Windows XP … Reloaded

Despite Microsoft’s repeated denials, the company will indeed release an interim version
of Windows XP that will bridge the gap between the initial XP release and Windows
Longhorn, which is currently due in late 2005 at the earliest. The interim XP version
will ship as a new retail product that replaces existing retail boxed copies of XP
and as a set of updates, called XP Reloaded, that existing XP users can install separately.
According to sources I contacted this morning, XP Reloaded will include all the features
from XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), which is due by midyear, as well as a host of other
unique features, including Windows Media Player (WMP) 10.

Other details about XP Reloaded are unknown at this time, although the update kit
apparently will include a Web-based installer application that will let users choose
optional features. Reports about an XP version 2 release first cropped up more than
a year ago, but Microsoft officials repeatedly denied that the company planned to
issue such a release. In early 2004, when the company revealed the new security features
that XP SP2 will include, the rumors resurfaced. But the XP Reloaded OS refresh will
clearly include a lot more than security updates, possibly in a bid to revive consumer
excitement about XP while Microsoft preps the ever-delayed Longhorn release. [WinInfo]

Windows XP … Reloaded

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nostalgia radio broadcasts worldwide.

Radio Lovers

activePDF Unveils FREE PDF Creator

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that enables “printing” to PDF from virtually any Windows® application, PrimoPDF also
offers users the ability to optimize PDF output for printing to standard laser printers
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activePDF Unveils FREE PDF Creator


MVC apparently is way too simple 😉

Now we have “WARS
– Worflow, Action, Representation, and State. The implementation example described by Rupp is
pretty simple, which I like. The notion that presentation can be ignored, and boiled
down to a detail of “representation” I find to be a little extreme (of course!), but
overall this seems like a somewhat sane model.

That said, still not sure how many people would “get” this model –
but if you are into MVC, WARS might be a reasonable alternative… [link from TheServerSide]



Qantas Flight Reports

Nadeera forwarded this to me and I almost fell of my chair while reading it!

After every flight, pilots fill out a form called a gripe sheet, which conveys to
the mechanics problems encountered with the aircraft during the flight that need repair
or correction. The mechanics read and correct the problem, and then respond in writing
on the lower half of the form what remedial action was taken, and the pilot reviews
the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews and engineers lack a sense of humor.

Here are some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems as submitted by Qantas
pilots and the solution recorded by maintenance engineers.

By the way, Qantas is the only major airline that has never had an accident.


 (P = The problem logged by the pilot.)

 (S = The solution and action taken by the engineers.)


 P: Left inside main tyre almost needs replacement.

 S: Almost replaced left inside main tyre.


 P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.

 S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.


 P: Something loose in cockpit.

 S: Something tightened in cockpit.


 P: Dead bugs on windshield.

 S: Live bugs on backorder.


 P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.

 S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.


 P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.

 S: Evidence removed.


 P: DME volume unbelievably loud

 S: DME volume set to more believable level.


 P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.

 S: That’s what they’re there for.


 P: IFF inoperative.

 S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.


 P: Suspected crack in windshield.

 S: Suspect you’re right.


 P: Number 3 engine missing.

 S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.


 P: Aircraft handles funny.

 S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.


 P: Target radar hums.

 S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.


 P: Mouse in cockpit.

 S: Cat installed.


 P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on
something with a hammer.

 S: Took hammer away from midget.

Qantas Flight Reports

Microsoft to Provide Antispam Technology, Foster Email Standards

At the RSA Conference 2004 Internet security conference in San Francisco yesterday,
Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates outlined his company’s
plans to work with large email partners to eliminate spam. Gates said Microsoft will
give those partners free technology that will emulate the caller ID functionality
in today’s telephone systems and prevent spammers from hiding their identities and
forwarding mail through anonymous sources. The plan, which involves backers such as, Brightmail, and Sendmail and calls for a global registry of legitimate
Internet email sources, might have to compete with similar but less sophisticated
initiatives in the works at Yahoo! and AOL. Microsoft correctly notes, however, that
for the scheme to work, a large number of email providers must adopt it.

Microsoft’s antispam effort, the Coordinated Spam Reduction Initiative (CSRI), will
include numerous policies and technologies that the company will use to curb the spam
threat. Microsoft is working to establish standards that will help legitimate email
senders differentiate themselves from spammers, developing new email filters, and
working on a micropayment system that would make spam financially ineffective. “Spam
is our email customers’ number-one complaint today, and Microsoft is innovating on
many different fronts to eradicate it,”

Gates said. “We believe that Caller ID for E-Mail and the Coordinated Spam Reduction
Initiative will help change the economic model for sending spam and put spammers out
of business.”

Ryan Hamlin, general manager for Microsoft’s Anti-Spam Technology and Strategy Group,
describes caller ID as a mechanism that legitimate senders of email can use to help
ensure that spammers aren’t abusing their Internet domains. “In a nutshell, caller
ID involves two key steps,” he said. “One, senders of email publish the IP addresses
of their outgoing mail servers in DNS in an email-policy document. Two, the email
software at the receiving end of a message queries DNS for the email policy and determines
the ‘purported responsible domain’ of the message. This is done by comparing the information
in DNS to ensure it matches the information on the originating mail. We believe this
technical solution gets at the root of the spam problem by helping to confirm legitimate

By this summer, Microsoft will roll out a beta version of Caller ID for E-Mail in
MSN Hotmail to test its effectiveness. Hotmail currently serves more than 150 million
active email users and is the most-used email service on the planet. Microsoft will
also work with partners to ensure that the system is in place on as many email ISPs
as possible and help develop a compliance program. The company is also working on
viable-identification alternatives for smaller email senders and says it will continue
to work on other antispam technologies, including challenge-response systems, machine
learning, micropayments, and safelists. [WinSuperSite]

Microsoft to Provide Antispam Technology, Foster Email Standards