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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

5 reasons to download IE 7

I don't condone downloading and installing random programs just to try them. That's a great way to expose your computer to security threats and performance issues--not to mention filling your computer with junk. But if something helps you get things done and improves your computing experience, then it's time to download. That said, I highly recommend downloading and installing Internet Explorer 7. I've used IE7 for about two months. It's great. I had some problems when I started; for example, I couldn't log into my online banking site. But those problems have been resolved.

Several people--including me--have written about IE7 and some of the reasons to use it. I've included links to some these articles at the bottom of this article. In addition, here a couple of the things I have liked about IE7 so far.

  1. It's cool. Let's face it, IE6 looked dated compared to other browsers. But take a look at IE7. With Tabbed browsing, RSS Feeds, and an instant search box, IE7 has a new look that also improves your browsing experience.
  2. Stay more secure. A new IE7 architecture and improved security tools will help protect you against malicious software. For example, a phishing filter proactively warns you against potential or known fraudulent sites and blocks the site if appropriate. In addition, you can download Windows Defender Beta 2 to help prevent spyware from getting on your computer.
  3. Save paper. The new printing features automatically shrinks text so that the Web page fits onto your final printed page. It's one of my favorite features in IE7.
  4. Use new add-ons. There are several IE7 add-ons that can improve your browsing experience. Again, I don't condone downloading programs just to try them, but some of these are helpful.
  5. Tabbed browsing. I've liked the tabbed browsing since I started using IE7, but after 2 months of use I'm hooked. The tabs save me time and limit the number the windows I have open. And I know, other browsers have had this for a while.

Here are some additional IE7 articles that are helpful and that I suggest reading.

Google data APIs: Now with PHP

Per an announcement today at Zend Conference 2006, GData support is now available in the Zend Framework:
The Google Data APIs provide a simple standard protocol for reading and writing data on the web. With the Google data APIs, developers can mash up services like Google Base, Calendar, Blogger, and CodeSearch.

Zend Google Data Client Library provides a PHP 5 component to execute queries and commands against Google Data APIs from your PHP applications.
Check it out and let us know what you think!

Todos in Gmail?

Steffen from Germany tried to create a label named “ToDos” in Gmail, but received the following message:

The label name “ToDos” is invalid.

Is this new? And does this mean we’ll be getting a todo list feature in Gmail one of these days?

Another label you won’t be allowed to use, by the way, is “voicemail”. Gmail will show a slightly different warning – “System specific names are not allowed. Please try another name.” This warning also pops up when an item for this word already exists in the Gmail navigation, like inbox, starred, chat or chats.

Borland C++ - The Hidden Cat (Easter Egg)

1. Create a C source with an editor, an type in
the following code:
#pragma keeka
void main(void) {return 0;}
2. Save with a name of your choice (e.g. "egg.c")
3. Compile the source with:
bcc32 egg.c
4. Watch the message the compiler displays!
This should work inserting the "#pragma" line in any C source ... I've not tested it with other version of the compiler.
Oh, yes, it's like the Curious George egg ...

Microsoft, deals, deals, deals ...

It seems to be Microsoft deal day and leading off is the news that Microsoft’s Halo video game based movie, which went on the rocks when Universal and Fox withdrew their funding, has been indefinitely postponed:

Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday said the company and the Oscar-winning team behind “The Lord of the Rings” films have postponed “Halo” — the movie based on Microsoft’s popular alien shoot-up video games.

“At this time Microsoft, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game,” Microsoft said in a statement.

“While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait,” said the company, which through a spokesman declined further comment.

Leaving broken Hollywood dreams behind for the mundane technical variety, if Microsoft did a big unified communications deal with Nortel why are they demoing with Mitel?

Well, if past deals have problems, there are always new deals like Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform. No financial terms were disclosed, but I find it hard to believe that it is a great business opportunity for Zend without some reimbursement from Microsoft. Best line:

The companies believe the alternative “WIMP stack”–which substitutes Windows and the Internet Information Server (IIS) for Linux and Apache–will have some appeal.

Here’s another one that asks more questions than it answers, but in a potentially interesting way:

Autocell Laboratories Inc., a maker of automatic frequency management software for wireless networks and applications, has confirmed that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp., the company said on Tuesday.

The licenseing agreement is with respect to Acton-based Autocell’s patent portfolio related to load balancing, automatic channel selection, transmit power control, fast roaming, automatic secure wireless key distribution and generation, as well as various software architecture patents.

Microsoft has also obtained non-exclusive rights to use the Autocell access point and station source code bases.

And Microsoft isn’t just buying technology, it’s also selling - in China:

Today at the Innovation Summit in Beijing, Microsoft Corp. announced the first-ever licensing of technologies to two Chinese software companies, Comtech Group Inc. and Hunan Talkweb Information System Co. Ltd. (Talkweb). The innovative mobile communications technologies were developed by scientists at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing. Comtech and Talkweb are demonstrating the potential for intellectual property created in China to be the basis for new businesses in the growing Chinese knowledge economy. Although Microsoft has successfully partnered with other companies and entrepreneurs in Europe and the U.S., this is the first time early-stage intellectual property-based technologies are being licensed under the shared-success business model of Microsoft IP Ventures in China.

The financial part of “shared-success” was not disclosed, but Microsoft says that they like the Chinese deals so much that they are working hard on more.

Google is going multilingual

Google has published that they will make their Google Apps for Your Domain multilingual, they said that somewhere in the neighborhood of three out of four people on Earth don't speak English, so to better serve more Earthlings, they aim to make their products available and useful in lots of native languages other than English. Recently they've been working with translators and other linguistic experts to support 17 new languages in Google Apps for Your Domain.

Google Apps for Your Domain lets customers offer private-labeled email, IM and calendar tools to all of their users for free, so they can share ideas and get things done more effectively. Customers can design and publish their organization's website, too. It's all hosted by Google, which means there's no hardware or software for them to install or maintain.

This product is their way of letting entire organizations give their users powerful communication and collaboration tools: private-label versions of Gmail for custom domains, Google Calendar and Google Talk. The service is free, there's no hardware or software required, and organizations can tailor the user interface with custom logos and colors. So now anyone with a domain can provide essential, customized apps to all of their users, without spending a cent. (Or as the case may be, without spending a rupee, a krone, a won, a Eurocent, a yen, a centavo or a kopek.)

Here's the full list of languages "Google Apps for Your Domain" now supports:
French, Italian, German, Spanish, Norwegian, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, British English, Polish, Turkish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Japanese, Korean and US English. (Peoples browser's language preference determines which version of the site will be seen in.)

Google is developing "Google Apps for Education", they designed Google Apps for Education with the needs of schools with limited budgets and busy staff in mind. "Google Apps for Education is truly free" they stated, there are no servers to buy and no software to install or maintain. Their use of open standards means that organizations can easily integrate it with existing systems, and Google won't lock them into Google's services. Google’s strict privacy policies protect student and school information. And Google support students even after they graduate, ensuring that they can keep in contact with alums, and alums with each other. Get more information on why Google is a great parter for schools on this link.

Google Co-op has landed

Wouldn't it be cool if you could easily build a search engine on your blog or website tailored to the topics and areas you know and love the most? You're not alone if you'd like that -- we've heard from partners large and small, and users across the web who want access to the Google search platform, and want to customize and make it their own.

We're thrilled to tell you that the search for your own search engine is over. Today we are launching the Google Custom Search Engine. As you might imagine, it's a simple and straightforward product to use and understand. In a matter of minutes you can create a search engine that reflects your knowledge and interests; looks and feels like your own; and, if you choose, you can make money from the traffic you receive through Google's AdSense program. You can even invite your friends and trusted community members to add to and help build your search engine.

Finding specific information has never been so easy, and there's no programming knowledge or cost involved. We worked with a few initial partners to demonstrate the power of the customization features. Check out the search engine built to better connect their users to the environmental science information they are looking for. Intuit created a search engine for their site, finding that it met the needs of their small business customers. But the Custom Search Engine is not just for businesses. Since Shashi is passionate about wine, he created a "wine search engine" and put it on his wine blog so his friends can search for wine-related topics from there.

You can build a Custom Search Engine on any topic you like. Give it a try.

Windows Media Player 11 launched

Microsoft has released version 11 of its Windows Media Player software. Featuring seamless integration with MTV's digital music service, Urge, Windows Media Player 11 will give users access to more than 2 million tracks.

According to Microsoft, the search capabilities of WMP 11 are faster than any other media player. The Instant Search facility gives results that narrow with every keystroke whether the user is looking through their own collection or searching Urge's library.

“MTV Networks' collaboration with Microsoft on Media Player 11 gives Urge users a fully immersive and integrated music and entertainment experience,” said Michael Bloom, general manager of Urge. "Our expertise... combined with Microsoft's technology gives music fans the best way to discover and stay connected with the music and artists they love.”

Windows Media Player 11 for XP gives users some idea of what Windows Media Player 11 for Windows Vista will be like. For example, there is better support for portable digital audio players and what Microsoft describes as a 'visually-driven' interface.

There are a host of other improvements too. Audio fingerprinting capabilities allows WMP 11 to identify tracks that are unnamed so it can import information about the track such as the name and the artist.

According to Mike Sievert, corporate vice president of Windows, it "is the first media player to be truly designed with the digital entertainment lover in mind," which might make you wonder just who had been in mind when previous versions were designed.