Toreo asesino 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.
Toreo asesino 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.
Toreo asesino writes: Microsoft have congratulated the Mozilla team by sending them their second cake (minus recipe) to Mozilla's Mountain View headquarters to congratulate them on shipping FireFox 3, which went live on right on time last night.
Toreo asesino 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
Toreo asesino 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.
Toreo asesino 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.
Toreo asesino 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.
Toreo asesino 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.
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."
Toreo asesino 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.
Toreo asesino 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."
There are variouswebsites 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"
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."