Monthly Archives: October 2006

Hack your friends’ Hotmail

Important: The following article links to a fraudulent website that attempts to steal your confidential information. This article is purely satirical and you should not enter your personal information on the website linked.

Ever wanted to hack your friends’ Hotmail to uncover his or her darkest newsletter subscriptions? Or maybe you want to see what great medical offers they have been receiving? Whatever satisfies your desires, “hackurfriendshotmail” is the answer.

I’ve had the privilege of being referred to this service by an unfamiliar and strange person ([email protected]) who added me to MSN and then quickly disconnected. What a kind fellar. I checked out the site, and I thought, “WOW, I’ve got to tell everyone about this unique service.”


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Mossberg forgets about 600 million people

Walter MossbergOne of the most influential technology writers according to Wikipedia, Walter Mossberg, has forgotten about the majority 55% of the world’s internet users.

In an article giving a brief overview of the recently released Internet Explorer 7, Mr. Mossberg labeled IE7 as “Not Much Is New”. As much as I respect his success, but that is extremely selfish of himself to say that. Why? Because he assumes everyone in the world has used either Firefox or another web browser.

Not much is new. Except to the 600 or so million people in the world which make up at least 55% of the world’s population browsing the internet using Internet Explorer 6. Tabbing, integrated search, security and anti-phishing are features I’d never expect anyone at a bus-spot to know about let alone used before.

Digital disabilityIt might not be new to me, users who reads this blog or anyone else reading blogs in general. But it is new to the hundreds millions of people out there, and it shouldn’t be labeled as “not new” just because the writer of the article thinks differently. There is a clear digital divide amongst society today between those who get technology and those who don’t. As technology writers continue to separate themselves from the average consumers, the digital divide widens.

At this rate, one day, ineffective use of technology might be considered a disability.

Disclaimer: I use and support both Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0. Firefox on the desktop, and IE on the laptop with better mobile/tablet support.

Microsoft doesn’t know what compatibility means

Normally, a monopoly abuses this right, but Microsoft can’t even get this right. Thanks to Robert Banghart for sending this in.

A survey sent by Microsoft’s own employees (Windows Live team) to gather feedback about their own product (Windows Live) to their own email client (Live Mail) viewed by their own browser (Internet Explorer 7) doesn’t work.

Windows Live survey

This is only days after the previous Microsoft survey stuff-up. Go figure how much money third-party survey organisers (in this case, Global Market Insight) are robbing from Microsoft, and ruining their reputation in the process.

Microsoft Australia’s Ready Summit 06

Ready Summit 06

The readiness phenomenon has begun. Are you ready in Belgium? Are you ready in Las Vegas? Are you hugging sheep in New Zealand? And are you ready in Australia?

This is your chance to learn about Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 all in a neat little 6 hour event. Presumably Vista would have RTMed by then, so this could also serve as the local launching event for the enterprise editions of Vista for businesses. Hopefully there’ll be something interesting in the keynote and sessions by then, but besides, it’s free so why not.

There’s an event running in every civilised state of Australia, excluding Darwin and Tasmania. Places are limited, so register soon.

I’ll be going to the Melbourne event on the 15th of November. The sessions I’m attending are in the order of: Keynote, Developer Vision, Office 2007 Development, Connecting Users with Data in new ways, Development with WSS 3.0, Windows Vista Desktop Lifecycle Management. Catch me if you can!