Facebook Mail Coming Soon

Rumor has it that Facebook is set to unleashed its own email service next Monday. It’s certainly no surprise since Facebook already has that capability with its own private messages between friends. With this new mail service, Facebook will be able to send out messages not just to other Facebook members, but to the rest of the world.

So, what’s the big deal? That’s exactly what I said. But there’s a catch. Facebook apparently has been working with Microsoft in integrating Microsoft Office Online Tools. Facebook users will be able to share Office documents with other Facebook users and possibly with everyone else.

One more thing, with this new email service, Facebook users will be able to use the ‘facebook.com’ domain as part of their email address. The email address format will most likely be: username@facebook.com. That’s one thing you’ll have in common with a Facebook employee, having the same email domain.

Is this a threat to GMail? I don’t see it that way. GMail has enough features that will stave off users from jumping to Facebook. In addition, Facebook has a marginal record when it comes to security and privacy. Will I trust them enough to run my email. That’s one concern that will be on everyone’s mind.

Moving To Google Chrome

I’m a big fan of Mozilla Firefox, but I finally have made the decision to use Google Chrome as my default browser. I did it for just one reason. Speed. Everything just seems faster in Chrome. It’s just not my perception either.  Benchmarks after benchmarks have indicated that Chrome is the just fastest browser in the planet.

So, when Mozilla came out today with Firefox 4 Beta 7, I was a bit hopeful, but my hope was quickly dashed when it reported that Firefox 4 is still slower than Chrome. Don’t get me wrong, Firefox 4 is still considerably faster than it’s current offering, but just not fast enough compared to the current Chome release.

To help me with my decision, I was able to download my favorite plugin called Web Developer Tools to work in Google Chrome. I love this plugin. If you’re a web developer, it’s a must have. Unless something dramatic changes in the browser world, I’ll be on Google Chrome for a while.

PHP Time of Day Script

One very cool way of taking advantage of PHP’s powerful language is to make a determination as to what time of the day it is, and making a decision based on that information. For example, we want to detect the server’s current time and display a message that says either good morning, good afternoon or good evening.

There’s a handy PHP function called date that we can use. We can assign a variable called $current_time, to the server’s current time.

$current_time = date(G);

Next, let’s display the logic.

if ($current_time >= 0 && $current_time < 12) { echo 'Good Morning';}
if ($current_time >= 12 && $current_time < 18) { echo 'Good Afternoon';}
if ($current_time >= 18 && $current_time < 24) { echo 'Good Evening';}

You can also display images based on time of day.

if ($current_time >= 18 && $current_time < 24) { echo<img src=”sample.jpg” />;}

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.1

PCMag.com just published a new article entitled, “Best Antivirus Software for 2011.” The title was a bit misleading because it focuses only on antivirus software that were recently released. There are a number of antivirus software suites that were ommitted, and were not included in the test, since they haven’t been released yet. One area that I really want to focus on, is in the area of free antivirus software. We all love free stuff.

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.1 gets the Editor choice award. Not bad for a fairly new product. What are the pros and cons of Panda? The good. It’s great a keeping malicious software from installing on your clean computer. The bad. It’s not as effective at removing viruses. The author recommends another antivirus software for malware removal.

I think Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.1 deserves a try. If it does a great job of protection, there’s no really need for removal. After all, what else can you ask for a free product.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Sets Record

Call of Duty: Black Ops $360 million beat Modern Warfare 2 $310 million in terms of revenue on launch day. How many copies of the game is that exactly? Well, Activision said, it sold 5.6 million units compared to Modern Warefare 2 4.7 million. That’s a lot. Call of Duty: Black Ops will most likely shatter Modern Warfare 2 five day sales record of $550 million.

I might find out what’s the fuss is all about. I might read some reviews first.

Don’t Forget To Renew Your Domain

If you own a domain, you’ve probably received an array of emails every year from your domain registrar urging you to renew your beloved domain. Several years ago, I waited until the very last day to renew one domain. A little nervy, but there were no problems, no downtime or any business lost.

Now, let’s up the ante. Let’s say you own a NFL franchise like the Dallas Cowboys. The richest franchise in the NFL. Your website and domain is dallascowboys.com. Imagine waking up one morning and seeing this …

No!!!!!

The horror!

So, how dysfunctional are the Cowboys this year? Well, besides the 1-7 record, and a 45-7 whipping last weekend, they can’t even manage to renew their website for a measley $10 dollars a year. Adding insult to injury, their domain registrar, Network Solutions, parked the Cowboys domain showing some ad links with an image of kids playing soccer. Classic!!!

I’m sure the owner of the Cowboys, Jerry Jones, could use a few extra dollars gained from the ad links – to get a new coach that is!!

Finally, I searched the Cowboys website for any highlights this year. This is the only I found worth posting.

RockMelt Browser Emerges

I heard RockMelt mentioned twice in two days. What’s RockMelt? RockMelt is a brand-new browser that’s designed around you and how you use the web. Curious? Yes, me too. Well, wait no more. You can sign up and get an early invitation.

From RockMelt’s blog

RockMelt does more than just navigate Web pages. It makes it easy for you to do the things you do every single day on the Web: share and keep up with your friends, stay up-to-date on news and information, and search. And of course, RockMelt is fast, secure, and stable because it’s built on Chromium, the open source project behind Google’s Chrome browser. It’s your browser – re-imagined and built for how you use the Web.

You can follow RockMelt @rockmelt as well as in Facebook.

Finally, here’s a couple of videos to whet your appetite.

Switching Back To Yahoo Mail Classic

What’s wrong with Yahoo Mail? I’m talking about the New Yahoo Mail, that’s about two years old. Here’s the problem. Occasionally, when I try to open email, all I see is a blank page. I tried refreshing the page, closing the tabs, restarting the browser, but still the same results.

I thought it was just my computer, until I borrowed a friend’s laptop to check email. The same thing. Blank messages. It doesn’t happen all the time. Just a few messages here and there, but it’s enough to drive me nuts. So, I decided to switch back to Yahoo Mail Classic.

The Yahoo Mail Classic user interface instantly brought back memories. It works and that’s all I expect from an email service.

Linux Distros You Should Try

By now, you’ve heard of Linux. But, have you tried it? If you haven’t, you should give it a try. You might be missing out on something. If not, just do it for educational purposes. Most Linux distros today, come with a trial CD that you can test drive on your system without ever installing Linux in your hard drive.

Here’s a list of Linux distros that is worth a try.

1. Ubuntu – it’s by far the most popular Linux distribution in the planet. Tons of people use it. There’s good reason why it’s popular. It’s relatively easy to use. It has a solid and stable distribution with a vibrant user community to boot. Ubuntu release cycle is one reason why this distro is committed to innovation.

2. Fedora – You’ve heard of Redhat. Fedora is Redhat’s cousin or brother. In any case, the distro has come a long way since its inception. If you want to learn about Redhat, Fedora is a great stepping stone. Fedora is a distro you want, if you want to learn about  RPM packaging.

3. OpenSuse – If you want a polished desktop environment in both and KDE environment, you should try OpenSuse. It  consistently receives high marks in its desktop environments. Yast is an excellent graphical system administration utility that’s worth a look.

There are hundreds of distros worth mentioning. Debian, Mandriva, Slackware, Gentoo and CentOS comes to mind.

Finally, here’s a list of the top 10 distributions from Distrowatch.com.