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IE 8 Will Be Standards-Compliant By Default

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

This article says that Internet Explorer 8 will be standards-compliant by default? Is it true? Will Microsoft start to comply with standards? I sure hope so as I am going to be probably be testing it out on my parents computer soon.

Here is the article:




IE8 Will Be Standards-Compliant By Default

Posted by kdawson on Monday March 03, @09:51PM
from the browsers-on-acid dept.


Internet Explorer

A number of readers wrote in to make sure we know about Microsoft’s change of heart regarding IE8. The new version of the dominant browser will render in full standards mode by default. Developers wishing to use quirks mode for IE6- and IE7-compatible rendering will have to opt in explicitly. We’ve previously discussed IE8’s render mode a few times. Perhaps Opera’s complaint to the EU or the EU’s record antitrust fine had something to do with Redmond’s about-face.




I hope Microsoft was freaked out by Opera’s complaint to the EU or that the EU’s record anti-trust fine, though it could be both or none. Who knows other then the software giant itself.

The source of the article is from



European Union Fines Microsoft 1.3 Billion Dollars.

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

The European Union is at it again by fining Microsoft $1.3 Billion Dollars for bundling their Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer and other applications together with their newest operating system, Windows Vista. It is said that Microsoft is the first ever company in the EU to ever get fined for non-compliance after an anti-trust lawsuit against them. The 1.3 billion dollar fines amount from June 21st 2006 to October 21st 2007.

Overall this does not look so good for Microsoft. Sometime they will run out of money while this lawsuit goes on. Personally I think that Microsoft should just do what the EU says to be sure that they can still sell their products in that market, though I do not see them choosing that option anyways.

How to install Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5 from inside Windows

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

is is a step by step guide. As always I take no responsibility for anything that goes wrong.Step 1: download the ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 5.
Step 2: burn iso file to cd as an image.
Step 3: put cd back into tray and run umenu.exe.
Step 4: click on the button install in windows
Step 5: Put in your credentials to be used in your Ubuntu installation, as well as the hard drive space, hard drive and language.
Step 6: Click next
Step 7: The ubuntu installation will create an image, and start copying files.
Step 8: reboot.
Step : Yep it is that easy!

Civilization IV having trouble on Windows Vista?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I have read a lot about Windows Vista Compatibility issues, but when I installed Civilization IV on Windows Vista, a pop up box came up saying that “this game has some known compatibility issues.” I said what ever thats okay since I can probably run it anyways. So far it works fine with Vista, there has been no slow downs, nothing wrong with it at all. When you install it on Linux, it may be harder to install but in the end its worth it, as you can play it for less of a payload on your computer, when running on Ubuntu then on Windows Vista, so that you can enjoy it a lot more. Believe me I like Vista and all, but its been a year and a bit since Vista came out for household users and they cannot get a patch out to make it Vista compatible? There are lots of other games out there like others after it, most likely beyond the sword so that people have a better experience on Civilizations IV.

Overall Civilizations IV on Vista works quite well. If you have any problems just leave a comment.

Windows Vista ….. Again….. What Am I Thinking?

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Well since my sister got her new laptop I decided that I may as well try out Vista again. I know, yes, I know that I have tried it before, though if my sister needs my expertise, which she will not ask for?!?, I will need to learn more about Vista. Her laptop is pretty good, (better then mine :( ,) but I will need to use it for learning as well so I can get farther into networking. This is going to for a short time, I hope, though until I go back to Linux I will have to go to school using Windows.

That is all for today. I will try to post more then once a day this week,

Ryan Orser.

Cisco and how it helps you learn better

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

I am just going to talk about how Cisco helped myself learn better.

I go to highschool where a teacher teaches Cisco. I thought, I would love to learn about networking, so I decided to try it out. Best of all it was one of the best courses I have ever taken, as I helped myself to university student knowledge and am going to get a couple of letters, and a few certificates from Cisco.

Now you ask, “How does Cisco help you learn better?” Well here is the truth: I started taking online courses last year to learn more about the online world (and school,) so as I was working I found out that I did have the power to be a self-motivated, hardworking individual, as not many people can do that. It started out as I wasn’t really fond of doing online work, but now I have become an online person, with my own laptop, server, blog, and two domains. I have been learning various types of Linux and Windows applications using Wine and using Ubuntu and many other distributions.

In my school career I have been made top student of the year in 2 courses and have had the honor roll for 2/3 years, though I might have had honor roll if I had not done so poorly in grade 10s’ first term.

So overall I have learned to work hard with any motivation that I have received from myself and have been driven to preform my best in all areas (especially computer courses.)

Ryan Orser

Review: Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon takes on Mac OS X Leopard for the OS of the Year Part 1

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

A 2 Part cage match between the Gutsy Gibbon and the Macintosh Leopard: Who will win? This is an in depth article about how the two Operating systems compare. I personally have not used Leopard but I have tried it out on a demo computer at the store. It is very cool. I have used Ubuntu since June of 2006 and have liked it a lot. source from



Ubuntu will run on pretty much any computer with an Intel-compatible or PowerPC CPU. The distro claims that you need a bare minimum of 256MB of RAM, but expect glacial performance. In reality, you’ll want at least 512MB of RAM, with 1GB even better. You’re told to expect that the OS will take up about 4GB of space on your hard drive, which is nothing in terms of today’s ginormous hard drives.

All Spelling mistakes from the indented text are from the original article

Yes Ubuntu will run on the minimum but will be very slow. I have it running on a Laptop with an AMD Turion TL-50 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 80 GB hard drive, and a Nvidia geforce go 6150 graphics card.

You install Leopard on Apple’s boxes, or you buy a new Mac, and it comes with Leopard pre-installed. That’s it. According to Apple, you can install Leopard on any Intel-based Mac, as well as any PowerPC G5 or G4 box, as long as it has a 867 MHz or faster CPU. You’ll need at least 512MB of RAM, a DVD drive for the installation disc, and 9GB for the OS.

Well there is a hack that you can do to have your PC that has an Intel CPUs’ run Leopard.

Ease of Use:

From the usability standpoint Linux’s greatest strength, choice, is also its weakness. Ubuntu is no exception. With two major desktop environments, KDE and GNOME, that look and act much differently, along with different window managers, and with the whole shebang sitting atop X11, and Compiz if your video card supports it there’s a lot of room for variation. When it comes to apps, Ubuntu tries hard to simplify matters, but users still face an astounding array of choices.

On the one hand, this is great– you can pick the exact app and appearance that suits your needs and desires best. On the other hand, this can really confuse the heck out of users new to Linux. Not to mention, simple things like different Open and Save dialog boxes, depending upon whether you’re using a KDE or GNOME app, can prove to be annoying and deadening in terms of usability.

Well to me choice is the best part of the whole Linux OS.

The Mac, on the other hand, is just the opposite. Apple has invested millions of dollars and man hours to ensure that its usability is, overall, the best in the business with a few major missteps, which I’ll cover shortly. Its look and feel is unified throughout Leopard, including even the programs that come bundled with the OS. This uniformity means that everything acts the same way– open one app’s Open or Save dialog box, for instance, and you now know how virtually every single Open or Save dialog box will work. Grok the unified menubar, and you just absorbed how every Mac app works.

The problem comes if you don’t like the way Apple decided to do something. Too bad, bud. It’s Apple’s way or the highway. Case in point: the new translucent menu bar. It’s awful. Someone inside Apple thinks it’s a great idea, though, so that’s what we get. But here’s the kicker: there’s no exposed way to turn off the translucency and go back to an opaque menu bar. Three weeks after Leopard’s release someone figured out how to change the opacity of the menu bar by using an arcane command in the terminal. So while there are usually ways to” fix” things the way you’d like them, don’t always expect Apple to make it easy to do so. It’s a good thing that the majority of Apple’s UI decisions are excellent, thoughtful choices that make the Mac a productive joy to use.

But not always. For instance, Leopard introduced a new, reflective Dock that many people find ugly. Again, after some searching, users figured out a command that gets rid of the ugly and goes back to an easier-to-view 2D look. Or take Stacks. In previous versions of Mac OS X, you could drag a folder to the Dock and then right-click on it to access a hierarchical menu of the folder’s contents. In Leopard, that isn’t even an option. Apple instead calls folders on your Dock Stacks. Right-clicking on a Stack produces a contextual menu instead of the contents of the folder; to view the folder’s contents, left-click on the folder.

However, left-clicking shows you the contents either as a fan that leans to the right or a grid of about 30 or so items. More than that, and you have to open the Finder, thus negating the whole point of clicking on the Stack in the first place. Once again, users have solved the problem with third-party apps that restore pre-Leopard functionality. It’s just too bad that Apple doesn’t give users more options in cases like these.

But, keep in mind, the fact that I’m reduced to complaining about the opacity of a menubar and related items should tell you how good the Mac UI really is.

Wow I thought Windows could be the one Operating System that has the least customization.

However, I’m not going to let Ubuntu get off scott free. It still needs to fix many ease of use issues. The difference is, however, that since Ubuntu is open source, it’s usually a bit easier to fix the problems. Usually, but not always. Let’s talk specifics.

One problem that affects both KDE and GNOME has to do with how programs are launched. Ubuntu uses the default GNOME and KDE menus to start programs, access control panel applets, and manage other system functions. These don’t seem too bad until you check out what openSUSE has done to the K menu and the GNOME panels. The openSUSE K menu offers five tabs– Favorites, Applications, Computer, History, and Leave– that logically divide the functions one would want from a computer’s” Start” menu. In the case of GNOME, openSUSE does away with the confusing mish-mash of a top and bottom panel (Really, does any new user see the logic in that? Does any advanced user?) for a unified bottom panel, with a single Computer menu that provides access to Applications, Documents, and Places. This is far more logical, usable, and daring than the alternatives, and Ubuntu should be willing to adopt such measures when it makes sense, and lead by coming up with its own innovative ideas when necessary.

Kubuntu has its own share of UI disasters, most of them due to rushing things into the distro while they’re only half-baked. Not nearly powerful enough for experienced users (where are the tabs?), and too buggy for newbies, the Dolphin File Manager is simply not ready for prime time, and is currently a mess that needs some serious attention before its proper unveiling in KDE 4. Desktop Search is a necessity in today’s operating systems, and no incarnation in any Linux distro has yet to match the power, speed, and accuracy of Spotlight as it is now seen in Leopard. Seen in that light, the Strigi Desktop Search found in Kubuntu is just an ineffective toy. One day it might be ready, but it’s not now, and it should never have been added to Gutsy Gibbon.

Tracker, found in Ubuntu, is much better, and is good enough to use on a day-to-day basis. Additional functionality is needed- sort results by date, for instance- but overall it’s usable and accurate.

Linux has come a long way when it comes to ease of use, and it’s definitely getting better all the time, but overall Leopard is still ahead of Ubuntu (and both are way ahead of Vista). Apple makes mistakes, but overall its system is more logical, simple, consistent, and unified than Ubuntu, which still has too many elements that are overly complex, inconsistent, and fractured.

Really Ubuntu has some work to do but really it is the best Linux Operating System in the Linux World.


Of course, what people really like to look at– and play with– are the applications that come with an operating system. Let me say again, both Leopard and Ubuntu blow Vista away when it comes to the default programs they each provide. Let’s split things up into the kinds of programs the LM audience looks for in an OS, and see what Leopard and Ubuntu each provides. This is a general list, so don’t look for the obscure program that you and ten other people use. We’re talking general nerd usage here.

Of course Ubuntu and Leopard blow the whole windows OS out of the water because people are not forced to make application for it though they can do it if they want to. That way Developers if they do want to make 3 different sets of apps could use all 3 OS’s but that would cost a lot of money.

File management.

GNOME uses Nautilus, KDE uses Dolphin (although Konqueror still works), and Leopard uses the Finder. Nautilus has gotten better over the years, and Ubuntu stripped out the ridiculous spatial defaults, so it’s actually quite usable for managing files. I’ve already complained about Dolphin, but at least Konqueror is still available. Konqueror provides a maximum set of features, and does the job beautifully. Its KIO support for an immense variety of protocols is nothing short of astounding, so you can browse all kinds of remote filesystems with Konq.

Linux is great for Files as just like both Leopard and Vista you can search for them from all over the desktop.

Leopard’s Finder works well, and while the NeXT-based column views are extremely useful, the new Cover Flow views that let you slide through previews of your pictures, text files, and movies is something that will make you wonder how you lived without it. But the lack of tabs means that I’m often left wishing that Konqueror was available for Leopard.

Leopards Coverflow looks to me just like Vistas’ page view at the bottom of the screen when you hover it over the taskbar menu.

That is the end of Part 1 please come back tomorrow for the next part in this series.

Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust

Monday, December 17th, 2007

yah an 8 core CPU… That would be great to have inside a server. I am saving up for a new server right now. I would love to have a nice fast server unlike the one I have now. This article talks about how faster chips are leaving programmers in their dust because of the non-existent standards of CPUs’.

Developers: Faster Chips Are Leaving Programmers in Their Dust

Posted by CmdrTaco on Monday December 17, @12:42PM
from the or-maybe-they’ve-already-wrapped-around-to-zero dept.


mlimber writes “The New York Times is running a story about multicore computing and the efforts of Microsoft et al. to try to switch to the new paradigm: “The challenges [of parallel programming] have not dented the enthusiasm for the potential of the new parallel chips at Microsoft, where executives are betting that the arrival of manycore chips — processors with more than eight cores, possible as soon as 2010 — will transform the world of personal computing…. Engineers and computer scientists acknowledge that despite advances in recent decades, the computer industry is still lagging in its ability to write parallel programs.” It mirrors what C++ guru and now Microsoft architect Herb Sutter has been saying in articles such as his “The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software.” Sutter is part of the C++ standards committee that is working hard to make multithreading standard in C++.”

Dutch Government Adopts Open Source Software Initiative

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Dutch Government Adopts Open Source Software Initiative

Posted by Zonk on Friday December 14, @09:42AM
from the who-doesn’t-love-a-good-open-government dept.


christian.einfeldt writes “The Dutch government has set a target date of April 2008 for its agencies to start preferentially using open standards-based software. Organizations in the government will still be able to use proprietary software and formats … but will have to justify it. A Microsoft Netherlands spokesman claims that Microsoft’s Office productivity suite will still be used widely in the Dutch government until April, and that Microsoft Office will comply with the new Dutch rules once Microsoft’s so-called “Open Office XML” standard is approved as an international ISO standard in February.”


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Ryan Orser’s Windows Vista Review

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

I have been using Windows Vista for over a week now. Why I chose to review Windows Vista I am unsure, but for reasons unknown I installed it. In the future I will review Windows Vista SP1 even though it’s likely the changes will be small.

The specifications of my laptop are as follows:

  • AMD Turion 1.6 GHz tl-50 Dual Core,
  • NVidia Geforce Go 6150
  • Broadcom wireless
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 80 GB Hard Drive

I’ll be covering these topics:

  • The Hardware
  • How does it run?
  • What I like and dislike

I was not surprised to discover that Vista is a resource hog. It takes about 2 minutes to boot the OS, log in, then load wireless, sidebar, and a whole lot more stuff. The Windows side bar takes the longest to load its five widgets. I use a clock widget, weather reporter, CPU usage monitor, calendar, and currency converter. The CPU usage stays over 10% all the time, even when I’m not doing anything. That makes me sad.

Vista: a turtle could probably crawl up and down the stairs a couple of times before it loads. There is nothing that is clearly slowing it down, except maybe all the sidebar widgets. The overall visual theme is a lot better in my opinion than XP’s and previous versions. Applications seem to load quickly, though they should be with all the RAM and CPU power this computer has.

Here are my likes and dislikes about Vista:

First the good:

  • The default wallpapers are very nice
  • The visual theme is pleasant to the eyes.
  • It runs smoothly, without any stability problems.
  • No BSODs!

And now the bad:

  • Takes almost 2 minutes to load.
  • The lack of visual customization makes the interface get boring after a while.
  • Microsoft need to find a way to get it to run faster.
  • The Microsoft help line always asks you to restart your computer.
  • The wireless can get screwed up after waking from hibernation.

Overall, Vista is better then XP but does not beat Linux. I may be biased individual, but I think that Linux loads and runs faster as well as being more customizable. I do like Vista and I may come back to it, but I can’t help liking Linux a lot better after all the problems that I have been through with Vista and other Windows versions.

The ratings:
3/5 for usability
4/5 for GUI
1/5 for customizability
3/5 for performance

Overall rating:
11/20. An okay OS, but it can’t beat the competition.

If you would like to give feedback, please use the “leave reply box” to leave me a comment.