Sunday, 30 September 2007

Vista Not Buena For Microsoft

Microsoft told to abandon Vista
Give up and start over

By Egan Orion: Saturday, 29 September 2007, 12:30 PM - The Inquirer

THE NATIVES are getting restless, a bog post at Cnet urging Microsoft to dump Vista reveals.
Accompanied by a picture of the Windows Vista Ultimate edition box labeled " The Microsoft albatross," writer Don Reisinger's piece entitled "Why Microsoft must abandon Vista to save itself" begins "While Vista was originally touted by Microsoft as the operating system savior we've all been waiting for, it has turned out to be one of the biggest blunders in technology."

After taking the Vole to task for the lack of value in Vista Ultimate, he goes on to build a case that Vista is a disaster and Microsoft should just dump it and start over. Disappointing sales, check. OEM PC sellers sticking with XP, check. Apple's Mac sales surging, check.

He writes "With each passing day, it's becoming blatantly clear that Microsoft released Vista too early and the company's continual mistakes and promises that can't be kept are further annoying the Windows faithful."

He discounts the widespread hope among Windows users that a Service Pack will fix Vista, asking "Will SP1 eliminate the ridiculous Microsoft licensing schemes? Will SP1 drop the price on the higher-end versions? Will SP1 eliminate the need for users to buy a new computer just to use the faulty OS?" He takes the view that, while a Service Pack might fix some of Vista's known bugs and flaws, history suggests it will likely introduce new ones.

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Our advice to our clients has been stick with XP Professional - better the devil you know!

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Crab Apple Sauce

Wozniak hates Open Sauce
Undoes all the good Apple bought into the world
By Nick Farrell: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 8:47 AM; The Inquirer

In an interview with eWeek the wizard of Woz (Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple) calls Open Saucers "... a group of people who want to undo the forces of industry that have given us so much in terms of wealth".

He also says "there are always people who want things to be free and the open-source movement starts with those sort of people"

and continues with "the good points in Open Sauce have nothing to do with whether the software is free or not ... the best part about it is the idea of developing something and then making it known ..."

Who yanked his chain?

Read the Inquirer article here

Read the eWeek article here

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Whose Been Sitting in My Chair?

Wicked Uncle Ernie (apologies to Messrs Daltry, Townshend, Entwistle and Moon) has been at it again.

According to my favourite online publication - the Inquirer - in a report by Nick Farrell, Microsoft have been indulging in some very naughty, underhand behaviour...

"Microsoft fiddles with your Windows without permission

Even if you have auto-updates switched off"

SOFTWARE GIANT, Microsoft has been caught updating punters' Windows machines without asking them.

Scott Dunn of Windows Secrets has noticed that Windows Update (WU) has recently started altering files on users' systems without displaying any dialogue box to request permission. 

So far, there is no indication what the changes actually do either. There are no software conflicts caused by the patches and no reason to kill them off.

However as Dunn said it is more of a concern that Microtus Sneakicus thinks it is allowed into your computer to tinker with files without asking. You never know what they could get up to.

Read the full article here

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Wednesday 12th September 2007

I enjoy reading!

I like to be able to dissappear off in to a world of fiction and lose myself in a darn fine yarn.

On some occasions it is even possible to empathise with the characters and feel what they feel.

Take this morning for instance. I now know Harry Potter feels!

OK, I 'd just like to say

  1. I'm not a fictional character - I think therefore I am
  2. I'm not a wizard - although I like to think in my role as a Circuit Rider I have performed the odd piece of magic
  3. I'm not a skinny runt with a lightening shaped scar on my head - I'm more of the Dudley Dursley build if I'm honest.

But I do now, know what its like when your family forgets your birthday!!

When they do finally twig that today is one they should remember it is with that casual oh well you don't really count birthdays at your age anymore, do you!?

However much that last statement might have a basis in truth it still doesn't forgive them.

It's a good job I don't hold grudges!

The people at work remembered (mind you I did put it up on the board!)

Caveat Emptor

Just when you thought you'd heard everything and thought it safe to stick your head up over the parapet once more, along comes another tale of rank stupidity that makes you wonder how we ever got clever enough to come down out of the tree's!

PC World claims Linux melts laptops shouts the Inquirer in another article by Nick Farrell.

OS Swap blamed for manufacturing fault!

THE "TECH" PEOPLE at PC World seem to think that Linux is responsible for creating manufacturing faults.
A Slashdot reader took his five-month-old laptop into PC World with a broken hinge to the display which had cracked the plastic casing.
However the technical wizards at PC World refused to fix the fault because the punter had replaced the pre-installed Windows Vista with Gentoo Linux.
They claimed that installing Linux had voided his warranty and there is nothing they will do for him.
Like many indignant Brits he asked to speak to the manager and was told that he had been ordered to refuse any repairs if the operating system has been changed.
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This sounds like a basic infringement of a buyers statutory rights under an item being fit for purpose. It will be interesting to see how this pans out.

Saturday, 8 September 2007

Internet Security - Content Blocking

Having recently been asked to provide a quote for one of our support clients to provide an Internet protection/content blocking package, my fellow Circuit Rider, David Poulter, after wading through the usual subjects like Cyper Patrol, Net Nanny, etc came across a the following product;

Features Include;
  • Content Control (through blocked site list and a word list - both updateable)
  • Time Control - set times when the Internet is actually available
  • Usage Logging & Email Notifications - check what is going on and receive reports by email
  • Application Usage Restrictions - decide what applications are accessible
  • System Restrictions - stop unwanted installs and protect sensative files
It is easy to set up and appears to be a very powerful tool and the software is free to download! Which makes it even better. More Here

But it doesn't stop there, as Crawler Parental, the organisation behind this product have a whole suite of really useful looking applications that could find a place in most Circuit Rider Tool Kits. Check them out!

We'd be keen to hear from anyone that is using, has used, or tries out any of these products! Let us know what you think!