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Digsby rocks

Want to hook up with your friends who are on various IM services? Take a look at Digsby . Very nice, not only allows connecting to AOL,Yahoo,MSN,IRC,GTalk, but also allows connections to Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.  And it has some very nice themes with some cool colors and bubble features for their talk windows. One particularly nice feature is that you can email directly from your Chat windows – that is sweet.  It also allows file transfers between AOL,Yahoo, MSN, but alas not Gtalk because Google uses their own proprietary file tranfer protocol.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think in comments section below.

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Well, I just went through a glorious experience of getting whacked with multiple trojans,viruses,malware,etc.  Started directing me to strange web sites, wouldn’t let me open Explorer or Control Panel, wouldn’t let me go to anti-spyware web sites – took over my desktop background, etc.

I figured I was doomed, but the folks at Spybot, most notably Blade, saved my keester. These are volunteers who donate their time to help pitiful folks such as myself. 🙂   You post your problem and they tell you to run HiJackThis (which analyzes your system) and once analyzed they will have you download a number of programs (ComboFix,etc) to run and clean up your system.  It’s not something you want to do without their help, I can say that, especially if you are not a very advanced user.  But now I’m clean again and have switched from Zone Alarm for my firewall to Online Armor, am running an updated version of Java Cool’s Spyware Blaster, Avast Antivirus, backed up with scans from SuperAntiSpyware.  In addition, I now use the great add-on (also suggested to me by Blade) called Virustotal, where you can upload any file you want to be analyzed by some 36 different virus programs.  All you have to do is right click the file and click send to VirusTotal. That is sweet, for sure, especially if you download a lot of programs. Nice way to really analyze them before running them.

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Occasionally, after synching my iPod, it won’t eject and will cough up a message saying that other files are in use.  I can never figure out which files those might be, so stumbling across this tip was certainly appreciated. If you occasionally have this problem, do yourself a favor and check this out!

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I must admit that I’ve been long confused about exactly how trackbacks work. So I finally decided to “Google” it and came across this excellent tutorial. Thought this might help those of you, who like me, were equally confused. 🙂

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Here’s a free call to get a Business phone number vs using those costly 411 calls.

Google Voice Local Search is Google’s experimental service to make local-business search accessible over the phone.

To try this service, just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Using this service, you can:

  • search for a local business by name or category.
    You can say “Giovanni’s Pizzeria” or just “pizza”.

  • get connected to the business, free of charge.

  • get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone.
    Just say “text message”.

And it’s free. Google doesn’t charge you a thing for the call or for connecting you to the business. Regular phone charges may apply, based on your telephone service provider.

Note: Google Voice Local Search is still in its experimental stage. It may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. We’re fine-tuning the service to get better at recognizing your requests. It’s currently only available in English, in the US, for US business listings.

Pretty slick, eh?  Besides Google, another free 411 service can be attained by calling 1-800-411-SAVE.  You can get free numbers for both businesses and individuals.

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Here’s a neat little Firefox hack.  As most of you know, Firefox is a gobbler of memory, but here’s a way to reduce it quickly when you minimize Firefox.  In preliminary testing, it dropped Firefox from 85MB of memory consumed to 10MB when it was minimized.

Check it out at Panther Moderns

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Opera smokes

I tried out Opera again last night (version 9.10 is now out). Boy, does it smoke vs IE or Firefox! Pages are there just lickety split. 🙂 Now if they could just figure out a way to incorporate Roboform

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