In Brief Technology

Windows 7: They might get this right yet

“Windows 7” has made the leap from the codename to official name of the next version of Windows, making it the first version of Windows since NT 4.0 to use the version number in its branding. If the stuff in Paul Thurrott’s FAQ pans out (which I suspect it will; Microsoft won’t [can’t] let the Vista debacle happen again) Windows 7 will be quite a worthwhile release. I just can’t help but wonder how much further they’re going to stunt Vista growth, particularly in the corporate marketplace, by talking up 7 so soon. Regardless, I like this suggestion for a marketing slogan. :)


Serious Business: The Apple Store, Trade Deadline, and Tangents

Lots of tangents on tonight’s Serious Business; just the way I like it. We talked more Apple Store, bashed Windows a little bit, and got into a decent baseball discussion with lots of little tangents to connect it all together, including my odd Saturday night!

In case you missed it, here’s the show:

Serious Business is tentatively on for next Sunday at 8:30. I’m headed to Atlanta for the weekend, but I should be back by Sunday evening. I’m still working up the agenda for next week’s show and expect to have it up sometime this week. Thanks to everyone who fought through the technical troubles and stopped in!

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Coming up on Serious Business: Apple Store and more!

Don’t forget about Serious Business tomorrow night at 8:30. We’ll be talking Apple Store, why Windows’ days in my household are numbered, and whatever tangents we find ourselves on along the way. It’s 8:30 tomorrow night, and it’s Serious Business.

Safari 3.0 Beta…for WINDOWS!

I’m writing this post in Safari 3.0 Beta for Windows XP. Yes, I kid you not — Apple has released Safari, its flagship Mac OS X browser, for Windows. It certainly doesn’t look much like a Windows app, as Apple seems to have created its own portable UI framework that it’s applying to its software for Windows now. It looks just like a Mac app, right down to using Lucida Grande for the titlebar. It even antialiases fonts like a Mac does.

In the ten minutes I’ve spent with it, it seems to be pretty fast and easy to use. The antialiasing will take some getting used to — I’m wondering if this is adjustable. Some of the fonts look pretty horrid, to be honest.

This is still amazing, though, and definitely nothing I saw coming. Good job, Apple — someone had to bring KHTML to Windows!


Sophos: Switch to a Mac if you value security

The BBC reports that Internet security firm Sophos is recommending users to switch to Macs to avoid malware installed over the Internet.

Does this make some sense? Absolutely — there’s very little malware currently available for Mac OS X. However, security through obscurity is only a temporary condition, and that any mass exodus to Macintosh, however unlikely that may be, will ultimately bring with it a torrent of malware. Granted, the Mac OS X architecture does make it much more difficult to bundle malware applications. Not having its browser totally integrated into the OS is a good start. However, a little social engineering goes a long way. That’s how most malware is installed these days, and there isn’t — and there may never be — any effective software solution for overcoming that. Education is the key.

Personally, I think Windows Vista will improve this situation quite well for Windows users — it’s so secure, you can’t even delete a shortcut without confirming it three times. :P In all seriousness, decoupling IE from the operating system — something Microsoft once said was “impossible” (ha!) — will make a big difference on Vista. I’ve also noticed that Windows XP Service Pack 2 has had a lot to do with alleviating this problem. There’s still that lousy social engineering aspect, though, and it all comes back to user education, because no operating system is 100% secure. I’ll leave how to tackle user education to another post or 40…LOL. Time to go to bed.


As Per Whatever

Reporting to Boot Camp

Apple product naming in the last several years has been fantastic. Their latest utility, Boot Camp, enables Windows XP to be installed on an Intel Mac alongside OS X with full driver support, and uses a boot menu. It’s available for a free download and will be an integral part of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (whew!).

This is pretty fantastic – no more hacking needed to put Windows XP on a Mac. That makes one of those machines that much more attractive now.