Microsoft has released a very stable "pre-beta" version of
More space for pages. Integrated anti-phishing protection. Tabs known from Mozilla/Firefox (CTRL/T opens a new tab quickly). Zoom between 10 and 1000 percent, including the pictures. And many other features. The known bugs are usually unimportant, except for imperfect co-existence with McAfee's antivirus programs. If you don't use any unusual add-ins or McAfee, you may want to try IE7. Positive review of a well-known Firefox user is here. So far it crashed once to me (just like P.P. Cook), and filling the forms like this web form to write blogger.com articles behaves in a slightly unusual way.
If your Windows Media Player 10 refuses to connect to the Internet after you downloaded and installed IE7, while giving you this message:
- Windows Media Player cannot play the file. If the file is located on the Internet, connect to the Internet. If the file is located a removable storage card, insert the storage card.
then click the blue tab "Guide" in the media player and then click "Connect the player to the internet". Done. If it does not work, you can also try to Start/Run the command "inetwiz", and click a few obvious choices. One of these two approaches should fix the media player.
NEW VIRUS TOMORROW
Nyxem.E will start to erase Microsoft Office files tomorrow if you're infected. If you don't have an up-to-date antivirus software, download it and check your PC! This virus will be a non-event, thanks to blog articles like this one.
Microsoft has also offered to release the source code of Windows, or it has even done so, and the critics - including the EU bureaucrats - who always argued that the source code availability was important suddenly say that it is not important. The Reference Frame rates the moral standards of these critics as poor.
Microsoft has announced a new reasonable policy with respect to censorship: only if a written confirmation that some content violates local laws is sent to Microsoft, the company will be ready to help censorship. Also, Bill Gates argued that in 2006, censorship attempts no longer work.
Meanwhile, a rift appeared in the freeware community. Richard Stallman, the author of the GNU movement and Emacs editor, has invented a new licensing rules known as GPL version 3. The apparent purpose of GPL v3 is to kill capitalism - everyone who uses GPL v3 software together with XY must give all of her passwords for XY and all of her money to Stallman's communist movement - or something along these lines. This would make it effectively impossible to use free software in combination with most commercial gadgets we use today. Linus Torvalds, the author of Linux, announced that he won't transform a single line of his code (Linux kernel) to these new rules. Stallman is leading GPL off a cliff.
The green whackos and radical commies like Stallman are spreading like a flu. Today, Robert Newman argued in the Guardian that you must choose capitalism or a habitable planet because "you can't have both". Thank you but I will choose capitalism. Some people are simply mad. Another example are thousands of Muslims who plan to exterminate Denmark because of these 12 innocent pictures (see also here). Do we really want to sacrifice the freedom to draw pictures of Arab citizens such as Muhammed in the European newspapers?
Many editors etc. have been fired because of this pseudocontroversy. Hamid Karzai and Bill Clinton have joined the militants' judgement of the cartoons. Do we want to give the militant muslims the right to increasingly control our lives? As you know very well, your humble correspondent would prefer weapons over such drastic reductions of our freedoms. Friends, this is the 3rd millenium and interdicts and religious threats have absolutely no room in this world. Once again, similar terrorists and religious fanatics were controlling the world in the 6th and 7th centuries while this is the 21st century. Our friends in the Middle East will either have to learn how to live with other people's basic freedoms, or they will have to be treated differently.