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Once Again, Microsoft can’t find it’s *** with both hands

I remember years ago when Microsoft fans were up in arms that they had to download and install a brand new, stand-alone, executable package on their local workstations in order to gain the benefits of the new “dot net” programming architecture.. One of the big reasons I wasn’t a big fan of this edict — even as a Microsoft product fanboi — is that it broke my browsing experience into two distinct components. I was floored that the functionality they hoped to deliver to the World Wide Web required not only their own branded browser, but now a separate installation of supporting libraries.

My disagreement was short-lived. I installed the new framework and have updated, patched, hot-fixed, and caressed it begrudgingly a dozen times over the last 5 years.

Today was a new experience though and one that continues to punctuate the reasons my frustrations with Microsoft persist. Continue reading Once Again, Microsoft can’t find it’s *** with both hands

Struggling to maintain control over your browser environment?

I get it. Some people still run IE 5 or 6, one of the most insecure browsers still available. The only way to get rid of so much of the spy/malware on the internet is to force people to upgrade and remove from existence all the down-level software that has so many open holes.

Occasionally, however, I need to use an older browsing experience.

To that end, I’ll use this post to start saving / cataloging / uploading / making available to others, the bits-n-bytes of software that become harder to find every day.

With that…

Software Version Platform 32/64 Use with Download
Firefox 3.6.18 Windows 32 get it
Firefox 4.0.1 Windows 32 get it
Google Toolbar
XPI installer
7.1.20110512W Windows 32 FF 3.6 – 4.0 get it

A sane definition of node.js

If you’re a regular reader of Hacker News, then you’ve no doubt seen multiple posts on something called node.js. I had an idea of what it was and knew it had something to do with Google’s V8 Javascript interpreter, but still lacked a good understanding. Here’s an article that will clear it up for you. Easy to read and easy to understand.


Node is a server-side JavaScript interpreter that changes the notion of how a server should work. Its goal is to enable a programmer to build highly-scalable applications and write code that handles tens of thousands of simultaneous connections on one, and only one, physical machine


Ubuntu Nuggets

Seems I’m always looking for “that one” article I read on how to do something but can never seem to find it. Irritating! This post will serve as my “sticky” until I need this stuff again.

For the record, I have been a “Windows Guy” for the many years since I first started playing with computers. Most people have. I’ve flirted with x-based operating systems off-and-on over this same period usually choosing the more mature, easier-to-use products from Microsoft. For as long as I can remember, this was a no-brainer. Recently, however, Linux and MS Windows appear to have changed roles. Of course, this a personal opinion.

It used to be that Windows was easier to use, more stable, and offered a more refined user experience. Successive versions simply improved on the stability and ease of use of their predecessor. With the debacle that was Windows Vista, my opinion gradually started to change. With Windows 7, I’m not quite as interested in things coming out of Redmond as I used to be and the once sizable differences between the latest round of products from MS and those from the open-source Linux community are smaller and substantially fewer in number.

I could fill a book with how Microsoft has disappointed me, a one time champion of their products, in the last 6 years. I’ll save that for another day. Flirting with Linux, it would appear, has turned into true infatuation now that I’m using it on my primary workstation. Since I don’t know nearly as much about Ubuntu as I do about Windows, I need a place to put the little knowledge nuggets I pick up and that’s the reason for this post. (Come to think of it, if I had started toying with Linux from the beginning my tidbits would have been scratched on paper in notebooks. The Internet was barely utilitarian.) Continue reading Ubuntu Nuggets