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Perfect educational time killer!

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

The vote for Web 2.0 Champions and Stinkers announced by Wired three weeks ago is finished. To our great disappointment, the results are predictable. That was the contest of Web 2.0 heavyweights; you may consider Google Spreadsheets to be a primitive calculator or admire this service, you may store your shots at Flickr or share them via your own web page.

If you are tried of all these services and nets, try a cute game blufr, “trivia-type game that hopefully gets people of all ages addicted to learning obscure facts”. Was Scooby-Doo name inspired by Frank Sinatra? Were M&Ms invented to feed U.S. troops during World War II? Just start blufring. Perfect educational time killer!

Digital image enlargement software with a new patented interpolation algorithm.

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

PhotoZoom Pro2Imagine you need to enlarge a digital picture – say, if you want to make a large print from a 3 megapixel digital file. Common methods (like those provided in PhotoShop) do not bring high-quality results as usually there is unwanted blurriness and stairstepping. PhotoZoom Pro 2 comes with the new S-Spline XL interpolation algorithm that surpasses existing methods in quality.
Actually, the program gives you the choice of 11 enlargement methods. Other methods are included for the user to have an opportunity to compare the enlargement quality. The software is rather pricey, but offers professional quality results. Read the full review.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Our blog is 5 days old. For this anniversary we got a present frоm Microsoft – today the beta version of Windows Live Writer was announced.

Pros:

  • While installing, it adds Onfolio toolbar to IE (optional) making it work with tabs (supports old IE versions) But the toolbar needs to be updated at once.
  • Is considered to be a default client for Windows Live Spaces – has anybody an idea why? – but also compatible with other weblogs (Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress). Semi-automatic сonfiguring – just point URL, login and password.
  • Easy photo and map publishing
  • Works via proxy servers

Cons:

  • Lack of text formatting features, in spite of WYSIWYG authoring. If you are used to Semagic, Zoundry Blog Writer or BlogJet, you’ll be missing them.

Wish to get the most out of Live Writer? Tweak its API, as we do right now. Launching FDM blog, we had concerns about each piece of blog client software we tried. Frankly, we still use no client. At the moment we are testing the toolkit by Microsoft.

 
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