Friday, February 17, 2006
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Windows Defender Beta 2 is Out
Google and the End of Privacy
Not evil enough? How does the idea of a Gmail hosted service sound like? Yes Google is running a limited public beta of this service. Indexing the content of your Gmail was not enough; Google seeks to index your corporate email too! More on the Gmail blog And the rumor mill keeps on going. Google are to launch an AJAX based WYSIWYG web page editor, a new calendar built into Gmail, Wifi in major cities. It seems Google is going at it in everyway. They're even branching out to traditional media. And have recently acquired dMarc, a radio advertising broker for $102 million dollars, and will shell out an extra $1 billion if they sell enough advertising, with TV advertising in the horizon. So what does Google know about you? Your searches, browsing pattern, email contents, Gtalk conversations (speech2text), my social network (Gtalk and Orkut), desktop content, blog contents, appointments, and location. What you listen to on Radio and what you watch on TV. I wouldn't be surprised if they acquire podscope in the near future to index what podcasts I listen to. All of this is used to serve me the best targeted Adsense Ads possible. All of this available to agencies like the FBI, CIA, etc. Ten days ago, an article in Business Week caught my attention, the author described Google as a race car driver with dreams of the checkered flag, but until his debut on the NASCAR circuit, he pays the bills by trolling the back alleys behind the wheel of a cab and I cannot agree more. Now I wonder when will someone rise up and stop them, or are we to wait for the apocalypse and await a new future where Google's monopoly out shadow’s Microsoft's. Digg It Related Links: EPIC 2014 Google Desktop Reloaded Gilmor Daily A New Desktop
In order to share your indexed files between your computers, we first copy this content to Google Desktop servers located at Google. This is necessary, for example, if one of your computers is turned off or otherwise offline when new or updated items are indexed on another of your machines. We store this data temporarily on Google Desktop servers and automatically delete older flies, and your data is never accessible by anyone doing a Google search.
Monday, February 13, 2006
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Sunday, February 05, 2006
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
First Looks: Internet Explorer 7.0 Beta 2 Preview
- ActiveX controls are disabled by default in Internet Explorer Version 7. The ActiveX Input TYPE=FILE control no longer submits a fully-qualified path; it now submits only a filename. The ActiveX control for XEnroll certificate enrollment was removed from Windows Vista and replaced with a new control.
- Antiphishing Filter Built In Cyota Inc, Internet Identity and MarkMonitor will regularly supply information to Microsoft on thousands of confirmed phishiping websites to help ensure the URL reputation service is running with the latest information on known attackers (more at: http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2005/11/17/494040.aspx )
- Safer Protocol Defaults: Weaker SSLv2 protocol are disabled, TLSv1 protocol are enabled. Hence IE users will negotiate HTTPS connections using SSLv3 or TLSv1; you will not notice any difference in the user experience, it's a silent improvement in security.
- The absence of a download manager and ability to pause downloads. (Note: IE6 & 7 do resume downloads if the server supports it, provided that you do not try downloading until the connection is resumed)
- XMLHttpRequest is only half of the AJAX toolkit!
- We still have that awkward find popup screen with no highlighting capability
- Viewing source code displays the source in an unformatted colorless notepad!
- Ability to rearrange the tabs in toolbar is missing
- IE7 Still Lacks the Shift + Enter for sites that end with .net (if anyone knows of a key for that or .org please let me know)
- Like I said before it doesn't have wikipedia or technorati in search options which is a bit of a disappointment.
- Themes! I cannot stress this enough, loads of people end up downloading spyware/adware just because they want to customize their IE experience.
- Inability to open drupal RSS 2.0 feeds
- One site rendering funny (http://uk.msn.com/)
- Blogger editor doesn't display what you're typing!
- Incompatible with MSN Messenger Produced Chat Logs (Same with MSN Messenger Live)
- I didn't experience this myself but I heard some people had trouble uninstalling
- You need to have a genuine version of windows in order to test drive IE 7.0
- You still have to reboot after installing IE, but I guess that's because it's part of windows.
- Available for I32 bit platform on Windows XP only. WinXP 64 and 2003 Server editions coming soon