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May 10th, 2012
The Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud will go on sale this week as the technology and creative communities begin discussing the new products. Through platforms such as Usenet, consumers are awaiting reviews from other users as they post their own, sparking a discussion of the new products not foreign to the newsgroups. Usenet has traditionally been an excellent forum for discussing new computer and technology products.
Adobe Creative Suite 6
The new Adobe CS6 features upgrades to several popular products including Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Flash Professional, Audition, and Fireworks. Bridge and Encore—companion apps—also got an upgrade, and the CS6 package also features a couple of newcomers in Prelude and SpeedGrade.
One package, Design Standard, includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro for graphic designers; it comes with a price tag of $1,299 and upgrades of $299. Design and Web Premium, designed for print and web designers, includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro; it costs $1,899 with upgrades at $399. The Production Premium package, which is designed for videographers, includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, and Photoshop Extended; it costs $1,899 and upgrades are at $399. Each software product is also sold individually. A Master Collection includes all but the standard Photoshop, and runs $2,599; Flash Builder 4 is only available with the Master Collection.
The Creative Cloud includes all of the CS6 software packages, and allows for the delivery of the content creation tools, syncing and storing to or from the cloud, publishing websites, apps, and other publications, and updates for software packages. It will be available for a monthly fee of $50/month for the annual membership, or $75/month for a month-to-month membership. A promotional offer of $30/month is available for customers using CS3/4/5/5.5 packages.
The cloud subscription comes with certain unique products, too. The HTML 5 animation program, Edge Preview; the website development software, Muse 1.0; the content management system to work with Muse, Business Catalyst; a Web font tool, TypeKit; and Adobe Creative Cloud Connection, which allows syncing and storage of files with 20GB of space to create websites are all included. The Touch suite of apps are also included.
February 8th, 2012
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October 25th, 2011
Windows XP officially turned 10 years old on USENET newsgroups on Tuesday. Microsoft introduced the software back in 2001, following development under the code name Whistler. It featured numerous enhancements compared to its most immediate predecessor, Windows 2000. XP introduced a streamlined, task-based user interface that allowed advanced users like USENET newsgroup subscribers to more quickly find their go-to applications and files through the Start Menu or lockable Taskbar.
Windows XP didn’t boast exciting new features or radical changes, but it was nonetheless a pivotal moment in Microsoft’s history. It was Microsoft‘s first mass-market operating system in the Windows NT family. It was also Microsoft’s first consumer operating system that offered true protected memory, preemptive multitasking, multiprocessor support, and multiuser security.
When it launched, Windows XP was brilliant. It looked cool and modern compared to Windows 95, 98 and – yikes! – Windows Me, and it introduced a whole bunch of important improvements.
Windows Explorer was overhauled, the system was made much more reliable, driver support was massively improved, ClearType improved legibility for incoming LCD displays, the networking was beefed up, security was tightened, the graphics system was improved… upgrading to XP especially for USENET newsgroup subscribers was a big deal.
By 2006, XP had reached a milestone of 400 million active copies, according to an IDC analyst. The successor Windows Vista was launched in January of 2006, but enthusiasts as well as the notebook segment held on to XP and widely rejected Vista. Microsoft announced the discontinuance of Windows XP several times, but delayed the end of retail sales until June 30, 2008. OEM distribution of XP ended on October 22, 2010. Extended support for XP users is still available until April 8, 2014.
Even if it is a decade old, Windows XP is far from being dead. Industry discussion groups on USENET suggests that Windows XP lost its OS market share leadership position to Windows 7 this month. Windows 7 has 40.41 percent of the market, while XP has fallen to 38.51 percent. This is still far more than Vista ever reached; Vista peaked at 23.60 percent in October of 2009. The new and revised Windows 8 is due out sometime early next year.
October 11th, 2011
The Federal Communications Commission plans to bring access to broadband service to Americans currently unable to take advantage of the service. The plan is to adapt the Universal Service Fund to allow the FCC to bring broadband to those who do not have access.
The fund is a 14-year-old government fund worth about $8 billion that helps to bring telecom services to low income and rural areas. The new plan would transfer some of that money dedicated to phone services to a broadband fund. The idea is that by making broadband access more readily available in these areas it will help the country keep pace with the growing technological market.
“If we want the United States to be the world’s leading market for innovative new products and services that drive economic growth, job creation and opportunity, we need to embrace the essential goal of universal broadband, and reform outdated programs so that we are investing in 21st century communications infrastructure all over the country,” said FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.
The FCC will vote on the new plan at the end of October. It would help to bring broadband access to hundreds of thousands of homes in 2012, and would help to cut in half the number of Americans that are currently unable to access broadband internet over the next five years. The goal is to achieve universal broadband access within the next ten years.
With greater broadband access, business in the area would be better connected, which could allow for business growth in those areas. The FCC also points out the job creation that could take place in the construction industry from building the new infrastructure in the areas.
Usenet, an active community of sharing, debate and discussion of varying topics, could see an increase in its community as more people have access to high-speed internet. Premium providers such as NewsDemon typically allow users connection speeds as high as is allowable by their internet provider. With higher speeds, files download faster and activity could increase in those areas.
Usenet has been around since before the Internet and continues to benefit from the new technologies and greater internet access around the world.
September 11th, 2011
Michael Hart, who invented the eBook in 1971, passed away on Tuesday, September 6 at the age of 64. You’ve probably heard of Amazon’s Kindle, or Apple’s iPad. Those products got their idea from Hart’s idea, which he hoped would lead to free books, which would eventually lead to greater literacy. With greater literacy comes greater opportunity for a larger number of people, a long tradition that USENET newsgroup subscriber community have long promoted.
Hart was the founder of Project Gutenberg, which makes available thousands of free texts including classics such as Moby Dick and Jane Eyre, as well as the Declaration of Independence, released an obituary for Hart. Part of its obituary read:
“The invention of t eBooks was not simply a technology innovation or precursor to the modern information environment. A more correct understanding is that eBooks are an efficient and effective way of unlimited free distribution of literature. Access to eBooks can thus provide opportunity for increased literacy. Literacy, and the ideas contained in literature, creates opportunity.
Today, of course, products such as the Kindle and iPad charge plenty for the actual product, and then charge for most digitally delivered books as well. Sometimes, prices of digital books run parallel to their printed counterparts, or more in some cases. Hart digitized and distributed the Declaration of Independence in 1971 after he found a free printed copy of the document at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was more interested in making literature and important text available free of commercial complications than turning the eBook into a cash cow. Today Project Gutenberg offers more than 36,000 free eBooks.
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September 2nd, 2011
According to reports on Microsoft related newsgroups, Windows Explorer in Windows 8, will utilize the Ribbons interface currently used in Microsoft Office 2007 and beyond. The decision has been met with hostility from many power users and tech savvy individuals, but Microsoft has indicated that after evaluation and analysis, they decided that the ribbon interface was the best way to go.
According to a post on the General Microsoft Newsgroup “We evaluated several different UI [user interface] command affordances including expanded versions of the Vista/Windows 7 command bar, Windows 95/Windows XP style toolbars and menus, several entirely new UI approaches, and the Office style ribbon,” Microsoft’s Alex Simons explained. ”Of these, the ribbon approach offered benefits in line with our goals.”
The ribbon display was used with Microsoft Office 2007 to replace the traditionally-used drop-down menus. The idea is that it allows certain functions that may otherwise be hidden to be easily accessible to the user.
Critics complain that the ribbon interface takes up too much real estate, especially when using a notebook or other mobile computing devices. However, Simons cited data that Microsoft obtained from millions of users that indicated that a vast majority use Windows 7 on a widescreen display.
There will be four tabs in Windows Explorer—Home, Share, View and Manage. The new format will also bring back the ‘up’ button that allows the user to jump a level higher in their folders. The new design is said to allow users easier access to the most-used commands such as copy, cut and paste, which are said to account for more than a third of the functions in Explorer. Microsoft indicated that, according to its data, users used the same 10 functions in Explorer over 80 percent of the time.
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June 27th, 2011
There are a lot of websites and online services on the web today. And although you may frequent them daily, do you really know what they are about? NewsDemon.com Newsgroups researched a few to find out where the names originated from some of the most popular online destinations.
The meaning of Yahoo!?
From search engine newsgroups, we learn:
“The Web site started out as “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web” but eventually received a new moniker with the help of a dictionary. The name Yahoo! is an acronym for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle,” but Filo and Yang insist they selected the name because they liked the general definition of a yahoo: “rude, unsophisticated, uncouth.” Yahoo! itself first resided on Yang’s student workstation, “Akebono,” while the software was lodged on Filo’s computer, “Konishiki” – both named after legendary sumo wrestlers.”
How did Microsoft come up with Bing?
Combing through Microsoft newsgroups we learn:
No, it doesn’t stand for “big investment, no goals” although it may seem like to some. Nor does it mean “but its not google”. No, the real story is that Steve Balmer was looking to “verb up” a phrase for users when searching. Much like the popularity “Google It” has become, Steve hoped that “Bing” would unambiguously said search.
Why choose the name Twitter for a social network?
Popular newsgroups reveal:
The service’s name morphed from “Status/Stat.us” to “twittr” to Twitter. From the creators, they stated “Twittering is the sound birds make when they communicate with each other—an apt description of the conversations here. As it turns out, because Twitter provides people with real-time public information, it also helps groups of people mimic the effortless way a flock of birds move in unison.”
Where did Mark Zuckerberg come up with the Facebook name?
The name of the service stems from the colloquial name for the book given to students at the start of the academic year by Harvard university administrators to help students get to know each other better.
What does USENET mean?
Duke University graduate students Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis conceived the idea of USENET in 1979 and it was established in 1980. The name came from the love of UNIX and something that best described its function – The USERS NETWORK.
What does Cisco stand for?
The name “Cisco” was derived from the city name, San Francisco, which is why the company’s engineers insisted on using the lower case “cisco” in the early days.
What does the Google name mean?
Page and Brin began developing a search engine called “BackRub” as grad students at Stanford in 1996. Google derived its name from the word “googol”, a term coined by then nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of the American mathematician Edward Kasner. The story goes, Kasner had asked his nephew to invent a name for a very large number – ten to the power of one hundred (the numeral one followed by 100 zeros), and Milton called it a googol. The term was later made popular and in Kasner’s book, Mathematics and the Imagination. After focused brainstorming, they come up with the name “Google”—a derivative of the mathematical term.
How did Steve Jobs come up with Apple
Steve Jobs worked summer jobs at a California apple farm. He also liked the Beatles and their label, Apple Records. When he and Steve Wozniak tried to come up with a company name, they decided that if they couldn’t think of anything better by the end of the day, they’d go with the name “Apple”. And they couldn’t, so they did.
As far as the logo, the Apple newsgroup post the following from the original designer:
“I designed it with a bite for scale, so people get that it was an apple not a cherry. Also it was kind of iconic about taking a bite out of an apple. Something that everyone can experience … It was after I designed it, that my creative director told me: “Well you know, there is a computer term called byte”. And I was like: “You’re kidding!” So, it was like perfect, but it was coincidental that it was also a computer term.”
How did Intel get their name?
When pioneers Moore and Noyce left Fairfield Semiconductors to start their company they were going to call it Moore Noyce but it sounded like More Noise… very unfortunate for a semi-conductor/electronics company. They decided on INT(egrated) EL(ectronics) after trading under NMElectronics for a while but had to buy some rights for Intel as there was a similar sounding hotel chain called INTELCO.
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November 30th, 2009
First out of the veritable search engine gates this year, Bing has posted its top searches for 2009. Each year, the big three give us a reveal on what most of us have been looking for all year long.
Here are 2009 top search results from Bing:
1) Michael Jackson - No surprise that the death of the one glove entertainment goliath topped the list.
2) Twitter – The USENET inspired service gained a curious look by many this year – few REAL people joined.
3) Swine Flu – Achoo.
4) Stock Market – Achoo.
5) Farrah Fawcett – Charlie lost an angel this year.
6) Patrick Swayze – Although Ghost and Dirty Dancing brought him fame, he earned the online world respect early with Road House.
7) Cash for Clunkers – A government incentive program to encourage US citizens to purchase foreign cars.
8) Jon and Kate Gosselin – Talk of divorce clogged both the interwebs as well as many USENET newsgroups for the reality television couple with 100 kids.
9) Billy Mays – But wait, there’s one more:
10) Jaycee Dugard – Kidnapped as a child, Jaycee was discovered alive after 18 years from her disappearance, also with a child.
The search trends tend to coincide with the popularity of these topics on newsgroups. Each of these top 10 either have a dedicated newsgroup to the matter or at the very least – a newsgroup related to the topic.
According to Bing, other searches were prominent this year:
“Not surprisingly, we saw a lot of folks using Bing for quick access to favorite sites like Facebook, MSN, Youtube and Craigslist. We also saw a lot of more complex searches such as product related queries in which people used Bing to help decide what MP3 player to buy and travel searches to help find the best deals on a tropical vacation.”
Separate from “Top Trending Topics”, the most popular searches is a general category of search terms that gained the most interest. Top Trending Topics is another list compiled by Bing which mostly covers celebrities. This year, the top three were Megan Fox, Robert Pattinson and holding in at number one – Perez Hilton.
Google has its own trends section will allow users to see real time results on popular searches. Yahoo and Google both are expected to have their own 2009 top 10 searches coming out soon. The Bing results are only gathered from US results and do not include a UK edition. To find out more, many Microsoft and search engine newsgroups provide discussion groups on the matter.
Google and Yahoo have both released their top 10 results. In each, Michael Jackson takes hold of the charts in each. However, looking closely at the rest is where all the similarities apparently end:
- michael jackson
- new moon
- lady gaga
- windows 7
- torpedo gratis
1) Michael Jackson
2) The Twilight Saga
4) Megan Fox
5) Britney Spears
7) American Idol
8) Kim Kardashian
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