Microsoft’s Windows Live Writer is considered to be the most feature rich blog authoring tool. Available for free in Windows (sorry Mac/Linux folks) is known for comprehensive text editing, image management, and link management tool for bloggers.
This Christmas, I got a awesome present, a brand new laptop. It is great working in the new machine. But, I wasn’t easy updating all of my blog addresses in the new Live Writer. So, I went searching for a tool that can backup and transfer blog profiles.
A free tool, Windows Live Writer Backup, available in CodePlex, proved to be the perfect tool to make the task easy. Even if you don’t need to transfer profiles or settings, this is a perfect tool for keeping the backups of your blog profiles.
Downloading, installing and creating the backup is pretty easy. Clicking on the "Backup" button creates a bakcup file containing settings, posts and plugins. If you want more flexibility on what to backup and what not, you can optionally select or deselect features in Settings / Posts and Plugins. Clicking on the text ‘Settings’ lets you deselect ‘blogs’, ‘blog templates’, and "link glossary". By default, recent posts are not saved. But, you can also select it by clicking on the text ‘Post’ (as shown in figure below).
After backing up the backup file (name.wlwbackup) is copied in the new machine. After installing the software in the new machine, Restore button is used to restore the profile in the new Windows Live installation.
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Apple Inc and rumor go together. If you haven’t grabbed the $99 HP tablet or a $199 RIM Playbook or a $199 Amazon Kindle Fire… or any other Android tablets and waiting for next generation of Apple’s $499 iPad, your wait might be over in a couple of months.
On the birthday of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs who died recently, Apple is rumored to be planning to launch the next generation of it’s market leading tablet, iPad. The tablet, expected to be named iPad3, will most probably feature Apple’s Retina Display and a new generation of Apple microprocessor.
Citing a sources from a Taiwanese iPad3 supply chain, a local Chinese newspaper the Economic Daily News, Focus Taiwan wrote that the factory had cut the Lunar New Year holidays to meet the delivery deadline.
While considering the previous product cycle, Apple might release the next generation of iPad by the endo of March 2012.
Dell has apparently pulled the plug of it’s Android push by removing Streak 7 from it’s online store. In it’s website, Dell says, "Streak 7 is no longer available online," indicating it’s availability in some stores. That means Dell’s Android venture is over and it has started focusing more on Windows Phone smartphone models and Windows based tablets. Currently the tablets run on Windows 7, not a tablet-optimized operating system.
With the availability of Microsoft’s Windows 8, optimized for ARM based processor, next year, tablet manufacturers are betting it to be a true iPad competitor.
In May 2010 Dell introduced Mini 5 (later called Streak 5) with a 5 inch display and 3G calling. The phone/mini-tablet however was later canceled in August.
With the failure of HP’s TouchPad running WebOS and RIM’s PlayBook running on it’s own QNX OS, and now Dell’s Streak, running on Android failed miserably to capture user’s attention.
A very interesting analysis about how the popularity of Kindle Fire can hurt the Android vision of Google.
And the stronger the Kindle Fire is as a product, the more damage it will do to Google’s vision of Android. Google talks about openness and freedom but the real reason it began work on Android was to create a platform it could use to deliver its ads and services…
It seems, Apple’s notion that Kindle Fire’s popularity will ultimately help iOS – has some truth.
Kindle Fire runs a customized version of an old version of Android. Google had told that the version used in Kindle, Android 2.2 Froyo, was not ready for tablet in 2010 and warned hardware manufacturers not to use the software in tablet computers. After that Google has released two major versions of the operating system – Android 3.0 Honeycomb and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Will the popularity of Kindle Fire will undermine the relevancy of the new versions of the OS?
‘Fragmentation’, as Apple’s late co-founder termed the problem with Android OS seems like more real in current time although it’s market share is going up. iOS is there but Microsoft’s Windows 8 also seems like a real contender in the mobile market. I guess, the battle is going to be much heated in the coming year.
Social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are gaining popularity day by day and other Internet strongholds like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft had tried to grab their share of social networking traffic without much success to date. Although Google has done a pretty good job by launching Google Plus after a number of failures.
Among others, Facebook is one of the popular social network website at the current time. Some use it for one purpose and others for more than one purposes. Here are the list of things Facebook can be effectively used in our life:
• Search and find old friends and classmates.
• Track down lost family members.
• Create social and professional circles and expand it by connecting with various people all over the world.
• Share interesting photos, videos, and website links.
• Recommend and get recommendation for shopping, books, movies, music and so on.
• Exchange wishes for special occasions like birthdays, marriage, and other events.
• Play online games, share the score and compete with friends.
• Spread the word about social, political events and charities.
• Invite and schedule parties and get-together. Track visitors and plan accordingly.
• Messenger like – text and video chat with friends.
• Do business online by buying and selling stuff
• Search for job, contact prospective employers and market oneself.
• Do online marketing of businesses or websites.
I hope this list will be helpful to open new avenue in your social behavior.
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