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LibreOffice Rolls Out the Updates, Latest 3.3.2

\r\n\r\n\r\nLibreOffice developers releasing updates with rapid pace, since the inaugural release two months ago, LibreOffice has seen two minor version updates as well as associated developmental releases, just a couple of days ago.\r\n\r\n\r\nLibreOffice 3.3, the fork of OpenOffice.org 3.x, was released on January 25 to a jubilant reception. It built upon the years of work that made OpenOffice.org an excellent office suite. Many OpenOffice.org developers defected when Oracle’s strategy became suspect. With the many same talented developers and supporting companies now backing LibreOffice, it is well positioned to challenge OpenOffice.org in Linux distributions and user desktops. It already pulls ahead in some polls and has replaced OOo in several popular distributions.\r\n\r\n\r\nVersion 3.3 brought nice improvements over OpenOffice.org, one of which is Scalable Vector Graphics support. Another is the long awaited support for MS Works formats and improved Word Perfect support. One of the most interesting new features is the Experimental Mode, which allows one to test upcoming features.\r\n\r\n\r\nLibreOffice 3.3.2 was released in March 22. This release was primarily a stabilizing update bringing further bug fixes and code clean-ups. The announcement also said this release sets the stage for the next major release, 3.4.0, expected May 2.\r\n\r\n\r\nVersion 3.3.1 was released on February 23 and brought some bug fixes, new icons, and extra language additions.\r\n\r\n\r\nSome of the more interesting changes include dictionary updates, fixed incorrect cursor navigation, fixed the occasional blank first slide in Presentation, fixed Writer losing ticks in check boxes, fixed erratic paint rendering in Impress, and added a workaround for IM problems with KDE4 integration.\r\n\r\n\r\nThe next release of LibreOffice should arrive with the developmental snapshots leading up to 3.4.0. The first beta is expected to appear any day now and release candidates will start appearing after April 4. 3.4.1 is due May 23.\r\n\r\n\r\nDownload LibreOffice 3.3.2\r\n\r\n\r\nFeatures\r\n\r\n

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  • Distributed under LGPL, you can use, customize, hack, copy and distribute\r\n
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  • Free developer support, Open source community driven project\r\n
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  • Support major file formats that includes to import and save as MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power Point\r\n
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  • LibreOffice suite includes Writer (word processor), Calc (work book/ work sheets), Impress (for multimedia presentations), Draw (to build diagrams and sketches), Base (database front end of LibreOffice), Math (simple equation editor)\r\n
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  • Enhance functionality with LibreOffice Extensions\r\n
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What is new in Firefox 4 Beta?

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  • Firefox 4 Beta 2 is available in 24 languages.
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  • Tabs are now on top by default on Windows and OSX – Linux will be changing when the theme has been modified to support the change.
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  • Responsiveness and scrolling improvements from the new retained layers layout system.
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  • Changes to how XPCOM components are registered in order to help startup time and process separation.
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  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
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  • Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions.
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  • The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac and Linux.
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  • The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like).
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  • Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
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  • CSS Transitions are partially supported.
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  • Full WebGL support is included but disabled by default at this time.
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  • Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently.
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  • Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format.
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  • An experimental Direct2D rendering backend is available on Windows, turned off by default.
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  • Web developers can use Websockets for a low complexity, low latency, bidirectional communications API.
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  • Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs.
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  • More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction.
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  • Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload.
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  • CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history.
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  • New HTML5 parser.
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  • Support for more HTML5 form controls.
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Add-ons and Themes

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  • The popular video sites Hulu.com and Netflix.com are not displaying content to beta users due to bad “user-agent” detection in their code (see bug 580843 and bug 522957)
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  • A rendering problem with Google Finance can lead to instability (see bug 579558)
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  • Poorly designed or incompatible extensions can cause problems with your browser, including make it crash, slow down page display, etc. If you encounter strange problems relating to parts of the browser no longer working, the browser not starting, windows with strange or distorted appearance, degraded performance, etc, you may be suffering from Extension or Theme trouble. Restart the browser in Safe Mode. On Windows, start using the “Safe Mode” shortcut created in your Start menu or by running firefox.exe -safe-mode. On Linux, start with ./firefox -safe-mode and on Mac OS X, run: cd /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/\r\n./firefox-bin -safe-mode \r\n\r\nWhen started in Safe Mode all extensions are disabled and the Default theme is used. Disable the Extension/Theme that is causing trouble and then start normally.
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  • If you uninstall an extension that is installed with your user profile (i.e. you installed it from a Web page) and then wish to install it for all user profiles using the -install-global-extension command line flag, you must restart the browser once to cleanse the profile extensions datasource of traces of that extension before installing with the switch. If you do not do this you may end up with a jammed entry in the Extensions list and will be unable to install the extension globally.
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  • If you encounter strange problems relating to bookmarks, downloads, window placement, toolbars, history, or other settings, it is recommended that you try creating a new profile and attempting to reproduce the problem before filing bugs. Create a new profile by running Firefox with the -P command line argument, choose the “Manage Profiles” button and then choose “Create Profile…”. Migrate your settings files (Bookmarks, Saved Passwords, etc) over one by one, checking each time to see if the problems resurface. If you do find a particular profile data file is causing a problem, file a bug and attach the file.
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Magic W3: Mini-PC with phone capabilities

Magic W3, Mini PC with phone capabilities
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\r\n\r\nRecently, devices like LG’s Tegra 2-powered Optimus 2X have blurred the lines between smartphone and mini-computer but they’re still geared towards the former. The Magic W3’s primary function is as a handheld computer that also happens to have telephone functionality. What’s the difference? The Atom-powered W3 runs on a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium for multi-tasking productivity and includes 32GB of onboard solid state storage.\r\n\r\nIn addition to the Windows 7 OS, the Magic W3 microcomputer runs a Magic Telephony Touch User Interface to cater for user voice and texting needs over a suitable quad-band GSM network. An Intel Atom Z530 processor running at 1.6 GHz provides the computing power, with support from 1GB DDR2 RAM. The 4.8-inch touchscreen display is capable of 720p high definition playback and there’s a 1.3 megapixel webcam for video conferencing or web chat.\r\n\r\nThe device also benefits from 3G, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g wireless connectivity, and in addition to the obligatory SIM card slot also sports mini-HDMI, mini-USB and microSD. Completing the specs checklist is built-in GPS, accelerometer, dual microphones, stereo speakers and a 3.5mm audio jack.\r\n\r\nHaving a full version of Windows running on a handheld device may have been enough of an attraction just a few short years ago to make the Magic W3 a huge success, but it’s questionable that it will be able to compete with the many more advanced mobile offerings either already or soon to be available. That said though, there’s nothing wrong with having another choice for mobile computing.\r\n\r\nSource: gizmag, W3

How to Disable Windows Automatic Update

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VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 released for testing

Oracle has released a first beta for version 4.0.0 of the open source VirtualBox desktop virtualisation application for x86 hardware. According to Oracle’s Frank Mehnert, the preview of the next major update to VirtualBox is considered to be a “bleeding-edge release meant for early evaluation and testing purposes”. \r\n\r\nVirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 features new settings and a disk file layout for VM portability, support for the Open Virtualisation Format Archive (OVA) and a redesigned user interface with guest window preview and a new display mode. Support for asynchronous I/O for iSCSI, VMDK, VHD and Parallels images, as well as resizing VDI and VHD images has also been added. Other changes include support for more than 1.5/2 GB guest RAM on 32-bit hosts, the ability to copy files into a guest file system, support for the Intel ICH9 chip-set and a number of bug fixes.\r\n\r\nAs with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. The developers ask users testing the release not to report issues to the VirtualBox Bugtracker, but instead to provide feedback about any problems they encounter via the VirtualBox forum.\r\n\r\nMore details about the development preview, including a full list of changes and new features, can be found in the official release announcement. VirtualBox 4.0.0 Beta 1 is available to download from the project’s site. The latest stable release of VM VirtualBox is version 3.2.12 from the end of November.\r\n\r\nUpdate: Starting with version 4.0 the license for VirtualBox has changed. For the first time, both the base Oracle VM VirtualBox product source code and the binary are licensed under the GPLv2, while the Extension Pack mechanism, which allows third-party sources to add their own add-on functionality, is licensed under the PUEL. The change means that distributors shipping the Open Source Edition (OSE) of VirtualBox no longer need to build from the sources themselves.\r\n\r\nSource: HOpen, Oracle

How To Enable AJAX .NET Framework 3.5 on IIS7 Server

IIS versions before 7.0 did not require <handlers> for AJAX to work.\r\nIf you are installing AJAX on new IIS7 servers, you will have to make sure you have the following code in your web.config:\r\n

<!--  \r\n The system.webServer section is required for running ASP.NET AJAX under Internet \r\n Information Services 7.0.  It is not necessary for previous version of IIS. \r\n --> \r\n <system.webServer> \r\n <validation validateIntegratedModeConfiguration="false"/> \r\n <modules> \r\n <remove name="ScriptModule"/> \r\n <add name="ScriptModule" preCondition="managedHandler" type="System.Web.Handlers.ScriptModule, System.Web.Extensions, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35"/> \r\n </modules> \r\n <handlers> \r\n <remove name="WebServiceHandlerFactory-Integrated"/> \r\n <remove name="ScriptHandlerFactory"/> \r\n <remove name="ScriptHandlerFactoryAppServices"/> \r\n <remove name="ScriptResource"/> \r\n <add name="ScriptHandlerFactory" verb="*" path="*.asmx" preCondition="integratedMode" type="System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptHandlerFactory, System.Web.Extensions, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35"/> \r\n <add name="ScriptHandlerFactoryAppServices" verb="*" path="*_AppService.axd" preCondition="integratedMode" type="System.Web.Script.Services.ScriptHandlerFactory, System.Web.Extensions, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35"/> \r\n <add name="ScriptResource" verb="GET,HEAD" path="ScriptResource.axd" preCondition="integratedMode" type="System.Web.Handlers.ScriptResourceHandler, System.Web.Extensions, Version=3.5.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35"/> \r\n </handlers> \r\n </system.webServer>

How To Fix ‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′ error

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Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request.

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Exception Details: System.InvalidOperationException: The ‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′

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