Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Techy: IE8 incompatible list: What isn’t listed?

February 20th, 2009

Zdnet has just pointed me towards Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 Compatibility View List for Windows Vista which lists all the websites IE 8 is known to have problems with: and it’s extensive (see this Zdnet list for a human-readable display). I did a quick search for most of the major sites and they all seem to be listed: From Microsoft.com (if they can’t get their own site working in their own software it doesn’t bode well), all Amazon sites (.com and .de, .cn and .co.uk etc), all major social networking sites (Facebook.com, MySpace.com, LinkedIn.com and Twitter.com are all listed), to all of Google, bbc.co.uk, Paypal.com , all of eBay and many many more. And this is only the 2,400 major sites that Microsoft have found to have problems with IE8 (or should that be: sites that Microsoft have found that IE8 is broken on).

All the more reason to drop Internet Explorer and try Firefox, Safari, Opera or another browser of your choice (mine’s Firefox)

Snippet: What Microsoft Can Learn About Retail from Apple and Best Buy

February 13th, 2009

Robert Scoble ( @scobleizer ) has an interesting post on FastCompany about What Microsoft Can Learn About Retail from Apple and Best Buy and there’s quite a few pointers there.

Back To The Keynote… with Christopher Lloyd

September 20th, 2008

Looking at this, this promo was for one of Microsoft’s Tech Ed events in 2007: how it’s failed to come to my attention to now is unknown. Featuring Christopher “Judge DoomDr. Emmett Brown” Lloyd, a certain Delorean, flux capacitor and Acme Inc it’s a good fun 10 minutes…

Now only if Microsoft used something like this for their adverts instead of the failed Seinfield and the “not at all funny, not at all appealing to purchasing managers (who would have probably watched and enjoyed BTTF)” I’m a PC adverts:

B0rken eBay Express

March 28th, 2008

Broken Ebay ExpressI was just poking around eBay earlier and I came across mention of “eBayExpress” and thought it’ll be interesting to sign up. So I tried to – but hit a load of debug information.

Interesting stuff: eBay Express appears to run in PHP (as can be confirmed in the URL), but it runs on Microsoft SQL Server (as can be evidenced by the MS SQL/mssql mentions in the error messages) and they use the “sa” (super administrator) account to login to the MS SQL server: a big no no in any security aware programmer’s book. They also have the web server running on the same server as the database server (as evidenced by the “Unable to connect to server: localhost” section) and they keep everything in nice distinct files. They also have warnings turned on on their server.

Interesting stuff (for a techy like me!).

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Fun: Bill Gates’ Last Day At Microsoft

February 22nd, 2008

From via Devtopics is Bill Gates’ Farewell speech at CES 2008 – and until this point, I never knew he had a sense of humour. Featuring “Billy G”, Monkey Boy, Clinton and Obama, Spielberg, Bono and a host of other big names this Youtube video is quite funny.

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