November 14, 2006

Firefox 2007 making the web better…

Permalink | November 14th, 2006

Firefox 2007

Do more with Microsoft Firefox 2007:

RSS (Real Simple Sex)

RSS is a relatively new algorithmic technology fueled by the continued hot desires of many online web users. Accessed by an illuminating an icon on the toolbar - a single click allows you to view and optionally download anything that resembles a tit, a boob or a breast - rendered directly in the browser with speeds up to 10 times faster than the competition. Real Simple Sex can scan and arrange explicit images/pictures in order of quality and effectively filters out irrelevant content such as balloons or soccer balls.

November 9, 2006

Universal Music wants all your money

Permalink | November 9th, 2006

Doug Morris, Universal Music CEO

Somehow Universal Music was able to get Microsoft to agree to pay them a fee for each new Zune music player that it sells. The amount being paid to the world’s largest music label has not been disclosed but Universal’s CEO, Doug Morris, gave his quote of the day by stating, We felt that any business that’s built on the bedrock of music we should share in. So by that logic movie studios should be entitled to fees from video equipment manufactures, television studios should be entitled to fees from TV manufactures, breweries should be entitled to fees from glass manufactures, and Al Gore should be entitled to fees from everyone online (he did, after all, invent the internet) … umm, yeah, who are they trying to fool?!

June 19, 2006

Your office online

Permalink | June 19th, 2006

Office Online

As Google and others race to move the ever-so-popular word processing and spreadsheet programs to the web, the person that ultimately benefits (at least in the near term) is you; but while these programs may be free, what are the real hidden costs?

Google has already opened up its Google Spreadsheets application to beta testing, and is working to make the recently acquired Writely word processing application available soon. The obvious upside to using Google’s solutions over, for example, Microsoft’s is the immediate cost savings — a legitimate copy of Microsoft Office standard edition will run you a cool $400.

That $400, though, allows you to pretty much use Office out of the box. In order to use these new online applications you not only need decent connection to the internet, you must also be comfortable with the idea that your addresses, your correspondence and your documents don’t reside on your hard drive in your computer in your home. They are stored at sites controlled by a giant company. In addition, these solutions can’t quite do everything that Word and Excel can do, at least not yet. We must also look at it from the companies’ viewpoint — they will want to eventually make money off of these ventures, and the most obvious way would be through advertising. Are people ready for ads popping up while they edit their documents?

Of course, for those already using web-based email, those hurdles aren’t a far departure from the current line of thinking. The only thing that’s left is to conquer the gap between these new applications and the “industry standard”.

June 16, 2006

Bill Gates to toss in the towel

Permalink | June 16th, 2006

Bill Gates and Microsoft Execs

After three decades Bill Gates is ready to call it quits, sort of. While he will be leaving his day-to-day role at Microsoft, Gates maintains that he plans to remain as the largest shareholder of the company and will continue to serve as the chairman of the board. The transition of power will begin immediately and is expected to take two-years. Steve Ballmer is set to remain as CEO with Ray Ozzie, one of the company’s three CTOs, taking over Gates’ responsibilities of chief software architect.

Gates, after leaving Microsoft, has said he wishes to devote his energy to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That and to spend and enjoy his $50 billion fortune (assuming he knows how to).

May 15, 2006

MTV and Microsoft Urge you to listen

Permalink | May 15th, 2006

MTV

Now that Apple dominates the digital music world, MTV has decided that it might serve them well to jump on the bandwagon and try their hand at this “new” thing called music downloading. Once the bridge between music and video, but lately the victim of horrible reality programing, MTV has joined forces with Microsoft to develop a new online music service they are calling Urge.

URGE comes integrated into the newest version of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Media Player, which users of Microsoft’s Windows will receive in coming weeks as an upgrade. Prior to that, the player upgrade will be available for download at the URGE and Microsoft Web sites.

At launch, URGE will have more than 2 million tracks, which can be purchased individually at 99 cents or as full albums starting at around $9.95.

The service also will offer unlimited downloads at a monthly rate of $9.95, or $14.95 for the ability to transfer songs to any of more than 100 compatible portable music players.

It’s tough to say if this new service will sink or swim, especially when their tunes aren’t compatible with the iPod.

Related: Universal Music fined $12 million in payola case

[via AP]

May 1, 2006

Google cries foul at MSN Search

Permalink | May 1st, 2006

Google vs MSN Internet Explorer

Google is crying foul over Microsoft’s latest offering of Internet Explorer 7.

The new browser includes a search box in the upper-right corner that is typically set up to send users to Microsoft’s MSN search service. Google contends that this puts Microsoft in a position to unfairly grab Web traffic and advertising dollars from its competitors.

The move, Google claims, limits consumer choice and is reminiscent of the tactics that got Microsoft into antitrust trouble in the late 1990’s.

“The market favors open choice for search, and companies should compete for users based on the quality of their search services,” said Marissa Mayer, the vice president for search products at Google. “We don’t think it’s right for Microsoft to just set the default to MSN. We believe users should choose.”

I’m no fan of Microsoft’s Internet Extorter, but in all fairness, no objections were raised when Apple and Firefox both decided to include Google as the default search engine in their browsers. Where was freedom of choice in that decision?

Visit: Kill Bill’s Browser
Visit: Explorer Destroyer

[via NY Times]

January 30, 2006

Just another Windows virus

Permalink | January 30th, 2006

Just another Windows virus

PC users have been urged to scan their computers before 3 February to avoid falling victim to a destructive virus.

On that date the Nyxem virus is set to delete Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Acrobat files on infected machines.

Like many recent viruses, Nyxem tries to spread by making people open attachments on e-mail messages that are infected with the destructive code.

Unlike many recent viruses Nyxem is set to overwrite 11 different types of file on infected machines on the third of every month. The list of files to be over-written includes the most widely used sorts of formats.

Haven’t we learned by now — don’t open unknown attachments with “funny” subject headings…

[via The BBC]

December 21, 2005

Microsoft IDSA desk

Permalink | December 21st, 2005

Microsoft IDSA desk

Microsoft and the Industrial Designers of America (IDSA), held a design competition challenging people to rethink the Windows-based PC experience and the role it plays in people’s lives. Contestants were to combine new form factor in a digital lifestyle.

Yes, the evil empire did have a hand in this competition, but I must say, that desk is pretty freakin’ sweet!

Visit: Microsoft / IDSA PC Design Competition

September 28, 2005

Palm defects to the dark side

Permalink | September 28th, 2005

Palm defects to the dark side

Palm, formerly PalmOne, formerly Palm, seems to be having an identity crisis. The latest evidence, the Treo 700w. Palm has unvieled its latest in the Treo line, the Treo 700w, running (drum roll please) Window Mobile 5.0.

The question on everybody’s mind, however, has less to do with the particulars of this new device than with the future of Palm in general. Over the past few years, Palm has dug a chasm between its hardware and software businesses even as Windows Mobile has usurped Palm’s once-utterly-dominant position in the marketplace. Releasing Windows-powered Palm devices only begs the question: Is Palm OS doomed?

I was never a hardcore fan of the Palm line of phones, primarily due to that stupid nub of an antenna sticking out the top (internal, go internal!) and the fact it weighs more than a brick. Adding Windows Mobile to the mix is just another reason I’ll probably never go Palm again.

[via Wired]

September 12, 2005

Xbox 360 is hack-proof

Permalink | September 12th, 2005

Xbox 360 is hack-proof

Microsoft is claiming that the new Xbox 360 will be hack-proof.

With the 360, Microsoft is aiming to make it as hard as possible to hack.

“We’ve taken security to the hardware level and built it in from the ground up,” said Chris Satchell from the Xbox Advanced Technology Group.

“One of the reasons we went with custom hardware design for all our silicon is that it allows us to build security at the silicon level,” he told the BBC News website.

“There are going to be levels of security in this box that the hacker community has never seen before.”

Seems to me that they should be putting as much effort towards making their swiss cheese of an operating system just as hack-proof.

[via The BBC]