platform

Fri
14
Feb
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New Infopackets Website Relaunch - Complete

Dear Infopackets Readers, I'm pleased to announce that our website relaunch is now complete. Unfortunately, the transition did not go as smoothly as anticipated. Shortly after the new site went live, the server was maliciously attacked and the ... databases became corrupted. There were also 185 (or so) documented bugs I needed to correct over the last month, before giving this official 'go ahead' announcement. This is described below. A Bit of History This project officially began shortly after April 2011, coinciding with Google's algorithm change which dropped our web traffic and ... (view more)

Fri
24
May
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QNX Displaces Windows 8 Inside the 'Connected' Car

A recent study by Gartner found that Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile platform has now surpassed BlackBerry in smartphone market share. But there's hope yet for the Waterloo, Ontario-based firm: the company is rapidly preparing itself to take ... advantage of the 'connected' car revolution. It's expected that BlackBerry's mobile operating system, QNX, will be the key to connecting drivers' smartphones to their in-car infotainment systems. Inside the Car: QNX Eclipsing Windows QNX is slowly but steadily taking over as the dominant platform for connecting mobile devices to a vehicle. The reason: ... (view more)

Tue
09
Apr
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Microsoft Rips Facebook's 'Home' Android App

Microsoft communications leader Frank Shaw has taken a swipe at Facebook over 'Home,' its new mobile application for the Android platform. According to Shaw, it's an old idea. Home was recently unveiled by Facebook. It turns an Android device's ... screen into one big Facebook News Feed, thereby limiting applications to the background. Overall, it's designed to make accessing news easier than before. According to Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg, it's part of Facebook's plan to put people ahead of apps. Idea Two Years Old, Microsoft Exec Says But Microsoft's Frank Shaw thinks the ... (view more)

Thu
01
Dec
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'7 Taskbar Tweaker', and 'Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 Platform Preview 2 (2.10.8103.0)'

7 Taskbar Tweaker This new tool is designed to tweak (and improve) the Windows 7 taskbar. It provides you with options like disabling "grouping," "middle-click" to close, and many more. Recently updated to version 3.1 with a slew of new features. ... http://rammmichael.com Microsoft Internet Explorer 10.0 Platform Preview 2 (2.10.8103.0) An updated platform preview of IE10 for the Windows Developer Preview is now available for download. This IE10 preview adds even more support for HTML5 technologies, enabling richer Web applications with significantly improved performance. IE10's hardware ... (view more)

Wed
13
Apr
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'Internet Explorer 10.0 Platform Preview 2.10.1000.16394', and 'Ocster Backup 1.7'

Internet Explorer 10.0 Platform Preview 2.10.1000.16394 The Internet Explorer Platform Preview Guide for Developers provides an early look at the developer features coming to the next version of Internet Explorer (version 10). By using the ... documentation and samples in this guide, web developers and designers can prepare to use these new features. http://www.microsoft.com Ocster Backup 1.7 Ocster Backup: Freeware Windows Edition is a great freeware backup software for Windows that was designed from the start to work fully automatic. You simply specify what you want backed up and when, and let ... (view more)

Tue
16
Dec
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'Microsoft Web Platform', and 'Fbackup'

Microsoft Web Platform The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the ... Web Platform Installer's user interface, you can choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. The Web PI also helps keep your products up to date by always offering the latest additions to the Web Platform. http://www.microsoft.com Fbackup FBackup is a free backup software for both personal and ... (view more)

Thu
13
Nov
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'Bacula', and 'Azure Services Platform'

Bacula Bacula is a set of computer programs that permits the system administrator to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula can also run entirely upon a single computer and ... can backup to various types of media, including tape and disk. In technical terms, it is a network Client/Server based backup program. Bacula is relatively easy to use and efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. Due to its modular design, Bacula is scalable ... (view more)

Fri
17
Nov
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Microsoft To Snuff Pirated Vista Software

Microsoft announced Wednesday that pirated versions of it's Vista operating system (OS) will be of "limited value" to anyone who has received a copy of the company's newest version of Windows. The new OS is said to have integrated anti-counterfeit ... technology, which disables the pirated versions from being used. (Source: pcworld.com) The software giant's announcement comes as a reaction to earlier reports that the key code to "crack" Vista's activation process was posted on peer-to-peer networks, Usenet groups and BitTorrent download sites. (Source: informationweek.com) Although Microsoft is " ... (view more)

Tue
27
Aug
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Receiving a virus in email

This past Sunday, I loaded up Outlook Express only to find that my Inbox was flooded with emails from people that I didn't know, inviting me to install a "cool" screen saver which was conveniently file-attached to the email. The email messages ... varied in topic. Most of the file attachments ended in .SCR, some of them ended in .EXE. How nice. Of course, I know better than to open an email attachment from someone I don't know, because 99.999% of the time it contains a virus. If you know a little bit about computers, you might know that a file that has the extension .SCR is generally a ... (view more)

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