BetaNews reports Microsoft offering a chance to meet Bill Gates. Five customers that qualify as winners in a sweepstakes called "Start Something Amazing" will receive an award and a trip to Seattle to meet Bill Gates.
ZDNet reports that two-thirds of CIOs believe the corporate IT department will not exist in its current form by 2010. Earlier this year analyst Gartner warned that outsourcing, offshoring and increasing control of IT being handed to business units will lead to the death of the IT department as we know it today.
ZDNet reports that Microsoft is developing a new version of Windows aimed at companies that want to better secure their older machines. It is code-named Eiger, the product is basically designed to turn older PCs into a thin client, which is a terminal that gets most of its information from a central server. Unlike traditional thin clients, though, a few programs can be run locally, including Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player and antivirus software.
This deviantART article says there are over 50 million Firefox downloads and still going strong. This Web browser can easily be recognized by their logo in a split second with its 'ol firey-fox wrapped around a planet (should be Earth!). The article asks readers about who actually sat down to create the wonderfully clean image that is Firefox's identity. Also, it points out Thunderbird's history.
This Mercury News' story says "Googling" stopped for 15 minutes on Saturday. Google, the world's leading Internet search engine shut down from 6:45 to 7 p.m. eastern time, according to Google spokesman David Krane. "It was not a hacking or a security issue," said Krane. He said the problem was related to the DNS, or Domain Name System, though Krane did not elaborate. The DNS translates domain names for computers. "Google's global properties were unavailable for a short period of time," Krane said. "We've remedied the problem and access to Google has been restored worldwide."
This amusing UserFriendly cartoon shows the possiblility of the new name, new logo, and new slogan.
According to ZDNet Australia's story, Microsoft will not be issuing any security fixes next week (5/10/2005), breaking its patch cycle for the second time this year... A Microsoft spokesperson said there will be "a couple of updates next week but none are security related. None are rated higher than 'important' and nothing will require a reboot".
This Ars Technica article tells the genealogy and traces the history of the graphical user interface (GUI) starting in 1930s with Vannevar Bush's "Memex device. There are also images of the devices and screens.
According to [H]ard|OCP's article, there are few differences for games with 32-bit and x64-editions of Windows XP Professional on an AMD Athlon 64-based system. It compares the gaming performances on the latest ATI and NVIDIA video cards. It shows little performance differences in and issues that came up.
User Friendly's link of the day is a trailer for DELL: Tech Force/Tech Force: DELL International Alliance. It is basically a spoof (even puppets with strings) of Team America: World Police movie with people (CEOs?) from six computer companies in saving the world.
This long and detailed CSO article (5/4/2005 11:30 AM PDT -- link is broken now, but check my /. reply below) tells a story on Mickey Richardson, who was facing an online extortion threat and betting his Web-based business (BetCris; remove AQFL from the URL to visit it) a few years ago on a networking whiz from Sacramento, CA, USA. The networking whiz was the first to beat back the bad guys, then helped the cops nab them.
Here is another USB story, titled "The ins and outs of USB" like the The USB Vision: 10 Years Later story. It tells how USB was developed and discussed the pros and cons of the standard. The USB specification may be an example of that hybrid de jure or de facto standard, one that clearly earned wide acceptance through its technical merit...
According to ghost16825's Broadband Reports security forum thread and F-Secure's Weblog, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer remarked that Microsoft might indeed ship Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP before Longhorn/next Windows major version comes out.