Archive for the ‘Free’ Category

Easy TV To Resume Free TV Listings For Myth TV Users

July 14, 2007

“Zap2it users can breathe a little easier, but probably shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet. It looks like there is a solution in the works for the continuation of its free TV listings service, although details are still somewhat sketchy.
Easy TV Data was created in response to Zap2it Labs announcement that they would be discontinuing their free TV listings XML based service effective September 1, 2007, due to abuse of the service. Although, tight on the details, it looks like Easy TV is in negotiations with Zap2It Labs to transition the service so it can continue, hopefully without interruption.”


Free Games For ATI Owners

July 3, 2007

” Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, announced plans to deliver free games to all owners of ATI Radeon™ graphics cards via Steam, a leading online platform for the distribution and management of digital content.Effective immediately, all owners of ATI Radeon graphics cards may receive a free copy of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch via Steam at: Steam will automatically confirm the presence of ATI Radeon™ hardware and then enable immediate access to full versions of the games free of charge.

For added convenience to new purchasers of ATI Radeon™ products, Steam will be included in all ATI Catalyst™ Software and Driver packages through early 2008.

Customers who purchase the new ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 XT will also receive, upon release via Steam, the highly anticipated trio of new games coming from Valve: Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Some conditions apply. Customers will be required to download and install the Steam software, and will require an Internet connection.

Learn more about STEAM®


AT&T Offers Some Customers Free Wi-Fi

July 3, 2007

“Subscribers who get the company’s Pro, Elite and FastAccess can use any of the company’s 10,000 hotspots located in airports, coffee shops, McDonald’s restaurants and Barnes & Noble bookstores for free. Those with lower tier services can add unlimited Wi-Fi access for $1.99 per”

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Ubuntu From Dell – Home Only?

June 21, 2007

“According to a user on the Ubuntu Forums, it takes some creative lying to get your business a Linux box, and even then you won’t be able to put it on that corporate gold card in your pocket, “First, I talked to a small business representative, who informed me that I could not order one of the Ubuntu-based computers through the small business department. I had to go through the “home and home office” department.”


VideoLAN Security Advisory

June 18, 2007

If you use VideoLAN’s VLC Media Player (and who doesn’t?) you should probably upgrade to the latest version.  Here’s the info from their site:


VLC media player versions 0.8.6b and lower suffer from a security vulnerability in the CDDA, Vorbis, Theora and SAP plugins. More technical details are available in our advisory.
An updated release of VLC is available which includes a few other fixes as well. The full list of changes can be found here.
We strongly recommend all users to update to this new version.”


Linux Community Looks Past Microsoft

June 16, 2007

“A cross section of the Linux community signaled last week that it’s time to get back to work on the open source operating system and move past Microsoft’s patent deals and claims of infringement. Lawyers can quibble, but it’s up to the community to expand the system’s capabilities and maintain its momentum. The occasion was the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit, an event organized by the Linux Foundation, a San Francisco-based group that includes Advanced Micro Devices, Bank of America, EMC, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, and Novell. It was staged on Google’s Mountain View, Calif., campus for 200 open source developers, users, and software vendors. The get-together included speeches, panel discussions, and a question-and-answer session with six Linux kernel developers.

Dan Frye, IBM’s VP of open systems development, said IBM-sponsored developers are focused on advancing Linux as a real-time operating system, especially for defense and financial services customers. Linux vendor Red Hat and IBM said in March that they were working together on such a version. Novell’s SUSE Linux has been available in a real-time version since October. Smaller vendors MontaVista and Concurrent also offer real-time Linux distributions.”


Microsoft & Linspire Getting Friendly

June 14, 2007

“Looks like there’s a danger of some of the open-source software world and Microsoft breaking out into a huge big love in. Linspire, which started life as Lindows in an effort to antagonise Microsoft, has announced an agreement with the Redmond giant to co-operate in a number of areas.”

” It’s most worth of note that these new features only come with Linspire, the pay for product and not Freespire, which is available for free download. It’s not clear who specified this, but the benefits to Lindows is clear – income – and to Microsoft, they’re not making a free Linux product better, thus pushing people towards thinking that operating systems must be paid for. Free OSs terrify Microsoft.”


DivX Pro, Free For A Limited Time

June 7, 2007


Dell, What Gives With Your New Ubuntu PCs?

June 7, 2007

I’ve got to say I’m quite disappointed in what I’ve been reading from the reviews (Inspiron E1505 N, XPS 410 N) out there. It appears that Dell’s new Ubuntu PCs are nothing more than pre-built desktops and laptops with no operating system in place. What’s more, the only thing owners get in the box to get them on their way is an Ubuntu Install CD with a Dell EULA agreement (screenshot) added at the start. That’s pathetic!!! How’s that for a first time user experience (especially for those with no Linux experience)?”


New AllPeers v0.60 Bundled With Firefox

June 6, 2007

“Adds new features, makes it easier to add friends and family to share files with, and combines Firefox web browser and the AllPeers add-on in a single download.

With previous versions of AllPeers it was somewhat difficult to try and get new friends and family connected to to your AllPeers file and data sharing network but, with the latest v0.60 release it has been bundled with Firefox to make it even easier to get others connected.

Instead of having to guide them through a new browser and plugin installation, it’s now been simplified to a one-step download operation. New users can now simultaneously switch to the more secure browser while gaining the ability to join a private file-sharing network with AllPeers.

They’ve also included a new feature that allows you to import your contacts from some of the more popular e-mail programs and sites like Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo so you don’t have to enter all of them by hand.”