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Firefox Friday, a weekly round-up: Beta 4, Beta 5, Panorama, breaking add-ons and our Private Browsing habits analyzed (Download Squad)

Aug 28th 2010 6:29AM I dislike almost all those new gimmicks for FF4. The developers obviously suffer from Chrome-envy and try to force many features down the user's throat that should be optional add-ons.

Dear EU: Please quit whining about browsers already (Download Squad)

Jun 4th 2009 10:01AM Amazing how much ignorance this article and many commentators show.

The EU has at least done something about the anti-competitive and monopolistic behaviour of Microsoft and Intel.

Microsoft is currently singled out, because they simply "own" the market. Linux market share is a joke as well as Apples. In the corporate world and in public institutions Microsoft reigns supreme.

Most commentators don't seem to understand that Windows (with all it's flaws) is an important part of modern business infrastructure. And Microsoft costs many governments serious amounts of money.

Now I already can hear the Linux advocates groaning - but switching from MS to Linux is not as easy and not as cheap as many of these geeks think. It mostly about retraining staff and the lack of standards in those gazillion Linux distros.

But back to browsers ...

The example of IE6 entrenchement in the corporate environment should be a lesson to anyone. A buggy product that stifles innovation and progress on the web - and a security headache.

Thanks to Microsoft's monopoly the resulting web infrastructure based on IE and Outlook Express has caused many costly security problems.

And ask Netscape how MS has killed them. Did the US government do anything about that anti-competitive behaviour? Not really ...

It's easy for webheads to install a new browser or an anti-virus-package, but most mere mortals hardly understand the basic concepts of security or why their computer is not secure enough. Even after several years of mainstream media reporting massive virus attacks and botnets most machines are not secure enough.

Once again: most mere mortals are unable to even understand that they can use a different browser and in many corporations wage slaves can't touch their systems anyway.

The EU push helps on several fronts:

* breaking and further watering MS stranglehold on the browser market
* pushing for more diversity & security on the browser market
* separating core OS functions from additions (look how Windows 7 is already very different in that respect from XP)
* balancing the market, so smaller competitors stand a chance against MS

Readyboost technology for Windows XP (Download Squad)

Feb 3rd 2008 7:13PM You obviously never worked in graphic design: having Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign open at the same time - you never can have enough RAM.

Readyboost technology for Windows XP (Download Squad)

Feb 3rd 2008 1:42PM I have a Notebook with 1,5 GByte of RAM and a 7200 RPM HD. I can see some speed improvements - I am sure it offers more boost on older or machines with slow HDs and little RAM. But I would recommend upgrading your drive or your RAM before using an USB stick and this software.

When will you upgrade to Windows Vista? - DLS Poll (Download Squad)

Nov 1st 2006 1:21PM I will handle it the same way as my W2K to Xp transition: I used W2K until June this year - until I had a new scanner that only came with XP drivers.

Vista does NOTHING new - all my important apps (Office 2000, Photoshop, Firefox, FreeHand, PsPad, Skype etc.) will run fine on good old XP for another four years or so.

So why waste money on something I don't need?

The Greatest Software Ever (Download Squad)

Aug 16th 2006 8:51AM I agree that 1-2-3 is missing - Excel shouldn't be there at all. Also Java is a suprise to me - why not BASIC?

Google Earth now available for Mac and Linux (Download Squad)

Jun 12th 2006 6:42PM Two more versions and it's looks more like SimCity or SimLife with moving people, cars and planes. An additional two versions and Google offers realtime tracking of real people ... welcome to 1984.


Google Browser Sync (Download Squad)

Jun 10th 2006 3:32PM Timeout. Timeout. Timeout. After several days of trying I uninstalled it. Support? Typical Google - no support available when it won't work.

Sociable: Social bookmark mania for your blog (Download Squad)

Mar 28th 2006 12:58PM This is getting ridiculous - a gazillion icons for way too many social bookmark sites. There should be a simple protocol handler in the browser that either sends or collects all feeds for these services.