Wednesday, 28 December 2005

Windows Live Messenger MSN 8 Beta without Invites



Well, well, once again, the same story repeats. Just like Gmail invites, now Windows Live Messenger invites got a way to eBay. Some ask for US$ 9.50 for one invite.

I would love to get an invite to the Windows Live Messenger MSN 8 beta, but I'm not desperate enough to pay my $$ for one. If you have extra invites and want to invite me, I would be really happppppppyy.

Updated: I just got a link to download MSN Messenger 8. Here is the link or here.

Even after you've download and install, you can't sign in yet if you don't have official invite. You need to download a patch to trick the MSN service into thinking you’re running Messenger 7.5 if your account hasn’t been enabled for the beta. Here is the link(site1, site2, site3) for the patch. Use at your own risk, I am not responsible for anything that may happen.
If you install and run these beta, you are exposing yourself to spyware and viruses for a version of Messenger 8 that is not even fully functional. I recommend you to be patient and wait for your beta invite.

 

Monday, 26 December 2005

How to use Google as a proxy


Maybe you have heard it already. But I wrote this for some of you who haven't got a clue about this. Take this as my Christmas present :).

You can use the Google translate feature to visit webpages that are blocked by your company or isp. For example, if your company has banned www.somesite.com, you could use this Google's feature to visit that site.


This technique is very simple, use the following address:

http://www.google.com/translate?langpair=en|en&u=www.somesite.com

Change somesite.com to the site you want to visit and viola! Google translate will act as your proxy server.

Note: this tip won't work if you got banned from somesite.com as you are still using the same IP address.

Saturday, 24 December 2005

The truth story of suprnova.org

In November 2004, then the world’s largest bittorrent site got shut down permanently. There were a lot of rumours about what happened, but no official statement was released. Tonight, the owner of Suprnova.org has published the whole story. Read here

In case that site shut down again, I've copied original post here for my readers.



For a year now, there have been many rumors why SuprNova.org was taken offline. Some have said that it was because of legal issues, some said it was because I sold out to eXeem project, or because I became a millionaire and did not want to bother with the site anymore, and the rumors go on.

Today, on the exact day, when SuprNova.org went offline, I decided that it is time for everybody to know the truth and that it is time for me to stop pretending like nothing ever happened.

On November 2004, I received a call from my ISP saying that all of my servers had been raided by the police. I received nothing from the police before or after the raid, nobody told me what was going on.

In early December, Reuters did an article on me, and many Slovenian newspapers jumped on the story. So I ended up reading about myself in Slovenian newspapers. And right about that time, I had a feeling something was wrong. I do not really know what the feeling was or where it was coming from, but I decided it was time to take SuprNova.org offline.

About a month later, after SuprNova.org had been taken offline, there was a door bell at 6:30 in the morning, saying it's the police. Actually I was not expecting anything anymore, since SuprNova.org had been taken offline long before that. They showed me a court order to search my place and they did so. They took as far as I remember, two of my computers and lots of documents.

About a month or so later, I was called to the police, so that we or actually they, did a list of all the files that were on all of the computers that they took from my home and from the ISP.

Another month later, I was called to the police for my hearing. I and my lawyer decided, we wouldnt answer any questions. After this was over, the police told us they will give this to the prosecutor and he will continue the procedure. My lawyer told me, that I should expect a letter from the prosecutor after the summer holidays.

And that was true, nothing happened during the summer holidays and I had quite a wonderful time. Very relaxed.

And just when I was hoping that the prosecutor would forget about my case I received another letter. When I received the paper, that I had to go pick up the envelope at the post, I became completely depressed and sad. But anyway, I went to the post and picked up the document. It was from the prosecutor, saying by the law blah blah and blah blah the denunciation against Andrej Preston has been dropped. And I received all the CD's and computers that they took from me. This happened on 18th October 2005.

Since then nothing happened, and I hope it stays that way. This has been a huge pressure on me and I think it left some permanent marks on me. I hope none of you will ever have to go through something like this.

What is written above is just a short story of everything that went on during last year. I also do not want to give out too much information, since it wouldn't be wise.

Thanks to all of the friends that knew about this and supported me as much as they could! Its been a hard year for all of us.

Saturday, 17 December 2005

Top Ten Alternative Search Engines

If Google's search results are not good enough for you, here are a few great alternative search engines on the Web.

Clusty is a metasearch engine, meaning it combines results from a variety of different sources
Indeed is a job search engine
Isohunt is a Bit Torrent search engine
FoodieView is a recipe search engine

Ditto is a free image search engine
Healthline is a medical information search engine
FirstGov is a search engine that gives the searcher direct access to searchable information from the United States government
AuctionMapper is a search engine that focuses only on eBay listings
Daypop is a current events/blogosphere search engine
Blinkx TV is basically a search engine that allows you to search for audio, video, and podcasts.