OpenOffice Is Like Mikey

Remember the commercials for the cereal where the kids decide to give Mikey the stuff to see if he likes it? Someone sent me a WordPerfect document. Its been years since I got one of those. Office XP obviously doesn’t open it without scouring the Microsoft web site for the coverters. Before subjecting myself to… Continue reading OpenOffice Is Like Mikey

HAL 10

» Microsoft confirms Vista Speech Recognition remote execution flaw | George Ou | ZDNet.com I heard back from the folks at the MSRC, and they let me know that Microsoft is investigating public reports of a possible vulnerability in Windows Vista’s speech recognition feature. Microsoft’s initial investigation reveals that this vulnerability could allow an attacker… Continue reading HAL 10

Say No to Microsoft Window Vista

Microsoft Windows is a pain to diagnose. However, Run has many of the tools to determine issues. Someone at Microsoft hates it. Can someone tell me why? Finding Run has gotten more and more difficult over time. Now in Vista they hide it by default. 🙁 Where’s the “Run” dialog box in Windows Vista? »… Continue reading Say No to Microsoft Window Vista

Ready to Switch?

I was disappointed the only IE competitor mentioned was Firefox. Opera, Safari, and Netscape are well known enough that it would behoove a more balanced view to mention them as well. My only use of IE lately is replicating a user problem I can’t replicate in Firefox and the very, very infrequent case a web… Continue reading Ready to Switch?

Look for a Patent Wiki in 2007

Patent review goes Wiki – August 21, 2006: That’s the basic concept behind a pilot program sponsored by IBM and other companies [including HP and Microsoft], which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office appears poised to green-light. The project would apply an advisory version of the wiki approach to the patent-approval process. The issue is… Continue reading Look for a Patent Wiki in 2007

Internet Elephant (in the Corner)

In the web design and web application world, Internet Explorer is always the Elephant in the Corner. The most popular web browser is one of the more cantankerous and annoying web browsers to design HTML and JavaScript for use inside it. For a long time a few web designers have preached a need for Web… Continue reading Internet Elephant (in the Corner)

Got Word? Need HTML Instead?

Textism: Word HTML Cleaner A tool that strips proprietary Microsoft tags and other cruft from Word HTML documents, leaving basic formatting intact. File sizes are greatly reduced, and the returned HTML is easier to read, revise and employ.

BellSouth vs. Google – Round 1

What about the customers? Companies all too often play chicken. It is the consumers who get screwed. A few years ago, a Sun vs. Microsoft disagreement meant no adequate Java Runtime Environment for the brand new Windows XP personal computers for months. Developers for online classes often tap Java for mini-applications (HTML editors, chat, file… Continue reading BellSouth vs. Google – Round 1

Disconnect

Wow, there is a disconnect between Microsoft and end users. Even if users experience PC trouble after installing the patch, they will still be protected against any attack exploiting the Windows flaw, a Microsoft representative said. But but but The patch could lock users out of their PC, prevent the Windows Firewall from starting, block… Continue reading Disconnect

Sniff Tests

As Dvorak points out, BitTorrent is the largest single protocol. The Web’s HTTP barely counts compared to BitTorrent and the other P2P protocols. That’s a heck of a lot of traffic—as any network administrator knows—and having it increased with crapware is not good news. In addition, some anti-virus and anti-spyware programs don’t look at Torrents… Continue reading Sniff Tests