The Microsoft FUD history

A summarized history of Microsoft and How They Stole their way to #1 crushing everyone else who dared to play the game. What’s Missing? How Office was stolen from Apple’s spin off (claris) ‘claris works’ How Microsoft FUD-ed OpenGL and made DirectX King Kong.

They do very well in describing how MS muddled through the 80’s and the 90’s with technological partnerships and OS design promising roses, and selling manure. Just wish they had articles about how Microsoft also stole their other core businesses word processing and gaming from other superior competitors.

From just reading the Wikipedia entries on OpenGL/DirectX etc, it’s fairly clear to me that DirectX’s proprietary system is either an obfuscated version of OpenGL 1.4 (since in Vista, Microsoft can directly run up to rev 1.4 of open GL applications on DirectX with the native vista drivers) or they based their feature specs on OpenGL 1.4 and whatever else strong gaming companies could get Microsoft to promise support for in Direct3D/DirectX OpenGL Is superior, that’s why both Sony and Nintendo console systems rely on OpenGL, while only the Xbox and Windows centric gaming rely on DirectX/Direc3D…not to mention Jon Carmack tried to persuade Microsoft from using DirectX and just using OpenGL.

Claris works had everything on mac system 7 that the early office programs from Microsoft had, and probably a few mac centric features that office never got.not to mention that WordPerfect was a far superior product to word for a long, long time, even after office essentially killed it off.sigh, it is clear that the one thing Microsoft excels at is FUD, theft, and marketing. the one thing they’re the worst at, is actually designing and producing products.

Vista demonstrates just how bad Microsoft is, and I hope,  windows 7 will be the death knell of proprietary OS/utilities. Linux would get so much better, so much faster if a couple OEMs got behind making sure it had well coded Open drivers, and well coded Open software applications.

Although I do appreciate the effort of programmers world-wide who try to make Linux Better on their own time (or even those lucky few who are paid by some company to do open source code design and implementation…)can you imagine if a company selling 40 million computers a year, spent $10 per PC to hire Linux Free Open Source developers to “make Linux Work” Instead of paying “the Microsoft tax” could do for open source?there are only small issues and problems with desktop Linux right now, as it stands, problems that can’t be solved on a ‘free’ budget because access to hardware usually costs money and people with knowledge and experience tend to demand high paychecks.

I can dream… of course patents on software tend to be a problem for OSS as well, at least one that ‘keeps’ OEMs from pooling their Microsoft tax’ to make a Better OS For Less $. Apple showed how easy one OEM producer can use OSS to compete with Microsoft on the software side, without going bankrupt (of course they coded their own kernel etc, but there is a bit of OSS in apple)

Source : Kesuki’s Journal [Slightly edited, posted without permission]

Strange wired Windows powered gadgets

We’ve heard about many Linux that run on embedded platform today I came across many Windows powered gadgets that I though was never existed.Here are a few of them.

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Windows Powered Casket

Make sure you are always connected in the afterlife also

Windows CE Powered Gas Pump

OK.What is special about this one?Sure it looks cool, it works nice too.Ovation iX is a Windows CE powered gas pump that lets you download MP3s, purchase coffee, and even check traffic conditions.Customers can also print customized coupons or watch full-motion video commercials on its 10.4″ display with built-in iX Media technology.

Some more stuff…

Psion Teklogix is shipping a pair of rugged, vehicle-mount computers targeted at harsh warehouse and cold storage environments. The 8580 and 8590 run Windows XP Embedded and include a built-in environment controller that “ensures adaptability to changing conditions,” according to the company.

Ampro has expanded its line of industrial panel PCs with a 10-inch LCD model. The PowerPanel 10 supports both Windows CE and Windows XP Embedded targets a broad range of applications such as digital signage, medical equipment, and human-machine interfaces (HMIs), according to the company.

Windows Vista start button

I really don’t have any idea about the new name of the “——-“(start button).I found it while reading the review of the Vista Gold edition at winsupersite.It is called Start Orb, I think I will continue to call it as the start button itself 🙂

Here is what Paul says about it:

Start Orb. In Windows Vista, the new circular Start Orb (Figure) is used to launch the Start Menu (Figure). Looking at the Start Orb, you can see that it visually appears several pixels to the right of the edge of the screen. In the original version of Windows 95, Microsoft made a similar error, so that users who shot past the left of the old Start button could actually miss the button and click an empty part of the taskbar instead. However, Microsoft has learned from its past mistakes: In Windows Vista, you can actually overshoot the Start Orb and still cause the Start Menu to open on a click (Figure). That’s nice. But aside from the new graphical design, the new Start Orb functions identically to the Start button it replaces.

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Yahoo! Messenger for Vista

Windows Vista scores well in its visual eye candy(as it use my humble processors cycles).When new applications that starts using the new technologies that are  built into the new Windows will allow developers to make applications more lively, interactive and interesting.

I today happened to see the screen shots of the new Yahoo! Messenger which is for Vista, it looks good “like” Windows Live messen ger.As the Windows platform is also getting visually richer and beautiful User Interface developers role in application development will increase.

 

AOL to be merged with Yahoo!

Rumors rounding the Internet is that Yahoo! is going to merge with AOL the American Internet portal baggies, the next year (2007).But another report by imediaconnection is speculating that both AOL and Yahoo! will be acquired by some other company, most probably our software giant from Redmond, Washington.With Time Warner considering to sell AOL no one is sure about the future of AOL.

A Merrill Lynch analyst report has been came out in which they speculate that both AOL and Yahoo! are ready for a “transformation transaction in the coming 12 to 24 months.”After Google bought Youtube Fortune magazine mentioned this rumor back in October describing the merger of AOL with Yahoo! to impress the Wall Street.

So, what will happen  this story becomes true?.The userbase will multiply by manifold the product portfolio of Yahoo! (or Microsoft?) will increase at a rocket speed.As both companies (AOL, Yahoo!) are facing Investors who are doubtful about the companies competency with other Internet bigwigs like Google and Yahoo.

As the Web2.0 space becomes crowded with companies that do exactly the same thing (called clones), if a move like this happen to the classic companies of the Internet bubble, I am sure that a we will see a new era of application integration.Think about Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL integrating their services each other that will create an immense pressure on rivals like Google.So I am adding Google (hey! they have lots of cash)also too to the list of possible acquirers of Yahoo! and AOL

Accessing Linux(Ext2) Partitions from Windows

If you currently have Windows running and you realize that you need some files for your work which you have stored on an Ext2 volume of your Linux installation, you no longer have to shut down Windows and boot Linux!

Furthermore, Windows will now be able to handle floppy disks which have been formatted with an Ext2 file system.It installs a pure kernel mode file system driver Ext2fs.sys, which actually extends the Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 operating system to include the Ext2 file system. Since it is executed on the same software layer at the Windows NT operating system core like all of the native file system drivers of Windows (for instance NTFS, FASTFAT, or CDFS for Joliet/ISO CD-ROMs), all applications can access directly to Ext2 volumes. Ext2 volumes get drive letters (for instance G:). Files, and directories of an Ext2 volume appear in file dialogs of all applications. There is no need to copy files from or to Ext2 volumes in order to work with them.

The “Ext2 Installable File System for Windows” software is freeware.

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