ICQ HP: More features, new design & 10 Years Anniversary!

Today, a lot of new things can be found on the ICQ homepage! First, they celebrate their 10 Years Anniversary, 2ndly the newer homepage design got its 3rd overhaul!

And 3rdly, they are quite some new featues!:
One of them is a new startpage that looks (as of yet) even well in Opera, and notifies you about new messages in your ICQmail account and new messsages on your page!

Yep, ladies and gentleman! Now, you have got an own page with your profile, blog, friends that sent messages to you. As you can see I can even ask for page messaging authorization to myself! πŸ˜€

Plus you know can have a blog on your page! Yes, blogging is in, that even noticed the ICQ Team! πŸ™‚

Also new is the new theme related graphics on the top of each category, ICQ Groups and ICQ Labs now got an extra tab to click and error messages that appeared sometimes when visiting ICQ Groups/Boards disappeared!

There are sure other features which I didn’t find yet on the quick ride! πŸ™‚

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Is the ICQ Focus Group dead?

Is the ICQ Focus Group dead? They are several reasons to ask this since some worrying development took place:

-Ori got removed as operator
-Udo (Ehud Khenan) renamed his account into “The ICQ Team” and the age to “126”.
-Udo’s last post was on September, 26th, 2005 announcing ICQ Fight!
-The ICQ Focus Group is dominated by spam now! πŸ™

This is a very bad development and I hope the ICQ Team will re-consider this step and re-etablish it!

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Changed Mind: LeadTek Producing TV USB 2 64bit Drivers!

In the end of 2005, I had sent an email to LeadTek asking for producing TV USB 2 64bit drivers, but unfortunately I only got this reply:

“Dear Sir,

Sorry for your bad experience.

We are really want to make it to run under Windows 64 bit os.
But the chipset manufuacturer stop to release 64bit driver for it.
We are very sorry for your inconvenient.

Best regards
Leadtek Service
Marketing Department, Leadtek Research Inc.”

So I decided to email the chipset manufactor (eMPIA) and I really got a reply from them:

“Hello,

Allow me to give you some background about your question.

Empia is a company supply chip to manufactures, like Leadtek…..others. and Leadtek is one of our good customer.

We do support 64 bit driver since half years ago. however. Every manufacture has their own schedule and reason to determine whether they shall and when they shall adopt 64 bit driver.

1. it need to have 64 bit application software to go with the 64 bit driver. Only 64 bit driver does not give you any advantage.

Attached is our generic 64 bit driver. (64 bit driver is under AMD64 folder). but most likely. it will not work with your TV card which has EM2800 inside. (some modification need to be done by manufacture themself.) It will be best for you to continue check with Leadtek for 64 bit upgrade.

Jeff”

After forwarding this reply to LeadTek Taiwan, they obviously changed their mind as I received this:

“Dear Joerg,

Our developers are co-working with EMPIA about the 64bit driver.
Thanks for your informations.
If any news release we will contact with you.

Thanks again.

Best regards
Leadtek Service
Marketing Department, Leadtek Research Inc.”


And the day before yesterday, I finally received this:


“Dear Joerg,

Could you support us tv box warranty number? You can find it behind tv box.
We have to ensure which model of yours.
After I got reply, I could forward this mail to our developers.

You can refer to attach picture, which one is yours? Blue or white?

Awaiting for reply.

Best regards
Leadtek Service
Marketing Department, Leadtek Research Inc.”

It can be good to be an assy customer complaining and doing email terror a lot! πŸ˜€

The full range of emails can be found on Mr. Dew’s Beconfused blog here.

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Skype AMD patch available!

Skype AMD patch available! Yes, Skype has a deal with Intel to limit the conferencing function on AMD processors, the thing is: Currently, Skype 2.0 offers 10-way conference calls only on Intel dual-core CPUs,

Luckily, there is meanwhile a patch available and all details of how it got patched at this address!

So download and enjoy! πŸ™‚

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New ICQ 5 skins!

Now, there are some nice user created ICQ 5 skins available here (i.e. it’s the source from where I found this info from, but it links to the homepage from where you can preview & download the ICQ 5 skins! πŸ™‚ ).

Some look very good! πŸ™‚ 😎 Well Done! Hope more to come! πŸ™‚

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Funny Videos on Google Video

Since Google Video works now over here, let me proudly present you my fave videos hosted there!

The first I found on the my lif3.. blog, and is a song about our important fellows; system adminstrators and the other one is from Microsoft showing how they would have promoted iPod, here. (Read the article here for more background information!).

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I am going to Retrogamers 2006!

Since I have a weakness for old computer games (i.e. C64 only), I decided to – after 4 years not going to any to any C64 supporting event – go to the Retrogamers 2006 event.

(The translation server might get a “too many users” error at times, if so just hit back and try again).

I will take quite some money with me, so I can buy a few things for my C64!

This will feel like Christmas .

Furthermore, I might maybe eventuelly probably take my digicam with me and take some photos!

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