Monday, March 31, 2008

Reviews: Wordpress 2.5 Released


WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

On Saturday, March 29, 2008, WordPress 2.5 was released. For information on the changes and improvements in this new version, see Changelog for 2.5.

Changes in Minimum Requirements:
* PHP version 4.3, or later.
New User Features:
* Admin redesign (see WordPress Interface Guidelines)
* Widget-based dashboard
* You should be able to have any number of any widget
* Undo for comment editing
* Search for both posts and pages 1435
o What do people want from this?
o How do the best plugins implement it?
More @ WordPress.org

New Avtar: Logo got revised

We got a new logo, designed by my friend ravish.
Write your comments how it looks or If anyone got any suggestions for logo,template or anything you think can help us doing better here.
After all, its your area. All you like is what we care about.

Also,guest writers are welcome. so please contact if you wish and can write on specific technologies.

Techdudes

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Apple Mac hacked!

The fastest $10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned!

He took the first of three laptop computers -- and a $10,000 cash prize -- Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest.

Show organizers offered a Sony Vaio, Fujitsu U810, and the MacBook as prizes, saying that they could be won by anybody at the show who could find a way to hack into each of them and read the contents of a file on the system using a previously undisclosed "0day" attack.

Within 2 minutes, he directed the contest's organizers to visit a Web site that contained his exploit code, which then allowed him to seize control of the computer, as about 20 onlookers cheered him on. He was the first contestant to attempt an attack on any of the systems.

Miller was quickly given a nondisclosure agreement to sign, and he's not allowed to discuss particulars of his bug until the contest's sponsor, TippingPoint, can notify the vendor. Contest rules state that Miller could only take advantage of software that was preinstalled on the Mac, so the flaw he exploited must have been accessible by, or possibly inside, Apple's Safari browser.

yahoo news

Vista SP1 failed to spark migration


Microsoft's latest efforts to persuade customers to upgrade to its much-maligned Vista operating system have met with a cool response from users. Historically, Microsoft's first service pack for one of its marquee products – such as Windows – provides the impetus for users to upgrade. As Gartner analyst, Stephen Kleynhans recently noted, customers see SP1 as the sign that the OS has reached maturity and is ready for enteprise deployment.

But even the offer of free support for using installing Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and tools to lower implementation cost, the user response has been one of stony indifference. Vista SP1 includes a number of fixes for bugs that have plagued the operating system, as well as improved support for drivers. It initially became available to download from Microsoft's website and will be included as part of the Window's Update feature from mid-April.

vnunet.com

iPhone SDK Second Beta Released

Apple has sent an email to developers in its program informing them that the second beta was available for download on the company's Developer Connection web site.

"The second beta version of the iPhone SDK includes Interface Builder, Xcode IDE, Instruments, iPhone simulator, frameworks and samples, compilers, and Shark analysis tool," the site reads. Interface Builder is "an application for designing and testing user interfaces. Developers can use Interface Builder to create user interfaces that follow the Mac OS X human-interface guidelines by dragging user-interface elements from a palette of predefined controls and dropping them into the window or view they are configuring," according to Apple.

CRN.com

Friday, March 28, 2008

Winamp 5.53 Build 1924


Nullsoft Winamp is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity music player for Windows. Winamp supports MP3, CD, Audiosoft, Audio Explosion, MOD, WAV and other audio formats, custom appearances (skins) plus audio visualization and audio effect plug-ins.

What's New:
* Improved: Different shell descriptions for different associated filetypes
* Improved: New 'Refine Search' feature in Cover Art Downloader dialog
* Improved: Unicode support for Language Packs incompatible with system locale
* Improved: [in_cdda] Now reads & writes CD data to an NDE database
* Improved: [in_cdda/ml_disc] Reimplementation of simple offline CD Info Editor
* Improved: [in_flac] Faster FLAC metadata gathering
* Improved: [in_mp3] More accurate .AAC length calculation
* Improved: [in_wav/in_mp4] Support for http streaming of files larger than 2GB
* Improved: [ml_disc] Added support for Data CD reading (w.i.p.)
* Improved: [ml_local/nde] Background scanning & database optimizations
* Improved: [ml_local] Unicode compliant filename-based metadata guessing
* Improved: [ml_transcode] Remove trailing periods from destination filepath
* Improved: [pmp_usb] Added AlbumArtist support to Naming Convention
* Fixed: Classic EQ appearing with Modern skins after switch->minimize->restore
* Fixed: Various miscellaneous Album Art related issues
* Fixed: [enc_lame] Now rejects multi-channel and above 48KHz source files
* Fixed: [gen_ff] Translated skin image loading
* Fixed: [gen_ml] Header sort arrow and Rating column display under Windows 2000
* Fixed: [gen_ml] Various drawing glitches when changing views
* Fixed: [in_cdda] CDDB crash under limited connectivity conditions
* Fixed: [in_cdda] Spectrum vis in analog MCI playback mode
* Fixed: [in_flac] Small memory leak when writing FLAC metadata
* Fixed: [in_flv] Last two seconds of flv videos being cut off
* Fixed: [in_mp3] Crash on encountering a bad ID3v2 version (e.g. ID3v2.F)
* Fixed: [in_mp4] Crash on file-not-found during background decode
* Fixed: [in_wave] Infinite loop on attempted repeat playback of dead files
* Fixed: [in_wm] ASX v2 loading
* Fixed: [in_wm] Crash on files & streams with a huge discontinuity jump
* Fixed: [in_wm / out_ds] Copy 'Status' to clipboard Unicode bug
* Fixed: [ml_autotag] Crash with certain tracks
* Fixed: [ml_history] Crash on drag+drop all history items to playlist
* Fixed: [ml_local] Rating of items with Unicode filenames
* Fixed: [ml_online/orb] Nodes dropping to bottom of ML tree on Lang Pack change
* Fixed: [ml_playlists] Play playlist from Media Library main menu item
* Fixed: [pmp_ipod] Filename length incompatibility with iPod Music Quiz v2
* Fixed: [pmp_ipod] Missing 'Advanced' button in Edit Query dialog
* Fixed: [pmp_ipod] Physical deletion of playing file
* Misc: Added Russian installer translation and language pack
* Misc: In2TV removed from Online Services
* Misc: Installer now built with NSIS Unicode version [thanks Jim Park]
* Misc: More miscellaneous general tweaks, improvements and optimizations
* Misc: Moved shared zlib.dll compression library out of winamp.exe
* Updated: Bento skin v1.1 #120
Version History | Download

OpenOffice.org 2.4


OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.

Feature List | Download OpenOffice

Release Update: Songbird 0.5


The following are new features and improvements for the Songbird 0.5 release:
* New Device API with initial MTP Device Support Add-on. We encourage you to provide feedback on your experience with your favorite MTP device. Please see our MTP Device Compatibility Feedback page.
* Extensible Library Views now enable developers to create add-ons that add additional library views in Songbird (6456)
* Improved shuffle algorithm (754)
* Added Mac menu/key command support (4845) for:
o Hide Songbird (Command-H)
o Hide Others (Command-Option-H)
o Show All
o Preferences... (Command-,)
o Quit Songbird (Command-Q)
* Improved RSS playlists support/parsing (5774)
* Notification to let Linux users know they need to add the GStreamer plugin (6427)
* Added "Source" column to downloads playlist (6356)
SongBirdNest

Areca Backup 6.0

Areca Backup is a free and open source file backup tool developed in Java, which can be run on Windows or Linux. It supports data compression and encryption, incremental backup, file history explorer and many other features. Areca Backup also includes a transaction mechanism which guarantees your backups' integrity.

Backup Engine Features :
* Archives compression (Zip & Zip64 format)
* Archives encryption (Triple DES & AES encryption algorithm)
* Storage on local hard drive, network drive, USB key, FTP / FTPs server (with implicit and explicit SSL / TLS)
* Source file filters (by extension, subdirectory, regular expression, size, date, status, with AND/OR operators)
* Incremental, differential and full backup support
* Archives merges / deletion : You can merge contiguous archives in one single archive or safely delete your latest archives.
* As of date recovery : Areca allows you to recover your archives (or single files) as of a specific date.
* Transaction mechanism : All critical processes (such as backups or merges) support a transaction mechanism (with commit / rollback management) which guarantees your backups' integrity.
* Backup reports : Areca generates backup reports that can be stored on your disk or sent by email.
* Post backup scripts : Areca can launch shell scripts after backup.
* Files permissions and symbolic links backup. (Linux only)
* Support for delta backup (store only the modified parts of the files - not the whole files)
Areca Homepage

Thursday, March 27, 2008

TeaShark - full web browsing on your mobile!


TeaShark gives you full web browsing on your mobile phone with superb usability and performance. It renders web pages the same way as desktop browsers. No more 'mobile web', your favourite sites are the same on your phone and the desktop.

Features:
-TeaShark renders web pages the same way as desktop browsers. It's no more mobile web with hardly any content. Your favorite sites are the same on your phone and the desktop.

-There's an intelligent mouse for easy navigation. The cursor jumps to the next link to click, saving you the trouble. Navigate as fast or slow as you need with page up and down, left and right shortcuts. Jump to content: the display snaps to the text you're reading.

-TeaShark has unique 2-level zooming. The first level is for fine scrolling with reading capabilities, while the second is for quick jumping from section to section. You'll never be lost on the page.

-Go sideways for a more natural feel. TeaShark can rotate the page 90 degrees to landscape mode.

-Tabs is a must for any browser. TeaShark has it. You can open a link in a tab and access it the same way as you would access your browsing history. You can easily slide back and forth, up and down. TeaShark also remembers your last session and when you start it up again, your browsing and tab history is there as you left it the last time.
Check much more @ TeaShark.com

Release Update: Miranda IM 0.8.0 Test Build 12

Build 12 offers one main new feature: multiaccount ICQ protocol. As usual, it may be a bit unstable because of the enormous amount of changes made in it, but it works more or less ok on my machine.

Also, clist_modern contains a large portion of new & redesigned code.

Nothing else was added, just some bugfixes to MSN & Jabber.

Flaws in Safari browser for Windows


We had just a discussion on this that its not as good and FF3 and stick to FF3 is better, this is what i found today.

An Argentinian security researcher has discovered two flaws in Apple's Safari for Windows browser. Juan Pablo Lopez Yacubian said the vulnerabilities could allow hackers to remotely take control of a victim's computer.

He described the most serious flaw as a vulnerability in the Safari 3.1 browser for Windows which allows a hacker to “falsify the web address and enter another page or content".

This essentially means that even though you see a trusted URL in the browser address bar, the web page could be displaying unauthorized content that could put your PC at risk.

webUser.co.uk

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Release Update: Firefox 2.0.0.13

Release Date: March 25, 2008

Security Update: The following security issues were fixed.

Changelog:
MFSA 2008-19 XUL popup spoofing variant (cross-tab popups)
MFSA 2008-18 Java socket connection to any local port via LiveConnect
MFSA 2008-17 Privacy issue with SSL Client Authentication
MFSA 2008-16 HTTP Referrer spoofing with malformed URLs
MFSA 2008-15 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption (rv:1.8.1.13)
MFSA 2008-14 JavaScript privilege escalation and arbitrary code execution
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Recover deleted files on an ext3 file system

It happens to everyone sooner or later: a split second after you hit Enter you realize your mistake, but it's too late; you just deleted a valuable file or directory for which no backup exists. Or maybe you have a backup, but it's a month old... and in shock you see the past month flash before your eyes as you realize in pain what you'll have to do all over again...

Fortunately, you remember that files are never really deleted, at most overwritten by new content. So, you remount the disk read-only as fast as possible. But now?

The most frequently quoted passage comes from the ext3 FAQ itself:
Q: How can I recover (undelete) deleted files from my ext3 partition?

Actually, you can't! This is what one of the developers, Andreas Dilger, said about it:

In order to ensure that ext3 can safely resume an unlink after a crash, it actually zeros out the block pointers in the inode, whereas ext2 just marks these blocks as unused in the block bitmaps and marks the inode as "deleted" and leaves the block pointers alone.

Your only hope is to "grep" for parts of your files that have been deleted and hope for the best.
All information is still there, also the block pointers. It is just slightly less likely that those are still there (than on ext2), since they have to be recovered from the journal. On top of that, the meta data is less coherently related to the real data so that heuristic algorithms are needed to find things back.

Read full article to get deleted data from ext3 @ xs4all.nl

Quick review: Firefox 3 beta 4 Vs Safari

Both just launched. Both are fast. both are having cool UI. but this is what i got on little testing.

Firefox 3 beta 4

-Good memory handling. now uses less memory then FF 2.
-Browsing is faster then before. Loading time is better now.
-With more number of tabs, memory usage will be in limit. not increasing to exsessive.
-Main problem is only two addons working right now : stumbler and noScript :(
-Better then FF2 in speed,memory usage and UI.
Safari 3.1 final
-Good UI but less configurable compared to Firefox. -Site loading time is very fast. -Initially starts with low memory but gradually reaches at top memory usage (say 160
to 180 mb) with more number of tabs same as Firefox 2.

Both support bookmark/history searching of URLs while typing in address bar.
Loading time is fast in both but safari uses more memory gradually.
So, in final, use Firefox 3 beta or wait for final Firefox.Don't go on safari.

Microsoft Partners with Top Social Networks

Today Microsoft is announcing some significant developments to the Windows Live platform that demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to data portability and giving users a choice of how to use and control their information.

John Richards, Director of Windows Live Platform announced :
Microsoft has partnered with some of the world’s top social networks on contact data portability. Starting today, we will be working with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn to exchange functionally-similar Contacts APIs, allowing us to create a safe, secure two-way street for users to move their relationships between our respective services. Along with these collaborations, Microsoft is introducing a new website at www.invite2messenger.net that people can visit to invite their friends from our partner social networks to join their Windows Live Messenger contact list.
The collaborations with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged will make it easier, safer, and more secure for people to have access to their contacts and relationships from more places on the web. These networks will be adopting the Windows Live Contacts API instead of “screen-scraping.” Starting today, you can visit www.facebook.com and www.bebo.com to find your friends using the Windows Live Contacts API. Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn will be live in the coming months.

live.com

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

SUPER 2008 Build 30


SUPER is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click.If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file,without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need. SUPER © does NOT require any additional external codec to be installed, absolutely nothing. Necessary codecs are built in! SUPER © can also play and save Internet Media Streams with different protocols ( mms:// rtsp:// http://) SUPER © is totally FREE to download and to use. It plays & converts very fast full length movies to any other format without any time or function limitation. NO trial or evaluation version of SUPER © but one unique fully working version.

Convert:

3GP to 3GP, 3GP to AVC, 3GP to AVI, 3GP to DivX, 3GP to FLV, 3GP to H264, 3GP to MP4, 3GP to MPG, 3GP to XviD, ASF to 3GP, ASF to AVC, ASF to DivX, ASF to FLV, ASF to H264, ASF to MP4, ASF to MPG, ASF to XviD, AVC to AVC, AVC to AVI, AVC to DivX, AVC to FLV, AVC to H264, AVC to MP4, AVC to MPG, AVC to XviD, AVI to 3GP, AVI to AVC, AVI to AVI, AVI to FLV, AVI to H264, AVI to MP4, AVI to MPG, AVI to XviD, DivX to 3GP, DivX to AVC, DivX to AVI, DivX to DivX, DivX to FLV, DivX to H264, DivX to MP4, DivX to MPG, DivX to XviD, DVB to AVI, DVB to DivX, DVB to DVD, DVB to FLV, DVB to XviD, FLV to 3GP, FLV to AVI, FLV to DivX, FLV to DVD, FLV to H264, FLV to MP4, FLV to MPG, FLV to VOB, FLV to XviD, H264 to 3GP, H264 to AVC, H264 to AVI, H264 to DivX, H264 to FLV, H264 to H264, H264 to MP4, H264 to MPG, H264 to WMV, HDTV to AVI, HDTV to DivX, HDTV to DVD, HDTV to FLV, HDTV to H264, HDTV to MP4, HDTV to MPG, HDTV to VOB, HDTV to XviD, MOV to 3GP, MOV to AVC, MOV to AVI, MOV to DivX, MOV to FLV, MOV to H264, MOV to MP4, MOV to MPG, MOV to XviD, MKV to 3GP, MKV to AVC, MKV to AVI, MKV to DivX, MKV to FLV, MKV to H264, MKV to MP4, MKV to MPG, MKV to XviD, MP4 to 3GP, MP4 to AVC, MP4 to AVI, MP4 to DivX, MP4 to FLV, MP4 to H264, MP4 to MP4, MP4 to MPG, MP4 to XviD, MPG to 3GP, MPG to AVC, MPG to AVI, MPG to DivX, MPG to FLV, MPG to H264, MPG to MP4, MPG to MPG, MPG to XviD, OGM to 3GP, OGM to AVC, OGM to AVI, OGM to DivX, OGM to FLV, OGM to H264, OGM to MP4, OGM to MPG, OGM to XviD, RM to 3GP, RM to AVI, RM to DivX, RM to FLV, RM to H264, RM to MP4, RM to MPG, RM to XviD, VOB to 3GP, VOB to AVI, VOB to DivX, VOB to FLV, VOB to H264, VOB to MP4, VOB to MPG, VOB to XviD, SWF to 3GP, SWF to AVC, SWF to AVI, SWF to DivX, SWF to FLV, SWF to MP4, SWF to MPG, SWF to XviD, WMV to 3GP, WMV to AVI, WMV to DivX, WMV to FLV, WMV to H264, WMV to MP4, WMV to MPG, WMV to XviD, XviD to 3GP, XviD to AVI, XviD to DivX, XviD to FLV, XviD to H264, XviD to MP4, XviD to MPG, XviD to XviD
What's New:
* v2008.build.30 ( Mar 22, 2008 )[FIX] SUPER© compatibility with Windows® Vista SP1
* [FIX] GetTickCount, list out of bounds and other sporadic errors
* [ADD] streamable H.264 rendered file in MP4 and MOV containers
* [ADD] option to render lower case file extension to be Linux compatible
* [ADD] 480:320 VideoScaleSize to the Apple - iPod profile, specific for iPhone
* [ADD] better support and faster encoding of DPG files even on Win 9x/Me
* [ADD] better support for encoding in ASF, WMV and Zune formats

v2008.build.25 ( Feb 5, 2008 )
* [FIX] make SUPER© 100% Windows® Vista Compatible
* [FIX] various encoding enhancements for Windows® XP users
Super HomePage

CodeLite IDE for C/C++ Rev1202

CodeLite IDE Revision 1202 for C/C++ is now available for download (for Windows & Linux ).

CodeLite is a powerful open-source, cross platform IDE for the C/C++ programming languages (regulary tested on Windows XP sp2, Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, Fedora Core 6 and Debian lenny/sid). CodeLite is distributed under the terms of the GPL license.

CodeLite main features:

* Generic support for compilers (gcc, g++ and VC++)
* Can be easily extended with plugins (Several plugins are already included in the installer)
* Built-in GDB support, with the following features included:

o Watches table - add persistent watches by a single click
o Quick Watch - right click on a variable to expand it
o Locals tree - automatically displays the current stack variables (also displays *this if available)
o Threads view - provides list of currently running threads and easily switching between then by single click
o Breakpoint management - add/remove/goto breakpoint management panel
o Automatic tooltip
o and more...
* Subversion plugin (based on the command line tool)
* Subversion HTML report which allows user to quickly perform SVN actions (Diff, Revert, Commit etc)
* Makefile based build system
* Improved Custom build system which allows user to compile using their own build tools (Premake/QMake/Cmake)
* Project explorer (Workspace view)
* File Explorer
* Automatically imports MSVS workspace/projects and converts them to GNU based makefile
* Export CodeLite projects to GNU makefiles
* Active document outline
* Sophisticated database based Code Completion mechanism, a default database is supplied which contains symbols for wxWidgets, STL and standard headers
o Function's call tip
o Hover tip
o Comments tips
o Members List
o Supports C++ templates, namespaces and other advance features of the language
o Automatically add include statement for symbols
* Quickly open resources in the editor using 'Find Resource in workspace'
* Quickly open types in the editor using 'Find Type in workspace'
* XML based syntax highlighting, comes with the following:
o C/C++
o Java
o Perl
o XML
o Makefile
o Lua
o Diff files
* Text Folding
* Bookmarks
* Find In Files
* Highly Configurable
* Auto add missing include files
* Auto add mising functions' implementations
* Built-in doxygen comment generator for functions/classes
CodeLite Home

Joomla! 1.5.2


Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable. The Joomla! community is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Joomla! 1.5.2 [Woi]. This is a normal maintenance update. It has been eight weeks since Joomla! 1.5.1 was released. The goal is to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla! end user community containing the latest bug fixes and minor enhancements.

Release Notes:
* Support for non-Gregorian date output
* Removed dependency on server locales for date output
* TCPDF Upgraded:
o Supports RTL languages
o Supports GIF images inline in generated PDF (if PHP extension GD2 is enabled)
* Fix for cache folder deletion with legacy mode enabled
* Disable page caching when debug is enabled
* Ability to disable Flash Uploader in Media Manager
* OpenID functionality fixes
* Advanced article filtering options now available using Article Preferences
API Changes:
* Addition of JFactory::getDate() to get a JDate object (supports overloading of JDate for non-Gregorian dates)
* Addition of JExit()
Joomla.org

Monday, March 24, 2008

Songbird 0.5 RC2


Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet. Songbird is a player and a platform. Like Firefox, Songbird is an open source, Open Web project built on the Mozilla platform. Songbird provides a public playground for Web media mash-ups by providing developers with both desktop and Web APIs, developer resources and fostering Open Web media standards, to wit, an Open Media Web.

songBirdNest

Advanced WindowsCare 3 Beta 1

This comprehensive PC-care utility has a one-click approach to helping protect, repair and optimize your PC. Advanced WindowsCare Personal Edition helps protect, optimize, and repair your PC –– with daily use.

Features:

* Ending slow downs, freezes, crashes, and security threats.
* Scanning and finding what other utilities miss on your PC.
* Keeping your PC error-free and running more smoothly than ever.
* Designed for Windows Vista, XP, and 2000.
* Over 10,000,000 downloads since 2006.
* Availability is free of charge for private use.
* Plus, Advanced WindowsCare Personal is 100% safe and clean with no adware, spyware, or viruses.

What's New:
* New Features, New Interface, New Functions
* Improved Scanning, Cleaning, Repairing, and Optimizing
* Triple Backup Mechanism
* Faster Loading

Home Page

Messenger Plus! Live 4.60.324

Messenger Plus! Live is an add-on for Windows Live Messenger which adds lots of features and extras that make your instant messenger easier, more useful or just tons more entertaining.

New features:

# Full WLM 8.5 Compatibility, Beta Support for WLM 9.0
# Messenger Skins Revamped!
# Better Windows Vista Integration
# New Modes for Contact List Clean Up, Including "Which Contacts Have Me"
# New Auto Accept Filters Available for "Send Webcam" and "View Webcam"
# Tabs have been reprogrammed to better improve user experience
# The Log Viewer has had SEVERAL Improvements including a Print Preview button
# LOTS of Bug Fixes
# Improvements to the Scripting System

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

WLM MTBot Breaks Language Barrier In IM Chatting!

The MTBot Prototype was released in May 2007, by the Microsoft Research Machine Translation Team. This technology, makes it possible to combine Machine Translation Technology, with Instant Messaging. Windows Live Messenger users can now use this IM Bot, to not just translate; It also NOW speaks! The MT Bot can presently speak in English and Spanish only!

To use this Bot, just add MTBot-en_us@hotmail.com to your contact list, and send it one of the following messages:
- Hello: activates the bot to translate from English to any of the available languages
- Hallo: activates the bot to translate from German to either English or French
- Oi: activates the bot to translate from Portuguese to English
- 你好: activates the bot to translate from Chinese Simplified to English
- こんにちは: activates the bot to translate from Japanese to English
It will then display the list of languages it can offer its services in. Choose the one which you want.

WinVistaClub

Safari 3.1 Final


Experience the web, Apple style, with Safari: the fastest, easiest-to-use web browser in the world. With its simple, elegant interface, Safari gets out of your way and lets you enjoy the web, up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer. The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. And it executes javascript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. What does all that mean for you? Less time loading pages and more time enjoying them.

Safari Home

BitSpirit 3.3.2.115

BitSpirit is a powerful and easy-to-use BitTorrent client which provides not only full BitTorrent protocol implementation but also many personalized features. It supports simultaneous downloads, download queue, UPNP port-maping, NAT traversal(UDP transport), select downloads from multiple files torrent package, disk cache, chatting with other peers, torrent market,ip-filter, etc. In 3.0 or above versions of BitSpirit, it also supports DHT network which is based on Kademlia protocol and fully compatible with Bittorrent official client.

Main features:

* Clean interface
* Multiple simultaneous downloads
* Disk cache mechanism
* Fast job resume
* File selecting support
* Powerful file manager
* UPnP port-mapping
* Instant Messaging support
* Gzip Data compression
* Speed control
* Scheduled downloading
* Torrent Market
* Shutdown computer when job done
* HTTP/SOCKS4/5 proxy support
* High speed
* Very low CPU & Mem usage
BitSpirit Home

Released : Windows Vista Service Pack 1


Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues; supporting new types of hardware; and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also will continue to make it easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage Windows Vista. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone version can be installed on systems with any of the following language versions: English (US), French, German, Japanese, or Spanish (Traditional).

Vista SP1 overview

Monday, March 17, 2008

DAEMON Tools Lite 4.12.2

DAEMON Tools is an advanced application for multiprotection emulation. It is further development of Generic Safedisc emulator and incorporates all its features. This program allows running Backup Copies of SafeDisc (C-Dilla), Securom, Laserlock, CDCOPS, StarForce and Protect CD (and many others) protected games. Also included is a Virtual DVDROM drive (Generic DVD-ROM) enabling you to use your CD images as if they were already burned to CD! DAEMON Tools works under Windows9x/ME/NT/2000/XP with all types of CD/DVDROM drives (IDE/SCSI) and supports nearly any CD protection.

NOTE: The Daemon tools developers have included an optional 'adware' based support system with this release. Be sure to read all screens carefully when installing.

What's New:
  • SPTD 1.56;
  • Languages updates;
  • Setup changes.
Bugs fixed:

  • SCSI adapter resources problem during installation;
  • Some network images mounting problem;
  • Lockup problem when comparing files on 2 virtual drives;
  • Some minor GUI bugs.
daemon-tools.cc

Pazera Free PSP Video Converter 1.0

Pazera Free PSP Video Converter is an absolutely free application which converts the most popular video files (AVI, MPEG, MP4, FLV, MOV and other) to Sony PSP compatible video format - MP4 (PSP-MP4). You can also extract audio tracks from video files to MP3, AAC, M4A, WMA and WAV format. The application allows you to convert full movie or selected range only. You can limit output file size and set many parameters used by encoder: audio and video bitrate, fps, resolution, sampling frequency and other.

The most important features:
  • Conversion from AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, MPG, WMV, ASF, MOV, QT, FLV, SWF, MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, MKV, VOB, VCD DAT to MP4 (PSP-MP4), MP3, AAC, M4A, WMA or WAV.
  • Supported video codecs: MPEG-4 AVC, H.264.
  • Many predefined profiles specially adapted for the Sony PSP console.
  • Large number of options.
  • Saving and restoring encoder settings.
  • Don't need any installation. Just extract ZIP archive and click PSPConverter.exe file.
  • Portability. This program doesn't use system registry and can be run from portable devices. All settings are written to INI file.
  • Supported languages: english, polish.
  • 100% freeware! - for commercial and non-commercial use. No limitations, no adware, no spyware.
Pazera Free PSP Video Converter uses free, fast and high quality video encoder - FFmpeg.


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Friday, March 14, 2008

Paint.NET v3.30 Beta 2


Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for computers that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.

Changelog:
This release adds a new "Fragment Blur" effect, as well as the ability to save PNG images at 8- and 24-bit color depths. An official Italian translation has also been added.
  • Changed: Most effects and adjustments, including plugins that use IndirectUI, have been visually refreshed. The new look is cleaner and more compact.
  • Fixed: Thumbnails for PDN images now include transparency, which improves their appearance in Windows Vista.
  • New: For developers, added a Color Wheel control to IndirectUI for use in effect plugins.
  • New: For developers, added ability to customize certain properties of the effect configuration dialog via IndirectUI.

Beta 1 Released: February 29th, 2008

  • New: Ability to save PNG's at 8- and 24-bit color depths.
  • New: Ability to save BMP's at 8-bit color depth.
  • New: "Auto-detect" bit-depth option for PNG, BMP, and TGA file types. It will analyze the image and determine the lowest bit-depth that can still save the image without quality loss.
  • New: "Fragment" blur effect, by Ed Harvey
  • New: The "Polar Inversion" distortion effect has been enhanced to allow changing the rendering offset, and the behavior for "edge" pixels (clamp, reflect, or wrap).
  • New: For developers, IndirectUI can now be used to write configuration UI for file types.
  • New: For developers, IndirectUI has a new radio button control type for enumerations, and some new property constraint rules.
  • New: Italian translation.
  • Fixed: In some cases, an exponential property slider would get "stuck" at some values when using up/down keyboard keys. This mostly affects some effect plugins.
  • Fixed: When using keyboard navigation, sometimes the File menu would scroll its items out of view.
  • Fixed: Some crashes that were tracked down to out-of-bounds coordinate values in certain effects.
  • Fixed: The installer would fail if Paint.NET had never been installed before, and was being installed to any non-default directory. This bug only affected version 3.22.
Paint.NET Website

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Most used CSS tricks

I found this cool article about CSS tricks. I am just showing some of them.

Rounded corners without images
<div id=”container”>
<b class=”rtop”>
<b class=”r1″></b> <b class=”r2″></b> <b class=”r3″></b> <b class=”r4″></b>
</b>
<!–content goes here –>
<b class=”rbottom”>
<b class=”r4″></b> <b class=”r3″></b> <b class=”r2″></b> <b class=”r1″></b>
</b>
</div>

.rtop, .rbottom{display:block}
.rtop *, .rbottom *{display: block; height: 1px; overflow: hidden}
.r1{margin: 0 5px}
.r2{margin: 0 3px}
.r3{margin: 0 2px}
.r4{margin: 0 1px; height: 2px}

Double blockquote
blockquote:first-letter {
background: url(images/open-quote.gif) no-repeat left top;
padding-left: 18px;
font: italic 1.4em Georgia, “Times New Roman”, Times, serif;
}

Find more tips @ StylizedWeb.com

TeamViewer 3.5 Build 4140

TeamViewer is the fast, simple and friendly solution for remote access over the Internet - all applications in one single, very affordable module:

Remote control of computers over the Internet
Instantly take control over a computer anywhere on the Internet, even through firewalls. No installation required, just use it fast and secure.

Training, sales and teamwork
TeamViewer can also be used to present your desktop to a partner on the Internet. Show and share your software, PowerPoint presentations etc.

File transfer, chat and more
Share your files, chat, switch the direction during a teamwork session, and a lot more is included in TeamViewer

Note: TeamViewer is absolutely FREE for personal, non-commercial use

What's New:
  • Alpha blending can now be ignored (advanced options)
  • Fix: Connection problems with Http/UDP on some proxy servers (mainly MS ISA server)
  • Fix: Identical IDs on cloned machines using the same VPN or router software
  • Additional minor fixes
TeamViewer.com

CDBurnerXP Pro 4.0.024.439

CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

Features:

  • burn all kinds of discs
  • audio-CDs with or without gaps between tracks
  • burn and create ISO files
  • data verification after burning process
  • create bootable discs
  • multi-language interface
  • bin/nrg → ISO converter, simple cover printing and much more!
  • Operating Systems: Windows 2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista
What's New:
    Version 4.0.024.439 - 2008-03-12
  • * Roaming user.config
  • * Usability improvements for a couple of dialogs
  • * New setup icon
  • * Fixed trial version dialogs of the file- and folder-browser controls
  • ! Date/Time column is now being sorted correctly
  • ! Fixed an issue with burning DVD-RWs
  • ! Prevent trailing or beginning whitespace for files and directories
  • ! Fixed an arithmetic overflow exception
  • ! Fixed a couple of drag and drop problems

    Version 4.0.022.370 - 2007-10-28
  • ! Fixed burn iso image feature
CDBurnerXP Home

Songbird 0.5 RC1

Songbird is a desktop media player mashed-up with the Web. Songbird is committed to playing the music you want, from the sites you want, on the devices you want, challenging the conventions of discovery, purchase, consumption and organization of music on the Internet.

Songbird is a player and a platform. Like Firefox, Songbird is an open source, Open Web project built on the Mozilla platform. Songbird provides a public playground for Web media mash-ups by providing developers with both desktop and Web APIs, developer resources and fostering Open Web media standards, to wit, an Open Media Web.

SongBirdNest

doPDF 6.0.253


doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files.

Features:

  • It’s free - for both commercial and personal use
  • 64-bit support - can be installed on 64-bit operating systems
  • No Ghostscript - doesn’t require 3rd party programs to do PDF files (like Ghostscript). This makes the setup file to be incredibly small compared to its competitors.
  • Customizable resolution - you can choose any resolution from 72 dpi to 2400 dpi
  • Predefined/custom page sizes - choose a default page size (Letter, Legal, A4, A5, A6, ...) or enter your own custom page size
  • Searchable PDFs - you can search for text within the created PDF file (and search engines will also index the text from the PDF)
  • Multi-language - choose a language for the user interface from the 20 languages currently supported (credits)
  • Do your part in saving the planet - instead of consuming paper to print your document, why not create a PDF file out of it and spare a couple of planet-saving trees?
New in version 6:
  • Added languages tab
  • Bug fix for image transparency
  • Added website translation in Hungarian and Russian
Homepage

Apple Sued Over iTunes Technology

Apple was sued Wednesday over allegations that its iTunes online music store and iPod music players are illegally using a patented method for distributing digital media over the Internet. Atlanta-based ZapMedia Services Inc. sued Apple in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the Cupertino-based company of violating two ZapMedia patents, demanding royalties on Apple's sales of iPods and iTunes music, which reached nearly $11 billion last year. The patents in question cover a way of sending music and other digital content from servers to multiple media players, a broad description that could also apply to a wide swath of other companies selling digital media and the devices to play it.

ZapMedia applied for the patents in 1999. One was granted in March 2006, the other on Tuesday. ZapMedia said it met with Apple to discuss licensing, but Apple rebuffed the offer.
"When someone takes our vision and our intellectual property without a license after several attempts, we have no option but to protect it through every means available to us,"
- Robert Frohwein, ZapMedia's general counsel
said in a statement. An Apple spokeswoman said the company doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.

CNN.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

TrueCrypt 5.1


What's New in version 5.1:

New features:

  • Support for hibernation on computers where the system partition is encrypted (previous versions of TrueCrypt prevented the system from hibernating when the system partition was encrypted). (Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003)
  • Ability to mount a partition that is within the key scope of system encryption without pre-boot authentication (for example, a partition located on the encrypted system drive of another operating system that is not running). (Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003)

    Note: This can be useful e.g. when there is a need to back up or repair an operating system encrypted by TrueCrypt (from within another operating system).
  • Command line options for creating new volumes. (Linux and Mac OS X)
Improvements:
  • Increased speed of AES encryption/decryption (depending on the hardware platform, by 30-90%). (Windows)
  • Faster booting when the system partition is encrypted. (Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003)
  • When the system partition/drive is encrypted, the TrueCrypt Boot Loader is now stored in a compressed form and is, therefore, smaller. If a non-cascade encryption algorithm is used (i.e., AES, Serpent, or Twofish), the TrueCrypt Boot Loader is now small enough so that a backup of the TrueCrypt Boot Loader can be (and is) stored in first drive cylinder. Whenever the TrueCrypt Boot Loader is damaged, its backup copy is run automatically instead.

    As a result of this improvement, the following problem will no longer occur: Certain inappropriately designed activation software (used for activation of some third-party software) writes data to the first drive cylinder, thus damaging the TrueCrypt Boot Loader. The affected users had to use the TrueCrypt Rescue Disk to repair the TrueCrypt Boot Loader. This will no longer be necessary after upgrading to this version of TrueCrypt (provided that the system partition/drive is encrypted using a non-cascade encryption algorithm, i.e., AES, Serpent, or Twofish).

    Note: If your system partition/drive is currently encrypted using a non-cascade encryption algorithm (i.e., AES, Serpent, or Twofish), a backup copy of the TrueCrypt Boot Loader will be automatically stored in the first drive cylinder when you upgrade to this version of TrueCrypt.
  • The minimum memory requirements for the TrueCrypt Boot Loader have been reduced from 42 KB to 27 KB (twenty-seven kilobytes). This allows users to encrypt system partitions/drives on computers where the BIOS reserves a large amount of memory. (Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003)
  • Many other minor improvements. (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux)
Resolved incompatibilities:
  • On some computers, when performing the system encryption pretest, Windows failed to display the log-on screen. This will no longer occur. (Windows Vista/XP/2008/2003)
Bug fixes:
  • On some systems, drive letters were not correctly assigned to newly mounted non-system volumes. This will no longer occur. (Windows)
  • Many other minor bug fixes. (Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux)
TrueCrypt.org

Firefox 3, Beta 4

Firefox 3 Beta 4 is now available for download. This is the twelfth developer milestone focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.

New features and changes in this milestone that require feedback include:
  • Improvements to the user interface: better search support in the Download Manager, ability to zoom entire page or just the text, continuing look and feel improvements on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Richer personalization through: location bar that uses an algorithm based on site visit recency and frequency (called “frecency”) to provide better matches against your history and bookmarks for URLs and page titles, as well as an adaptive learning algorithm which tunes itself to your browsing habits.
  • Improved platform features such as: support for HTML5’s window.postMessage and window.messageEvent, javascript 1.8 improvements, and offline data storage for web applications.
  • Performance improvements: changes to our javascript engine as well as profile guided optimization resulted in significant gains over previous releases in the popular SunSpider test from Apple, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run much faster, and continued improvements to memory usage drastically reduce the amount of memory consumed over long web browsing sessions.
Download FireFox 3,Beta 4

Security hack: Developer's Backdoor Hack in G-Archiver for GMail


A serious Gmail account hacking backdoor, has been found in the popular Gmail archiving software G-Archiver. This application, in all its innocence, allows you to download and backup all emails from your GMail account. But apparently the developer included the code to send an email to his email ID with all usernames and passwords!

G-Archiver has posted this explanation of what happened: "It is urgent that you remove the current version of G-Archiver from your computer, and change your Gmail account password right away. What happened was that a member of our development team had inserted coding used for testing G-Archiver in the debug version and forgot to delete it in the final release version."

winVistaClub

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Miranda 0.8.0 Testing #11

Build 11 contains the following improvements:
- a lot of additions & fixes for Account Manager dialog (options preview window, account upgrader for old dll copies, etc.);
- the Protocols Order dialog fixed, plus some fixes were made to clist_nicer, considering status bar drawing;
- many fixes for IRC & Jabber, also about multiaccounting;
- some fixes for MSN (mostly regarding avatars load).

Miranda development

Monday, March 10, 2008

WinSCP 4.0.7

WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Fixes:
  • While downloading trailing space in filenames is replaced with %20, as Windows does not allow them. 45
  • Bug fix: Occasional failure while closing console window.
  • Bug fix: Empty directories were not created on upload with FTP. 137
  • Bug fix: Choosing between opening session in current or new window using Shift key was not working properly. 155
  • Bug fix: When cancelling moving of local file to remote directory with FTP protocol, local source file was removed. 35
  • Bug fix: Overwrite confirmations could not be suppressed for FTP protocol. 153
  • Bug fix: It was possible to import “WinSCP temporary session” back to WinSCP. 148
WinSCP

Sun's Java VM for iPhone

Sun Microsystems is developing a Java Virtual Machine for Apple's iPhone and plans to release the JVM some time after June, enabling Java applications to run on the popular mobile device. According to Eric Klein, vice president of Java marketing at Sun, the JVM is to be based on the Java Micro Edition (ME) version of Java. Although Apple had not shown interest in enabling Java to run on the iPhone, Sun plans to step in and do the job itself after having pondered Thursday's release of an SDK for the iPhone by Apple.

"Now, the iPhone is open" as a target platform, Klein said. The free JVM would be made available via Apple's AppStore marketplace for third-party applications. "We're going to make sure that the JVM offers the Java applications as much access to the native functionality of the iPhone as possible...It's a new platform for us. We might be able to bring additional technologies onto the iPhone and the iTouch."

infoWorld.com

New Camera Can See Through Clothes

British company ThruVision has developed a new camera, the T5000, that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people's clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry. The camera uses "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays -- known as Terahertz or T-rays -- that they emit. The technology works on the basis that all people and objects emit low levels of electromagnetic radiation. Terahertz rays lie somewhere between infrared and microwaves on the electromagnetic spectrum and travel through clouds and walls.

The high-powered camera can detect hidden objects from up to 80 feet away and is effective even when people are moving. It does not reveal physical body details and the screening is harmless, the company says. "Acts of terrorism have shaken the world in recent years and security precautions have been tightened globally," said Clive Beattie, the chief executive of ThruVision. "The ability to see both metallic and non-metallic items on people out to 25 meters is certainly a key capability that will enhance any comprehensive security system."

Reuters.com

iPhone gets own "Unlimited" Calling Plan

Apple released It's official "Unlimited" calling plan for the Apple iPhone. The plan starts at $119.99/monthly and comes with:
  • Unlimited Voice Calling
  • Unlimited email and web surfing
  • Visual Voicemail
  • 200 Text Messages
  • Unlimited Night And Weekend Minutes
  • Unlimited Mobile To Mobile
200 text messages per week may be very little for some of us, Apple needs to increase this limit If they want to make this unlimited calling plan a good one.

iPhone Rates

Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 - Download & Features Revealed


Microsoft has put in place the preparations for Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 ready for Mix 08.
A full features page has been revealed which lists the following additions to Internet Explorer:
  • Activities
  • WebSlices
  • Favorites Bar
  • Automatic Crash Recovery
  • Improved Phishing Filter
Activities allow users to lookup/send information in a right-click contextual menu, such as retrieving an address map from Windows Live Maps, submitting a story to Digg, sharing a page on Facebook etc. WebSlices allows users to crop a specific area section of a site and bookmark it. Improvements have been made to the phishing filter which continues to block known Phishing sites and now blocks sites known to contain malicious software that could harm users’ computer or steal their information.


Perhaps one of the best new features is Automatic Crash Recovery which recovers your tabs if your browser crashes. It is widely expected that Microsoft will release the first beta of Internet Explorer 8 at this years Mix 08 .

Download: IE 8 beta
More @ microsoft.com

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Jabber Client Psi 0.12-RC1 released...


After only a little over four months since 0.11's release, the Psi team are delighted to announce that the first release candidate prepared for the 0.12 release. This is a great step towards a more regular release cycle, which we're sure everyone will appreciate, but this does not mean that 0.12 will be lacking in the new and cool. Recognising that Psi's user interface could be more usable at times, the majority of our changes for 0.12 revolve around usability.

The most important are:

Tabbed MUCs.

Tabbed chat has been very well received in previous releases, but has only gone to highlight just how badly tabbed groupchat/muc was needed, so we've gone ahead and implemented this. Those of us who've been using this new feature for a while can't understand quite how we did without it, and various options are available for you to tweak exactly whether mucs and chats are tabbed together, or seperately, or not at all.

Improved roster search.

The roster search function has been improved, and will now filter the roster down to only matching contacts, making it much easier to find your contacts in the list.

Read More @ forums.psi-im.org

After only a little over four months since 0.11's release, the Psi team are delighted to announce that the first release candidate prepared for the 0.12 release. This is a great step towards a more regular release cycle, which we're sure everyone will appreciate, but this does not mean that 0.12 will be lacking in the new and cool. Recognising that Psi's user interface could be more usable at times, the majority of our changes for 0.12 revolve around usability.

The most important are:

Tabbed MUCs.

Tabbed chat has been very well received in previous releases, but has only gone to highlight just how badly tabbed groupchat/muc was needed, so we've gone ahead and implemented this. Those of us who've been using this new feature for a while can't understand quite how we did without it, and various options are available for you to tweak exactly whether mucs and chats are tabbed together, or seperately, or not at all.

Improved roster search.

The roster search function has been improved, and will now filter the roster down to only matching contacts, making it much easier to find your contacts in the list.

Read More @ forums.psi-im.org

Tips: Get Unlimited Gmail accounts with your one!

Most Gmail users will answer one! Rest will answer 2-3 or little more. But in reality, all Gmail users have infinite Gmail addresses even if they have registered for only one Gmail account!

All these addresses act as aliases to Gmail address you use and can be divided in three categories as explained below. At the end some smart tips are given to make use of these aliases to get more from your Gmail accounts!

So lets start with aliases now…

#1. googlemail.com alias

Every address@gmail.com have a alias address@googlemail.com by default.

#2. dot [.] alias

Gmail ignores dot [.] character in email address. Means all of the following are same…

123.4@gmail.com

1.2.3.4@gmail.com

#3. Plus [+] alias

Now first look at this example - 1234+test@gmail.com

Now this is also same as - 1234@gmail.com

Gmail ignores plus [+] character and anything after that in ID part!

#4. Combination of aliases

Yep, you can use above aliases in any possible combination.

Now you can create specific filters for specific 'To' email ids.It will categorize your emails.

Read more @ DevilsWorkshop.org

Release update: Notepad++ 4.8.1

Version 4.8.1 features bug-fixes and new tools and improvements. Most significantly, this version of Notepad++ fixes a bug in GUP which could cause system crashes. Anyone running Notepad++ 4.8.0 is strongly urged to upgrade to this release.

Notepad++ Website