Free Twitter Tools To Help You Find And Manage Followers

This is my first Twitter related article, I am using Twitter a lot lately so it is really unforgivable not even have one article related to Twitter. Now I am starting to correct this mistake and here comes list with 27 Twitter tools, which will help You find more followers, manage them, find who doesn?t follow You back, who stops following, statistics and much, much more.

As Your first added follower on this list You should follow @1stwebdesigner, if You want graphic-design related tweet links.

1.FriendOrFollow

Who are you following that?s not following you back? Who?s following you that you?re not following back? Find out!

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New Software toy or useful desktop replacement? Bumptop

Nearly three years ago, a video demo of a new desktop user interface, the Bumptop, captivated YouTube viewers. A year later the creator, Anand Agarawala, was called to the august TED conference to present. Now the Bumptop software is here, ready for you and your Windows PC. I gave it a spin.

It’s certainly very cool. In many ways it is a better desktop than the one that comes with Windows (even Windows 7) or OS X. But as cool as it is, it feels like a toy. That’s because the locus of modern personal computing is not the desktop. People live in apps and in the browser.

Bumptop makes the desktop better, but so what? It won’t make you more productive in your e-mail app, and it currently doesn’t touch the Web browsing experience. Bumptop doesn’t go deep enough into Windows to replace the way we work with information. Instead, it adds yet another interface to use in addition to the Windows utilities (like the file manager), your apps, and your Web browser.

It’s your desktop, but in 3D and messy. Continue reading

Office 14 Starts Alpha Test but When is it Due

Microsoft officials acknowledged on Tuesday that Office 14, the next major version of its suite of productivity applications, has entered alpha testing. Also sometimes referred to as a “pre-beta,” the release is going out to a “select” group of testers, according to a brief Microsoft statement.

“Microsoft has provided a select group of customers early access to an alpha version of Office server technologies. However, Microsoft is not disclosing information about the timing for a Beta version at this time,” a company spokesperson said in an e-mail to InternetNews.com.office14_web_excel

Office 14 is only a codename for the next major release of Office. The current version is officially named 2007 Office System – though most often that’s shortened to Office 2007. It was originally codenamed Office 12. There will be no Office 13, though, apparently due to superstition surrounding the number 13.

While it’s the first, fleeting, look that users will get at the next Office, the fact that it’s going into alpha testing now, when Windows 7 began public beta testing on Saturday, indicates that it isn’t likely to ship in tandem with Windows 7.

Office 14 is scheduled to include updates to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, along with OneNote, as well as SharePoint Server. Among the changes and additions will be more use of the “ribbon” user interface – also called “Fluent” – which was added in Office 2007. Continue reading

Microsoft shows off future technologies

On the third day of Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference, Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, showcased some of the projects the company is working on.

Microsoft is looking at ways to make cloud computing infrastructure more power efficient and developing its Surface technology with new capabilities.

A key concern is the amount of power consumed by data centres, which is set to grow if cloud computing platforms such as Microsoft’s own Azure gain acceptance.
Microsoft showed how networks of environmental sensors can be used to monitor spaces such as server rooms, building a map that tracks changes in temperature over time.

“For the next decade, research will look at how much energy a particular program is going to consume when running,” said Microsoft principal researcher Feng Zhao.

Ironically, the vast amount of data generated – about 100MB per day from one test network, according to Zhao, means that it is farmed out to a cloud for analysis. Continue reading