December 31, 2006

"Various methods exist for downloading Youtube videos and most of these save the videos in the Flash Video format (FLV). This format is not supported by default in most of the media players. provides a new technique to eliminate this. It takes the full URL of the Youtube video and allows downloading the video in other formats."
Click here to read full post.

Posted by Manas @ Tech One

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Sapiensbrian, has developed some themes for Google Talk messenger that will help you put some colour in to your talk:

"I did not know the Google Talk Themes I have created would receive such a good respond from all over the world. Anyway, thank you for your support.

Since I posted all 6 themes in different posts in the past few days, I thought might as well do a compilation of all themes here. On top of that, as promised I will show a simple tutorial of changing the colour of Google Talk.

Click here to view and download Google Talk themes.

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IBM announced that IBM Lotus Sametime instant messaging customers can now communicate with users of AIM and the Google Talk instant messaging service:

"...Today, we're excited that IBM is announcing support for XMPP with the release of Sametime 7.5. This means that Google Talk and Lotus Sametime IM users can simply invite one another to chat, bringing together enterprise and personal IM users around the world. If you use Lotus Sametime at the office and have colleagues who use Google Talk, now you can chat with them. Similarly, if you're a Google Talk business user you can now add professional contacts who use Lotus Sametime to your Friends list..."

Click here to read full post on Official Google Blog.

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QIP is an unique closed source computer program for immediate cross-Internet communication. The basic functionality of QIP enables its users to see who else is online and available and then easily contact them with text messages in real time sent through a public server. QIP stands for Quiet Internet Pager and it can be used to contact your friends on ICQ.

QIP Screenshots:


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December 30, 2006

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December 29, 2006

Alt key symbols for reference

December 29, 2006

I'm sure that everyone will need this list someday. So it's time to bookmark this post, happy new year ! ;)

Alt Key + Calculator Number = Symbol

Hold the ALT key & type the number next to the symbol you want on the CALCULATOR part of the keyboard, then release Alt Key. Symbol will appear.

© = 0169

® = 0174

¤ = 15

¶ = 20

§ = 21

Ç = 128

ü = 129

é = 130

â = 131

ä = 132

à = 133

å = 134

ç = 135

ê = 136

ë = 137

è = 138

ï = 139

î = 140

ì = 141

Ä = 142

Å = 143

É = 144

æ = 145

Æ = 146

ô = 147

ö = 148

ò = 149

û = 150

ù = 151

ÿ = 152

Ö = 153

Ü = 154

¢ = 155

£ = 156

¥ = 157

ƒ = 159

á = 160

í = 161

ó = 162

ú = 163

ñ = 164

Ñ = 165

ª = 166

º = 167

¿ = 168

¬ = 170

½ = 171

¼ = 172

¡ = 173

« = 174

» = 175

ß = 225

µ = 230

± = 241

÷ = 246

• = 249

· = 250

² = 253

^ = 350

` = 352

~ = 382

Original source can be found here.

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Softros LAN Messenger is an easy-to-use LAN messaging application for effective intra-office communication. It does not require a server and is very easy to install. Softros LAN Messenger correctly identifies and works under Windows NT/2000/XP limited user accounts (without administrative privileges).

Softros LAN Messenger comes with a variety of handy features such as message notification alarms, personal or group messaging, file transfer, Window XP theme support, and an intuitive interface. It offers strong encryption options for all incoming and outgoing messages, guaranteeing no unauthorized person ever reads personal correspondence.

The program is very stable when running under any Windows operating system and on large or small TCP/IP networks. This application can be used for contacting individual users or for group notifications. All messages are logged, so there is no risk of losing a message. All correspondence can be looked up at any time. There are convenient sound alarms for incoming messages. The program is very straightforward and requires no special training. It is ready to be used right after installation is completed. Configuring the program can be done by individual users without requesting any assistance from the IT staff or system administrators. All settings can be saved and easily transferred to another computer if necessary.

Key features:

* Secure LAN messaging - Save your privacy
All message exchanges are protected by a strong traffic encryption algorithm.
* Terminal Services support
Microsoft/Citrix Terminal Services environment and Windows XP fast user switching support using Softros Terminal Service Engine add-on.
* Does not require an Internet connection
It works inside your LAN or WAN, saving your Internet bandwidth and allowing you to minimize firewall openings that could allow outside attacks and IM worms.
* User grouping
Arrange your colleagues in groups by business departments or titles.
* Group broadcast messages
Notify all users or specified user groups about an event.
* File transmission
Exchange documents with your colleagues with ease.
* Serverless architecture
You do not need to set up and maintain a dedicated messaging server on your corporate network. Our instant messaging tool is a stand-alone client application.
* Users rights limitation management
Administrators can selectively restrict functions of Softros LAN Messenger for normal users.
* Message logging
Never lose your messages.
* Very easy installation
You do not need administrator's skills to start using Softros messaging software; just install and run our intranet messenger on each computer on your network and it's ready to work.
* Import and export your LAN settings
Configure network settings on one computer, export it to a file, then import it to any other computer on your network.
* Multilanguage user interface
Use Softros LAN Messenger in your native language.
* Full Windows XP themes support - Corporate instant messaging software never looked so good!
Our program provides you with ergonomic, full Windows XP themes interface support.

Softros LAN Messenger Screenshot:

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Gaysenger is a chat client for chat based on Java.

Gaysenger is independent from your Internet browser and the applet supplied by and it runs as a separate application.

The unique feature of Gaysenger is its photo gallery based chat functions helps you chat, finding friends and hookups much easier than any existing messenger. It also provides get-around features for non-paid users to access premium features of

Here are some key features of Gaysenger:

For All Users:

# Able to log into multiple accounts [Messenger style]
# Enhanced bio manager [support multiple bio's]
# Easily change your icon image in chat rooms
# Enhanced chat room manager with photo gallary
# Monitor rooms with all channels
# Powerful search & people finder for chat rooms
# 1-click photo saver
# Filter people whom you are not interested in
# Anti-spam protection
# Log your chat

Extras for Regular (non-premium) Users:

# View & talk with users without enter rooms
# For the conviences of the non premium users, you can contact members from your hot/buddy list
# Automatically re-login to a selected channel on failed attempts
# Access to proxy port to view all public member photos [active proxy required]

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"After messing around with the Wii Browser for a bit, I tried to test it out a bit further and see if you could use MSN Messenger with it. Obviously you can't use the actual program, but there are some web-based clients which allow you to access Messenger from your browser.


1. Bring up the Wii browser
2. Type Google into address field
3. Search for emessenger
4. Select emessenger mobile from Google
5. Select MSN Mobile (or AIM/Yahoo)
6. Enter your sign-in details
7. Thats it!

One point to note - you may have to refresh conversations to see the replies as it doesn't automatically do it (use the emessenger refresh button - not the Wii browser one)."

Click here to read full post and watch a video of MSN Messenger working on the Wii.

Posted @

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"Just a week after I wrote “Uh Oh, Gmail Just Got Perfect” a number of users started complaining that all of their Gmail emails and contacts were auto deleted.

The first message, posted on the Google Groups forum on December 19, stated “Found my account clean..nothing in Inbox, contacts ,sent mail..How can all these information residing in different folders disappear? ..How to write to gmail help team to restore the it possible?..Where to report this abuse?.Any help ..Welcome..Thanks in advance ps101″"

Click here to read full post.

Posted by Michael Arrington @ Techcrunch

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December 28, 2006

55 Gmail Tips

December 28, 2006

Here you can find all the Gmail Tips posted to :

Gmail Beta: First Impressions
How I 'Imported' archived email into Gmail
Gmail Tip #1: All About Labels
Gmail Tip #2: 'Check' Your Messages
Gmail Tip #3: How to Maintain 'Notes'
Gmail Tip #4: Formatting Your Name
Gmail Tip #5: The 'Plus' Side of Gmail
Gmail Tip #6: Define a Signature!
Gmail Tip #7: Quickly Addressing a Message
Gmail Tip #8: Working With Lots of Email
Gmail Tip #9: New Mail Notification!
Gmail Tip #10: Some Tips About Conversations
Gmail Tip #11: Connecting Securely
Gmail Tip #12: 'Archiving' Explained
Gmail Tip #13: Some More About Conversations
Gmail Tip #14: What Happens To Sent Messages?
Gmail Tip #15: New feature! Highlighting on/off!
Gmail Tip #16: New feature! View or Download for attached images
Gmail Tip #17: Advanced Search - View Multiple Labels
Gmail Tip #18: Some Forwarding Idiosyncracies
Gmail Tip #19: Advanced Search - 'Query Words'
Gmail Tip #20: Why some attachments bounce
Gmail Tip #21: 'Official' Features and Bugs Status Page
Gmail Tip #22: Advanced Search - Multi-Labeled and Un-Labeled Messages
Gmail Tip #23: Cleaning Your Contacts
Gmail Tip #24: New feature! Import Contacts
Gmail Tip #25: Find Your Unread Messages
Gmail Tip #26: Creating a Pseudo Address Group!
Gmail Tip #27: Adding Hotmail Contacts to Gmail
Gmail Tip #28: 'Gmail Notifier' released to beta!
Gmail Tip #29: A Small Quirk With Gmail Notify's 'mailto:' Handler
Gmail Tip #30: Removing a Label
Gmail Tip #31: Improved and New Contacts Features!
Gmail Tip #32: Drafts!
Gmail Tip #33: Auto-forward received Gmail!
Gmail Tip #34: Gmail on your Palm!
Gmail Tip #35: Gmail on your Palm! - Part 2
Gmail Tip #36: Some Email Management Tips
Gmail Tip #37: New Feature! Image Attachment Thumbnails
Gmail Tip #38: Google Gmail Minibrowser
Gmail Tip #39: New Feature! Gmail From Most Any Browser!
Gmail Tip #40: New Feature! Rich formatting!
Gmail Tip #41: How Much Space Do I Have?
Gmail Tip #42: A More Worldly View
Gmail Tip #43: Notes in Just Two Clicks!
Gmail Tip #44: Using An Email Client
Gmail Tip #45: Backing Up Your Gmail Account
Gmail Tip #46: Creating a Map Repository
Gmail Tip #47: Gmail Adds Chat!
Gmail Tip #48: Reply Without Scrolling
Gmail Tip #49: Moving the Chat Quick Contacts Box
Gmail Tip #50: Changing Subject Text When Replying or Forwarding
Gmail Tip #51: Keyboard Shortcuts
Gmail Tip #52: Can I "Delete all" Spam?
Gmail Tip #53: How Can I View Outlook Stationery In Gmail?
Gmail Tip #54: New Feature! Select ALL conversations
Gmail Tip #55: Excluding Chat from Search Results

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Mess Patch will allow you to patch Windows Live Messenger.

Here are some key features of "Mess Patch":

General Options
· Enable Polygamy
· Remove Billing Information Menus ¹
· Enable Winamp Support For Now Playing Feature ¹
· Swap Now Playing Title And Artist ¹
· Distinguish Idle From Away Users (English Only)
· Disable Spaces Integration In Contact Cards ¹
· Enable Multi-line Nicknames (English Only)
· Add Sign-In Status In Systray Menu (English Only)
· Remove Text Advertisement From Shared Folders Window
· Remove Display Pictures From Popup Toasts
· Hide My Sharing Folders From My Computer ¹

Main Window Options
· Remove Windows Live Logo
· Remove Messenger Title
· Add Always On Top Button
· Translucent Dashboard ¹
· Remove Display Picture In Sign-In Window ¹
· Allow Status Change When Signing In ¹
· Remove Bottom Links In Sign-In Window ¹
· Remove Windows Live ID Branding ¹
· Switch Tabs To Right Side ¹
· Open Display Picture Dialog Upon DP Click ¹
· Remove Display Picture In Contact List
· Boost Personal Messages To 500 Characters
· Remove E-Mail Button
· Remove Sharing Folders Button
· Remove My Space Button
· Remove Windows Live Today Button
· Remove Call Button
· Remove Colorize Button
· Add Sign-Out Button In Upper Panel ¹
· Add Personal Settings Button In Upper Panel ¹
· Add CustoMess Button In Upper Panel ¹
· Move Add Contact Button To Upper Panel ¹
· Remove Add Contact Button
· Remove Sort Contacts Button
· Move Contacts Manager Bar To Bottom
· Remove Contacts Manager Bar
· Remove Yellow Infobar
· Remove Gleams
· Remove Emoticons From Contact Names
· Remove Emoticons From Personal Messages
· Show Contact Status In Contact List ¹ (English Only)
· Hide Personal Messages In Contact List
· Disable Song Links ¹
· Remove Advertisement Banner
· Remove MSN Search Bar

Conversation Window Options
· Add Always On Top Button
· Remove Yellow Infobar
· Remove Invite Button
· Remove Send Files Button
· Remove Video Button
· Remove Call Button
· Remove Activities Button
· Remove Games Button
· Remove Block Button
· Add Send E-Mail Button To Top Toolbar ¹
· Add My Received Files Button To Top Toolbar ¹
· Center Top Toolbar Buttons ¹
· Install Custom Games
· Remove Webcam Icon ¹
· Remove Get Accessories Link
· Open Display Picture Dialog Upon DP Click ¹
· Hide Display Pictures By Default
· Disable Nudge Protection
· Disable Nudge Window Shaking ¹
· Remove Premium Services
· Remove My Dynamic Backgrounds Menus ¹
· Remove Bottom Text Advertisement
· Remove Advertising Space Area
· Remove Emoticons Button
· Remove Winks Button
· Remove Nudge Button
· Remove Voice Clip Button
· Remove Font Button
· Remove Colorize Button
· Remove Backgrounds Button
· Remove Packs Button
· Center Formatting Toolbar Buttons ¹
· Remove Send Button
· Remove Search Button
· Remove User Is Writing Message ¹
· Change Handwriting Tab Images To Text ¹

¹ = Mess Patch Original Feature

*Important* Selecting the 'Remove Advertisement Banner' will stop the javascript errors that users in certain areas are reporting (since ads are geo-targeted).

Mess Patch Screnshot:

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Gizmo Project uses your internet connection (broadband or dial-up) to make calls to other computers. With the click of a mouse, you’re connected to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere on earth. It’s just that simple. You talk clearly. For as long as you want. For free.

And with inexpensive add-ons like Call In and Call Out, you can talk to any telephone–mobile or landline–on the planet.

Feature Details

1. Sound effects - Add Sound Effects to your calls. Open the Dialpad at the bottom of Gizmo Project window and press the emoticon button during a call. You can choose other sounds (or upload your own) from the options menu.
2. Check call quality - Click for the Call Quality Assitant to see bandwidth quality.
3. Pick online status. Green: Available, Red: Away/Do not disturb, Orange: Idle, Blue: On the phone, Grey: Invisible/Offline
4. Online status. Gives the current status of all your contacts.
5. Click Map It to view map of call locations. Get a detailed map of the location of each call.
6. Instant Messaging (IM) - Chat instantly with your contacts.
7. Person being called receives call subject. Let them know immediately the purpose of your call.
8. You can record any call on your Gizmo Project phone with the click of a button. The call record button is in the active call window, next to the mute and hold buttons.
9. Type in Gizmo name or number here to make a call. Gizmo to Gizmo call always free. You can also call any traditional phone using Call Out.

Gizmo Project Screenshot:

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December 27, 2006

Google launched many applications in the last 2 years, but most of them had too few features (Google Talk) or they were under-promoted (Google Docs & Spreadsheets).

"In 2007, things will change. David Girouard, VP and General Manager at Google Enterprise, told that Google Talk will include many new features and will become a true VoIP client. "Girouard said that Google Talk, which currently allows users to make VoIP calls among themselves, will be beefed up to integrate with traditional phone systems as well as VoIP offerings from other vendors."

Click here to read full article.

Posted @ Google Operating System

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Dear Readers,

I will update all my posts and add related technorati tags. You will notice huge amount of updated posts on your feed reader. I'm planning to finish this update process in 2 or 3 days. Thanks for your patient.


December 26, 2006

Feed behavior in New Blogger

December 26, 2006

Blogger moved to Atom 1.0 as a feed format. (Old Blogger blogs used Atom 0.3.) One of the new features of Atom 1.0 is an element which identifies the date/time at which a post was updated; this adds to the element, which identifies when a post was initially published.

Here's the trick: New Blogger now sorts your Atom 1.0 source feed by updated date, not by published date. So, if you decide to update an old post from months ago, it will suddenly leap to the top of your feed as the newest item, re-exposing your subscriber base to this old content (and whatever update you have since provided).

Posted by fburner @ Feedburner Support Forums

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Mike Smuga, Program Manager for Windows Live Mobile announced, on his blog, the availability of Windows Live Messenger for mobile browsers. You can try it @

Posted by Harrison Hoffman @ Live Side

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iGo Incognito is an Instant Messaging (IM) system similar to ICQ, AOL and others in that you can see whether people are online, send messages, have private chats and join discussion forums.

However, this is where the similarity ends - because iGo Incognito provides several important unique facilities - the foremost amongst them being Security/Safety/Privacy.

iGo Incognito is the only IM facility built from the ground up on cryptographically strong security. No other IM product can provide end-to-end security - i.e. messages are encrypted at your machine and decrypted at your friends machine and cannot be decrypted in the middle.

Most IM products either don't encrypt traffic, or if they do they encrypt it is only for transmission to the server where it is decrypted. That still means that your messages can be read at the server. Furthermore, with some products they can be read on your machine because they are stored in clear text.

iGo Incognito encrypts messages using public key technology. Messages cannot be decrypted during transmission, they cannot be decrypted at the server, they can only be decrypted by the recipient. No one can intercept or view them - just the recipient.

This remarkable claim also applies to private chats - only people actually invited to a private chat can join, and only after joining can they see any of the messages.

iGo Incognito Screenshot:


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Most movies are up to 2.35 times wide as they are high resulting in a panaromic frame. However most TVs are only 1.33 times as wide as they are high. To accomodate this difference, many movies have sides cut of, resulting in a loss of %46 of the visuals.

This is done by a process called "pan and scan" which puts the focus on one section of the frame. The widescreen or "letterbox" process reduces the size of the visuals so that entire frame fits within the screen, preserving the movie as the filmakers intended it to be seen.

This result in what are inaccurately referred to as "black bars". They are in reality nothing more than unused areas of the screen, although they are often used for subtitles. Even with the black areas, when you watch a widescreen movie, you are actually seeing more of the movie, not less.

Original flash version by John L. Berger @

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TipicME is real instant messenger (IM) on your cell phone or mobile device, and the basic version is FREE to download and use!

You can chat with all the people on your IM contact list from you mobile phone and send pictures (supported phones only); you can chat to friends on ICQ, MSN, AIM, Yahoo!, Jabber/XMPP or any of the Tipic messengers downloadable from this site. It's much cheaper than text messaging!

With TipicME you can also:
• receive alerts from the news feeds that you have subscribed to;
• receive updates from any motime blogs that you have subscribed to; and
• business users: install your own Tipic IM server and manage your IM wireless network

TipicME Screenshot:


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TipicIM can be used with the TIMP IM server or any XMPP/Jabber Compliant Server and is available at no cost for download and usage.

TipicIM allows you to connect securely to TIMP from outside your intranet, for example from your laptop when you are on the road; your IM communication are secure and safe.

Some of TipicIM features:
• VOIP and Video support
• Chat or message style
• Typing notification
• Customizable emoticons (hundreds included!)
• Text conferencing (groupchat)
• Message history
• File transfer
• Find friends in the Jabber User Directory
• Interoperability with MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and ICQ
• Integration with's blogging community
• Sound alerts
• Multiple profiles
• Auto-reconnect
• SOCKS proxy support
• Secure encryption (SSL)

TipicIM Screenshot:


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This is one of the most frequently asked questions about MSN Live Messenger. To see who has added your to their MSN Messenger Contact list :

Go to 'Tools', 'Options', 'Privacy' and click 'View'.

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December 25, 2006

My Buddy Icons is an easy-to-use icon tool to customize, modify or create your own AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) buddy icons, then send them directly to your AIM messenger. The program includes more than 100 original icons which were created by Newera IconCool Team and it allows you to customize your the icons with 20 different image filters and adjust their color-balance or brightness.


My Buddy Icons Screenshot:


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Do you believe that there is a pen that will last forever? Information below is taken from Grand Illusions:

"A stainless steel pen, 8cm long. However when you unscrew the top, the 'nib' is a solid piece of metal. There is no ink, yet this pen will write on virtually any type of paper. This is what it looked like when we tried it on a piece of normal paper...

How does it work?

In the Medieval period, artists and scribes often used a metal stylus in order to draw on a specially prepared paper surface. Generally known as Metalpoint, or Silverpoint when the stylus was made of silver, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Dürer and Rembrandt all used this technique. gives a lot of information about how it works.

The pens we sell are a modern version (and do not use silver). The solid metal 'nib' consists of a metal alloy, that leaves a mark on most types of paper. If you use the sort of paper typically used in printers and photocopiers, the pen leaves a mark that looks as if it was made by a pencil. However the line will not smudge, and cannot be rubbed out.

Since there is no ink, there is nothing to dry out, so the pen will work just as well in 25 years time as it does today. And of course it never needs sharpening!"

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"Do you do a lot of instant messaging? I have started to do more now that Google Talk is built into Gmail. The beauty of that is that I don't have to install a client and it is available anywhere I have a browser. If I want one of the other services then I need to install their client or something like Trillian that logs me into everything at the same time. Still a bit of a drag because I have to log in and have things running in the back ground. The browser is with me everywhere.
Fine, well and good you say but but what about all my old friends on AIM or Yahoo! or MSN?"

Click here to read full article posted @ Tech.Life.Blogged.

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MSN Font Color Editor allows you choose the font color you like for your MSN from 32-bit true colors.

Tired of MSN’s fixed font colors? Use this tiny application to change it to the color you love. It is easy and fun to use. You may need to restart MSN for the changes to take place.

MSN Font Color Editor Screenshot:


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TellBaby instant messenger connects you to MSN, ICQ, Yahoo, QQ, AOL/AIM, and Google from anywhere.

TellBaby features include real time chat language translation, VoIP, P2P file sharing, MP3 and movies, IPTV.

TellBaby Screenshots:

TellBaby_1 TellBaby_2 TellBaby_3

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networkTwister allows your organization to secure and manage all IM communications easily and transparently. With networkTwister, organizations can safely establish and enforce IM messaging policies, compliance requirements and industry best practices without burdening business associates, partners and remote users with additional software or key management issues.

What is networkTwister?

networkTwister allows you to talk securely with other networkTwister users using standard Instant Messaging (IM) clients like MSN Messenger, AOL Messenger, Trillium, IM2 and Gaim.

networkTwister products include:

* imTwister - client based security for personal use
* networkTwister - server based security for Enterprises.

Key Features:

Solid security
Audit, understand and manage IM Communication
Transparent to users
Easy to install and configure

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December 24, 2006

Yahoo! Messenger Mobile allows you communicate instantly from your web-enabled phone using Yahoo! Messenger. Just sign in using your Yahoo! ID and chat in real time with friends, family, and co-workers... across town or across the country!

Here are some cool features you'll find with Yahoo! Messenger for your mobile phone:

* Save and read messages on your phone.
* Create your own quick messages.
* Be invisible to other users.
* Send smileys and other emotions.

Similar to the PC version of Yahoo! Messenger, you can send and receive instant messages.

Select your carrier to find out which version of Yahoo! Messenger works best for your phone.

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Alexb from WebTips has found a simple method to detect invisible users on Yahoo Messenger:

"...The process of detecting invisible yahoo messenger users is pretty simple and can be used by anyone with little computer knowledge. It's a DIY (Do It Yourself) and so you don't need to download any softwares or any programs..."
Click here to read full article.

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On 19 December MSN just launched a feature. Instead of just IM'ing your contact a link to a video, you are allowed to actually watch a video with friends, using Windows Live Messenger in real-time.

This is how it works:

If at any time you would like to watch a video with one of your Messenger contacts, just click on the "share" tab under a Soapbox Video and select "IM this video.

If you are already signed into Messenger, this will prompt you to choose which contact you would like to watch the video with.
If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to do so.

Choose the contact, and once the person has accepted your invitation - boom the Messenger Activity Window will launch, with the player in full view. You can now watch the video with your friends and chat about it, all at the same time.

Posted @ Soapbox on MSN Video

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December 23, 2006

"...Anecdotal testing of the KishKish software reveals, among other things, that my mother is a massive liar, especially when it comes to the contents of Christmas dinner. A needle charts the speaker's stress on a graph in real time after taking the first 10 seconds of a call to establish a baseline stress level. A small light also changes from green to red when stress levels are abnormally high, perhaps a signal that the person is lying..."

Click here to read the full article from Nate Anderson @ ars technica

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