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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Google thinks that every site may harm my computer

Few minutes ago I was searching something on the web, and suddenly Google results are a list of page with the advice that every single site may harm my pc.

Seems that someone* trying to update the servers at Google did some mistakes while he was live-patching the memory of the whole Google infrastructure. Please fix that as soon as possible!

To get it work in the while they fix this problem you should use Scroogle, a Google proxy.

*Thank you for the easiest exam of the history of our university


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Windows 7: battery management

Many people, and also I, attended Windows 7 because Microsoft promised very good usability also with netbook. In my opinion, a lot of user expectations are realized by last public beta of Windows 7, but THIS IS ONLY A BETA VERSION and many work will do before the final version.

I’m trying Windows 7 on my EeePc 1000H and a good surprise of new OS is the battery management. Before of Windows 7 I used Windows Xp on my netbook and the best work-time was 5h and 5 min. With the new OS,  it increases to 6h and 51 min. 2

These times (on Xp and on Windows 7) are obtained by this setting:

  • Minimal brightness
  • Wireless off
  • Bluetooth off
  • 10 minutes after start
  • Windows setting: power saver

The power saver setting disables Aero, if you enable it the time is not very different: 5h and 50 min.


Naturally this times decrease with a intensive work, however, they are very interesting: in fact the normal activity on this kind of pc is read or write a text file. One supplementary battery’s hour is very useful specially on travel when is not possible recharge the battery.

Read  also other posts that talk about Windows 7.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

Emule/Adunanza Problem: firewall configuration on Windows7

Hi, many people in this days are trying Windows 7 and many have some problem with Emule (Adunanza) or others file-sharing programs.

This problem, actually, is only a wrong firewall configuration. In fact, when Windows creates automatically the settings, it creates only outbound rules.

I recommend to create manual rules follow this method:

  1. start –> write “firewall” in search bar –> open first program in list1
  2. Click on “Inbound Rules”(on left) and then on “New Rule…”(on right)2
  3. Select “Port” –> next
  4. Select “TCP” and insert TCP port of Emule –> next. Default port is 4662, but I recommend to use different port, for example 4668.
  5. Select “Allow the connection” –> next
  6. Select “Domain”, “Private”, “Public” –> next
  7. Insert the name of new rule (ex. Emule TCP in) –> click finish                             345
  8. Repeat operations 2. and 3.
  9. Select UDP and insert UDP port of Emule –> next. Default port is 4672, but I recommend to use different port, for example 4678.
  10. Repeat operations 5. 6. 7.
  11. Click on “Outbound Rules”(on left) and then on “New Rule…”(on right)
  12. Repeat operation from 2. to 10.
  13. Now Windows firewall is set and now you can use Emule, but first I recommend to check the connection setting of emule:

    1. Open Emule
    2. Options –> Connection
    3. Insert TCP port and UDP port used on the rules
    4. Ok

    This method can be used also with other file sharing program like uTorrent, WinMX, DC++, Kazaa. If you want help or if you want give a piece of advice, give a comment.



Taskbar versus Dock, are they really the same thing?!

Today I won’t write anything about my experience using Windows 7 Beta 1 on my MacBook cause it goes to well and there are no problems to report.

Today I’m posting a link to a wonderful article I read in which the author talk about Windows’s taskbar, Windows 7’s “superbar” and Mac OS X’s dock. I couldn’t be that much clear to expose the exact same idea and to prove that the brand new Windows 7’s “superbar” isn’t a copy of Mac OS X’s dock.

Paradigms lost: The Windows 7 Taskbar versus the OS X Dock

See you!


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Megavideo UNLIMITED: how bypass 72 minutes time limit

[UPDATE: 19 April 2009] Check this new post to read the latest Megavideo tricks.

[UPDATE: 19 September 2009] Check this new post to read the latest Megavideo tricks.

Today I talk about a fantastic video streaming site: Megavideo.

Megavideo, for all people that unknown it, is a site similar to YouTube, but here is possible find series (Dr. House, Desperate Housewives, Heroes, Dexter, …), movies, cartoon…

Megavideo, however, have a problem: recently it introduce a time limit. You can watch videos for 72 minutes, but then you must attend 52 minutes before watch other videos.

Fortunately, there are two methods to bypass this limit.

  1. Change your IP (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ip), if you use Firefox (it’s very similar also with other browser):
  • File –> Tools –> Clear private data (or Ctrl+Shift+Canc)
  • Select this box:


  • Switch off your modem or router (this is a brutal method, but it is rapid)
  • Wait one minute
  • Switch on your modem

This method is very rapid, but some time is not possible because you can’t switch off your modem (you download big file from other programs :) ) or because you have a static IP given by your provider ( Fasteweb ). Fortunately, there is another method.

2. Work offline:

  • Open your video and click on pause.
  • Wait that ALL video is loaded
  • File –> Work offline
  • Watch your video
  • File –> Work offline
  • Select another video

Now you can see all videos without time limit.

This is a video-help:

Good vision.



Update: se also how download videos from Megavideo


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

EeePC T91 and T101H. Netbook with touch: a must have

It looks like a Mac clone but has much more to offer. For example a touch-screen or a little display that makes it easier to keep always with you. It is surely more comfortable to keep than a 17’’ monolith with half a day battery life.

Unfortunately so far I can only show you a video found on youtube… I’d really like to do myself a video showing you me playing with that toy, but actually I am not an owner of the new eeePc.

Going a little more technical I found some good points and some things that are going to turn my thumbs down, but I think are fixable :-)

The good:

  • It is touch-screen.
  • It is little, so I can take it always with me. Both the T91 and the T101H will fit comfortably on everyone bag.

The bad:

  • It ships with Windows XP, but I am sure that we will see soon a Windows 7 version. I think they can’t ship with a beta operating system.
  • It will released later this year. I want it NOW.
  • There are no details on the price. I hope it will be affordable.

My rating (so far): BUY. These tablets seem really good products and if I would be able to get them now I would surely have made my order yet.

More info here.


Monday, January 19, 2009

How to get free Windows Live Messenger emoticons

253423774_2e6f982f3e_m Today a cousin of mine asked me where to download Windows Live Messenger emoticons. Since I don’t like to have a Christmas tree on my desktop every time I start a conversation with someone I try to avoid using a lot of emoticons, so I had to do some research in order to tell him where to find what he were looking for, without having troubles visiting an unsafe site.

If used with moderation (It’s easy after all) an emoticon is really able to add meaning and fun to simple words, so why don’t keep full advantage of that and use the best emoticon on the web?

I think that the best choice is to steal emoticons from your contacts, adding the one you like when you see it appearing in a conversation. It’s easy, quick and leads to a common emoticon meaning.

However if you can’t wait for your friends and you want to have some links full of emoticons I listed below the sites that my cousin liked more.

Live Gallery

Emoticon pack from Microsoft (Hosted by Softpedia)


Add emoticons

Messenger freak


  • All you have to do is to download the image you like (Click on it with the right button of the mouse and choose to save it)
  • select Tools form the menu that appears when you press ALT on your keyboard
  • choose emoticons from the menu
  • click on create
  • find the image you downloaded at the beginning
  • Don’t forget to choose an uncommon world (A good choice should be adding a character like * or \ at the beginning of the world) to associate with the emoticon. That is going to help you having a clean conversation, avoiding the insertion of inappropriate emoticon, just because you typed a world.
  • Choose a name for the emoticon. Here you can add whatever you like

If you like to see your favorite site about Windows Live Messenger emoticons added to the list you just have to write a comment to this post.


Saturday, January 17, 2009

Windows 7 and Apple’s Boot Camp drivers

In my last post I talked about my experience natively installing the brand new Windows 7 Beta 1 32-bit on my MacBook and I promised I’d talk about Apple’s Boot Camp drivers installation in a later post.

So, here we are. Few minutes ago I inserted my Mac OS X 10.5 DVD into the DVD-RW drive and started the installation. The installation lasted only few minutes (less than it usually lasts on Windows Vista I think) and after the reboot the operating system works perfectly. The installation of these drivers allow me to change the screen brightness, audio volume (audio which now works correctly) using function keys and enable the full functionalities of the touchpad. 

Apple Software Update also retrieved some updates and then asked me to install QuickTime, iTunes and Bonjour (I know wisher is going to hate me since I answered yes to that question). I’m impressed from the speed of installation of QuickTime and iTunes, in the past they were a pain.

My MacBook with Windows 7 Beta 1 32-bit works now perfectly and I’m pretty happy about the actual operating system. I’ll make some other posts if I encounter problems or particular situations.

Performance Information and Tools

See you!


Seems that Linux is not good for education

Before you start reading please, note that this post could be a little ironic.

After this premise, let’s starts with the facts, we have a video contribute, thanks to Geeks are Sexy

The poor girl, like the other girl in the girlfriend test, could not get things working. You should agree with me that this is a very important point, if the user is not able to do something their pc are going to be just expensive piece of waste.

That story obviously got reactions form the Linux world, but basically the conclusion is always the same: geeks are telling you Linux is easy to work with, noobs trust them and try Linux and a few days later they ask for a Windows operating system, the only they are able to deal with.

That’s why this year will not be the year of Linux.


Friday, January 16, 2009

Developers, developers, developers: lessons learned in Software Engineering

job_advertisement For my Software Engineering 2 class I had to work on a distributed  software engineering project. It was quite a failure, and now I’m telling why just to make you know what not to do when developing something.

First of all, don’t make the same mistake I did. If your professor is the best and your classmates are good this is not meaning that also people form other university you will have to work with are as good as them. Remember this, is important.


Oh my God, I’m yet talking about tools. First of all, if someone invented a modern, fully supported and working flawless language why are we forced to use something that is both old and ignored by almost everyone who is not living in Zurich?

I don’t think that the fact that such a language was developed by the professor that is organizing the course in one of the other university is a valuable answer.

When I was told to use that language I first thought “Oh no, I want Java”. Then I resigned myself and I hoped that at least the environment should have been good. It was a mistake, a damn mistake. But I spent too sweet words on that in a previous post.

Lesson number one: without the right tools (Read Java or .Net with a truly supported language) your project is going to fail. No chance of success is left to your luck. Keep this in mind.


Distributed development implies communication. I thought that is was clear to everybody, but someone from far far away thinks that knowing only its own language could have been useful on a worldwide project. Sounds crazy, isn’t it?

When I managed to get group-mates knowing English (It was quite hard) the next big issues were meetings. Why aren’t you attending meetings? Why are you not doing what we decided in that fucking meetings? You were so lucky that I could not fire you.

Lesson number two: choose carefully group-mates and be sure to be able to fire them and replace with someone that actually works.


When it is about taking decision nothing is sucking more than democracy. Do I have to tell that the same guys that were attending meeting in their own way when had to decide something always raised their hands for the worst solution?

Lesson number three: make sure that you are the designer and other are only coders. This is the only way to make them suck a bit less.

Is it clear now what happens when you try to distribute software engineering? No matters if you are using a old-fashioned software development methodology or you are going Agile. If you aren’t following my suggestion you will have to learn by yourself the lessons, sentencing your project to death. And I’m sure you would like to do everything but that. Otherwise you will only get an EPIC FAIL.

If you want the names of some of the characters of this tragedy ask in the comments. If I think that is worth something telling you I will tell you.

After all I am graded (And that is why I’m publishing this post now and not weeks ago when I wrote it ) and I don’t want to have contact any more with the others.


Windows 7 natively installed on my Mac

Since the first day Microsoft publicly released Windows 7 Beta 1 I've started playing with the new operating system.

Although I was convinced to try the 64-bit version I downloaded both Windows 7 Beta 1 32-bit and 64-bit. First of all I created a virtual machine hosted by VMware Fusion (which is my favorite virtualizer for Mac OS X) with two 2.0 GHz virtual cores, 1 GB of main memory and 64 GB of hard drive.
I was truly amazed due to performances which were better than what I experienced with the same virtual machine equipped with Windows Vista SP1 32-bit. After the installation of VMware Tools the configuration was completed. Unfortunately the use of a virtual machine prevents me to try some useful improvements to Aero (my Intel GMA 950 isn't sufficient in a virtual environment) and to completely try some interesting new feature such as HomeGroup.

I had come to the decision to uninstall the useless native Windows XP SP3 installation (sorry tciddaniw we can't play GP4 together any more) and to substitute it with a native Windows 7 Beta 1 installation. Following Apple's guidelines I erased and created a free partition with Boot Camp Assistant and after the insertion of Windows 7 Beta 1 64-bit DVD my Mac restarted. And here we are with the first problem... this isn't the first version of Windows 64-bit I tried to install on my Mac, I tried Windows Vista 64-bit too and it works well (although my Mac doesn't support Windows 64-bit according to Apple). So, which is the problem? The problem is none other then EFI. Windows Vista SP1 64-bit and consequently Windows 7 Beta 1 64-bit introduces full support to UEFI (un update of EFI 1.1 used by Macs) so my Mac stoped asking me which boot method I prefer, UEFI or BIOS (which capabilities are emulated by EFI on Macs); as expected the keyboard wasn't working (this is a problem I already encountered few times) so the installation couldn't precede.

I didn't have the time to play around and to find a solution to this problem so I inserted Windows 7 Beta 32-bit DVD (which doesn't support UEFI) and stated a new installation that worked fine. Windows 7 Beta 1 32-bit was installed in 23 minutes. During the first configuration before making the login my WiFi network was found and both standard sharing and HomeGroup sharing were configured in an instant. Few seconds after the first login Windows Update informed me that 2 new updates were available and in addition 1 updated driver was found (the wired-network card device driver).

The configuration of the operating system is as always simple (I think I know Windows very well) but the Control Panel is always that much "big", only Windows Search permits me to find what I want in an instant; I think it needs a deep revision (I like Mac OS X's System Preferences pane). Talking about new features, I liked playing with the brand new taskbar, which is indeed similar to the dock - I have to admit it - but it introduces an interesting method to switch between applications and windows (surelly applications need to be modified in other to take advantage of this new way to operate - for example, Internet Explorer 8 Beta permits to switch between tabs even from the taskbar, Firefox 3.1 Beta doesn't). Moreover I found useful both Aero Peek and the gestures to manage windows' dimensions and pinning (I love them). I downloaded the Live Suite to try the integration between Live Messenger and jump lists; it's already good but a found a glitch with Flip3D integration, my Live Messenger pictures is shown in Flip3D even if Live Messenger window is closed, that's a bug that needs to be corrected (why can I switch to an window that doesn't exist?). The renewed management of widgets, ops... gadgets, is interesting; no more sidebar (I'm happy) and an invisible grid to ping gadgets, I miss it on my Dashboard on Mac OS X.

So, I've come to a conclusion. I like Windows and I think about Windows Vista as an improvements over Windows XP so Windows 7 is indeed another step further. Windows 7 is faster, simpler and more beautiful than its predecessors, I think I'll it a lot and come back to Windows after using Mac OS X won't be a problem after all. Next step, installing Boot Camp driver to make keyboard and touchpad more usable and to enable BT (I like my new BT full-size mouse).

See you!


How to: print to Pdf on Windows 7

Many time, print a document on pdf format is very useful. There are many program that convert document on pdf, but I prefer to use a PDFprinter.

A PDFprinter is a virtual printer that instead prints to paper, prints on a file in pdf format. A PDFprinter is very easy to use because it's like a normal printer: you click on file menu and than click on print, when you must select the printer select the PDFprinter. Another good motivation to use a PDFprinter (in my opinion the best benefit) is that you can use PDFprinter with all original formats and all programs.

In the years, I tried many PDFprinters and I chose CutePDF because is free, easy but with useful options. CutePDF works perfectly also on Windows 7, another good reason to use it. You must install only  those two file  (1, 2) and after few minutes you can save on PDF all files that you want. In the preference of printers (can you see from all programs), is possible set pdf quality and other normal options of a normal printer.


If you have same other PDFprinter with more options or other features write a comment and I’ll test it on Windows 7. 


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

When the OS war turn into a religious war

The release of Windows 7 should have woke up something in the Linux talibans who are starting turning the nerdish operating system war in a religious war.

In their opinion Linux and free software are the only way. That isn’t necessarily bad, while they are playing with their pc. The bad things is that they are fudding, and that are also considering ethical spreading incorrect facts, just to hit Microsoft (but I don’t think they are hurting so much since their market share is just a little more than the 1%) .

What is really sad is seeing a part (I hope that this is a little part) of a community live and work not to become better but to fight the enemy. Please try to read this post by Stephen Chapman and work on the points he highlighted.

When the work is done you can bash whatever you want, I promise I won’t come back annoying you. However you might agree that complaining with Miguel de Icaza just because he is actually doing the work for you is not a much clever behavior.

Where are Apple guys in this fight? Without them is just half the fun. The iReligion is more fun than the Linux religion, and also the iUser are more used to the battles. At least they have a reality distortion field.


Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Is Linux really better than Windows 7?

Looking at the referrals to Mac vs. PC I found this post on why Linux (what version?!?!) is far superior to Windows 7.

I write this response just to show why what a Linux fan boy says is not to be trusted. I am not meaning that Linux is crappy or that it is not working, just that the reasons that the average Linux user will use to convince you are wrong, terribly wrong.

Power Shell vs. *nix shell: I don’t really think that shell is the real tool for an administrator, even if I have to admit that in some cases it is more powerful than a graphical tool. However this is not the point. Power shell is a object-oriented shell and this is enough to declare it the winner in the shell’s battle. I am sorry if you like do black magic to deal with strings but a character based shell is old, nothing else.

Windows setup vs. Linux package manager: the idea of the package manager is surely cleaner but when did you saw a Windows user become mad because of some wrong dependencies? In Windows setups takes care to provide the required things to do the job, so there is no real advantage using a package manager. And all the application you mentioned are available also on Windows without a very little effort. Can you say the same about professional applications?

Crash on a virtual machine: wow that’s cool. A crash of a beta operating system on a virtual machine (that in the past made mess with every OS had to run). It is definitely a reason to install Linux.

The aquarium: I am still thinking what is its use. Or is it simply useless? And My eyes saw both Vista and Seven run on a exec, is it too powerful?

WGA: it is a commercial product, don’t you want to be a pirate, right? If you don’t want to pay get free software, but not cry if WGA stops you using something you pirated.

UAC: are you running as root on you Linux-box or are you using something like su or sudo?

The register: you said you are cleaning your register, isn’t that doing more harm than the good things you would get?


Mount ISO image on Windows 7

In this days I’m trying Windows 7 (read other posts) on my EeePc and mount a ISO image is fundamental on a pc without DVD-driver.

Normally I used Virtual CloneDriver, but it causes some problems. Virtual Clone CD work on Windows 7, but after that you sleep or hibernate pc, you can’t navigate on your folder. For example if you wont open a file from a program and file isn’t in the default folder, when you try to change folder the window becomes pearl grey and is impossible select any files.

After Virtual CloneDriver, I tried Daemon Tool. It’s possible install this program correctly, but when you mount a ISO image windows crashes (BSoD).

Now I’m trying PowerISO and, for now, I’m having any problem.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------- UPDATE: I tried other tools linked in comment, and this is the result:
  • Pismo File Mount: it isn't a true virtual driver, but open ISO image like folder. However, it's a nice program and works on Windows 7, but it mount only ISO image (and not all).
  • Magic Disc: it is a free program and read most diffused DVD image format(ISO, NGR,...). Personally, I had some problem of stability after that I installed it, probably because of incompatibility with some programs.
For now, I still prefer PowerISO, it is only freeware program, but it mont many formats and it's only program full conpatibility with Windows 7. If you have some problems or use other programs, write a comment or contact me. Technorati Tags: ,,,,,,,,


Monday, January 12, 2009

Why love new Windows 7: Taskbar (SuperBar)


I start this sequence of posts talking about new taskbar.

Probably it is most publicized news of Windows 7, but certainly it’s first  thing that any users love when try it.

This is new taskbar:capture1


The new look is very nice and also very functional: with old task bar, roll around that users open many programs and many windows (in this time I have 5 program each with 4-5 windows) and  find quickly a window is not  easy, but new taskbar change it.

Find a windows it very easy and very fast: all windows are grouped by program file and when go on icon, taskbar shows a preview of window.


Other important feature is the frequent opening list: if you do right-click on a icon of taskbar, it shows the list of more opening file from that program. For example, if I do right-click on Window Explorer icon, taskbar shows more opening folder.


The taskbar revision modifies also (finally) the tray bar: now it’s possible customize it with few click. If you click on arrow and then on customize, you  can select behavior icons:

  • show icon and notifications
  • hide icon and notifications
  • only show notifications


In tray bar, we can try also new network icon: now when you click  on network icon, taskbar shows directly available wireless connections.

On right of clock, there is a new button that show a preview of desktop if you pass over it or show desktop if you click it.


Finally a useful option, specially for small monitor, is  the possibility to chose small icon:

  1. right-click on empty point
  2. click on  proprieties
  3. select “use small icon”

This is the result:


If you have other features of new taskbar comment this post.

In the next  post, I show other interesting news of Windows 7 and  also first bugs.



Sunday, January 11, 2009

Why love new Windows 7

I’m trying Windows 7 on my EeePc and in the next posts I’m going to show more useful news that certainly users will love.

In the post I’m going to show also some bugs of this beta.

If I make you curious, while you wait next posts, you read our old posts and subscribe to feeds.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

First Windows 7 impressions

Windows 7 beta and the serials are out! Here you can find the first impressions (and the first crash!) of the new operating system.


Friday, January 9, 2009

Install Windows 7 by USB Pen Driver

This method is perfect to install it on pc without DVD driver


today will be possible  download Windows 7 from this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/.

I and many other people in the world are trying this new OS also in pc without DVD driver such as new netbook (Eeepc, AspireOne, MSI,… ).

A possible method to install Windows 7 on this pc is use a USB pen Driver.


  1. USB pen driver (min. 4GB)
  2. Windows 7 ISO image (from here)

How do:

  1. Format USB pen driver: Computer –> Right-click on USB pen driver-> Select NTFS –> Start
  2. Mount ISO image by a virtual driver tool (I use this)
  3. Open command line as administrator: Start-> Write cmd –> Right-click on cmd icon –> Select “run as administrator
  4. Write this commands (press enter after any commands):
    • diskpart
    • list volume
    • select volume X (X is number of your USB pen driver)
    • active
    • exit
    • H: (H is letter of your virtual driver)
    • cd boot
    • bootsect /nt60 X: (X is number of your USB pen driver)
  5. Copy all file from ISO image to your USB Pen Driver
  6. Insert USB Pen Driver on your netbook
  7. Restart netbook and go to BIOS setting (F2 for Eeepc, F12 for AspireOne)
  8. Select as first driver your USB pen driver and save&exit

Now you can start installation on your like if you use a normal DVD.

Goodbye and good Windows 7.

For suggestions write a comment.


Windows 7 beta out at 12:00 PST

Hi everybody waiting for the Windows 7 beta release to non MSND or Technet subscribers. Last rumors are telling that the download will be available form the noon at Redmond.

That means that Windows 7 users form United States have to have a late lunch, users form Europe have to eat their dinner quickly and users form the east have to wake up if they want to be one of the 2.5 Millions testers.

What to do to get the key and the ISO?

Simply go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/ and follow the link that will appear.

To help you I am providing a useful time converter, to be sure to check at the right time.

While you are waiting for the download time why don’t you read our other posts?


A truly innovative laptop!

MSI has just introduced a new laptop computer called X-Slim X320. Its design its tremendously similar to the MacBook Air, look at the picture taken by SlashGear! And the slogan is (I'm not joking) "Innovation with style"! But looking deeply many differences arise:

  • no glass / multitouch / no-button trackpad
  • no aluminum, no unibody
  • MSI is slightly thicker
  • MSI features a higher resolution display
  • MSI features only a Intel X-Slim Merom processor
  • MSI is cheaper
As you can seem these two computers are quite different "inside" even though the design is nearly identical.


Friday, January 2, 2009

Dear Windows XP user, change your mind or stay stunned

win7_for_xp_user_01 This morning I found this Ed Bott post about the reason an XP user is not going to like Windows 7, as he is not liking Windows Vista.

He points out that the XP users are seeing user interface changes only in the sake of change. Of course they are not thinking to change their mind and I don’t think that such thing will be even possible knowing how closed is the mind of the Vista haters.

I’d like to see them try to use the system forgetting how they where working on Windows XP. I am sure it is not too difficult, I know it will produce a gain in the usability of the system. But they consider themselves power user, while actually they are only half-a-step away form a lamer in the ranking of the most useless people in technology. (Sorry, my dear lamer if I used you in this comparison but you are actually the right person for that)

I am not telling you that someone used to something at the beginning won’t be disappointed by a change of perspective, but why such people are using a PC when they once learned how to use a pencil and a piece of paper? Please go back using this old way of working, trust me, is better for everyone and nobody will hurt (And also the internet will be a better place).

However in his brilliant post Ed Bott has a clue also for who is still missing the old-fashioned, crappy and unfriendly way of working. They can degrade customize their system and get whatever they want, even if it doesn’t makes any sense.

The sad thing is that the only operating system a XP user can stand to use is Windows XP. No chance to change, they are used to it and trying to tell them to do thing in a different way (No matter if easier or more powerful) is something like killing them. Since XP users are proving such a closed mind I can’t tell them to get a Mac nor to become a Linux user. So bad news are not only for Microsoft, but also for the other software house and even for the open source community.


Have a nice 2009


Thursday, January 1, 2009

Microsoft Zune reinvents the Millennium Bug

There are many people that strongly believe that the Zune is a valid substitute for the iPod; unfortunately some of its defects are convincing me that Microsoft clearly isn't putting much energy into its product. After cracking screens and a seriously injured customer it is now time for a "new Millenium Bug": every single Zune on earth has frozen because of a bug in the way the Zune handles leap years. Luckly this time no one was injured! But I still can't stop thinking about what the next bug will be.


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