Thursday, July 22, 2010

Windows 7 Circle Dock

 Windows 7 Circle Dock

What Circle Dock Allows You to Do:

  • Launch your programs from a circular dock.
  • Drag and drop your files, folders, and shortcuts onto a circular dock that you can re-size.
  • Rotate the dock with either your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys.
  • Change the image shown for the icons and change the skins (compatible with icons and skins for Rocket Dock, Object Dock, etc.)
  • The dock appears where your mouse is by pressing a hotkey (default is F1) or your middle mouse button, other options available.
  • Tested on computers with multiple monitors, Windows XP/Vista/7, 32-bit & 64-bit, and requires only .Net Framework 2.0.
  • Automatically works on all Windows Vista and 7 computers and most Windows XP computers.
  • A new settings panel that allows you to customize many options. It updates your dock as you make changes. See it change in real time! No need to press an OK button.
  • Multi-language capable. Just translate the English.ini file to the language of your choice. 50+ Languages currently available
  • Change the image used for the dock icons with the easiest method out there: Just set the program to "Icon Replacement Mode" in the right-click menu of the center icon and you can change all the icon images by just dragging and dropping new PNG images onto them! Huge time saver when you are customizing your dock!
  • Built in support for Windows HD Icons. Vector and detailed PNG's come through with great clarity
  • toggle the visibility of the dock by moving your mouse to any edge of your screen. By default, the left and right edges are used for toggling. No need to press a button!
  • Rotate the dock with your mouse wheel or arrow keys (customizable).
  • Reorder and Organize the dock items with new adjustment interface. Located via right click on an item
  • By default, clicking on the center button does not open the start menu. You can enable this in the settings panel.
  • New easy method of upgrading from older versions.
  • Access help files from almost every setting window. Get the help you need immediately without having to search
  • Standalone Stacks 2 are now integrate and access directly by left clicking and selecting a stack option (Additional Options added v1.5.)
  • Portability creation has never been easier. Now with an improved Circle Dock Portable Maker for Back up and distribution, and excellent Individual and corporate solution!


Monday, July 19, 2010

India Joins The Browser War: Epic, The Nation’s First-Ever Web Browser Launched

India’s long ambition of being a part of the ongoing battle royale of web browsers is fulfilled today with the rolling out of Epic Web Browser, the first-ever browser of the country. This wonderful feat has been achieved by Hidden Reflex, a software and web application product startup based in Bangalore.
Built on the Mozilla platform, Epic has certain striking features that make it a unique browser altogether. The first time when I opened the browser for a firsthand experience, I saw a peacock with full blown feathers. And it was enchanting enough. Here is what Epic looks like:
Some of its unique features are:
•    An inbuilt anti-virus, powered by ESET, whose NOD 32 product is very popular the world over
•    India centric with support for 12 different Indian languages including Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil, Malayalam, Urdu and Punjabi
•    Indic app allows for typing in these Indian languages
•    More than 1500 themes ranging from freedom fighters to film stars to represent the unity in diversity of the country
•    A word processor to create or edit documents
•    India specific news from popular publications
•    Social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter on the sidebar, apart from YouTube( watchable in a pop-up window), Gmail and Yahoo
•    Other useful sidebar widgets include Travel, Stocks, Maps, and Jobs
•    File backup and My Computer utilities
A team of 12 engineers have been coding and developing really for the last two years to come up with this indigenous, yet promising web browser. This is what Alok Bhardwaj, CEO of the company has to say, “Epic will be useful to all types of users, including hard-core multi taskers and newbies.”
All said and done, Epic does not seem to be another run-of-the mill browser. But it will definitely need some time, if not a lot, for it to make its presence felt in the market that is already being dominated by  Mozilla Firefox.
You can downloaded Epic here.

Please post your comments about this browser. I will be downloading this little browser and giving the once over. Look for my review in the coming days.

Browser Statisitics

Web Statistics and Trends

Statistics are important information. From the statistics below, you can see that Internet Explorer and Firefox are the most common browsers.

Browser Statistics Month by Month

2010 IE8 IE7 IE6 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
June 15.7% 8.1% 7.2% 46.6% 15.9% 3.6% 2.1%
May 16.0% 9.1% 7.1% 46.9% 14.5% 3.5% 2.2%
April 16.2% 9.3% 7.9% 46.4% 13.6% 3.7% 2.2%
March 15.3% 10.7% 8.9% 46.2% 12.3% 3.7% 2.2%
February 14.7% 11.0% 9.6% 46.5% 11.6% 3.8% 2.1%
January 14.3% 11.7% 10.2% 46.3% 10.8% 3.7% 2.2%
2009 IE8 IE7 IE6 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
December 13.5% 12.8% 10.9% 46.4% 9.8% 3.6% 2.3%
November 13.3% 13.3% 11.1% 47.0% 8.5% 3.8% 2.3%
October 12.8% 14.1% 10.6% 47.5% 8.0% 3.8% 2.3%
September 12.2% 15.3% 12.1% 46.6% 7.1% 3.6% 2.2%
August 10.6% 15.1% 13.6% 47.4% 7.0% 3.3% 2.1%
July 9.1% 15.9% 14.4% 47.9% 6.5% 3.3% 2.1%
June 7.1% 18.7% 14.9% 47.3% 6.0% 3.1% 2.1%
May 5.2% 21.3% 14.5% 47.7% 5.5% 3.0% 2.2%
April 3.5% 23.2% 15.4% 47.1% 4.9% 3.0% 2.2%
March 1.4% 24.9% 17.0% 46.5% 4.2% 3.1% 2.3%
February 0.8% 25.4% 17.4% 46.4% 4.0% 3.0% 2.2%
January 0.6% 25.7% 18.5% 45.5% 3.9% 3.0% 2.3%
2008 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
December 26.1% 19.6% 44.4% 3.6% 2.7% 2.4%
November 26.6% 20.0% 44.2% 3.1% 2.7% 2.3%
October 26.9% 20.2% 44.0% 3.0% 2.8% 2.2%
September 26.3% 22.3% 42.6% 3.1% 2.7% 2.0%
August 26.0% 24.5% 43.7% 2.6% 2.1%
July 26.4% 25.3% 42.6% 2.5% 1.9%
June 27.0% 26.5% 0.5% 41.0% 2.6% 1.7%
May 26.5% 27.3% 0.7% 39.8% 2.4% 1.5%
April 24.9% 28.9% 1.0% 39.1% 2.2% 1.4%
March 23.3% 29.5% 1.1% 37.0% 2.1% 1.4%
February 22.7% 30.7% 1.3% 36.5% 2.0% 1.4%
January 21.2% 32.0% 1.5% 36.4% 1.9% 1.4%
2007 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla Safari Opera
November 20.8% 33.6% 1.6% 36.3% 1.2% 1.8% 1.6%
September 20.8% 34.9% 1.5% 35.4% 1.2% 1.6% 1.5%
July 20.1% 36.9% 1.5% 34.5% 1.4% 1.5% 1.9%
May 19.2% 38.1% 1.6% 33.7% 1.3% 1.5% 1.7%
March 18.0% 38.7% 2.0% 31.8% 1.3% 1.6% 1.6%
January 13.3% 42.3% 3.0% 31.0% 1.5% 1.7% 1.5%
2006 IE7 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla N7/8 Opera
November 7.1% 49.9% 3.6% 29.9% 2.5% 0.2% 1.5%
September 2.5% 55.6% 4.0% 27.3% 2.3% 0.4% 1.6%
July 1.9% 56.3% 4.2% 25.5% 2.3% 0.4% 1.4%
May 1.1% 57.4% 4.5% 25.7% 2.3% 0.3% 1.5%
March 0.6% 58.8% 5.3% 24.5% 2.4% 0.5% 1.5%
January 0.2% 60.3% 5.5% 25.0% 3.1% 0.5% 1.6%
2005 IE6 IE5 Firefox Mozilla N7 O8 O7
November 62.7% 6.2% 23.6% 2.8% 0.4% 1.3% 0.2%
September 69.8% 5.7% 18.0% 2.5% 0.4% 1.0% 0.2%
July 67.9% 5.9% 19.8% 2.6% 0.5% 0.8% 0.4%
May 64.8% 6.8% 21.0% 3.1% 0.7% 0.7% 0.6%
March 63.6% 8.9% 18.9% 3.3% 1.0% 0.3% 1.6%
January 64.8% 9.7% 16.6% 3.4% 1.1% 1.9%
2004 IE6 IE5 Mozilla N3 N7 N4 O7
November 66.0% 10.2% 16.5% 0.2% 1.2% 0.3% 1.6%
September 67.8% 11.2% 13.7% 0.3% 1.4% 0.3% 1.7%
July 67.2% 13.2% 12.6% 0.4% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
May 68.1% 13.8% 9.5% 0.6% 1.4% 0.4% 1.6%
March 68.2% 14.6% 7.9% 0.8% 1.4% 0.6% 1.4%
January 68.9% 15.8% 5.5% 0.4% 1.5% 0.5% 1.5%
2003 IE6 IE5 Mozilla N3 N7 N4 O7
November 71.2% 13.7% 7.2% 0.5% 1.6% 0.5% 1.9%
September 69.7% 16.9% 6.2% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.8%
July 66.9% 20.3% 5.7% 0.6% 1.5% 0.6% 1.7%
May 65.0% 22.7% 4.6% 1.0% 1.4% 0.9% 1.4%
March 63.4% 24.6% 4.2% 0.9% 1.4% 1.1% 1.2%
January 55.3% 29.3% 4.0% 1.2% 1.1% 1.7%
2002 IE6 IE5 AOL N3 N5 N4 IE4
November 53.5% 29.9% 5.2% 1.1% 4.9% 2.0%
September 49.1% 34.4% 4.5% 1.3% 4.5% 2.2%
July 44.4% 40.1% 3.5% 1.2% 3.5% 2.6% 0.5%
May 40.7% 46.0% 2.8% 1.2% 2.7% 3.4% 0.7%
March 36.7% 49.4% 3.0% 1.2% 2.4% 4.1% 0.7%
January 30.1% 55.7% 2.8% 1.3% 2.2% 4.4% 1.0%

IE Internet Explorer
Firefox Firefox (identified as Mozilla before 2005)
Chrome Google Chrome
Mozilla The Mozilla Suite (Gecko, Netscape)
Safari Safari (and Konqueror. Both identified as Mozilla before 2007)
Opera / O Opera
N Netscape (identified as Mozilla after 2006)
AOL America Online (based on both Internet Explorer and Mozilla)
Browsers that count for less than 0.5% are not listed.
W3Schools is a website for people with an interest for web technologies. These people are more interested in using alternative browsers than the average user. The average user tends to use Internet Explorer, since it comes preinstalled with Windows. Most do not seek out other browsers.
These facts indicate that the browser figures above are not 100% realistic. Other web sites have statistics showing that Internet Explorer is used by at least 80% of the users.
Anyway, our data, collected from W3Schools' log-files, over a five year period, clearly shows the long and medium-term trends.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Microsoft is creating the ultimate mobile music service

Microsoft confirmed that Windows Phone 7 devices, like the last couple generations of Zune players, will be able to sync music, video, and large images with a user's PC over a wireless home network--no sync cable required. Wireless sync is one of my favorite features of the much-maligned Zune.

Microsoft also has an online service called Windows Phone Live that will provide backup for photos, notes, and other information. This service is similar to MyPhone for Windows Mobile 6.5, but will use Microsoft's SkyDrive service (registration required), which offers 25GB of free online storage and is rapidly becoming a very interesting part of Microsoft's arsenal. (SkyDrive also provides a way to send very large virtual attachments through the recently revamped Hotmail, and is the main entry point and storage space for Microsoft's Office Web Apps.)

Microsoft is ready to compete with other cloud-based music services.

Zune Pass is available to users who want a subscription service, which lets you pay a monthly fee for unlimited streams from a catalog of millions. The company hasn't officially said that Zune Pass will be available on Phone 7 devices. However I fully expect to see it on the device.

For users who want to store their personal music collections in their own online music locker, then stream or download it to their mobile device, Microsoft could add music to the type of material that can be synced with SkyDrive. The easiest way would be to add an option to the Zune PC software that would let users upload their libraries to SkyDrive, then update Phone 7 to enable streaming or downloading from that service. Windows Live ID (formerly Passport) would make the experience relatively seamless--just sign in once from Zune, SkyDrive, or Phone 7, and Microsoft would be able to associate your music in the cloud with all the devices you have.

The third option would be streaming directly from a PC over the Internet to a phone with no intermediary service--like Simplify Media offered before being bought by Google. Here, Microsoft could use the technology from the Remote Media Streaming feature of Windows 7, which lets you stream music and video from your Windows 7 PC's library to any other Windows 7 PC, again using Windows Live ID for authentication. Microsoft would simply put a Remote Media Streaming option into the Zune client software (it's in the Windows Media Player today), then make sure that Phone 7 could connect to it. Bonus: this might be a Windows 7 feature only, spurring upgrades to the new OS.
Many users of Apple's iTunes have already said that they'd be willing to pay for a cloud-based music service from Apple. Imagine if Microsoft launched a similar set of services for free. Surely that would get Apple fans talking, if not switching.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Surreal Territory by Chuck Anderson

The work of artist Chuck Anderson explores places only the imagination can go. Put six of his surreal dreamscapes on your desktop with this theme for Windows 7.


Friday, July 16, 2010

Do more with Windows Windows Live Essentials

Windows Live Essentials includes free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, e‑mail, blogging, family safety, and more. Get them all in one download and get more done with Windows. A new version of Essentials is coming!

Windows Live Essentials beta includes free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, e‑mail, blogging, and more. Get them all in one download and get more done with Windows.

Windows Live Essentials beta requires Windows 7 or Windows Vista. Learn how to upgrade from Windows XP. It includes beta versions of Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, and Sync, plus Bing Bar and Messenger Companion. You also get Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Pack and Microsoft Silverlight.


Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta *Offical*

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level, provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta will help you:

Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
Meet your users' demands for greater business mobility
Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency
In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.

Please Note: This early release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is not available for home users. The SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft. In other words, the majority of you should not download this. You need to register at Technet to download it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Looking for a new PC?
Simplify your search.

8 tips for safer online shopping

Online threats today come in the form of attacks on you and attacks on your computer. Here are eight (8) ways for you to have a safer online shopping experience:

Tip 1
Keep your computer software up to date.

Keep all software (including your web browser) current with automatic updates. If you are not already running Internet Explorer 8, the latest version of our web browser, click the button to the right to get it.

Tip 2
Defend your computer.

Use firewall, antivirus, antispam, and antispyware software. For an added layer of protection on your PC, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for free or find other antivirus solutions.

Tip 3
Avoid phishing scams and malware.

By default Internet Explorer 8 runs SmartScreen Filter to help block and warn you of malicious software or phishing threats. SmartScreen Filter alerts you if a site you are trying to open has been reported as unsafe and allows you to report any unsafe sites you find.

Avoid phishing scams and malware

Tip 4
Protect yourself from emerging threats

Cross-site scripting attacks are one of the increasingly sophisticated methods online criminals use to get your personal information. By default Internet Explorer 8 helps protect you against these attacks with a built-in Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Filter that is always on.

Tip 5
Identify fake Web addresses.

Internet Explorer 8 helps you avoid deceptive websites that can trick you with misleading addresses. The domain name in the address bar is highlighted in black to make it easier to identify a site's true identity.

Identify fake Web addresses

Tip 6
Browse more privately.

When you're using a public computer to check e-mail or you're shopping for a "surprise" gift on a family PC, it's a good idea to use InPrivate Browsing—a feature that helps prevent your browsing history, cookies, and other information from being retained on your computer.

Browse more privately

Tip 7
Make sure payment websites use encryption.

To confirm that a website uses encryption when processing credit card information, look for:

  • An "s" after http in the Web address—it should read https:

  • A tiny closed padlock padlock in the address bar, or at the lower-right corner of the window.

  • A green address bar—Internet Explorer 8 uses this to indicate a trustworthy site.

Make sure payment websites use encryption

Tip 8
Never respond to unsolicited requests to update your account information.

These e-mail messages might be scams for stealing your identity. Most legitimate companies never send unsolicited e-mail or instant message requests for your passwords or other personal information. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Download the Messenger Beta for Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

With the Windows Live Messenger Beta, the best way to keep your people closer gets even better. Video chat in HD* while you share photos. Get your Facebook and MySpace updates right in Messenger, and just the way you want them. Go mobile and chat on your phone. Get the Beta for your PC running Windows 7 or Windows Vista and be among the first to try the new Messenger.

Messenger Beta is part of Windows Live Essentials Beta, which includes beta versions of Messenger, Photo Gallery, Mail, Movie Maker, Writer, Family Safety, Sync, and Messenger Companion, plus Bing Bar, Microsoft Office Outlook Connector Pack, and Microsoft Silverlight.

Follow this link to learn how to install messenger beta: