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Windows

Submission + - Windows Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals (microsoft.com)

wilkinism writes: Microsoft released several detailed documents explaining just about everything you ever wanted to know about Vista SP1. Highlights include a Deployment Guide, list of included hotfixes, and a 17-page list of "Notable Changes". In reviewing the "Notable Changes" document, it seems MS focused on improving reliability & performance in really specific scenarios, so it's no wonder that most reviewers are reporting no noticeable gains.
Mozilla

Submission + - Firefox 3 Reviewed: A Disappointment (osweekly.com)

oopensource writes: "According to OSWeekly.com's latest review of Firefox 3, it's not quite up to standards. "What pains me the most is that Firefox has not even achieved the full market share that a version 1 mindset might have allowed for. Back then, it was fast, and there was a genuine feeling like the users were being heard with the functionality that future releases would offer. Today, this seems to be a thing of the past. I can say that outside of the still very cool add-ons, I find it really hard to get myself too excited about the next release of Firefox, and this is sad. Here in the near future, I will take the next release for a test run, but remain firmly committed not to do so until Firefox 3 is officially released, as to be fair to the developers."
Space

Submission + - ILS Proton Successfully Launches SIRIUS4 Satellite (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "A Proton launch vehicle successfully lifted the SIRIUS 4 satellite into orbit today, marking the fourth mission of the year for International Launch Services (ILS). The Proton Breeze M vehicle, built by ILS partner Khrunichev Space Center of Moscow, lifted off from Pad 39 at the cosmodrome at 4:39 a.m. today local time (5:39 p.m. EST Saturday, 22:39 GMT Saturday). After a 9-hour-13-minute mission, the launcher released the satellite into geostationary transfer orbit. The SIRIUS 4 satellite is expected to go into service at the beginning of January at 5 degrees East longitude, where it will deliver broadcast and broadband services across Europe and parts of Africa for SES SIRIUS of Sweden. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/18/ils-proton-successfully-launches-sirius-4-satellite/ )"

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