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Microsoft Windows Vista 64-Bit Build 5270 Windows Media Center Screenshots December 30, 2005

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ActiveWin.com has posted 21 new screenshots on Windows Vista Media Center edition. They look cool.

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Intel unveils new logo December 30, 2005

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Story’s here Heres hoping it doesnt look crappy.

The Sad Irony of Open Sourcd December 28, 2005

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Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols put up his editorial on “The Sad Irony of SCO”. While Steven tries to make a point it falls short. SCO has always had its Partner program it’s always has been a great partner program. Its nothing new. The problem with the Open Source community is that no one really cared about SCO in the past. Its happened, no one in the Open Source community ever really cares unless the product is pulled from the community. Look at Nessus for example. Nessus is a network vulnerability scanner. Nessus was Open Sourced and put out there for all to see. It wasnt until they decided to pull it from the Open Source community that everyone turned around and took notice, in fact its now been forked. But the product almost died because of lack of care. Open Source doesnt save everyone. In fact the only reason why Novell even took off when it aquired SUSE was not because of the merits of the product, but simply because many in the Open Source community saw Novell as their savior from SCO. Now lets look at companies that have been less than fortunate. SGI comes to mind. SGI utilizes a lot of Linux, makes hardware to die for yet they have all but dropped off the planet. Nope, had SCO stayed with Linux, I doubt we would even have SCO around now.

Copernic #1 again December 27, 2005

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Copernic has done it, they have now regained the #1 spot on my preffered Desktop Search engines. Copernic brings many fixes with 1.63, one of the new features is the ability to index OpenOffice and StarOffice documents. Great job guys

Get it here. This is a must upgrade. It also fixes the hanging bug where sometimes CDS would freeze if indexing large amounts of mp3 files.

OS/2 Dies December 27, 2005

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Well folks, looks like OS/2 is finally dead. A couple of interesting articles appeared. One wants OS/2 to be Open Sourced, another one pertaining to ATM’s tells of some making the transition to Windows. So Windows will now be the big boy on the block with ATM’s. For those of you still wanting OS/2, eComStation has its own OS/2 product.

Mass. CIO resigns December 27, 2005

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Peter Quinn who as everyone knows by now, resigned his post. Peter was famous for bringing OpenDocument to Mass. executive agencies. Its a true shame he wont be around to see the fruits of his labor. He may get a chance to go work for a Linux house or even a Linux compoany rather soon. Its also noteworthy he didnt get forced to resign his post, Microsoft played no part in it either.

Windows Live and Office Live destined to fail? December 27, 2005

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Microsoft as most of you know by now has released Windows Live and Office Live to hopefully battle Google and Yahoo on the services front. So this raises the questions, will the ‘Live’ services die? Microsoft is very influential and is probably putting a pretty penny into seing Windows Live and Office Live thrive and prosper. But will it reach the masses? Sure the Windows using masses. Microsoft has not done one thing to show that these services will ever be cross-platform. Office live is understandable. Office doesnt run on Linux or Solaris so thats a non-issue. but to take MSN messenger and integrate it oh so tightly into Windows Live is a mistake. Mac users use MSN Messenger, Linux users use MSN Messenger, Windows 2000 users use MSN Messenger. Its a widely used platform and while Microsoft hasnt gone through such underhanded tactics as Yahoo as changing protocols handlers to lock out 3rd party IM clients, they do not give enough for anyone to easily access all the features such as Webcam and voice chat. Yahoo does offer a Linux and UNIX client for their alternative users, Google uses an open protocol for their IM offering, which they do allow users of alternate platforms to easily configure 3rd party IM clients to access their network.

Microsoft has pretty much quit developing its IM client for Windows 2000, which is a mistake considering Windows 2000 is still the dominating OS used in most corporations today, they dont develop any version of their MSN messenger client for Linux or Solaris users, it seems to me that Microsoft only wants to cater to its Windows audience and thats it. Can they truly hope to compete with Google or Yahoo? I dont think so, the more they keep their Live services targeted at Windows XP and Windows Vista users the more Microsoft is pushing their services to a niche standing.

Watch out with metadata in Vista December 23, 2005

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Funny, do they give this same advice to users of Spotlight as well? And most other Desktop Search Engines I might add.

If it makes you happy December 22, 2005

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I don’t know if this should be on just my Tech Blog, The Tech Journal or if I should post it on my personal blog. It has a whole lot to do with tech and some not to do with tech so I guess when in doubt publish on both. First, Im gonna jump in on the GNOME vs KDE thread that has been on the Linux kernel mailing list and the shockwaves that it has caused. It has caused so many shockwaves cuz Linus Torvalds himself had said he prefers KDE. It has died down on most public news sites its still a hot topic on some mailing lists. While KDE has its faults, its slower to load. I might add its a negligible difference compared to Windows or Mac. I also don t like how the KDE Project hijacks some smaller projects to integrate them into the core project. Some of these applications have bugs, some major that users must wait until the next release for a fix. But on the other hand GNOME was designed by developers for developers. KDE offers a much more ease of use experience. It offers on many applications a visual representation of what that application is doing. GNOME does not. With GNOME you must sift through dozens of log files to figure out that an app is not working. For example, Beagle, The GNOME desktop search engine would never work right on my machine. Couldn’t figure out why and without a clear, legible way of figuring out why the bitch wasnt working, I had to abandon it. Kat on the other hand, has an experience similar to Copernic or Windows Desktop Search. It has progress bars and told me on which directory it was hanging and not a bunch of garbage telling me it was looping at cluster 73 of my hard disk drive. Which one do you think is a better experience? Which one do you think would be less intimidating to a person who doesn’t know what a cluster is? much less Cluster 73? Now the GNOME file manager, Nautilus was designed by retards it seems. It follows the OpenVMS rule of changing folder permissions (OpenVMS is an OS designed by DEC, later sold to Compaq, later sold to HP) In OpenVMS you could change the parent folder but you had to individually change the sub folders, which is retarded, nautilus follows the same rule, you have to either individually change the sub folders or change the whole thing from the command line. KDE’s file manager includes a nifty little check box that when checked will change the sub folders for you. Which one is less confusing? Which one is less intimidating to the average consumer who may have a vague understanding of permissions? KDE in my opinion is the better Linux or Solaris desktop than GNOME. GNOME has many other problems, to me it doesnt look very professional but looks rather childish, The applications are not as functional as they are on KDE. But you know what. If GNOME makes you happy use GNOME. I really don’t care, I use KDE it makes me happy.

Now, life is too goddamn short. Why in the bloody bluest blazes of hell am I going to spend my time arguing about Windows vs. Linux vs. Solaris vs Mac. Its a no win argument. I’m unlikely to change your mind about Operating Systems, just as you are unlikely to change my opinions about them. I like UNIX and Windows, they have their place and they do the job well. Linux is also good, it does its job well. Operating Systems and software are tools use the best one for the job. I’m not going to use a wrench when I need a hammer. I’m unlikely going to use a socket ratchet when I need a screwdriver. These arguments have gotten stupid, they are unproductive and they are retarded and more importantly a waste of time. One problem I see with the Linux and UNIX communities is that they are obsessed with Microsoft and what Microsoft is doing, STOP IT. Let Microsoft do their thing, you guys do yours. The Linux and UNIX communities are starting to remind me of the nosy damn neighbors that I have when two cars pull into my driveway they call and ask if I’m having a party. Whatever Microsoft, Google or Apple are doing is none of your business. It doesn’t concern you, move on.

Now how does this transfer into life? Simple. Life is too short for political or religious arguments, its too short for arguing period. What people need to do is learn to do what makes them happy. Be happy in life people, I try to make good on any situation Im in. Things could always be worse. I could be dead, in jail, suffering from erectile dysfunction or a bunch of worse things. Shit I could be suffering from the bubonic Plague. I have tons of problems. Im broke, Im in debt up to my ears, single and Im ugly. Do I cry about it? Do I want to end my life? Do I want to hide in my house or under my bed and whimper and whine? Nope, I don’t. There are plenty of things productive that I could do. I hope I have my friends and others whom I give pleasure to with my existence. If I do great, if I don’t, oh well. I don’t try to make anyone else happy, I strive to make myself happy. After all to quote one of the sexiest ladies alive, Sheryl Crow, if it makes you happy; It cant be that bad.

IBM sits out Office document standards effort December 21, 2005

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What a shame IBM feels this way. What kind of VP of standards is this anyway? It is very much a community effort. Cant we all just get along?