Windows

  • Nature or nuture: XO Laptops will now run Windows

    The XO Laptop (or the OLPC, whatever you want to call it) will now run Windows, giving children around the world the opportunity to dislike Microsoft as much as we do. I think we alluded to the sort of problems they’ll have in last week’s Sweater Friends. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte said the use of Windows “enhances [its] ability” to “transform… Read More

  • Windows XP's SP3 causing more problems with some AMD-based computers

    This is getting silly on Microsoft’s part. Those SP3 updates we’ve been talking about for Windows XP might do some more harm than good. Some users have reported that the update causes their computers to endlessly reboot, something a few updates for Windows 95 did over a decade ago. Intel users appear to be in the clear, the problem affects computers with AMD chipsets primarily. Read More

  • VMWare Fusion 2.0 Beta 1 available now

    My hangover is killing any enthusiasm I have today and hindering my ability to form complete sentences, so you’ll have to bear with me. If you’re into Mac virtualization then you already know what VMWare does. As the headline suggests, Fusion Beta 1 is now out. You can find all the details here. Here are some of the more important changes. 1. When it launches, VMware Fusion 2.0… Read More

  • Uh-ohs! SP3 crippling HP AMD machines


    Looks like there is a limited problem with SP3 causing endless reboots among HP computers with AMD processors (also possible: mobo issue). They’re working on it as we speak, and the root of the problem appears to be a power management driver that is only capable of causing trouble in this exact situation. It’s like the appendix: no apparent function except to blow up and kill… Read More

  • Problems with XP SP3 and your AMD-based computer?

    A fellow Minnesotan named Jesper Johansson (I think that name MIGHT by Scandinavian) has a great article about how to fix a problem that seems to be plaguing AMD-based computers after upgrading to Windows XP Service Pack 3. If you find that your computer either doesn’t boot or constantly reboots after you’ve upgraded to SP3, try the following; Read More

  • SP3 "checked build" available in ISO form, hope you like 500 meg downloads!

    The Windows Update version is supposed to be about 70mb, but is anyone really in that much of a hurry? This is the slow-cooked chef’s special version as opposed to the pan-sear for the consumers over at Windows Update. You know you like that slow cooked flavor of Service Pack stewed in its own juices. Man, I’m making myself hungry. What are you waiting for? Get downloading! Windows… Read More

  • Automatic XP and Vista updates temporarily stopped

    Apparently the service packs for Microsoft’s Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems aren’t playing nicely with another one of Microsoft’s products; Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System. The incompatibility is a big enough problem that the automatic updates for Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 have been shut down for a… Read More

  • Hackers hack Windows Web servers like it's also their job

    A flaw in MS’s IIS is allowing hackers to install malicious code on website visitor’s machines. The exploit, VML MS07-004, allows for SEO poisoning and can serve up data via Javascript and send browsers to other websites. Interestingly enough they’ve used the exploit to infect the United Nations main page, dumping SEO noise into the HTML and potentially sending users to a… Read More

  • Ballmer hints at extended Windows XP shelf life

    Will Microsoft extend the life of Windows XP after all? Steve Ballmer told reporters today that “If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter,” according to the Associated Press. He conceded that most of the customers who are still buying XP are IT departments but said that “most people who buy PCs today buy them with Vista. That’s the statistical… Read More

  • Apple fixes Windows installer to make Safari "new software" and not "OMG LIFE-THREATENING UPDATE TO WINDOWS CLICK NOW!"


    Apple has improved its update system to mark Safari as new software and not an update to iTunes. This comes after many complained of having to install Safari after updating iTunes. This also comes because some people are cry-babies. Read More

  • Don't shoot the messenger: Microsoft internal promo video about Windows Vista is hard to watch

    Here’s what appears to be a Springsteen-inspired internal promotional video about the awesomeness of Windows Vista that may or may not be floating around Microsoft, allegedly leaked by one of its employees. No telling whether or not this is legit, but the video seems almost polished and cheesy enough to have come from inside a corporation of some type, unless someone really went to a lot… Read More

  • Second Life on an Apple II+

    In a truly amazing feat of computer mastery, Joshua Linden of Linden Labs managed to get Second Life to run on an Apple II. OK, so it’s not exactly running on the Apple II, it’s actually streaming a Windows desktop, but it is a pretty accurate representation of what it would be like to run Second Life on an Apple II. Read More

  • THIS JUST IN: Some people don't want XP to go away

    On June 30th, Microsoft will stop selling Windows XP. According to the Associated Press, some people aren’t too thrilled “that Microsoft has the power to enforce the phase-out from a stable, decent product to one that many consider worse, while profiting from the move.” Better start a petition, huh? Galen Gruman of InfoWorld has done just that with the “Save Windows… Read More

  • Gartner sez Windows is a big fail-boat

    Gartner, whose business it is to write lines like “For Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable,” believes that “for Microsoft, its ecosystem and its customers, the situation is untenable.” Essentially they find that Windows is so full of junk code and accreted features that it will soon collapse under its own weight. For example, while… Read More

  • The random endorsement: TV streamings apps like TvAnts

    A rather self-serving ENDORSEMENT for your reading misery today. I don’t know what I was doing last week, but records indicate I didn’t ENDORSE anything! At all! I don’t know how you all survived, or why Drudge didn’t put the siren up announcing my oversight, but here we are. Right. So today I’m ENDORSING applications like TvAnts, TVU Player, PPMate and Sopcast. Read More

  • Microsoft patches the SP1 for Vista patch

    Let’s try to stay with me here. Microsoft released a service pack for Windows Vista because Vista kind of sucked as it shipped. The service pack, SP1, made many people’s Vista installs reboot permanently. So then it released an SSU (Servicing Stack Update) that Vista users were supposed to install before the SP1. This caused many people even more problems. So Microsoft today… Read More

  • Crazy Bill Gates says Windows 7 coming next year, Microsoft wipes his chin and sets the record straight

    Here’s the thing. Bill Gates doesn’t really do anything at Microsoft anymore except stir the pot once in awhile. He’s basically retired and bored, so in order to liven things up he’ll say something like “Windows 7 will be available next year!!!” and then he’ll steal a bunch of pencils from the supply closet and run down the hall singing… Read More

  • Windows 7 coming next year where next_year=current_year+50

    A possible Vista successor: Now blurry and boring. Billy boy let slip that Windows 7 AKA Windows Vista# will launch “next year” and explained that XP will be phased out for everything except low-cost PCs in some markets. Is he telling the truth? Who knows. He may mean an update to the Windows internals with a Vista shell, which is the most possible roadmap seeing as how they just… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Should Microsoft be afraid of Linux?

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    With kind regards to Penny-Arcade Does Microsoft fear Linux? Should it fear Linux? Does it fear Linux only in certain sectors, like Web servers, and not others, like the desktop? What exactly does “fear” mean here? Why do I still watch Lost? All important questions that deserve highly developed answers. PBS attempted to answer some of… Read More

  • Windows XP/98 music video

    You know what would have made this infinitely better? The BSOD at the end. Thanks for sending this in, Annie. Read More