Microsoft Claims Its Intellectual Property is Used In Linux

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says users of Red Hat Linux should pay Microsoft for patented intellectual property supposedly contained in the open-source OS. The company has made no specific claims as to what portions of the Linux distro violate what patents. I feel the same way as Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation: Microsoft will only create more ill will in the Linux community, and in their own users’, until they specifically state what patents are being infringed, and provide proof. The fact that Ballmer simply says Microsoft patents are infringed will likely only further irritate customers who…

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IE7 Bug Reopens Debate Over Protocol Handlers

A bug in IE7 affecting how the browser handles URIs that launch external programs, patched today, has rekindled discussions about the responsibilities of protocol handlers. While some say the browser developers should be held responsible, others say it is a Windows problem. From what I have read about the issue, dozens of programs are potentially vulnerable. The vulnerability is reportedly in the way Windows handles the launching of programs, not in Internet Explorer or Firefox (both of which were affected by the earlier QuickTime protocol bug). I would say that the responsibility of fixing the problem falls on Microsoft in…

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Cisco Clean Access Agent? What the Heck is That?!

Welcome to the wonderful world of paranoia. In its infinite wisdom, Augsburg College, a place I will be going often this year, has begun to require (not suggest, not recommend, require) a program called “Cisco Clean Access Agent.” Fortunately, it only applies to Windows computers (well, that makes it better…), but you can’t access the network without it. Actually, you can, but it’s only a limited network that allows ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS) exclusively. No chat, no gaming, no POP, no nothing. Only surfing. Period. What’s wrong here? The thing is, I don’t want to have another startup…

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I’m Officially [email protected] (and @Work)

Lured by a recent article in PC World news, I have installed the [email protected] program from Stanford University and begun simulating folding proteins. So far, I’ve completed about 1% of my first work unit, so nothing much has been accomplished yet, but I’ve given the program permission to use about 80% of available processor power, and it estimates completion in a little over five days (!). That means, unfortunately, more like ten or fourteen days, since this computer is off more than half the time, but progress is progress. Being part of a One Petaflop (yes, I said “Peta”) computing…

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Why Installers Want You to Reboot

I found a great article over at a newly-discovered blog (thank you, Mr. Bass*), and thought I’d share the link. Though written in 2003, the article is still true, and it provides a very detailed look into the reasoning and logic behind requesting a user to reboot after an installation. Now, most of us should know by now that Windows locks in-use files, but did you know that there is a mechanism to tell Windows to overwrite a specific file on the next system reboot? Some of you might, but don’t yell at me for telling you something you know.…

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83 Updates

After installing Windows on the Gateway and finishing driver installations, I went to Windows Update and got a list of updates needed. The total: 83. 59.4 MB of files, with an estimated download time of an hour and a little change. Downloading update 7 now, so it might be a while before I move on to installing necessary software, like AVG Antivirus and Antispyware. Those two are next on the list, though.

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New Option in Gateway Restoration

I’ve found a new option on the Gateway Operating System disc. The Gateway Restore program will partition and format “Physical drive 0” instead of referring to it by letter. Right now, it’s completed partitioning and formatting (according to the wizard) and is “Prepairing [sic] Windows Installation…” We’ll see if this works…

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Chat Complete, but Solution Doesn’t Look Workable

I completed my chat with Gateway Support about five minutes ago, coming away with an entire set of instructions. I’m supposed to insert the recovery CD and “Boot to Command Prompt”, using FDISK to reformat the hard drive. Problem is, the drive doesn’t appear to be accessible from the only Command Prompt I can find, the Recovery Console on the Windows setup disc. I’ll spend a little more time trying to get access to the drive, but if I can’t it’ll be back to Gateway…

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Cannot Format User Partition

No way…Gateway System Recovery cannot format the user partition on the Gateway laptop. So how do I get the OS installed? I can’t do anything with Windows without being able to boot into Windows, and I’ve tried both options on the Recovery CD. I guess there’s only one option left: Gateway Technical Support. If they can’t solve the problem, the computer may have to be declared dead. (I could ask to have it taken to Geek Squad, but their prices are ridiculous, and I have some doubts about their actual skills.) So, I head to Gateway.com in search of assistance.

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