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FireFox 3.1 Leaves IE in the Dust

FireFox 3.1 Leaves IE in the Dust

Granted, FireFox 3.1 is just a beta and IE 8 is also in beta, but it looks like Microsoft has some ground to make up when it comes to browser performance. Given that Mozilla appears to be on a much faster cycle than Microsoft with this stuff, it's also possible that it could increase the gap even more before IE 8 is GA, no? Fans of Firefox get [...]

Windows 7 will officially be called… Windows 7

Windows 7 will officially be called… Windows 7

I don't get it. Windows XP is doing better than Windows Vista. Why do they keep saying things like "stay firmly rooted in our aspirations for Windows Vista". Vista was a mistake, they need to figure out why XP is liked, Vista is hated and make something we actually want to have. Amazing how blind a monopoly can make someone. If it were called [...]

Amazing Windows XP 64bit 6-in-1 disc

Amazing Windows XP 64bit 6-in-1 disc

Weighing in at just 10 MB... but uncompressed it becomes 3.7 GB... neato. Download: http://rapidshare.com

Why We Love Linux

Why We Love Linux

Russian schools turn to free software

Russian schools turn to free software

Linux is a piece of open source software, free online to anyone who wants it, and Russian schools are switching to it to save cash. Using pirate software is common in Russia and for schools who need word processing, the alternative is to pay Microsoft over a hundred dollars for every computer. Aleksandr Ponosov, a former headmaster in the [...]

Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista

Windows Games Run Faster on Linux than on Windows Vista

WINE is an implementation of the Win32 API on Linux/GNU, so that you can run programs written for Windows on your Linux installation. It normally reeks of office applications, spreadsheets and polka-dotted ties. Cedega, then, is a commercial version of WINE optimized for games. It runs a larger library of Windows games than plain WINE can. So far, [...]

Nine Inch Fail!

Nine Inch Fail!

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing. Mosaic was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) beginning in late 1992. NCSA released the browser in 1993, and officially discontinued [...]

Enable Self Destruct Mode on Your Windows Mobile Phone

Enable Self Destruct Mode on Your Windows Mobile Phone

Although losing your cellphone is never an enjoyable experience, it's a much worse feeling when your mobile device is carrying more than just contacts. If you're carrying things you don't want anyone else to have access to—whether it's personal information or company secrets—on your Windows Mobile device, it's a worthwhile investment [...]

Got a pirated copy of Windows XP? Expect to be nagged

Got a pirated copy of Windows XP? Expect to be nagged

When Windows Vista was first introduced, it came with a powerful defense against pirating. In fact, it was so powerful that paying customers complained when it malfunctioned, and Microsoft wound up making some big changes. Unless Vista was properly activated, it would drop into "reduced functionality mode", in which the only thing you could do [...]

Microsoft adds privacy tools to IE8

Microsoft adds privacy tools to IE8

Microsoft Corp. today spelled out new privacy tools in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) that some have dubbed "porn mode" in a nod to the most obvious use of a browser privacy mode. A privacy advocate applauded the move, calling it a "great step forward," while rival browser builder Mozilla Corp. said it is working to add similar features to a future [...]

A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

A third of Vista PCs downgraded to XP

Vista’s death march picked up some pace yesterday, after a metrics researcher revealed that nearly 35 per cent of PCs built to run the Windows operating system have been downgraded to XP. In a survey of more than 3,000 computers, performance testing software developer Devil Mountain Software estimated that more than one in three new [...]

Microsoft hires a hot ad agency in an effort to improve its image

Microsoft hires a hot ad agency in an effort to improve its image

WERE advertisements rather than sales the yardstick, Apple would have dominated the computer industry for decades. First there was the legendary spot “1984”, in that same year, which is often considered the best ad in history. Directed by Ridley Scott, then basking in “Blade Runner” fame, and produced by Chiat/Day, [...]

Vista’s Security Rendered Completely Useless by New Exploit

Vista’s Security Rendered Completely Useless by New Exploit

This week at the Black Hat Security Conference two security researchers will discuss their findings which could completely bring Windows Vista to its knees. Mark Dowd of IBM Internet Security Systems (ISS) and Alexander Sotirov, of VMware Inc. have discovered a technique that can be used to bypass all memory protection safeguards that Microsoft [...]

Microsoft Revamps Patch Tuesday Warning Process

Microsoft Revamps Patch Tuesday Warning Process

LAS VEGAS -- Black Hat USA 2008 -- As hackers and researchers get ready to unveil their latest vulnerability findings here, Microsoft today announced that it is improving its methods for sharing and categorizing the vulns that affect Windows and its other applications. "The introduction of these new programs helps address evolving online threats [...]

Phoenix BIOS Locks out all OS’s except Vista!

Phoenix BIOS Locks out all OS’s except Vista!

Below is a cute read from the LinuxForums... This seems like a BIOS targeted to be used only with Windows Vista, because no other OS has the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) functionality. This means that this BIOS will protect your hard disk data, even if your laptop is stolen. I'm not a fan of TPM (a.k.a. DRM) but it's like "encrypting" your hard [...]

Dell offers computers that now include the “Windows Vista Bonus” package…

Dell offers computers that now include the “Windows Vista Bonus” package…

...the "bonus" is Windows XP Professional instead of Vista. LOL. Good for Dell. They see what customers want and they provide it. They also allow you to buy systems without any adware or trial version software on them. :) The Dell channel blog is pointing resellers to the loophole in the Windows Vista license that enables business customers to [...]

Firefox Keeps Nipping at Microsoft’s IE Marketshare

Firefox Keeps Nipping at Microsoft’s IE Marketshare

Long live Firefox! I anxiously await the final release of FF3. Since using Firefox years ago, I've only used IE when forced to test a website in it. IE's limitations and restrictions are irritating for web developers, such as myself. I will continue to encourage people to use Firefox and rally the fans to smash the application download [...]

Ohh, the irony… Microsoft says “Safari isn’t safe on Windows”

Ohh, the irony… Microsoft says “Safari isn’t safe on Windows”

This is bad news for all eleven Safari-on-Windows users... Apple's been making hay in its Mac vs. PC ads about Windows' security and malware problems. But now that Apple's playing in Microsoft's sandbox with a Windows version of the Safari Web browser, the worm has turned. The Windows version of Safari has a bug that's been dubbed the "carpet [...]

Windows 7 Features Revealed

Here's what Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer revealed about Windows 7 at All Things Digital a few minutes ago. The biggest "feature" is the touch and multi-touch integration, which takes many of its roots from Microsoft's Surface Table, and will be available as an interface options for other apps. Here's some more stuff they pulled out, which we [...]

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