Microsoft has finally fixed a long-standing irritation with the Xbox 360: the inability to transfer licenses for purchased games from one console to another. The new license transfer tool lets you consolidate all your download purchases to a specific Xbox 360, even if some were downloaded onto a console that no longer works or was
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While installing Canon’s MX700 all-in-one printer on Windows, I spotted this for my collection of bad dialogs:
Hint: if you ask the user a question, it’s good to allow for more than one answer. Even if you close the dialog by clicking the x at top right, it still reboots the system.
…continue reading Canon’s bad dialog, weak Linux support
A couple of weeks ago a fake UK web site called Zavvi Direct garnered thousands of orders for the elusive Wii Fit. Its success was based on several factors:
Ads on eBay and Google made it easy for potential customers to find The Wii Fit shortage meant that customers were looking beyond their usual suppliers
…continue reading Zavvi Direct saga highlights fake domain risks
Yesterday I viewed Apple’s presentation for MobileMe. Here’s my quick take. Live Mesh is a true platform, whose scope extends well beyond MobileMe. Yet Apple’s marketing message is so close to Microsoft’s that most users will not see that difference. Here’s Apple:
Wherever you are, your iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, and PC are always current
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Susan Bradley has posted her analysis of how her Windows server was hacked.
This is interesting to me, as Bradley is an expert on server administration and patching; I’m glad she has had the courage to post all these details, thus benefiting the community, rather than pretending the server was down for emergency maintenance or
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I spoke this morning to Paul Mackinnon and Steve Plank at Microsoft, about Information Cards and CardSpace. CardSpace is part of .NET Framework 3.0 and higher. It enables uses to authenticate on web sites by presenting a virtual card, instead of typing in a username and password.
The CardSpace concepts strike me as sound, but
…continue reading Native code client coming for CardSpace as .NET runtime too demanding
I was surprised to read that Stuart McKee, Microsoft’s US National Technology Officer, declared that “ODF has clearly won” at a Red Hat summit in Boston.
Open Document Format is an XML standard for office documents. Microsoft has its own XML format, called [Office] Open XML, and fought a bitter fight to
…continue reading “ODF has clearly won” – Microsoft plays with fire