April 2008

Microsoft/Yahoo: Rumor Has It…

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Microsoft Board is meeting today in regards to their possible take-over of Yahoo! The people say that it’s unclear what final approach Microsoft will take, but that discussions between the two companies have been stymied by a stark divide on price. Microsoft has said privately in recent days that it’s willing to offer as much as $32 or $33 a share, well above the $29.12-a-share value of its original cash-and-stock offer as of Tuesday’s market close, these people say. But major Yahoo shareholders have signaled they want in the range of $35 to…

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Weekly Update 2008-04-28

Here’s an overview of this week’s Update Meeting: Fx 2.0.0.15 – Currently working on bug triage Firefox 3 RC 1 – No Report Gecko 1.9 RC 1 Code freeze: April 8th Builds start: QA starts: Release to beta channel: Final Release: Status: 26 Blockers remaining for RC Content: 7 (6 w/ patches) GFX: 10 (7 w/ Patches) JS: 3 (3 w/ Patches) Layout: 3 (3 w/ Patches) Platform: 3 (3 w/ Patches) General: 2 (2 w/ Patches) Still 1 unowned blocker. Approximately 8 have patches of some sort. Blockers closed in last seven days by platform team: 15 Blockers created…

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Microsoft/Yahoo: Deal or No Deal?

This past Saturday, April 26th was the deadline Microsoft had given Yahoo before they would go directly to the shareholders. This deadline was established via a follow-up letter from Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer to Yahoo on April 5th. On last Thursday, April 24th Microsoft finance chief Chris Liddell made comments to investors and then employees: …another of the company’s options is to abandon the bid entirely. If no deal was reached by Saturday, the options are “to try to facilitate a transition, to possibly go directly to Yahoo shareholders. Or to walk away and go back to our original organic…

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Foxit Reader STILL Free

This morning I opened my Thunderbird to find an alarming comment on the Adobe Acrobat vs Foxit Reader article. UHammerIT wrote: Capitalism Killed The FOXit reader And yet another one bites the dust. Foxit Reader is no longer a free product. O yeah, sure you can get a one year license for free if you buy something else (where they get 50% commission on the sales). Wonderful. I hardly blame them, they are developers and need money, but at least they could make their 2.0 version open source and continue with their commercial pro line. This truly and utterly sucks,…

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Weekly Update 2008-04-21

Here’s an overview of this week’s Update Meeting: Fx 2.0.0.14 Released: April 16 Fixed topcrash Bug Firefox 3 RC 1 Code freeze: April 8th 55 blockers 26 blocker noms 43 Blockers fixed in the last week 19 new blockers added Key risk areas: Theme 13 blockers Places 23 blockers Well resourced (Dietrich, Mano, Marco, Ondrej) Fixed 12 blockers last week Separate resources on each platform (Windows, Linux, Mac) 13 bugs fixed last week Better than last week Gecko 1.9 RC 1 Code freeze: April 8th Builds start: QA starts: Release to beta channel: Final Release: Status: 33 Blockers remaining for…

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AT&T Pogo Browser

AT&T is trying to get in the to the web browser market now with their own browser called Pogo. Before you run out and download this keep in mind, it is still in development and in limited private beta. You can sign up to be notified when the public beta will be opened. Further, unless you have a really powerful machine don’t even bother as the performance would stink. I am sure you are thinking “It is a web browser, how powerful of a machine would I need?” Well, the minimum requirements are 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a…

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Review: Abduction

Numerous times I have written about FastStone (Image Capture) and I still use the application for most of my screenshot needs. However, there is a sever limitation with FastStone as it only allows you to capture what is visible on your screen, hence the term screenshot. This can be a problem if you want to capture and entire web page and it is larger than your screen. In the case of FastStone or any other screenshot application, you would have to create multiple screenshots. There is an easier and better way with Abduction.

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Microsoft Marketing Gone Mad!

This is a not a ‘Microsoft Parody’ video. This ‘marketing’ video for Vista SP1 is for real as Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s chief operating officer appears in the video. After watching this, makes me wonder who approved and signed off on this project (and if they are still working for Microsoft). If you are at work, watch at your own risk! You may want to turn down the volume…even if you are not at work you may still want to turn down the volume! Source: Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog

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Firefox 2.0.0.14 Released

Firefox 2.0.0.14 a security update has been released. This release addressed Bug 425576, which caused crashes within the JavaScript garbage collector. See Firefox 2.0.0.14 Release Notes for more details. Users may obtain Firefox 2.0.0.14 manually via the Check for Updates… option from the Help menu. Automatic upgrade (for those who have this feature enabled) should occur within the next 24-48 hours. Alternatively, users may also download Firefox 2.0.0.14 directly by going to http://getfirefox.com.

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