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posted in May 2006
Microsoft has re-released a 300-page guide to Windows Vista that was posted and then pulled in April. But even though there's now a link to it, Microsoft still seems to be working pretty hard to keep it a secret: it's available in two formats -- a 60-megabyte Word file, and an XPS file. (A what file?)
Microsoft's rebranding of everything in sight as "Live" reached new peaks of frenzy this week when it announced a desktop search application called Windows Live Search. Only problem was, it already has a Web search called Windows Live Search.
A survey conducted for the Web security company Websense by Harris Interactive says that men surf more non-work-related Web sites than women while at work and spend longer looking at them, and women are far more likely to admit that their PCs are infected with spyware and call the Help Desk about it.
It makes a lot of sense. Adobe is running a project code-named Apollo to free Flash from its servitude as a Web browser plug-in and make it a full-fledged, stand-alone Web application client. Apollo would render HTML and PDF files as well as Flash animations, says an article on C|Net. Web-based apps are pushing the limits of Web browsers, and Apollo would let developers package up applications that would
Memo to Melanie Wyne, executive director of the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC), evidently a Microsoft PR program masquerading as a trade organization: When you get what you want, you are supposed to say "thank you." Didn't your mother teach you any manners? The state of Massachusetts' request for a OpenDocument format plug-in for Microsoft Office is a very reasonable compromise. So why are you doing a very unattractive imitation of a
Two stories point up the trouble Microsoft is having with its transition to an advertising-driven business model. Deep down in the trenches, its software developers haven't gotten the news that Microsoft software has to play well with others. It seems IE7 is still going for the throat of Firefox -- the latest instance occurs when IE breaks Web links in Outlook if it's not the default browser. And Microsoft's Windows Live Shopping site won't work with Firefox at all. The company says it's working
Sun has announced that Solaris will be updated with 128-bit file system addressing. Sun is calling it the Zettabyte File System. A zettabyte is one sextillion bytes. How big is that? Enough to address "all the disks currently on the planet," says a Sun guy. Ooh, doesn't it just give you tingles when geeks talk numbers like that!
BitLocker, a security feature of Windows Vista, may serve not just one purpose, but two, according to a post on The Register. BitLocker is Microsoft's catchy name for hardware-based encryption that is designed to protect your data if your PC is stolen. But it may also be designed to keep you from dual-booting Linux, according to the report.