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Google Notebook extension is compatible with Firefox 3 now

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Go to http://www.google.com/notebook/download/ to download the version. It has solved the opening notebook in a new window problem. It is said that firefox auto update hasn’t offered this latest version yet. Thanks Ramen for informing us this news in Google Groups.


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May 29, 2008 at 4:04 pm

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Todays Theme is Grey- China begins three-day mourning

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To mourn for the death in China earthquake on May 12, main Chinese web sites turn their home pages to grey today. Up till now, the death toll climbs over 30 thousands, and the authority warns that it will hit 50 thousands at last.
6.cn home page
google mourn
yahoo mourn
msn mourn
sina mourn

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May 20, 2008 at 11:53 am

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Install old extension in your new firefox

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Persuing the latest firefox or swiftfox without it’s rich extensions (add-ons) means nothing for me at all. There are some web browsers which are faster then firefox, but I am sticky with firefox because it’s convenient extensions, which I think is firefox’s essential competence.
Most extensions don’t upgrad as fast as firefox, so you may be told that the extensions/ add-ons you want are not compatible with you new version of firefox (e.g. Firefox 3 beta 5, Firefox 3 beta 4, or swiftfox using the same core). Here’s some tricks help you install such extensions in you ff.
1. Get the xpi file
At presnet, mozilla add-ons web site would check your firefox version and tell you that ‘This add-on is for older versions of Firefox’ . In the your add-on download page, Click ‘View‘ on your firefox browser menu, ‘Page Source‘, Ctrl + F find the xpi file, you may find something like this,/en-US/firefox/downloads/file/26041/foxyproxy-2.7.2-fx.xpi‘, so your extension download address is https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/downloads/file/26041/foxyproxy-2.7.2-fx.xpi
2. Install xpi file
Here‘s two instructions help you get the extensions in your ff.
If the two methods don’t help, try this add on which helps you fix the compatity problems. ( I didn’t try this cause the two method above work for me. And it seems paradoxical that you have to install an add-on to help you install add-ons.)

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April 6, 2008 at 4:28 am

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Cannot sigh in MSN messenger? use the web based one

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Live messenger encounters some problems these days. Up till now, I cannot sigh in through desktop client. Liveside reported the problem immediately.

If you think your friends are sighing in Live messenger, you can sigh in webmessenger.msn.com to contact them. Alternative way is meebo.com .

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February 28, 2008 at 2:52 am

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Do you like Microsoft to buy Yahoo!? (Vote)

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Microsoft have offered to buy Yahoo! for $44.6 billion. If Microsoft’s attempt succeeds, this will affect our online lives undoubtedly. Vote to express your thought, and ask your friends to vote too, then, see the result.

Go to http://polls.zoho.com/external/commans/do-you-like-microsoft-to-buy-yahoo to vote and see result.

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February 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm

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Compare free online data backup/storage methods

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Mozy (Highly recommended)

professional online backup tool


    • 2G free space
    • backup open files (that means when you are working on a doc file or ppt file, it can be backupped too)
    • 30 versions of your backup


    • no

Page: http://mozy.com/home

Gmail based tools

storage files as email attachments in Gmai account


    • more than 5G space
    • easy access to your files any where as long as you have a browser
    • easy to search your files in Gmail web page


    • one file size must be smaller than 20Mb. (20Mb or bigger is not allowed, 19Mb is safe. be familiar with Gmail service limitation)
    • no directory in Gmail web page
    • upload limitation per day (it is said 1G, but I haven’t test this)
    • no incremental backup*

GMail Drive shell extension

a Shell Namespace Extension that creates a virtual filesystem around your Google Mail account, allowing you to use Gmail as a storage medium



      • directory available in client



      • cannot replace the same file (though it seems it can, but it doesn’t work correctly.)

Firefox extension

      • easy to switch in different Gmail accounts. directory available in client
      • use Firefox cookies, so when login one account to upload files, you cannot use another account in web pages
page: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1593


a software allow you upload files to Gmail account

      • easy to upload file bigger than 20Mb (it automatically divides the file into parts smaller than 20Mb (you can set this size), and emerge them into one when you download)
      • storage your files in categories with tags in Gmail
      • multiple Gmail accounts, needn’t logout one to login another
      • forward files to other email in client
      • needn’t installing into your computer, it’s independent (you can keep it in your USB storage device)
      • you must use GmailStore to emerge your files which are divided into parts by GmailStore
      • no directory in client (maybe because it uses tag)
      • the latest v3.1 is not compatible with Gmail English version due to the recent upgrade of Gmail (it’s ok with Gmail Chinese version)
      • no drag and drop function
      • cannot upload folder
page: http://code.google.com/p/gmailstore/downloads/list

box.net based

1G free space

Adonec Backup (I’m using it daily.)


      • simple interface
      • something likes incremental backup* (if a file is modified, the new version will replace the old one.)
      • choose to backup on box.net or local
      • Folder names cannot be Chinese (but the file names can, though sometimes it appears strange code)


box.net desktop client

A powerful backup and sync software, but it seems it is available on Mac now. Expecting its PC version.


AOL service


    • 5G free space

xdrive desktop (Highly recommended.)


      • you can storing files as your local drive
      • or you can use its software interface to backup or mirror* your files (only My Pictures, My Music, and My Videos folders can be Mirrored)
      • support incremental backup*, and you can choose keep how many backups you want to keep. Read one of the F&Q in Xdrive site, you will understand what I say.
        (If I backup incrementally, and I choose to keep up to 7 backups, what happens on the 8th?
        The system uses a practice called promotion, which merges the two oldest backups in the account into one. Promotion compares the file versions of the two oldest backups, moves the newest files into the second-oldest backup, and deletes the oldest. This way you can keep all of your important files backed up without having to store an unlimited number of backups.)
      • Dosen’t support Chinese folders and files name.

*Incremental backup. It only adds the modified or new created files since last backup in a new file named by the date. This saves your time when you making online backup. It won’t delete any files, even won’t replace old version files.

*Mirror. The backup is exactly the same is the original one. (ignoring some insignificant faults, Mirror=incremental backup +deleting files+replacing files)

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January 17, 2008 at 3:46 pm

Checking republish blog post from Zoho

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This is to check weather Zoho Writer can republish a blog post.
I first publish this post which just contain words above the line below. And then, I will update this post in Zoho writer (just to modify and save, not to click the “Publish” button), adding words below the line. If there’s no words below the line, Zoho Writer cannot republish blog post, at least for wordpress.com at present.
Republishing succeeds!smile But, by clicking “Publish”, then “Update Blog Posting”. Nice.
I will think about turning to Zoho Writer to write my blog, there’re two important aspects that Windows Live Writer and Google Docs cannot have at the same time.

  1. Rich text format setting. (Windows Live Writer maybe good, but Google Docs isn’t)
  2. Save every version of your post. (Google Docs has this feature, but Windows Live Writer doesn’t.)

If Zoho Writer can add tags to wordpress.com’s blogs directly, it will be perfect. (Windows Live Writer can, Google Docs can’t. But some one says Google Docs can add tags to other blog service providers’ blogs.)

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January 16, 2008 at 4:54 pm

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