Sticky Notes Online Goes On iPhone Getting Your Notes Sync’d Across the Platform

imageWe previously covered  a Gadget-based notes taking app called Sticky Notes Online as an alternative to the native Sticky Notes in Windows 7. If you haven’t tried it yet, you may want to consider giving it a ride now especially when you also carry an iPhone with you at all time, because this app now […]

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We previously covered  a Gadget-based notes taking app called Sticky Notes Online as an alternative to the native Sticky Notes in Windows 7. If you haven’t tried it yet, you may want to consider giving it a ride now especially when you also carry an iPhone with you at all time, because this app now has an iPhone version app released on App Store that extends your ability of notes taking to almost anywhere.

Basically, Sticky Notes Online runs as a Gadget on your desktop. Any notes you take on the app will be saved on the server automatically, if you are a registered user. With the data saved online, that makes you literally can access your notes anywhere you want as long as you can access a computer that connects to the internet. Now with the iPhone app working together, it makes things even better. You can have a digital notes in your pocket ready for you jotting down the notes or ideas whenever you can.

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Both desktop version of Sticky Notes Online and registration are free. However, the iPhone app does cost you a cup of coffee to get it on your phone. But, hey, if you find it’s useful, paying a cup of coffee for something that saves you time is totally worth it, isn’t it?

Sticky Notes Online on iPhone (iTunes Link)

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Secure Way To Erase Your Windows 7 Hard Drive

DBANIf you ever think simply format your Hard Drive will erase all the data on your Hard Drive, Sorry you are wrong. The way data store on the Hard Drive is not like a pencil writing words on a paper and erase the words after. The data that you have stored on the hard drive […]

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If you ever think simply format your Hard Drive will erase all the data on your Hard Drive, Sorry you are wrong.

The way data store on the Hard Drive is not like a pencil writing words on a paper and erase the words after. The data that you have stored on the hard drive will not be permanently erased unless there is new data over write on the part that originally contains data on it. Even you do over write some part of the block, you can never guarantee it covered every part of the block, sector on your hard drive. And simply empty the Recycle Bin will not help either. This is how data recovery software worked, it tries to read from the bits that OS think it’s free but haven’t over written yet.

So if you want to disposal or resell your hard drive or computer you might want to consider to securely wipe data on your hard drive before you do anything else.

DBAN

DBAN (Darik’s Boot and Nuke) is a Linux based bootable utility to permanently remove the data on your hard drive. You can choose how many “pass” you want to run on the hard drive to destroy data. The higher the number of “passes” usually is more secure but at the same time it takes longer to complete as well. The duration also depends on the size of the hard drive as well.

You need to download the ISO file and burn it to your DVD/CD or bootable USB stick.

Download the latest DBAN here

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New IE9 Offers Geolocation, Privacy Controls and More Speed

Microsoft has released the first release candidate for its coming Internet Explorer 9 web browser. IE9 is a major overhaul, bringing much needed speed improvements, better support for web standards, privacy controls and tighter integration with Windows 7.
Overall IE9 RC1 is a huge leap forward for Microsoft, embracing web standards and speeding up the browser. […]

Microsoft has released the first release candidate for its coming Internet Explorer 9 web browser. IE9 is a major overhaul, bringing much needed speed improvements, better support for web standards, privacy controls and tighter integration with Windows 7.

Overall IE9 RC1 is a huge leap forward for Microsoft, embracing web standards and speeding up the browser. When IE9 is released web developers will finally be able to stop using CSS hacks and start using HTML5 with more confidence. Of course IE8 and IE7 will still be with us for some time to come, but things are looking up.

Curious developers running Windows can download the release candidate from Microsoft. This version of IE9 expands support for semantic HTML5 elements (like <nav>, <section> and <article>), adds more CSS 3 properties and introduces support for the geolocation API.

The additional geolocation support rounds out Internet Explorer’s new HTML5 features. While IE9’s competitors have implemented some of the more experimental APIs (like Web Workers and offline cacheing), IE9 does close the feature gap considerably and is leaps and bounds beyond where IE8 left off.

When it comes to CSS 3 the new IE offers nearly full support, though it still doesn’t understand text-shadow (which is actually been around since CSS 2.1) or the new CSS 3 multi-column text layout tools. On the bright side, IE9 does render border-radius, 2D transforms and new CSS 3 selectors like :first-of-type. For a full rundown of IE9’s HTML5 and CSS 3 features, see our earlier coverage. Also, be sure to head over to the IE9 Test Drive website for some demos that show off IE9’s new standards support.

IE9’s CSS 3 support handles border-radius rules

The new IE9 release candidate adds some privacy controls similar to those Mozilla and Google have been adding to their browsers. IE9 will support the Do Not Track HTTP header [Update: Microsoft says that IE9 does not support an HTTP header at the moment, but does offer Tracking Protection Lists which can block cookies, beacons, pixels and more]. IE9 also supports cookie-based blacklists to stop advertisers from tracking your movements around the web.

If you’ve been using the beta releases of IE9, you’ll notice several changes to the look of IE9, including the ability to put tabs back in their own row, rather than next to the address bar, which is the default setting. To give your tabs a bit more breathing room, just right click on the tab bar and select the “Show tabs on a separate row” option.

Top: the default tab arrangement; Bottom: tabs in their own row

This release also adds a new security feature which allows you to turn off ActiveX for all sites and then re-enable it on a site by site basis. ActiveX, a Windows-only “enhancement” that allows webpages to install code on your PC, has long been an excellent way to load up your Windows machine with viruses and other malware. The new controls mean you can turn off ActiveX entirely and avoid malicious code being installed.

Microsoft is also touting IE9’s hardware acceleration improvements in this release. According the IEblog, the release candidate is 35 percent faster than the previous IE9 beta. Indeed, in our informal testing IE held its own with Firefox 4 and Chrome 11. Pitted against stable releases like Firefox 3.6 or Chrome 9, IE9 fares even better.

Microsoft has not yet set an official release date for IE9, though the company’s web-centric MIX conference, which starts April 12, has historically been host to major IE announcements.

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Update Your Flash Player To 10.2 Enable Dual Monitor Full Screen View Natively Without Hacking

adobe_flash_10.2Adobe has just released a new update to its Flash Player to 10.2. The biggest feature that brings with this update is the native support for viewing flash video on a Dual Monitor Full Screen while working on a separate monitor. If you have a dual monitor setup this is a great news. Go ahead […]

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Adobe has just released a new update to its Flash Player to 10.2. The biggest feature that brings with this update is the native support for viewing flash video on a Dual Monitor Full Screen while working on a separate monitor. If you have a dual monitor setup this is a great news. Go ahead and update your Flash player to the latest version.

For browsers except Chrome go to here to update your flash player, for Chrome all you need to do is go to check the “About Chrome” option and Chrome will automatically find a new released version and install it.

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Now you can enjoy watching a Youtube or other flash video player full screen on a separate monitor while working on your other monitor. This has been a long time requested feature to bring Full Screen Flash on Dual monitor, prior to this release you can enable this feature by hacking the hex value for one of the DLL file. NOT anymore, big Thanks to Adobe to finally add this feature to the flash player.

Apart from this exciting feature, there are also performance enhancement on hardware accelerations to IE9 and other improvements. For the full details go see the Adobe Release Notes.

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New Flash Player 10.2 is Faster, Lighter on the CPU

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, an update that focuses primarily on speed and performance improvements. New in Flash 10.2 is something Adobe calls “Stage Video hardware acceleration,” which the company claims will “decrease processor usage and enable higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.”
The Stage Video hardware acceleration […]

Adobe has released Flash Player 10.2, an update that focuses primarily on speed and performance improvements. New in Flash 10.2 is something Adobe calls “Stage Video hardware acceleration,” which the company claims will “decrease processor usage and enable higher frame rates, reduced memory usage, and greater pixel fidelity and quality.”

The Stage Video hardware acceleration means that Flash Player 10.2 can leverage your graphics card for not just H.264 hardware decoding (which works in Flash Player 10.1) but also color conversion, scaling, and blitting.

To try out the new Flash Player 10.2 beta, head over to the Adobe download page. If you’re using Google Chrome, which bundles Flash Player with the browser, look for an update to arrive in the near future.

The Flash Player 10.2 beta gave us mixed results when it came to speed and the final release is no different. Windows users will see the biggest speed bump, particularly with 1080p video that has been optimized with the Stage Video hardware acceleration. Mac users will need to be on OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in order for Stage Video to take advantage of hardware acceleration.

For the beta I ran some test on the Mac platform (using Firefox and Chromium) using several 1080p videos on YouTube. The beta put CPU usage down to the 18-22 percent range, but the final release tops that, rarely climbing over 12 percent CPU use. On Windows (again in Firefox and Chromium) the story is even better, with the numbers hovering in the low single digits.

That’s good news for watching Hd video online, but it also means less drain on your laptop’s batteries, one of the main complaints leveled at Flash Player. Keep in mind though that in order to take advantage of the new Stage Video tools, sites like YouTube and Vimeo will need to alter their video players. So, it may be some time before the full benefit of Stage Video’s improvements makes it to your day-to-day web browsing.

Other new features in Flash Player 10.2 include support for fullscreen mode with dual monitors — meaning that you can have a movie on one screen and keep working on another — and some sub-pixel text rendering improvements which should make Flash text more readable.

As for Flash Mobile, where the benefits of lower CPU usage and less battery drain are even more welcome, Adobe says to “hang tight.” Adobe plans to talk about new versions of Flash Player for Mobile at the Mobile World Congress next week.

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