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Skype Beta – The end of Skype?

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There has just been released a new beta of Skype 4.0 Beta 3 and Skype for Windows Mobile 2.5 Beta.

Skype Mobile – It  is supposed to work better but looks exactly the same as the old one, still you can’t use voice through EDGE conveniently and sound comes from the rear speaker instead of the ear piece of my Eten. Oh wait, they’ve changed status icons so you can’t tell anymore if the user is on or offline. You can try and install it (remove previous one first), no harm and maybe after throughout tests it will turn out better. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 13, 2008 at 16:12

My old-NEW Firefox

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There is a ton of posts about dressing up Firefox with Chromifox – a skin that looks nearly like Google Chrome and I must admit – it’s very practical too. The thing is that trying to make FF more like Chrome I’ve discovered add-ons which literally changed my life. I’ve promised to write about this and now I’ve tested enough to know what is a total FF must have! It’s a pity that you can’t exactly make FF to split each tab into separate process but Chrome sets a good direction and probably soon sandboxing (separating java, flash, tabs etc) will become a standard.

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November 6, 2008 at 22:55

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RAID 0 – cluster vs stripe size

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Tired of the heavy NOISE produced by my WD Raptors RAID 0 setup, I’ve decided it was time to move on. Another thing was my little discovery of Seagate’s new enterprise series HDDs – ES.2 with 32MB buffer. I was setting up two powerful gaming rigs for my friends and accidentally found those drives and was thrilled later to test they were actually faster than my Raptors! This was all I needed to make a switch and I’ve bought two 250GB Barracudas for the price of two 74GB Raptors… (well, I’ve paid a fortune for them two years ago but this was my second no-cost upgrade, first was 6600GT AGP for 6800GT PCI-E). Great deal!

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November 6, 2008 at 22:08

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Eten X500+ yearly review

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Well, I’ve promised to write this review half a year ago but better now than never… right? Currently the device is quite old and it even has its successor – X650 (which is basically all the same), however X500+ is still a very good choice, prices go down and it has a solid position on the market. Here is a comprehensive review of X500+ which points out all the features, functions, fancy stuff, etc so I want duplicate it. I’ll focus only on most important issues after a year spent with the device in my pocket.

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September 30, 2008 at 10:04

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Wacom Bamboo

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Somehow I was always fascinated with Wacom tablets (thanks to Computer Arts). During last 10 years I had few times an idea to buy A4 sized tablet, but as they are even today pricey, I gave up. My best ever mighty Logitech Pilot (yes, I’ve paid a lot of money for a tiny two-button stylish mouse with the tail…) worked well for many years but finally failed me (now works again with a new LED). While looking for a new pointing device I was strangely lured from mousses to tablets, just to find out that now you can grab a Wacom for just 80 Euro! You know how the story goes on…

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September 14, 2008 at 15:00

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Give me back my Adblock!

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After two weeks with great Google Chrome browser I’m switching back to Firefox 3.0 and the reason is trivial – Chrome lacks of Adblock (ad-ons in general) at the moment. I can live without other add-ons but I forgot how hard can it be without Adblock and this is not about longer loading times. Huge pop ups in front of content and two times longer columns full of blinking stuff disordering text. No thanks…

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September 13, 2008 at 12:54

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Google Chrome

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Recently I’m developing a web project (XHTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL) and in order to provide cross browser compatibility I was forced to install all the popular browsers including Opera, Safari and the coolest ever IE6 on XP virtual machine (1.3 GB!!!). Nothing changed and Firefox was still the best. Today I’ve just found out about Google’s project: Chrome.

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September 3, 2008 at 09:32

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