Microsoft

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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Murphy’s Law & Windows Demonstrations

As Murphy’s Law goes, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” This is especially true when you are trying to do a live product demonstration. From my friends over at CyberNet Tech News: Windows Demonstrations That Have Gone Wrong features four You Tube videos including: The infamous Windows Vista Speech ‘Wreck-ognition’ Why Windows 98 wasn’t release ‘Yet’ Bill Gates on Conan Plus a bonus video of MacWorld Bloopers One word of caution, DO NOT attempt to drink and watch these videos at the same time!!!

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Window Snyder hired by MozCorp

Another former Microsoft executive has moved on. From Todd Bishop’s Blog on the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, has hired a former Microsoft security strategist, Window Snyder. This news comes just days after it was announced Microsoft’s Brian Valentine, senior vice president in charge of Windows development, is leaving to join Amazon.com.

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Update: Windows Vista Prices

On CyberNet Tech News today is the article: Microsoft Officially Announces Vista Pricing. So here are the official US Prices: Vista Business – $299 Vista Business Upgrade – $199 Vista Enterprise – Not available to retail customers Vista Home Premium – $239 Vista Home Premium Upgrade – $159 Vista Home Basic – $199 Vista Home Basic Upgrade – $99.95 Vista Ultimate – $399 Vista Ultimate Upgrade – $259 Update Here is information from Microsoft on the Windows Vistas Editions Now $100 for the Home Basic Upgrade is not too bad. That is right along the lines of what I paid…

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Vista & Office 2007 Prices

Earlier this week information about the prices for Windows Vista and Office 2007 started leaking out. My favorite source for Technology News, CyberNet Tech News first posted this information last Sunday (August 27th) with their article: Windows Vista and Office 2007 Prices. A couple things to keep in mind…first, unlike Windows XP, there four versions of Vista (not counting upgrades) and second those prices are a rough conversion based on the Canadian Prices posted on the Microsoft site. However, a couple days later, CyberNet via the Longhorn Blogs posted the prices for Windows Vista as they appeared on Amazon.com: Vista…

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Windows Vista Boot-Up Sound

Over the past few days there been some interesting news and outrage about Windows Vista’s Boot Up sound. I first learned of this outrage via CyberNet News, Vista Will Not Let You Disable the Startup Sound: “Microsoft may not give me the option to disable the startup sound in Windows Vista though. Why would they do such a thing? Robert Scoble had the pleasure of talking with Steve Ball, program manager for the Windows Audio Video Excellence team, who gave a reason for this decision: “A short, brief, positive confirmation that your machine is now conscious and ready to react….

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FF 2.0 Release Schedule

I happen to come across the Mozilla Developer’s Calendar which has the preliminary release schedule for Firefox 2.0: August 23rd, Beta 2 UPDATED September 8th, Release Candidate 1 UPDATED September 15th, Release Candidate 2 UPDATED September 22nd, Release Candidate 3 UPDATED September 26th, FF 2.0 FINAL RELEASE All the releases are about a month later than the Historical Schedule dates. Not too bad considering MS may not have Windows Vista ready by the projected January 2007 date. A Seattle-based software developer (not MS or Mozilla) has challenged Bill Gates to a $10,000 bet: He says Windows Vista will not be…

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Update: Time to Replace Those Old Windows

As y’all may recall, I finally broke down and installed Windows XP SP2 on my system. Well recently while working on a computer for someone else I ran into a bit..okay more like major problem after I installed SP2 on the computer. I couldn’t get on the Internet anymore! ‘Group Policy’ was blocking access to the Internet because Windows XP thinks their computer is on a home network. Technically it is, but is not. This is the way their ISP configures Windows so both computers in the household can access the Internet at the same time. Frustrated I removed SP2…

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