Scoble recommends ACDsee to
view your digital pictures, and I partially agree. I used it for a long time, but
then.. somehow, it got big, and clumsy and heavy and bloated. Guess what? I use IrfanView now.
It’s free, and it shows you the picture much faster (like
blinking fast) than ACDsee, and it’s simpler and less bloated. Like Office, I’d only
use like 2% of ACDSee’s features anyway.
In the next election that you are going to vote,
I would like to ask you to vote intelligently. Find out information yourself on which
party is the most forward thinking and can guide the country through. We cannot rely
on weak economic management that has marked Sri Lanka’s post-independence history.
Do some research and find out about the party your
going to vote for and also about the other parties. Find out which party can actually
lead the country. The party that you are going to vote for should not only have good
intentions (like peace and improving the economy) but also be able to carry out on
So as someone who has access to the internet, you
readily have a lot of information available to you. Please use them and decide. Your
FYI: Websites that you should visit, read, be informed
and then decide.
UNP Website: http://www.unplanka.org/
PA Website: http://www.srilankafreedomwatch.com/
JVP Website: http://www.jvpsrilanka.com/
UPFA Manifesto: http://www.srilankafreedomwatch.com/images/upfamanifesto.doc
UNP Manifesto (Regaining Sri Lanka): http://www.regainingsrilanka.org/
SLFP-JVP MOU: http://www.srilankafreedomwatch.com/index.php?pid=164
ISGA (Tiger Proposal): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3232913.stm
Ceasefire Agreement (MOU): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/1836198.stm
Peace Process: http://www.peaceinsrilanka.org/
Yesterday, in a stunning move that will likely have ramifications for the next Windows
version (code-named Longhorn), Microsoft delayed the next versions of SQL Server (code-named
Yukon) and Visual Studio .NET (code-named Whidbey) from late 2004 until the first
half of 2005.
Both products have been in beta since last fall, and Microsoft issued early releases
of both to Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
(PDC) 2003 attendees in October.
“Microsoft made the decision to delay the delivery of these products to ensure that
they meet the high-quality requirements of our customers,” a Microsoft representative
told me yesterday. “We are still on track to deliver SQL Server Yukon beta 2 and Visual
Studio [.NET] Whidbey beta 1 in the coming months.”
Yukon and Whidbey comprise the Yukon wave of products that Microsoft says it will
ship before the Longhorn wave, which will include new versions of Microsoft Office,
MSN, Visual Studio .NET, Windows, Windows Server, and other products. If Microsoft
delays the Yukon products until 2005, Longhorn probably won’t ship until the first
half of 2006 at the earliest.
Yesterday, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) issued three new security
bulletins, none of which is rated critical. One bulletin is rated important; the other
two have moderate ratings. The bulletins highlight security flaws in Windows Media
Services, Microsoft Office XP, and MSN Messenger, the company noted.
The Office security flaw is the only vulnerability that could let malicious attackers
run unwanted code on users’ systems. The flaw affects systems running Office XP Service
Pack 2 (SP2) and Microsoft Outlook 2002 SP2.
The moderate security flaw for MSN Messenger 6.1 and MSN Messenger 6.0 could let attackers
view–but not change or download–files on the victim’s computer. Microsoft will fix
the flaw in an upcoming version of the Instant Messaging (IM) application the company
plans to issue.
The moderate security flaw in Windows Media Services, which affects Windows 2000 SP4,
SP3, and SP2, could let attackers send fake streaming-media requests that could shut
down the service. That situation would be, in effect, a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.
Microsoft switched to a monthly security-update release schedule last fall. “Microsoft
is committed to helping customers keep their information safe, and releasing security
bulletins on a regular, monthly schedule makes security response more predictable
and easier for customers to manage,” a company representative told me. You can download
the patches that fix this month’s security flaws from the Microsoft Web site.
I’ve was able to quickly mail some of the pics today. See the full album online at merill.textamerica.com.
My first post from Boston. Got my machine setup, installed NewsGator and
I’m ready to do some posting baby!
I saw this on Green
Eric Raymond lambasted open-source
hackers for their pathetic user-interfaces: “This kind of fecklessness [in UI design]
is endemic in open-source land. And it’s what’s keeping Microsoft in business —
because by Goddess, they may write crappy insecure overpriced shoddy software, but
on this one issue their half-assed semi-competent best is an order of magnitude better
than we usually manage.”
One thing we (Microsoft) have on them (Eric Raymond and friends) is that we write
software people actually buy. Hell, in their case they find it hard to give it away.
I wonder how does the Mac fit into Eric’s rationalization. It can’t be the UI…
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