Archive for September, 2006

I am moving this blog to techthinking.net.
Check: http://techthinking.net/2006/09/how-to-create-a-jar-file-using-ant-that-refers-to-other-jar-files/


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Gmail as a disk drive

Ever thought of using Gmail as a drive to store or back up files, then check this link.


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Ever wondered whether you are getting the promised internet/broadband connection speed (bandwidth) from your service provder? Now there is an easy way to check out your internet speed, both upload and download, and best of all….. for FREE.

Step 1: Go to –> www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/
Step 2: Choose or click on a server near your location
Step 3: Sit back and relax… your results (upload and download speed) would be displayed on the screen.

There are some alternative sites to check your broadband connection speed like the ones below, but none of the sites are as simple and easy as speakeasy.

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Best-ever Freeware Utilities

There are a lot of great freeware products out there. Many are as good or even better than their commercial alternatives. This list features my personal pick of the “best of the best.”

All the utilities in this list have featured in past issues of my free monthly newsletter “Support Alert” More freebies are published in each new issue. If you are interested in great utilities and freeware you really should consider subscribing. It’s free.

Listed below are 46 different freeware categories with my selection of the best products in each category. The list is ordered by program function rather than merit so you’ll get the most out of it by browsing down this page at leisure. The pathologically impatient can consult the index below.

For the complete list go to www.techsupportalert.com


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MCE Features http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/mediacenter/evaluation/features.mspx

1) Windows XP Media Center (MCE) is a super-set of Windows XP Professional Edition (PRO) that provides support to wide range of media functionalities.

2) Media Center lacks support for domain controllers. (If you search online there are ways to edit registry entries to enable active domain support. But if you enable domain support you could loose the media functionalities)

3) Read in various places that the Media Center support will expire in 2yrs or when Vista is released, whereas XP Pro edition support will continue for 7 years as they are used by businesses.

4) Currently you cannot buy MCE software in the market, it comes pre-installed with the new machines.

5) MCE is slightly cheaper than PRO edition. According to HP website the difference in price is around $80 more for the professional edition.

Personally, if you are looking to buy a computer and you are planning to use your computer for more than just the regular email and media services, then I would recommend going for the ProfessionalĀ  (PRO) as it is much stable (compared to other windows OS) and it is widely adopted by businesses and widely available in the market.

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Software Projects Listing


Hire: the oDesk Marketplace lets buyers search, interview and hire providers from across the globe. Providers can also apply to job openings posted by buyers.Manage: the oDesk Workplace lets buyers assign tasks, track progress, manage source code, and collaborate. Providers login to work each day at the oDesk Workplace.

Pay: oDesk’s payment system charges buyers each week for hours worked, and generates detailed timelogs to give literal visibility into the underlying work activity of providers.


Lot of projects, mostly medium size ones in different categories like marketing to tech.


Small IT projects.

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