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IE9 upgrade blocker

Microsoft has released (find it here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a6169467-b793-4d17-837d-01776bf2bea4&pf=true) a download called Internet Explorer 9 blocker Toolkit aimed at blocking IE9 being downloaded.

Microsoft says “[…] To help our customers become more secure and up-to-date, Microsoft will distribute Windows Internet Explorer 9 as an important update through Automatic Updates for Windows Vista SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows Server 2008 SP2 for x64 and x86, Windows 7 x86 RTM and higher and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM and higher for x64. This Blocker Toolkit is intended for organizations that would like to block automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 9 to machines in environments where Automatic Updates is enabled. The Blocker Toolkit will not expire.[…] ”

Thanks to Martin at ghacks.net for his post (full article at http://www.ghacks.net/2011/02/14/download-ie9-blocker-toolkit-to-prevent-automatic-internet-explorer-9-distribution/)


Breaking into Windows more or less complex, depends on you

Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker reports some different ways to break into windows or prevent others from doing so, ranging from using a Linux liveCD to access files to more complex passsword attacks (full article at http://lifehacker.com/5674972/how-to-break-into-a-windows-pc-and-prevent-it-from-happening-to-you).

Nicely written and usefull, at least to understand a little more.


Web alternatives to desktop software

Joel Falconer at Freelance switch (http://freelanceswitch.com/author/joel-falconer/) reports a Justin Stravarius Web.appstorm list on free web applications to use instead of desktop software (full article at http://freelanceswitch.com/general/50-great-web-alternatives-to-desktop-software-on-web-appstorm).

Really usefull and worth a look.

List includes, among the others:


IE 9 not compatible with XP

Ed Oswald at betaNews (http://www.betanews.com/author/eoswald) reports that Microsoft IE9 won’t be compatible with XP (full article at http://www.betanews.com/article/IE9-will-leave-a-significant-portion-of-Windows-users-behind/1284751432).

I understand innovation and I can understand products marketing support policies.

I also can understand that XP is not so new OS.

But is really worth for Microsoft to ignore or abandon nearly a half of his customers?

This post as a comment also at http://www.betanews.com/article/IE9-will-leave-a-significant-portion-of-Windows-users-behind/1284751432


IE9 a wind of change

Austin Carr at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/219225) reports some of the characteristics of IE 9. Among them, one of the most interesting is “[…] Thanks to the power of HTML5, many of these partners from Amazon to CNN are taking advantage of IE9’s optimized platform to create immersive app-like experiences. Rather than opening IE9 and punching in an address, users may soon be pinning these “apps” to their taskbar. Redbull, for instance, will offer an interactive social media page complete with music and video. IMDB’s app will show off high-def trailers, only now possible in HTML5 with IE9. And Amazon has created a page that feels like a virtual bookstore, with access to daily deals and other features through Windows 7’s jump-lists. […] ” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1689097/microsoft-brings-apps-to-windows-7-with-internet-explorer-9).


How to clean giant context menus

Guys at how to geek write a good tutorial on how to clean a too much grown context menu (full article at http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/28104/how-to-clean-up-your-messy-internet-explorer-context-menu/).

Simply the path is this:

“[…] The first thing you’ll notice is that there’s an “Accelerators” section of the context menu, and if you don’t use any of them, you can easily get rid of them all. Just head into Tools –> Manage Add-ons, click on Accelerators on the left-hand menu, and then disable any of the items that you don’t use. While you’re in here, you should also click on Toolbars and Extensions and get rid of anything else that you don’t actually need—it’ll make Internet Explorer run a whole lot faster. […]  Next you’ll want to open up regedit.exe through the start menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt

Once you’re there, right-click on the key and choose Export, and then save out the file somewhere just in case you need to revert the changes—if you do, you can simply double-click on the exported file to put everything back. […]”

Thanks guys for the hint.


Paul Allen move a little bit out of time

Austin Carr at Fast Company (http://www.fastcompany.com/user/219225) reports, among the others, that Microsoft co-fpouder Paul Allen has sued Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, YouTube because of an infringement of patents he owns (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1685423/microsofts-paul-allen-sues-apple-google-facebook-yahoo-aol-youtube-and-more).

I don’t question on his supposed rights. I only say 20 years have passed (because patents are from the 90’s) and companies are well known and of same secto Mr. Allen is working form the beginning. Isn’t a bit surprising and late in acting at this time?

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1685423/microsofts-paul-allen-sues-apple-google-facebook-yahoo-aol-youtube-and-more


Google again in the business of voice calls?

Dan Nosowitz at Fast Company, Arcamax, NPR, Kit Eaton from Fast Company, Michael Calore at Wired (http://www.wired.com/epicenter/author/howto_admin/) and Rosa Golijan at Gizmodo report a CNET source on “[…] an as yet unconfirmed rumor that Google is testing a voice calling service, to be embedded inside Gmail and thus a web-based VoIP product. The service will, according to the rumor, be launched from the Google Chat window where contacts reside, and will be a sort of combination of Google Talk and Google Voice.  Google Talk, launched a few years ago, is a combination of instant messaging and VoIP, while Google Voice consolidates various phone numbers into a single one, along with other services like voicemail transcription. But what CNET is reporting is a bit different: true web-based phone calls, for free (or very cheap). Users won’t even be required to have a Google Voice number to use the upcoming service. […]” (full article at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail and original at CNET at http://news.cnet.com/8301-30684_3-20014617-265.html at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001 ,at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail and at http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/08/gmail-gets-dialed-up-a-notch-with-new-calling-feature/comment-page-1/#comment-55101).

I think Google will be a great competitor for Skype and MSN, because of some important factors:

a) Broadness of services offered

b) Potential integration of services

c) Reliability

d) Capability of service visioning

The hope is that they don’t go too far in imagination just like they did with Wave and do something simple and effective like they did with other service (Docs, Mail,…)

This post as a comment also at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684840/google-reportedly-taking-aim-at-skype-with-voice-calling-in-gmail , at http://gizmodo.com/5621146/soon-youll-be-able-to-make-phone-calls-from-your-gmail-inbox, at http://www.arcamax.com/businessnews/s-770638-840175#posts ,at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?verified=true&storyId=129440019&ft=1&f=1001#commentBlock and at http://www.fastcompany.com/1684961/googles-next-assault-on-the-phone-biz-call-phones-from-gmail


Microsoft phones altering results?

Matthew Humpries (http://www.geek.com/users/Matthew/) at Geek.com Matt Hartley at Lockergnome and Matt Buchanan at Gizmodo reports that Microsoft is going to give for free to its own employees mobile phones with Windows 7 installed (full article at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/ and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).

Distributing goods produced is a quite diffused practice in companies in order to push them (on marketing side) or to achieve results (e.g. emptying a wharehouse with unsold things, reaching a goal,…).

Having people using what they produce is something I find intelligent, because is an enabler for a lot of behaviours and processes.

What sounds strage to me is the number of 90.000 phones that risks to alter some (or most) of market results, if not in terms of money, at least in terms of volumes reporting.

This post as a comment also at http://www.geek.com/articles/mobile/microsoft-giving-90000-employees-windows-7-phone-20100722/comment-page-1/#comment-3847287 and at http://www.lockergnome.com/it/2010/07/22/windows-phone-7-units-for-everyone/comment-page-1/#comment-215336 and at http://gizmodo.com/5593104/every-microsoft-employee-is-getting-a-windows-phone-7-uh-phone).


Apple to overtake Microsoft in profits

Natania at geeks are sexy writes an article on which I agree and that would have been strange 10 years ago: CNN (http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/21/technology/apple_microsoft_earnings/index.htm) reportts that Apple is, at the moment, the most valuable tech company (more the Microsoft) (full article at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/07/22/apple-poised-to-top-microsoft-this-quarter/).

Is very strange seen at the moment, but I think is the prize for the real breakthrough of Apple products.

I’m not a “taliban” of Apple products, but, I admit, that they brought great accelleration in my life (e.g. iphone succeded in making me paperless more tha all other smart phones and PDA in last decade).

This post as a comment also at http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/07/22/apple-poised-to-top-microsoft-this-quarter/#comment-258012


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