Microsoft

Firefox 2.0 RC3 Status + IE7 Updates

Last week I reported in my IE7: October 18th? entry via CyberNet News, one Microsoft Blogger had said IE7 was to come out on October 18th. Well, thanks to an alert reader at Go Firefox!, I have learned, the blogger has removed all references to the October 18th release date. However, I did notice this particular item still remained in the article: “Microsoft recommends that enterprises are prepared for automatic delivery by November 1st“ So it sounds like the delivery via automatic updates is still on for the first part of November. But what about releasing to the Microsoft website…

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ONE Lifetime Transfer with Windows Vista

About four years ago this month my hard drive crashed. At that time I was running Windows 98 and decided since I was going to have to start from scratch anyway why not get Windows XP. After I brought the computer back home from the shop, I discovered the current system hardware could not handle Windows XP. So I ended up returning to the shop and getting a whole new motherboard, AMD processor, Video Card and a lot more RAM to go along with the new hard drive that they had installed (with Windows XP) a couple days earlier. Got…

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IE7: October 18th?

From CyberNet News: “According to one of Microsoft’s bloggers the release date for Internet Explorer 7 appears to be October 18th.For those of you grabbing for your calendar I’ll let you know that it is next Wednesday…a day after Mozilla plans on shipping Firefox 2 RC3.” Again, this for those who go to Microsoft’s website, download and install IE7 themselves. Installation via automatic update starts in two weeks on November 1st. Don’t want IE7 automatically installed on your machine? Cain’t say I blame y’all, luckily there is an easy way to Disable the IE7 Automatic Install. Important: If you are…

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Preview: Windows Vista Start-Up Sound

As I mentioned in my Update: Windows Vista Start-Up Sound post earlier today there has been a lot of ‘commotion’ about the Windows Vista Start-Up Sound when Microsoft first hinted we would not be able to disable the sound. Last night thanks to the More “Spiritual” Startup Sound In Windows Vista? article on CyberNet News, I was able to hear the ‘spiritual’ startup sound. The video is about 8 seconds, of which about 2 seconds is the start-up sound.  Oddly enough this is about the same length as the current XP Start-Up sound.

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Update: Windows Vista Start-Up Sound

I guess enough folks finally complained loudly enough for Microsoft to listen to them! Last month I talked about the Windows Vista start-up/boot-up sound ‘crisis’ in my entry: Windows Vista Boot-Up Sound. On Sunday (Sept 24th), comes some good news, via CyberNet News: Microsoft Lets Users Disable Vista’s Startup Sound: In the latest build, version 5728 that was just released the other day, you’ll find a new option in the Sound Control Panel. There is a checkbox that says “Play Windows Startup Sound” Never understood what the big deal was to Microsoft about the start-up sound. Though it seems Microsoft…

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Microsoft Coffee 2007

Melitta ME1MSB Smart Mill & Brew 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Bit of a slow news day in the Mozilla world, so I was looking at Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog and came across this entry, Now brewing: A Microsoft-powered coffee maker. Oh this is scary, a coffee maker with Microsoft software technology! I could see it now, wake up in the morning, stumble into the kitchen and instead of your usual pot of freshly brewed coffee, the coffee maker display is flashing an error message. You frantically dig through all the drawers looking for the manual and hunt around for the troubleshooting…

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Firefox Global Usage Grows (as IE’s shrinks)

In early July, OneStat.com, the Amsterdam-based Web statistics firm released statistics showing the popularity of the top 5 web browsers (IE, Firefox, Apple’s Safari, Opera and Netscape) in the USA, Canada, Australia along with several EU countries. The most popular browsers Worldwide (July 2006): 1. Microsoft IE 83.05% 2. Mozilla Firefox 12.93% 3. Apple Safari 1.84% 4. Opera 1.00% 5. Netscape 0.16% Most popular browsers in the USA (July 2006): 1. Microsoft IE 79.78% 2. Mozilla Firefox 15.82% 3. Apple Safari 3.28% 4. Opera 0.81% 5. Netscape 0.20% Full statics can be viewed in the OneStat article and include the…

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Microsoft’s Legal Woes

While Windows Vista has been the center of major legal troubles (anti-trust violations) for Microsoft with the EU, they have some other lesser known lawsuits pending. These include: Forefront trademark suit, Forefront is the name of Microsoft’s future Corporate Security Software but Dexter & Chaney, a Seattle software company has used the name for more than 18 years for its construction-related software. Xbox Live patent suit, the multi-player technology used by Microsoft seems to similar to that of PalTalk Holdings Inc. Cryptography patent, now this unusual, a case Microsoft has won (but 9 years after the initial suit). Iowa antitrust…

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Sygate Personal Firewall

To put it mildly the firewall that comes with Windows XP sucks!  It is a pain in the rear to try and configure as you have to create entries for each port the programs are going to access.  I have heard not so great things about Zone Alarm. Thanks to a tip from a member over at Go Firefox!, I looked into and have been using Sygate Personal Firewall. What I love about Sygate is the simple interface and configuration.  If an application is trying to connect to the Internet, Sygate will popup and and inform you that this application…

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The Ultimate Keyboard & Mouse from Microsoft

Microsoft presented to the international media today its new Microsoft Entertainment Wireless Desktop 8000.  This keyboard and mouse combo features Blue Tooth Wireless, built-in touch pad along with special buttons for Windows Vista (Media Center PC and other Vista gadgets).  This package will be released in February (shortly after Vista is to be released) with a retail price of $250!!! The article appears on Todd Bishop’s Microsoft Blog on the Seattle Post Intelligencer and includes a detailed picture of the keyboard and mouse.  Someone has already comments on his site that at this price Microsoft should throw in a free…

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