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CIA and FBI being naughty on Wikipedia (Download Squad)

Aug 17th 2007 1:13PM all these new stories about who is editing wikipedia are really really stupid. Thanks to the at least general anonimity of wikipedia, you can't even prove that it was a member of the CIA / FBI and not, say one of their kids hopping on one of their PCs, or a media type hopping on the network to do some research...

or the head of the division or whatever.

We don't know...and it's more then a little pointless to speculate who used what IP thanks to the fact that Wikipedia is very easily spoofed in the first place.

Hotmail users get a little more storage (Download Squad)

Aug 14th 2007 12:46PM I really like the new hotmail...And Microsoft is defiantly taking it's revival very seriously, The current version works on every platform I've tried it on, and they do a good bit to make sure the paid version makes it worth your while.

Coruse, I'm a MS Fanboy to a certain extent, but only recently, and only because they've done so much to make them a much more likable company, especially towards developers.

Microsoft bring us the Beginner Developer Learning Centre (Download Squad)

Jul 30th 2007 10:46AM I've done some comparing. And for non-programmers the differences between the two are minimal. Express editions teach end users to do things "the Microsoft way" but that's not always a bad thing, especially if you're just trying to throw together quick tools, especially now that the new versions of visual studios are producing usable, readable code from their drag-and-drop commands.

While there are definatly limitations on a load of stuff related to complex code interaction and compilation settings, again, if you're a non-expert its hardly going to make a difference, and you're still getting (all be it stripped down) the arguably best IDE available presently for making windows applications.

For Free no less and combined with months worth of training that WILL take you to the point of being competent with the languages and knowing how to find the information that you still don't know.

Sub $300 PC coming to Wal-Mart, bringing Open Office with it (Download Squad)

Jul 19th 2007 12:03PM "Overpriced and bloated"


Lets get as much anti-MA-Office propaganda out there before people realize office 07 has single handedly reinvented the office suite and put all the other applications 5 years behind them again.

Get set to download some web apps for the iPhone (Download Squad)

Jul 1st 2007 12:36PM Bad enough that 25% of your coverage is for an OS less then 2% of the population uses...

now 60% of your posts are about a phone that MAYBE 200,000 people have... oh...199999, one dropped it four feet and that precious smear loving screen cracked.

Google not happy with Microsoft's desktop search concessions (Download Squad)


THERE IS A WAY TO BIND A DIFFERENT DLL to the search box in the start menu.

THESE ARE ALL EASILY ACCOMPLISH ABLE post installation and with the end user's approval.

Google doesn't want people to be able to say "oh well, I like the built in search better, it doesn't have ads and doesn't force me to open a web browser" it wants Microsoft to be forced to disable core features of the OS so third party crap ware can be force-installed OEM to make the windows experince WORSE.

If Google desktop had any merit, it'd be widely used. If you don't buy that, why the hell is Google so much better off on the browser market then Live Search? What with Microsoft's "Crippling hold over the marketplace" you'd think they could squash the Google fly with their index finger.

Don't be Evil my Foot. Blood in the water is right, and Google's the leach sucking it dry in this case.

No Ubuntu for you, Mr. Business type guy (Download Squad)

Jun 20th 2007 5:29PM Or, what's more likely, is that Dell houses all it's Business Level support US Sates Side, which is very expensive, and even MORE expensive to train on new software. So, they aren't bothering.

No licensing agreement between Microsoft and Ubuntu (Download Squad)

Jun 18th 2007 10:16PM As there is absolutely no threat of a lawsuit from anyone on Microsoft's side of things, it seems to be Ubuntu is using this as an appeal to Linux fan boys most of whome are traditionally against Ubuntu's casual approach to security, and, well, general ease of useness.

At the same time, their outright refusal to work with Microsoft at all seems to tell me that the single best chance of a USEABLE Linux Desktop alternative is willing to pander to it's extremist roots rather then trying to make things more usable for the average user.

Software Patents - good or evil? (Download Squad)

Jun 12th 2007 10:59AM Patents as they were envisioned were a great idea, Inventors, great minds, and the ingenious could find a product that was needed and manage to protect that product long enough to make a living off of it, or to be able to continue development on it without having to worry about others knocking it off.

This concept isn't "wrong" for the software industry either. The idea of letting people protect their creations is at it's very heart a good idea. It allows people to compete WITH the big names like Microsoft if they can innovate and do something deserving.

However, patent lengths are a joke when you consider the speed that the tech industry moves at, and they're an even larger one when you consider most of the patents are granted for concepts and theories that are either common sense, or already in use.

So... Software patents - Not Evil, just bloated and ugly and long over due for some major revisions.

Temporarily disable UAC in Vista without rebooting (Download Squad)

Jun 3rd 2007 11:55PM hehe... so wait... you hate UAC so you move to an OS that requires you to enter a root password every time yhou want to change system settings. lovely.