Juice, The Cross-Platform Podcast Receiver

What is Juice? What can I use it for? 

Juice is technically a “Media Aggregator,” a program that allows you to select and download audio files from anywhere on the Internet to your desktop.

Juice makes the process easy by helping you select audio files from among the thousands of audio sources on the web and downloading those files to your computer. Once you select a feed or location, it will download those files automatically at times you specify and have the files waiting for you on your computer, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time manually selecting and waiting for downloads. You can play your selected audio files using iTunes or other “jukebox” software, or load them on to your iPod or other portable digital media player to play anytime you want.

How does Juice work? 

Juice uses RSS (really simple syndication) to “feed” files to
your computer. RSS usually involves headlines and text, but we’ve devised a way to have it move audio files. Once you’ve installed Juice, you can select podcasts to subscribe to in two different ways: Either clicking the selection button to see a directory of available podcasts or enter a URL for a podcast you’ve found on your own. You can set the scheduling options so that Juice scans for new downloads as often as you like, or you can control it manually. When it is done downloading new files, it adds them to your library, all ready to be played or synched to your MP3 device.

Do I need an iPod to use Juice? 

No, you can use your computer or any other MP3 player. Juice is
platform-independent, so you can use it from virtually any computer and play the files on any MP3 device.

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Features

Juice allows you to download and manage your various podcast subscriptions. It has a large built-in directory of podcasts (though some are no longer active). You can play a downloaded podcast directly in Windows Media Player.

By default, Juice will save your podcasts to JuicePortable\Data\Downloaded Podcasts. You can alter this directory in the options. It should be noted that while you are downloading and saving files to a USB flash drive, performance of other portable apps will slow.

Juice Portable is packaged in a PortableApps.com Installer so it will automatically detect an existing PortableApps.com installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it’s in PortableApps.com Format, so it automatically works with the PortableApps.com Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.

Juice Portable is available for immediate download from the Juice Portable homepage. Get it today!

Wordcamp 2006 It’s Official

WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress, the free and open source personal publishing software that powers over 25 million sites on the web.

WordCamps come in all different flavors, based on the local communities that produce them, but in general, WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc. To get an idea of the types of sessions typically seen at WordCamps, check out the WordCamp channel at WordPress.tv.

WordCamps are attended by people ranging from blogging newbies to professional WordPress developers and consultants, and usually combine scheduled programming with unconference sessions and other activities. For more information on common WordCamp elements, read about what to expect at a WordCamp.

The first WordCamp was organized in San Francisco by Matt Mullenweg in 2006. Since then, local communities around the world have organized over a hundred WordCamps, and we anticipate that number will pass a thousand within the next couple of years.

About a month ago, while I had Flock tunnel vision because of the release, one of my favorite softwares, WordPress — the best blogging software and service for everyone — got that much better by adding importing and exporting of your entir…

Yahoo! Helped Jail another Chinese Cyberdissident

Another cyberdissident imprisoned
because of data provided by Yahoo

Reporters Without Borders today condemned the US firm Yahoo! for handing over data on one of its users in China which enabled the authorities there to send him to prison for eight years, the second such case that has come to light in recent months.

It called on Yahoo! to supply a list of all cyberdissidents it has provided data on, beginning with 81 people in China whose release the worldwide press freedom organization is currently campaigning for.

It said it had discovered that Yahoo! customer and cyberdissident Li Zhi had been given his eight-year prison sentence in December 2003 based on electronic records provided by Yahoo. “How many more cases are we going to find?” it asked.

“We were sure the case of Shi Tao, who was jailed for 10 years last April on the basis of Yahoo-supplied data, was not the only one. Now we know Yahoo works regularly and efficiently with the Chinese police.

“The firm says it simply responds to requests from the authorities for data without ever knowing what it will be used for. But this argument no longer holds water. Yahoo certainly knew it was helping to arrest political dissidents and journalists, not just ordinary criminals. The company must answer for what it is doing at the US congressional hearing set for February 15.”

The foreign-based news website Boxun.com posted on February 5 the plea of cyberdissident Li’s lawyer, Zhang Sizhi, at an appeal court hearing in February 2004 (www.peacehall.com/cgi-bin/news/gb_display/print_version.cgi?art=/gb/china/2006/02&link=200602051139.shtml). Zhang said his client, who used the e-mail address libertywg@yahoo.com.cn and user-name lizhi34100, had been sentenced on the basis of data handed over by Yahoo! Hong Kong in a report dated August 1, 2003.

Li, a 35-year-old ex-civil servant from the southwestern province of Dazhou, had been sentenced on December 10, 2003 to eight years in prison for “inciting subversion.” He had been arrested the previous August after he criticized in online discussion groups and articles the corruption of local officials.

Local sources said Yahoo! Hong Kong’s cooperation with the police was also mentioned in the court’s verdict on Li.

The US house of Representatives Committee on International Relations will hold a hearing on February 15 about the ethical responsibilities of Internet firms. Yahoo! has been invited to attend.

49 cyberdissidents and 32 journalists are in prison in China for posting on the Internet articles and criticism of the authorities.

Phonetics – Pavlos

A few days back I had a discussion on phonetic alphabets with a friend who is in the army. They actually have to know all that. Both in English and Greek – it being the Greek army.So, how did that Java assignment go? First year in university I had to do so many Java assignments… Java is certainly more fun to drink (or even visit) than code in.

Financial Solutions for loans

Don’t have a savings program in place?
You’re playing with fire and placing yourself at the mercy of relying on responsible individuals to help bail you out. A savings program in place provides you with a safety cushion for unexpected emergency situations that usually require financial resources. As the saying goes – “save for a rainy day.” because you never know when it’s going to pour.

Are you only paying the minimum on your monthly credit card bills?
If you can only afford minimum payments, more than likely you’re overextended and should re-evaluate your budget and spending habits. Unfortunately, if you are thrown into a monetary emergency that requires financial resources, your situation will become unmanageable.

Have you been declined credit or declined a credit line increase?
Needing payday loan debt assistance or Being declined credit or a credit line increase is a sign that you need to re-evaluate your finances. Creditors use guidelines to determine your credit worthiness.

After you pay your monthly bills, do you accumulate as much or more debt the following month? This may be a sure indicator that you’re utilizing your credit cards to maintain your style of living, or for daily necessities — such as gas and food.

Can you account for the total amount of debt owed, or have you avoided adding up the entire amount of your outstanding debt?

Benefits to the new age!

What are the benefits to Kitchen Cabinet Resurfacing?

If you’ve ever desired to give your kitchen a fresh look, then cabinet replacement may be a tempting option. However, replacement is often very expensive and requires a full redesign of your kitchen cabinet structure. For those who desire a remodeled kitchen that also retains the interior structure of the cabinets, there is a solution that is cheaper, less intrusive, and more eco-friendly than full cabinet replacement: kitchen cabinet resurfacing.

Resurfacing bathtub refinishing fort lauderdale (also known as refacing) has many benefits when compared to a full cabinet replacement. Because resurfacing focuses on replacing the doors and hinges of the cabinets rather than replacing and changing the entire cabinet space, resurfacing is much cheaper than full replacement. You can choose from a vast array of door styles and handles to give your kitchen an entirely new look. However, resurfacing isn’t just about changing the appearance of your cabinets. You can also increase the utility of your cabinets by installing new features such as roll-out trays.

Time is money, and kitchen cabinet resurfacing can save you both! Whereas full cabinet replacement can take up to six weeks, resurfacing can be completed in anywhere between one and five days. This means that there is a minimal effect on your everyday life while you go about resurfacing your cabinets. Another benefit of resurfacing is that it is customizable and you can do it yourself. With this option, you will certainly save money and will have free reign to let your creativity produce the perfect look for your kitchen.

Resurfacing is an option that saves time, money and even resources. When matched with countertop resurfacing boca raton, resurfacing uses fewer resources. If there is nothing wrong with the basic interior structure of your cabinets, then tearing out all the cabinets may be a waste of valuable resources. Resurfacing provides a “green” alternative that reduces the amount of waste that gets sent to the landfill. Many companies that provide resurfacing services are committed to reducing waste by taking inventory of the kitchen’s existing design and working around that to provide a renovation that is both eco-friendly and unique to your kitchen’s layout.

It is easy to see why kitchen cabinet resurfacing is becoming more and more popular. It gives people the opportunity to renovate more responsibly and efficiently while also allowing for unique creative potential. - kitchen cabinet refinishing

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