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Apple Safari Browser for Windows (Discovery)

Apple has released a beta of their Safari browser for Windows. While consider a Mac browser for Windows? According to Apple there are a number of reasons, but this is the one that caught my eye:

Blazing performance. The fastest web browser on any platform, Safari loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2. And it executes JavaScript up to 2.8 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2.

Allow Empty Subject Thunderbird Extension

My wife likes to email me urls, but doesn't like to have to type a subject. The new Thunderbird 2.0 pops up a warning dialog when you leave the subject blank and does not provide a way to turn this warning off. This extension simply disables the empty subject line warning.

Operating System: Thunderbird 2 Extension
Price: Free
Web Site: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/305

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JLC's Internet TV (Discovery)

Jlc's Internet TV has just reached version 1.0 final. It is a freeware program for finding and watching Internet TV channels. The program automatically finds over 1400 Internet TV channels. It has the following major features:

* Watch over 1400 online TV channels for free!
* User friendly interface with inbuilt channel list.
* Channel updater which keeps your list synchronized with the list at World Wide Internet TV
* Program updater automatically keeps your program up to date.
* Powerful search function lets you easily find any channel.

Remote Images in Thunderbird 2

Thunderbird 2 has taken remote image blocking to extremes. They have removed the option to allow remote images to display from the options dialog in an attempt to force users to add every address from which they they want to see images in emails to their address book. The idea of a whitelist is good but it needs to be separate from the address book -- at least I don't want my address book cluttered with lots of addresses I will never use.

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Thunderbird 2 Available Now

The Mozilla folks released Thunderbird 2 last night. I haven't had a chance to play with it as I don't do major program updates on busy days, but it looks very good. All the nice features of Thunderbird 1.5 plus the following new features (from the release notes):

* Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.

MUSHclient -- Excellent MU* Client Now Freeware

While graphic games seem to have taken over the commercial online multi-player gaming market, free-to-play text-based MUDs and their later incarnations (MUSHes, MUCKs, MOOs, etc) -- collectively referred to as MU*s -- still live on, both for roleplaying and for social chatting. I've been an occasional user of social MU*s since I created a character for the then uber-popular LambdaMOO in June of 1994 -- only a few days after I got my first dial-up Internet provider.

FreeGuide -- TV Listings Browser (Discovery)

FreeGuide is a TV guide program listing program. It extracts TV information from web pages and stores them for viewing without the need to connect to the Internet. The viewer allows the user to view television listings and create customized TV guides by selecting programs and by building up a favorites list.

This program works with listings for Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan (Linux only), the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the United States.

FilterFox -- Free Content Filter for Firefox (Discovery)

While nothing can replace parental supervision, a filtering program can help prevent stumbling across content unsuitable for your child. You can pay money for a content filter and often have little control over what it filters -- some commercial filters protect from political and religious sites that upset their corporate leaders as well as from p*rn, for example.

FoxFilter is a free content filter extension for the Firefox browser that you control.

IE Pro -- Ultimate Addon for IE (Discovery)

If you use Internet Explorer 7, but would like some of the many features in popular addons for Firefox (like adblocking, greasemonkey scripting, etc.), give IE Pro a try. It is still in beta, but already adds a lot of features to IE as this feature list from the IE Pro web site demonstrates:

* Easier Tab Management
* AD Blocker
* Super Drag and Drop
* Mouse Gesture
* Save Page to Image
* Proxy Switcher
* Crash Recovery
* Greasymonkey alike User Script

YouTube Downloader [Discovery]

This single function program lets you plug in a youtube video url and it downloads the video to the folder of your choice in an .avi or .mpeg format that can be played in Windows Media Player. No need for a special player.

From the YouTube Downloader web site:

YouTube Downloader is a free tool that downloads videos from youtube and saves it as Avi file to your local computer. Simply paste the URL of a video into the program, press Start, and the AVI or MPEG file will be downloaded into the selected folder.


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