Microsoft admits to themselves that they suck

quotes from an internal memo sent to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on February 21, 1997 by C++ general manager Aaron Contorer, a software expert.
“There is a huge switching cost to using a different operating system,” he wrote Gates.
“It is this switching cost that has given customers the patience to stick with Windows through all our mistakes, our buggy drivers, our high TCO, our lack of a sexy version at times…
“It would be so much work to move over that they hope we just improve Windows rather than force them to move,” he said.

Mtv Lies!

Tivo just told me that Mtv was playing music videos right now! holy shit! Music videos on Mtv?!

All excited I switch to it to see that they are on comercials. Thats fine, I can wait them out. Besides, it will be interesting to see what kind of videos Mtv deems air worthly these days.

Nine (9) minutes of comercials later they play a 4 minute Mtv News.

God, its been 13 minutes and I still havnt seen a video. People put up with this?

Still intersted in these videos that they promised I wait some more. After the news they play more comercials. After 7 minutes more of comercials I get pissed off and come to blog to rant about it. How do they get away with 20 minutes of comercials?! People still watch this crap?!

Comcast hell

I spent literaly all day yesterday at my parents house setting up a Comcast cable modem and getting a router all good to go so they can use it in any room of the house.

The house was purchased from myself so it was fully wired for a cat5 network. They have 2 laptops and two desktops that I was configuring for it. NOTHING went right. Network adapter drivers didnt install, the cable modem account wasnt set up properly by comcast and so on and so forth. I will heading back over to finish it up today.

It should be cool as hell to see my mom, sister and grandma using the net and email regularly though.

“In a moment it will be time to execute rock concert movement number 2, the up and down jumping movement. Ready… go..”

Heh, anyway. With the huge stress of running my own business and looking for gainfull employ I have begun the disgusting habit of smokeing (again). It sickens me to see the prices of a pack of cigerettes (almost $5 per pack) with all the new sin taxes they have stacked onto it; so I began rolling own. The cost turns out to be about $1 per pack this way. It still doesnt justify me smokeing… but hay.. whatever.

Trustix

For a wile I have been planning on writing a “Trustix Vs. OpenBSD security” article for a few security portals.

I finaly got around to starting it this weekend by installing Trustix on a test box.

I must now say that I am calling off the article. Trustix may or may not be secure. I didnt get that far. It is honestly one of the most buggy Operating Systems I have had the displesure of working with in recent years.

It can be as secure as it wants. If its unusable it doesnt matter. 🙂

Seriosly though, It looks like a striped down redhat 7.3 down to the pre X redhat installer. They chucked in a couple different packages (The OpenBSD ftpdaemon, snort and a few others) hacked some of the daemons to tighten them up a bit and called it good.

Thanks but I ‘ll stick with OpenBSD when mission critical security is at stake.

Microsoft says free software is dying?!

I was reading an article on ZDNet UK in which Micro$oft is claiming the recent decision by redhat to stop supporting its free os is the end of free software.

Bradley Tipp, Microsoft ‘s UK national systems engineer says “We haven ‘t talked to a single user who has said they ‘re using [open source] because it ‘s better.”

They aparently didn ‘t ask, “do you find it better” or “why do you use”. Because it certainly is: More configurable, more widely used in a server environment, FAR more stable, free, faster, able to handle abour 4X the load… who the hell are they trying to kid? Do they assume there customers know nothing of free software?!

Another Microsoft employee was quoted as saying “At least if Linux takes off, their viruses will propagate and we won ‘t be seen as the bad guys any more.”

Lets take this part here… “if Linux takes off…
WTF are they thinking?! According to netcraft 64.61% of the web servers on the net are using Apache and 23.46 are using IIS.

Now when pulling up those numbers I found an interesting quote to support my argument.

“During 2001 and the first half of 2002 several companies hosting very large numbers of hostnames including Webjump, Namezero, Homestead, register.com and Network Solutions migrated to Microsoft-IIS. Subsequently these businesses have either failed, significantly changed their business model, or reverted to their previous platform, and Microsoft-IIS share is now in line with its long term pre-summer 2001 level of around 20%.”

Bah… I ‘v had enough of those schmucks.