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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."

Submission + - Linked List Patented in 2006

An anonymous reader writes: Congratulations are in order to Ming-Jen Wang of LSI Logic Corporation who, in patent #10260471 managed to invent the linked list. From the abstract, "A computerized list is provided with auxiliary pointers for traversing the list in different sequences. One or more auxiliary pointers enable a fast, sequential traversal of the list with a minimum of computational time. Such lists may be used in any application where lists may be reordered for various purposes." Good-bye doubly linked list. We should also give praise to the extensive patent review performed by Cochran Freund & Young LLP.

Submission + - Do MS programming certs have any value?

An anonymous reader writes: Do the Microsoft certifications for programming have any value? Are there any instances where they would help you get a job or even get a foot in the door? What about those with a technical or science degree but no work-related programming experience, could this help them establish themselves for a more or less entry level job?

Feed World Business Briefing | Europe: Microsoft in First Technology License Deal (

Microsoft said it had signed its first agreement to license its technology, almost three years after European Union antitrust regulators ordered the software company to share data to increase competition. Microsoft said the deal, with Quest Software of California, was meant to comply with an antitrust order issued in March 2004 that demanded licensing of software that helps desktop computers communicate with servers. But the deal was met with skepticism from adversaries, who questioned how a company with a longstanding relationship with Microsoft could be considered a rival. The European Commission threatened Microsoft last week with fines as high as 3 million euros ($3.9 million) a day for failing to comply with the order.

Submission + - Interview with author of FU rootkit, Jamie Butler

CowboyRobot writes: "ACM Queue has an interview with Jamie Butler, author of FU rootkit and the book, 'Rootkits: Subverting the Windows Kernel', where he discusses the ethics of and making rootkits available "it's like nuclear technology: it can be used for good and for evil. Even the proof-of-concepts might not in themselves be openly malicious in the sense that you can use this software to immediately make money by stealing information.""

Submission + - Linksys switches require Windows

Mikael Hakali writes: This is a story about a Linksys SRW224G4. After almost one year of well functional network I decided to update the firmware to the latest 1.2.1b.

After the update I quickly realized that both FireFox and Opera rendered the web management interface incorrectly. I sat down with their online support (full transcript here) that and concluded that they had no support for other browsers than Internet Explorer (surprise...) and they failed to give me the older firmware which worked fine.

They even agreed on that the only option for me to access the management was to purchase a Microsoft Windows licence.

The web browser support would not have been a problem if they would have included featurability and configuration options through their serial CLI menu interface. Though the CLI is designed only to support dummy L2 (No VLAN/SNMP/ACLs/QoS etc) switching functionality options.

I have verified that this is the case with their 48 port gigabit ethernet switch aswell.

I'm posting this article primarily to discourage users in the same situation as me from using their product and secondarily to send a message to management of LinkSys to work towards supporting open platforms for atleast products such as switches. If it's by improving their CLI or making their web interface more compatible would both be a satisfactory solution.
Linux Business

Submission + - | Joe Barr rips proprietary software ven

Graabein writes: On a slow newsday like today, this article should be good for a laugh: Joe Barr rips proprietary software vendor a new one. Quote: It seems to be a trend among some proprietary software vendors: attacking open source with lies. The latest appears in this week's Network World's Face-off, which features a slop-bucket full of self-serving hogwash by Ipswitch's Roger Greene entitled "Don't trust your network to open source." If ignorance were a crime, Greene would be swinging from the gallows. His pathetically malinformed drivel is enough to make even hardened PR flacks cringe with embarrassment. Greene's marketing agenda is based on what he claims are three myths about open source. Just for the fun of it, let's take a look at his claims."

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