GarageSale 1.9 Price Drop; Pro Features new Free

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Date: Monday, October 3rd, 2005, 01:27
Category: Software

We’re big fans of eBay here at the PowerPage and our favorite listing application just got better. iwascoding today released GarageSale 1.9, a free update to its award-winning eBay client for the Mac. The best part is that GarageSale Pro, an add-on service for GarageSale that allows tracking of your auctions is now offered free. iwascoding has lowered the price to US$19.99 (US$5 off) to celebrate GarageSale’s first birthday.

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FireFox 1.0.7 Available

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 19:38
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

FirefoxFireFox 1.0.7 is available. In their own words: “Firefox 1.0.7 is a security and stability release. We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to this latest version.”
In other Firefox news, Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is available for download. Beta 1 is the first Beta release of their next generation browser, to be released later this year.

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.Mac Upgraded to 1GB Storage

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Date: Wednesday, September 21st, 2005, 08:01
Category: Software

dot-Mac has a completely re-designed backup tool that is very flexible and has a brand new interface. Well done. I hope to see more applications like this.
You now receive 1 GB of storage with your .Mac account if you are a current subscriber. It also includes a new blogging feature named “Groups.” Home page templates will incorporate external HTML files into the home page tools.
Although it is disappointing that no widgets were released specifically for .Mac services as promised by Apple earlier this year. It would be great if Apple released a dashboard widget for groups.

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Opera Web Browser Now Free

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Date: Tuesday, September 20th, 2005, 10:57
Category: Any Laptop Computer, Software

Finally the little company from Norway has grown and will be offering its powerful and innovative Web browser for free. As I mentioned in a previous article that as I wait for FireFox 1.5 to arrive I would download and play around with Opera Version 8.
Well after doing so it has been a bitter sweet experience. There are so many unique features of this browser you’re a bit overwhelmed as you take it all in. There is so much you can customize… and there are communities that provide excellent add-ons especially for developers and widget junkies. Though innovative Opera at the same time is poorly laid out, the interface is a bit jumbled and confusing.
But don’t take my opinion for it… try it out. After all it’s FREE!
BTW, also not to be missed is the fact that Opera has been busy over at their hive. They’ve cooked up some partnerships and are really pushing for the browser on mobile devices. But what really caught my eye and has been on my mind after HP announced the TV as a digital hub was the fact Opera has a SDK for their product to run on a TV.
Very interesting in that it is written in HTML and JAVA for easy platform compatibility. Amen to that.

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Ready to Fumble: Is Microsoft's Vista the next QuarkXPress?

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Date: Monday, September 19th, 2005, 14:38
Category: Software

Quark has long owned the desktop publishing world. Yet, after a decade of dominance, the company stumbled, leaving the door open for serious competition just as Adobe was introducing a strong competing product. Is Microsoft about to do the same? Daniel Eran covers the issue in a RoughlyDrafted article Is Microsoft’s Vista the next QuarkXPress?

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IBM releases new-free Linux tutorials

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Date: Wednesday, September 7th, 2005, 16:34
Category: Software

Here’s a brand new series of tutorials to help you learn Linux fundamentals and prepare for system administrator certification Exam 201. These eight tutorials cover the Linux kernel, file and service sharing, system customization and automation, and more

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I've Seen the (Day)Lite, and it's at Version 1.8

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Date: Sunday, August 28th, 2005, 23:49
Category: Software

I’ve been using Marketcircle’s excellent business relationship management application Daylite (US$149) exclusively for about almost eight months now and still find it the best tool out there. It’s easy to fall into the trap that it’s just another Personal Information Manager (PIM), Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) or simple address book – but Daylite is actually much more. Daylite does things you’d find in all of the above but adds a powerful “Opportunities” function that allows to you track the details of whatever you’re trying to sell.
Appointments, activities and contacts can all be linked to opportunities and Daylite’s back-end SQL database allows you to link multiple people to multiple projects and keep track of the whole thing. Don’t sell anything? That’s ok too, Daylite allows you to link people and tasks with Projects – and everyone has those. The folks at Marketcircle even offer a module that integrates Daylite with Apple’s built-in mail client so that relevant emails can be added to someone’s contact record, so that you can easily find that important communication when you need to. I replaced Now Contact and Address Book with Daylite and haven’t looked back since.
Today the company released version 1.8 which adds rule-based scheduling. Another fine upgrade from the folks in Toronto. Bravo.

Marketcircle Inc. today announced the release of DayLite v1.8, a free update of its popular business-relationship manager. Showcasing a much anticipated new feature?the ability to create rule-based scheduling?this newest version of DayLite helps Mac-based professionals manage people, projects and opportunities effortlessly.
With rule-based scheduling, users can now create forward- and reverse-activity sets?a convenient time-saving benefit, especially for professionals in the legal, real estate and film industries. Creating an activity set also features a preview, so that dates and names can be edited effortlessly.
From lawyers to producers, from real estate agents to business owners, professionals can count on DayLite v1.8?s ability to define reoccurring or repetitive activities that take place in every project. As a result, they can better manage their work and their time.

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GoogleTalk IM Client Announced: Hack it on Mac

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Date: Wednesday, August 24th, 2005, 07:48
Category: Software

Google TalkGoogle Talk is Google’s newly minted IM service. Too bad that the client software is Windows only. The upside is that you can configure a Jabber-compatible Mac Instant Messaging client (such as iChat, or GAIM) to use Google Talk if you have a GMail address.

- Choice: Get in touch how and when you want to?over email, IM or a call
- Quality: Talk through your computer but hear your friends as if they were in the same room
- Convenience: Your Gmail contacts are pre-loaded into Google Talk so inviting or talking to your friends is just a click away

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CoconutBattery has the Skinny on Your Battery

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 09:31
Category: Software

Coconut BatteryEver wonder why your PowerBook’s battery life seems to suck? If your battery life isn’t exact what is used to be, or you’re just curious about how much capacity is left in the darned thing, check out coconutBattery 1.1. This little universal binary application that gives you live feedback about the cells in your PowerBook or iBook, including:
- Current battery charge
- Maximum battery charge
- Current battery capacity
- Original battery capacity
- Battery load cycles
- Age of your Mac
- Charger connected
- Battery is charging
More battery goodness:

If coconutBattery detects that you have connected the wrong charger (i.e. an ibook-charger plugged in a powerbook) it will warn you! That’s a cool feature!
Of course you are able to save the current maximum capacity of your battery – with just one click! coconutBattery uses Apple’s new and really powerful technology names “CoreData” to realize that.

(Thanks TUAW)

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Is Spotlight Killing Your PowerBook's Battery Life?

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Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2005, 03:12
Category: Software

SpotlightAn article on Slashdot discusses the impact of spotlight has on a PowerBook’s battery life:

Viltvodlian Deoderan asks: “So, Spotlight for Mac OS X Tiger is very cool. I can now let my innate ability to disorganize things shine through. However, when using my PowerBook unplugged, it seems that my battery lasts a noticeably less time. A close reading of Ars Technica’s description of how spotlight works suggests that this is due to keeping the index file up-to-date on disk. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? Does someone have a better explanation for why my battery seems to drain out, prematurely? Is there some way real-time indexing can be turned off to conserve power?”

Click through for the Ars Technica link and to read the comments, they’re priceless (as always).

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