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Microsoft Admits What Went Wrong with Vista, and How They Fixed It

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Way back in January 2007, after years of hype and anticipation, Microsoft unveiled Windows Vista to a decidedly lukewarm reception by the PC community, IT pros, and tech journalists alike. We sat down with Microsoft to hear the company’s side of the Vista story. What lessons have been learned following the worst Windows launch in the company’s history? Is Microsoft doing enough to regain PC users’ faith?



Firefox suffers Chrome’s bite

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

A comparison of the past two weeks of traffic on Tectonic.co.za - a period that covers the launch of Google’s Chrome browser - shows that in the week of September 1 to 8 Chrome jumped from 0 percent of browsers used to an above-average 2.98 percent, largely at the expense of Mozilla Firefox.



McAfee to provide protection on the fly

Sep 9th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

McAfee Inc. has announced McAfee Artemis Technology that uses a new Internet-based service hosted by McAfee Avert Labs to provide active protection on the fly when a computer gets hit by malicious computer code. Artemis leverages behavioral technology to examine a piece of malware that isn’t explicitly protected.



Seinfeld-Windows TV commercial premieres to a baffled audience

Sep 6th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Microsoft’s $300 million advertising campaign for Windows Vista, starring comedian Jerry Seinfeld launched with a television commercial without much talk of Windows, or Microsoft. That was oddly appropriate, considering that Seinfeld’s eponymous ’90s hit comedy was described as “a show about nothing.”



Dell’s Inspiron Mini 9 netbook: first Australian review

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

With a sharp 9 inch screen, 16GB solid state drive and optional 3G mobile internet functionality waiting in the wings, Dell’s new $599 mini notebook, the Inspiron Mini 9, has maximum appeal – unless you want Linux…



Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

When Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and the codebase at the heart of Firefox were originally conceived, browsing was less complex. Now, however, functions that previously could be performed only on the desktop — email, spreadsheets, database management — are increasingly handled online.



Aspire One: Installing and Running Windows XP

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Acer Aspire One notebook, the variant which came with an Acer-modified version of Linpus Linux. A few days ago, however, I realised Linux wouldn’t be ideal for me on my netbook. Due to pragmatic reasons, I’m now running Windows XP.



Blu-ray ‘gone in five years’, Samsung exec claims

Sep 5th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Samsung expects Sony’s Blu-ray technology to be superseded within five years, despite winning the high definition format war in February. “I think it [Blu-ray] has 5 years left, I certainly wouldn’t give it 10″, Andy Griffiths, Samsung UK’s director of consumer electronics, told website Pocket-lint.



Lab test: Google Chrome vs. Internet Explorer 8

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

They’re back! Just when you thought the “browser wars” were over, with the two camps – Microsoft and Mozilla.org – settling in for a kind of intransigent détente, along comes Google to stir things up all over again. Clearly, Google is unhappy with the current state of browser geopolitics and feels it needs to roll its own.



Google backs down over browser amid privacy concerns

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Products

Users who downloaded the search giant’s Chrome browser yesterday were asked to give Google a “perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive licence to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly, perform, publicly display and distribute” any information they typed into a website.