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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Ads Round 2: "I'm a PC!"->

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "New adverts from Microsoft will be making their way onto the TV real soon now, and this time they're taking the Apple ads head-on; the message clearly being "I'm a PC and proud of it!". Feedback for the new set of ads seems to be far more positive than the Gates/Seinfeld ads as this batch seem to be far more to the point."
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The Internet

+ - Google Launches Web-Browser->

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Designed to take on IE, FireFox, and the rest of them, Google is launching it's very own web-browser called "chrome" and will be appearing in beta form for Windows, with OSX and Linux flavours to come. "We realised... we needed to completely rethink the browser," said Google's Sundar Pichai in a blog post. The new browser will help Google take advantage of developments it is pushing online in rich web applications that are challenging traditional desktop programs."
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Linux Business

+ - Ubuntu 8.10 Named - The Intrepid Ibex->

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "The next Ubuntu distribution has been named as "The Intrepid Ibex" for the next release following Ubuntu 8.04 LTS; in turn to be released in April this year. FTA — "During the 8.10 cycle we will be venturing into interesting new territory, and we'll need the rugged adventurousness of a mountain goat to navigate tricky terrain. Our desktop offering will once again be a focal point as we re-engineer the user interaction model so that Ubuntu works as well on a high-end workstation as it does on a feisty little subnotebook. We'll also be reaching new peaks of performance — aiming to make the mobile desktop as productive as possible.""
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Microsoft

+ - The setup behind Microsoft.com-> 1

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run (www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com). Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment. http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx"
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Windows

+ - Microsoft Promoting Firefox PCs?->

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "You might be forgiven that Microsoft only promotes it's own technologies, but a look at a recent press release to thousands of journalists promoting new Vista-based computers might suggest otherwise. Everything looks normal until you look closer at the photos of each machine; revealing Firefox is installed on each one.

A change of tact maybe, or just publishing error?"

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Windows

+ - Safari Available for Windows->

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Apple have released Safari for Windows XP and Vista. Currently only in beta 3 stage, it was announced during a conference of developers for Apple products in San Francisco, and shows Apple's clear intention of expanding the 4.9% market share Safari currently has.

Interestingly, Apple also claim their browser is almost 2x the speed of other browsers for html and JavaScript performance."

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Technology (Apple)

+ - Ballmers Thoughts on the (Apple) iPhone

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "Microsoft's CEO, Steve Ballmer has been interviewed about his thoughts on Apple's iPhone. It shouldn't be too much surprise to know he's not very impressed... Ballmer points out that the iPhone " or whatever it will ultimately be called, dependent on the outcome of Apple's battle with Cisco over the iPhone trademark " will start at five times as much as some phones on the market today that have similar features and functionality."
Software

+ - France to go OSS

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "ZDNet is reporting the French government is ditching their Microsoft platforms and going open-source — a total of 1,154 workstations in all. From the article:
"The study showed that open source software will from now on offer functionality adapted to the needs of MPs, and will allow us to make substantial savings despite the associated migration and training costs," the parliament said."
The Internet

+ - Misleading Domain Names Illegal in US

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "It looks like the US is becomming increasing nanny-like with laws like Section 2252B (Title 18).

From the section...
"2252C: Misleading words or digital images on the Internet (a) IN GENERAL. — Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a person into viewing material constituting obscenity shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 10 years. (b) MINORS. — Whoever knowingly embeds words or digital images into the source code of a website with the intent to deceive a minor into viewing material harmful to minors on the Internet shall be fined under this title and imprisoned for not more than 20 years. (c) CONSTRUCTION. — For the purposes of this section, a word or digital image that clearly indicates the sexual content of the site, such as 'sex' or 'porn', is not misleading.""
Windows

+ - Microsoft to Offer Stripped-Down Longhorn Server

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "As part of the Windows Longhorn Server releases, Microsoft intend on providing 'core' versions of these too without any of the extra 'fluff' normally bundled into a normal Windows Server install. The hacked out elements include any kind of GUI, all the integrated application (IE, Outlook, Media Player) — just the bare essentials and support for networking tools (file-sharing, active directory, DNS server, etc), and as such is administered from the command-line only.

This approach is more inline with the *nix server philosophy of 'less is more' — the idea being that the less there is in the system, the less things can go wrong."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft DRM to Get Even Tighter

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes "It would appear Microsoft are tightening the screws on their up & coming DRM platform; Windows Media Player 11 removes the right to move music from one machine to another, as according to their website, "Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses)".

Worse in fact, If you rip your own CDs and the 'Copy protect music' option is turned on WMP will require you to, in their words..."connect to a Microsoft Web page that explains how to restore your rights a limited number of times.""
Windows

+ - Vista RC1 Available for the Masses

Submitted by Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino (951231) writes " Windows Vista RC1 has been made available to the general public, with keys available here.

There are various websites that report this build is far more stable than previous builds, but as Microsoft themselves have said "quality will continue to improve. We'll keep plugging away on application compatibility, as well as fit and finish, until RTM"

These builds are set to expire on June 1st 2007."
Windows

+ - Vista Startup Sound to be Mandatory?

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Toreo asesino
Toreo asesino writes "There has been lots of debate in the past few days over Microsoft's plan to make the startup sound in Windows Vista something that can't be specifically silenced by changing the sound settings in the control panel. Users would be able to avoid hearing it by manually turning down the speaker volume, but then they would have to turn that volume back up to hear anything else."

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