Wednesday, August 13, 2003


Very Amusing!  

"You see, if you have multiple mail accounts with Outlook 2002, it downloads everything simultaneously - spiking the CPU to an ungodly 100%. Instead of relying on F9 (where they've remapped "refresh" functionality), "

Aha! Microsoft's own software can no longer be considered 'Windows Certified'! Part of certification is to swear on a stack of MS-DOS disks that your user interface conforms to Windows norms. I don't think that remapping the refresh key qualifies it as a normal WIndows program.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003


People Worry Too Much!  

WinOScentral - Windows XP 64-bit: List of New/Missing Features
Blogged by Meryl @ 06:51PM / Linkback

I caught this over on OS news.com and thought since the AMD 64 bit processor was due out in just a few weeks, and I KNOW some of you are chomping at the bit just waiting to have it, you might want to check this out and see what you're gaining and losing at the same time.

I think people are stressing a little too much about the content and features of the 'Next Great OS from Microsoft'. I would be very surprised to see it go gold before the summer of 2005. They're in closed beta testing, so the idea that features and performance are anything more than fluid is over-reacting, to put it mildly. They know that they can't afford to get this one wrong and they've been plagued by security flaws in current Windows versions, so I can't see tham rushing this to market without a LOT of testing, including at least a 6 month open beta.

The good part about this is that the Opteron / Athlon-64 will be nicely mature by the time this OS hits the streets!

Monday, August 11, 2003


A Lockergnome Too Far...  

From the Top Branches

"If the world was a perfect place, e-mail publishing would still be a viable model for getting the word out. But marketers and morons (two groups that are far from mutually exclusive) have flooded the space with noise. So now, instead of spending our time on crafting quality content, we waste it with endless bickering. We now have to fight with ISPs, begging them to let our messages pass through without being filtered or flagged. We have to go out of our way to educate anti-spam solutions on our product to make sure we don't get blacklisted. We have to explain to our subscribers how someone between here and there is possibly blocking the transmission, possibly troubleshooting their software, trying to figure out if there's a utility that's keeping them from receiving the stuff they asked for. Ugh."

Well, this is why blogging and RSS were invented, as most of us geeks know. Now we come to a background question that may or may not have been thought of, but would come up eventually in our litigious society: Are the ISP's laying them selves open to a 'Freedom of Speech' lawsuit by blocking Chris's (and others, no doubt) NON-spam? I'd be interested from hearing about it from a real lawyer!

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