Friday, November 04, 2005
Friday, August 19, 2005
- New: Feed Engine; This one replaces the unreliable one used by FeedMonster before.
- Changed: Feed Database format; It is now an XML file that combines the feeds list (.fmf) and the feed link files (.flf).
- Changed: Web Browser controls; Same IE just a different control
- Added: Feed Auto Discovery; automatcally scans for links to RSS feeds in the pages you vist in the FeedMonster web browser.
- Fixed: Annoying Feed Selection issue; Occured when a feed was already being downloaded and the user clicked on
it again or on another feed that needed to be downloaded.
- Changed: Item Newspaper theme; Now uses a built in CSS stylesheet.
- Added: Status Bar; FMWB actually finished now
- Changed: Add feed and Edit feed moved; Now on a sidebar
- Added: Toolbar and Sidebar layout saving; Now when you reposition the toolbars and sidebars
they're automatically repositioned for you each time you start FeedMonster.
- Added: Tabbed Browser; now FeedMonster has a tabbed browser just like all the others.
- Added: Colored Tabs; Tabs in FeedMonster now have alternating background colors
- Fixed: ClickTwice feed viewing; now when a feed has never been DL'ed all you have to do is ClickOnce.
And for the curious this build 2055
If that one doesnt work then Here
Monday, July 04, 2005
Something that really bothers me is the fact that people think that everything should be the same and should never change. Take RSS readers for example, I have been working on one for roughly 4 months now, here in the last 2 or 3 weeks I released beta 2 on the forums at Neowin.net, and someone comes along talking about having been looking for RSS reader for quite some time. So he downloads it and then comes back and says "...the layout is horrable. Its a listbox in its most simple form.". Then he posts this picture of another feed reader, saying that my program should looks somewhat like the pic he posted which in turn looks just like Mozilla Thunderbird.
In my opinion, things that all look exactly the same are just plain boring which is the whole reasoning behind my program being different.
I call upon the loyal reader to answer the following question:
Why do you think people are afraid of something different?
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
“Everywhere in the world, customers deserve freedom of choice and the benefits of innovation -- and these are being stolen away in the microprocessor market,” said Hector Ruiz, AMD chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. “Whether through higher prices from monopoly profits, fewer choices in the marketplace or barriers to innovation – people from Osaka to Frankfurt to Chicago pay the price in cash every day for Intel’s monopoly abuses.”
The antitrust complaint against Intel Corporation was filed under Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, Sections 4 and 16 of the Clayton Act, and the California Business and Professions Code. The 48-page complaint explains in detail how Intel has unlawfully maintained its monopoly in the x86 microprocessor market by engaging in worldwide coercion of customers from dealing with AMD. It identifies 38 companies that have been victims of coercion by Intel – including large scale computer-makers, small system-builders, wholesale distributors, and retailers, through seven types of illegality across three continents, AMD claims.
AMD said that Intel’s share of the x86 chip market currently counts for about 80% of worldwide sales by unit volume and 90% by revenue, “giving it entrenched monopoly ownership and super-dominant market power”.
AMD said Intel’s illegal and unfair actions include the following:
Intel has forced major customers into exclusive or near-exclusive deals;
Intel has conditioned rebates, allowances and market development funding on customers’ agreement to severely limit or forego entirely purchases from AMD;
Intel has established a system of discriminatory, retroactive, first-dollar rebates triggered by purchases at such high levels as to have the practical and intended effect of denying customers the freedom to purchase any significant volume of processors from AMD;
Intel has threatened retaliation against customers introducing AMD computer platforms, particularly in strategic market segments;
Intel has established and enforced quotas among key retailers effectively requiring them to stock overwhelmingly, if not exclusively, Intel-powered computers, thereby artificially limiting consumer choice;
It has forced PC makers and technology partners to boycott AMD product launches and promotions;
Intel has abused its market power by forcing on the industry technical standards and products which have as their central purpose the handicapping of AMD in the marketplace.
This litigation follows a recent ruling from the Fair Trade Commission of Japan (JFTC), which found that Intel abused its monopoly power to exclude fair and open competition, violating Section 3 of Japan’s Antimonopoly Act. These findings reveal that Intel deliberately engaged in prohibited business practices to stop AMD’s increasing market share by imposing limitations on Japanese PC manufacturers. Intel did not dispute these charges. The European Commission has stated that it is pursuing an investigation against Intel for similar possible antitrust violations and is cooperating with the Japanese authorities.
In the lawsuit AMD brings several examples how Intel forced customers not to buy AMD processors, how the chipmaker provided or withdrew marketing or engineering funds from certain PC makers or provided other privileges or disadvantages in order to stop those companies from using AMD chips or participating in AMD events. The Sunnyvale, California-based company says that Intel has attempted to change specification of DDR3 memory pin-out in order to slowdown adoption of the memory type by the main rival. Among other things AMD blames Intel in creating compilers for software that caused AMD chips either to work slower than Intel’s, or to crash.
AMD demands the court to find Intel guilty of all charges and compensate AMD its losses as well as profits caused by Intel’s actions.
Source: X-Bit labs
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Apart from showing off IE7 at Gnomedex this year, screenshots of Longhorn also show it's current build: 5087. It is not known whether this build will be the Beta build that will be released to testers this summer. Read more for screenshot provided by Flickr.com.
News Source: Flexbeta
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
News source: Neowin.net
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Microsoft geek blogger, Robert Scoble has begun taking nominations for a "Longhorn superuser and superdeveloper blogger group". The group will be 20 strong and members at Channel 9 appear to have the final say on who will get picked. Team 99 members must be bloggers, Trusted by the community, visible and can give good feedback to Microsoft about upcoming technologies developed for the next gen Windows operating system, codenamed Lognhorn.
If you feel Neowin has, over a period of nearly 5 years, given you the most up to date information on Microsoft products and Windows Longhorn then feel free to nominate in the thread at channel 9 - linked below.
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Source: Life really needs to get Laid
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Boot up times can also be reduced, claimed the firms, by using the flash as a boot buffer during shut-down. Microsoft calls the device a hybrid hard drive (HHD). It is designed to work with Longhorn, the next generation of Windows. "Hybrid drive architecture... is an advancement that will improve the performance and reliability of any computer using the Windows Longhorn operating system," said Tom Phillips, general manager of Microsoft's Windows group.
News source: electronicsweekly
Monday, April 25, 2005
|Engadget writes, apparently a French court has ruled that adding anti-copying mechanisms to a DVD violates the rights consumers have to make private copies of media that they’ve bought and paid for. Reportedly the court has given the company that released the film in question one month to provide the guy who sued them with an unprotected DVD; it’s not entirely clear whether this ruling applies to every DVD sold in France or just that one copy of Mulholland Drive this guy was trying to dub. Either way, expect the film industry to throw its entire weight behind getting this ruling overturned.|
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Here's an exceprt from their blog
"We’ve heard some great feedback on what web developers would like to see in IE7, both from the responses to my last post and from the resources I referred to. The rest of the team was cranking away while I was away on parental leave, and I wanted to share a few details about what they were doing: The first couple of things they’ve done are:
- Support the alpha channel in PNG images. We’ve actually had this on our radar for a long time, and have had it supported in the code for a while now. We have certainly heard the clear feedback from the web design community that per-pixel alpha is a really important feature.
- Address CSS consistency problems. Our first and most important goal with our Cascading Style Sheet support is to remove the major inconsistencies so that web developers have a consistent set of functionality on which they can rely. For example, we have already checked in the fixes to the peekaboo and guillotine...."
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Opera's communications department could obviously not resist to make such a bold and inarguably over-confident statement public. Opera's new Web browser, Opera 8, was released Tuesday, and the massive response had Opera's download servers kneeling an hour after the launch. Still, the download numbers of Opera 8 reached 600 000 in the first 48 hours.
Download: Opera 8
News source: Opera Press Release
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
The plaintiffs, which included the City and County of San Francisco, city of Los Angeles and the counties of Santa Clara, San Mateo and Los Angeles, sued the Redmond, Washington-based software maker last August for violating antitrust and unfair competition laws in California. "Today's decision granting Microsoft's motion to dismiss is welcome news," Microsoft spokeswoman Stacy Drake said in a statement. "We look forward to continuing to work with California government agencies to help deliver technology solutions to their communities."
News source: e-Week, Neowin.net