In the meantime, the cost of solar on a per kwh basis has continued to improve, primarily on the back of … Read more
Where's My Cell Phone is a handy new single-serving app to help track misplaced mobile phones. It's for those times when your cell phone is nowhere to be seen and you simply don't have another phone available to make the call.
Instead of using Google Maps and Twitter to help beacon your phone's location like that LoJack-like app we checked out a few weeks back, Where's My Cell Phone goes low-tech and simply redials whatever number you give it until you've found your beloved handset and can answer the call to turn it off. … Read more
Updated 10:55 a.m. with clarification from Microsoft that Hyper-V standalone is not scheduled to ship until sometime in the second half of 2008, contrary to what Muglia stated.
Microsoft is getting ready for what it calls its biggest IT launch in history.
I'm not sure everyone will agree with that notion, but the launch of Windows Server 2008 and the next version of Visual Studio is clearly an important one for Microsoft, given that the server and tools unit has been one of Microsoft's fastest-growing businesses in terms of sales and profits. (Microsoft is also "… Read more
Russia has passed China to become the largest generator of spyware and other malicious code, according to a report set to be released on Friday.
Security software maker PC Tools says that Russia now accounts for 27.9 percent of such software, compared with China's 26.5 percent. The U.S., which had been the second largest producer in prior surveys, is now in third place, accounting for a hair less than 10 percent of malware.
Russia is also known as a hotbed for junk e-mail, known as spam.
PC Tools said that the death of Russian Business Network, … Read more
Who doesn't love to right-click, especially when browsing the Web? Whether saving images we like to our local drives, copying HTML links to send to friends, or scanning downloaded files for viruses, the right-click has become an essential part of most users' computing lives.
Yet how many times have you right-clicked on a file in Windows and then painfully scoured a long list to find the only option you need; sometimes it's the only one you ever use. Wouldn't life be much simpler to have only the items you want in your right-click menu? Well, for Windows … Read more
Microsoft thinks it can win the hearts and minds of future developers by giving them free development tools today. This would be a noble gesture but for one, tiny little fact:
There are 150,000+ free and open-source software projects on Sourceforge (and another 80,000+ on Google Code). The day of placating developers with tools is over. Open source has raised the stakes dramatically. Forever.
Bill Gates, forever stuck in the past, declares:… Read more
Hot on the heels of my writeup of PDFMeNot yesterday, reader Bonexaw tipped us off about PDFescape, another Web based Adobe Acrobat replacement. This time around, PDFescape pulls double duty not only as a free PDF reader, but also as an editing tool and Web host for PDF files.
PDFescape lets users fill out forms--one of the most commonly used features (besides reading). Additionally, the authoring tools let users create their own forms and send them out to others to fill out and send back. The best part is that the entire system is set up to avoid recipients having … Read more
XAware, an open-source data integration developer, announced Tuesday that it raised a $7.4 million third round of funding.
That translates into a total of $26.4 million to date in venture funding for XAware, which develops open-source software tools and components designed to reduce complexities in accessing and integrating data from a variety of sources.
VSpring Capital, an existing investor, led the third round, which included contributions from hedge fund GMT Capital and existing investors Sequel Ventures, ITU Ventures, and BMJP. Back in 2002, ITU Ventures led XAware's first round of funding, which raised $2.1 million.
"… Read more
I was at a bit of an impasse earlier today while writing about the new Google Maps page that lets you see user adjustments in real-time. A video to show off the feature would have been overkill, while an animated GIF afforded the same view to readers at a substantially smaller file size. Not having Photoshop installed on this machine (which has a pretty simple animated-GIF-making wizard), and not wanting to go through a tedious multistep process using Paint.net, I turned to Gickr.
The build system was originally established so programmers could make sure their software works on new versions of Novell's Suse Linux products. The build system already worked with two other Linux distributions, Debian and Ubuntu.
Why the largesse from Novell?
My guess is that the company hopes to tow more open-source developers into its orbit, but there are altruistic motives as well: "By adding support to build packages … Read more