29 June 2007

Microsoft to simplify downgrades from Vista to XP

Microsoft to simplify downgrades from Vista to XP - ZDNet.com

This is kinda funny, though not that big of a deal -- businesses have stricter internal regulations about what they can and cannot run, and a new operating system usually must be approved by some sort of committee before it can be officially used in-house.

What I want to know is why is it so hard for these business to get computers pre-loaded with WinXP? Is Microsoft really forcing OEM's that much to only sell Vista?


In other news, I have been hit recently by both the Firefox "disappearing profile" bug as well as the Windows "disappearing roaming profile" bug.

Fun fun, right? I've been able to recover mostly, but I've started using things like the Firefox Extension Backup Extension (don't let the name fool you, it backs up your entire profile, passwords included, and not just your extensions).

25 June 2007

Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

"A month ago, the military banned MySpace but not Facebook. This was a very interesting move because the division in the military reflects the division in high schools. Soldiers are on MySpace; officers are on Facebook. Facebook is extremely popular in the military, but it's not the SNS of choice for 18-year old soldiers, a group that is primarily from poorer, less educated communities. They are using MySpace. The officers, many of whom have already received college training, are using Facebook."

This is a very, very interesting read about the psychological aspects of MySpace usage vs. Facebook usage.

19 June 2007

No license is granted to use this record when sold at a less price.

No license is granted to use this record when sold at a less price.

I guess they called it "ARM." Just goes to show you that trying to squeeze every possible cent from your customers for something they already own is nothing new.

São Paulo: The City That Said No To Advertising

São Paulo: The City That Said No To Advertising

"A city stripped of advertising. No Posters. No flyers. No ads on buses. No ads on trains. No Adshels, no 48-sheets, no nothing."

Wow -- now that would be refreshing. A bit extreme, but refreshing, nonetheless.

Ubuntu Linux founder says no deal with Microsoft

Ubuntu Linux founder says no deal with Microsoft - Reuters.co.uk

"BOSTON, June 18 (Reuters) - The founder of Ubuntu Linux, a widely used version of the open-source operating system for personal computers, said he is not interested in a business partnership with Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) as the software giant steps up its challenge to open-source software."

Uh, excuse me? Did this reporter even read Mark's blog?

From Mark's own blog:

"I welcome Microsoft’s stated commitment to interoperability between Linux and the Windows world - and believe Ubuntu will benefit fully from any investment made in that regard by Microsoft and its new partners, as that code will no doubt be free software and will no doubt be included in Ubuntu."


"I have no objections to working with Microsoft in ways that further the cause of free software, and I don’t rule out any collaboration with them, in the event that they adopt a position of constructive engagement with the free software community."

What the hell is this? Nowhere did Mark Shuttleworth said that he isn't "interested in a business partnership with Microsoft" -- he only said that he wasn't interested in signing meaningless "indemnification" (read, "protection money") agreements with Microsoft.

Stop jumping up and down, Linux fanboys. This isn't good news. Reporting that Ubuntu is "unwilling to work with Microsoft" does not soften up the upper management levels of businesses (which is who is really important to Linux's adoption).

15 June 2007

Mail Sending Agent via Ajax

All right, I've been trying to make an agent that I could POST values to (via an asynchronous command) that it would then process and send an email with. Is this not possible without a page refresh or something?

I've tried making it in both Java and LotusScript, but neither one seems to work, and they're not sending up any error messages! What the hell?

11 June 2007

Safari Beta for Windows

Safari Beta for Windows Download

It's about damn time. Now I can accurately test my web applications without having to worry about them potentially not working on a Mac.

...though it's never really been that much of a problem (if you follow standards it never is), I've often worried that some unique quirk of Safari's KHTML rendering engine would render one of my applications inoperable.

Apple's not lying on their site -- Safari for Windows actually does render pages very fast. It's JavaScript rendering seems to be especially fast -- when rendering heavy-JavaScript pages like those created with the Ext engine, it hardly uses much CPU utilization at all, unlike IE or Firefox (though, I think Firefox's main slowdown these days is Firebug -- it tends to slow down JavaScript-laden pages greatly due to its debugging capabilities).

The main thing I noticed was its extremely fast loading of a Digg article commenting page -- these pages load horrendously slow on IE or Firefox, and Safari seemed to render it, no sweat!

Looks like good things to come!

06 June 2007


boxWrap information needed - Ext JS Forums

Why, those sneaky farking bastards...

Bloody "boxWrap()"? That's all there is to it? And here I've been copying and pasting the same bloody collection of ten divs or so for weeks to encapsulate every element...

01 June 2007

JavaScript match() Method

JavaScript match() Method

Hey, since when the hell did "[string].match()" start returning a funky array? Is that part of the Ext framework?

Or was it one of the underlying frameworks?

All right, YUI, Prototype, or jQuery -- which one of you overloaded my "match()" function?

(It could be all... hell, or just jQuery, since that's what I use.)