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Business Software Alliance Has a Sense of Humor

For those who don’t know, the Business Software Alliance (BSA) is the RIAA-equivalent of software, representing such copyright holders as Microsoft, Adobe and Symantec. They recently released a very bizarre video, according to ZeroPaid, called “To Catch a Pirate”. I found it really odd, so I figured I would share it here. Check it out

As for HiTechVNN, apparently that site has shut down… these leech sites are up one day and down the next, so it is difficult to find a good one that lasts. When I find one I will be sure to post it for you guys.

September 19, 2009 Posted by | Games, Hack, hacker, Industry Best Practice, IT News, Life skills, Security, social engineering, Technology | , , , | Leave a comment

The Action Script Conference 09

It was a eye opening event at TAC at One Marina Bolervard. Had dinner with the speakers on the last day at Alex’s office, at Central on top in the evening. An open breeze chill out enviroment outside their office and the food was good as well as the beer.

On the sideline, we were each given a gift which was a headset cum microphone for skype and it is skype #1 product

heres a picture of it

After that we chill out and had our dinner and the interview of the speakers were done in the office. stay tune to techpoint.tv

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Conference, Technology, Video | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Social Network maybe Compromised with Namechk.com around

A new Web 2.0 name “NameChk”  can be a tool for hackers. What this does is it search for every social network for the particular USERNAME that you’re looking for and in real life people do not create a unique password for every social network account.

Most would stick with one password for all Social Network accounts.

Here is a detailed video which i explain of what it does

April 25, 2009 Posted by | IT News, Security, social engineering, Technology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Business Productivity

Business Productivity

Handshake is the place to meet your next friend, programmer, project manager, accountant, interface designer and more. By adding someone as a contact here, you can collaborate online in 8apps. Handshake is social networking with purpose.

BlueTie.com is a free Web-based email, calendaring, and file sharing for new and growing businesses. Each account includes up to 20 users with domain name support.

Business IT Online offers free online small business software applications that take away the need for a costly networked IT solution. It provides the host, maintain it, upgrade it, secure it and back it up so all you need to do is use it. Among the applications are the following:

8 apps calendar

  • Calendar Online – an integrated online scheduling application to help you manage your personal activities and track team and resource availability.

8 apps cashflow

  • Cash Flow management software enables you to stay on top of your finances and avoid the number one reason why small businesses go out of business.

8 apps contacts

  • Contacts Online keeps a secure and easily accessible central database of business contacts for your team. Business IT Online’s unique contact filter allows you to store contacts as individuals or companies and find the contact details you need, much faster.

8 apps documents

  • Documents Online If you want to work from home as well as the office, it might seem like a distant dream to be able to access all of your important files from multiple locations. Business IT Online is your solution.

8 apps marketing

  • Marketing Online is a free online business profile (a ‘BIO’) to promote your products and services and win new business.

Central Desktop is a full work suite for project teams including spreadsheets, file sharing, calendar and more. It was created for business teams, not the IT department. That is why no technical knowledge or programming experience is required.

Colligo software enables mobile teams equipped with wireless capable laptops to instantly and securely network together no matter where they are working – at the client site or on the road. Once connected, they can share files, share an Internet connection, share a printer, collaborate on a document, chat, compare calendars and much more.

Concept Share allows you to easily share designs inside Workspaces that contain designs related to a certain topic or project. It’s easy to invite people into a workspace. Invite team members, managers, clients, and consultants to add and reply to comments, chat and markup designs. People do not have to be in the workspace at the same time to contribute. Workspace members can log-in anytime to any workspace they are member. If members do happen to be in the workspace at the same time they can collaborate with real-time chat and real-time comment updates and concept updates.

Confluence is an enterprise wiki that makes it easy for your team to collaborate and share knowledge. Adding, sharing and finding content has never been easier. These benefits come with all the additional features needed to make it a part of your business: enterprise security, simple installation and management, user-friendly WYSIWYG interface, powerful tools for structuring and searching your wiki, professional features such as PDF export and automated refactoring, and more.

Contact Office allows to easily manage your data (emails, contacts, meetings, documents, tasks, …) in your virtual office from any computer with a Web browser and an Internet connection. Share your data and access shared data efficiently in the context of work or leisure groups. Your data are safe and available anytime on the Web, on a PDA (online or offline) or on a WAP capable cell phone.

Copper is a web-based project management and collaboration tool used by teams to share and manage clients, projects, tasks, files, contacts and events quickly and easily.
Used by leading organizations like Apple, Cisco, Praystation, and Ogilvy One, yet affordable for all business sizes, discover how Copper can help your business by signing up for your free trial.

CrossLoop is a free secure screen sharing utility designed for people of all technical skill levels. CrossLoop extends the boundaries of VNC’s traditional screen sharing by enabling non-technical users to get connected from anywhere on the Internet in seconds without changing any firewall or router settings. It only takes a few minutes to setup and no signup is required.

Eloops software includes project management, calendar, data backup, and social networking software.

Foldera is a free and intuitive filing system of web-based folders that automatically organizes your work WHILE you work. Whether you work alone or in a workgroup environment, Foldera is super easy to use and makes working with multiple files and people seem practically effortless.

Google Docs & Spreadsheets is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your student group’s homework assignments, access your family to-do list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new business plan. Google Docs & Spreadsheets allows you to import your existing documents and spreadsheets, or to create new ones from scratch. You can edit your documents from anywhere. Google Docs & Spreadsheets accepts most popular file formats, including DOC, XLS, ODT, ODS, RTF, CSV, etc. Besides, you can publish your documents and spreadsheets online with one click, as normal-looking web pages, without having to learn anything new.

Huddle is a network of secure online spaces that combine powerful document, project and team tools with the simplicity of social networking site. It is ideal for brands, advertising, marketing, PR, design, legal and accountancy companies as well as freelancers and consultants. Use huddle to manage multiple projects from one interface, securely share and approve documents, deliver superior client service and add value to your existing relationships.

Joyent is run by, and for, people who love publishing on the Web. Design, develop and deploy applications using our collaboration software, data backup services and on-demand computing solutions. The ease with which Joyent solutions scale to meet increased demand allows startups and developers to focus on growing their business – instead of watching over their servers.

long jump

LongJump is a dynamic business applications that manage and coordinate teams and information. The LongJump Catalog provides affordable, web-based applications you can subscribe to that power your business. It makes it easy to centralize your business data to share with your team, while also automating common business processes. Customize or create your own applications that address your unique business needs without writing a single line of code.

Mindquarry is an Open Source collaborative software platform for file sharing (documents, images, media files, etc.), task and project management, team collaboration and Wiki editing that meshes simplicity and functionality. As a result, knowledge workers are able to connect with team members and share information from wherever they are, effectively improving team-work and increasing productivity within the company.

Near-Time integrates wikis, weblogs, and file-sharing to deliver the fastest ROI for your collaboration investments.

Nexo is a free service that allows groups to collaborate online. Groups can share interactive calendars, pictures, videos, tasks, polls, comments, blogs, files and much more.

Octopz contains a full range of powerful features to enhance effective online collaboration including: one-click participation (recipients of an email invitation simply click on a link to join the virtual Meeting Room), on-screen annotation, support for digital Media/Content,
Text Messaging/VoIP/Webcams, archiving, administrative tools, and more.

OpenTeams.com is web-hosted collaborative software to foster a more innovative culture. In addition to project collaboration, blogging, social networking, community building, and knowledge management, OpenTeams is an innovative initiative development solution where employees collaboratively seed and mature new ideas for additional revenue, productivity, and cost-savings.

QuickBase.com is flexible online working application. With QuickBase from Intuit, your team finally has an easy way to organize, track and share information – all from a single web site. Watch productivity soar with QuickBase’s customizable online workgroup applications.

PlanHQ.com is an online business planning tool that takes your plan away from being a static document and turns it into a dynamic and up-to-date overview of where you’ve been, where you are and where you’re going. With PlanHQ, your business plan changes as your business changes, not just once or twice a year. Your whole team is actively involved in creating your plan and can align and prioritize all their work against goals. This means that everyone is always working to plan and ensures you achieve your goals.

ProjectSpaces is a simple, secure and powerful web-based workspace to help your project teams, workgroups, committees, partners, and others quickly and easily connect, share and collaborate. ProjectSpaces is easy to use and can be set up in just a few minutes. It was created for the average computer user – not techno geeks. You can share documents with project team members regardless of geographic constraints. At one glance, view and access your most recent tasks, announcements, events and discussions on your project homepage. Participants have the ability to directly update status of their tasks and other information.

Solodox allows to create a document right in your browser. Edit on any machine you can find anywhere. You can create a project for your group. Invite members to read or edit the project.
Share your document with your friends. Do a simultaneous editing with your friends.
Download documents as HTML/RTF/Word/Text file to the machine of yourself. Solodox supports English, Japanese and Chinese.

TeamWorkLive is an intuitive, secure, web-based project management and collaboration tool. It helps you run your projects more efficiently, promotes collaboration and accountability among team members, and makes your clients happier through increased transparency. TeamWork Live is hosted so there is no software to install or support. All you need to get started is a web browser and an Internet connection.

TheOpenDoc is a free collaborative application, that enables teams to work efficiently together over the Internet. Through workspaces you can easily create and share with friends, business partners and colleagues.

Thinkature is a real-time collaboration application for the web. Use it to record ideas on cards, show relations with connectors, draw diagrams to express complex ideas, add images from the web or from your own hard drive. You can separate ideas by color and more.

Tracbac is a visual collaboration platform for designers and clients to interact over a modern browser. It succeeds in narrowing the gap between designers & clients by providing a rugged and easy to use collaboration platform. TracBac is web based and does not require installation of any software. A regular PC or Mac with a browser and an Internet connection is all it needs to get going.

uhuroo

Uhroo is the fastest and easiest way for teams to connect, share, collaborate, and stay on the same page. Uhuroo provides everything a team needs to share information, manage collaborations, and ensure that all their information and conversations remain secure and available.

Vyew is a free online meeting service that brings people and content together. Use Vyew to host live conferences or collaborate over time. Vyew is safe, reliable, and you don’t need to configure anything. All you need is a web browser (IE 6+, Firefox, or Safari).

WebOffice makes working together easier. You can share documents, calendars, information, and conduct live meetings from the office or the road. WebOffice brings together powerful, professional web-based business applications specifically designed to make collaboration easy and cost-effective. Everything you need to manage your business on the web is together in an integrated, centralized place.

Wrike a leader in on-demand Online Project Management. Wrike helps to save time for marketing agencies, software development teams, event organizers, publishers, financial services firms, process engineering companies and many others. Wrike is a Web application, so you do not need to download or install anything. Our patent-pending technology works with your e-mail client. So you can keep track of tasks with e-mail. Wrike can help you to turn e-mail overload into nice-looking project plans.

Writewith is a web-based software application designed for anyone who needs to work on a document with anyone else. Writewith.com can be used for office memos, group projects, news stories or even drafting a letter with a friend.

Yugma is a free web collaboration service that enables people to instantly connect over the Internet to communicate and share content and ideas using any application or software. Whether you are using Windows, Mac or Linux computer, you can connect on-demand and real-time with co-workers, clients, friends and family — regardless of whether they are across the city, nation or even the globe.

Zimbra is open source server and client software for messaging and collaboration – email, group calendaring, contacts, and web document management and authoring. The Zimbra server is available for Linux, Mac OS X, appliances, and virtualization platforms. The Zimbra Web 2.0 Ajax client runs on Firefox, Safari, and IE, and features easy integration / mash-ups of web portals, business applications, and VoIP using web services.

Zoho – offers a word processor with collaboration features, spreadsheet, presentation tool to create, edit, publish, and show presentations, wiki writer, notebook, project management, CRM solution, database creator, calendar, web conferencing, email and chat and more.

Creative Collaboration

Kalabo.net is an online service that allows musicians of all skill levels to collaboratively mix and modify each others original work. Download original free tunes from around the world. Mix the tunes or record your own tracks over them. Share the tunes with others to mix themselves

Glypho.com is a site dedicated to group writing of fiction.

Novlet.com is a web application designed to support collaborative writing of non-linear stories in any language. With Novlet you will be able to read stories written by other users, create your own ones, and choose the plot you like most from several alternatives. Novlet stories are divided in passages, text sections usually made of a few paragraphs: users can continue stories or add alternative storylines by creating their passages after existing ones. The only limit is your fantasy.

WebBrush it is on-line multi-user web application for creating and discussing some charts, diagrams, schemes, sketchs; discussing some ideas, projects, plans, tasks; sharing your photos, some graphical materials.

WriteMaps.com is a free web-based tool that allows you to create, edit, and share site maps online. As a WriteMaps user, you and your team will be able to build and access your site maps from anywhere, without having to rely on proprietary desktop apps and static files. To get started, take the tour or sign-up for an account!

Family and Social Collaboration

cozi

Cozi Central helps busy families manage schedules, appointments, shopping and communications from wherever you are — the kitchen, car, office or even the grocery store. Cozi Central is available as a software download and in a Web version.

Famundo for Families is your family hub, making your family’s schedule manageable and giving you control over your daily life. It offers Family Calendar, Address Book, Message Board and Family Library.

Grouptivity is a web service platform that replaces “email a friend”. Grouptivity provides web publishers visibility over the distributed web content, and monetization opportunities.
It provides a significantly better experience for your web visitors to share and discuss web content.

LooseStitch lets you create and share outliner documents, brainstorm ideas, jot them down, call friends over, get feedback, and many more.

Mecanbe lets you create, customize and share Goal-Lists to help advance in any area of life. You can rate your goal performance periodically and view charts of your ongoing progress.
Share strategies for success and help empower the rest of the world.

Stixy is an online bulletin board. You can create as many Stixyboards as you like, one for each project. UseStixy to easily organize and share: your family’s schedule, projects at work, an upcoming holiday, your photos, or share a file or two with a friend.

Wamily is a social collaboration application. You can use it for your group, team, family or club organization.

Mindmapping

bubbleus

Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. With bubbl.us you can create colorful mind maps online, share and work with friends, embed your mind map in your blog or website, email and print your mind map, save your mind map as an image .

Comapping is a tool for the globalized world where complex problems must be solved quickly and intelligently. This often implies that a team must collaborate to achieve the solution. Comapping unleashes the potential of such collaborations – even if the collaborators are separated by geographical and/or time-zones. It allows you to easily keep track of who should do what and when. It is straight-forward to agree on tasks while collaborating on how a specific challenge should be met.

Gliffy is free, easy and fun. It offers diagramming in your web browser without downloading additional software. You can add collaborators to your work and watch it grow. Link to published Gliffy drawings from your blog or wiki. Create many types of diagrams such as Flowcharts, UI wireframes, Floor plans, Network diagrams, UML diagrams, or any other simple drawing or diagram.

Kayuda provides many things to many people. Authors use it to create stories. Gamers use it to create campaigns. Businesses use it to collaborate on projects. Individuals use it to brainstorm ideas.

Mind42 is a browser based online mind mapping application. With mind42.com installing mindmapping tools is no longer needed- for a hassle-free mindmapping experience. Just open the browser and launch the application when needed. It allows to keep track of all your ideas, whether alone, with colleagues and friends or working together with the whole world.

Mindomo is a versatile Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser – with no complex software to install or maintain.
Create, edit mind maps, and share them with your colleagues or your friends.

Mindmeister allows to create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map – and see each other’s changes as they happen. Using integrated Skype calls, they can throw around new ideas and put them down on “paper” at the same time.

April 5, 2009 Posted by | Industry Best Practice, IT News, Technology | , , , | 1 Comment

When to upgrade to Windows 7?

IT shops continue to hold off on Vista upgrades in favor of waiting for Windows 7, but individual corporate circumstances may require some action sooner rather than later.

Gartner Inc., the Stamford, Conn.-based consulting firm recently polled 166 of its US-based clients representing three million PCs, and just under 100 of its European-based clients representing just under one million PCs. Vista adoption continues its slow pace, with roughly half of respondents saying they will not upgrade or are making no plans either way.

In fact, by the end of 2008 only 6% of the organizations had started installing Vista. That’s about half of the number of organizations that had installed Windows 2000 by the same time in its evolution, said Michael Silver, a Gartner analyst and one of the report’s authors.

Only one-third of respondents said they would roll out Vista in 2009 in both North America and Europe.

Get thee off of XP

Skipping Vista does have its consequences. It means that IT shops with four or five-year hardware refresh cycles will have a truncated OS upgrade cycle as they move to Windows 7, Silver said.

Silver advises IT shops to at least move some end users off of XP. “We have a lot of clients that skip an OS and they call us up late in their OSes life,” he said. “They say, we can’t get off of Windows 2000 fast enough. We don’t have the budget and our applications don’t support it anymore.”

XP will only be supported with security fixes until April 2014 and it’s unlikely that most Windows 7 deployments will begin until 2011. A release candidate of Windows 7 is widely expected in September 2009, but it will take a while for third-party applications to support a new release, as is typical.

If IT shops start a Windows 7 deployment in early 2011 it means that, through regular attrition, it will be hard for them to get off XP before Microsoft ends support and the third-party vendors pulling back on their own XP support. Support for XP by third parties is expected to become a problem by 2012, Silver said.

Add Windows 7 to your budget on new and existing PCs for 2011 and 2012.

For IT shops interested in running hosted virtual desktops,  it’s better to run Windows XP on the same hardware than running Windows Vista because XP is less resource intensive and requires less disk space. The tools to manage hosted virtual machines are still in their infancy.

By the time Windows 7 becomes mainstream, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and the management technology that supports VDI should be mature.

March 28, 2009 Posted by | Industry Best Practice, IT News, Technology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

MAKE YOUR OWN DICTIONARY

addictionary

The Addictionary is a site for word lovers and those who like to see our beloved English language grow in serious or humorous ways. We built the Addictionary to empower word-play and to help lovers of word-play showcase and market their cleverness and creativity to the world. Every feature in the site tries to keep that in mind. Let us know if you have suggestions in that regard.

They launched the Addictionary in 2006 and continue to add features as more and more users come aboard. Check out the Contest Corner, where you can establish your own word-creation competition in your work place, club or family; and the recently added TOBAW (“There Oughta Be A Word”) feature–how clever are you, really? 😉

The Addictionary is owned and operated by SpectrumDNA, Inc., a company based in Park City, Utah; and staffed by snowflakes who manage to get work done in between living a perfect life.

November 6, 2008 Posted by | IT News, Technology | , | Leave a comment

How to view USA Content video or view as if you are in USA?

Ever came across such content like the pictures below that are not available in your country?

Crunchyroll

crunchyroll

Hulu.com

huludotcom

well now you can view them with this new program named Hotspot Shield by Anchor Free.

Hotspot Shield

Be secure and anonymous while being connected to the Net – because you never know who’s watching you!

  • Hide your IP while you’re on-line
  • Access all content without censorship; bypass firewalls
  • Protect yourself from snoopers at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, corporate offices and ISP hubs.

hss-logoAfter installing it, you can simply view content that requires you to be in that country like the above pictures example.

For GAMERS

WARCRAFT III and all other GAMES

If you are in singapore, and wishes to join USA GAMES IN WARCRAFT III DOTA (defense of the ancient)

afraid of being check by host’s banlist and appear as Nickname(SG) ? well now you don’t have to be afraid when Hotspot Shield will show your ip address as Nickname(US)/Nickname(CA) depending on what IP address does Hotspot Shield lease to you.

Download Hotspot Shield

November 6, 2008 Posted by | Anime, Games, Movie, Security, Technology, Video, VPN | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Broadband Success

Players for S’pore’s next-generation network must stay the course to reap rewards, says Ernst & Young study

SIGNIFICANT risks – new technology, an untested business and the ongoing financial crisis – await those companies hoping for a piece of Singapore’s next-generation broadband network.

But financial advisory firm Ernst & Young (EY) said players that are nimble, pay attention to changing trends and stay the course will be able to “mitigate: these risks and reap the rewards.

Last week, it released an analysis of the benefits and challenges that come with this new network.

Singapore is building a billion-dollar, next-generation network capable of speed 10 times faster than what broadband can offer today. To ensure that no one party can control priciing or access to this resource, the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has put caps on ownership and management control on the various parties building different parts of the network.

Such ” structural and functional separation”, said Mr Jonathan Dharmapalan, who heads E&Y’s global telcoms centre, is unprecedented “anywhere in the world”. However, it could add to the operational complexities.

Other risk factors include how these relatively new technologies will be used, said Mr Dharmapalan. Also, currently, few services are able to make the most of such unprecedented speeds.

Mr Dharmapalan said it would be a learning process for the firms involved, from those laying the fibre-optic cables, such as SingTel, to those trying to sell retail broadband services to homes or firms.

At this point, it is not clear if more resources will be required than expected, and adoption rates could be lower than forecast.

For those rolling out the infrastructure, one big challenge will be guessing how much bandwidth will be needed for which area – years into the future.

Put in too little and roads might have to be dug up to lay new cables. Put in too much and it could lie there unused. And once the cables are in the ground, there is “no chance of recouping” the costs, said Mr Dharmapalan.

Another wild card: the rate of adoption.

Many firms are overly optimistic when forecasting how fast a new technology will be adopted, said Mr Dharmapalan. This could hurt their business if customers fail to materialise as expected.

With new technology, he noted, there is usually an initial rush of early adopters, followed by a lull – some things many miss. When this happens, firms might “panic”, he said.

His advice: Stay the course.

Mass adoption could take a while, so those pulling the plug too early could miss out on potentially huge payoffs.

However, the ongoing financial cris, which EY has been ” looking at closely”, should not have a big impact on firms keen to get a piece of the network.

October 28, 2008 Posted by | IT News, Technology | | Leave a comment