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Submission + - SeaMonkey 1.1 is out

asrail writes: "The newer version of the formerly Mozilla Suite, SeaMonkey, is out and you can download it at http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/. From the release notes: "SeaMonkey 1.1 is now available. Powered by the same engine as Firefox 2 and the upcoming Thunderbird 2, SeaMonkey 1.1 includes numerous enhancements including more visible security indicators in the browser and enhanced phishing detection for e-mail, a new tagging system for e-mail that supersedes labels, support for multi-line tooltips in web pages, and previews images in tab tooltips." Preview images in tab tooltips is so cool... The new tagging system is somewhat superior to the GMAIL labels, you can colorize your message, create complex virtual folders (which supersedes a lot the view by label of GMAIL). The switch to the same engine used by Firefox 2 is a strong move on speed up, displaying and security of web pages. Follow the release notes if you're looking for more info: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/seamonkey/releases /seamonkey1.1/README.html"
The Internet

Submission + - MySpace being sued

DesertBlade writes: Looks like MySpace is being sued again for allowing sexual assaults.

Seriously, were where the parents on these? Are we becoming a litigation society, looking to blame anyone but our selfs?
Windows

Submission + - Vista to be Downloadable (Legally)

ubermiester writes: "According to various sources, Windows Vista will be available for legal download as of January 30th — the same day it will be available in retail stores. MS-NBC Online notes that, "a relatively low number of computer users are likely to get Vista by downloading it from the Internet, but the mere availability indicates that Microsoft is fiddling with distribution methods for the extremely profitable franchise at the core of its business." It will be available via the MS Marketplace site in conjunction with a Circuit City offering. And for users who eventually realize that the version of Vista they purchased is just not doing the job, they can simply activate the features they want by unlocking them via online activation."
Data Storage

Submission + - EggDisk.com Loses ALL Customer Data. Spams People.

ADoxtater writes: EggDisk.com spammed its list of users (current AND past) to let them know that all their data had been lost due to some partition misfortune. Without backups. In the email, EggDisk stated "We're hosed. I am so so so so so sorry. And I, personally, would totally understand it if you were to not only abandon EggDisk as your file host, but also tell everyone you know that EggDisk sucks." So there you have it. Shouldn't be too hard to spread the word, right? It should also be known that EggDisk will ignore any and all requests to have your account removed, so don't bother trying that if you're a current subscriber. You'll be subject to their endless spam until the sun burns out, or you finally decide to filter them out of your inbox... whichever comes first.
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - How Jobs blew the iPhone keynote

PetManimal writes: "Mike Elgan, writing for Computerworld, slams Steve Jobs' keynote at MacWorld announcing the iPhone, claiming that Jobs is raising his customers' and Wall Street expectations too high, and is giving his competitors too much advance notice. And he questions the functionality of the product, noting that unlike most smart phones, the iPhone doesn't have a replacable battery, support for removable storage, or support for Microsoft apps like Word and Outlook, and can't handle voice-dialing, 3G Internet access, one-handed operation, or video recording. His conclusion:
A June unveiling that coincided with the actual product launch would have kept customers and Wall Street expectations in line; concealed product details from competitors; given Apple TV the full spotlight when it ships; kept iPod sales robust and would have helped Apple gracefully negotiate the rights to use the name "iPhone." In short, it would have been the traditional Apple home run. Steve Jobs blew it.
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Upgrades

Submission + - 1TB HDD going on sale soon: good price

illumina writes: "I found this story in my morning news gallimaufry: SHENZHEN, Jan 18, 2007 (SinoCast via COMTEX) — The world's first terabyte (TB) hard drive will be sold in China's retail market in the first quarter of 2007 at a suggested retail price of USD 399 (about CNY 3,120), announced Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) in Shenzhen. The company's 1 TB hard drive, with superior performance, reliability, and capacity, can store 1 million e-books, 250,000 songs, and 500 films. Hitachi GST, founded in 2003 as a result of the strategic combination of IBM and Hitachi's hard disk drive business, has three subsidiaries in Shenzhen, including Shenzhen Hailiang Storage Products Co., Ltd., Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., and Hitachi Global Storage Products (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd."
Software

Submission + - Is GAIM doomed to beta forever?

danbert8 writes: "How long should a user be expected to wait for a final release for F/OSS software that is being actively developed? Or at least some progress updates?

I have been a GAIM user for years and 2.0 seemed like a breath of fresh air. But it has now gone through 5 betas in over a year. New features have been added, yet I find it no more stable now in beta 5 than it was in beta 2. Gaim's homepage http://gaim.sourceforge.net/ lists some news, and the new Planet Gaim http://gaim.sourceforge.net/planet/ has some additional insights, but neither has been posted on since November."
Censorship

Submission + - Bush to allow evesdropping program to expire

Lord_Slepnir writes: In a move that will emboldenate terrerists, President Bush has decided to allow the Terrorist Surveillance Program to expire. The program must be reauthorized every 45 days, and Attorney General Gonzales has said that he won't reauthorize it when it expires. There will still be surveillance, but it will require a warrant from a secret court first.

Publicly-Funded Research Data is Public? 85

Elektroschock asks: "Public data belongs to the public, some advocates believe. BSD Unix is one of the most striking business examples of that 'public data' rule. Gauss and Google made patent data available. But what about classical research results? Should free access to knowledge get regulated? A new petition supported by Open Society Institute wants free public access to research: 'Evidence is accumulating to indicate that research that is openly accessible is read more and used more and that open access to research findings would bring economic advantage'. How do scientists feel about it? Does public funding really turn their results into public property?"
Education

Submission + - Taser Victim Sues UCLA

paulmac84 writes: "The UCLA student who received a righteous tasering at the hands of the UCLA's campus police officers has decided to sue for unspecified monetary damages. On 14 November last year, security officers at the Powell Library CLICC computer lab asked 23-year-old Mostafa Tabatabainejad to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check. The lawsuit accuses officers of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act and causing intentional infliction of emotional distress. The students attorney, Paul Hoffman, said: "He told the officers he had a condition and the officers' response was to Taser him and to hurt him rather to deal with him as a person with a disability.""
Microsoft

Submission + - Steve Ballmer laughs at the iPhone

morpheus83 writes: "In an interview with CNBC Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughed off when asked about the iPhone saying at $500 it is the most expensive phone in the world and wont appeal to business users as it lacks a keyboard. Ballmer also added that the Zune has captured 25% of the high-end MP3 market."
Spam

Submission + - 10 ways to get rid of spam in your e-mail account

humanoid89 writes: "
After writing this article last week, I got a lot of feedback, especially regarding the 10MinuteMail that Ive presented. The feedback got me thinking that there are lots of alternatives to the one Ive presented, so I started searching, and heres what I found, regarding anti-spam accounts and services:


1. dodgeit.com
Ive heard many people mention this website as being one of the best of its kind. I tried it, and found it has its ups and downs. What I liked was that you can choose your own address, an option that wasnt available in 10minutemail, the other spam-mail service that I knew of. Another thing I liked was that youre able to watch your e-mails through RSS. I chose kNox@dodgeit.com, and carried on. To my surprise, I had 4 e-mails in my inbox. I was surprised, especially because I hadnt registered for anything. Two of the messages were registration ones from Google, and the other two from some other .dk website. This is a serious downside, seing as many websites send the password in the confirmation e-mail, making those accounts very vulnerable. You can, however, get rid of this drawback by password-protecting your account (for a fee, of course). Cool service, but if youre not going to password-protect the account, I wont suggest registering important accounts through it.
2. mailinator.com
This is another service I heard lots about. This made me try it out, and heres what I found: when you open the website, you can notice a small auto-generated e-mail address on the right, and if you click it you can check your messages. Mailinator provides RSS support, such as dodgeit, but, seeing as though it randomly generates e-mail addresses, I think its almost impossible that you get the same account as somebody else. However, it IS possible (as the authors admit) to have your messages read by other people, the security level being practically 0. Apart from the randomly generated addresses, there is another way to get e-mail to an account: when an e-mail is received by an account, that account is created. Above the autogenerated address you can log into any account, and check the e-mails there. All in all, pretty good website, as far as spam mails go.
3. bugmenot.com
Bugmenot is not an actual e-mail service, but it works for the same purpose as those Ive presented so far, but, unlike those websites, this is more of an online community. Lets say you need a username for a certain website. Just go there, type in the website you need, and several usernames appear, usernames which are submitted by other users. Its important to note that bugmenot only deals with websites that require a username to view content. For example, I tried searching for digg.com there, and the search returned nothing, because on digg you can view content without being registered (the same should go for reddit, but the search returned a few accounts). As a personal remark, I would add that the website may work for extremely lazy people, but I dont agree with its way of dealing with blocked content. Its, by far, easier to register an account yourself, rather than sharing one with nobody knows how many people. Still, the method seems to be working, and the websites that are affected seem to be having no problem with it.
4. Spamex.com
I liked the layout of Spamex.com, but, to say the truth, thats about it. The first thing that made me wonder about Spamex was their own ad: Spamex works with everything (Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera PC, Mac, Unix, AOL, Earthlink, Juno, Hotmail, Yahoo mail, Eudora, Outlook, Outlook Express, Pegasas, and more) No mention of Firefox whatsoever. But thats not the point, so lets move on. The next thing I felt a small discomfort for was the price. Its ot that its too high, not that the payment methods arent right, its just that it exists. I dont like to spend money on useless things, or even things that are cool now, but tomorrow is uncertain. If youre like me, you can understand my reaction. I think that the whole concept of paying for a spam-collector is wrong. I mean, theres a bunch of free accounts out there, and if I want a large spam-account Id use Hotmail, or even Yahoo! (whose spam filters have begun to let me down big time. Not only does spam get through and end up in my inbox, but the worse part is that normal e-mail (even ones sent from @yahoo.com addresses) ends up in my Bulk folder, and since I dont read the hundreds of spam per day, it gets deleted). After some thinking, I decided to forget the whole thing and go for a one-month trial. I registered (not with my real address, Ill tell you why), and skipped the process of installing a toolbar in my browser (again, no Firefox support). Then, I was on my way creating an address. It can be Random, or Custom (where you can choose your own username and one of two domains — spamex.com and xemaps.com. Now to the part that bugged me: spamex tries to forward incoming mail to your real address. Er, I wonder why, because the whole purpose of the address is to have your account spam-free, and not filled with annoying buggy little messages. Bottom line, I wasnt impressed with the service at all. Id rather go with a sacrifice account through Yahoo!.
5. spamgourmet.com
At a first sight, Spamgourmet also has something I dont like — forwarding e-mails. After analyzing the website a bit, I found why it forwards e-mails: its not an actual anti-spam e-mail, that collects messages and disappears after a while. You can use this by entering the false e-mail provided by spamgourmet, and if you get too much spam just disable the account, and your real e-mail address is spam-free once again. Nice service, but Id rather like one that didnt have anything to do with my real address.
6. Pookmail.com
Pookmail is a nice service, that resembles dodgeit and mailinator by how it works. You just go to the website, choose an account (any one that you wish) and all there is left to do is check your messages. The only difference is that the e-mail address is available for 24 hours (more than enough for a temporary account, if you ask me).
7. tempinbox.com
Tempinbox is, yet again, very similar to other websites presented here, such as Pookmail, dodgeit, or mailinator. You go there, you choose an address, and wait for the e-mail to arrive. I searched through the FAQ, but there was no mention (that I could find) on the validity of an address, so I suppose it lasts forever.
8. trashmail.net
Trashmail is a combination between spamgourmet and dodgeit. You can select the exact account you desire, the number of forwards received by your real e-mail address (which you have to provide), and the exact life span of the account (from 1 day up to 6 months). The e-mail address disables itself either after the number of forwards has been reached, or when its life span has ended. Cool service, worth giving it a shot.
9. 2prong.com
2prong is an awesome site, as it has what other websites of the genre lack. Beside the usual options (random address, customizable address), 2prong has something that Mailinator, dodgeit, 10 minute mail and others need: it constantly changes domain names, in order to avoid getting banned by websites. This is a really ingenious finding, which I find to my liking.
10. spammotel.com
Spam Motel is a cute website, yet another of the genre, and I didnt really find anything new about it. The only novelty was that the messages that spammotel sends have a tag which you choose (Fwd:, Spam:, Urgent:, or a custom message). Not a big thing, not a bad thing. Bottom line, this website is like many others. Well, these are all the alternatives to getting rid of spam that I found. Of course, you could create a back-up e-mail address (on Yahoo! or whatever) and get rid of the bother, but I think that these websites are more useful. Which one did you like best?
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