Newsbytes 22/05/10 – Microsoft/Google/BT/P2P

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GoogleWave, Google’s realtime chat and collaboration product has now come out of invite only testing and gone public.  We have covered this project before and loved the idea.  Get yourself over to the Wave site and don’t forget to check out a few tutorials on using it.

Microsoft has popped up in the war against copyright infringment, although since it’s Microsoft you know something will be amiss. You might remember Microsofts idea about copyright infringement (which Bill Gates said) and how now in these tighter times they want to collect.  Microsoft has been attempting to bring down the Lithuanian Tracker site LinkoManija which unfortunately for MS has won its appeal, seeing its previously frozen assets unfrozen.  Come as a surprise?  The #fail list for Microsoft gets larger?  – it certainly seems that way since its the second case that Microsoft has lost in Lithuania with the first being a file sharer accused by Microsoft of sharing Windows 7.  That was dropped through lack of evidence.  Source: What is interesting about the Torrentfreak article is some of the comments which I ask if they highlight a mainstream change in opiniont:

Microsoft is getting totally insane. I changed to linux about 10 days ago and it’s just awesome


I guess Micro$oft forgot pay off the various government officials and judges to get their “show trial”…oops FAIL!


….No sympathy, Microsoft. Absolutely no sympathy…..I hope OpenOffice shreds your market share.


Do yourself a favor: Stay away from Microsoft. Their stuff is not worth even free.


As for M$ suing ppl…. Wrong move, piracy is what keeps their system dominant in the market….

The list goes on and on (and these are the tamer ones) Check out for yourself what people are saying.

Openbittorrent has seen a court order instruct an ISP to reveal details of its operators in a Swedish court.  Whilst this has been reported as a piece that is news worthy, I’d suggest in the current climate and opinions (many uneducated) about file sharing, that it is rather easy to convince a court (UK or otherwise) to grant an order.  Source:

Internet Explorer is in its final death throws (according to The Free Software Magazine) who report that the browser usage stats from Wikipedia shows a drop which has IE currently at 59%.

I can’t tell you why people are running away from Internet Explorer. I can guess it — we all can — but it’s hard to give a definite answer. Call it fashion, or security, or simply listening to some friend’s advice. Things have changed — a lot — since IE’s hegemony a few years back. And things are looking grimmer and grimmer for IE.

Wine 1.2 has RC’d (21/05/10).  The excellent opensource project which allows Linux users to run Windows binaries has been 2 years in the making (for this RC) and offers a plethora of improvements which you can read about here: and you can download the software for yourself here:

Goblin –

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“We’ve told you already, stop using XP”? – XP and IE9 + alternatives.

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For those of you that are not experiencing the advantages reported by users around the net from choosing an alternative to IE, there’s further bad news for users who want to stick with XP.  We have seen many times that those people who want to stick with Windows are in many cases XP users who for whatever reason want to stick with XP.  And why shouldn’t they?  They paid for it, they like it, but yet after the Vista fiasco Microsoft needs your money so ….YOU HAVE TO BUY Vista 7.

If IE hadn’t hit the press so much with exploits et al, the news might have been devastating that IE9 has now been declared not XP compatible.  A reason to upgrade your Windows ver or merely finally get around to changing your browser?

For all you Windows users here’s a shocker…Linux users don’t use IE and never have (unless it’s through a Wine or Dual boot combo) Linux users have been experiencing the benefits of alternative browsers for a long time, believe it or not Web Browsing != IE only.  Take a look at the rendering benchmarks for IE8 compared to other browsers here is that not a shocking set of results and proof that you really need to think of dumping IE?

Strangely enough, Microsoft also shows this graph and shows in my opinion shockingly bad results for IE8 with IE9 on Windows 7 coming short of Chrome, Safari and Opera browsers.

Ballot produces Opera Increases?

Its been reported that Opera has experienced a doubling of downloads since the Windows Ballot was introduced.  I have argued that the ballot will make no difference to the average user who has never tried anything other than IE.  I challenged at the time that the EU anti-trust case would have been better served looking at OEM rather than the browser issue which people seem to be able to make their own decisions about once they have done their own research.

In respect of Opera and its results, I would suggest that its attracting people who have already tried an alternative to IE, say FF or Chrome, Safari.  I do not think the ballot is responsible for bringing a previously ignorant user base of people who know nothing but IE to it.  Thats my opinion, yours may differ.

Heres some comments from around the web:

the current microsoft mantra… create something new that is not better than any other products on the market (not even close to being as good as most independent browsers) and end up leaving anyone on past operating systems in the dust. REALLY, REALLY microsoft, you are going to drop you xp users that were forced to continue to use xp through more than a half decade of vista death…. disgusting. Yet again, not a surprise to me!


I’m a big fan of Chrome. I do not use IE unless I have to – which is never. Firefox Fire-FTP is the best FTP client I’ve found – since Chrome doesn’t play well with FTP.


As a Firefox user, I will try IE9 out, but it would take a heck of a lot of convincing for me to switch back to IE.


I don’t think IE is relevant any more. Other browsers have gone beyond the capabilities of what IE can do. I have been happy using Opera for a long time now.

You can see all these comments (and more besides) here: [1] [2]

I think Microsoft is find now that it’s burnt many bridges, which users finally seeing Microsoft and its associated wares in their true light.  With so many happy users enjoying alternate products on so many different platform, does Microsoft look cutting edge or does it look tired and old, struggling to keep up with better technologies and happy users of those products?

And before I go, is this a track from Spinal Tap or is it the Microsoft ethos?

Goblin –

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Microsoft been lifting code again? – & Windows Mobile decline.

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I find myself writing this article playing catchup.  Thanks to my ever problematic ISP finally giving up the ghost and going down completely for the majority of the last week, I now have the task of getting up to speed with whats been going on.  Incase you have forgotten I do not work in the area of IT, so when the net goes down at home, there’s very little justification for me being able to keep up.

So now, as I have been released back into the world-wide web I can’t help but notice a few Microsoft related articles which deserve some Openbytes attention.

The title of this article is probably the best place to start and we return to the issue of the browser ballot screen.  A totally pointless angle in my view for the EU to tackle Microsoft on, had it been me, I would have considered OEM a far more important topic to look at more closely.  Whats done is done though and its Microsoft’s job to provide the ballot screen to give users “choice” of browser within the Windows OS.

“You’ve got to pick a pocket or two”? – Oliver the musical

So with their instructions in hand Microsoft goes off to create its ballot screen with a little Java script (and the lick and a promise) that we all expect/love from Microsoft….and thats the end of the story? well no.  Any normal person would think that Microsoft would turn to its “experts” it’s coders, its technicians and produce a simple product that would do the job that had been agreed in relation to the anti-trust case.  Any normal person would be wrong, this is Microsoft afterall.

So what has Microsoft done this time? Are we in for a repeat of the Plurk incident? Well nearly, you see Microsoft is alleged to have been lifting code again.  This time though at least the lifting of code wasn’t alleged unauthorised or unlawful.

Here for Openbytes readers is an exclusive, hidden camera footage from a Microsoft coders briefing being held at Redmond.

and with that in mind, lets look at the results of the latest copy and paste allegation of Microsoft.

Its being reported that a flaw found in some freely available (and useable) Java code is EXACTLY the same as the flaw in Microsoft’s browser ballot screen code.  A coincidence? Who knows? but after the plurk incident one has to wonder.  As the following source says, theres nothing wrong in using code from a JavaScript library (if thats what Microsoft did) but ZDnet does say:

…it is a problem when you lift code that promises you a wheel, but you end up with a square wheel rather than the more traditional round one.

and goes on to note:

Code libraries are, by and large, untrusted sources. Even the hint that someone at Microsoft unleashed untrusted, untested, and flawed code on millions of computer users is both reckless and frightening.

You can read that entire article here.

I wonder how much code Microsoft has lifted from other sources, does Microsoft have a clue what the code is doing and more importantly how will this affect the end user in the future.  Don’t forget, youre paying for this stuff.

The dog and bone (with dog being the operative word)

For those who are not from the UK, “dog and bone” is cockney rhyming slang for phone and its that subject which we are looking at next.  It is being reported that all is not well in the land of Windows Mobile.

I often tremble at the thought of my own experiences at the hands of an MDA mail a few years ago, which not only was I silly enough to buy, but I got two of them at the same time (one for me and the wife).  The MDA mail with Windows Mobile had a very unique feature, a crash which was frequent and unpredictable which would require the battery taken out to switch it off.  This was the only phone I’ve ever had where the battery cover actually wore out from repeated removing….oh happy days.

I refuse to believe that my experiences were unique (and colleagues with experience of Win Mob have said the same thing) so maybe that is why, with the taste of Windows Mobile still fresh in many peoples mouths, ComScore is reporting that Windows Mobile dropped 4% in its figures from 19.7 in October 2009 to 15.7 in January 2010.

Is Windows Mobile a dog? only you can decide, but if it is I’d suggest its a three-legged one at best.

Of course Microsoft won’t give up easily and Microsoft Watch suggested:

Since people seem to be obviously shying away from Windows Mobile 6.5 (which rumors suggest will eventually be rebranded…..

Which is something I think we can say Microsoft is good at (re-branding).  Look at Bing (a heap or pile) for an example of re-branding or how about Vista and Windows 7, now the dust has settled do you find that much difference between Vista and 7? Certainly from the users I have spoken with, life is NOT a bed of roses with Windows 7.

You can read the article on Windows Mobile decline at Microsoft Watch.

Goblin –

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2010 – the year of the ….. alternative?

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Ballmer is all ready for the fight on the numerous fronts Microsoft has. Im sure he'll do just fine. Please though before he goes on stage again, do you think someone could lend him some anti-perspirant?

Im quite sure there are Microsoft advocates waiting in the ether to pounce on a title such as “year of the Linux desktop”, you can see them yourself in action on any forum/newsgroup/irc channel where its dared to suggest that someone is looking elsewhere for a solution to their IT needs.   In many cases the comments will seek to cheapen the view of the person looking at alternatives, in many cases they will try to imply incorrect assumptions and in some cases they will be simply vulgar or insulting.

Lets look at the rather poor start to the year some have had and a growing trend of “alternative thinking” that whilst may not have Windows market share disappearing overnight, show something quite encouraging to freedom of choice in the IT world.

We’ve seen how diversity has been beneficial in the browser world and now we see Firefox, Safari, Chrome/Chromium et al battling each other whilst Internet Explorer continues to have negative press written about it.  This is just one example.

A poor start for Microsoft?

Theres been some rather poor press reported by some and I whilst the some reports written about at the time, I have the luxury of being able to look back at them now the dust is settled (a little).

We will start off with the IE exploit that was widely reported by many outlets coming into the new year.  Microsoft though in true fashion had this to say:

Customers should also upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, Internet Explorer 8, which provides improved security and privacy protections, as well as sign up for Microsoft Update and enable the Automatic Update functionality. This will enable automatic installation of all applicable updates this month and help to make customer systems more secure.

and in the midst of all the bad press still trying to convince you that upgrading their software is what you want to be doing (instead of looking elsewhere).  You have to admire the fact that Microsoft never give up and we only have to cast our minds back to last year and remember instead of the proverbial carrot on stick being your security, then it was offering to feed the hungry for every download.

France & Germany are reported to have other ideas, whilst Netapps is reporting a decline in IE usage, France & Germany are reported to be issuing their own warnings about IE and it doesn’t make good reading for Microsoft.  The BBC said:

France has echoed calls by the German government for web users to find an alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) to protect security.


Moving on to Tivo now and our friendly Microsoft is wielding its patent power again, filing a suit against them stating an infringement of (in a nutshell) video delivery and purchasing patents.

Zune the trusty old Microsoft iPod challenger? Failed again (according to reports) of doing anything other than pushing more iPod touches.  Which are reported in the Apple section.

So whats Microsoft touting this year? Natal, thats what.  Before you ask, its not some pregnancy testing kit for use with the Xbox 360 and we covered this “tech” in more detail here. Family planning aside, proof maybe that Microsoft has finally realised that the WII and its original gaming are actually rather popular?

Of course all the other colourful Microsoft characters will be out in force this year, we can look forward to more “great” news from Microsoft about Bing, of course everyone will be raving about the Zune, your Xbox 360 will be cheered as its wheeled into the maternity suite with Natal.  The Microsoft PR machine, you’ve got to love it.  Lets not forget about the Windows advocates…. Linux is still only at 1% you know! ;)

So what good news is coming out of Redmond? ;) Well, er…. Bill Gates has a Twitter account (and he’s not afraid to use it) you can read such rivetting posts as:

“Hello World.” Hard at work on my foundation letter – publishing on 1/25.

and I don’t know about anyone else but I’m glued to my seat with excitement for more tweets by him! ;) .  You can see this comment (and others) at his Twitter account here.

Great news for Sony?

Sony has made some announcements in January regarding sales of its console.  The PS3 has shifted around 3.8 million units and is closing the gap on the head start that Microsoft had with the 360.  Should Sony be pleased?  I should think so, the figure in my view will set to increase as more people are getting interested in Blu-ray and want to “kill two birds with one stone” and get a games console too in one package.

You can read more about that here.

Apple to report profits and non-MS mobiles boom?

It is reported that the itouch was among the must have items this past Xmas and also mobiles with an OS other than a Microsoft one are reported to be booming.  It is reported that Droid app downloads increased to 93% on Xmas day over previous fridays in the month.  Of course Apple downloads are reported to have beaten them all, so is it another reason to celebrate?  You can read more on this here.

Apple are also reported to be expecting good profits when their figures are released shortly, with the business journal saying:

…earnings to be $2.06 per share for the quarter, up from $1.78 per share in 2008, driven by strong growth in iPhone and Mac computer sales. Revenue is expected to jump 18 percent to $12.05 billion.

You can read more on that report here.


A comment said by myself many times last year was that Microsoft is fighting a war on too many fronts and not only failing to conquer those but at the same time loosing its grip on its traditional products which are being challenged by alternatives. Alternatives that have been quietly improving their products while Microsoft tries to take on the planet.  We see this with IE.  We see the moving away from Windows (whatever figure you want to put on it) and other traditional MS products.

So 2010 will be the year of the alternative?  I think its now the mainstream user is realizing that which so many people have already found out, it doesn’t need to be Microsoft.  It matters not if you are an Apple user, Linux, BSD or anything else, a more diverse IT world will be better for the end-user as everyone ups their game to compete for your custom/usage.

I wonder though if Microsoft will, instead of challenging with great software, dig into its patent portfolio and challenge with that instead.  Its often thought by many that the Microsoft ethos of “do it our way or not at all” is one of the dangers that Microsoft poses to alternatives, be it Linux, be it in the form Mono or anything else.  Remember the mentality we are dealing with here:

And of course we Bing we Bing we Bing we Bing Bing Bing all the time, at least in my world

and thats reportedly from the CEO Steve Ballmer.  You can read that article here.

What will 2010 hold?  I can’t wait to find out!

Goblin –

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Microsoft’s IE at an all time low?

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Microsoft experiences users turning away from Internet Explorer - Firefox, Chrome and Safari saw gains according to sources.

If people tell you that Microsoft “loves the FOSS” or is happy with alternatives to their products, keep in mind the following article.  Since it seems to me that when users are presented with an alternative to Microsoft products, they grab it with both hands.  Why would Microsoft be happy with that? – I’ll let you decide.

We have covered the EU’s investigations into the sole bundling of Internet Explorer, we’ve looked at a wealth of alternatives (not just for Linux users, but Windows too) and now we see what users are saying about their choices in browser – and its not looking good for Microsoft IMO.

That opinion seems to be echoed in the report that market share of Microsoft’s Internet explorer have hit an all time low of just 63.6 [2] with November being the third month in a row the browser has suffered losses.  I expect Microsoft advocates will try to dismiss this figure or at the very least imply its incorrect.  Stats apparently are only correct when they are in favor of Microsoft (according to the Microsoft advocates) (IMO).

Before we look at what Microsoft are alleged to have said in relation to the web, its worth considering how much “work” was put into promoting IE 8.  We saw the thing get hammered on Twitter, we’ve seen (and covered) some of the “campaigns” that Microsoft tried in order to grab back what it appears to be losing and now, after all is said and done it appears to have been in vain.

Ryan Servatius is alleged to have said:

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, to advance the Web we need to move people to a modern version of Internet Explorer,

So ladies and gentlemen if we want the web advanced we must get a modern version of Internet Explorer?!?!? It may just be me, but I find that statement insulting on so many levels (and for me highlights Microsoft arrogance perfectly).   Firstly the implication that Microsoft is the company to “advance the web” and secondly the way people are told to upgrade “we’ve said it before…” – yes people do it Microsoft’s way, they know best.[1]

In better news, it appears that Firefox, Chrome and Safari have all experienced gained in their market share whilst users are discovering the benefits of each.  Question is now, since Microsoft offered to give food to the hungry in order for you to download Internet Explorer, what on earth are they going to come up with next?

An excellent article on CW said:

IE, however, remains the browser to watch, if only to track its decline, which Microsoft has not managed to stem with the March 2009 release of IE8.

and you can read the full article here:

But wait… will be better next time!

A line we have heard so many times before (IMO) in relation to Microsoft products.  True to form, you can find Microsoft proudly talking about IE9 already.  Heres some of what’s been alleged about IE9, this time from Steven Sinofsky – president of Windows and Windows Live at Microsoft and before you read it, you just know its going to be good…

We’re getting very close to the other browsers…

What? in terms of market share or performance?  Microsoft, have you only just realized that there are other browsers out there?  Why is it only now you are getting very close to other browsers?

Asa Dotzler from Mozilla had this to say in relation to Internet Explorer:

….and while their efforts with IE8 were much better, they’re still at least a full generation behind the modern browsers.

Ive often argued that the more choice we have in any solution, the better for everyone.  I have been a Chromium user for quite some time now (currently running build and I’ve been very happy, although since its still in its early builds, I have Firefox on standby.

Ive not had Windows in the home for many years and I have not had Internet Explorer to suffer.  What I would say to everyone reading this who has not yet tried an alternative to IE, is that you will be very surprised.  In my opinion you will get a faster, safer internet experience and for some it may be the first time they realize that an all important part of computing (in this case the web) does not need to be provided by a Microsoft solution.

Ive always said that Firefox et al, were are good way for new users to enter the world of FOSS.  It can show that alternatives (and often free ones!) can be as good, if not better than a Microsoft offering.  It appears this is already being seen in the stats unless one of our Microsoft advocates (who do read this blog) can explain why IE is experiencing losses.

What users say about IE8

Of course its very easy to print stats and also comments by company spokes people, so what better way than to hear from users of IE8?  These are a selection of comments taken from an article at Cnet regarding IE 8’s lack of speed.

I’ve already uninstalled IE8, will stick with Firefox and Chrome for now until something better comes along

which is followed on by another user remarking:

Yes, I had/have the same experience and don’t recommend ie8 based upon what I have seen or didn’t see. Firefox and Chrome are better, faster, better, faster.

another user says:

Microsoft admits that it’s slow and then tries to say that no one cares. Once again, Microsoft shows it’s out of touch with it’s consumer base. They will keep the people who don’t know any better and those that do will use the alternative browsers.

and another user also seems to draw comparisons with other software solutions to Microsoft products:

…. I just wish I could find this Joe Shmoe who keeps MS in business so I could show him what a browser as well as an OS should really be able to do with his computer.

and to end the quotes, another apparently unhappy Microsoft customer:

Who needs IE anyway? We already have Firefox. I have never liked ANY version of IE. 8 is no exception. I’ve had it on Windows7 for the last few months and find it as distasteful as 7 despite MS’s promises of it being “better”. It’s STILL no Firefox.

You can find all these comments (and many more)


[1] Of course Microsoft don’t know best (IMO) Ive often written about the far more productive/enjoyable computing experience Ive had since I left Microsoft products.

[2] Casual readers need to know that if a Microsoft advocate is talking about stats, the stats are only true if they are in favor of Microsoft, if not the MS advocate will try anything to tell you they are false IMO.

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Chromium (build

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Chromium playing nicely within a Gnome/Compiz DE (on Goblins desktop!) although recent bugs (previously non-existent) slightly spoil the experience somewhat. If you want to see a picture of Chromium running within a KDE/Compiz DE on another one of my rigs, visit:

Before publishing an article which I am really looking forward to – Ahhh Youre killing the FOSS! I thought I would post an update on my experiences with the latest build of Chromium, that being

Please note that this is not intended as a comprehensive review, merely an update on my observations with Chromium in its current build.

Anyone who was reading this blogazine around May 09 will remember that I went away on a trip to Poole and bought a netbook for my surfing and posting whilst I was away.  You may also remember that I had to settle for an XP one since the mobile broadband dongle would not work with a Linux system.  It was whilst I was stuck with this system that I remembered how poor IE was for me and decided if I was going to have to use XP, I would be damned if I would also suffer IE.

This was when I was introduced to Chrome and upon my return started looking at running Chromium on Linux.

Ive been with the builds since the very early days (I wish I could remember the number) and since trawling through my blog to find the earliest version I looked at is not my idea of a good Tuesday night, I thought I would skip that and simply concentrate on the state of Chromium today.


Chromium on my rigs is blisteringly fast, it always was.  In the earlier builds there were a few stability issues in respect of JAVA input boxes, but these were not frequent enough to present a huge problem.   Once Flash was implemented and was stable, for me Chromium really took off as a browser and I found myself using Firefox less and less.

Today Chromium is still blisteringly fast, JAVA input boxes are still smooth/fast and I found that they were far more responsive than Firefox (correct up to the latest version I have 3.5.1)  Incognito mode is a great little mode although I don’t really find myself facilitating it.

Somewhere around July (I think) a few builds of Chromium came with a small picture of a face in the top right hand corner of the window (without any explanation).  I really should Google that as it was a mystery I never got around to solving.

By August 09 I found that I very rarely (if ever) needed to run FF (obviously Quake Live being the exception to this) September came and went which is when I found an issue with the software.

At the time I considered it to be a bug created as a side effect to something else, presuming that it would be fixed in October, although now we are in November and the bug is still present (see below) That being said it is a minor issue when one looks at the performance boost it has over other browsers, although since then a few other bugs cropped up which I felt needed mentioning.


1.  The ability to open links from external software into Chromium is no longer working.  If this had been an issue from day 1, it would not have been a problem.  This bug though only appears to have materialized around the September/October time.

2.  Java input boxes can freeze when data is copied and pasted into them from the same page.  The freeze is limited to that particular tab, but its particularly annoying when you are replying to a comment.  There is a work around that I use which is right click on the offending tab, select duplicate and then move to the duplicated tab and continue editing (as it is no longer frozen)  This particular problem appeared around the end of October.

3. WordPress no longer seems to play as nicely with Chromium.  This could be a fault of WordPress or Chromium.  Every so often I appear to get logged out of my blog account and when trying to log back in, my password is not recognized.  If I login via the main page there is no problem.  This issue seems to appear randomly and can happen if I am trying to embed a picture into my text.  The second WordPress issue Ive found is that when previewing a post, you are no longer able to save the draft.

As you can see these bugs are more annoying than prohibitive, but just as I was beginning to consider removing FF completely from my system, I will now have to wait until these issues are resolved.

Screenshot-YouTube - FINNTROLL - Trollhammeren (OFFICIAL VIDEO) - Chromium
A clean look, fast operation & very happy with Metal on Youtube!


I still love Chromium, with the new bugs cropping up it has hampered my enjoyment of the package but then it should be remembered that its still quite early in its development.  I love the style of the tabbed browsing of Chromium and the location of my shortcuts.  Speed has and still is the most impressive part of Chromium and that trend continues.

I haven’t found any sites that crash Chromium since about August and there are so many great features of the software, I simply don’t have the time to list them all.

The Chromium themes are a nice idea, but Ive yet to find a theme that doesn’t look a complete mess.  The simple designs are fine, but some of the more fanciful ones, just look awful in my opinion on my desktop.

In closing, I cannot assume that these bugs are global and they could be localized to my particular rig/distro, but whatever the answer I am not so keen to recommend Chromium as I was a few months ago.  With that in mind I would expect these issues to be ironed out as it matures and I still think that it will be a fantastic browser in the future.

It looks like Firefox will be staying on my system for some time to come.

Goblin –

IE – What does Microsoft need to do?

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I have been looking at recently attempts from Microsoft to push people to use it’s Internet Explorer software.  As I said in my previous article, I think by the time the EU gets its act together IE will no longer be an issue.

We have read the news that allegedly IE is down approximately 8 points, we’ve seen glowing reviews of alternatives (and not just Firefox)

So what does Microsoft need to do?  Well its Twitter account (IE) is going about it this way:

In honor of Hunger Action Month, we’re donating 16 meals to Feeding America for every upgrade of IE6 to IE8:

But isn’t this saying “If you don’t upgrade IE we won’t donate food to the hungry”?  I have written an article on this previously and for me I think it distasteful that Microsoft is doing this.  That message was from September, but it appears in August they were not being so generous:

For every download of IE8, we’ll donate 8 meals to Feeding America. Find out more:

Maybe that was before they saw the Net app figures?

Talking of hungry, although Microsoft profits are down, I wouldn’t expect the CEO of Microsoft to be missing any meals.

Goblin –