Unofficial Rapidshare Search Engine

This article was written on October 12, 2007 by CyberNet.


Rapidshare1 Search EngineRapidshare is very well known for its extensive database of files that are being shared. There are tons of better file sharing services out there than Rapidshare, but I think the only reason it is staying alive is because of the extreme amounts of cracks, warez, movies, and all sorts of other illegal items being hosted on the service.

One thing that Rapidshare has always stayed clear of is implementing a search engine so that people can easily find files that have already been uploaded. There are a few sites that have tried to implement their own Rapidshare search engine, such as Rapidshare-Search-Engine, and they have all been a little unsuccessful. What I’ve resulted to in the past is doing Google searches in this format:

ratatouille ( OR

The portion before the parenthesis is the program, movie, or name of what you’re looking for on Rapidshare. The two items in the parenthesis tell Google to look for sites that are linking to Rapidshare files. This type of searching has also come in handy when I’ve been looking for older versions of applications that are no longer available.

A new site, called Rapidshare1, has been created to crawl the web looking for all of the Rapidshare links that are being posted. It then aggregates them into a central database so that you can easily search for the files that you want. Is it successful? I wasn’t all that impressed with the results it returned for some of the common searches I did. A search for Excel pulled in results for all kinds of off-the-wall items, which led me to believe that their database is still extremely limited. I think I’ll be sticking with Google for my Rapidshare searches.

Note: We’re not condoning piracy, it’s just a well known fact that Rapidshare is the home to thousands of illegal downloads.

Source: HongKiat

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If Imitation is the Best Form of Flattery…

This article was written on September 13, 2007 by CyberNet.

As the saying goes "imitation is the best form of flattery." If there’s any truth to that I would have to say that Opera’s ego has got to be growing quickly. Why’s that? Back in April Opera 9.2 introduced a new feature called Speed Dial. It gives users 9 shortcuts that are aligned in a grid-like fashion for quick access. As it turns out there were a lot of people who found it to be useful…even those who were using other browsers.

Weeks after the launch of Opera 9.2 came a Firefox extension designed with Speed Dial in mind, but without some of the functionality Opera’s creation offered. Then came along Exalead which was a web-based search engine that also offered a Speed Dial-like feature for the homepage. What about Internet Explorer users? Well, IE7Pro made sure they weren’t left out and created their own copycat called "Easy Homepage."

HYPERiGO Homepage And now the time comes for a dedicated personal homepage to appear, and it’s called HYPERiGO. After registering with the site you can create your own customize page with all the sites you want on it. You can have it show small thumbnails of each site or large ones, and you can sort them in various ways including by the most visited.

By default your tab(s) are all public so you may want to be careful what you put in there (here’s my homepage). The privacy setting is one of the few things you can change, and there are a handful of different themes available for you to choose from.

I can’t honestly say that I’m all that impressed with the service though. I added our site to the bookmarks, and then I had to play the waiting game as the screenshot got queued. This also makes me wonder what the update period is on the existing screenshots?

As far as the interface goes I would say that it is nicely laid out. However, the site is painfully slow to load even when doing a simple thing such as adding a bookmark or switching a tab. Reordering the entries also needs some work, because I would expect it to use some AJAXy drag-and-drop effects which it doesn’t. Not only that but every reorder operation you do causes the entire page to refresh. Ouch!

So before you go taking the time to signup like me I suggest you at least browse around to see if you’ll be able to withstand the loading times. So Opera can once again be flattered by this Speed Dial-like service…you just can’t beat the speed of having the feature integrated into the browser when compared to a web-based version.

HYPERiGO [via Download Squad]
Thanks for the tip "s"!

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De-cluterize Your Facebook Page

This article was written on January 18, 2008 by CyberNet.

One of the things that set Facebook apart from MySpace in the “early days” was the simplicity factor.  Every Facebook page contained nearly the same categories of content and in the same order. It was clean and simple unlike MySpace pages which are notoriously known to be full of clutter and have a bad design. Once all of the Facebook applications started to become popular though, Facebook lost its “clean” look as people added application after application to their page. Now you can find yourself scrolling through endless apps on your friend’s pages just to find what you’re looking for.  Even the users themselves have a hard time keeping track of their own applications!

To help with this issue, Facebook has launched their tool which will help users “de-cluterize” their profile.  It essentially allows the user to move some of their application boxes to an “extended portion” of their profile that can be accessed with a simple click.  This means that pages will load faster, and will look better. Hallelujah!

extended profile

So how do you create your extended profile? Just go to Facebook and scroll to the bottom of your profile.  There you’ll see the link for “edit extended profile.” Just click on that, and then a box will appear that tells you how many boxes you have on your profile, and then each application box is  listed out. You can check the boxes that you want to appear in your extended profile, and then click “move boxes.” Then when your friends come to your page, they can click “Show More Profile Boxes” to see all of your content.

Ahh… at last Facebook is simplified again!

Source: Thanks for the tip Andrew Min!

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Hands-on With Firefox Companion for eBay

This article was written on April 30, 2007 by CyberNet.

Last week we mentioned the Firefox Companion for eBay that had just been announced, and at the time it wasn’t yet open for the alpha test program. Recently we were able to download the extension and give it a try. After playing around with it for the last 20 minutes, I wouldn’t say it’s something an occasional eBay user would use, but more for those who either sell, purchase, or watch items frequently.

After installing the Firefox extension, the first thing you’ll want to do is set-up your account.  You can choose whether or not you want Firefox Companion for eBay to automatically connect when Firefox starts or not.  To get the most use out of this, you’ll probably want to select yes to this option.


The companion shows up in the left toolbar, and then there’s a drop-down menu at the top of that toolbar where you can select what you’d like to view: ended, active, bidding, watching, or selling items. I chose to view the items that have ended that I was either watching or selling.  The screenshot below (click to enlarge) shows what this looks like.

You’re given many options to choose from, and there are separate options for watching, bidding, and selling. You can either choose to receive an alert box, or the item will glow in your sidebar.

Settings Ebayendeditems

For example, if you’re watching an item, you can get an alert when it’s going to end soon so that you can determine if you want to bid on it.  Other options include an alert or “glow” if you’ve been out-bid on an item, won an item, or lost.  If you’re selling, you can select the option so that items will glow when they’re ending soon.

Ebayfirefox2Up at the top of your browser, you’ll notice that there are quick links so that you can easily navigate to important eBay pages likes “My eBay, eBay Homepage, Provide Feedback,” etc.

eBay is no stranger to scams, particularly those involving passwords.  To help with this, there’s built in password protection (pictured below).  All you have to do is enter in the password that you use for eBay and PayPal, and you’ll get warned if you begin to enter your password into a site that hasn’t been verified.


As of now, it’s available for,,, and, and I’m sure they’ll be adding other sites soon.

I think this could be a great way to promote eBay, but especially Firefox because some of the non-Firefox users may want to get in on what this has to offer.

If you want to sign up for The Alpha test program, click here.

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Tellme vs. Goog411 Compared

This article was written on April 17, 2007 by CyberNet.

TellmeTellme which was recently acquired by Microsoft, has released a new 411–like service for people on the go.  You can get information via voice, SMS, or even Mobile Web.

It was just last week when Google announced their Goog411 Service which so far has gotten great reviews. It’s interesting to me that this market is being pursued so heavily. Two new services within a two week time frame almost seems unnecessary to me. On the bright side, it means no more paid 411 services which up until this point have been pricey.

We’ve already reviewed Goog 411, and so here’s a quick explanation of Tellme. Tellme is more than just a business search. They include 8 different categories from which you can get information. Categories like business search, ring tones, stock quotes, a news center, sports, entertainment, travel, and popular shortcuts.

Tell me vs. Goog411

While Tellme offers a lot more information in a variety of categories, it also makes it a longer process to get the information that you want.  The other problem that I ran into is that they set a time limit.  To my surprise, in the middle of my phone call they said that I had exceeded my time limit and the call was disconnected at 3 minutes and 30 seconds. Because they offer such an array of services, it’s not that difficult to reach the time limit.

If I were to use a service like this, I want the information as fast as possible.  I decided to perform a business search on both Goog411 and Tellme (1800–555–tell) to see which one gave me the information I needed the fastest.

The results? After searching for the Target Store in my area using Goog411, I had the phone number and address within 33 seconds. I did the same exact search with Tellme and it took 53 seconds to get the same information.

Sound quality is about the same with both services.  Goog411 is a male’s voice, and Tellme uses a female voice for the main options.  Both voices are clear and easy to understand, and most of the time it really doesn’t sound like the robotic computer voice talking.

Another nice feature with Goog411 is that they will actually connect you for free to the phone number you requested, something that Tellme doesn’t offer.

So, the bottom line: If you’re needing to do a business search, I’d stick with Goog411. If you need any other information like stock quotes or weather, Tellme will get you the information that you want, decently fast. It’s much more than directory assistance. Both services to the benefit of everyone, are free!

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Flickr is now Integrated into MyBlogLog

This article was written on January 29, 2007 by CyberNet.

It was just the beginning of January that Yahoo acquired MyBlogLog for an estimated 10-12 million. We were wondering how long it would take Yahoo to  integrate some of their other acquired services like Flickr. Well, that question has been answered because Flickr has been integrated into MyBlogLog.

Now you have the option of adding your Flickr photo stream to your MyBlogLog account. Mashable also points that integration with other Yahoo services is inevitable like posting links, or even the ability to log into MyBlogLog with your Yahoo Account.

All you have to do is click on the button “click here to automatically show your recent Flickr photos” from the view/add pictures page. From there, Flickr will display your 10 newest Flickr photos(only the public photos). It’s a simple, but nice integration to get the ball rolling with Yahoo!

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RapidShare Redesign Cleans Up the Site

This article was written on June 04, 2008 by CyberNet.

RapidShare has always been one of those sites that has seemed rather clunky. When you visited it to download a file you had to spend too much time trying to navigate around just to find where you could initiate the transfer. That’s not the case anymore! They’ve actually revamped the interface, cleaned up the site, and it’s not half bad.

If you’re not a paid premium user you’ll still have to wait for your downloads to begin, and also enter in a captcha, but getting from point A to point B is a smooth experience. Or you might get lucky and hit what they refer to as “happy hour,” where all restrictions are removed for free users (no captchas or download timers) for a short period of time.

Take a look at what the new download page looks like (the timer is replaced with the captcha once it finishes counting down):

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Those of you who have forked out the money for a RapidShare premium account will also enjoy the increased download limits: you can now grab 50GB of files in a 5-day period instead of just 25GB. A premium account is about $10 per month when purchased one month at a time, but you can receive rather significant discounts depending on how much you pay ahead of time. If you’re a regular over at RapidShare I’m sure the premium account would be well worth it.

RapidShare Homepage

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This article was written on January 04, 2008 by CyberNet. has just added a new and free voice activated directions service to their Mobile site so that users are able to speak their location and then speak their desired destination and receive directions on their mobile phone.  When I first read about it, it seemed like it was’s response to GOOG-411, except they were trying to take it a bit further. I decided to put the service ,which is called “Click to Speak” to the test to see if it was something worth using.

The first thing I did on my mobile phone was go to Then I saw the following options:

ask voice

I selected #2 – Directions with voice entry, and then it asked if I wanted to place a call. Placing the call connects you to their service at which point you’re asked to speak your location.  It’ll repeat it back and ask if it’s correct, and which point you say yes or no and then it will move on to your destination.  You can enter in an address or an intersection, it accepts both. While I was entering in my destinations, I noticed that it had a hard time with extra words for a street name like “Avenue” or “Road.” It would ask me to repeat the names of the streets, but without the extras. Once it had my starting and ending points, I was informed that I would be receiving a text message soon.  The call ended, and sure enough, a text message came with my directions.

Problems with the service

While the entire process of entering in an address was fairly simple and easy to use, the directions it gave me weren’t the best. For my example trip, I entered that my starting location was the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Ontario Street in Chicago, Illinois and that I was headed to the intersection of Lincolnway and Duff in Ames, Iowa.  Their estimated time that it would take me to drive this was over 8 hours which I knew wasn’t quite right as I’ve done this drive before.  Then I went to Google and entered the same instructions, and the route they provided said it would take me about 5 hours and 40 minutes which is what I would expect it to take. It appears as though the route that calculates for you is chosen based upon miles. The shortest route wins, even if it will take quite a bit longer.

Would I use this service again? Well, to be honest, probably not.  While it’s nice and could perhaps work for shorter distances, the directions it provides for long distances just tacks on too much time.

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No, Microsoft Doesn’t Own CyberNet

This article was written on August 29, 2008 by CyberNet.

A new website launched the other day called Quarkbase, and its goal is to provide details about all kinds of different websites. It gives you details like who owns the site, ways to contact them, how many articles are on Digg, and so on. It’s a pretty cool service and all, but I’ll admit that I didn’t have any intention of writing about it.

Why the sudden change of heart? Several of our readers have obviously looked us up because we’ve received a half dozen emails regarding the details about who owns us. I have no idea how but it says that the owner of our site is “Microsoft Corporation,” and places to contact us are the Internet Explorer Developer Center, Engineering Windows 7 blog, and other Microsoft-owned sites:

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Wow! If Microsoft owns us they sure aren’t paying us very well. And where are my free lunches? Not to mention the fact that we’d probably be exiled from the Redmond campus by now since we’re MacBook Pro and iPhone owners. ;)

Sure we’ve been called Microsoft fanboys in the past because we actually find Vista to be a decent operating system, but I have no idea how Quarkbase gathered that we’re owned by them. Guess they still have some quarks quirks they need to work out.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in. You can put the paper bag down because it won’t help with your hyperventilating. Just breathe slowly, and give your teddy bear a hug. CyberNet is the “mom and pop shop” that it’s always been.

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CyberNotes: Browser Stats

This article was written on March 19, 2008 by CyberNet.

Web Browser Wednesday

We realized that we’ve never really done an article diving deep into the history of browser stats even though we have shown you screenshots of browsers from long ago. Thanks to Net Applications we have about a year and a half worth of data to look at, and it is interesting to see the rise and fall of the different browsers.

We had aggregated so much information that even the most severe stataholics would probably start to feel queasy. Below we’ve got an overview of all the browsers wrapped up into one, and then we dive even deeper by breaking the stats down into the popular versions of each browser. To try and ease the nauseous feeling we decided to hide the actual numbers that were used to generate the graphs, but they are still available by clicking on the Details link located at the beginning of each section.

We’ll start by comparing the market share of each major browser, and then we’ll break it down into Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Netscape usage.

Note: The timeline for each graph is the exact same, but the market share percentages are scaled differently for each chart to make it easier to read. You can click the Details link to see what percentages make up each graph.

–All Browsers (Details)–

From this graph you can see that Internet Explorer still owns a huge chunk of the browser market share, but over the duration of the graph it has changed quite significantly. In the next month or two it will likely hit a 10% drop since August 2006, and about 5% of that has occurred in the last 6-months.

 browser stats - all

–Internet Explorer (Details)–

It wasn’t until December of 2007 that Internet Explorer 7 actually took over Internet Explorer 6 in usage, which is rather surprising. Maybe it is because so many people are sticking with Windows XP and not making the upgrade to IE7, but it looks like things are finally starting to pickup for IE7:

browser stats - ie 

–Firefox (Details)–

When Firefox 2 came out in October 2006 it didn’t take long for users to make the jump from Firefox 1.5, and ever since then it has been rocking the house.

browser stats - firefox 

–Safari (Details)–

This obviously proves that Safari users enjoy playing with Beta versions of the browser, but don’t really adopt it until the stable version is available. In June 2007 Safari 3.0 Beta was made available by Apple, and in October it shipped with the OS X Leopard operating system. While in Beta it didn’t really affect the usage of other versions, but people made the upgrade rather rapidly once it was released. It’s been a hit ever since.

browser stats - safari 

–Opera (Details)–

The Opera 9.x browser was first introduced in June 2006 shortly before these stats started to be collected. You can see from the chart that Opera 9.x usage has been increasing quite steadily even though the market share is still small. Considering the fact that until September 2005 you had to pay for Opera (or suffer with a built-in ad banner) I would say that they are doing pretty good.

browser stats - opera 

–Netscape (Details)–

Late last year Netscape announced that they would no longer be developing the Netscape 9.0 version of their browser. Well, this might give us some indication as to why that is. The service we got our stats from didn’t even have anything on Netscape 9.0 presumably because the market share was so low. While Netscape 6.0 is currently the champ of all the versions available.

browser stats - netscape 


Hopefully you’ve enjoyed taking a look at all of the charts to see how your favorite browser has progressed over the last year and a half. If you haven’t gotten enough be sure to checkout our history of web browsers where we provide screenshots of browsers over the last 10+ years.

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