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Comment: Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (Score 1) 127

by Lev_Arris (#47798773) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Probably means 'folks who grew up with Windows XP, where Microsoft yet again abused their OS monopoly to peddle one of their services (MSN) and push the others (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo-IM) into obscurity'.

Not that the others weren't working hard on obsoleting themselves, cf. ICQ's very obnoxious later clients.

Comment: Re:Lenovo aren't the only ones (Score 1) 586

by Lev_Arris (#28513689) Attached to: Lenovo Tinkers With Larger Delete and Escape Keys

Mine is the Logitech G15, and yes, the not_having_that_bloody_'double'_delete_key was a factor, as were the not-rearranged home/end/pgup/pgdn keys and the presence of the insert key in its normal position.

I frequently use shift+insert to paste (especially in places where CTRL+V fails) and will not put up with a keyboard where it was removed.

And don't even get me started on the 3-by-3 arranging of F-keys that I've seen on some recent keyboards.

I like my keyboard as it is. The one key I absolutely never ever use is that windows/menu key on the right (next to right-CTRL), but it doesn't bother me enough to even ponder its removal.

If the keyboard manufacturers want to add value to the keyboard, they can feel free to add multimedia buttons at the top, which I can use or ignore. (Preferably they'd agree on an industry-wide standard for them and then use that on all keyboards, so I don't have to relearn the buttons every time.)


+ - Six Rootkit Detectores To Protect Your PC

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "InformationWeek has a review of 6 rootkit detectors.This issue became big last year when Sony released some music CDs which came with a rootkit that silently burrowed into PCs. This review looks at how you can block rootkits and protect your machine using F-Secure Backlight, IceSword, RKDetector, RootkitBuster, RootkitRevealer, and Rookit Unhooker."

+ - ISOHunt Shutdown

Submitted by tgignac
tgignac (801368) writes "isoHunt Shut Down January 16, 2007 Thomas Mennecke isoHunt has been one of the long time staples of the BitTorrent/IRC/Usenet search engine genre. It's longevity has been exceptional among this crowd, lasting upwards of three years without hindrance. This is no small feat considering the site's administrator, Gary Fung, is the recipient of an MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) lawsuit which was filed in February of 2006. The eventual legal complaint was preceded by several email exchanges between Fung and the MPAA. isoHunt and the MPAA engaged in what could be considered an amicable debate on the merits of copyright laws in the digital age, however the movie industry's patience wore out once it was clear Fung's position was solidified. On February 23rd, 2006, the MPAA filed seven lawsuits that included nine sites; including,, and of course "Website operators who abuse technology to facilitate infringements of copyrighted works by millions of people are not anonymous — they can and will be stopped," said John G. Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA. "Disabling these powerful networks of illegal file distribution is a significant step in stemming the tide of piracy on the Internet." While most of these indexing sites capitulated, decided to hold the line. The status quo remained intact for, at least until today. File-sharing fans were not greeted by the typical search engine that resides on — instead a stark message was left by Fung: "Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt about our lawsuit brought by the MPAA. We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our ISP, or we get new hardware ready from another ISP (already working on that)." Gary Fung told a temporary site is already up, however the traffic load is placing an exceptional burden on the server. This should be a temporary setback however, as Fung is working diligently to restore the site. With some patience and luck, could be restored by morning. The amount of time will depend whether's current ISP restores the site, or whether Fung will have to shop elsewhere for hosting."
Internet Explorer

After 100M IE7 Downloads, Firefox Still Gaining 425

Posted by kdawson
from the denting-the-monopoly dept.
Kelson writes "Internet Explorer 7 hit the 100 million download mark last week. Yet in the three months it's been available, Firefox's market share has continued to grow. InformationWeek reports that nearly all of IE7's growth has been upgrades from IE6. People don't seem to be switching back to IE in significant numbers, prompting analysts to wonder: has Microsoft finally met its match?"

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.