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Microsoft

Hold The Line

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About a year ago, I geeked out on mobile phones and bought an O2 XDAII. It was a thing of beauty – a large touch screen and countless useful features that essentially made it a small computer. “Now I don’t have to spend hours in front of the computer!” I announced to Michelle’s obvious glee. Add to that the fact that a friend’s boyfriend had got me a Friends and Family discount for life, and I was a happy bunny. I remember picking it up in Slough, sitting in a lay-by, firing it up for the first time and phoning Michelle, unable to hide my glee.
Times have moved on, of course. The initial glee has given way to slight inconveniences. For example, when I go out on the town, where should I put it? It fills an entire jeans pocket, and if you accidently drop the thing in a drunken haze it’ll no doubt reward you by springing into a thousand pieces. Add to that the constant crashing (it’s a Microsoft system, you know what they’re like), and the fact that loading applications onto it usually caused something else equally useful to stop working and the joy has faded. So, three months ago, my eyes rested pleasingly on the new Nokia 6680. Techy advances mean that it can do almost everything my XDAII can do, but without looking as though you’ve got a laptop stuck to your ear. My recent trip to a conference in London had only whetted my appetite further – the Nokia representative there had one, and was salivating almost as much as I was.
So, naturally, I phone O2 on the day the phone is launched. “I’m afraid, sir, that the phone has been delayed a week. Phone back next week.” So I did. “I’m afraid, sir, that the phone has been put back another week. Sorry. Try phoning next Monday.” So – again – I did. And I think you may be able to notice a pattern here. In fact, for the next 14 weeks they advised me to phone back the following week, and I had no option. I was aware that there was a huge demand for the phone and if I missed the boat by even a day they would be sold out. Finally, yesterday, £9.52 later – I’ve worked out the exact figure for a nice little complaint letter I’m drawing up – I was allowed to order it.
It’s taken 14 phone calls, around an hour of waiting on hold and countless swear words, but it’s arriving tomorrow. The little bugger better be worth it.

Windows source code leaked

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Windows source code (the copyrighted stuff behind all Microsoft software) has been leaked, according to the BBC. Hoax? Nope – to the delight of any geeks around here, here’s the proof in popup image form…

Windows 2005 on sale…

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Microsoft suffers key software loss – Pirated copies of the next Windows operating system – slated for 2005, is already on sale for around ?1.50. That’s over a year before it’s meant to be finished…

The dangers of blogging

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You may think we bloggers have an easy life. We post, you read, you comment. Repeat. But we tread dangerous ground to bring you these posts. Take poor old Michael Hanscom. He delivered some Mac computers to Microsoft headquarters, noted the irony, took a picture, posted it on his site, and promptly got sacked, as he explains here.
Honestly, the sacrifices we make…

MSBlast – the Wibbler Survival Guide

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Right, that’s it. After helping 5 people (and my entire office) clear the MSBlast virus off their computers in the last 4 days, I thought I’d post what to do. Then I can lazily waft the next enquiry to this post.
So here goes.
MSBlast – The Wibbler Survival Guide
(here’s the virus lowdown)
1. Deactivate your System Restore if you have Windows XP.
2. Download to disk the “fixblast.exe” file from Symantec.
3. Run fixblast.exe.
4. Download relevant Microsoft patch, so it doesn’t happen again: for Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003.
5. Reactivate System Restore

Google Usenet Timeline

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A look back in web history for those vague geeks among us – 20 Year Archive of newsgroups – show the first mention ever of Madonna, Microsoft and AIDS, among others.


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