Spell with Flickr!

Flick mania today! The 3rd entry about Flickr! πŸ™‚ I found something nice on the //beconfused blog here that is called “Spell with Flickt! It allows to spell words using images from Flickr!

Here for example my pseudo:

NABrought to you by the letter FCOm

It’s great, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

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Flickr Badge added

Due to pure accident pure accident, I found a replacement for Flickr’s Zeitgeist, which I had to remove due to serious problems). The replacement is called Flickr Badge and it’s exactly the same πŸ™‚ I think they just renamed it from “Zeitgeist” into “Badge” with the difference, that there is now a pure HTML version of it, so no more virues (because it ran some scripts).

At least I found none! πŸ™‚

You can see my new badge at the side panel of this blog.

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A reply from ICQ to my complaint letter!

Yesterday, I have received finally a reply from ICQ to my complaint letter about the death of the ICQ Support and Focus Group!

I do not want to quote it completely due to various reasons.
Here is just a small snippet with the most important things:

The ICQ support center, which is indeed a valuable tool for our users, was monitored in the last few months and based on the traffic, topics and questions was modified with relevant FAQ’s that should provide all the answers to our users questions regarding our services.

The ICQ Focus Group was never shut down and in fact we have just uploaded a new survey regarding the 2Way SMS service. The Focus Group wasn’t updated lately due to the re-design of our new Web site but we have plans to upgrade it and make it a better tool for our users to post their opinions and share with us their views of ICQ current and future developments.

which basicly tells us: ICQ Support keeps being closed but ICQ Focus Group will return! So, I will start to complain a lot about the missing ICQ support once it’s back! πŸ™‚

Links:

closed ICQ Support Ticket Center
ICQ Focus Group
ICQ Survey Center

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New SIM (0.9.4 RC1) is out!

After 3 years of halt, the best ICQ clone for Linux (& Windows/MacOSX) is back and even with a new homepage!

As you can see, the ICQ part of this multi-protocol messanger looks like an almost 100% copy of ICQ 2003b or older! πŸ™‚

The only very big disadvantage is, that it still has no language selector, so I had to rename a language file so I can use the English version (which is what I prefer).

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Opera 9 Beta 1 is out!


After a lot of weekly builds, there finally it is; Opera 9 Beta 1!

The most noticeable changes are the widgeds being now accessable at the top at the title bar through a button, the IMAP client still being work in progress, a lower build number, and widgeds getting a seperated task in the taskbar if pinned (one thing you won’t loke once you have a lot of them open at the same time :-/ ).

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strong passwords


ICQ/ComPad has finally a site (only works in MSIE) that explains what normal and strong passwords are.

This seems to be another step towards informing users after putting a warning on the ICQ site login window.

It reads:

A strong password is a password that is difficult for others to guess or for automatic programs to guess.
Some sites, ComPad one of them, require you to select a normal or strong password for better security.

There are 4 types of characters your ComPad password can contain:

1. Uppercase letters. For example: A, B, T.
2. Lowercase letter. For example: a, b, t.
3. Numbers. For example: 1,2,3.
4. Symbols. Allowed symbols: ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( )

A normal password must:

– Contain 6-8 characters, with at least 2 types of characters.

– Contain at least 2 types of characters. It must contain one character of any of the types in the middle of the password.

For example:
beDRoom – good
BedrooM – not good
Bedroom – not good

– Not contain your first, last, display name, email address or ComPad ID.

* A strong password is just like a normal one, only it must:
– Contain 6 characters, with at least 3 types of characters
or 7-8 characters, with at least 2 types of characters.

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