A-Patch for MSN Messenger

“A-Patch […] is able to patch MSN Messenger […] 6.2.0205, 6.2.0208, 7.0.0816, 7.0.0306, 7.5.0311 and 7.5.0316.

Featuring a massive 68 options! A-Patch boasts a tremendous amount of customization to better your MSN Messenger experience, with even more planned!!”

Apatch.tk via Juha

Firefox 1.5 released

Here’s what’s new in Firefox 1.5:

  • Automated update to streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Improvements to popup blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and “Safe Mode” experience.
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.
  • Many security enhancements.

“Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Release Notes”
Mozilla via BoingBoing

The last extension still not compatible with it is SwitchProxy.

The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide

“In the beginning, this guide consisted of only one page of short and simple explanations of several common BIOS options. Over the years, the explanation of each BIOS option has been fleshed out, improved upon and corrected. And today, it has become a database of over 260 BIOS options. But this is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Adrian’s Rojak Pot via /.

300GB disc set to challenge DVD

“A computer disc about the size of a DVD that can hold 60 times more data will go on sale in 2006, according to its American developer InPhase Technologies […]. The discs, holding 300GB each, use so-called Tapestry holographic memory technology to store data by interference of light. They are also able to read and write data at 10 times the speed of a normal DVD.”

vnunet.com via BlogsNow

Looks like maybe I can skip Blu-Ray and HD-DVD altogether. I even have yet to burn a dual layer DVD!

Steve Jobs Ruined My Thanksgiving

“I recently got an iPod Nano, mainly because I’m annoyed at the limitations of my iPod Shuffle on long trips (like flying half way around the world). Two nights ago, I fired up iTunes and finally accepted its offer to upgrade from version 4.9 to version 6.0. That was a big fucking mistake–a mistake that I’ve spent the last two days attempting to recover from.”

J. Zawodny via BlogsNow

I’ll fully subscribe to Adam’s view on this:

“Sure, Apple’s got a neato click wheel. That’s admittedly nice. But other than that, I really don’t see the allure of the whole iPod brand other than as something that’s “trendy.” And, as we see here, rather buggy to boot.”

Vakiokorvaus teleliikennekatkoksista

“Kuluttajat ovat saamassa vakiomääräisen korvauksen telepalveluiden katkoksista, Radiouutiset kertoo. Jatkossa asiakas voisi vaatia korvausta operaattorilta esimerkiksi kun laajakaista tai kännykkäliittymä ei toimi. Lakiehdotuksen mukaan operaattorit joutuisivat maksamaan 15 euroa jokaiselta alkavalta viikolta. Enimmillään korvaus olisi 120 euroa.”