Category Archives: Microsoft

SCO, Microsoft, OOXML v ODF, and who knows what else!

Hello folks. I know I’ve been negligent keeping the blog up to date but I’ve been busy. Finally got the writing bug back for some of my fanfics and got some new stuff posted on DS. Always a good spot to go for Fanfiction if I do say so myself. I’m trying to get back in the mood for Imperium as well, so expect SOME movement on that site here in the mid-range. I really probably should take some time to outline Imperium and hope that helps me move it a bit faster.

A lot of stuff has happened since I last posted. The big thing though is pretty good news for us linux nuts. SCO’s claims of Copywrite on the Unix and Unixware trademarks were summarily found to be property of Novell and the SCO was obligated to obey the Novell folk when it comes to ending their copywrite suit against IBM. SCO’s case has pretty much been eviscerated from this ruling. When the Nazgul are finished with them well… the executive board may beg the SEC to throw them in jail.

Vista has been a nightmare to deal with at work. Too many things are incompatable, too many people wanting to use five year old hardware with the new OS, and too many programs just out last year that are wholly incompatable. Just way too much going wrong here. Hell, DX10 and DX10.1 are really hurting me, since neither Nvidia or ATI have a stable DX10 driver for their DX10 compatable hardware.

MS added another headache when they said that the DX10 compatible hardware out now will be completely unusable and incompatible with DX10.1. And People wonder why I push Open Source, OpenGL, and OpenAL as the way to go.

MS also seems to be trying to buy standardization for OOXML. Way too many people being bribed into supporting this abomination of a standard. We already have a truly open and extensible ISO supported standard. There is no reason to fast track OOXML especially with all the many flaws built into it. Too many requirements that the OOXML format support bugs from older binary versions of Office. Just drop that first off and actually change the standard to fix those problems.

That’s my opinion though. I’m no expert.

Fanfic wise I posted two new fics. Exile which can be found here, and the first chapter of a short comedy fic called Neko-Waffers, which can be found here.

Most if not all of my older fics are slated for MAJOR revisions before their next chapters come out. I’ll be working on those chapters over time, but they will all be revised before I post their next chapters. FFN also has my current work.

Linux IS ready, and Vista’s worst nightmare!

I have, for the longest time, declared LInux to be more then ready for regular home use. It’s more stable and more secure then most any windows platform. Ease of install has improved depending on the distro you choose. Getting work done and having some fun is easy and not as big an issue as some say.

Yet there are still folk who say it’s no where near ready for the main stream. For them I got a few words.

First off, the guy whose gonna call with issues getting his video card working in Linux would have the same issue in Windows, not because it’s hard to do, but because he’s an idiot. Fact is, it’s not the OS that’s hard to figure out, it’s the user that’s a freakin moron and expects things to be given to him on a silver platter. Fact is, that guy would have issues no matter what operating system they used.

The only thing that Linux needs work in is gaming, and if we accept it’s ready for the desktop in general we KNOW it’s ready for gaming. We just need games and drivers for it. With the advent of OpenGL and OpenAL, which are cleaner and more usable alternitives to Direct-X in Windows we now have the stepping stones for high end games in a Linux enviroment.

The fact that the USER is prohibited from loading software except as root is a good thing. It prevents the loading of programs that aren’t safe, and acts as one of many anti-viral safeguards putting only the individual users data at risk. Not the rest of the system.

And the biggest factor that proves linux is ready. MS Vista’s release in the near future. Vista, aside from being 64-bit and having more eye candy and resource hunger is nothing more then a shody upgrade to XP. Anyone whose even read the EULA would be insane to shell out the money for this product. You only get to do one major upgrade before MS demands you pay them again. This is unacceptable when a viable and superior alternitive is available, and doesn’t lock you into a draconian Devil’s Bargain.

Linux is ready, it’s been ready, and it can supplant Windows as the dominant OS. The only people who think it can’t, are afraid of change, or can’t handle the idea of having to learn things. It’s time to stop catering to the lowest common denominator, and start expecting people to educate themselves.

More Tech Support Pains: Dealing with Other companies.

I had a lady I was working with, we had to confrence in with Microsoft tech support. During the call she asked why we support MS when they do this to their customers. I unfortunatly had to tell her the truth. No one knows how to use anything other then Windows and MS products, therefore our hands were tied in the matter.

She got pissed off at the guy we were talking with at MS, who then transfered us. I get a dial tone and can talk to my customer anymore. Then I couldn’t get a hold of her either.

Just one more thing that enhances my loathing of Microsoft.

Vista Express Upgrades available.

I was configureing a laptop for fun on Dell.com today, just for fun like I want to do on occasion. And after the OS selection window I saw express upgrade to Vista pop up. Looks like Dell is now giving folk free upgrades plus shipping and handling for WIndows Vista home and Pro versions. I suppose with Vista so close at hand they need to be doing this to keep folk from waiting on purchasing a system. This makes perfect business sense from a standpoint of computers because you have this highend OS upgrade coming out, and you don’t want your customers waiting to get it.

On the other hand I hate windows with a passion and would only get Vista if I had a labotomy. But a free upgrade if I get a configured system is tempting. More then likely, when I get my M1210 I’m going to be stripping it and putting Gentoo on there.

It’s all about the freedom to choose man.

Change a Disk, Get a New License – Windows Vista

http://www.cio.com/blog_view.html?CID=25933

Anyone who knows me knows I cavitch about Microsoft on and on. There really is no reason for us to put up with a lot of the crap MS gets away with. This is one of them. In Vista you can only switch the license once. Have a motherboard that fried on you and you already had to change it out? If you were using vista get ready to shell out another few hundred bucks for a license. This is nuts, especially when you can get an OS like Linux that works more efficiantly, more stabily, and have all the best parts you want, to include games in Cedega.

Please, I ask all of you to take this as Windows saying, “we don’t care about you consumers. You have no choice but to comply,” and tell Queen Gates to kiss out frosty cold ass.

Microsoft Proven to be Complicit in SCO/Baystar Deal

Well, it seems that the folk who thought MS was behind Baystar’s investment in (and by association support of) the SCO Litigation were proven right. Information on this is available at Groklaw and Slashdot. I guess MS was trying to take out it’s one real nightmare from a PC standpoint. The worst thing is that apparently MS reneged on their agreement to Back Baystar’s investment in SCO and stopped returning their calls. So MS is not only complicit in what seems to be a pump and dump scheme on the part of SCO’s executive Board but also in not fufilling their part of the deal with Baystar.

This information could be used by more folk to go after MS in future Anti-Trust battles. This is not a good thing for Redmond.

WinFS is Dead.

Looks like MS has given up on WinFS. It was supposed to be the next big thing in storage file systems. A relational filesystem that would revolutionize computing. Well now the best bits are being divied up between ADO.NET and SQL Server and the rest tossed out like so much medical waste. Can’t say I care, Vista and Office 2007 still aren’t justifyable in any way for an upgrade. The whole refusale to support an international standard document format is just not endearing.