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Microsoft Explains “Richard Gaywood” Ban

Microsoft Explains “Richard Gaywood” Ban

We learned the story of Richard Gaywood, the not-so-happy Xbox Live user whose gamertag was banned. Since "RichardGaywood" was both the user's gamertag as well as his legal, honest-to-goodness given name, Kotaku contacted Microsoft to learn the reason behind the ban. Hit the jump for their response... (more…)

Microsoft decides Zune has too much market share, hates money

Microsoft decides Zune has too much market share, hates money

I really can't believe Microsoft would even consider doing this - why, when you are at least a small part of the dominant new distribution mechanism for media, would you even consider giving in to the demands of someone who's already giving their content away for free on Hulu? And it's rather unfortunate that I could potentially have this forced [...]

Dell: We’ll install XP for you, even after the deadline

Dell: We’ll install XP for you, even after the deadline

It seems that Michael Dell is breathing new life into his company. A year ago, Dell was brave enough to backtrack on its Vista-only policy for consumer machines (Dell brings back XP on home systems). It also showed some independence from Microsoft by offering Linux to consumers. And again, Dell is innovating. Fact 1: As of June 30, large [...]

MSR Asirra: A Replacement for CAPTCHA?

MSR Asirra: A Replacement for CAPTCHA?

Will Microsoft's Asirra replace the CAPTCHA as we know it? After the other day, heaven knows where CAPTCHA experts will turn. Remember Asirra isn't technically a CAPTCHA. the "P" in CAPTCHA stands for public. The underlying generation algorithm and database must be publicly exposed to be a true CAPTCHA. I don't see how this system could [...]

Gartner: Windows is collapsing

Gartner: Windows is collapsing

SAO PAOLO, Brazil--At a Las Vegas conference on Thursday, Gartner analysts warned that Windows is in danger of collapsing, according to a report in ComputerWorld. Upon reading that, I wondered how this could have happened in the 10 days I have been traveling around Latin America. Although Microsoft faces challenges from Linux and piracy here, [...]

Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format as standard

Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format as standard

You know what sucks? A lot of people in the US won't protest something much more important, but these guys in Norway, who obviously don't have a war or loss of freedoms to protest, are still taking to the streets to voice their dissent. In this clip she says the protesters in San Francisco will not stop protesting until we left Iraq... [...]

Microsoft just got pwned by Rupert Murdoch

Microsoft just got pwned by Rupert Murdoch

News Corp in talks to join Microsoft on Yahoo bid SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and News Corp are in talks about a joint bid for Yahoo Inc that would add MySpace to the Yahoo-Microsoft combination proposed by the world's largest software maker, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The talks with News Corp, which [...]

Microsoft’s new weapon against open source: Stupidity

Microsoft’s new weapon against open source: Stupidity

An Information Week article published last week appears to position Microsoft as trying to do something right when it comes to open source. And it positions the open source community as being not quite ready to make nice after past insults, threats, and abuse. Speaking for myself, I am always ready to see what somebody has to say when they say [...]

After 8 years, I finally used System Restore. Do you use it?

After 8 years, I finally used System Restore. Do you use it?

Microsoft introduced System Restore in Windows Me back in 2000. I'm not sure if it even worked. I just know it loaded an EXE on every boot, eating up precious Win9x 16/32-bit resources that helped reduce stability and require the user to reboot more than needed. I usually kept it disabled. System Restore never really became widely used by [...]

Automatically Lock Your Computer When You Walk Away with Blue Lock

Automatically Lock Your Computer When You Walk Away with Blue Lock

Free, open source application Blue Lock monitors the proximity of your Bluetooth phone or device and automatically locks your computer whenever it's out of range (e.g., you've walked away from your computer). The usefulness will depend on the strength of your Bluetooth devices, since it's not really going to do its job if you've got a strong [...]

Would you really want Microsoft tracking you to get Vista/Office free?

Would you really want Microsoft tracking you to get Vista/Office free?

A new free offer has emerged from Microsoft, where they track your computer usage for 3 months in exchange for free software. A couple surveys here and there, and its basically risk free... http://wfp.microsoft.com/ Below are parts of the additional info captured that make me a bit uneasy... Windows settings and usage, such as the [...]

Microsoft Doubles Up On Security Features

Microsoft Doubles Up On Security Features

Security Sticker Defeats Product Key In Showdown Of Annoying Security Devices See, I try to be a good guy and purchase a retail copy of Windows XP to use on my Macbook. But the stupid security sticker is covering up the last five digits of the product key, and trying to remove the security sticker tears the label. I give up. Source

What is a Firewall and Why Do You Need One?

What is a Firewall and Why Do You Need One?

A strong firewall is one of the best defenses against malicious software attacks on your system. Newcomers to computer security who aren't running a firewall should check out Yahoo's Tech Security Guide on the matter. The key point is that anti-virus alone is not enough to protect your computer: A firewall plugs the security holes ... and blocks [...]

Hacking Vista’s Smart Cards

Hacking Vista’s Smart Cards

Former Microsoft security team member will demonstrate how his new fuzzer hacks smart card plug-in The recent wave of smart card hacks have been aimed mainly at the card’s chip and bypassing physical security, but not this latest one: A former Microsoft security team member has demonstrated an attack that compromises the smart [...]

IE8 To Come In “Standards Compliant Mode” By Default

IE8 To Come In “Standards Compliant Mode” By Default

We'll see about that. Would be nice when Microsoft stops abusing us devs though... Microsoft's Interoperability Principles and IE8 We’ve decided that IE8 will, by default, interpret web content in the most standards compliant way it can. This decision is a change from what we’ve posted previously. Why Change? Microsoft [...]

When will we be able to tell IE6 users to jump off a bridge?

When will we be able to tell IE6 users to jump off a bridge?

Another afternoon spent coming up with CSS hacks for .png transparency and other nonsense for IE6. On Feb 12, Windows Update supposedly began forcing IE7 updates on people and that's super duper great. Now when someone calls Microsoft about IE6, they can properly get chewed out and hung up on. But what about the rest of us career Internet [...]

Microsoft Slapped by EU With $1.35B Fine

Microsoft Slapped by EU With $1.35B Fine

Microsoft has been fined 280.5m euros ($357m; £194m) by the European Commission for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling. The software giant will appeal against the fine which follows a long-running dispute between it and EU regulators. Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith, insisted the company had met the commission's [...]

Vista has improved with SP1

Vista has improved with SP1

Got it through MSDN... the real release, not the beta. Everything to do with file transfer has improved substantially... Copy, delete, move.. large, small files.. all smooth now. C'mon Microsoft.. you can do it!

Long-awaited ImgBurn 2.4.0.0 released!

Long-awaited ImgBurn 2.4.0.0 released!

I know a lot of you guys use ImgBurn. The new version was just released yesterday (the previous version, 2.3.2.0, was released 4/12/07). The change log is gigantic. Among it are the ability to create and burn audio CDs, HD-DVD discs, Blu-Ray discs, the usual insane list of bug fixes, language files for localization, and a ton more. The user [...]

Windows installer for Amarok 2 tech preview 1 available

Windows installer for Amarok 2 tech preview 1 available

Today is a great day for all the people waiting for the first bits and pieces of Amarok 2 on Windows. Amarok developer shakes worked hard to get it ready for you. Enjoy! Please be aware that it is only a tech preview with a lot of known problems. From the amarok.kde.org posting: I've had the killer combination of being both sick and busy lately, [...]

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