Dec 22
Author: elleevee aka Lev has been a Threadless member since January 3, 2007, has scored 3209 submissions, giving an average score of 1.46.

This might be the most fun you’ll have in photoshop all year.
Presenting a tutorial to transform any image into 3D using depth maps.

Difficulty rating: 3/5 dimensions

What you will need:

● 3d glasses (red/blue lens)
● Photoshop (6.0, CS, CS2, CS3, CS4)
Step 1: Image selection

Any picture can be made 3d. But if you really want a cool 3d image you have to search for one with interesting features. I’m choosing a pic of Harper (found in the press photos for threadless) for my test as he is obviously in the zone, and also because he is creating motion with the ping pong balls. There is some good depth between him and the table including the net bottom frame. The wall also gives us some restrictions which is good.

Things to look for in your image:
● Good depth between camera and objects
● Sense of motion
● Various objects & people
● RGB image (if in cymk convert to rgb)
● Try not to get images with red, blue or white in them (as you can see in some of my tests below the red and blue mixes with the channel displacement. Greens and dark earthy colours are great.

Step 2: Setting up your Image

Open your image in photoshop and save it as a .psd document. If you’re familiar with photoshop then you know all about layers and will breeze through this part with your shortcuts.
For others here is a quick guide:

● Create a new layer from menu bar (Layer → New → New Layer)
● Name it whatever you want, or call it ‘3d’ to remember what you’re using it for.
● This layer will be used to paint over the original image.

Step 3: The Depth Map

Now the fun begins…
We’ll be using a depth map which is a grey scale representation of the distances from the camera to the objects within your image. (thanks to Rafael for the definition)
The closest object represented will be white, the farthest, black and all other objects in between will be given different shades of gray.
Study your image to locate any objects you would like to pop out in the final picture.

Step 4: Greyscaling your image (“A Whiter Shade Of Pale…”)

It’s time to brush the objects from white to greys to black.
For the people learning photoshop you can just use a hard or soft brush and work on the layer we created earlier for all your various greys. Make sure you work from white to black and greys which you can do by clicking the colour button and selecting colours on the far left of the colour picker.

For the advanced photoshop users you might want to trace the objects out with a path to get a sharper image. Fill in the paths with your various shades of grey later.

Things to watch out for:
● Make sure the entire image is covered with greys, whites and blacks
● Don’t go outside the lines of your object

Step 5: Saving your depth map

So now you have an image covered in greys. It looks pretty boring right?
This step may get a little tricky so I’ll do it in point form.

➊ Click the channels tab next to layers
➋ Select either a red, green or blue channel
➌ Right click on the chosen channel
➍ Click duplicate channel
➎ It will ask what you would like to call this channel
➏ Call it whatever you want, maybe ‘MAP’ for saving purposes
➐ Under destination, click the drop down and select NEW, also give it the name ‘MAP’
➑ Photoshop will open it as a new file (you can blur the image a little bit if you want to soften the edges)
➒ Save this file as a .psd in the same folder as the image you are currently working on
➓ Close the newly created depth map

Step 6: Applying your depth map to the original image

After going back to your original image you will want to turn off the greyscale layer that you painted over the top of your original picture.
Make sure all the channels are visible again.
As this is a menu step I’ll do point form once more.
● Click the layer of your picture
● Click channels tab and highlight the red channel by clicking it.
● Make sure all the channels are still visible but the red channel is just highlighted.
● Click the menu bar at the top for Filter → Distort → Displace

This part will require some back and forth, apple z, ctrl-z moments as you calibrate the level of 3d you need before it starts to break up. It’s kind of like a sweet spot you need to find.
Have your 3d glasses ready to test the effect of the 3d map.
As you clicked the red channel you’ll want to horizontally shift the depth map to the left. Using integer scales.
So to do this set the horizontal scale to -5
Set the vertical scale to 0 (as you don’t want it to shift up)
Make sure the displacement map option is: Stretch To Fit
Undefined Areas: Repeat Edge Pixels

Click OK. It will ask for you to choose the displacement map which should be where your original image is located on your computer. Open the one you labelled MAP (or whatever you called it)

Yo Wow! the image should be 3d!

But now we need to shift the blue channel in the opposite direction to make it more 3d.

So repeat the steps for the blue channel that you used on the red channel. However this time instead of setting horizontal scale to -5, set it to 5, as it needs to go to the right. Select the same map again and the image should be 3d!

Now you can undo a few times and try stronger shifting on the displacement values, try doing from 1-10 and see how extreme the displacement effects the image.

Step 7: Find a New Image & Repeat!

Keep practicing on different images, and adjusting different horizontal values to get the 3d effect to pop better.
For more advanced 3d effects you can also use gradients to simulate perspective and vanishing points which are effective on walls and roads.

Some more pics:

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May 31

BB house for little monsters


HERE’S the first glimpse of the new Big Brother house – and it looks like bosses were inspired by the space cadets preparing to move in.

Big’s in space … all mod cons, including crates

Curved beams with fluorescent lights and futuristic wallpaper mirror designs from a 60s sci-fi movie.

But space is what’s missing this year – the producers have given the BB10 wannabes the smallest pad yet.

Astro turf … shrunken lawn and smoking shack

Gone are the comfy sofas, leaving housemates just a handful of wooden crates to perch on. 


And the smoking area – last year a sit-in giant ashtray – has been replaced with what looks like a bus shelter.

The rest of the garden has also been pruned, leaving the contestants fighting it out for the �100,000 prize little room to sunbathe or exercise.

A show insider said: “This house is going to make housemates really uncomfortable as Big Brother plays more mind games than ever.

“Not only is there less space but there’s hardly any furniture and everything is painted stark white. It’s really minimalist and modern. There’s a kind of space-age feel.”

Big Brother 10 kicks off at 9pm this Thursday on Channel 4.


New BB logo’s a real dab hand

BIG Brother has revealed its logo for this summer’s series – featuring what looks like a thumbprint.
The iconic eye gets a makeover each year and has previously featured shattered glass and stars.

It is always seen by housemates as a clue to tasks the Channel 4 show’s bosses have in store.

Ha! brilliant! Bit of an eye sore though…
I have to say 70% of contestants are crazy, but this’ll send them bonkers!!!

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Jan 21


What’s the most recognised logo in the world? It would probably be Google’s if only they could stick to one. Yet as the world’s most popular search engine tries out a new favicon, Craig Smith says the old branding rulebook is being rewritten.


It’s not the size that matters, it’s how often you use it. So the thinking goes at Google, which has just revealed the design of its latest favicon – the tiny logo that shows any web user, on any web browser, anywhere in the world, precisely whose internet “real estate” they are currently residing upon.

An example of a favicon can be seen at the top of this page (so long as you are using an up-to-date enough web browser). Just in front of the URL… there is a small BBC logo. That 16×16 pixel square is the size of the favicon in question, if not the scope.

Now consider that, at the website owner’s discretion, the logo appears on every single one of its pages that the world’s web population loads. For Google that amounts to upward of 1, 200 million individual searches. Every day.

Add to that its Google News, Google Images, mobile search and multitude of other online services. Suddenly the favicon takes on an importance that belies its fingernail-sized dimensions, and the motivation for Google to roll out its third design in less than a year, as it attempts to get its favicon right, becomes clear.

Google’s journey to this latest multi-coloured graphic identity charts a course through some of the unique challenges of favicon design, and through those of logo design in general. The world’s leading search engine, whose very name has been adopted as the generic term for finding pages on the web, has achieved web domination without ever having had an actual logo.

Magic Eye style

Think of Google visually and you will probably picture the letters that make up the word Google, picked out in bright primary colours. In the designer’s lexicon, rather than being a logo, Google has a logotype – albeit a very successful one around which it is famed for creating ever-changing topical “doodle” themes.

What Google has so far lacked is the sort of universally recognised icon that identifies a Mercedes-Benz car at distance or, in technology terms, the Apple computer or Yahoo web page – all logos that these brands use as their own favicon, not least because they fit the diminutive dimensions. The word Google, by contrast, would not reduce and still be legible.

Cue the new Google favicon – a rainbow of differently shaped blocks. A bit like one of those “hidden” Magic Eye pictures popular in the 1990s, not everyone will immediately see that the Google favicon blocks interlock to form a “g” shape.

That hardly matters. The design makes best use of favicon limitations and is a marked evolution of Google’s previous iterations – a small blue “g” on a white background since June of last year, and a capital “G” before that.

While the old branding rulebook would discourage such regular, radical overhauls, reeking as it does of indecisiveness and inconsistency, in the digital world such rules are temporary, at best.

Steve Plimsoll, of brand consultancy FutureBrand, says the traditional rules on corporate identity are starting to look a little tired.

Mighty morphin logos

“Logos are set to become fluid, ever-changing, customisable, even personalised entities and Google is the first global brand that understands this,” says Mr Plimsoll, who is head of digital.

“We are going to have to get used to the idea of our brands changing frequently, and when we do, every three months will seem like the dark ages.”

If you don’t like the new look, then, you can wait or, more proactively, send the company your own design. When Google unveiled the small ‘g’ last year, the company’s head of search products & user experience, Marissa Mayer, hinted at a transitory solution, saying “by no means is the one you’re seeing our favicon final; it was a first step to a more unified set of icons” and inviting users to contribute ideas.

The new favicon is based on a design sent in by André Resende, a computer science undergraduate student at the University of Campinas in Brazil.

It may sound indecisive, even amateurish, but the fast-changing nature of Google’s digital world dictates it. While the billions of pages of Google’s branded “real estate” is the headline figure, its real focus is to keep pace with users’ mobile phones, computer task bars and web bookmarks in such a way as to keep directing them effortlessly back to Google – using the favicon as their guide.

For the world’s biggest search engine, the world’s smallest signpost is one of its most valuable assets.

Craig Smith is a marketing author and editorial director at publishing agency Velo

From BBC

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Jan 16

Want to send a short email to a friend and get it delivered to his/her cell phone as SMS? If you know your friends’ phone numbers and the carrier they are on then you can easily send emails to their cell phones directly from your email program.


Here is how it works:

Most of mobile carriers offer free Email To SMS gateways which can be used to forward simple text emails to a mobile phones. And the good news, majority of those gateways are free and available to the general public.

You just need to know the number and the carrier of the recipient to start emailing them to mobile phone. Below we put together a table listing free email to SMS gateways for different carriers. You can use as quick reference both for US and international mobile numbers.

Free Email To SMS Gateways (Major US Carriers)

[10-digit phone number]

AT&T (formerly Cingular)
[10-digit phone number]
[10-digit phone number] (MMS)
[10-digit phone number]

Nextel (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit telephone number]

Sprint PCS (now Sprint Nextel)
[10-digit phone number]
[10-digit phone number] (MMS)

[10-digit phone number]

US Cellular
[10-digit phone number] (SMS)
[10-digit phone number] (MMS)

[10-digit phone number]
[10-digit phone number] (MMS)

Virgin Mobile USA
[10-digit phone number]

Free Email To SMS Gateways (International + Smaller US)

These are all I could find from Wikipedia and other sources. If you’re aware of any other ones please share them in comments and I’ll add them to the list.

Carrier Email to SMS Gateway
7-11 Speakout (USA GSM)
Airtel (Karnataka, India)
Airtel Wireless (Montana, USA)
Alaska Communications Systems
AT&T Enterprise Paging
BigRedGiant Mobile Solutions
Bell Mobility & Solo Mobile (Canada)
BPL Mobile (Mumbai, India)
Cellular One (Dobson)
Cingular (Postpaid)
Centennial Wireless
Cingular (GoPhone prepaid) (SMS)
Claro (Brasil)
Claro (Nicaragua)
Cricket (SMS)
Emtel (Mauritius)
Fido (Canada)
General Communications Inc.
Globalstar (satellite)
Illinois Valley Cellular
Iridium (satellite)
i wireless
Koodo Mobile (Canada)
LMT (Latvia)
Meteor (Ireland)
Mero Mobile (Nepal)
Movicom (Argentina)
Mobitel (Sri Lanka)
Movistar (Colombia)
MTN (South Africa)
MTS (Canada)
Nextel (United States)
Nextel (Argentina)
Orange Polska (Poland)
Personal (Argentina)
Plus GSM (Poland)
President’s Choice (Canada)
Rogers (Canada)
SL Interactive (Australia)
Sasktel (Canada)
Setar Mobile email (Aruba)
T-Mobile (Austria)
T-Mobile (UK)
Telus Mobility (Canada)
Thumb Cellular
Tigo (Formerly Ola)
Tracfone (prepaid)
Virgin Mobile (Canada)
Vodacom (South Africa)
Vodafone (Italy)
MobiPCS (Hawaii only)


If you can’t find a gatewayd for your current provider here, check out following links:

If you are aware of any other free sms to email gateways please add it in comments. Also let us know whether you tried any of the above and your experience with it.

How To Send Email To Any Cell Phone (for Free) |

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Sep 02

Google now posted on this at their blog, announcing the launch date to be today, 2nd, Sep,Tuesday.

Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia.

Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come.

“We realised… we needed to completely rethink the browser,” said Google’s Sundar Pichai in a blog post.

The new browser will help Google take advantage of developments it is pushing online in rich web applications that are challenging traditional desktop programs.

Google has a suite of web apps, such as Documents, Picasa and Maps which offer functionality that is beginning to replace offline software.

“What we really needed was not just a browser, but also a modern platform for web pages and applications, and that’s what we set out to build,” Mr Pichai, VP Product Management, wrote.

The launch of a beta version of Chrome on Tuesday will be Google’s latest assault on Microsoft’s dominance of the PC business. The firm’s Internet Explorer program dominates the browser landscape, with 80% of the market.

Google’ve made the comic publicly available — you can find it here.

 In very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book points to , but I can’t see anything live there yet. In a nut-shell, here’s what the comic announces Google Chrome to be:

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  • Google Chrome is Google’s open source browser project. As rumored before under the name of “Google Browser”, this will be based on the existing rendering engine Webkit. Furthermore, it will include Google’s Gears project.

  • The browser will include a JavaScript Virtual Machine called V8, built from scratch by a team in Denmark, and open-sourced as well so other browsers could include it. One aim of V8 was to speed up JavaScript performance in the browser, as it’s such an important component on the web today. Google also say they’re using a “multi-process design” which they say means “a bit more memory up front” but over time also “less memory bloat.” When web pages or plug-ins do use a lot of memory, you can spot them in Chrome’s task manager, “placing blame where blame belongs.”

  • Google Chrome will use special tabs. Instead of traditional tabs like those seen in Firefox, Chrome puts the tab buttons on the upper side of the window, not below the address bar.
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  • The browser has an address bar with auto-completion features. Called ’omnibox’, Google says it offers search suggestions, top pages you’ve visited, pages you didn’t visit but which are popular amd more. The omnibox (“omni” is a prefix meaning “all”, as in “omniscient” – “all-knowing”) also lets you enter e.g. “digital camera” if the title of the page you visited was “Canon Digital Camera”. Additionally, the omnibox lets you search a website of which it captured the search box; you need to type the site’s name into the address bar, like “amazon”, and then hit the tab key and enter your search keywords.

  • As a default homepage Chrome presents you with a kind of “speed dial” feature, similar to the one of Opera. On that page you will see your most visited webpages as 9 screenshot thumbnails. To the side, you will also see a couple of your recent searches and your recently bookmarked pages, as well as recently closed tabs.

  • Chrome has a privacy mode; Google says you can create an “incognito” window “and nothing that occurs in that window is ever logged on your computer.” The latest version of Internet Explorer calls this InPrivate. Google’s use-case for when you might want to use the “incognito” feature is e.g. to keep a surprise gift a secret. As far as Microsoft’s InPrivate mode is concerned, people also speculated it was a “porn mode.”

  • Web apps can be launched in their own browser window without address bar and toolbar. Mozilla has a project called Prism that aims to do similar (though doing so may train users into accepting non-URL windows as safe or into ignoring the URL, which could increase the effectiveness of phishing attacks).

  • To fight malware and phishing attempts, Chrome is constantly downloading lists of harmful sites. Google also promises that whatever runs in a tab is sandboxed so that it won’t affect your machine and can be safely closed. Plugins the user installed may escape this security model, Google admits.
  • This looks like a very interesting project, and I think it can’t hurt to have more competition in the browser area. Google is playing this as nicely as possible by open-sourcing things, with perhaps part of the reason to try to defend against monopoly accusations – after all, Google already owns a lot of what’s happening inside the browser, and some may feel owning a browser too could be a little too much power for a single company (Google could, for instance, release browser features that benefit their sites more than most other sites… as can Microsoft with Internet Explorer). For now, until Chrome is released in a testable version, how much of the speed, stability and user interface promises will be fullfilled – and how much of the interface you’ll be able to configure in case you don’t like it – remains to be seen.


    Google Chrome Screenshots

    Google announced their browser Google Chrome to be available on Tuesday, but their download page and tour was already partly available at just now, as Uval in the forum noticed. While the download itself didn’t work when I tried, I was able to extract some screenshots, from the frontpage but also the YouTube videos. And while the product tour videos themselves seemed to require a special group membership at YouTube, the video still previews are public and you can paste the video identifier into a URL like this one to see more high quality stills.

    Screenshots of Google Chrome from the service’s frontpage.

    The auto-completion of the so-called “omnibox” address bar.

    The homepage showing 9 thumbnailed pages to access, along with more pointers in the side-bar, to appear “[e]very time you open a new tab”, as Google says.

    Zooming in on the browser tabs.

    The Google Chrome task manager, e.g. to monitor if certain sites cause memory problems.

    A screen showing the “Google incognito” mode for allegedly more private browsing.

    Another auto-completion example.

    A star near the address input bar lets you bookmark a page, apparently.

    A look into the settings menu.

    Google in their tour says with Chrome “you see your download’s status at the bottom of your current window.”


    [Images by Google.]


    Google on Google Chrome – comic book    this comic book by Google, drawn by Scott McCloud, is scanned here and shown under its Creative Commons license.

    Official Google Blog: A fresh take on the browser 

    Google Chrome, Google’s Browser Project

    Don’t Get Hooked on Google Chrome Hype


     Where to Download Google Chrome ?

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    Aug 21

    IE 8 to get ‘porn mode’?

    News, Web And Graphics Design Comments Off on IE 8 to get ‘porn mode’?

    Mary Jo Foley on ZDNet is blogging about speculation that Internet Explorer 8 will include a special privacy mode, uncomfortably, but understandably, nicknamed “porn mode.” Doubtless Microsoft will have a more boring name ready by the time it is announced.

    The idea of this mode is that no traces of activity—history, cache, cookies, form field entries, etc,—are left behind. This feature has been in Safari for many years.

    Foley asked Microsoft if the feature would be in the supposedly-soon-to-be-released beta 2 of Internet Explorer 8. All they would say is that they would talk more about privacy at the right time.

    The countdown to Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Beta 2 is on. Microsoft said the consumer-focused IE 8 test release would be available in August. There are just 11 days left….

    No doubt, Microsoft has been holding back some features that will be added to the new test build. Istartedsomething’s Long Zheng blogged on August 20 about one such possibility: Private browsing, a k a “porn mode.” Private browsing is a feature that the Mozilla team ended up pulling from Firefox 3 (and 3.1), but one that Safari has had since 2005.

    Private browsing allows those browsing the Web to erase their online tracks in history, cache and personal information entered and shared by a user on a Web page.

    I asked Microsoft whether Zheng was right, and all a spokeswoman would say is the company will have more to say about privacy as IE 8 evolves.

    There have been a couple of IE Blog posts that offer hints that Microsoft may be going beyond the pure “private browsing” mode.

    From a June 24, 2008 IE Blog post on trustworthy browsing:

    “(T)there’s more to online privacy than cookies, as cookies are only one implementation of content that can disclose information to websites. In some discussions, people have also described IE7’s Phishing Filter as a privacy feature because it helps protect users from sharing information. The larger challenge here is notifying users clearly about what sites they’re disclosing information to and enabling them to control that disclosure if they choose. As we talk more about privacy, we will broaden the discussion to include additional protections from sharing information that the browser can offer users.”

    Some IE users have been saying for years that they want somthing more granular than the current browser option to delete all cookies or all temporary Internet files. From way back in 2006 in the comments on the IE Blog, poster Nick Davis said:

    “I *hate* clearing my history, because lots of history is useful. What’s that new supplier’s site I went to last week and forgot to bookmark, etc. I hate losing all that info, just to cover up the fact that I, ahem, bought a gift for a loved one.

    “Selective history. That’s what we need. Or a way to selectively delete browsing history after the fact. I mean, we’re only over 10 years into this whole web browser thing, and we have basically the same feature since v1.”

    Any guesses as to what Microsoft might deliver on the privacy front with the forthcoming IE 8 Beta 2 and/or final release (slated to be available before the end of 2008)?

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    Jun 18

    Since the Mozilla website will be crushed today with traffic, here is the direct link to download Firefox Version 3.0 now:

    Click here to download Firefox 3

    Keep hitting refresh for almost 1 hour, finally get through and get 3 versions Firefox, now I upload them all to fileshare website:

    If Mozilla website is down and you think you cant wait a few days for this Firefox 3, you have a strong feeling trying to update your browser today, try the links here (I swear, no virus):

    Firefox 3 English UK
    Firefox Setup 3.0(UK)
    Firefox 3 English US
    Firefox Setup 3.0(US)
    Firefox 3 Chinese
    Firefox Setup 3.0(CN)

    PASSWORD: pinewooddesign

    Any problem pls leave comment here, I will get u back asap.

    Related post:
    Firefox 3 launches today; Five reasons you can’t live without it
    Still waiting for Google Toolbar for Firefox 3
    Official: Firefox 3 ‘weeks not months’ away
    Don’t think the Firefox 3 “awesome bar” is awesome? Here’s how to disable it

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    Jun 18

    Don’t think the Firefox 3 “awesome bar” is awesome? Here’s how to disable it.

    Tutorial Comments Off on Don’t think the Firefox 3 “awesome bar” is awesome? Here’s how to disable it.

    With Firefox 3’s Download Day upon us, a lot of folks are getting their first peek at the newest version of the popular browser. One of the first things you’ll notice is the “Awesome Bar,” a new feature that drops down a list of sites from your history and bookmarks as you type. For example, you could type “d,” and your bookmark for Download Squad would pop up, along with, if you’ve recently visited it.

    For some people, this is going to be handy, but others are going to hate it. We have mixed opinions about the Awesome Bar here at Download Squad, so we’re going to show you how to turn it off.

    First, go to your Firefox settings by putting “about:config” into the location bar. Click past the warning message, and scroll down to browser.urlbar.maxRichResults. This sets how many recommendations the Awesome Bar will display — it’s 12 by default, but you want to change it to 0.

    Now your location bar should act more the one you’re used to from Firefox 2. It’ll still autocomplete addresses of sites you’ve been to, but the behavior that’s been annoying some people so much will be gone. Alternately, an extension called Oldbar will give you back Firefox 2’s dropdown behavior.

    Related post:
    Firefox 3 launches today; Five reasons you can’t live without it
    Still waiting for Google Toolbar for Firefox 3
    Official: Firefox 3 ‘weeks not months’ away
    Don’t think the Firefox 3 “awesome bar” is awesome? Here’s how to disable it

    If Mozilla website still jam, Download Firefox 3 here (link)!!!
    Get the Google Toolbar for Firefox 3

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    Jun 18

    firefox 3

    Please download Firefox 3 by 11:16 a.m. PDT (18:16 UTC) on June 18, 2008. That’s 11:16 a.m. in Mountain View, 2:16 p.m. in Toronto, 3:16 p.m. in Rio de Janeiro, 8:16 p.m. in Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Rome and Warsaw, 10:16 p.m. in Moscow, and June 19, 2008 at 2:16 a.m. in Beijing and 3:16 a.m. in Tokyo.

    At 04:30 18-06-2008 London time:

    Total Downloads Region Downloads

    From Download Squad:

    After a long wait, version 3 of the popular Firefox browser is officially available today — get yours here. It’s likely the most anticipated Firefox release ever, poised to break a world record for the most downloads in a single day but, does it live up to its lofty expectations?

    Frankly, without the browser in widespread circulation it’s hard judge it an unmitigated success. Mozilla’s new baby contains a claimed 15,000 improvements. With a list that long, there are bound to be a few new features you’ll love, a few you’ll hate — and — maybe a few you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

    After putting the betas through their paces and having a nice long chat with Mike Beltzner — one of the user experience gurus from Mozilla — here are five of our favorite things about the newest member of the Firefox family.

    Continue reading Firefox 3 launches today; Five reasons you can’t live without it

    Unfortunately, this ‘Download Day’ becomes “Down Day” now…I couldnt make myself 1 of 3M…. :-(

    It should be:

    But I got this:

    There’s a good chance that you may get through if you keep hitting refresh. And there’s a good chance that the company will manage to break the world record if it ever gets the servers back up. But you know what? If you don’t really care about setting a world record, Firefox 3 RC 3 is pretty much identical to Firefox 3 final. So if you’re already running RC2 or RC3, there’s no need to kill yourself trying to update your browser today. Tomorrow, next week, or even next month will probably be soon enough.

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    Jun 17

    My guess is each webmaster or blogger use at least one web service to keep track & monitor web traffics. There are tones of free web traffic checkers out there, each a unique of its own. Most of them have something in common though; installation of script is required to generate traffic reports. Installing too many tends to slow the site down and cause inaccuracy in overall results. It’s better to stick with one or two which matches your requirements the most. Here’s by far 14 most used web statistics tools I’ve come to known.


    AWStats is probably one of the few good ones that don’t require client side script installation. It’s installed on the server side and provides comprehensive logs of traffics accessing particular websites. It’s free and if your web host doesn’t have, request them to install.


    StatCounter is widely used among most tech non-savvy web owners. It gives real time statistics of your web traffic but the drawback of it is, you will need to pay if your traffics exceed 1,500,000 pagviews a month. Well, if you have that much of traffic you wouldn’t mind paying to continue don’t you?


    SiteMeter is another very popular traffic tracking provider. It’s used by a lot of notable websites such as lifehacker, read/write web, gawker, gizmodo, kotaku, etc. And like StatsCounter provides 2 different charges of services; the free and the paid premium. Free services get all basic statistics a webmaster could possibly need but in case you want more comprehensive analysis on your traffics, you will need to get the premium account.

    Google Analytics

    This is perhaps the most commonly used and most famous web traffic tractor every build. It’s free with functions I’ll take me pages to describe. Google Analytics gives very accurate statistics on not only traffics but also keep track of almost everything a cookie can store (browsers, type of OS, plugins installed, etc) on each unique visitors. It is also used to keep track of Google Adwords performance. And with the new look recently upgraded, it’s certainly better in terms user friendliness and navigations.


    What makes Feedburner different from the rest is that it keeps track of traffic coming from feed readers. Feedburner users can show off how many people are currently subscribing to them by displaying a chiklet on websites. Feedburner’s FAN is also the only traffic counter that offers publishers to make a profit from their traffic. With the recent acquisition of Feedburner by Google, it could have just helped Google to strengthen their domination on traffic counter. Google AdSense on Feedburner is what many AdSense publishers looking forward to see after this acquisition.


    103bees started off earlier this year but already gain much reputation because they are one among few that concentrates on search engine traffic analyzation. It is one of my favorite tool to measure and check my daily traffic. Check out my reviews on 103bees.

    Performancing Metrics

    Performancing gives you real time readings of your web traffics however if you want to use it for free for long run, your pageviews/day must not exceed 1000. Upon sign up, Performancing gives you 21days full premium access, after that you will have to pay ($2/month) to continue. If you have high traffic, try using Performancing metrics. If your traffics are among the Top 20, you will earn yourself a PR7 link back from main page.


    I feel in love with reinvigorate the first time I encounter it. ReInvigorate has nice interface design with traffic charts nicely placed. It makes charts very understandable, very easy for comparison and analysis. However, it’s currently a beta and only available through invitations. Send in a e-mail and let’s hope they will send you an invitation to try it out.


    Spotplex shows you not only real time traffic stats, but also how you rank among bloggers of your niche that use Spotplex plugin. Head over to Spotplex website to check the most popular articles of the day, most popular within specific niche or your Spotplex rank today. Stats Stats calculates your traffic within WordPress. However Automattic Statistics resides on’s Dashboard. After installing the plugin, there will be an extra button call Blog Stats that will lead you to your statistics in


    By putting one small OneStats banner on your website, you not only get to see your web traffic but also get to compete against websites from your country in the OneStats chart. OneStats chart is a very good place to gain publicity and its monitor by many webmasters. It’s ranked based on pageviews so it’s a bit unfair as forums and photo albums have a higher pageview rate.

    Counterized II for WordPress

    Counterize II upgrades from its previous version to give more traffic data. It embedded inside your WordPress Dashboard, giving you traffic information like IP, timestamp, visited URI, referring URI, total hits, unique hits, etc. All you need to do is install the plugin and view your stats inside Dashboard.

    Counterize II upgrades from its previous version to give more traffic data. It embedded inside your WordPress Dashboard, giving you traffic information like IP, timestamp, visited URI, referring URI, total hits, unique hits, etc. All you need to do is install the plugin and view your stats inside Dashboard.


    MyBlogLog stats shows you where your visitors come from, what they read and where they go, but the most interesting thing about MBL is, it includes the statistics of Google AdSense clicked and their sizes.


    CrazyEgg tells you where in your page people are likely to click and the most interesting part is, it gives you a heat map display. Install and test it out yourself.


    GoStats provides not only the normal stats we want to see, it also comes with a prediction figure. The tab navigation from text view to graphic view comes simply in handy. Another good visitors tracking system worth checking out.

    XiTi Free

    XiTi Free offers the basic indicators you need to give you a global view of your site’s traffic. Personal pages, blogs, association sites, webzines. Already used by over 200,000 sites, this version gives you the reliability and credibility of XiTi, recognized as a trusted third-party service. Best thing is No limits on the number of pages audited.

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