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MediaFire – FREE file and image hosting.

April 1st , 2008
Why use MediaFire?

MediaFire is the simplest way to host files and images and share them with others.

MediaFire is a free and unlimited file and image hosting web site with no strings attached. Our goal is to help make the internet a more interesting and media rich place by provide the fastest and most simple to use tool for sharing all kinds of files in almost any way imaginable. Registration is completely optional and every feature of the service is available to you whether you choose to create an account or not. If you choose to, creating an account is easy and free, allowing you to quick and secure access to your saved files from any computer.

Organize Your Files and Images

Create folders, instantly sort, search, move and browse your uploaded files with a fast Ajax powered file system.

Creating folders on MediaFire is easy! You can create an unlimited number of folders and sub folders to store, organize and share your files and images. MediaFire also provides easy to use privacy tools allowing you to keep some files hidden as private and other files downloadable as public. You can even set passwords for your sensitive files allowing you a flexible and adaptable free file hosting system.

Uploading your files couldn’t be easier – choose up to 10 files at a time using their simple point and click interface and you’re off and running.

Share Your Files and Images

Easily share large files and images by Email, Instant Messenger, and on your web site or MySpace page.

With MediaFire’s easy to use sharing tools and embedding links you can share entire folders of files and images by email, instant messenger, or on your MySpace page, blog or forum. Folders also double as image galleries so sharing all your vacation photos or graphic design work in one place just got a whole lot simpler.

MediaFire currently has a file size limit of 100MB because bandwidth for serving downloads is the most expensive part of running a file hosting service. For example, 200MB files are 2x more expensive to serve to downloaders as 100MB files, 1GB files are 10x more expensive to serve than 100MB files, etc.

By limiting the maximum file size to 100MB, MediaFire can offer features that no other single file hosting service offers for free:

Unlimited disk space
Unlimited bandwidth to serve any files under 100MB
Unlimited downloads of any files under 100MB
Unlimited uploads
No waits, lines, or queues to download files
No daily download limits
No download speed limits
Support for most popular download managers/accelerators
Multiple simultaneous downloads

In Q2 of 2008, MediaFire will be launching a subscription based service that will let you upload much larger files and provide a Flash uploader with additional bells and whistles. Yes – this will be a paid for service. The FREE accounts will be maintained and continue to be advertising supported.

MediaFire was rated one of the Top 100 Undiscoverd WebSites by PC Magazine. To learn more about MediaFire from their FAQ’s :

http://support.mediafire.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=view

Windows XP SP3 indicates Microsoft will continue to focus on security.

Some three and half years from the general release of Windows XP Service Pack 2, and with the support of corporate IT managers waning, Microsoft is preparing to release an update to its seven year-old desktop operating system. However, Microsoft has said that Service Pack 3 will once again focus on security, and so those expecting to see features from Windows Vista will be sorely disappointed. Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) includes all previously released updates for the operating system, and is designed to improve overall system performance and stability.

For IT departments, Windows XP SP3 signals a new baseline for standard operating environments (SOE), and so organizations are being encouraged to assess the suitability of this major update by downloading the code from Microsoft’s Technet website. Although not visible to the end user, SP3 does include some functionality updates. These are, however, consigned to updates such as Microsoft Management Console (MMC 3.0), Microsoft’s XML parser (MSXML6), and the Microsoft Windows Installer. In terms of useful networking and security updates, SP3 includes support for Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) and Network Access Protection (NAP) – one feature that has found its way from Windows Vista. However, interestingly, SP3 does not impose Internet Explorer 7 upon organizations and their users. Instead, SP3 will patch whichever version of Internet Explorer it finds on the target system, for example IE6 or IE7.Although Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has already been released to manufacturing, Butler Group has seen little interest in Microsoft’s latest Windows desktop operating system, and so predicts that, for the most part, Windows Vista SP1 will remain something of an irrelevancy for most IT managers and their organizations.

One issue worth considering is the supposed shelf-life of Windows XP. With System Builder licenses available only until the end of January 2009 (June 2008 for the retail channel), and with demand for Windows Vista in the enterprise extremely weak, Microsoft is coming under increasing pressure to re-think its Windows lifecycle policy. Indeed, InfoWorld is asking users to register their objections to this forced migration by signing its ‘Help Save XP’ petition.

We spoke of this in an earlier report and the site is still getting plenty of action. InfoWorld, a popular website for IT professionals, has the following to say on the matter: “Microsoft plans to end most sales of Windows XP on June 30, despite a deep reluctance by many business and individuals about moving to Vista .InfoWorld believes such an expensive, time-consuming shift with problematic benefits should not be forced on Windows users, so we have decided to rally XP users to demand that XP be kept available.” With Windows Vista a year in the market and Windows XP a year or so away from its supposed retirement, Microsoft is in danger of letting its Windows lifecycle policy get out of sync with reality. In the meantime, however, Windows XP SP3 provides Microsoft with yet another opportunity to address real and significant security concerns, and so the company would do well to promote Windows XP SP3 over Windows Vista SP1. However, whether or not the company will adopt this policy remains to be seen.

 In related news: Microsoft is lowering the price of consumer versions of Windows Vista. Microsoft’s plans to lower prices on consumer versions of Windows Vista are a clear indication that Vista has not had the expected uptake in the home market. While the company is keen to point out that retail sales are only a small part of total Windows-based revenue, there has always been a correlation between home and business users, which suggests business uptake is similarly disappointing.

For the full story:
http://www.cbronline.com/article_feature.asp?guid=CB9DDCAE-49CE-4131-B594-B0F91EB98EA1

Internet Explorer 8 BETA Version

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Hot off the heels of Internet Explorer 7 comes the next “end all-be all” internet browser from Microsoft.

Are YOU ready to take the plunge? If so, keep a few things in mind…

1: IE8 is in BETA releaseCRASHES ARE GUARANTEED!
2: IE7 and IE8 cannot co-exist. If you install this beta 1 version, IE* becomes your primary browser.
3: There seems to be a compatibility issue between IE8 and the widely used Google and Yahoo toolbars.  You will have to forgo these add-ons for the immediate future.
4: Read through the articles I’ve provided links for at the bottom of this page and make sure you know the implications if you intend to go down this path. I, for one, intend to pass on this initial beta release.  We still aren’t fully satisfied with IE7 so why mess with this version.

Once we get a later BETA version installed and working on a test machine, I’ll revisit this with our personal experience.

So- according to Microsoft, here are some of the New and exciting features:

Activities
Activities are contextual services to quickly accessa service from any webpage.  Users typically copy and paste from one webpage to another.  Internet Explorer 8 Activities make this common pattern easier to do.Activities typically involve two types of scenarios: “look up” information within a webpage or “send” web content to a web application.  For example, a user is interested in a restaurant and wants to see the location of it.  This is the form of a “look up” Activity where the user selects the address and views an in-place view of the map using his favorite map service.

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An example of a “send” Activity is a user reads an interesting article and wants to blog about a portion of the article.  The user can select a portion of the article and uses the blog activity.  This navigates to the user’s blog site with the selection already available in the edit feild.

Activities are services that the user can install and manage.  Users can install them from the Internet Explorer 8 Service Guide or through any website that advertises Activities.

Webslices

WebSlices is a new feature for websites to connect to thier users by subscribing to content directly within a webpage.  WebSlices behave just like feeds where clients can subscribe to get updates and notify the user of changes.

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Internet Explorer 8 users can discover WebSlices within a webpage and add them to the Favorites bar, a dedicated row below the Address bar for easy access to links.  Internet Explorer 8 subscribes to the webpage, detects changes in the WebSlice, and notifies the user of updates.  Users can preview these updates directly from the Favorites bar and click-through to the website to get more information.

Favorites Bar

In Internet Explorer 7, the links bar provided users with one-click access to thier favorite sites.  The links bar has undergone a complete makeover for Internet Explorer 8.  It has been renamed the Favorites bar to enable users to associate this bar as a place to put and easily access all their favorite web content such as links, feeds, WebSlices and even Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

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A user can easily ass a link to the Favorites bar by using the Add to Favorites button and selecting the Add to Favorites Bar option.

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Automatic Crash Recovery

Automatic Crash Recovery (ACR) is a feature of Windows Internet Explorer 8 that can help to prevent the loss of work and productivity in the inlikely event of the browser crashing or hanging.  The ACR feature takes advantage of the Loosely-Coupled Internet Explorer feature to provide new crash recovery capabilities, such as tab recovery, which will minimize interruptions to users browsing sessions.

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see Automatic Crash Recovery white paper for more information

Improved Phishing Filter

Internet Explorer 7 introduced the Phishing Filter,  a feature which helps warn users when they visit a Phishing site.  Phishing sites spoof a trusted legitimate site, with the goal of stealing the user’s personal or financial information.  For Internet Explorer 8, we are building on the success of the Phishing Filter with a more comprehensive feature called the “Safety Filter.”

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For IT administrators, new Group Policy options are available to remove the user-override option and fully block access to known unsafe sites.

Five things you’ll love (or hate) about IE8
http://blogs.computerworld.com/five_things_youll_love_or_hate_about_ie8

PC Magazines take and screenshots
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,2273696,00.asp

Washington Post Article
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/05/AR2008030503239.html

CNet News
http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9886854-56.html?tag=newsmap HYPERLINK “http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9886854-56.html?tag=newsmap”

If you STILL want to experience Internet Explorer 8 after reviewing the articles above, here’s the link to all the Internet Explorer 8 BETA downloads
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/ie8/readiness/Install.htm

Another Slice of Internet Life

Is this site really necessary?

Well, it was bound to happen. Now there’s an online repository for all the email jokes “some” people are so fond of sharing.

You know who I mean – friends, family, co-workers – even people you’ve never met think nothing of adding you to their joke list.

Here’s one response to these types of forwards (yup – you guessed it – this graphic came from a forwarded email

So What’s This All About?
FWDitOn.com states it’s a repository for all of the funny emails circulating the Internet.

What Is A Forward?
A FWD is one of those funny/gross/disgusting/interesting/amazing/heart-warming emails we all get in our inboxes (almost) every day. We call these emails “FWD’s” (pronounced as “forwards”) due to the long list of “FWD: FWD: FW: FWD:” which these emails always seem to have in their subject lines from continuously being forwarded on from person to person

Users of this website can rate the fwd’s out of 5 stars. The site records this information to create a list of the best fwd’s circulating around the internet.

You don’t need to have an account in order to use this website, however, members do get access to some extra features. Thanks but I think I’ll pass…

For those of you who would like to review the site and see what it offers and how it works go to:

www.fwditon.com

Now for the rest of us, if anyone out there knows of a site to counteract this sites purpose, please let me know. I’d love to find a way to get my email address removed from junk email lists – perhaps something similar to the governments Do Not Call List would be appropriate.

Now that’s a service that would probably be a real money maker!

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