStuff and monitoring tools on the market cause more problems than they solve and we have more pain to come with wide availability of Kernel API hooking kits."

+ - Hard drive data eradication

Submitted by
Creighton Bildstein
Creighton Bildstein writes: "I'd like to know how businesses are dealing with their sensitive data-containing hard drives at the end of the technology lifecycle in their PCs, laptops and servers. Do they: A) Format the drives and sell or donate the machines B) Wipe the drives with Dept. of Defense software and then sell or donate the machines C) Completely destroy the drives via a shredder or something similar and dispose of the PC, laptop or server in an environmentally- friendly manner"

+ - Fluendo selling legal proprietary codecs for Linux

Submitted by
amitti writes: "Ars Technica reports that Fluendo is now selling legal media codecs for Linux for Windows Media, MPEG2, MPEG4, VC-1, MP3, and others. "Fluendo's codecs could potentially provide better integration for streaming Windows Media playback in Linux web browsers as well as through GStreamer-based desktop applications like Totem." I'm not certain that this will catch on, but this may be a great help to those folks for don't run i386. Most of their codecs are available for both i386, x86_64, PPC and Sparc."

+ - Vista Family Pack

Submitted by DesertBlade
DesertBlade writes: After years of wishing it, looks like with Vista Ultimate you may be able to purchase additional family licenses for between $49-$99. By having an affordable option, will this help reduce piracy? I know I would pay $50 for an additional license for my laptop or kids computer.

+ - Sega to stop GD-ROM production

Submitted by Joan Cross
Joan Cross writes: Sega of Japan plans to discontinue production of GD-ROM media in February, 2007. This media is used almost exclusively by the Sega Dreamcast home console, and the NAOMI arcade system. By stopping production, future official games (licensed by Sega) on the Dreamcast or NAOMI will not be possible. The Dreamcast Community are asking all fans past and present to help keep alive the Dream.

JetBlue to Offer WiFi 121

Posted by Zonk
from the guess-where-i'm-iming-you-from dept.
andyring writes "Although some trans-Atlantic flights offer WiFi for a fee, JetBlue has won approval from the FCC to provide WiFi on their flights." From the article: "While Verizon's telephone service aboard commercial planes has not done well because of the high cost to use the phones, there has been interest in offering high-speed Internet access in the air to business travelers. The licenses will not mean travelers can soon use their cell phones in the air. The FCC and Federal Aviation Administration are still weighing whether to permit that."

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