Posts Tagged: Microsoft

End of IE6 – Why?

There are several reasons that many giant websites are ending support for IE6:

  • IE6 is less secure. Multiple security vulnerabilities in IE6 have been exploited over the years.  The most recent attacks against Google, Yahoo, and other companies specifically targeted vulnerabilities easily accessible in IE6 but much more difficult to exploit in IE7 and IE8—leading the Microsoft Security Response Center to recommend that users of IE6 upgrade to a newer version of Internet Explorer.
  • IE6 is slow. Of all of the supported browsers, IE6 provides the slowest and least rewarding user experience for customers.
  • IE6 is a “last generation” browser. IE6 was first released in August 2001.  As an obsolete, non-standard platform, IE6 is a difficult browser on which to develop and support the rich internet applications customers have come to expect.

Slate Comparision : iPad vs. HP Slate vs. JooJoo vs. Android Tablet vs. …

Everybody’s talking about tablets, especially those single-pane capacitive touchscreen ones more specifically known as “slates.” The iPad is the biggest newsmaker, but there are lots headed our way (most with built-in webcams). Here’s how they measure up, spec-wise:

Slate Comaprision

The iPad has the most storage, cheap 3G, the time-tested iPhone OS and its mountain of apps, and a serious amount of Apple marketing juice behind it. But it’s also famously lacking features common to the other tablets, such as webcam and multitasking (only first party apps like music and email can multitask). The Notion Ink Adam is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, with its dual-function transflective screen from Pixel Qi: It can be either a normal LCD or, with the flick of a switch, an easy-on-the-eyes reflective LCD that resembles e-ink. Its hardware is also surprisingly impressive—but it remains to be seen if Android is really the right OS for a 10-inch tablet.

Source : gizmodo.com

How do I escape ampersands in batch files?

Q: How do I escape ampersands in a batch file (or from the Windows command line) in order to use the start command to open web pages with ampersands in the URL? Double quotes will not work with start; this starts a new command line window instead.

  1. ‘&’ is used to separate commands therefore you can use ^ to escape the ‘&’
  2. Note that you need to supply a dummy first argument in this case, as start will treat the first argument as a title for the new console windows, if it is quoted. So the following should work (and does here):
start "" "http://www.google.com/search?client=opera&rls=en

Also note,if there are URL encoded characters (e.g. space is encoded as %20) in the URL and it is in a batch file then ‘%’ must be encoded as ‘%%’. This is not the case in the example.

Source : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1327431/how-do-i-escape-ampersands-in-batch-files

Microsoft Office 2010, The Movie

Yes, Microsoft has a promo video for Microsoft Office 2010, and RWW posted it.

I suggest you a take a look-see. After watching it, the only thing we’re wondering is exactly who managed to sneak a link to the trailer in to the Office 2010 Wikipedia article.



SlideShare Presents Your Newest Social App: PowerPoint

SlideShareSlideShare is the most popular social site for presentations on the Web. Microsoft PowerPoint – despite its detractors – remains the most popular presentation software around. What if those two had the power to work together? What if sharing new PowerPoint presentations was as easy as clicking a button?

Now, it can be. Today, SlideShare is introducing the “SlideShare Ribbon” an add-in that makes the sharing and social features of SlideShare accessible without even leaving PowerPoint.

imgSlideShareRibbon.jpg

Using the SlideShare Ribbon, users gain the ability to share presentations from within PowerPoint, update existing presentations with new content, search existing SlideShare presentations for examples, download SlideShare content for remixing, and view presentations from contacts and groups. User can also check their SlideShare statistics from within PowerPoint.

In short, SlideShare makes PowerPoint social.

That’s what makes this release so interesting. SlideShare has taken the opportunity to move beyond browser development – the traditional home of social features – to work on a different piece of desktop software. And in PowerPoint, SlideShare has chosen an app that, by and large, has not been seen as a venue for social behavior, at all.

The idea of using PowerPoint to access Web resources isn’t earth shattering. Microsoft has provided the ability to dynamically download PowerPoint clip art for quite some time. But that has always been within the realm of delivering Microsoft content to the user. This is the first time that those types of Web-based interactions have taken on more of a social-networking context – by delivering and sharing content from a variety of users. And that suddenly casts all desktop software in a new light – no matter how “unsocial” a particular app may seem.

No doubt this is just the first of many such add-ins that will imbue our most used applications with social features. And that will make even the most tedious of applications increasingly valuable to us.

To install the SlideShare Ribbon, you’ll need to PowerPoint 2007, Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

Embedding IE in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox

IE Tab – an extension from Taiwan, features: Embedding Internet Explorer in tabs of Mozilla/Firefox…

This is a great tool for web developers, since you can easily see how your web page displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.

Install the add-on @ Mozilla.org

If you need some instructions.
Please visit our official website on http://ietab.mozdev.org

If Restaurants Functioned Like Microsoft

Patron: Waiter!
Waiter: Hi, my name is Bill, and I’ll be your Support. What seems to be the problem?
Patron: There’s a fly in my soup!
Waiter: Try again; maybe the fly won’t be there this time.
Patron: No, it’s still there.
Waiter: Maybe it’s the way you’re using the soup. Try eating it with a spoon instead.
Patron: Even when I use the spoon, the fly is still there.
Waiter: Maybe the soup is incompatible with the bowl. What kind of bowl are you using?
Patron: A SOUP bowl!
Waiter: Hmmm, that should work. Maybe it’s a configuration problem. How was the bowl set up?
Patron: You brought it to me on a saucer. What has that to do with the fly in my soup?!
Waiter: Can you remember everything you did before you noticed the fly in your soup?
Patron: I sat down and ordered the Soup of the Day!
Waiter: Have you considered upgrading to the latest Soup of the Day?
Patron: You have more than one Soup of the Day each day??
Waiter: Yes, the Soup of the Day is changed every hour.
Patron: Well, what is the Soup of the Day now?
Waiter: The current Soup of the Day is tomato.
Patron: Fine. Bring me the tomato soup, and the check. I’m running late now.
[waiter leaves and returns with another bowl of soup and the check]
Waiter: Here you are, Sir. The soup and your check.
Patron: This is potato soup.
Waiter: Yes, the tomato soup wasn’t ready yet.
Patron: Well, I’m so hungry now, I’ll eat anything.
[waiter leaves.]
Patron: Waiter! There’s a gnat in my soup!
The check:
Soup of the Day . . . . . . . $5.00
Upgrade to newer Soup of the Day. . $2.50
Access to support . . . . . . $1.00

Bill Gates’ 11 rules

Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Bill Gate’s Rules

Bill Gates gave a speech at a high school about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school.

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Microsoft unveils table computer – Microsoft Surface

Microsoft has unveiled a new touch-sensitive coffee table-shaped computer called “Surface”.

Experience it……..
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/

  • Designed to do away with the need for a traditional mouse and keyboard, users can instead use their fingers to operate the computer.
  • Also designed to interact with mobile phones placed on the surface, Microsoft says it will initially sell the unit to corporate customers.
  • These will include hotels, casinos, phone stores and restaurants.
  • So-called “multi-touch” interfaces – which allow the user to “gesture” with several fingers at once to manipulate data, rather than relying on a mouse and menus – have been making waves in tech circles for some time.
  • With a 30-inch screen, Surface will initially sell for between $5,000 and $10,000 (£2,525-£5,050).
  • However, Microsoft said it aimed to produce cheaper versions for homes within three to five years.
  • We see this as a multibillion dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror, said Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft has had a mixed record recently with new consumer products.