Yep. Bingo. Double Bingo. I never did sign up for Facebook because the whole thing seemed almost childish to me, like, it was for people who had never quite gotten past Middle School socially. They are fascinated with the medium more than the message. The only thing sillier than Facebook is MySpace and the only thing sillier than both is Twitter. I have a lot of friends and when I need to contact them I do - directly. The concept of putting one's life out onto the Internet is just infantile.
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Xbox Live, Microsoft's online gaming network that serves some six million Xbox users, is scheduled on May 8 to open its basic and premium features to online PC gamers under the rubric of Games for Windows — Live, Microsoft executives said.
The service coincides with the much-anticipated release of a Windows Vista version of Microsoft's best-selling combat game, Halo 2.
As Microsoft is out touting the "wow" of Windows Vista, two federal agencies are among those saying "whoa."
The Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cite fear of compatibility problems as one of the reasons not to allow their tens of thousands of employees to upgrade to Microsoft's latest operating system.
"We are temporarily not permitting computers with the Vista operating system to be connected to our networks," Michael Baum, a NIST spokesman, said Tuesday. The organization's technology staff is testing NIST applications and evaluating the security in Windows Vista. The same holds true for Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007, he said.
It is not unusual that agencies aren't rushing to install major software updates. Large organizations in particular tend to do a lot of testing before upgrading. The same happened when Microsoft released Service Pack 2 for Windows XP. The actions by DOT, which employs about 54,000 people, and NIST, with 2,900 employees, were first reported by Information Week.
The DOT also bans Vista, Office 2007 and IE 7. In addition to compatibility concerns, the department lists cost, available funding and a pending headquarters move as reasons not to upgrade, according to a DOT memo dated January 19 (click for PDF of the memo). The memo is still current, a DOT representative said Tuesday."