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10 best IE7 add-ons

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1. IESpell

IESpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell-checks text-input boxes on a Web page. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of Web-based text entry (Web mail, forums, blogs, diaries). Note: Apple’s Mac OS X already has a similar tool incorporated in its operation system.

2. IE7 Open Last Closed Tab

This plugin creates a keyboard shortcut “Alt-X” to reopen the last closed tab which is very useful when you accidentally close a tab that you didn’t want to close.

3. Inline Search

Inline Search provides find-as-you-type functionality on the web page you’re currently visiting. A quick keyboard shortcut (Ctrl-F) will bring up a toolbar at the base of your browser window, just like Firefox’s built-in search functionality.
4. StumbleUpon Toolbar

With this toolbar you can discover great websites, videos, pictures and more – all according to your interests.
“Stumbleupon is a brilliant downloadable toolbar that beds into your browser and gives you the chance to surf through thousands of excellent pages that have been stumbled upon by other web-users.”(BBC World)

5. GooglePreviewIE

Do you want to see a preview of a web page before you visit it? The GooglePreviewIE toolbar provides customized search-results pages with thumbnail previews for popular sites like Google, Yahoo and Amazon.

6. Trailfire Toolbar

With Trailfire you can provide a unique method for commentary, web navigation and social discovery. By leaving “marks”, which are essentially electronic notes, on individual Web pages and adding your comments you can guide people and help them discover interesting things.

7. Add Search Providers

With this extension you can add new search engines to IE7’s built-in search field with ease. Check out the Add Search Providers page and choose your preferred service’s pre-built tool or add your own.

8. Mouse Gestures for Internet Explorer

Mouse gestures allow the user to execute commonly performed tasks (open/close a window) by drawing a simple symbol on the screen.

9. Wikipedia Toolbar for IE

Wikipedia Toolbar allows you to search and access Wikipedia content from anywhere on the Web. Wikipedia toolbar is easy to install and guaranteed spy-ware free. You can search Google, dictionary, news, images, stocks and weather information right from your toolbar.

10. Star Downloader Free

Star Downloader is a download manager that accelerates your downloads by splitting the files into several parts and downloading them simultaneously. Download speeds are increased further by choosing the fastest mirror sites.


Written by markusw

February 28, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Where is search heading?

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[By Philipp Lenssen]

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February 28, 2007 at 1:06 pm

ThinkFree to give Google a run for their money

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I have been meaning to cover ThinkFree for quite some time now. Especially in light of the recent Google Apps Launch, which I have covered earlier, it appears to be about time I get around to writing about this.

ThinkFree is a South-Korean start-up that has created an Office clone for online use and made it available online. Today, ThinkFree announced that they have reached 250,000 registered users. These users are primarily made up of small and medium business owners and their staffs, university professors, teachers, entrepreneurs, parents, bloggers and students. These users come from all over the world and its base of loyal users continues to grow strong in an industry where Google’s recent move isn’t new news to many.

Here are some monthly statistics released by ThinkFree:

  • Accounts for 228,000 unique page views
  • Stores over 654,000 files totaling 189 GB of data
  • Accounts for just under 100,000 unique visitors, of which over half stay longer than 10 minutes and roughly one quarter return day after day
  • Shares 2,000 documents
  • Uploads or creates 60,000-80,000 new files

Now, clearly 228,000 users isn’t anything compared to the over 450 million Microsoft Office customers world wide, but it proves that a small start-up can at least succeed in capturing a small slice of the huge office application business.

ThinkFree’s offering include three online applications: ThinkFree Write for word processing, ThinkFree Calc for spreadsheet management and ThinkFree Show for creating presentations. It offers 1GB of free storage as part of its service and the company has stressed many times its excellent compatibility with MS.


Clearly, all the hype about Google is very typical for anything Google does these days, but I think it is important to note that the “battle” for Office application market share will continue to be dominated by Microsoft. Also other players like ThinkFree will probably create a greater headache for Google Apps than anybody else.

Written by markusw

February 26, 2007 at 11:35 pm

Gates and Jobs to make history

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Bill Gates and Steve Jobs will, for the first time ever, appear onstage together for an unrehearsed conversation. As part of the fifth annual D conference (D5) to be held in May in San Diego. D is an all-executive technology and new media conference held by the Wall Street Journal. The conference is produced by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher who are both technology writers for the WSJ.

Interesting fact about the conference: It features all interviews, and doesn’t have scripted speeches that are common for most conferences.

Both Gates and Jobs have attended the conference in the past, but this will be first time they will appear together at D, a fairly rare occurrence. Steve Jobs will also be appearing in an individual session to discuss new Apple projects, while Steve Ballmer will be discussing Microsoft’s current ventures.

Also attending D5 are George Lucas, Steve and Chad from YouTube, AOL co-founder Steve Case, and Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google (speaking of Eric Schmidt, check out my post on his business-card typo here.)

Written by markusw

February 26, 2007 at 3:34 pm

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A troubling typo on Eric Schmidt’s Business-card

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The Browser (CNN.MONEY.com off-shot) has just published the following article – I thought it would be worth sharing with you, especially since both CNN and The Browser have confirmed the authenticity of the Business-card. So, here it goes:


The typo on Schmidt’s business card is perplexing. This is a $144-billion company, world headquarters for information management, and yet there, in just 21 words, is a typo. Strange. “Amphitheatre” and “Committee,” two spelling bee candidates, are written correctly, but “Chairman” is not. The card says “Chariman.”

A few possible explanations:

  • It’s rumored Google has been working on a form of communication, called “Googlish,” to replace all the world’s languages. It has its own grammar, vocabulary, and spelling rules, such as “I before R except after A.” That’s why “Chairman” appears as “Chairman“ (whoops, thanks, dear reader) “Chariman”.
  • The name “Google” actually comes from “googol,” misspelled. So intentional misspellings are part of Google’s culture.
  • Some religions believe only God, and not man, creates perfection. Persian rugs are deliberately flawed so as not to offend God; typos in Google business cards are there for the same reason.
  • An upside down U.S. flag is a distress signal. Similarly, a business card with two letters reversed is code of “Help, I’m in trouble.” Eric Schmidt may be trying to tell us something.
  • Google uses challenging math problems such as “first 10-digit prime found in consecutive digits of e” to lure bright new potential employees. The typo on Schmidt’s business card is that kind of test: spot it, solve it, get a job.
  • Googling “Chariman” produces 238,000 responses. “Chariman” is a title appearing with some frequency in organizations; a Mr. Fravel is Chariman of the NTRA Board of Directors, and the Chariman of Hyundai was recently indicted for embezzlement. The bosses of two major league baseball teams (the Mets and Cardinals) show the title of “Chariman.” Maybe Schmidt actually is Chariman of Google.
  • Or, paraphrasing Sigmund Freud, “Sometimes a typo is only a typo.”–MK

    Written by markusw

    February 26, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Microsoft eLearning classes for Vista and Office 2007

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    For a limited time, Microsoft is offering “Microsoft eLearning Courses” completely free. That’s thousands of dollars worth of classes free to anybody who signs up at Microsoft eLearning (here.) This is such an exceptionally great find, I had to share it with you on my blog.
    Down below is a list of the various courses being offered. I highly suggest you take advantage of this great offering, especially if you are having trouble with the new user interface in Vista and Office 2007.

    Office 2007:

    Course 4697: Introduction to the New Microsoft Office User Interface
    Course 4622: What’s New in Microsoft Office Access 2007
    Course 4623: What’s New in Microsoft Office Excel 2007
    Course 4624: What’s New in Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007
    Course 4625: What’s New in Microsoft Office OneNote 2007
    Course 4626: What’s New in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
    Course 4627: What’s New in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
    Course 4628: What’s New in Microsoft Office Word 2007
    Course 4629: What’s New in Microsoft Office Visio 2007
    Course 4698: What’s New in Microsoft Office Groove 2007

    Windows Vista:

    Course 3392: Working with Windows Vista™
    Course 3404 – What’s New in Windows Vista™

    Office Communications Server 2007:

    Clinic 5126: Introducing Enterprise Instant Messaging Using Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007 (Beta)
    Clinic 5127: Introducing On-Premise Conferencing Using Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007
    Clinic 5128: Introducing Enterprise Telephony Using Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007
    Clinic 5129: Customizing Real-Time Communication with Microsoft® Office Communications Server 2007

    Windows Security Training:

    Clinic 2801: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training I
    Clinic 2802: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training II
    Clinic 2803: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training III
    Clinic 2804: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training IV
    Clinic 2808: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training V
    Clinic 2855: Managing Security Enhancements in Windows Server™ 2003 Service Pack 1
    Clinic 2806: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training for Developers
    Clinic 2807: Microsoft® Security Guidance Training for Developers II

    Written by markusw

    February 26, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Google – re-branding?

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    Companies such as Nike and Apple have all re-branded their logos in our “recent” history, now, is Google next?


    Nike and Apple both turned towards “single” logos, slogans, or letters to signify their company worldwide and by doing so have been able to create incredible brand equity – associated with a very simplistic logo.

    Google, until now has used “Google.com” as its primary logo. This morning, however, there has been a change in how Google portrays itself in its Adsense advertisments.


    If you look at the red-boxed area at the top of the screen shot you will realize that it says: Ads by ‘G’


    So, it looks like Google too might be re-branding its logo to the simplistic “G.” Google already has a brand recognition around the world that far exceeds that of many older and more established multi-national Corporations. I am sure Google will release an official news release some time soon.

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    February 26, 2007 at 1:42 pm