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Category: Software

Does Windows Still Matter?

“Chrome is not going to replace Windows. A computer requires an operating system such as Windows, Apple’s OS X or Linux to make the machine work. It does, however, have the potential to do what Mr. Gates feared: make the choice of operating system less important.”

Does Windows Still Matter? – Business, Power and Deals – Executive Suite blog – NYTimes.com.

Joe Nocera, said it well. The operating system is fast being made irrelevant by the internet. Google leap frogged Microsoft by releasing the chrome browser. The OS is irrelevant or more aptly, Windows is dispensable.

Google Chrome

A fresh take on the browser

Google Chrome

We spend so much time doing our day to day activities on the web, namely, from banking to finding a spouse. The browser is quickly becoming the entry point app to these everyday activities. It traditionally has been and still is Microsoft’s backyard. With Internet Explorer commanding 74% of the browser market, with Firefox at 19% and Safari, at a distant third with 6% marketshare; Google’s Chrome may not have much traction to start off with. Plus Firefox and Safari do get monetary incentives as a result of search boxes in both browsers defaulting to Google search. 

I am not sold as to Google’s track record with software. Only Gmail is successful. The rest of them have languished without much traction. It remains to be seen if ” Chrome” will fare any better.

Some of the technical aspects of the new browser are impressive. It is based on Webkit and open source to boot!

I certainly like “tabs” that do not take up any more of the viewable window space along with the myriad other toolbars and what not. Alas, as a mac user, I will have to wait a while before I use one.

VLC 0.8.5

videolan has put out an excellent update to the opensource cross platform media player VLC. It has macintel compatibility and many other nice usability improvements, not to mention the ability to play anything you throw at it. Easily my favourite media player. Get it here.

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Stop Spam using Mail; Yahoomail tips.

The other day I signed up for Yahoo's Mail Plus account and boy is it good. I have been getting a lot of spam of late and, though I have utilities such as Spamsieve which does a remarkable job of cutting down the spam, it still is quite frustrating.

I did explore the idea of disposable email addresses, and for a while toyed with the idea signing up for Sneakemail. It was not quite the service that I was looking for as it only lets you have a paltry inbox and after being addicted to Gmail, it was unacceptable. Next stop was Yahoo Mail Plus, the biggest attraction of which was the addressguard facility.

It lets you chose a basename and allows you create multiple disposable mail addresses ( upto 500! ) by adding different words to the basename without ever revealing your original email address. If you start getting spam at that address, then simply shut it down. Ingenious!!

After I set up a disposable mail address I wanted to use it to send email as well, as I never wanted to give out my original email address. Yahoo lets you send email from that disposable email address by ticking a check box. Thats all fine, but I wanted to send and receive email from the disposable address using Mail.

As the disposable email address is set up to receive email into your actual Yahoo mail inbox, setting up another POP address in Mail created another account that accessed my original Yahoo inbox and proceeded to download all my previously downloaded email while I was not looking. How stupid of me! Now I had around 6000 messages in my Mail, with atleast 2000 duplicates!

Andreas amann's excellent email scripts was what I usually used to sort out duplicates, but it was too slow and I had too many duplicates. Hence I Googled and came across this masterpiece on Macosxhints.com. It did the trick in 20 minutes. That sorted I fooled around Mail to try and find a way for me to select my dummy address while sending mail from Mail.app. I finally found out that editing the account settings in Mail > Preferences > accounts > Account information > email address will take more than one email address if seperated by a comma. Now that is set up, I tried a test email and found that my dummy address showed up in accounts while composing.

Now I have the freedom of giving out my email addresses to whoever wants them, and the joy of being able to download and respond to all mail received to the dummy addresses, from the comfort of my desktop. Great!

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