Vista: here comes the blame game

Vista is all about change … “innovation” in Microsoft speak. The PC industry will grow features will stop stagnating. But a user who has just lost the document they were working on isn’t the slightest bit interested in change or innovation. As IT enthusiasts (dorks geeks dweebs whatever…) we do often lose sight of the…

It does what?

Why won’t tech companies cut the crap when it comes to selling you their software? We have no idea what exactly Sonic’s new “Actional 6.0” software actually does but dammmn if it doesn’t sound impressive. It’s been a while since we’ve been really impressed by what a company will say to sell its PC/disk partitioning…

Microsoft tries security through positive thinking

It’s kind of a joke when you come across an online discussion full of Microsoft fans. It’s like finding a kennel full of dogs belonging to an especially cruel master – even if they acknowledge that their favourite IT company has made considerable errors of judgement behaved in anti-competitive practices and has the worst security…

Sony reheats Linux on PS3

Playstation 2 users have got it in style but Playstation Portable (PSP) owners have had a strange relationship with Linux. Around this time last year a few PSP owners started messing with their new toys and discovered that the version 1.0 firmware that shipped with the unit was DRM capable but not enabled. This meant…

Linux on the Desktop: what’s missing?

My favourite initialism is probably LotD. It means many things to many people such as Lord of the Dance or Llamas on the Dirigible or even Labradors only ten Dollars (a small price to pay for a faithful companion in anyone’s language). The public clearly wants the aforementioned things; Michael Flattley is still inexplicably wealthy…

Apple intros new MacBook, slashes pricing

This week’s announcement of the iBook’s replacement the MacBook completes the line-up of Apple’s Intel-powered laptops. It also gave Apple the chance to make MacBook Pros significantly cheaper for Australian users. The MacBooks in classic white and new premium-priced black straddle the gap between the old iBooks and the now-defunct 12″ PowerBook. They introduce two…

Gmail tricks for Firefox users

Four extensions Greasemonkey scripts and bookmarklets offer Firefox users clever ways to work faster and smarter with Gmail. dragdropupload 1.5.11 is an extension that allows you to drag a file onto the “Attach a file” link in Gmail Compose window to attach it. This is much simpler and quicker than the default action of browsing…