Adobe AIR app for Plurk released

By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] Despite having a name that sounds like baby vomit, Plurk is a Twitter-like micro-blogging service that is gaining more and more fans by the day.   But one of the things really holding it back was the lack of a desktop client.   Twitter has many including my personal favourite, TWhirl, […]

Lock & unlock your computer screen with Lemonscreen

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Maybe I have seen too much of Star Trek and other sci-fi series on television but there is something about being able to lock and unlock something with your face or your voice. It kind of makes your text password pale in comparison when all you have to do is sit down in front of your monitor and your face is all that’s needed to unlock your screen.

That’s precisely what Lemonscreen does. It’s a small program for Windows XP only that scans your face with your webcam, saves the scan in its memory and then uses that face scan to lock and unlock your PC. When you go to set it up, you have to sit in front of your webcam, press the button and let it scan you, making sure that your face is inside the little red square.

Have your Skype calls announced over the speaker

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

I am on a bit of a Skype roll at the moment. My girlfriend is finally starting to see the attraction of it as one of her best friends has moved to the US and so she is on Skype a lot right now chattering away for hours as girlfriends are prone to do (I’m sure a lot of male GAS readers will relate to this). So I am using the situation to persuade her to start moving a majority of our phone calling over to Skype. It really is amazing how much money you can save in the long term by switching to Skype and you can get a normal phone number for non-Skypers to call you on too.

A program which I have been playing around with for the past couple of days is AudioID for Skype. This suits me perfectly because I am a lazy slob at heart. My idea of exercise is lifting a TV remote control or a pizza box so this free piece of software which allows me to pre-screen my Skype calls is a God-send. Now I only have to lift my butt off the bed for people I deem worthy!

Implementing virtualization: Techniques and Tools for Microsoft Windows Conversion

Since a lot of you guys are IT professionals, I thought I would point you to an interesting whitepaper we have on our free magazine portal. Here’s a short summary. Most IT professionals know or suspect that virtualization of computer systems may have an important role in their organization’s evolving infrastructure – though where and […]

Google Browser Sync rises from the dead

By Mark O’Neill Contributing Writer, [GAS] First Google announces that they are consigning their Browser Sync project to the grave and the fans that liked GBS started wailing and gnashing their teeth in despair.   This was good news to Mozilla who are currently developing their own browser sync project called Weave. But now Firefox Facts […]

Firefox Mobile Concept

The following video shows an interesting demo of an experimental user interface for a future mobile version of Firefox. This is well worth the watch for those of you who are anxiously waiting for a good browser to be released on their favorite mobile platform. Yes, yes, I know, the browser on the iPhone already […]