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According to the Android Market hit 30,000 apps on February 24th, 2010. TechCrunch reported the 20,000 app milestone on December 15th, 2009 and predicted the Android Market would hit 50,000 apps by Q2 2010, I’d say that’s about right… well IN Q2 of 2010. Probably more like mid-May.

Anyhow, here are my calculations for when we can predict the next 40,000 app milestone:
12/15/2009 – 20,000 apps
2/24/2010 – 30,000 apps
In the last 2 weeks – +3,000 apps

At this rate, it should hit 40,000 on or around April 14th, this is of course assuming the rate stays the same and doesn’t increase. We’ll see. Have your own prediction? Post it in the comments.

UPDATE:  Well it seems no one could have predicted the kind of March Android Marketplace had, with over 9,000 new apps, it reached 40,000 in a mere 3 weeks, at or around March 25th.  Impressive!


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Woke up today to a new homepage on Google. As you can see it’s a bit more colorful, buttons are larger, text is larger. No doubt a cleaner and slightly easier to use Google. Other enhancements included sidebar tabbed search results to better switch between results…

There’s also this latest news from Google.

We plan to begin phasing out support of these older browsers on the Google Docs suite and the Google Sites editor on March 1, 2010. After that point, certain functionality within these applications may have higher latency and may not work correctly in these older browsers. Later in 2010, we will start to phase out support for these browsers for Google Mail and Google Calendar. Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

You can kind of see where they got their visual enhancements from… (note: compare the orange “highlighted areas” in bing to the blue highlighted areas in the new google)

With the introduction of a new pricing scheme over at iTunes today (now $1.29 for popular songs, $.99, and $.69 songs) I thought it was worth mentioning the new  For just .79 or .89 cents you can BUY DRM-free music (256-Kbps bit rate mp3), that’s about .40 cents less expensive the Apple iTunes.  In addition to that you can stream your music for free wherever you are with just a simple internet connection and a web browser, no need to carry your music collection around with you.


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Top 3 features that brings to the table that other music giants don’t have.

  • Feature #1: Full previews.  Brilliant idea.  Why NOT let the people listen before they buy?
  • Feature #2: Web songs.  Think of it as licensing rights to only listen to your music online.  With the likes of Last.FM and Pandora being huge among music fans, why NOT give the people an incentive to play the music THEY want to stream to their headsets.  Another brilliant idea.
  • Feature #3: Online Audio Storage & Playback.  Give the people the right to stream music and play music they already own.  Another great idea.  Let’s just hope by letting people do this for free, that in turn people will buy some music from them to support all this bandwidth!


Other features include the ability to post your 4 favorite songs at the moment (music forecast) to share your listening tastes with other listeners on  Think of it like twitter for tunes.  You can also embed or share your albums on websites or blogs.

In the mood for something different?  Something done right, that’s cost-efficient and customizable to YOUR listening needs no matter where you are?  Try

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Are you always laughing at binary or ASCII jokes, yet wondering why no one else finds it funny? Well enter, Don McMillan. He’s an engineer turned funny man and some of his jokes will just make you roll on the floor laughing. It’s definitely “Office Space” level of humor with jokes about powerpoint, management, sales, and a lot of just funny jokes.

Check out his site and a couple of his videos and you’ll get the idea. 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages. It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose.


Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available on Windows Update (and the Microsoft Download Center)!

If you’d like to install it via WU today, you’ll need to visit the Windows Update website. To do this, go to Windows Update and perform an express or custom install, make sure you see the service pack selected, and proceed with the install. After it downloads, you’ll see a series of screens and you’ll be asked to make a few clicks before the install will begin.

If you’re not in a rush, we recommend you use Automatic Updates to install Windows XP SP3. It provides the best experience because the download will happen in the background. We’re planning to begin automatically distributing Windows XP SP3 over AU sometime in the next few months.

You can find more information about the release here.

Hope you enjoy it!

-MU Team

P.S. You may have heard about an incompatibility Dynamics Retail Management System has with SP3 and Windows Vista SP1– we’ve added a filter to block WU from offering Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista SP1 to systems w/ RMS for now and will make a fix available soon (details here). You may have also heard that we temporarily suspended automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1 for this – we’re now also happy to report that we’ve resumed automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1.

Posted: Tuesday, May 06, 2008 6:08 PM by muteam

From Arcom MasterSPEC MasterFormat ’04


A.     “Approved“:  When used to convey Architect’s action on Contractor’s submittals, applications, and requests, “approved” is limited to Architect’s duties and responsibilities as stated in the Conditions of the Contract.
B.     “Directed“:  A command or instruction by Architect.  Other terms including “requested,” “authorized,” “selected,” “approved,” “required,” and “permitted” have the same meaning as “directed.”
C.     “Indicated“:  Requirements expressed by graphic representations or in written form on Drawings, in Specifications, and in other Contract Documents.  Other terms including “shown,” “noted,” “scheduled,” and “specified” have the same meaning as “indicated.”
D.     “Regulations“:  Laws, ordinances, statutes, and lawful orders issued by authorities having jurisdiction, and rules, conventions, and agreements within the construction industry that control performance of the Work.
E.     “Furnish“:  Supply and deliver to Project site, ready for unloading, unpacking, assembly, installation, and similar operations.
F.     “Install“:  Operations at Project site including unloading, temporarily storing, unpacking, assembling, erecting, placing, anchoring, applying, working to dimension, finishing, curing, protecting, cleaning, and similar operations.
G.     “Provide“:  Furnish and install, complete and ready for the intended use.
H.     “Installer“:  Contractor or another entity engaged by Contractor as an employee, Subcontractor, or Sub-subcontractor, to perform a particular construction operation, including installation, erection, application, and similar operations.  Installers shall be experienced in the operation they are engaged to perform.
1.  Using a term such as “carpentry” does not imply that certain construction activities must be performed by accredited or unionized individuals of a corresponding generic name, such as “carpenter.”  It also does not imply that requirements specified apply exclusively to tradespeople of the corresponding generic name.
I.     “Project Site“:  Space available for performing construction activities.  The extent of Project site is shown on Drawings and may or may not be identical with the description of the land on which Project is to be built.
J.     “As Required“:  As required by regulatory bodies, by referenced standards, by existing conditions, by generally accepted construction practice or by the Contract Documents.  In the event of ambiguity or conflicts, the most stringent requirements shall apply.
K.     “By Others” refers to work that is not a part of the Contract.
L.     “N.I.C.:  “Not in Contract” means the work or the item indicated is not a part of the Contract and will be provided by the Owner.

From the Register:

AVG Technologies plans to release a revamped version of its popular, free anti-malware scanner on Thursday.

Version 8.0 of the software will add anti-spyware and safe search features to its core anti-virus engine. Safe surfing features, that give users warnings about visiting insecure websites all the time not just when they search, will remain a paid feature of AVG’s full fat product.

Both the safe search and safe surfing features use Linkscanner technology, acquired by AVG when it bought Exploit Prevention Labs last December

Larry Bidwell, AVG’s global security strategist, explained that as well as keeping a small database of known bad sites Linkscanner looks for pointers to dodgy content, such as links to encrypted JavaScript files often associated with malware downloads, on analysed sites.

The increasing hacker tactic of planting drive-by-downloads on legitimate websites makes such real time analysis techniques more important, he added.

AVG 8.0 comes free of charge to consumers and will be available, initially in English only, from Thursday 24 April. Italian, French, and Spanish versions are also in the works. Previously, the free version of the scanner was only available in English.

New York's Freedom Tower

I love both architecture and technology, so days were I can post about both at the same time, well it makes my day. The use of wireless tags to monitor the setting of the concrete, that’s just sweet. While it’s limited to 6-years due to battery life, it should be sufficient to monitor a majority of the setting… but 20 feet thick concrete structure that takes 14,000psi… wow!

The concrete base of the 541 metre Freedom Tower, being built on the site of New York’s former World Trade Centre, will be embedded with RFID tags to make sure it’s setting properly and can sustain the pressure of 14,000 psi the tower will exert.

Monitoring the temperature of setting concrete is nothing new, but doing so wirelessly is a developing technique that was first trialled in 2003. The technology being used for the Freedom Tower comes from Wake Inc, which leads the relatively new field.

The wireless solution is more expensive, but the complexity of laying cables and keeping track of them largely offsets that expense.

The tags themselves are battery powered, which gives a much greater range (up to 300 feet according to the manufacturers) than the more familiar induction-powered tags, but limits the life to about six years. Where tags are powered by induction, the tag reader needs to be within a few inches, something hard to achieve when the parts of the structure are 20 feet thick.

The Freedom Tower is due to open in 2011, so the tags should still be functioning come opening day, which might give comfort to the first people to ascend.

[ The Register ]