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Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone/iTunes 7.3.2 Requires MS Outlook for PC (apple.com)

Anonymous Coward 2.0 writes: I got an iPhone and was reasonably happy. There has only been one major issue... on the PC platform, the only program to sync calendars to is a full version of Outlook (Express won't do). That was annoying and represented a $65 hidden cost (under my company's MS Employee purchase plan). I get paid fairly well so I just shelled it out. But now with the new iTunes Apple has made it mandatory that MS Outlook be the default mail client!
Microsoft

Submission + - Hungary Officials Raid Microsoft Office (foxnews.com)

Steve writes: "Hungary's state Competition Authority raided the offices of Microsoft Corp.'s local subsidiary as part of a probe into the company's relationship with large software distributors. The raid took place at the offices of Microsoft Magyarorszag Kft., and was spurred by reports of Microsoft using a potentially illegal trade practice referred to as "loyalty discounts". The intent "loyalty discounts" is to influence distributors so they won't offer clients anything but Microsoft Office products, a behavior that may violate European Union rules."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft puppets spamming ANSI to support OOXML

zoobab writes: "ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, is publishing on a day to day basis all the comments received on the proposed Microsoft Office OpenXML specification to become an ISO standard. All the recent submissions in support of the Microsoft specification looks very similar to this contribution, and one of the contributor even mentioned that "Even though this is a form letter from Microsoft I thought I would add this personal touch"."
Programming

Submission + - ECMAScript 4 Reference Implementation Released (ecmascript-lang.org)

mad.frog writes: "Dave Herman has posted a note on lambda-the-ultimate.org announcing that the first pre-release of the reference implementation of ECMAScript Edition 4 (a.k.a. JavaScript 2) is now available. Language geeks will be interested to find that the reference implementation of ECMAScript is being written in Standard ML, rather than pseudocode."
Windows

Submission + - Windows admin resources for seasoned Linux admins

Psiren writes: In six months or so my colleague is planning to leave and I will take over responsibility for the Windows servers. I have been a Linux/Unix sysadmin for many years, and have of course managed Windows machines in that time, but never to any great depth. I have worked closely with my colleague over the last few years to integrate our Windows and Linux systems as much as possible, so I am familiar with the basics, but am also well aware of the significant differences between the two. I am interested in finding resources that will be useful to help me in this transition. Recommendations for decent admin books for Windows Server 2003 would be a good start, especially those written from the more technical standpoint. Useful websites are generally a google away, but if you have any favourites I'd appreciate some links. Any other advice (other than "Don't do it!") is welcome.
Security

Submission + - Google, Microsoft and Yahoo DNS records hacked (thecoils.com)

Yaron Orenstein writes: "I wanted to point your attention to a very interesting story we have found two days ago and just published. The DNS records of three of the top world Internet companies Google, Microsoft and Yahoo has been hacked. I have published the whole story in English here: http://www.thecoils.com/2007/06/08/google_microsof t_yahoo_dns_hack/"
Microsoft

Submission + - "Nude" scene forces Microsoft to delay Hal

Mike writes: "Microsoft on Friday revealed that it has delayed release of Halo 2 for Vista in the U.S. due to the appearance of partial nudity in some of the game's content. A 2MB update was posted on the Halo 2 site Tuesday. The update, said the Microsoft spokesman, "removes the content error" and thus the nudity. "It's optional," he added. This delay comes right on top of the recent announcement that the Halo 2 for Windows Vista would be delayed until May 31st, the second delay for the title in only one month."
Privacy

Submission + - University Rejects Google for Its Privacy Scruples

freepay writes: "In a weird case with implications for personal autonomy, The Daily Pennsylvanian student newspaper reported that the University of Pennsylvania wanted Google instead of Microsoft to replace its crash-prone email system — but selected Microsoft instead. According to the article, the key issue was that Google did not want to include applications such as Blogger within the contract.

"'We felt that it was appropriate to keep a separation between the information that administrators would have access to in Google Apps and some of the more consumer applications that students would want to use and control in their personal lives,' Rajen Sheth, product manager for Google Apps for Education, wrote in an e-mail."

"Microsoft, on the other hand, was extremely easy to work with...""
Music

Submission + - Ogg-Vorbis player available on chip

korbin_dallas writes: I found this poking around the Sparkfun website.
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php? products_id=8300

From the manufaturers website:
http://www.vlsi.fi/vs1000/vs1000.shtml
"VS1000 is a single-chip Ogg Vorbis (license-free audio codec) player. VS1000 contains a high-performance low-power DSP core VS_DSP4, Nand Flash interface, Full Speed USB port, general purpose I/O pins, SPI, UART, as well as a high-quality variable-sample-rate stereo DAC, and an earphone amplifier and a common voltage buffer. The device also features internal voltage regulators and voltage monitor. VS1000 can be powered from one supply voltage."

So now you have no excuse, get out there and build that Ogg-Vorb player! Only $10 for the chip.

How long do you all think it will be before we get a descent Ogg player or is it already too late, and MP3s have it locked up?
Windows

Submission + - ReactOS Revealed

reactosfanboy writes: DRM Hacker Alex Ionescu explains the internals of ReactOS in a recent talk. Ionescu indicates that ReactOS is nearly 100% binary and API compatible with the Windows 2003 kernel, and that they are aiming for full Vista compatibility. Ionescu attempted to demonstrate ReactOS but only managed to successfully install it after two BSoD's. This alone should make it clear that ReactOS is still not ready for prime time.
Operating Systems

Submission + - The Ubuntu Craze: Is Linux Desktop Ready?

tdanylak writes: "Are Linux Desktop OSes ready for the general users? Does Ubuntu pave the way to the ultimate replacement of Windows in our home's computers or does it still has way to go in terms of ease of use and reliability. The author of this article discusses the above question from the perspective of someone who's comfortable with Linux and gives an example of his father testing out the Ubuntu OS. Based on the two experiences the author answers the above question. What do you think, is Ubuntu Linux ready for the masses?
The Ubuntu Craze: Is Linux Desktop Ready?"
Windows

Submission + - Vista: The Honeymoon is Over

BillGatesLoveChild writes: The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Vista backlash has begun, and is spreading to the popular press: "Utterly unimaginative, internally discordant and woefully out of tune".

You have to hand it to Microsoft. Despite the negative reviews of Microsoft's New Vista Operating System in the trade press, very little of that has filtered through to the general public. Friends and relatives have told me how eager they are to upgrade to it, for no other apparent reason than "It's New!" Warnings about draconian DRM, incompatability and poor performance as highlighted in ComputerWorld and in Peter Gutman's famous paper (apparently only famous to geeks) are lost on them.

But the Sydney Morning Herald Reports that as the general public experiences these first hand, the bad word is finally starting to spread. Customers have been reinstalling XP and advising others to wait. No one ever asked for Vista. Microsoft hoisted it upon us. Has Microsoft finally gone a Bridge to Far?
The Internet

Submission + - X/HTML 5 Versus XHTML 2

Vlad Alexander writes: "The competition to become the next markup language for the Web is heating up. The article X/HTML 5 Versus XHTML 2 focuses on the two specifications vying to become the successor to HTML 4.x and XHTML 1.x, and looks at what's cool and what's uncool about these two competing technologies.The emergence of XHTML 2 and, latterly, of HTML 5, is in response to the need to meet user demand for rich Web-based applications, the need to generate better search results, and requirements to make the Web more accessible to people of all abilities and using all types of devices. XHTML 2 and HTML 5 essentially take different approaches to these issues, and each will have different impacts on the future development of markup languages."

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