It was probably...
...just Mr Ballmer throwing chairs around yet again - one of them obviously reached escape velocity...
40 posts • joined 16 Nov 2007
"Now I have to wait for a few of my favourite extensions to catch up."
Most of them you can do yourself .
If you're using windows XP look in:
C:\Documents and Settings\LOGONNAME\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\XXXXX.default\extensions
where LOGONNAME is the name you log onto Windows with and XXXXX is the random value that Firefox uses for your default profile.
Under Windows 7 (and, I presume, Vista) the location is:
Under Linux you need to cd to:
Look inside the various directories under there for the install.rdf files. Open each one in a decent (NOT Notepad) text editor and look for:
where X.X.X is probably either 3.0.* or 3.1.* - change this to 3.5.* and save the file - in many cases the extension will then start working again.
Hope that helps.
The MS "Reboot Now/Later" annoyance can be killed (on XP anyway) by running the following in a command prompt:
net stop wuauserv
This stops the Windows update service. You can also create a batch file containing the above line and make a short cut to it from the desktop. After updating windows click the "Restart Later" option and then run the line or batch file, and you won't be annoyed (well, not by that particular pop-up anyway). The windows update service will start as normal after the next restart (which you will do when YOU want to do it and not at Microsoft's nagging insistence).
Your MS drone is incorrect - a company I worked for could always get XP re-activated on the original licence even after changing the MB on a PC. Phone MS back and insist that they allow you get activated on your original licence. Explain slowly and persistently that the motherboard failed and you could not obtain a similar one so had no choice but to replace it (motherboard production life is measured in months, not years so getting an exact replacement is nigh-on impossible nowadays) . Also, tell them in no uncertain terms that if they effectively steal the use of your licence from you then you will definitely NOT be buying another Windows licence but will be installing Linux instead (they won't like that!).
Don't take no for an answer without speaking to a manager or two first (give the impression that you are prepared to take things much further if you don't get activated).
Yep, I agree with most of what you said. My main PC is a dual boot Vista/XP that stays in XP about 99.9% of the time as I can't stand the Vista restrictions. However, I have been running the W7 beta on it via VirtualBox - which is also running various versions of Linux and W95/98/2000 - and W7 does seem like a large improvement over Vista and I'm definitely not an MS fanboi - I'm a web developer who regularly curses IE (*ALL* versions including the supposedly web-standards compatible version 8) and uses Gentoo Linux for my test web servers.
If your requirements aren't too huge then give PlugSocket a go (www.plugsocket.com) - I've been using them for years for both myself and my customers - probably the biggest site that I've done is www.panoramicearth.com and that seems to run fine (it used to be on FarceHosts until they screwed things up). PlugSocket have technical people who know what they're talking about, they respond quickly to the few problems I've encountered and are always helpful.
Great stuff, Guy!
Back in the late 1980's I used Compunet. Another user on that system, John Marchant, who went by the name of Gnome, had uploaded the extremely fascinating story of his life with old computers including the Elliot 803 and Molecular 18 Mini-computer before he ended up using Commodore 8-bit computers like the PET. I kept a copy of his story and in 2004 managed to contact him. He gave permission for me to upload his story to my own web site but then his email address stopped working so I lost contact. If anyone out there knows if he is still around then please contact me.
His story is here:
But have they fixed RPM hell yet?
I tried Fedora a couple of years ago. Installed most things I wanted to try and then ran the update to get the latest versions. Then I tried installing a couple of extra things from the CD (Apache and PHP if memory serves). These refused to install, requiring specific library versions that had been updated out of existence in the previously mentioned update. I gave up and decided to avoid all RPM-based distros ever since as their* more trouble than there* worth (also had a similar problem with Mandriva around the same time).
Debian-based systems have been able to handle this sort of thing properly for years - can anyone tell me if RedHat have fixed it yet? If so, I may give it another try.
* Yes, I know both of these should be "they're" - it just seems to be standard practise to always use the wrong one around here ;-)
"According to Osterman, it's the Windows 7 feature teams are calling the shots on cutting features with management "standing behind them." "In Vista it would have been much harder to convince senior management to abandon features," Osterman reckoned."
So, after they cut out all the features they can't finish in time to hit the release date, what's the betting that W7's main features over Vista will end up being:
1) Replaced all ocurrences of "Vista" with "Windows 7"
2) Upped the kernel version number from 6.0 to 6.1
3) Erm.... that's it - now pay up please for your shiny new OS.
I nearly sprayed half-chewed prawn sandwich over my monitor when I saw that headline!
Not sure about now but in the past their code creation abilities were far from ideal - read the book "Barbarians Led by Bill Gates" by Jennifer Edstrom and Marlin Eller for more on that.
Re: latest version of its Firefox browser
Nope, because Firefox can display www.panoramicearth.com just fine whilst IE8 beta 2 screws up the Google Map zoom control (and probably other things as well) while FF3 have no problems. Mind you, IE8b1 put the entire Google map in the wrong place on the screen - blimey, even IE6 (heap of shit that it is) gets that right!
And before anyone asks, yeah, I've submitted the error to MS.
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Well, I think the downloads have started - must be cos, at this moment (18:08 BST), it's totally impossible to get to either mozilla.com or spreadfirefox.com. What's the betting the only record broken here will be that this becomes the biggest Denial Of Service "attack" ever mounted ;-)
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