RSS

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Time for a little update. I’ve been wanting to write about this for awhile I couldn’t quite organize my thought on what I am going about. Finally, I’ve decided to just fire it out and let it be.

The initials “RSS” are used to refer to the following formats:
– Rich Site Summary (RSS 0.91)
– RDF Site Summary (RSS 0.9 and 1.0)
– Really Simple Syndication (RSS 2.0)
RSS is a very powerful form web feed which allows user to receive constant update of a certain website. For more you detail RSS and its history, you can ask your 2 best friends, Google and Wikipedia, I’m sure they know much more than I do.

I’ve started using RSS for about half a year now and I found it extremely useful. Nowadays, there are just so many websites out there that provide you with various information on various topics. For instance just for daily news alone, you probably can find hundreds of websites already. Let just ignore them all and focus on reading the very famous ones only. Let’s see we have BCC news, CNN news, Strait Times, if you are in Singapore, TIMES, Yahoo News, Google News, and Channel News Asia (There are more famous ones out there but these are the ones that I’m paying attention to most of the time). Man! that’s 7 websites already! that’s not it because I don’t just read news. Today, it’s an era of blog-crazed society, you most probably have a friend or two or more who have blogs. So yeah in order the catch up with my long distant friends, I also wanna read their blogs as well. Let’s keep it simple and assume that I have 5 friends who regularly update their blogs. And just when I thought I was done, I remember that my favorite giant corporate also have their blogs, e.g. Google Lab, and oh yeah, my favorite Photoshop website, PSDTuts, and oh my favorite Flickr group also…eh… Facebook is also a big hype I better follow them as well… oh blah blah… Without doing the math, you can tell there are more than 10 websites to be visited daily. The messed up part is not every site updates daily. It’s an extreme waste of effort and time to go over the list everyday just find that there is no updates or there is nothing I’m interested in reading. Imagine there is someone who’ll do the job for you everyday and instantly archive every news updates and blog entries and deliver to you to indulge in your selective reading. Fabulous.

When you have your way so easy, you’ll be compelled to start following more websites and exploit this free technological slave. RSS doesn’t just give you the convience of having web updates instantly right where you want them to be (online/offline) but it also enables you to archive your favorite articles from different websites for futures uses. Furthermore, it allows you to conveniently cross reference articles as well.

To start using RSS, you can log onto any RSS reader website (e.g. blogline, iGoogle) for online mode. If you want to have it offline, you can download and install any software with RSS capibility and you’re good to go. Currently, I’m using Thunderbird. It works the magic out for both RSS and my emails.

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RSS

Rapidleech

Description: Rapid Leech is a free server transfer script for use on various popular upload/download sites such as megaupload.com – The script transfers files from rapid share (for example) via your fast servers connection speed and dumps the file on your server.

The script was originally created by Vyrus who wrote the script in russian. The script then got modified by various people who then released copies, encrypted the source code and made so-called improvements.

Comment: A block mate of mine introduced me to this. I started using it for quite sometime. Athough it doesn’t really replace a premium account, I found it pretty handy at times. If you just want to get a 100MB or 200MB off a rapidshare server, Rapidleech will be a great help to keep you away from the irritating free account.

I’m not going into detail on how to use it but I’ll roughly explain what it does. It’s basically a web script that allows you to transfer a file from supported file hosting sites (e.g. Megaupload, Megashare, Rapidshare) to your personal web server at a premium speed. From there, you can download the file off the server to your computer. Hence, the download speed that you get will be the speed of the server bandwidth. Yeah, so you need to have your own web server for this to work.

Rapidleech Screenshot
Rapidleech Screenshot
Rapidleech

Adobe AIR

I’ve just read an article on this. All the applications provided by Adobe AIR are very convenient. The designs and layout of the applications are superb as well. After checking them out, I was like “Man, this is going to be my new web toy.” However, Adobe AIR is still something very new. Its latest release Adobe CONFIGURATOR 1.0 only came out at end of October this year. If this is well-received and successful, it’s going to being another breakthrough to the world of Web Applications. Yeah! way to go Adobe. Adobe simply rocks.

The article on the release of Adobe AIR revealed some promising cool features such as:

Adobe AIR

Window Live Hotmail Facelift

After reading rumors, I was looking forward for this upgrade to be out and finally it’s here – The faster and simpler Window Live Hotmail. This is an effort from Microsoft to stay in competition with the super popular Gmail and Yahoo Mail. I think Microsoft kind of rushing it out to the market because the features that has been promised to be integrated along with the faster speed and new facelift are not there yet. They were put off till 2009. Anyway, I think the extra features are not really of much concern to users for the time being. I guess it’s time to get back and be active with my hotmail.

Anyway here are What’s New for the new Hotmail:

  • It’s faster and better!
  • Enjoy a cleaner look and faster performance.
  • You choose how to display your reading pane to preview messages – side, bottom, or off.
  • A combined “classic” and “full” version of Hotmail means everyone gets access to all the great features Hotmail has to offer. One version = greater simplicity.
  • You choose how to display your reading pane to preview messages – side, bottom, or off.
  • A great new contact picker makes it easier to look up contacts when writing an e-mail.
  • Type the first few letters of a friend’s name or an e-mail address who you want to send an e-mail to, Hotmail fills in the rest.
  • Dress up Hotmail with one of several new design themes.

And these are the ones that’s promised to be availabled in 2009:

  • Ever-growing storage. Your inbox capacity will automatically increase as you need more space2.
  • IM through Hotmail. See if your Messenger contacts are online and say “Hi! -)
  • Helpful new calendar features that make it easier to share your calendar with friends and family.
Window Live Hotmail Facelift