Saturday, 21 October 2006

Outfoxed

One of the less exciting news from the past week was Microsoft's official release, after several beta versions, of its Internet Explorer 7 software: the first official Explorer release since 2001.
How unexciting can the release of a new product be? Well, this one has to break new records - it offers absolutely nothing that Firefox doesn't, and as far as I can tell Firefox has still a few advantages in handling dynamic stuff which I can't even name because I'm not that familiar with the concept. But the bottom line is, that in typical fashion - the way Microsoft has always done with Windows copying stuff from Mac and others - Microsoft has once again delivered us a product that is less than inspiring and only manages to get close to keeping up.
Eventually, I will probably even have Explorer 7 installed through some Windows Update I wouldn't even notice. That said, I see no reason for me to quit using Firefox: it's elegant, easy on me and my PC, and it delivers.

As if to reiterate my views on Microsoft software, I dreamt last night that in a couple of hundred years we will not have the internet as a network of computers but rather as a network of our brains. People's thoughts would pass from one brain to the other at lightning speeds, enabling everyone to understand one another - we might even know what's going on in the heads of the North Korean leaders.
And in charge of it all was the newest version of Windows. It allowed people to control which aspects of their brains and thoughts were to be shared with others, and to what degree.
And guess what? In my dream, there were lots of operating system related problems. Some thoughts that people did not want to share were exposed, humiliating them; other brains were exposed to virus attacks, which left them blank; and Bill Gates was still there, telling everybody that everything is just fine.

Not that much attention should be put to my dream; it's just a pile of bullshit that is not indicative of anything other than my anti Microsoft prejudices.
But as if to confirm the prejudices' existence, Microsoft has also announced this week that it's postponing the release of the third Windows XP service pack, in a marketing effort to help boost Vista support.

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