Category: Software

Software

Azureus Client Encryption

A lot of you probably use BitTorrent to download a lot of various types of files. It’s a pretty good system that can theoretically get up to extremely fast transfer rates. The problem is that BitTorrent has gotten too popular for its own good. Many ISPs now throttle BitTorrent traffic to keep it from using up too much bandwidth. Azureus, one of the more popular clients, has the ability to encrypt BitTorren traffic. This will prevent ISPs from throttling traffic because they won’t know what the packets are for.

To use this feature, you’ll need to install the Azureus client, and after the program has loaded click on the “Tools” menu then “Options…”. From there expand the “Connections” options, click on “Transport Encryption” and in the main window check the “Require encrypted transport” box. Leave the “Minimum encryption transport” at stock (RC4) and also check the “Allow non-encrypted outgoing connections if encrypted connection attempts fails” and “Allow non-encrypted incoming connections” boxes so you can connect to non-encrypted traffic too.

Once you’ve made those changes, click the save button and you’re all set! From now on even if your ISP throttles BitTorrent traffic, the encryption will allow your data to run at full speed. =)

Thanks to PCSTATS for this tip.

Software

Sage

Well, I have not posted anything recently so I figured I might as well post about Sage. I know a lot of you out there use Firefox (and if you don’t, you really should). But I also know a lot of you don’t use RSS feeds. Or if you do, you are only using them as live bookmarks. There are a lot of feed readers out there, but I personally like the Firefox extension Sage. It’s extremely easy to use and works pretty well:

All you have to do is add the feeds for each website you like to follow into the Sage Feeds folder in your bookmarks. Pressing Alt + S will open Sage. Then with one click, it will check the feeds for each site and automatically highlight those with updates that you have not read yet. Clicking on a website will show you the most recent posts on the site. It’s a pretty helpful tool if you want to stay updated on multiple sites. You can grab the extension here.

Software Tech

The 25 Worst Tech Products of All Time

PC World has created a list of the top 25 worst tech products of all time. The first one on the list was not a big surprise:

  1. America Online (1989-2006)
  2. RealNetworks RealPlayer (1999)
  3. Syncronys SoftRAM (1995)
  4. Microsoft Windows Millennium (2000)
  5. Sony BMG Music CDs (2005)
  6. Disney The Lion King CD-ROM (1994)
  7. Microsoft Bob (1995)
  8. Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 (2001)
  9. Pressplay and MusicNet 2002
  10. Ashton-Tate dBASE IV (1988)
  11. Priceline Groceries and Gas (2000)
  12. PointCast Network (1996)
  13. IBM PCjr. (1984)
  14. Gateway 2000 10th Anniversary PC (1995)
  15. Iomega Zip Drive (1998)
  16. Comet Systems Comet Cursor (1997)
  17. Apple Macintosh Portable (1989)
  18. IBM Deskstar 75GXP (2000)
  19. OQO Model 1 (2004)
  20. DigitalConvergence CueCat (2000)
  21. Eyetop Wearable DVD Player (2004)
  22. Apple Pippin @World (1996)
  23. Free PCs (1999)
  24. DigiScents iSmell (2001)
  25. Sharp RD3D Notebook (2004)

For detail on why each item made the list, check out the full article here.

Software 1

Media Player 11 Beta

Well this looks like Microsoft’s answer to the iTunes player, and they did a pretty good job. The media player has been completely redesigned. The software is designed to make it easier to scroll through long music libraries. WMP 11 identifies music with photos of album covers. On iTunes, music lists are identified by text only, meaning a user must wade through long blocks of type. So far the software is working great. You can download the beta here.

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Software

Thunderbird 1.5 Released

Thunderbird 1.5

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Simple to use, powerful, and customizable, Thunderbird is a full-featured email application. Thunderbird supports IMAP and POP mail protocols, as well as HTML mail formatting. Easily import your existing email accounts and messages. Built-in RSS capabilities, powerful quick search, spell check as you type, global inbox, deleting attachments and advanced message filtering round out Thunderbird’s modern feature set.

Junk Mail Filters
Each email you receive passes through Thunderbird’s leading-edge junk mail filters. Each time you mark messages as spam, Thunderbird improves its filtering so you can spend more time reading the mail that matters. Thunderbird will also use your mail provider’s spam filters to keep junk mail out of your inbox.

Anti-Phishing Protection
Thunderbird protects you from increasingly common email scams—also known as “phishing”—which try to fool you into handing over your passwords and other personal information. Thunderbird will tell you when it thinks a message might be a scam.

Advanced Security
Thunderbird provides enterprise and government grade security features including S/MIME, digital signing, message encryption, support for certificates and security devices. Attachments are never run without your express permission, protecting you from many worms and viruses.

Automatic Updates
The new Software Update feature makes it easy to get the latest security and feature updates to Thunderbird. Thunderbird automatically downloads these small updates in the background and prompts you when they are ready to be installed.

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Select new button controls for your toolbars, install extensions to add new features, or change the look of your browser with themes—the way Thunderbird looks and works is under your control.