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Microsoft Antitrust Settlement Is a Success!

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The IT nation's long national nightmare is over. The Department of Justice, under the wise reign of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, has declared that the Microsoft monopoly has been broken by the antitrust settlement. Let the rejoicing begin!

"The final judgments have been successful in protecting the development and distribution of middleware products and in preventing Microsoft from continuing the type of exclusionary behavior that led to the original lawsuit," declared Assistant Attorney General Thomas Barnett.

He didn't have to tell us that, though. We all know it's true! Look at all those software companies offering programs for Windows. For Microsoft Office alone, there's competition from Corel's WordPerfect, Sun's StarOffice, and OpenOffice.org. Why, for every thousand Microsoft Office users, there must be almost a dozen users of all three of the other major desktop office suites.

In particular, Barnett is so right about middleware on Windows. Just look at those Java-based programs on Windows. Why there's…Hmm…Well, I'm sure there's big-time Java-based software for Windows out there somewhere. After all, it's not like 99 percent of Windows development is done with Visual Studio. Heck, it's no more than 98 percent! Tops!

Read more at eWeek

Uncategorized August 31st 2007

Micrososft: Linux Keeps Losing – NOT!

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Okay, I’ve watched a few of these articles floating about that apparently don’t speak any new information, but do try to come across as authoritative. It’s basically a waste of BLOG time and space. I always have to look with a critical eye when it appears the “chicken” is telling the “fox” everything is “okay” for them, and bad for that old “fox.” There is an interesting reality that is not captured by financial analysts, Gartner, or Microsoft.

Read more at www.velocitywebdev.com 

Uncategorized August 30th 2007

Vista Beta SP1 Leaked

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Starting in early August, beta versions of Windows Vista SP1 started to appear on BitTorrent sites such as Pirate Bay. Over the Aug. 24 weekend, a new beta has appeared on the BitTorrent sites. The first beta SP1 appeared on hacker sites in early August as a 3.2 GB DVD ISO. This version could only be used to install a full version of Windows Vista. As such, it was not so much an SP as a testing platform for some proposed patches. The just-leaked version, however, expands from a compressed file of about 200 MB in size, depending on the system architecture, into an installation program that totals approximately 684 MB. With it, an adventuresome Vista user could use it to update his or her's Vista-powered system to a beta SP1.

Read more at ChannelInsider 

Uncategorized August 29th 2007

Microsoft’s Open Source Trashware

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Quick! Think of some of the most popular open-source programs. I'll bet you thought of at least one of these: Linux, Firefox, Thunderbird and Apache. Now, name some of Microsoft's most active open-source projects.

Dead silence, except, perhaps the sound of a cricket in the distance?

There's a reason why you were able to quickly think of the real open-source programs and you probably haven't got a clue as to what Microsoft is doing. It's because while Microsoft is trying to at least pretend to be a friend to open source and the boys from Redmond are even trying to get the Open Source Initiative for review and approve two new open-source licenses—the Microsoft Permissive and Microsoft Community Licenses—they don't produce any significant open-source software.

Read more at eWeek 

Uncategorized August 28th 2007

Fatal mistake? Microsoft’s cavalier disregard for its customers

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When Computerworld reporter Gregg Keizer broke the story over the weekend that Microsoft had a 19-hour server outage that caused the WGA validation of many Windows Vista and XP users to fail, resulting in WGA Notifications accusing them software piracy, I frankly thought little of it. It was just one more example of the erosion of the user experience for honest paying customers that Microsoft appears to be cavalier about. It was a spit in the bucket. Today, though, I sat down to look at the article more closely, read through the user comments, check out Gregg's follow-up story and I found my blood starting to boil.

Over the last year or two, I've written frequently about what's wrong with Microsoft's evolving antipiracy tools, which go by various names — the most recognizable of which is Windows Genuine Advantage, or WGA. I won't bore you with my past articles on the point, but suffice it to say that WGA was one of three or four main reasons I opted to move away from Windows and adopt the Macintosh almost a year ago. After four years of reviewing Vista alphas and betas, including several stories that appeared on Computerworld, I'd had my fill of Microsoft's deep focus on corporate revenues coming at the expense of the user experience for honest end-users and corporate customers.

Read more at Computerworld 

Uncategorized August 28th 2007

Microsoft kills off anti-Linux ‘Get the Facts’ site

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In Linux circles, Microsoft's anti-Linux site, Get the Facts, was better known as Get the FUD, and was seen as more of a joke than a convincing argument in favor of Microsoft products over Linux. Microsoft may have come to agree that the site was not serving any useful purpose, as the company closed it down on Aug. 23.

From the beginning of the "Get the Facts" ad campaign in 2004, Microsoft's "Facts" were often questioned. Reports favoring Microsoft's TCO (total cost of ownership) from research groups like the Yankee Group were published. When the Yankee Group published a report showing that Linux and Windows were neck and neck in TCO, Microsoft didn't tell the world about the pro-Linux report.
Read more at Linux-Watch

Uncategorized August 27th 2007

MS Responds To Vista’s Network / Audio Problems

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"With the discovery last week of the connection between Vista's poor networking performance and audio activities, word quickly spread around the Net. No doubt this got Microsoft's attention, and they have responded to the issue. Microsoft states that 'some of what we are seeing is expected behavior, and some of it is not'; and that they are working on technical documentation, as well as applying a slight sugar coating to the symptoms.

Read more at Slashdot 

Uncategorized August 27th 2007

Problems of Windows Vista – Broken by Design.

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The serious problems of the new Microsoft OS Windows Vista. Windows Vista – Broken by Design
Vista isn't yet available to consumers but already both hackers and security firms are reporting
vulnerabilities in this "Most Secure Ever" version of Windows (E4, E5). Unfortunately
these vulnerabilities are nowhere near as serious as features that have been deliberately designed in.
Most of the much-trumpeted new features Vista was supposed to have were dropped so Microsoft could ship it during the
current decade, but three new things have remained:

Read more at GAIA 

Uncategorized August 21st 2007

Second-rate Vista has Windows fans looking to Linux

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The year is 1993, and I'm at the Spencer Katt party at Fall Comdex, back when Comdex was "the" technology show of technology shows. There, I, a freelance technology journalist, meet Jim Louderback, then the director of PC Weeks Labs. We end up talking about operating systems. He rather liked Windows for Workgroups for the desktop; I sang the praises of SCO Open Desktop 2.0. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship, even though we completely disagree about operating systems.

Now, almost 15 years later, Jim and I are still friends. I'm now editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise, which means I get to stick my nose into just about any technology that interests me, and Jim's just left being the editor in chief of PC Magazine to take over Revision3, an Internet television network focused on developing programming for the on-demand generation. When it comes to operating systems these days, I'm now using SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10 SP 1 and MEPIS 6.5 on my work desktops and Jim's switching back from Vista to XP on his workday machines.

Yes, that's right. A loyal Windows user of more than 15-years is throwing in the towel on Vista. You can read his story for why he finds Vista so annoying, but I'll sum it up for you: Vista sucks.

Read more at DesktopLinux.com

Uncategorized August 21st 2007

Vista Sucks video

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Good Video about Microsoft, Windows and Vista.

http://www.brightcove.com/

Uncategorized August 21st 2007