Microsoft Sends Flowers to IE6 Funeral

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Showing the soft, sensitive side of Microsoft, the Internet Explorer team sent flowers with a note to the Internet Explorer 6 funeral held in Denver, Colorado. How nice of them. I think it’s pretty cool that they are having such a good attitude about their 10 year old browser going the way of the dinosaur. I’m just waiting for the IE team to show some IE9 demos. Hopefully, fully compatible with HTML5 and web standards.

Say this for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team, they’ve got a sense of humor. The people who make the Redmond company’s web browser sent flowers and a card to the widely publicized “funeral” being held today to mark the passing of one of their own, Internet Explorer 6.

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Office 2010 Free Upgrade for New Office 2007 Users

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For those that are wanting to buy Office, but don’t want to buy it right now since the newest version is just around the corner, go ahead and buy it. As with their Windows upgrades, if you buy the previous version within 6 months of the release of the newer version, you get a free upgrade to the new one. Not a bad deal if you ask me! I know a lot of people that are always a little leary of buying software if they know a newer version is coming out. This really helps them out.

All you need to be eligible for this program

Microsoft’s Answer to the iPad

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Microsoft has had something up their sleeves to combat the Apple iPad. It’s been rumored, now the rumors are true. Microsoft has some shots and video of the Courier, brought to you through Engadget. I snagged a shot for those that don’t want to click the link.

That’s a lot smaller than we expected — this new picture really puts it into perspective — and the internals apparently reflect that emphasis on mobility: rather than Windows 7, we’re told the Courier is built on Tegra 2 and runs on the same OS as the Zune HD, Pink, and Windows Mobile 7 Series, which we’re taking to mean Windows CE 6.


Source of photo: Engadget

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Patch Tuesday Coming up

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This coming up Tuesday, Microsoft is releasing some patches to fix vulnerabilities in Windows and Office. Make sure you get those machines patched, as there are several viruses in the wild taking advantage of these holes.

Proof-of-concept code has been published on the Internet that exploits that vulnerability, which affects older Windows systems running Internet Explorer. Microsoft suggested several workarounds until it releases a patch, including avoiding pressing the F1 key when prompted by a Web site.

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Replacement for Paint?

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Microsoft Paint has been the basic image editor built into Windows since, well, for a long time. It has had a few minor updates, but has never really been a usable program other than simple stick figures or shapes. Now, Microsoft is working on Project Gustav, an image painting program that mimics a paint brush and canvas. I think it looks amazing!

Typically the experience of painting on a computer is nothing like painting in the real world. Real painting is actually a very complex phenomenon

Not Enough Choice?

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Wow. Most of you recall that Microsoft caved into the EU’s demands to add a browser alternative selection on Windows, so they aren’t “forced” to use Internet Explorer as a default browser. This guy, Mr. Quick thinks that it’s not enough choice. You have IE, Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and a few others. The others, he claims, are based on Internet Explorers rendering engine. Huh?!? You can’t win with some people.

“The aspect of a browser that decides what bit to put where on the page, that’s the rendering engine,” said Mr Quick.

Wow. He is quick. So, IE uses the Trident engine. So, he nails Microsoft. What about Mozilla, with 3 products using their engine? Or WebKit (Safari)? This guy needs a clue.

Of the 12 browsers on offer, five use the Trident rendering engine, three use Mozilla’s Gecko, two use WebKit, and one uses Opera’s Presto. Sleipnir can use either Trident or Gecko.

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Confessions of a Windows Pirate Drama Queen

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Ed Bott from ZDNet showcases his skills cracking Windows 7. Sure, he uses premade programs that are a simple click and it’s done thing, but he does go into detail on what you shouldn’t do. The majority of ISO’s out there that are pre-cracked are infected with some real nasty malware. Piracy isn’t good at any level, but it does go to show that the Windows activation scheme is aimed at the average Joe Consumer, rather than trying to thwart the pirate community…

In this post, I

The Slow Death of IE6

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We’ve all used it, and at one time we probably liked it. Well, at least a little. Ok, IE6 really wasn’t that great, but a lot of web sites were designed to be viewed on Internet Explorer 6, rather than the (at the time) niche Firefox (Netscape was pretty much dead by then). So, times have changed since the year 2000, right? Not according to the statistics. IE6 still holds about 20% of the users on the internet hostage to a 10 year technology. The world wide web came out in the early 90’s. So, not even a decade went by and we went from text to Flash enabled, secure web sites. Technology moves fast, extremely fast. So, why are so many people still using Internet Explorer 6? Popular Science has a few reasons why, all of which I agree full heartedly on.

The post goes on to explicitly recommend moving off of IE6. The problem is, corporate IT departments won

Profile Relocator for Windows

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Joseph Cox has a nice program that moves your Windows user profiles to a different hard drive, which can come in very handy if you have an issue with the main hard drive down the road. Sure, the second drive could go out, but the main Windows drive usually is the drive that goes kaput first. Check it out if you have a use for it!

Profile Relocator is a step-based application that allows the re-locating of the Windows Users profile directory. Once re-located, any created profiles will appear in the new location in their entirety. The advantage to doing this allows profiles to be stored in a location that doesn’t reside on the system drive, ensuring that profile data isn’t compromised as a result of re-installation or system failure.

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