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 How to score a free GOAL Wink
How to score a free GOAL Wink

dwergs says ( 20 Jun 2008 ):

 

While I mourn over yesterday's defeat of Portugal in Euro 2008, I present to you another free football/soccer Wink provided by Quebles, where Winks normally set you back 1.30.

Consisting of a bouncing ball, cheering in the background and a voice shouting GOAL, it's universally usable during any game and any cup.

free football/soccer wink GOALHow to install the free GOAL Wink:

1) Go to this site.
2) Enter your (or any) e-mail address in the field after "E-mail"
3) Select "Voeg me niet toe!" if you don't want to receive mailings from Quebles.
4) Click the button that says Volgende >>
5) On the next screen, click the Download button.
6) Open a conversation window in MSN/Windows Live Messenger and you'll find the Goal Wink under "Recently used winks" in the Winks dropdown menu.

Sorry, no animated goals this time. I know, I'm biased :)



 Setup.exe added to list of blocked words for IMs
Setup.exe added to list of blocked words for IMs

dwergs says ( 19 Jun 2008 ):

 

This month's evil word -according to the Microsoft partner responsible for the SPIM filter- is setup.exe. Go try and send it to one of your contacts. Any message containing "setup.exe", regardless what comes before or after, will be blocked.

It has been impossible to transfer files named setup.exe or any other executable because they're considered "potentially unsafe" since MSN Messenger 7.0.0732 released in 2005. This particular block is aimed at hyperlinks to online hosted setup files and bans -as usual with the SPIM filter- perfectly safe files (or, to name just one, should I consider "http://download.microsoft.com/download/win2000platform/ASsizer/1.0/NT5/EN-US/setup.exe" unsafe?)

While you get the explanatory error message in official Windows Live Messenger releases, the Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta makes it dissolve into thin air meaning you won't see setup.exe in the conversation area after you hit enter (but with the Beta soon closed, it's too late for a bug report).

[Reported by: Rafael and Withinwindows.com]



 Euro 2008 victory goodies for Italy and Holland
Euro 2008 victory goodies for Italy and Holland

dwergs says ( 18 Jun 2008 ):

 

Too bad for "ze French Messeurs" but Italy kicked "Les Bleus" out of Euro 2008 last night. As you can guess, I've turned Italy's two important goals into animated display pictures for Windows Live Messenger 9.0.

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>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: France - Italy: 0-1
>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: France - Italy: 0-2
>> Browse all Animated Display Pictures of Euro 2008 Goals.

The Dutch team continued their winning streak ("Ehh.. What group of death?") so here's another special for the Orange-coloured fans. It's a set of display pictures derived from the works of Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf (found them at WorldCupBlog.org). The series is called New Warriors and seems to be inspired by the Spartans in Frank Miller's 300.

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>> More Euro 2008 Display Pictures
>> Check Erwin Olaf's incredible portfolio.
>> Grab 10 free animated Cristiano Ronaldo Emoticons.
>> Overview of all Euro 2008 Windows Live Messenger Goodies.



 Create nasty monsters, unleash them on Windows Live Messenger
Create nasty monsters, unleash them on Windows Live Messenger

dwergs says ( 17 Jun 2008 ):

 

For those with a Doctor Frankenstein propensity here's a good tip from senior Messer, MNeMiC. If you like the idea of creating hideous monsters and then using them as animated emoticons or display pictures in Windows Live Messenger, you should grab a copy of the just released Spore Creature Creator and start modelling.

Spore is a highly anticipated, massively single-player online "god" game by Sim City and The Sims-creator Will Wright, due for release in September 2008. But even if the game leaves you cold, you can have fun breeding monsters with a free trial of the Spore Creature Creator which offers enough tweakable variables to create all sorts of monstrosities. We particularly appreciate its Capture Animated Avatar button which allows you to export your creatures to animated GIFs (100 by 100 pixels) in a whole range of motions and emotions. These images will usually be copied to:

C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\My Documents\My Spore Creations\AnimatedAvatars

You can then import them as custom emoticons or -and that's where they look best- drag & drop the files onto your current display picture to use them as avatars (they'll only animate in Windows Live Messenger 9.0, mind). Have fun, doc!


>> Download Spore Creature Creator (free trial, requires DirectX 9.23).
>> Upload your Spore Creatures and make them join my yellow "Mess Monster".



 Euro 2008: Turkey, Spain goal avatars and Dutch EK Wink
Euro 2008: Turkey, Spain goal avatars and Dutch EK Wink

dwergs says ( 16 Jun 2008 ):

 

More animated avatars for Windows Live Messenger 9.0, including the three incredible comeback goals by Turkey last night.

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>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Spain - Sweden : 1-0
>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Spain - Sweden : 2-1
>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Turkey - Czech Republic : 1-2
>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Turkey - Czech Republic : 2-2
>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Turkey - Czech Republic : 3-2
>> Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Turkey - Czech Republic : 3-2 (alternative version)
>> UPDATE: Euro 2008 Goal Animated Display Pic: Germany - Austria: 1-0
>> Browse all Animated Display Pictures of Euro 2008 Goals.

And I can't seem to make a Euro 2008 post without mentioning the Dutch team. Chuck's Wink Workshop allows supporters of the Netherlands to make a cheering EK Wink personalized with anyone's face. The graphics and execution are rather poor (it didn't even show my chosen picture when I tried it), but here's the link for die-hard fans.



 Google and Yahoo! Messenger to interoperate
Google and Yahoo! Messenger to interoperate

dwergs says ( 16 Jun 2008 ):

 

This interoperability deal between Google and Yahoo! makes you wonder, will Yahoo! Messenger become a bridge between Google Talk and Windows Live Messenger? In any event, Yahoo! Messenger is on its way to become the client of choice for those with cross-network buddies.

>> Yahoo! Messenger <3 Google Talk.
>> Yahoo! Messenger <3 Windows Live Messenger.



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