Apple Launches OS X 10.5.6 Update  

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Apple (NSDQ:AAPL) on Monday released the client and server versions of the OS X 10.5.6 update, which includes a range of bug fixes and security patches.
OS X 10.5.6 shores up the performance of Airport WLAN connections and specifically addresses issues that Intel (NSDQ:INTC)-based Mac users were having while roaming in large wireless networks, according to the OS X 10.5.6 release notes.

The update also addresses issues with Apple's MobileMe, and ensures that contacts, calendars and bookmarks on a Mac automatically synchronize within a minute of the change being made on PCs, devices, or online at me.com, according to the release notes.

Launched in July, MobileMe replaced Apple's .mac platform and marked the company's initial foray into cloud services, but caused headaches for users and was easily Apple's biggest sore spot in 2008.

The 10.5.6 update also improves the Safari Web browsers' compatibility with Web proxy servers; enhances the reliability of Address Book syncing with the iPhone and other devices and applications; boosts Apple File Service performance; and includes a range of general improvements to gaming performance. (full Story)

Why Microsoft Really Wants Yahoo’s Search  

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We normally hear from people that the only reason Microsoft wants to buy Yahoo! is because of Yahoo’s search technology and its user base, True but that is not the whole story and the rabbit hole goes little more deeper than that. Microsoft pretty much dominates two of the most important platform’s Operating System and Browser, and we know “Platforms almost always win against the Applications built on it”. So Microsoft will sooner or later get traffic to its web services because of its platform dominance, the problem is how to monetize that traffic, that is where Yahoo and its 361 Patent comes into picture.

361 Patent was the brainchild of Bill Gross, founder of IdeaLab who had this great idea of monetizing search results by showing the users advertising based on the keywords they type, he though of it as an Yellow Pages on the Internet where users could search what they want and they were ads too. This idea was shamelessly stolen by Google who before this made zero revenue. Bill Gross who later found Overture Services (formerly GoTo Inc), which was bought by Yahoo and in turn Yahoo had the right’s to this crown jewel “361 Patent”.

Once Yahoo got the rights to ‘361 Patent’, it started enforcing other companies who were licensing it from Overture Services to follow its rules. One of the biggest licensers from Overture was Microsoft who were paying hefty fees for it. Now Yahoo started making life hell for MSFT when it came to Paid-Search advertising. This made Microsoft less innovative in search because no matter how good their search was, they always had to toe the Yahoo’s line when it came to monetizing the search and paying most of the money to Yahoo for using the “361 Patent”. It just didn’t seem practical for Microsoft to innovate when they can’t make money of their search or pay most of the money to Yahoo.

Whereas Google got the patent licensed in a very shady deal where nobody clearly knows how much they paid and it gave them an edge in Paid-Search advertising. The reason they got a good deal from Yahoo might be because of their Stanford roots or because of common VC’s. It was a clear conspiracy by Yahoo to make the battlefield uneven and making Microsoft insignificant in Paid-Search model. It is a payback time for Microsoft and boy are they doing it at the right time. Microsoft is known to come late to war and be the last one standing, will they do it again.

You can read more about 361 Patent and its repercussions in Usman Latif’s website here. He has written a detailed and well written article on this. (Link)

How to Configure More Than One Monitors  

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From 14-inch to 30-inch, sometimes the size of the desktop is just not enough if you have many applications running simultaneously on your system. The multi-monitor setup allows you to connect two or more monitors to a single system to get all the benefits of a single large monitor. By setting up multiple monitors you can watch videos or images on the huge display. You can also view those never-ending Excel spreadsheets and work efficiently without having to scroll up and down the page. This setup can also be used to give you a more realistic experience while playing flight simulator.

To setup multiple monitors, you require single or multiple graphics cards which have dual-link DVI output. You can also use a graphics card with a single DVI port in hybrid graphics mode with a compatible motherboard. This setup is compatible with a system running any version of Microsoft Windows or Linux. Support for multiple monitors is built into the graphics driver by default, so you don’t have to download any third party utility. The multi-monitor management software is specific to the graphic card you are using—nView which is a component of Nvidia’s Forceware drivers (www.nvidia.com) and HydraVison which is an add-on for the ATI Catalyst Control Center (game.amd.com).

Step 1: Connect the monitors
Connect the monitors to the graphics cards. You don’t need to connect them in any particular sequence or to specific ports. The layout and sequence of the monitors can be configured in the graphics driver’s control panel.

Step 2: Layout and display settings
To change the display settings and to check the order in which the monitors are connected. Right-click on the ‘Desktop’ and click on ‘Properties’. Go to ‘Display Settings’, here you will see the monitors connected to your system. Click on ‘Identify Monitors’ and a number will be displayed on each of the monitors for a brief time. Depending on the type of layout you want, arrange the monitors by dragging and dropping them in the ‘Display Settings’ dialog box. After you click ‘Apply’ or ‘OK’, the monitors will be mapped according to your layout. You should be able to move your mouse pointer across all the connected monitors as if you had a single desktop.

Step 3: HydraVison
HydraVision is a multimonitor management software for ATI graphics card. After you download and install the software, a new tab appears in the Catalyst Control Center. The HydraVision tab consists of three controls—HydraGrid, Desktop Manager and Multi Desktop.

From the HydraGrid control, you can assign grids to your desktop. These grids can be used to manage your workspace efficiently by arranging the windows of running applications in a predefined manner. Click the ‘Show Grid’ button to see the default grids across your desktop, and then click ‘Edit HydraGrid’ to edit the grid layout. The Grid Control Settings has the option to ‘Delete All Grids’ as well as use the ‘Preset Grid Layout’. You can also change the grid layout by dragging the borders of the grids. If you want to assign the location of the application to a gird, just right-click on the title bar and select ‘Attach to Grid’.

In the Desktop Manager control, the options such as ‘Enable Desktop Manger’, ‘Preserve Application Position & Size’ and ‘Allow Spanning Across Display’ can be enabled/disabled. The Multi Desktop controls allow you to enable multiple desktops across all the monitors. HydraVision allows you to create up to nine desktops, with an option to ‘Switch Desktop with Mouse Wheel’ and ‘Preserve Display Setting’. After you ‘Enable Multi Desktop’, a new control ‘Virtual Desktop’ control appears. By using this you can configure the settings for each desktop.

Step 4: DisplayFusion
DisplayFusion is a freeware utility which can be downloaded from "www.binaryfortress.com/ displayfusion/". This software allows you to set desktop wallpaper which will span across all the monitors. It also lets you set individual wallpapers for each monitor. One of the distinct features of DisplayFusion is that it allows you to search and download images from Flickr which can be used as wallpapers. The ‘Size Mode’ drop down list has different settings to set the aspect ratio of the image. Make sure that you use high resolution images as wallpapers or else the resulting display will be pixilated.

Step 5: UltraMon
UltraMon is a freeware utility which assists in the management of your multi-monitor setup. By using this utility, you can add a taskbar to each monitor connected to your system. This is a unique feature because the taskbar does not appear by default on each monitor in a multi-monitor setup. The taskbar can further be configured to show only the tasks running on that monitor or all the tasks running across the entire desktop. It also allows you to move windows across the monitors. This utility adds a ‘Maximize to Desktop’ button to the title bar of every window. On clicking this button, the window will maximize across all the monitors. UltraMon also allows you to add hotkeys, create custom menu commands and enable/disable monitors in case you are not using them. Finally, UltraMon also allows you to modify the Screensaver, Wallpaper, Shortcuts and Windows Display Properties. You simply have to right-click on the UltraMon icon in the system tray to do this.

Step 6: nView
Nview is a multi-monitor management utility specially meant for Nvidia graphics cards and is built into the Forceware drivers. It has three control settings—3D Setting, Display and Video & Television. In the 3D settings control you can modify the 3D settings such as anisotropic and anti-aliasing filtering. The Display controls allow you to modify the resolution, color and setup of multiple displays. If you don’t want a single desktop, you can choose to mirror the desktop on other monitors.

Apart from those mentioned above, there are many other options to play around with in the display driver settings, DisplayFusion and UltraMon. We had a great time playing around with a colossal four-panel setup of 17-inch LCD monitors. Try it out and enjoy the big picture. (story: Chip-india)

Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers 03  

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No. 03 Wallpaper:

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Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers 02  

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No. 02 Wallpaper:
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Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers 01  

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Today is Time to Upload some Dual Screen HQ Wallpapers. so lets begins With No. 01 Wallpaper:
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