Archive for April, 2008
After spending around an hour browsing I end up having too many tabs opened, sometime I could reach maybe fifty or a hundred opened tabs!! And that just makes surfing the net slower, and when I look back on my opened tabs I realize that more than half of them I just would like to save to read later.
Taboo is a Firefox addon that helps in doing just that, developed by Jesse Andrews, Ian Fischer and Manish Singh. After installing it, two new buttons will show up one has a “+” and the other has a “T”. Pressing the plus button saves the tab, not only the page is saved but actually even the scroll location of where you have reached reading in the page and if you were filling a form, the content will be saved too.
To access the saved tabs click on the “T” button, there are two views to access the tabs, either by Grid or Calendar, in the Grid view you will be shown thumbnails of all the tabs you have saved, you can get a better view of the tab by moving the mouse over the thumbnails where you will get a bigger snapshot of the page accompanied by the Title and the URL.
On the other hand, the Calendar View will show you one thumbnail on each day on the calendar and when you click on any day all the thumbnails of all the tabs saved on that day will be shown.
The other feature that I like the most is the search, quickly find saved tabs while typing in keywords. You can also access the latest 15 saved tabs from the drop down menu when clicking the arrow beside the the “T” button.
A newer version of the extension is promised by Jesse Andrews to release soon with new cool features such as a mosaic view and resizing in the grid view.
Taboo could be useful for many reasons, such as bad browsing habits like over tabbing, or while working on a project and reading materials from number of sources. Whatever your reason is, if you surf the net, you need Taboo. If you still do not use Firefox or Flock, you are in trouble
April 29th, 2008
It seems that Rotana found that the Arab World is lacking in Movie Channels and/or we are not watching enough movies. So they felt the desperate need in finding a way to fill this huge void.
Oh Rotana what could have we done without you, well, maybe watch MBC2 or Dubai ONE TV or or or or….. Go to the cinema?! maybe rent a DVD, No…!
Ok, so what is so special about this channel? Does it show the latest of the latest movies, not exactly, it has been rumored that it will show movies as they were supposed to be watched…. UNCENSORED.
I realllllllly doubt that it is true, on NileSat and a free to air channel, that would be impossible. But some claim that they will depend on showing a warning before the movie. And their list of movies does include some questionable titles.
Most people who are into movies subscribes to Showtime, and this channel wont make any difference. The latest FOX movies go to Showtime and ORBIT anyway. So I guess this channel will make some noise for a week or so and then fade in the background.
My advice to those who care, DELETE this channel from your receivers even if they will censor, just don’t expose your kids and families to this CRAP.
UPDATE: FOX MOVIES press release states that the channel WILL actually censor all inappropriate scenes from the movies because of this region’s special traditions. And that some of the most famous movies will be selected to be dubbed in Arabic. And the press release also announced that later this year there will be another channel released for American series with the same brand name FOX.
April 27th, 2008
It is quite rare to find any website nowadays that do not provide RSS Feeds, but for those still not in the game and you still would like to monitor their pages, well, Page2RSS to the rescue.
It’s simple, provide the URL of the page, get the RSS Feed, subscribe to it using your Feed Reader. From now on you will get updates on whats new in the page you provided.
To make the proccess even easier you can use the Page2RSS bookmarklet, so you can just click it while on a page you would like to monitor.
April 26th, 2008
I can’t even find the words to describe my feelings while watching this segment on Alqahera Alyaum (Cairo Today). This video shows what happened when a big famous supermarket in Egypt, most probably “Carrefour”, puts Cooking Oil and Sugar on SALE in special prices.
Yes, I know we saw those kind of scenes in USA and other countries but I never saw them for “Food Products”, the matter is that the products being food related just adds a sad side to the story.
Watch the video and I promise, you will laugh and cry both at the same time.
April 26th, 2008
Bill Clinton was loved and respected by many Americans, and even people outside USA, even after his scandal with lewinsky. But lately he is damaging his legacy and his reputation, both clintons are also damaging the democratic party. He thinks he is helping his wife and he thinks they are winning but they are not just losing the elections they are losing their reputation.
Lately he was on WHYY radio and he said “No, I think that they played the race card on me”, but then later he denied ever saying that!! He is denying something that is was recorded by his own voice, what’s next?!
So what if Old Bill and New Bill IM’d, what would they say to each other ?
[Via 23/6 News]
April 25th, 2008
Two months ago we got the bad news that DIVX will be shutting down their video portal Stage6 for multiple reasons. Stage6 was so popular and successful but the costs were so high that in the end DIVX just had to pull the plug.
Now we read some new news that a Stage6 clone is in the making and going to be ready on the 29th of April 2008, at first the clone was named “DivXit” and had the domain name divxit.net, but now when I tried accessing that address it took me to another domain vreel.net.
So now the Stage6 clone is named Vreel and will launch on the 6th of May 2008 rather than 29th of April 2008. Why the quick change of name and delay in date of launch, well in their Q&A Session they say:
“Our lead programmer had a family emergency, which required him to take a leave of absence. Over this time, we continued to develop on the design and layout of Vreel, and we believe that this extra time will benefit the end user in the long run. We promise it’ll be worth the wait.”
For more Q&A Click Here.
So lets wait and see maybe tomorrow there will be another name and address I just hope its not a prank in the end.
April 25th, 2008
How many times have you tried to take a screen capture of a website and end up taking multiple images and going to photoshop to glue them together? It is really a difficult thing to do specially when you need to scroll down a number of times.
I used to use couple of applications that would to do the trick for me, but now there is an easier and faster online solution. Just go to Super Screenshot and enter the URL you want to capture, you will be able to save it as a JPG or a PNG, in addition to that you can also specify the dimensions and the size of the image. Ofcourse if you want more control and more options you will need a more advanced application.
April 20th, 2008
News of the World is claiming that Henry is looking forward for the summer to leave Barcelona, its also believed that he prefers to be back to EPL, specifically London. Well we all know that he did struggle this season he only scored 7 goals from his 25 appearances, so the news was not a shock to many people who follow his news.
So its not wether he would leave or not, its where is he heading. Many Arsenal fans are looking forward for him to be back where he left last season, but I really doubt that happening. Actually I see that Arsenal is better without Henry, and don’t look to our status now we did suffer heavily from injuries. I think the players felt more at ease when Henry left and they became more creative, I believe that Arsene Wenger himself wont allow him to be back.
But the excuse he is using to leave Barca is that he is not seeing his daughter “Tea” as much as he wants after he broke up with Claire Merry. So what?! he didn’t know this would happen before signing for Barcelona!! Please…. Anyway its expected that Chelsea will most likely end up getting his signature, other team such as Newcastle and Manchester City are also watching and trying but it would take something so special to lure him.
A while after “News of the World” broke the story the Barca chief dismissed the news and ruled out his move. But I guess this is just playing games.
April 20th, 2008