Posts Tagged ‘Windows’
  • Chrome version 3 officially released.
    by Mike
    Posted September 15th, 2009 at 1:04 pm
    While some of you may still be chugging along on Chrome 1.0, or, if you're like me running a beta build of 4.0, the announcement of version 3.0 becoming officially declared "stable" will have multiple meanings. For some, it will be time for a big update. For others, it will be old news. Regardless of which category you fall in to, Chrome has accomplished quite a lot in the year (plus a few days) that it's been available. With dramatic speed improvements -- 150% in javascript since beta 1 t...
  • Microsoft “teaches” Best Buy employees a thing or two about Linux
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 12:04 pm
    Lately I've been trying to tone down criticism on the OS front as I actually run 3 different OS's at home, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. I obviously have a favorite and some not so favorites. One OS in particular that is garnering more of my attention is that of Ubuntu 9.04. Right now I have it set up on a server at home giving me access to a few external hard drives. For me, using Ubuntu is a cinch, though for those less technically inclined who have grown up using Windows...
  • TouchPro 2 to land on Verizon for $199.99? Sprint and T-Mobile weep…
    by Mike
    Posted September 4th, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    If you've got a message to send to your competition, undercutting their pricing scheme by a good $100-$150 on one of the most popular WinMo handsets on the market seems to be a good start. While T-Mobile and Sprint both took the higher road and priced their HTC TouchPro 2 WinMo powered handsets at $350, Verizon, according to a reliable BGR source, will be launching an all out assault with extremely aggressive pricing. How aggressive you ask? Try $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Yikes! ...
  • Is a WinMo 6.5 “Touch Interface” going to usher in a two-tiered WinMo environment?
    by Mike
    Posted August 19th, 2009 at 5:59 am
    While Steve Ballmer aka "The Balms" may be steadfast on his belief and assertion that Windows Mobile will always be a single OS in the sense that their won't be several tiers like the desktop variant, new information that is coming out seems to suggest otherwise. With the recent leak of the HTC Leo ROM which incorporates the new TouchFlo 3D 2.6, we can see that the interface appears to be moving more towards the finger users in the world and eschewing the trusty but old stylus. Further addi...
  • Make Windows 7 look sorta like KDE’s twin with “KDE Se7en Patcher”
    by Mike
    Posted August 12th, 2009 at 7:51 am
    Customizers and those of you driven by the never ending need to constantly change the look of your PC have a new toy to play around with. While KDE is a pretty slick looking skin/theme for Linux, the fact that it is Linux only is what keeps many people from ever enjoying it. Many simply don't feel they have the time or knowledge to learn the OS or deal with the incompatibilities that can arise. There is a solution however in KDE Se7en Patcher for Windows 7. Said patch will give Windows 7 t...
  • Microsoft Word banned from the US?
    by Mike
    Posted August 12th, 2009 at 6:45 am
    Chalk this up there on the board of weirdness for Wednesday morning. Apparently a judge in Texas has ruled that Microsoft violates several XML and custom XML opening patents held by Toronto-based i4i Inc. So what exactly does it mean? Well, technically Microsoft is now banned from selling Word in the United States. Though don't expect that to last as Microsoft has already stated they plan on appealing the ruling which will of course give Redmond plenty of time to keep selling what they hav...
  • IE 6 must die [Follow Up]
    by Mike
    Posted August 11th, 2009 at 7:10 am
    You may remember the small post concerning IE 6 and the grass roots movement web wide that is moving to kill IE 6. While it is corporate standard and even for some home dwellers the browser of choice, IE 6 is a grossly outdated browser in terms of speed, security, and web standards support. Heck, when designing and coding a website, maintaining IE 6 support often means increased development time and websites that aren't as feature rich or content rich as they could be without IE 6 support. ...
  • Windows 7 upgrade chart is one big grouping of pain.
    by Mike
    Posted August 7th, 2009 at 5:40 am
    If you are a company big or small and want to see how not to release a product (and support information), go no further than the Windows 7 upgrade chart. What should be a rather simple affair with a chart that is pretty well laid out and easy to read ends up looking like an eye raping ordeal. As one can see form the shot above, the upgrade path is rather hairy with just about any upgrade path you choose meaning you're going to have a lousy several hours the day you decide to do the upgrade/s...
  • Palm Pre/iTunes love follow up: iTunes 8.2.1 ends relationship!
    by Mike
    Posted July 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm
    The announcement of native iTunes support for the Palm Pre was by far one of the biggest shockers to come from Palm land way back when the Pre was but a mere want. Now that it has transgressed into a have, many users have been quite happy with the native iTunes integration. Naturally Apple isn't as it is an "outside" in their not so perfect world. A few weeks back, the two exchanged messages via press releases, twitter accounts, and public announcements centering around the doomed from the ...
  • Ballmer “not so sure” Google knows what they’re doing with Chrome OS.
    by Mike
    Posted July 15th, 2009 at 6:25 am
    When Google announced the development of and future release of Chrome OS, many people took a step back rather confused. Google has until recently been an online/web app type of company. Android brought them into the world of "desktop" software for mobile devices. With Chrome OS, Google looks to be breaking right in to Microsoft's luxurious downtown apartment and running off with their precious jewel: the desktop OS. Now I'm not launching Chrome OS to the top of the OS heap by any means. T...
  • As expected, Win7 upgrade not the greatest…
    by Mike
    Posted July 14th, 2009 at 11:26 am
    Those of you hoping for a rather seamless and smooth transition from Windows 7 RC to the full blown retail edition might come to find your fairytale world a little more gloomy than once thought. While Microsoft is being somewhat nice and giving us mortals the ability to "upgrade" from RC to the retail edition without first downgrading, after taking a deeper look one will notice it's not really an upgrade at all. For example, upon using a Windows 7 retail upgrade disc, all of your old data, f...
  • Run for the hills, hoard water, slaughter sheep: Windows 95 running on an iPhone
    by Mike
    Posted July 13th, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Remember waaaay back in the day when GUI's were "visually appealing" with such features as simple drop shadows, 2D graphics, and simple blue/gray color schemes? That was of course back in the Windows 95 era. Now we have displays and GUI's that display millions of colors, complex 3D effects, transparencies, and other countless visual candies that make our everyday lives more fun to look at. Who in their right mind would want to bring the old and antiquated look of Windows 95 back...much less...
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