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Microsoft Outlook Connector

Microsoft Outlook Connector is a free program that you can use with Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 or Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Microsoft Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Office Live Mail accounts. I tried setting it up for my Windows Live Hotmail account and captured some screen shots during the setup process. Unfortunately, it didn’t go quite as well as I was hoping it would and ended up with the dreaded ‘Not Responding’ error.

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Find Color Values From Screen

I just came across a free application that’s already saved me the frustration of going through a style sheet trying to find the exact color value that was used for the background of a form. This is it:

 ColorPix

The program called ColorPix will let you grab the color values and screen coordinates of any pixel on your screen. Furthermore, it automatically translates any screen color into RGB, HEX, HSB and CMYK color values, allows you to lock a specific pixel color, magnifies screen areas incase you want to get as close to the pixel as possible and also minimizes to the system tray for quick access. There’s nothing to install as it’s a self contained application and is completely free for use. If you’re interested you can download the program from Color Schemer.
 

Joost 101

As announced on the Joost blog the latest version of Joost has just been released for testing. Joost was founded by Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis , a Swedish and Danish entrepreneur who co-founded the KaZaA peer-to-peer file sharing network and Skype peer-to-peer internet telephony network. Joost is the peer-to-peer video distribution service. The standard marketing message on the Joost website is that Joost is a new way of watching TV on the internet. With Joost, you get all the things you love about TV, including a high-quality full-screen picture, hundreds of full-length shows and easy channel-flipping.

Marketing aside, overall my first user experience has been impressive and the quality of the stream similar to the first Skype conversation I had; good but definitely plenty of room for improvement. As any product released today, the expected social community is built in with the ability to chat, rate shows, invite friends to view a show and some extras like the news ticker. As you may be able to tell from the screenshots below, a lot of work has been put in to ensure that Joost appeals to a wide user base.

Full Screen Joost View Joost Program Information

Joost Visual Programming Guide Joost Community Features

The current channel lineup is limited based on your geographical location but includes Alliance Atlantis Sci-Fi, Atlantic Street, BET, Beyond the Pit, Bite TV, BoomChicago, Braindead, Bridezillas, Channel Frederator, Chat the Planet, Classica Channel, Comedy Central, Critical Shorts, DR, Explora Channel, Fabchannel Concerts, Fifth Gear Shortcuts, Fight Network, Floating Worlds, GameStar TV, GONG  Europe, Guinness World Records TV, Havoc Action Sports TV, Havoc Music TV, Healthination, Hot & Wet, i-concerts, IndieFlix Premier Hits, IndyCar Series, Intimate & Interactive, Joost Suggests, Jump TV Arabia, Jump TV Latino, Lassie, Lazy TV, Life on Terra, Lime, Live @ Much, Logo, LXTV, Ministry of Sound Access, Ministry of Sound Music Videos, MTV, MTV Benelux, MTV Nordic, MTV Staying Alive, Much Does Wakestock, MuchAdrenaline, MuchMusic Video Awards, MuchNews Weekly, MuchOnDemand, Music Is My Life, Music Nation, Nardwuar, National Geographic, Nettwerk, New Atlantis, Ren and Stimpy, Off the Fence Docs, OnSet, PokerHeaven TV, Rehearsals.com, Saavn, Saturday Morning TV, SecondsOut.tv, The Circus Channel, The Diddy Channel, The Hobby Channel, The New Music, The Recipe Channel, The Roger Sisters, The Soccer Channel, The Trance Channel, VH1, Virgin Fest 2006, VOY TV, Warner Bros. Records, Whereitsat.tv, WildLight, Witness, World Poker Tour, World’s Strongest Man, XL Recordings Channel, What’s Popular.

Looking at the future plans for Joost expect to see a lot more add-ins being developed around the program. For now, I’ve tried it out and am happy with the initial release. If anyone cares for an invitation to test out the service drop me a line or comment.

Adobe Flash and Internet Explorer 7

Earlier last month I was having trouble with certain websites such as YouTube or MSN Soapbox. It appeared as if the site failed to detect that the Adobe Flash player was installed whereas other sites such as the Adobe Flash Player installation page would detect the correct version of the player and even display the Flash movie. According to an Adobe TechNote, this could happen due to an incomplete installation of Flash Player.

If you’re experiencing a similar problem, try the following:

  1. Quit all running applications or simply restart your computer
  2. Run the stand alone Adobe Flash Uninstaller
  3. Run the stand alone Adobe Flash Installer

Related Links:

Installing Macromedia Flash Player for IE7 on Windows Vista
Corrupt Flash Player install after IE 7 upgrade

Recuva

Piriform, makers of CCleaner have just released another free tool called Recuva (pronounced “recover”). The utility can be used to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer, emptied from the Windows Recycle bin or files that were erased from flash media.