Bits ‘n Pieces

I had been busy for the last couple of days so here’s a quick catch-up session.

Which Graphic Card?

Tomshardware published a very helpful guide on graphic cards. If you’re planning to buy one and cannot decide on price / performance ratio or “the value for the money” I urge you to read it.

Top 10 Technology Disappointments Of 2006

And yet another interesting article from Tomshardware on Top 10 Technology Disappointments of this year. Here’s the the list in brief before you read the details:

  • #10 – Apple iPod
  • #9 – Microsoft IE 7
  • #8 – HDTV
  • #7 – Intel Viiv and AMD Live!
  • #6 – 802.11n
  • #5 – Microsoft Zune
  • #4 – Broadband Internet
  • #3 – Digital Rights Management
  • #2 – UMPC
  • #1 – Sony

Need I add that I agree with most of the list?

Firefox 3 Alpha Out

It’s not been long since we’ve been introduced to my-long time-default browser Firefox 2 yet the guys in Mozilla Foundation lost no time in presenting the alpha release of Firefox 3.

Nicknamed Gran Paradiso after a mountain region of Italy, the superstructure of Firefox 3 alpha is built around Gecko 1.9, an updated layout engine. The browser, tentatively scheduled for delivery in May 2007, is also due to include features held back from Firefox 2, such as the revamped Places system for storing bookmarks and a re-jigged history function.

The software is orientated towards making web applications behave in the same way as programs installed on user’s desktops. Core layout and rendering changes include use of Cairo as the default graphics library, use of Cocoa Widgets for MAC OS X version and the inclusion of Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) languages.

IBM Introduces Flash Memory Killer

An innovative new memory technology that promises to replace flash in a wide range of products has been unveiled by IBM and two partners who claim their phase-change technology is 500 times faster than flash and draws roughly half the power. Rest of the story here.

Gmail Continues To Excel

Google plans to add another handy feature to their free online e-mail service. Granted to few “selected” customers at the moment the feature, named Mail Fetcher, will allows users to access non-Gmail email accounts from within the Gmail interface. If you have a Yahoo email account, and a work email account, etc., you can simply access that email from within Gmail, using POP settings. Gmail will now work in a very similar way as Outlook does on the PC desktop.

Good work, guys! Why not add an IMAP functionality also?

Free Fax Service

If you’re Canadian or American here’s useful online service for you: FaxZero. It’s free and lets you send a PDF or Word document to any fax number in the USA. FaxZero prints an ad on the coversheet, but leaves the main pages uncorrupted (Ad-free faxes are about two bucks).


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