Skype 3.0.0.214 Released

Skype 3.0.0.214 

Skype is the next phenomenon from the people who brought you KaZaA. Just like KaZaA, this uses P2P (peer-to-peer) technology to connect you to other users – not to share files this time, but to talk for free with your friends. The technology is extremely advanced – but super simple to use. You’ll be making perfect quality free phone calls to your friends in no time.

Latest changes:

  • Bug fix: SkypePM.exe crashes on first start after installation
  • Bug fix: Russian language display problems in updater
  • Bug fix: Groups panel stayed open when user was changed
  • Bug fix: Contact list focus was lost when using some toolbar buttons

Hit this bad boy for a experience you won’t believe!  If enough interest is generated, perhaps we’ll start a Geeknews channel :)

Entertainment, Misc.

Build Your New Vista PC Without Breaking The Bank

Vista is now released to the world and “The Tech Report” has a decent article on how to build your PC for Windows Vista.

They try to stick to $500, $1000 and $1500 budgets, make most if not all of their purchases from newegg.com (my personal favorite as well) and they go for the most bang for the buck so they’re not getting cheap here.

Not surprising here, in their detailed descriptions of the 3 systems, is that the Intel Core 2 Duo system was the most expensive compared to the Athlon alternatives.

I’m an Intel snob myself and have already resigned myself to the fact that i’m going to have to pony up a few bucks to build my new system.

Computers

Information With Attitude

Data served with a kung fu chop!  That’s right, Ninja.com (the deadly accurate search) exudes stealth and mysticism with their stark black website powered by the Google engine.  They also offer a unique “@ninja.net” email address in a first come, first serve basis when public registration opens in two weeks.

Ninja Search Engine

Magellan, Yahoo, Open Text, and Google (among others) have been and are the major players up to now.  Does Ninja stand a chance?  Being powered by Google doesn’t give it that much originality, but I have to admit getting the cool “@ninja.net” email might be worth playing with it for a few weeks :)

Just geeky

What is this?

Hello again, everyone!  Last week I premiered a new facet of Geeknews, where readers had to guess what was pictured below.  I’d like to thank everyone for their answers, and as promised the first correct answer was submitted by ‘tmrafi’ who identified the picture as a standard ball mouse inner workings.  Good job!

Here is this weeks photo:

What is this?

Good luck on the guesses! Please submit all answers in the comments section.

Entertainment

Flickr Addicts Unite!

Flickr Leech

Flickr.com is widely know as one of the web’s best photo sharing comunities. And people like myself, can lose hours upon hours in there just using the search or “interestingness” feature to look at countless photos people from all over the globe have taken and posted in their accounts.

I’d like to call attention to a “hack” that Andrew Houser has developed by tweaking the Flickr API so that instead of only viewing 50-100 pictures at a time on the Flickr website, you can use his interface at Flicker Leech to view up 200 thumbnails of photos from users public accounts at a time. All you have to do is type in a search word(s) and the thumbnails will display. Click on the thumb, and it will take you to the full size photo in the users public account.

This is an excellent utility in my opinion, and I am thankful to Andrew for creating it. It sure beats crawling through the Flickr website all night, where you can grab thumbs in half the time with Flickr Leech!

Hacks n Tweaks