There is an interesting article in InfoWorld entitled “Is Microsoft the next GM?” prophesying on the future of the big bad wolf Microsoft, whom everyone loves to have even sans the bad boy Bill!
Here is a pithy comment to the article:
… I get such a kick out of youngsters confidently proclaiming that MSFT produces “good software”. Good software is the one thing MSFT has proven repeatedly they do NOT want to produce.
Good software does not lock your data away in obtuse formats to prevent you from using other software on it. Good software behaves the same way every time you use it. Good software allows you to use the computer you bought to do productive things with the data in your life, without enabling criminals and greedy scum from every corner of the globe to steal your computer cycles and data from beneath your very fingers. MSFT has yet to realize that Good Software can be very profitable. If you honestly believe MSFT S/W to be good, you have my sympathy, you have never used good software
Two pertinent questions have been raised by Paul Murphy in ZdNet seeking real-life experience with the comparative features of both the Office suites, the ubiquitous proprietary Office of Microsoft and the Opensource Open Office.
The comments recorded by the users make a highly educative and illuminating treatise on the individual aspects of both the programs and the merits in each. A must read by all.
Do you use an LCD monitor and the text looks pixelated and hazy?
You have an in-built help in Windows called “ClearType” which makes the fonts on LCD monitors sharper and clearer. In fact they will become razor-sharp and clearer than ever before on notebooks. No harm in trying it on CRT monitors, but there is no proven word about the performance enhancement on that kind of monitors yet.
ClearType is a feature of XP, which is turned off by default (and the suckers say it is ON in Vista, the fiasco!).
Let us assume you are yet to be sucked in by the Vista bug. Here’s how you get to turn on the ClearType. Right-click on the open desktop, choose Properties -> Appearance -> Effects. Check “Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts,” and select “ClearType” from the drop-down list. Click OK and OK. You are done.
I understand that in Linux, it is called “subpixel smoothing”. FOSS aficionados may bear this out.
ClearType can be further tweaked by any of the following tools:-
Make your font easy on your eyes and enjoy!
I wanted to try the bonanza of 5 Gigs of online storage offered by Windows Live. Armed with my old Hotmail ID, I fancied myself a winner. But alas, it was not to be!
Though I remembered the id, I forgot its companion, the password. What with having completely forgotten Hotmail after leaving it in disuse for over 10 years! It was my first web-based email in the days of text-only web-surfing using the Lynx browser.
Besides, the term “hotmail” itself has nowadays earned a negative snob value!
Coming back to the password story, I presently noticed the saviour link “Forgot password?” over there. I clicked it. Wanna know what happened afterwards?
These pictures would speak volumes! (Please click on them to get the bigger picture!)
This is the pièce de résistance!
Who said the great Bill doesn’t have a sense of humor! He can take a dig at himself, for a change! Yoohoo, Bill-baiters! You are summarily disarmed!
Give Bill his due, guys. You can’t beat Bill, so long he is in the midst of bill$!
According to an InfoWorld report, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) has instructed that British schools should not upgrade to Microsoft’s Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite. It also supported use of the international standard ODF (Open Document Format) for storing files, specifically avoiding Microsoft’s OOXML (Office Open XML) document format because of concerns about compatibility between different applications.
The BECTA report has made the following observation which is very significant:
We have not had sight of any evidence to support the argument that the costs of upgrading to Vista in educational establishments would be offset by appropriate benefit,
Let us wait and see as to how many countries will take the cue and see reason!
The other name for Windows, Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system is “crash”! It’ll crash at the slightest suggestion and at the most inopportune times. The internet and print media have dealt with the malaise of crashing ad nauseam.
Here is a whiz who has divined the reason for the crashy-crash. He avers it is after all, you own fault! His remedy: You type the following command: Hold ALT, CTRL, CAPS LOCK, and TAB while simultaneously pressing F8, HOME, ARROW DOWN, and ENTER!
This will bring up the following highly illustrative dialog box. Examine the tabs and options closely to select your preferences:
Here are some more fun thingys courtesy Microsoft!
Office Options unraveled:
Thanks: Mr. Nukie
Recently, a deal with the Nigerian government to install and use Mandriva Linux on 17,000 Intel Classmate PCs got derailed when the government decided to overwrite the installed operating system with Windows XP.
Christopher Dawson of ZDnet wonders why Nigeria had taken a decision to overwrite Windows on Mandriva Linux, after extensively testing a Classmate PC loaded with the Linux distro and vouching for its excellent performance.
Well, The Nigerian Government is going to pay for the PCs as well as the Mandria Linux installation, but they have chosen to run the machines on Windows. Reason? Quite obvious, says the ZDnet story, since Microsoft has a lot to lose if the next billion computers sold in the world donâ€™t run Windows and 1/7th of the world doesnâ€™t see Windows and PC as necessarily going hand in hand.
Stakes are very high indeed. And you have to play the game to save your foothold, call it by any epithet you like, but that is not going to make my bills smell bad!
And you want to know more about this sordid affair?
Here is the first hand account of the happenings from Monsieur FranÃ§ois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva himself!
Microsoft (read Windows) is something that almost everyone loves to hate! Microsoft-bashing is the pet pastime in the Geekosphere especially amongst the Open Source aficionados and Free Software evangelists!
And it is the butt of jokes that make rounds around the internet as many times as the earth spins around itself!
But even the blogs that predominantly dwell on Microsoft’s applications like .NET, c# etc seem to have joined the fray, as found in one such blog’s masthead:
And it is the butt of college humor ad nauseum!
Here is a couple of videos for passing your time (but don’t forget to genuflect before the Redmond God!) :-
Here are some “snafus” and intentional monkeying by the ultimate boogeyman of computer world, Microsoft of Windows, as reported by Robert X. Cringely in his latest column:
- Windows Update automatically installed Windows Desktop Search 3.01 on systems that had been configured not to run the resource-hogging application. Microsoft’s response? â€œOops, sorry.â€
- The forced update has caused many users’ systems to suffer an involuntary reboot earlier this month. The culprit? Windows Live OneCare, which automatically changes your Update options to be automatic even if you had disabled it.
- The vulnerability that allows a malicious PDF file to turn your PC into a zombie is yet to be fixed, even after three months. a patch is still coming!
And do you really wanna play around with next (Scoop! Don’t you reveal this to anyone!) Windows Really Good Edition?
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Here is how BOB concludes the story:
The ugly truth is that Microsoft is using security fears to force its enslaved base (that would be you and me) into installing stuff it wants us to have. Somebody needs to put a stake through its heart, before it kills again.
The moral of the story is:
“Smart, Secure and Easy!”