Archive for April, 2005



Firefox Surpasses 50 Million Download Mark !!

Saturday 30 April 2005 @ 3:57 pm

Yeah !! Firefox has just surpassed the 50 million download mark recently !! <:-P Well, thanks to all your supports to Firefox !!

Go Firefox, go !!

I always believe people will always appreciate the thing if it is good, or better than the rest. :)

So, now who dares to say IE is enjoying more than 90% of the Web Browser share (like what the web developer said in my class)?

OneStat.com said that since November, IE’s worldwide usage has fallen 1.62 percentage points to 87.3 percent market share. Firefox, meanwhile, increased by one percentage point to an 8.5 percent global market share.

Remeber, that is last November’s statistic. :)

If you still dare to say, please read this article, IE market share is going downward.

With its first full-fledged release last November, Firefox has shaken up a Web browser market that most analysts had deemed almost wholly mature. For the first time in years, the market share of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer has begun inching downwards as Firefox adoption rises.

[Source]

Really really glad to hear this fascinating news !! Go Firefox, go !!




Microsoft Servers Migrating To 64bit

Saturday 30 April 2005 @ 3:00 pm

While we are realizing the next computer world will be 64bit enabled soon, Microsoft is migrating many of its internal servers to the new 64bit version of Windows Server 2003.

“Our MSN search engine is actually built on several thousand systems running the x64 version of Windows,” Danny Beck, Microsoft Windows client senior product marketing manager said. In addition, “the entire Microsoft.com site has been migrated, and we serve 30 million unique visitors every day.”

It’s to believe that 64bit system can definitely improve overall performance of their services. As Beck said, performance of the MSN Messenger servers has improved 10 times since they went 64bit. (But how come I always don’t receive email-received notification? :p )

However, some application like Outlook Express and Windows Media Player will not have 64bit version anytime soon. This is because some applications such as non-memory intensive applications, do not necessarily benefit customers by being 64bit native.

Furthermore, Microsoft’s Beck said most Microsoft applications such as the Office suite will not be available in 64-bit versions until the end of 2006, when the company’s next-generation operating system, Longhorn, is due for release.

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Fly With Broadband

Saturday 30 April 2005 @ 2:02 pm

What are you going to do in the aiplane for the next couple hours if you are taking a long distance flight?
Read magazines? Watch movies? Sleep?

Well, now you can online on the air !!

Online On The Air

Connexion by Boeing wants to turn your on-plane boredom and downtime into productive time by pumping in a high-speed broadband Internet connection via satellite. The Connexion service has been in the works for years, and almost faltered after September 11 caused a downturn in domestic U.S. airline sustainability and worldwide business activity.

However, the division retooled its efforts, refocused on long-haul flights, and has brought an Internet service to market that, so far, appears to deliver on its promise based on a test flight that I took in the Seattle, Washington area, and on the experiences of several travelers, including one of Toms’ own editors.

There are certain planes and routes are providing this service currently, including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, SAS, ANA, and Japan Airlines. While airlines like China Airlines, El Al, and Korean Air, will have that service soon.

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Microsoft Go Open Source !!

Saturday 30 April 2005 @ 1:41 pm

Don’t be silly, I’m not saying an open-sourced version of Windows. :D

I’m actually refering to Microsoft’s move to support Open Source software as they have extended an olive branch to the open-source community, calling for a sit-down to discuss how they can better work with the open-source world.

At a recent conference sponsored by the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT) in Cambridge, Md., Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, called for bridge building between Microsoft, its competitors and the open-source community.

“We’re going to have to figure out how to build some bridges between the various parts of our industry,” he continued. “We’re going to have to figure out how we can bring the various parts of our industry closer together. Not necessarily in the sense of changing the way software is developed, but building bridges so that we all have the ability to collaborate with each other. And that will mean we will need some new rotations, I think, in how we work together, in how we license, in how we share technology or intellectual property rights with each other.”

Now Microsoft realizes the fast growing open source software community is another playground for them to tap in. Anyway, for the sake of every computer user, this bridge between Microsoft and open source software is no doubt a good one, as some of their secretly kept information will have to be shared to others like :-

“But, realistically, they could do some important things. One, open up their file formats. That is, fully document things like the Microsoft Word and Windows Media formats, and make a binding promise not to sue people who write software to interoperate with them,” he said. “Two, put down the patent weapon. Do as IBM has, and offer their software patents under royalty-free, paperwork-free license to open-source projects. Three, support open technical standards, rather than sabotaging them. Microsoft has a history of destructive meddling at organizations like the IETF and W3C, and of attempting to hijack standards like Kerberos by making them dependent on proprietary ‘extensions.’ Simply not doing this would be a huge improvement.”

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All in all, it’s a great news to hear that Microsoft is taking the first step into open source world. :)




Latest Mac OS, X 10.4 (Tiger)

Friday 29 April 2005 @ 3:32 pm

Macintosh (Mac) is going to launch thier latest Operating System called Tiger today !!

Events are being planned ahead of tomorrow’s launch of Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” across Apple’s 105 retail stores worldwide and in participating resellers such as CompUSA beginning at 6 p.m. At that time, Apple will unleash the new version of its operating system, said to include some 200 new features.

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A Glimpse Of Longhorn

Friday 29 April 2005 @ 2:53 pm

Though the successor to Windows XP, code-named Longhorn, will only due late next year, beta testing for Longhorn is due to begin this summer.

Some details had already emerged at previous Microsoft conferences, such as so-called aero glass transparency, which allows content from one window to show through parts of the window on top of it. Animated icons and shading effects available in Longhorn dramatically enhance traditional Windows elements, too.

This time more have been revealed at the 2005 Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, or WinHEC. The following are some information of Longhorn revealed:-

  • New Document Format – Metro

    Longhorn will also incorporate a new document format called Metro–which uses XML (eXtensible Markup Language) and other technologies (including parts of Avalon)–that aims to standardize advanced graphics in documents across multiple platforms and applications (similar to the way documents in Adobe’s PDF format have become ubiquitous).

  • Well Connected, Media Friendly

    Longhorn will support cell phones in the same way that Windows now supports digital cameras, with technology for everything from transferring and synchronizing data (such as music files and contact information) to displaying the phone’s content and capabilities in a Windows Explorer-like view.

    Longhorn will handle IP-addressable devices on a local-area network just as Windows XP now manages hardware connected via USB or PCI.

  • Security

    Longhorn will feature what Microsoft calls Secure Startup–technology intended to determine whether a system has been tampered with while offline.

For more detailed information, please read the source.





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