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Is a URL Shortener Really What Twitter Needed?

Twitter’s Chirp conference closed out today with the news that the company will soon roll out it’s official URL shortener. CEO Evan Williams noted that it would be “stupid” not to add native link-shortening capabilities into Twitter, since most Twitter clients already have that feature. “Everyone else has solved that problem. We are probably not going to give people a choice. If they want to use a different shortener, they can use a different app.”

In the weeks leading up to Chirp, people all over the world were seen asking for various new features on the popular microblogging site. Not once did I see anyone think that they needed yet another link shortener. I understand the new TwittAD feature. I’m loving the enhanced search capabilities. I enjoy coming up with new ways to find interesting people to follow. I’m even already digging the new front page design.

What I DON’T get, though, is why the heck we need yet another way to make our links smaller. Users want more apps. They want to easier ways to show off photos and videos. They want to come up with better ways to network and connect. These are the things, in my mind, that the Twitter team should be focusing on. It’s all about what the needs of your community are, guys.

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We had some excellent little discussions going on over at the Facebook fan page today. Did you miss out on any of them?

How to Unzip ZIP Files Online

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Transferring large files to any type of service or media is a pain in the rear. It takes forever and ends up causing you to want to tear your hair out, right? This is why you should ZIP your files before sending them along their way or trying to place them onto a USB drive. Likewise, you should be crossing your fingers and hoping that every time someone sends you a large file it is sent in this manner to save you serious download troubles.

With a ZIP file, you generally have to decompress them. In some cases, you may want to look inside a compressed file, but you may not have the proper software lying around. Did you know you can view what’s in an archive without un-archiving it onto your hard drive? All you need to do is go to the Web, and head to WobZip.

To uncompress files from your computer, go to the main page and select your file by clicking the “Browse” button then on “wobzip it!”. To uncompress files from a URL, go to this page and type in your URL. Click on “wobzip it!” to upload and uncompress. A list of files will appear, and you can save your files by clicking on the filename. You can also save your files as a ZIP file by clicking on the “Download files as .zip” button.

Now you can unzip your files in school, at work or anywhere as long as you have access to the Internet. No longer will you be limited by the inability to install programs onto admin-protected computers. Your files are scanned using BitDefender, so you don’t have to worry about downloading something that is infected with nasties onto your hard drive.

Don’t let the fear of what’s inside stop you from opening ZIP files. Use WobZip to safely and easily decompress those files!

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WinZip vs WinRar

http://live.pirillo.com/ – Chris answers the question "what do you use to decompress files, WinZip or WinRar?"

The answers Chris provides may surprise you.

Winzip is a popular decompression utility:

WinZip, the original and most popular compression utility for Windows, is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that quickly zips and unzips your files to conserve disk space and greatly reduce e-mail transmission time. WinZip 11.1 is available as Standard or Pro. WinZip 11.1 is an updated version of our most recent major release—WinZip 11.0—that supports Windows Vista™.

WinRar is also very popular, offering support for many more formats than WinZip:

WinRAR is a powerful archive manager. It can backup your data and reduce size of email attachments, decompress RAR, ZIP and other files downloaded from Internet and create new archives in RAR and ZIP file format. You may try WinRAR before buy, its trial version is available in downloads.

So, what does Chris use for file decompression and why? Well, you’re going to have to watch to find out!