[2003-06-23]

Bryan Bell:

I personally feel that IE has now taken Netscape 4’s old position as the boat anchor being dragged behind the internet. So yeah lets start a badge campaign to complain about the lack of development/innovation in Internet Explorer.

IE mal wieder

Industrial Technology & Witchcraft – Das Maß ist voll – killt IE 6!: »Internet Explorer 6 für Windows 2000 und Windows XP zeigt zur aktuellen URL passende »verwandte Links« an und schickt dazu die Adresse der besuchten Seite an die Suchmaschinen von Alexa und MSN. Nach einem Advisory der Sicherheitsfirma Secunia geschieht das auch, wenn die Funktion abgeschaltet ist und sogar in eingen Fällen bei SSL-verschlüsselten Seiten, und zwar inklusive eventuell enthaltener Benutzernamen, Passworte, Session-IDs, Suchbegriffe, Pfadangaben usw.«

RSS Mix Tape

»RSS Mix Tape reads items from RSS feeds that you specify, and displays them in a list. You go through the list, picking your favorite posts and putting them into categories. You can also write comments on posts. Then you click the »Generate RSS« button, and RSS Mix Feed spits out an RSS feed for each category.

It requires Python, PyQT, PyKDE, and Python’s xmlbase.«

Monopoly

On winterspeak.com there’s more discussion about M$ not releasing IE as standalone program anymore. Very interesting:

When people say that Microsoft has a monopoly on the desktop PC operating system market, they’re referring to Win 95, Win 98, Win 2000, and Win XP. But each of these operating systems are actually pretty good substitutes for each other and Microsoft is struggling to get people to upgrade. License 6.0 was their attempt to push businesses to XP and get folks to rent operating systems, thus solving the problem, and I’m not sure how much success they’ve had. Integrating browser upgrades seems to be the plan for the consumer market. The point is that Microsoft’s biggest source of competition is old versions of Microsoft stuff, and they’re doing the best they can to kill that off. While Microsoft may have a monopoly on desktop PC OSes, Windows XP does not.

Via: Bitworking.

Waste

Justin Frankel, Erfinder der populären MP3-Software Winamp, will sich von Nullsoft trennen:

Everything I code is arguably owned by the company. The company controls what I do with my code [in the past, it seemed I had freedom, but it turns out all of that was not really the case–rather, I was somehow avoiding the control illicitly (for 4 years)] The company controls the most effective means of self-expression I have. This is unacceptable to me as an individual, therefore I must leav. I don’t know when it will be, but I’m not going to last much longer. I have nothing but respect for the company–I’ve just come to realize that it is time to do something different.

Grund seines Ausstiegs: die von Frankel mitentwickelte File-Sharing-Software für kleine private Netze »Waste« wurde von Nullsoft gegen seinen Willen vom Netz genommen. Wie man beim Schockwellenreiter liest, ist das Programm jedoch längst im Netz erhältlich. Waste stellt ein Filesharing-Netzwerk für 10 bis 50 Teilnehmer inkl. Verschlüsselung und Kommunikationsfunktion. Mal testen.

Some Linux News (after too much talk about M$)

From slashdot.gif we’re send to an article in India Times where we learn that there is an IBM NetVista A30 Linux Desktop sold in some Indian cities, priced at about $850. Seems that there are other markets to enter besides our windows contaminated western world. Here in Germany the hardware discounter Vobis is actually selling a linux box bundeled with SuSE 8.1 on a AMD Duron 1300 256 MB RAM for EUR 399,–.

Renewing its push to plant Linux on corporate desktops, Ximian Inc. has rolled out a new version of its environment designed to help administrators better integrate and manage Linux in mixed environments. Have a look at the new Ximian Desktop here.

If you’re considering about using linux, linuxbeginner.org may be the place to visit, there is a nice article about the pros and cons of using linux.

Meanwhile apache2.gif Version 2.0.46 was relased for fixing some security issues. And for those who mix linux and windows (like me) here is an essential tutorial: Using Samba to share printers.

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OK, das mit den Butons ist nicht ernst gemeint 😉

Gates, AOL and some morning coffee thoughts

OK, since days the headlines about Micro$oft and AOL working together from now on are flying through the channels. Here are my sunday morning coffee thoughts about this, just noted between croissant and bagel:

  • Who thought that AOL/TimeWarner could have been the counterpart of a unstoppable rise of Microsoft to total market reign, totally misunderstood both companies targets. AOL wants an AOL-account on every computer (and a pile of AOL-CD’s in the postbox, dustbin, cupboard and everywhere around the computer on the desk), Microsoft wants Windows running on all that machines. These are not contrary targets, you can do both: Windows on every machine and AOL as serviceprovider as well. »You’re nothing but dreamer…«
  • Microsoft stated that there won’t be a downloadable version of IE higher than Version 6SP1 (which is the latest actual version indeed). This means, that if you like IE and want to upgrade you will have to upgrade your windows not your IExplorer. Which means that you will have to take the merrits of »Palladium« if you want a better IE. Maybe for some people a better IE is a heavy argument for upgrading to newer Windows but also »Palladium« is a argument against doing so. The questioning for a non-IE-webbrowser will rise if many people decide against upgrading the whole system.
  • A rise of questioning for other browsers like IE cannot be wanted by Micro$oft so the deal with AOL will cover this point. What will they do? The death of Netscape, which belongs to AOL/TimeWarner, is the logical consequence. How will this affect Mozilla. Will it die also if there is no netscape-related work at AOL anymore?
  • Is this the end of a usable AOL Instant Messenger Service?
  • Is this merger the ultimate strike for Micro$oft on the way to total market reign? Will AOL stop spitting millions and billions of AOL-CDs? Will all TimeWarner movies be shown first in Bill Gates private cinema?
  • How far will they go?

Further thoughts @ hebig.org.