Posted by wholeenchilada on January 17, 2008
downloadsquad points us to an interesting initiative launched by InfoWorld to stop Microsoft from retiring the still popular Windows XP operating system:
So Microsoft, which had planned to stop selling Windows XP to users and computer manufacturers late last year extended that date until June 30th of this year. But something tells us that if Microsoft follows through on this promise, there’s going to be a huge market for used copies of Windows XP.
That’s why we’re happy to see that InfoWorld has launched a “Save XP” campaign. The goal is to get as many people as possible to sign an online petition. Your names, but not your email addresses will be sent to Microsoft in an attempt to change the company’s mind.
Read more here: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2008/01/14/campaign-launched-to-save-windows-xp-from-retirement/
On January 14th this was posted at the Save XP site:
Join the 21,572 people so far (as of noon PT on Jan. 16) who have had signed our online petition to demand that Microsoft not stop OEM and shrinkwrapped sales of Windows XP as planned on June 30, 2008, but instead keep it available indefinitely.
Which was quickly followed by this more detailed post – Save Windows XP! The clock is ticking:
Microsoft plans to end most sales of Windows XP on June 30, despite a deep reluctance by many business and individuals about moving to Vista. InfoWorld believes such an expensive, time-consuming shift with problematic benefits should not be forced on Windows users, so we have decided to rally XP users to demand that XP be kept available.
Read more here: http://weblog.infoworld.com/save-xp/archives/2008/01/save_windows_xp.html
I knew XP had quite a loyal user base and that Vista was suffering from lack of adoption – a lot of businesses were said to be bypassing Vista, using the more stable XP until the next operating system from Microsft launched. I find it interesting that folks are so passionate about not moving to Vista that they are organizing movements to encourage MS from putting XP to rest.
Some related reading:
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 6, 2007
Want to preview Yahoo Messenger for Vista? Looks like a beta release will be coming out today (thursday). Check out this article from news.com:
It’s just a preview, or a very early version, so it doesn’t have all the features other versions of Yahoo Messenger do, such as voice, Webcam, chat rooms, text messaging to mobile phones, easy photo sharing and conferencing. Those features will come later.
What it does have is a new interface, and it lets you organize conversations into tabs and drag and drop tabs out to create a new window. You can also keep favorite contacts by dragging them into the Windows Sidebar gadget, send enhanced emoticons, change the color of IM windows, adjust the display size of the contacts, arrange your contact list into multiple columns, and send files as large as 2 gigabytes.
Read more here: http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9829733-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-5
Go here to download a copy of the Yahoo! Messenger for Vista preview (beta) release: http://messenger.yahoo.com/windowsvista.php
download squad has a bit more info in their post: Yahoo! Messenger for Vista Preview is live
Yahoo! Messenger for Vista is officially available as a preview download starting today. There are some important features that are missing in this build, but the significant additions might make up for the lack of features. The changes in Yahoo! Messenger include a complete change of layout, skin chooser, filter-as-you-type for easy searching, spell checker and a convenient tabbed conversation window that controls your desktop clutter. The rebuild also incorporates sidebar graphics that have the ability to show favorite contacts separated from conversation windows. Graphical elements in the new IM take Microsoft’s graphic subsystem into play for vector based interfaces and enhanced emoticons. IM’s can now be conveniently sent to both Yahoo! and Windows Live Messenger contacts, complete with up to 2GB worth of files.
Read more here: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2007/12/06/yahoo-messenger-for-vista-preview-is-live/
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Posted by wholeenchilada on December 4, 2007
ComputerWorld has an interesting article on the mini applets that Facebook supports: Review: The good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook apps:
“These applications act as extensions to the basic Facebook post-a-profile/read-a-profile functionality. Interested in something serious, such as collaborating on documents, using your friends’ collective intelligence to discover useful blogs, or finding freelance developers to help with an IT project? You’ll find applications for that. How about the not-so-serious, such as playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker or perusing the collected wisdom of Homer Simpson? There’s something for you as well.
Where do all these apps come from? Third-party developers think they see gold in Facebook, and they’re flocking to write free applications for the site, which is a development platform in its own right. At last count, there were more than 7,000 Facebook applications, and no end in sight to new ones.
It can be tough and time-consuming to weed out the pointless from the useful and the winners from the losers. We’re here to help. We’ve listed for you our favorite Facebook applications in a variety of categories, from the useful ”
Read more here: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9049261&intsrc=hm_list
You can also check out the Facebook application directory which, as the article suggests, has over 7,000 + applications with continuous growth.
ags: facebook, Facebook Review, Facebook Applications, Facebook Applets, Facebook Technology, Technology
Posted in blogging, Business, Internet, Programming, Technology | Tagged: facebook, facebook applications, facebook review, facebook technology, Technology | 1 Comment »
Posted by wholeenchilada on November 9, 2007
Too funny! ‘SOA’ voted most ‘confusing acronym of the year’:
But alas, ‘SOA’ has made the top of this year’s listfrom the Global Language Monitor. Not just the top ten list, mind you, but in its own special category, along with the top ten most confusing tech words.
“IBM had to write a book to explain it?” they ask. (Yes, in fact, IBM has actually issued several books on SOA, as well as many others, from ZapThink to Hurwitz to Thomas Erl have written books to try and explain it.)
If only the GLM editors had read this blog, then they would have been tuned into the debate of whether ‘SOA’ is actually now a word in its own right, and no longer simply an acronym. Then, perhaps it would have made GLM’s “Top 10 Most Confusing (yet widely used) High Tech Buzzwords for 2007.” That list is topped by “iPod,” “Flash,” and “Nano.”
Read more here: http://blogs.zdnet.com/service-oriented/?p=996
Some related reading:
Tags: Web 2.0, SOA, Service-oriented Architecture, Web Services, Web Development, Technology terms
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Posted by wholeenchilada on November 6, 2007
Ted Neward has a great post for techies: Welcome to the Shitty Code Support Group. If you’re a programmer/developer/engineer/tester or anyone else who works with software you’ll either find the post equally interesting, or slightly amusing-yet-weird. Here’s the intro:
“Hi. My name’s Ted, and I write shitty code.”
With this opening, a group of us earlier this year opened a panel (back in March, as I recall) at the No Fluff Just Stuff conference in Minneapolis. Neal Ford started the idea, whispering it to me as we sat down for the panel, and I immediately followed his opening statement in the same vein.
Poor Charles Nutter, who was new to the tour, didn’t get the whispered-down-the-line instruction, and tried valiantly to recover the panel’s apparent collective discard of dignity–“Hi, I’m Charles, and I write Ruby code”–to no avail. (He’s since stopped trying.)
The reason for our declaration of impotent implementation, of course, was, as this post states so well, a Zen-like celebration of our inadequacies: To be a Great Programmer, you must admit that you are a Terrible Programmer.
To those who count themselves as the uninitiated into our particular brand of philosophy (or religion, or just plain weirdness), the declaration is a statement of anti-Perfectionism. “I am human, therefore I make mistakes. If I make mistakes, then I cannot assume that I will write code that has no mistakes. If I cannot write code that has no mistakes, then I must assume that mistakes are rampant within the code. If mistakes are rampant within the code, then I must find them. But because I make mistakes, then I must also assume that I make mistakes trying to identify the mistakes in the code. Therefore, I will seek the best support I can find in helping me find the mistakes in my code.”
Read more here: http://blogs.tedneward.com/2007/10/30/Welcome+To+The+Shitty+Code+Support+Group.aspx
A very well written post that sends a great message — we’re all human. And that’s what makes this line so great “To be a Great Programmer, you must admit that you are a Terrible Programmer.” I was never a hard core developer, much more an html and script hack, but I learned enough to know that no matter how good you are at something or how long you’ve been doing it, mistakes will happen. Do check out the post – good stuff!
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