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eMule 0.49c released announced that 0.49c is released on Feb. 22, 2009.
New features shown as below:
* Ability to share and unshare single files instead of directories only and also support of Drag&Drop to do so easily
* Support of new security features on Windows Vista (and partially also XP) to further harden eMule against any possible exploits
* Automatic recovery of corrupt part.met files by using the backupfiles
* Kad improvements like automatic search-keyword rearranging (allowing searches like ‘an eMule’ and also helping to reduce load on busy nodes), avoiding fragmented UDP packets (making it more compatible to zealous firewalls) and other changes
* Improving UPnP by refreshing the mappings as well as adding Webinterface support
* And as always fixing bugs and adding other small changes

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Free Canadian personal income tax preparation software

I used Free Tax Software last year. Filed my tax return only through this software.
I recommend it again this year.
It is NETFILE certified already for 2008 Tax.
I downloaded it and installed on my desktop. Because I have the 2007 tax return file with Studiotax. I just import 2007 file into it and no need to re-enter the personal information.
Just double check the information and enter my 2008 data.
Now I am waiting my T4 from the company and T5 from bank, HSBC.

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phplist released 2.10.7

We know php is very powerful web script language.
Now I would like to introduce the mailing management program, phplist.
It is an open-source newsletter manager. phplist is free to download, install and use, and is easy to integrate with any website.
Open Souce? Yes, I like it. Free to download and use it in your website.
There are ton’s of features. Let’s see the highlight some.
* double opt-in subscription mechanism
* scheduling
* list segmentation
* click-tracking
* attachments
* bounce management
Click here to download it.
Any question about installation and others, go to support page.

Free your memory with Ram Idle LE

RAM Idle LE is a smart memory management program that will keep your computer running more efficiently, faster, and longer. The program’s intelligently manages the free RAM that is available to Windows, and prevents your computer from running progressively slower over time.
It works on Windows 98/Me/2000/XP.
The following screen shot is taken on Windows 2000.


Please be advised that Ram Idle LE is a freeware. No cost on your pocket.
Update: 2013.08.29. It is not available on its official site.

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Tux Paint

I would like to introduce this Free Paint program. Tux Paint.
My daughter, Grace, loves it. She still remember that she played it one year ago when I use Edubuntu.
Actually, I installed it in Windows XP yesterday.
Yes, this program is Open Source and can run on a variety of platforms, including all versions of Windows (including Tablet PC), Mac OS X 10.3 and up, Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD. It works well on older, slower systems, as well as thin-clients such as LTSP, Citrix® and Windows Terminal Services. It even runs on some handheld computers!
Let’s see a screenshot.

Look, kids will like it. This drawing program for children ages 3 to 12 (for example, preschool and K-6 in the US, key stages 1 & 2 in the UK). It combines an easy-to-use interface, fun sound effects, and an encouraging cartoon mascot who guides children as they use the program.
If you have a kid in this age range, just click here to download and install it.
I promise your child will say thank you to me.

Watch TV online – TVU

Just know this site and service and software, TVU networks

You don’t need to sign up. Just download the client software and launch it.

There are hundreds channels can be watched through it.

Of course you need the high speed Internet to keep TV video smoothly.
A typical TVU channel has a bandwidth of 280-400; channels with bandwidth under than will usually be of lower quality. Channels with a bandwidth of 400-550 will be high-quality. Channels with bandwidth over 550 can work well, but only if the broadcaster and the viewers have very high-speed Internet connections.

I watch ROC President Ma’s speech live yesterday. Good video quality of TVBS-N.

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A Free All-in-one IM: Pidgin

We use IM very often in the office and home.
You may install a lot of IM client software like me. Including MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, etc. If you has Chinese friends, you might have QQ either.
I hate that they use different Protocol, and they can not communicate with others. Do we have a Universal tool to have them in one client application?
The answer is YES.
Pidgin is what I would like to introduce to you.

What is Pidgin?
Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client that allows you to use all of your IM accounts at once.

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Firefox updated to

Firefox just released its v2.0.0.5 version.
If you are not reminded to upgrade, you can click Help >> Check for Updates to find the new update.
After update, my Alexa plugin has also updated to 1.1.
Firefox fixed following bugs in this release.
MFSA 2007-25 XPCNativeWrapper pollution
MFSA 2007-24 Unauthorized access to wyciwyg:// documents
MFSA 2007-23 Remote code execution by launching Firefox from Internet Explorer
MFSA 2007-22 File type confusion due to %00 in name
MFSA 2007-21 Privilege escalation using an event handler attached to an element not in the document
MFSA 2007-20 Frame spoofing while window is loading
MFSA 2007-19 XSS using addEventListener and setTimeout
MFSA 2007-18 Crashes with evidence of memory corruption

Free Text to Speech software : NaturalReader

Sometimes I need a program to read a document, or help to tell me the pronouncation of an English word. If you read my post often, you must know English is not my comfort zone.

There are lots of Text to Speech softwares. Today I want to introduce a free software.

NaturalReader Free Version.

Yes, NaturalReader has three versions. Including free version, Professional Basic Pack at $39.5, and Enterprise Value Pack at $99.5.

For the home user, NaturalReader Free version is enough.

Here are full Common Functions:

Read Text files
o Text files
o MS Word files
o MS Internet Explorer webpages
o Adobe PDF files
o Emails

Read settings/adjustments
o Speed
o Voice (male/female)
o Quality
o Volume

The problem is the default Free version has only Microsoft Mary voice. No actually natural voice included. It read text like a Robot.

The solution is go to Internet and find the natural Voice Package.
I use a P2P tool, Emule, to search “Text to Speech” and get a lot of results.
Say, Text-To-Speech.English.Paul.rar Link: ed2k://|file|Text-To-Speech.English.Paul.rar|234646887|7ADA791554A32648BD10962622A51AD4|/
NeoSpeech.Text-To-Speech.16K.Kate.rar Link: ed2k://|file|[NeoSpeech%E8%AF%AD%E9%9F%B3%E5%90%88%E6%88%90%E8%8B%B1%E8%AF%AD%E3%80%81%E4%B8%AD%E6%96%87%E6%9C%97%E8%AF%BB%E5%BC%95%E6%93%8E].NeoSpeech.Text-To-Speech.16K.Kate.rar|235151367|F2146DCC8D46F699CA22397F86FBD08D|/

They all have good voice.
After install these two voice packages, NaturalReader can easily recognize them.

I like NaturalReader’s following functions:
1) Read regular text file in it.
2) Read the select text in Firefox or IE.
3) Convert text to MP3 directly.

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