Firefox Security Update v1.5.0.4

A security update was issued for Firefox earlier this month, and I’m sorry for forgetting to post about it when it was released. This release, version, includes several security fixes and is recommended for all users. The release notes are available here. Read the Favored Freeware entry for Firefox here.

Blogroll Dive: 6/19/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Michael found some story boards and concept art from Superman Lives, a failed attempt to produce a fifth Superman movie during the 1990s.
  • Khaled reviewed Blink.
  • Jim released his second WordPress theme.
  • Sarah discussed the importance of practicing.
  • Angsuman would like to hear your feedback on the in-progress redesign of the Taragana blog network.
  • And, Tom noticed a trend in which several prominent internet personalities are leaving their well-established jobs to create or work for new web-based services.

Favored Freeware: Pianochords

Pianochords [is a Dashboard widget which] shows and plays all the musical chords you can think of. Just press a key on the keyboard to set the root of the chord and click the display to select the derived chord. It’s as simple as that!

Pros: Pianochords is an excellent tool for those of you who are studying and/or practicing music theory, music composition, or general music.

Cons: None significant.

Categorized as Freeware

Blogroll Dive: 6/12/06

Here are the highlights from today’s Blogroll dive:

  • Owen ruminated on Net Neutrality.
  • Jim released his first WordPress theme.
  • Michael released Bad Behavior v2.0b1.
  • Angsuman reported on the launch of Google Spreadsheets.
  • Khaled reviewed X-Men 3: The Last Stand.
  • Mark discussed the necessity of upgrading to WordPress v2.0.3.
  • And, Tom announced the success of the IT@Cork Web 2.0 half-day conference.

Favored Freeware: Ubuntu

Ubuntu offers you a complete Linux-based operating system, including all the major applications you need to play and work. With a strong focus on a desktop that “Just Works”, Ubuntu is a great choice for home or the office. The base system and all included software is free, and support is available from the community or by professional support providers.

Pros: Ubuntu is a powerful and free operating system. The default installation process is incredibly user-friendly and includes almost every application that you would ever need to get started in the world of Linux, an easy-to-use installer for additional applications, and an easy-to-use software update engine. Ubuntu is a cross-platform operating system for PowerPC Macs, Intel x86 PCs, and AMD64 PCs.

Cons: Ubuntu does not support AirPort Extreme cards at this time. The blame for this lies entirely with Broadcom, as they have refused to provide native Linux drivers and specifications for the chipset that powers the AirPort Extreme cards.

Note: The default desktop environment for Ubuntu is GNOME. If you prefer KDE over GNOME, try Kubuntu.
Categorized as Freeware