Microsoft Will Support OpenDocument Anyway!

After swearing up-and-down that they weren’t gonna, they didn’t need’ta, and they were gonna take their ball and bat and go home… Microsoft has grudgingly agreed to support OpenDocument in their new (and delayed) Office product!

Microsoft Bows to Pressure to Interoperate with ODF

“Microsoft is giving in to the unrelenting pressure to be more open, particularly with regard to its Office Open XML file format and interoperability with the Open Document Format alternative. The company will announce July 6 that it has set up an open-source project to create a series of tools that allow translation between the OpenXML format and the ODF format, and which will be developed with partners. The Open XML Translator project, as it is known, will be posted on SourceForge, the open-source software development Web site.”

Wow! Microsoft using SourceForge… is the world ending?

Sophos: Because of Malware Home Users Should Switch to Macs

A new study and recommendation by the network security form, Sophos suggests that the best way for home users to enjoy real network security and freedom from malware is to use a Mac! I would argue that the same thing could be accomplished by using a Linux box, but I guess that they were looking at only “supported” (by a company) systems. Linux is supported by the Open Source community, and you can also buy support from most major Linux vendors, but I digress. The important point here is that to truly avoid malware, simply avoid using Windows. Big surprise!

Sophos: because of malware home users should switch to Macs

“Sophos has published new research into the past six months of cyber crime. The Sophos Security Threat Management Report Update reveals that while there has been a vast drop in new viruses and worms, this has been over-compensated by increases in other types of malware, as cyber criminals turn their attention to stealing information and money. Most interestingly, new Trojans now outweigh viruses and worms by 4:1, compared to 2:1 in the first half of 2005. In addition, the continued dominance of Windows-based threats has prompted Sophos to suggest that many home users should consider switching to Apple Macs, to shield themselves from the malware onslaught.”

FreeDOS is Not Dead!

What is “FreeDOS” you say? Well, as it’s name implies, it is a free and Open Source version of the old, venerable DOS that we all used to love/hate! Microsoft long ago threw in the towel on DOS, but there are some old “die-hards” out there that still run it. FreeDOS has provided a free and open version for us “old fogies” to use when necessary… but there was a rumor of late that FreeDOS has died unceremoniously and was no more! Au contraire!

Free DOS Lives!

It seems not only that the project is continuing, they are getting ready to release the “1.0” version, a milestone in most Open Source projects! Hooray for FreeDOS!

FreeDOS Website

Adding Google Adsense to WordPress Blogs

Writing a blog is fun, but it can be time consuming, and, as they say, “Time is money!” So, the question comes around at some point, “How can I monetize my blog?” For those of you that don’t use the current “buzzwords”… “monetize” is to “make money from” your efforts. No matter how open and free spirited you are, if you can make some money from your tireless blogging… well, why not?

In my case, because I wanted to make sure that if I did, it wouldn’t be so intrusive and “take over” my blog. It needed to “fit in” to my blog’s style and look-and-feel. So, I signed up for Google Adsense, and starting playing around with several packages for WordPress that would integrate Adsense into my blog.

I had mixed results. It turns out that the best way (for me anyway) is to use the old fashioned “code hacking” approach and insert the Adsense code directly into my WordPress Blog code. Here’s an article that shows you how to do it:

Adsense in WordPress

So, I hope you find the Adsense ads tasteful, and not too distracting, and if you see something that you are interested in, and want to click on it for more info… well, reset assured in the knowledge that you will be helping the Doctor pay for the cost of running the blog! Thanks!

By the way, you may notice that on the right sidebar I have a disclaimer that says, “The Computer Curmudgeon web site is not directly affiliated with any advertisers.” This is true. Don’t tell them that, “the Doctor sent ya,” because the Google ads are context based, and I have no idea what will come up based on the context of an article!

Geek Software of the Week: Ykill

YKill One thing I really like about Linspire Linux is that it has a “kill” option. If a window, or application gets “frozen” for some reason, you can kill it by starting the “Kill” app and hovering over the window and “killing” it! Goblineye’s YKill does this for Microsoft Windows!

YKill is a complete window manager that gives you full of control of windows and processes in your system. YKill…

* Can Close and Kill applications that stopped responding!
* Can help you manage top-level windows in your system.
* Can show you information about your system.
* Can show you information about running processes.
* Fully supports Windows® 98/Me/2000/XP.

YKill by Goblineye

It is pretty slick! Enjoy!

Academics Break the Great Firewall of China

“Computer experts from the University of Cambridge claim not only to have breached the Great Firewall of China, but have found a way to use the firewall to launch denial-of-service attacks against specific Internet Protocol addresses in the country.”

Academics break the Great Firewall of China

Very cool! China wants, of course, to deny free access to ideas that their government does not approve of. Now, academics have broken their firewall and made it possible for folks to access world-wide information.

Microsoft Office “Live” Demo Was Hosted on Linux/Apache!

Ya gotta give M$ credit! When they want something to work right, be fast, and impressive, they have enough sense to use Linux and Apache!

Office “Live” Demo Was Hosted on Linux/Apache

A guy tested the site and found it was being hosted by an web hosting firm in Sweden on Linux and Apache!

“Intrigued, I decided to check out the site that’s hosting the Office 2007 demo: I looked up “” on WhoIs and found that it is operating from Sweden, and is not a Microsoft-owned site after all. Then I used NetCraft to see what the site is running and guess what? It’s a Linux+Apache environment!”

Very cool!

Judge Tosses Out Most of SCO’s Anti-Linux Lawsuit Against IBM

There may yet be justice! The evil (more evil than Microsoft, and that is going some!) SCO is set to lose big time. Hopefully, they will shrivel up and die as they should have done year’s ago. (No, I have no mercy for them.)

Judge Tosses Out Most of SCO’s Anti-Linux Lawsuit Against IBM

“A U.S. magistrate struck down most of The SCO Group’s (SCOX) claims of copyright infringement in the battle over source code in the freely distributed Linux operating system. Dealing a setback to the Utah company’s $5 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp., (IBM) Magistrate Brooke Wells dismissed 182 of SCO’s 294 legal claims in an order signed Wednesday and obtained Friday by The Associated Press. IBM was accused of dumping confidential Unix code into Linux, but Wells ruled SCO had produced virtually no proof of the allegation.” (Emphasis mine.)

The “Hi, I’ve Been on Vacation and I Can’t Find Anything Funny This Week” Edition of the Dr. Bill Podcast #43

Dr. Bill Podcast – 43 – (07/01/06)
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This is the “Hi, I’ve Been on Vacation and I Can’t Find Anything Funny This Week” Edition of Dr. Bill – The Computer Curmudgeon! Dr. Bill and the “Ask a Ninja” guy explain Net Neutrality! Microsoft delays Microsoft Office 2007… why not upgrade to OpenOffice? AOL is evil… it is hard to leave AOL and there is a tape on-line that proves it! 10 Ways to Tweak Your Tech Resume! 2nd Richest Man Gives Away His Fortune! OK… so this has been a really short podcast… but then, I have been on vacation, dewd!

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