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Sunday, October 28, 2001

NFL Week #7 So Far

I'm still on vacation, but I thought I'd check in with a brief NFL update (man, I miss my DSL). Eeyore and I are tied this week at 8-5 with one game left. That's not great, but it sure beats last week's 3-10. I was stupid enough to go with the Lions and that did me in. At least I got over my fixation with picking Kansas City. Oh yeah, my fantasy team won by over 60 points.

XP = Blech

Got a chance to check out Windows XP today. Father-in-law decided to pick up one of those E-Machine jobs, which now comes with XP-Home edition. Lemme say this right up front: I was considering picking up XP-Pro because I need some more stability for Windows development than I'm getting with Win-ME (Stable? A win9x system? Heh-that's pretty funny...)

So, I was willing to give this thing a pretty open minded look-over. All I can say: XP is kinda like the controllers on the new X-Box. Really overblown and cute. No content. Gads, they completely TRASHED the interface, made it all Macintosh cute, and dumbed it down. I hope you can turn some of that crap off, or I'm going to go insane seeing it every time we set up a new machine at work. Took me forever to find the Windows Update junk (buried it in the help system) and the system device listing is even more deeply buried than in 2K (and that took doing). I am completely grossed out. Plus a lot of Win9x software completely torks on XP. They don't include the older MFC dlls, so all that software crashes out, and I found a game (Sorry!, by Hasbro) that does the "no tellie" crash after the intro movie. Whee. Thhpptt.

A.T. Hun comments: I found out this weekend that my Mom got it in her head that they needed XP on their home machine. I laughed because a) it's a K6-233 with 64M RAM and b) the very concept of my parents updating the OS on their machine is almost too funny for words . . . except for the fact that I would get all the "support" calls.

Friday, October 26, 2001

MS To Allow Non-IE Browsers Again

And who says that a giant can't turn on a dime? After a ton of bad press, Microsoft is going to allow non-IE browsers to access its MSN site again. Read all about it at BrowserWatch. Oops, I guess every other browser isn't ready to roll over dead yet.

Go Way Back With The Haus

On Blue's News today, I saw a link to the Internet WayBack Machine which takes archival snapshots of websites at various times. For kicks, I put in Sure enough, there we are! Unfortunately, they seem to be experiencing technical difficulties right now.

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