WrapUp: Sign Into Multiple Gmail Accounts in Firefox, Windows Phone 7 Series, and More

This article was written on February 16, 2010 by CyberNet.

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.


windows phone 7 series.jpgWindows Phone 7 Series Hands-On
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Microsoft unveiled the next generation of their mobile operating system called Windows Phone 7 Series. They have essentially scrapped everything you knew about Windows Mobile, and started from scratch to make an interface that is much more like the Zune. It’s clean, fast, and all first impressions from reviewers are extremely positive. You should expect to see Windows Phone 7 Series devices in time for the holiday season later this year.

office 2011.jpgOffice 2011 for Mac Getting a Ribbon UI
Microsoft has released some information regarding Office 2011 for the Mac, and in the mix is a slightly revamped UI that will match more closely what Windows users see when they fire-up Office. This already looks much better than Office 2008 in my opinion, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. Not to mention the fact that this will actually include Outlook for handling emails instead of the frowned upon Entourage app.

–News in Brief–

google buzz.jpgGoogle Buzz Adapts to User Feedback
Google has received a lot of complaints about Buzz (mostly in regards to security), and they have quickly rolled out changes to help address the high-priority issues.

google maps labs.jpgGoogle Maps Gets Labs
Labs has found it’s way into another Google product… Maps. Some examples of what you can do are things like find the latitude/longitude of your cursor’s position or draw a box around an area you want to zoom into.

windows.jpgWindows Patch Cripples XP with Blue Screen
One of the Windows Updates pushed out by Microsoft incapacitated some machines and threw them into an endless cycle of reboots.

opera browser.jpgOpera 10.5 Beta Released
Opera posted the first Beta release of version 10.5, and it boasts private browsing, a faster JavaScript engine, and a redesigned interface.

google fiber optic.jpgGoogle Announces Experimental Fiber Optic Network for Consumers
Google will be pushing out a fiber optic Internet connection to upwards of 500,000 consumers, and are taking nominations for areas in the U.S. that are interested.

opera mini.jpgOpera Mini for the iPhone
Opera showed off the “mini” version of their browser at Mobile World Congress that is designed specifically for the iPhone.

–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–

tvrename-1.jpgAutomatically Organize Your TV Shows
Downloading TV Shows from the Internet via BitTorrent or other sources can be annoying for those filename neat-freaks out there. Often times the files are named in obscure manners that can make the files difficult to identify, or at the very least not easy to read. The free app called TVRename assists with that issue by renaming the files into a more friendly format automatically for you.

multifox.jpgSign Into Multiple Gmail Accounts in Firefox
The MultiFox Firefox extension lets you create multiple cookie sessions in the browser so that you can sign into more than one online account at a time. This is particularly useful for me because I have multiple Gmail accounts, and with this I don’t have to sign out of one before switching over to another.

–Tips in Brief–

NetNewsWire.jpg6 Best Tools for Scheduling Twitter Updates
Use these various services and tools to automatically schedule your tweets to post at a certain time/day.

belvedere.jpgAutomate File Management with Belvedere
This free Windows utility will let you automatically manage files (delete, move, etc…) based on extension, date created, and more as they get added to a folder that you choose to monitor.

email photos.jpgEmailing Photos to Windows Live SkyDrive
This guide explains how you can quickly add images to your free 25GB SkyDrive account via email.

picasa downloader.jpgGoogle Picasa Album Download Tools
Bulk download your images using one of these free tools… including one that is a Firefox extension.

orangenote.jpgSmart Note Taker & Clipboard Manager
OrangeNote is a free note taking application for Windows that is one of the best-looking sticky note apps I’ve seen.

iphone explorer.jpgiPhone Explorer for the iPhone & iPod Touch
This free Windows/Mac app will let you navigate the files on your iPhone without having to jailbreak.

google docs wedding.jpgWedding Planning with Google Docs
Google announced some free templates and tips for people who want to use Google Docs for planning a wedding.

bartap.jpgKeep Background Tabs from Loading in Firefox
This Firefox extension will keep background tabs from loading until you actually switch to them.

chrome new tab tasks.jpgTurn Chrome’s New Tab Page into a Google Tasks Page
View your Google task list each time you open a new tab in Google Chrome.

listary.jpgSpruce Up Windows Find-as-You-Type
Listary adds a visual reference to the find-as-you-type functionality in Windows Explorer.


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Google Docs Sidebar for Firefox

This article was written on January 31, 2008 by CyberNet.

Google Docs Bar Google Docs has come a long way in becoming a powerful online alternative to the desktop office suites, and now there’s a Firefox extension that makes it way better. The Google Docs Companion for Firefox adds a new sidebar in Firefox for quickly managing and searching your online documents. The simple, yet powerful interface is sure to win over your heart.

Once installed you’ll be able to search through all of your documents, filter them by type, and sort them in a variety of different ways. It’s almost like having the files right there on your own computer!

The best feature, however, has to be the drag-and-drop uploader that is located at the bottom of the sidebar. With it you can drag files from your desktop, drop them into that special location, and they will automatically be uploaded to your Google Docs account. No more trampling through folder after folder trying to navigate to a specific file to have it uploaded!

Worried about privacy? Your credentials are sent over a secure connection, and the username/password is stored within your Firefox password manager. Looks like you don’t have to compromise your security and privacy to get a cool new feature for Google Docs.

Google Docs Companion [via Google OS]

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WrapUp: Mozilla Confirms 2 Infected Extensions, Stream Your Favorite TV Shows, and More

This article was written on February 10, 2010 by CyberNet.

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.


firefox browser.jpgMozilla Confirms 2 Infected Add-ons Slip Through Approvals
Users should be on the lookout for two Firefox add-ons, Sothink Web Video Downloader 4.0 and all versions of Master Filer, that Mozilla has confirmed as being infected with viruses. It’s possible that up to 4,600 users have been affected by these malicious extensions, but they were only able to execute on Windows PCs.

google buzz.jpgGoogle Buzz: Twitter, in Your Email
Google Buzz is a new service that was just released by the search giant yesterday, and brings a bit of Twitter/FriendFeed to your Inbox. Google boasts the ability to instantly connect with the people that are already in your address book. There is also some simple integration with sites like Twitter, Flickr, and Picasa where it is able to automatically post the items that you upload/tweet about on the respective sites. Unfortunately you can’t use this to actually post to third-party sites.

–News in Brief–

droid.jpgMultitouch Coming to Droid
The Nexus One already received the firmware update that includes multitouch capabilities, and the Motorola Droid should be getting it soon as well.

birth year.jpgStory of What Happened in Your Birth Year
The person behind the popular Google Blogoscoped site has started a new venture that covers some of the things that happened the year you were born. It might take a little while to get through it, because it’s in a storybook-like layout where words are printed to the screen as you go.

commercials.jpgRevisit the Super Bowl Commercials
Most of the commercials from the Super Bowl have been *officially* posted to YouTube for your viewing pleasure.

google chrome translate.jpgGoogle Chrome Integrates Translation Bar
When visiting a foreign site Google Chrome 5 will display a nice little bar asking if you’d like to translate the page.

utorrent.jpguTorrent 2.0 Released
uTorrent 2.0 is now available, and has a strong focus on better network performance.

touchscreen-1.jpgAmazon is Said to Buy a Touchscreen Company
Rumor is that Amazon bought Touchco, a company that makes flexible touchscreen interfaces, so that they can integrate the technology into the Kindle.

google chrome.jpgGoogle Chrome 4 Natively Supports Greasemonkey Scripts
When Google Chrome 4 launched there was a lot of talk about extensions, and so you may have overlooked the native ability to convert Greasemonkey scripts into extensions.

vlc extension.jpgVLC Media Player 1.1 Supports Extensions
A pre-release version of VLC 1.1 has support for third-party extensions, which currently include Last.fm and IMDB integration.

–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–

tvgorge.jpgTVGorge: Stream Your Favorite Shows
Watching TV shows online is nothing new, but sites like Hulu restrict viewing to the U.S. only. That’s where TVGorge.com comes in. Not only is it available around the world, but it has a library of television shows that is truly impressive. For many of them you’ll find all of their past season available, and new episodes are posted very quickly after they air.

glass opera skin.jpgAll Glass Skin for Opera
I love trying out new themes as much as the next guy, but most aren’t worth writing home about. I have to admit that this all-glass skin for Opera 10.5 sure is a head-turner though. The way it uses the Aero interface on Vista and Windows 7 makes it feel like you’re peeking into the future. The cool factor is definitely earns a 10, but I still have to see how this plays out in heavy usage for me. I don’t know if all the transparent-goodness will start to eat away at my eyes.

–Tips in Brief–

gimp.jpg5 Sites to Learn About Using GIMP
These sites will get you going on using the GIMP photo editor, which is especially helpful if you’ve grown accustomed to using other image editors over the years.

incognito.jpgGoogle Chrome’s Incognito Mode Doubles as a “Safe Mode”
The Incognito mode in Google Chrome not only prevents the browser from saving your Internet history, but it also keeps themes and extensions from loading.

podcast manager.jpg5 Best Podcast Managers
These are a few different ways to manage your podcasts on various platforms.

camstudio.jpgUsing CamStudio (Open Source) for Screencasts
This is a way you can make some great screencasts without dropping a dime.

boot snooze.jpgReboot and then Hibernate Your Computer
Boot Snooze is a simple program that lets you restart and then hibernate or sleep your machine. That way you don’t go months without restarting your computer, and the next time you return it will be ready to roar.

memorize now.jpgMemorize Long Pieces of Text
Memorize Now is a free online service that takes a body of text, and replaces random words with blanks so that your mind has to fill them in. As you progress more and more of the words are removed to aid in the memorization.

macomfort.jpgmaComfort Brings Mac Features to Windows
This app brings some of the most notable Mac features to the Windows platform, such as hot corners, quicklook, and virtual desktops.

chrome tabs.jpgAutomatically Refresh & Cycle Through Chrome Tabs
Revolver Tabs is a Chrome add-on that will reload and switch between browser tabs at a specified interval.

delete account.jpgHow to Delete Online Accounts
A service called Delete Your Account provides quick links for you to disable/remove your account from numerous online services.


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Space Saving Extension for Firefox Bookmark Toolbar Users

This article was written on February 08, 2007 by CyberNet.

Smart Bookmarks Bar

Anyone that has a lot of bookmarks on the Bookmark Toolbar in Firefox is sure to be looking for a way to save some space. What if you could remove all of the text from the bookmarks and only see the icons? That would definitely save some room, but that might not make it easy to distinguish between multiple bookmarks that have the same icon.

That’s where Smart Bookmarks Bar comes into play (pictured above). After installing that extension it will collapse all of your bookmarks down to just their icon, but if you hover over any of them it will expand to show the name you designated for that bookmark. This makes it a lot easier to find bookmarks that might have the same icon while saving you a lot of space.

Personally I don’t use the Bookmarks Toolbar because I rather have them shown in the sidebar where I can see more of them simultaneously. If I didn’t have a widescreen monitor, however, I definitely wouldn’t want to sacrifice the space that a sidebar takes up so I’m sure I would just use the toolbar.

If you’re looking for a way that you can retrieve your bookmarks from any location you should try out Foxmarks. After several recommendations I decided to give it a go and see how much I liked it over my existing Gmarks Firefox extension. Using Foxmarks you are able to synchronize your Firefox bookmarks with a remote service (registration is required) and you can then access them from anywhere with the remote website that they have setup. I considered giving the Del.icio.us extension a try, but I don’t like that I have to check a box each time that I want my bookmark to be private. If there was a default option for that it might be a little better. I’d definitely be interested in hearing what everyone is using for your bookmark manager in Firefox.

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WrapUp: Apple Sends Out Invites to Event, Windows Live Mail Getting Unique Gmail Support, and More

This article was written on January 19, 2010 by CyberNet.

Welcome to the WrapUp by CyberNet. This is a collection of news stories, downloads, and tips that we have collected over the last few days, but never got around to writing about. Don’t forget to send in your own tips, or just leave a comment on this page if you think you’ve got something we should include.


apple tablet.jpgApple Sends Press Invites to Upcoming Event
Many of the major press sources have come forward saying that late last night an invitation to Apple’s January 27th came strolling in, entitled “come see our latest creation.” Other rumors are that the event will cover the iPhone 4.0 software (not new hardware), the tablet, and iLife 2010. I’m pretty much at the point where I’m so sick of rumors that I can’t wait for January 27th to come and go.

google docs.jpgUse Google Docs for File Storage
Google Docs is on the verge of becoming more than just a place to save and share documents. In the coming weeks you will have a feature enabled in your account so that you can actually upload files of any type to your account. You’ll have 1GB of free storage for non-document related files, but more storage will always be available at a rate of $0.25 per gigabyte. The per-file size limitation is 250MB, which I’d say is okay compared to some other services, but not overly impressive.

–News in Brief–

ubuntu survey.jpgWhich Third-Party Apps Should Be In Ubuntu
A survey by Canonical asks users what third-party apps they’d like to see be made available for the Ubuntu operating system.

nexus one.jpgNexus One Price Slashed by $100, Early Adopters Refunded $100
Existing T-Mobile customers (that are eligible for an upgrade) can enjoy a $100 price reduction in the cost of the Nexus One.

mobileme app.jpgApple Finally Releases MobileMe Gallery App for iPhone?
Apple is slowly getting around to making their services more iPhone friendly, but how is it that they still don’t have an iPhone-optimized website?

gmail https.jpgGoogle Forcing HTTPS Traffic in Gmail by Default
Gmail users may start to notice that they are always redirected to an HTTPS version of the site when checking their email, but this setting can be disabled if you choose to forfeit the extra security.

Google.jpgGoogle Hacked; Rethinking Approach in China
An announcement by Google stated that hackers targeted and successfully retrieved small amounts of data from a handful of accounts. The attacks originated in China, and has got Google once again questioning whether they should be censoring their results there.

–Tips, Tutorials, and Reviews–

windows live mail.jpgWindows Live Mail (Wave 4) to Have Awesome Gmail Support?
Is it possible that Windows Live Mail will actually cater to some of Gmail’s unique features like labels, archiving, and stars? Well, maybe. The editor-in-chief at Engadget posted on Twitter that he wanted a desktop app that worked well with all those Gmail-specific features, and Microsoft’s Vice President of Corporate Communications responded with a simple yet mysterious tweet saying “Windows Live Wave 4.”

zscreen.jpgZScreen Quickly Uploads Images, Text, and Files
ZScreen used to be a screenshot-focused utility, and it still is but it’s also expanding its horizons. DownloadSquad noticed that newer versions let you upload text to services like PasteBin, files to Rapidshare, shorten URLs, and of course share images/screenshots. The only thing it lacks in my eyes is an awesome screenshot editor so that you could annotate/modify the image before you send it off to the cloud.

keyboard.jpgMaking the Most of Your Netbook
For some people getting started with a netbook can almost be like switching from using a PC to a Mac. Often times trackpads are smaller, there’s no CD/DVD drive, and you have significantly less screen space to work with. Switching to such a small computer has a learning curve, and Lifehacker’s guide includes some good tips to help ease you in to the world of netbook computing.

–Tips in Brief–

tab utilities.jpgTab Utilities Extension Improves Firefox Tab Management
This extension will let you choose from an array of tab-related customizations in Firefox.

relations.jpgSites to Check Where Your First/Last Name Comes From
Ever wonder where your name originated from, and what kind of transformations it’s gone through? These sites have the cure for your potent curiosity.

auto mute.jpgAutomatically Mute Your PC When Turning it On
Auto Mute is a free utility that runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit machines giving you the chance to disable sounds when starting up your computer.

android tether.jpgHow to Tether Your Android Phone
This guide walks you through three different alternatives to unleashing the tethering capabilities of your Android-powered phone.

amarok.jpgUpdates to Amarok Media Player
A new version of the Amarok media player includes usability improvements and some “polish.”

emesene-1.jpgEmesene: An MSN Messenger Replacement
You don’t hear a lot about this messenger app since it’s targeted towards MSN Messenger users only, but if you fall into that category the new version includes quite a few enhancements and updates that make it worth checking out.


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Shareaholic Supports More Web 2.0 Sites

This article was written on January 21, 2008 by CyberNet.

shareaholic Shareaholic is an add-on for Firefox that’s all about helping you bookmark and share the content you come across on the web.   Up until recently, they only offered support for Firefox 2.0 and Flock. With their newest release, there’s now support for Firefox 3, and they’ve added a bunch more Web 2.0 sites where people can share content.

The list of supported sites continues to get longer, especially when you compare it to the list they initially supported which consisted of only five sites. Now you can bookmark and submit content to the following sites using the Shareaholic bookmarking tool:

  • Del.icio.us
  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Ma.gnolia
  • Reddit
  • StumbleUpon
  • Truemors
  • Twitter
  • Tumblr
  • Mixx
  • Simpy
  • FriendFeed

Shareaholic also serves the purpose of giving you an idea of how popular a web page is by letting you know how many times the web page you’re on has been dugg or saved to social site del.icio.us. This helpful sharing extension launched several months ago and so far it’s received rave reviews. Shareaholic says that they will be adding even more sites in the future which will help attract even more users.

Download Shareaholic here.

Source: Mashable

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Auto Dial for Firefox: Fast Access to Your Most Visited Sites

This article was written on August 27, 2008 by CyberNet.


Mozilla has been looking at different ways to optimize the user’s experience when they open a new tab in Firefox. By default Firefox is set to display a blank page whenever a new tab is opened, and from there the user normally performs a search or navigates to one of their favorite sites. From the sounds of it they’re looking to add something much like what Opera already does with Speed Dial.

Using that idea one developer decided to create an extension called Auto Dial. It grabs information from your browser’s history to determine what your most visited sites are, and it will display them in a format similar to what you see in the screenshot above. The more popular sites are larger and listed towards the top, while the less visited sites are at the bottom and occupy less space. The number of items shown on the screen at a time will change depending on the size of your browser window.

As it stands right now Auto Dial is far from being anything fancy. The only way you can access the Auto Dial page is to visit chrome://autodial/content in Firefox, which you can then set as your homepage. If you want the page to appear whenever you create a new tab you’ll need to use an extension like Tab Mix Plus or New Tab Homepage.

I like some of the ideas Mozilla has for optimizing the new tab page, and it will be interesting to see if any of the improvements will be coming in the early part of 2009 when Firefox 3.1 is due out. Would you like to see a revamped new tab page, or are you content with the blank screen?

Get Auto Dial for Firefox
Thanks Cody!

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600 Million Add-ons Downloaded from Mozilla

This article was written on February 01, 2008 by CyberNet.

Firefox Addons Downloads Mozilla hit a huge milestone the other day when the download counter for their add-ons rolled over the 600 million mark. That number only includes downloads from the add-ons sitea, and on top of that there are about 100 million update pings each day. The breakdown for the update requests are pictured to the right in the pie chart, and there are already more than 1 million update requests from users running pre-release versions of Firefox 3.

On a daily basis the add-ons site receives between 800,000 and 1 million downloads, and gets a whopping 4.5 million pageviews. All of that comes from people looking to get one of 4,000+ extensions that are currently hosted there.

I’m curious to see whether the integrated add-ons search tool in Firefox 3 will be able to boost the usage of the extensions. I know quite a few Firefox users who have never installed add-ons before, and probably don’t even realize that the browser is extensible. All they want Firefox for is the speed, reliability, security, and of course the “coolness” factor.

Mozilla Blog of Metrics [via Mozilla Links]

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Opera’s Speed Dial in Firefox…You Knew it was Coming!

This article was written on May 07, 2007 by CyberNet.

Opera hyped their Speed Dial feature before they announced what it was by saying that it was something that no other browser had. This got a lot of people thinking about what it could be, and when they finally revealed the details I wasn’t disappointed. After Opera 9.2 was released with the Speed Dial feature in full swing I knew it wouldn’t be long before a Firefox extension was created to do something similar.

The Speed Dial feature is a time saver because you can create up to 9 sites to be displayed as thumbnails whenever you create a new tab. In Opera if you click the refresh button while viewing the Speed Dial page it will refresh the thumbnails of all the tabs so that you can see if anything has changed since the last time you visited the sites.

The Firefox extension, cleverly called Speed Dial, tries to provide the basic functionality that Speed Dial in Opera offers. For starters here is what it looks like:

Firefox Speed Dial

It looks pretty close and serves a similar purpose, but it still lacks a lot of the things that makes Speed Dial great in Opera. Here are some things that you can do in Opera that you can’t do with this Firefox extension:

  • Drag around the thumbnails to rearrange the order of the sites.
  • Click on an unassigned spot to add a URL or bookmark.
  • Refresh the screenshots.
  • Have Speed Dial displayed each time you create a new tab. Well, you can do this in Firefox but it takes some extra work and another extension. With the right extension you can set your homepage to “chrome://speeddial/content/speeddial.xul” and have it opened each time you create a new tab. That’s quite a bit of extra work though.

In order to set a Speed Dial site with this Firefox extension you either have to add a toolbar button that is provided, or use the right-click menu entry that is available:

Firefox Speed Dial Menu

This has both its upsides and downsides. The upside is that you can quickly add whatever site your currently viewing to your Speed Dial, but the downside is that the sites always have to be added in this fashion. In Opera you can add sites straight from the Speed Dial page which is something I prefer to do.

This extension is still in the very early stages though so I would expect that it will get better over time. I am, however, surprised that it took this long for an extension like this to surface though.

Download the extension from the developer’s site
Download the extension from Mozilla (requires login for Sandbox mode)

Thanks for the tip Fox!

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Mozilla Firefox 3 Alpha 2 Released!

This article was written on February 07, 2007 by CyberNet.


Mozilla has just released the English version of Firefox 3 Alpha 2 (codename Gran Paradiso) and it is the first release of Firefox that passes the Acid 2 test. Well, it is still a pre-release version but it is on its way to be the final version that will be released later this year. If you haven’t heard by this point, the big thing with Firefox 3 is replacing the rendering engine with Cairo…which has improved a lot of things including how it scales images. Here is a list of what’s new from the Firefox 3 Alpha 2 release notes:

  • Core layout code affecting the calculation of widths in tables, floats, and absolutely positioned elements has been rewritten. The code for handling incremental layout of pages (as data arrives over the network, as images load, or as dynamic changes are made) has also been changed extensively.
  • Resolved remaining issues with ACID2 test compliance.
  • Support for the Web Apps 1.0 API for changing stylesheets.
  • The inline-block and inline-table values of CSS 2.1’s display property are now implemented.
  • XML documents can now be rendered as they’re downloaded instead of only after the full document has been loaded.
  • Greatly improved Mac widgets support since Alpha 1.
  • Improvements in the Cairo graphics layer.

I’m definitely excited about this release, but I just can’t bring myself to switch to this as my primary browser at this point because my GMarks extension doesn’t work. I know that I could just use the built-in bookmarking system but it is always nice to have my bookmarks available wherever I go. I’ve contacted the extension developer and he is currently looking into it, and once that gets fixed I plan on permanently switching over.

So what does the future look like for Firefox 3? As of right now the Alpha releases will be every 6 weeks or so, but they do not mention exactly how many of them they plan on doing. That puts us at the End of March before we see the next Alpha release and my estimation for the final release date is sometime this summer (probably the June/July timeframe). It will definitely be fun to see what the future has in store for us!

Note: In case anyone is wondering Places has not been put back in yet.

Portable Firefox 3 Alpha 2 for Windows
Windows: Gran Paradiso Alpha 2 exe
Mac OS X: Gran Paradiso Alpha 2 dmg
Linux: Gran Paradiso Alpha 2 tar.gz

Thanks to natmaster for the tip!

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