If Bill Gates died tomorrow, not wishing to tempt fate, his passing would be on the front of just about every newspaper in every country around the world. However, Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has died and there is hardly a mention of him. Bill Gates was the software side of the partnership while Paul was the hardware side. He is probably the man most responsible for Microsoft reaching its goal of a computer in every home. He was also the man happy to sit in the background while Bill Gates basked in the limelight. He died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma yesterday at the age of 65.
Ihaven’t written anything on Jammy Toast for a little while. No, let me re-phrase that. I have not had anything posted on Jammy Toast for a little while because I keep getting rejection letters from Sir Davidd. So I thought I would have one last try to write something relevant for inclusion on Jammy Toast and try and piss Sir Davidd off at the same time. I have known Davidd now for some years and during that time we have had many long hard conversations about computers and most things IT related. I used to work for Microsoft so it was easy to fit in with Davidd’s Windows/PC outlook on life. I used to think everything made by Apple was crap and that was the end of it.
Here at Jammy Toast we love the internet. There is nothing more the bears love than goofing around websites looking for entertainment or some of our more serious bears doing research. However, that enjoyment just might become tainted soon as the evils of net neutrality raises its ugly head again. This week some of the internet’s most popular websites will participate in a day of action on Wednesday to oppose changes to US rules which govern net neutrality. Sites such as Netflix and Amazon are joining with civil liberty groups in a co-ordinated protest, and activists are already sharing viral content on Twitter, Reddit and Facebook in preparation.
Microsoft are always in trouble for what they include in Windows and sometimes what they exclude from Windows. You could easily be forgiven for thinking that the software giant can’t win – if they do something then they are in trouble but if they then undo it they are still in trouble. This time, Russian security software-maker Kaspersky has filed an anti-trust complaint against Microsoft with the European Commission claiming that the software giant is abusing its market dominance by pushing Windows 10 users towards its own anti-virus software.
This year has seen Google celebrate its 18th Birthday and during those years the search engine company has become a byword for internet searches. People don’t search the internet they Google it. However, they were not the first people to realise the importance of being able to find information on the Internet. That honour goes to a man by the name of Jonathon Fletcher who invented the modern search engine but, until a couple of years ago, was unaware of what he had accomplished.
The lunatics have definitely taken over the asylum over at Warner Brothers who have now asked Google to remove its own website from search results, reporting itself for violating copyright laws. It also asked the search giant to remove links to legitimate movie streaming websites run by Amazon and Sky, as well as the film database IMDB. The request was submitted on behalf of Warner Brothers by Vobile, a company that files hundreds of thousands of takedown requests every month. Warner Brothers itself has yet to comment.
So the big day arrives here at Jammy Toast, as Windows 10 is finally released following months of waiting. Edward has been hard at work installing the new operating system and it has to be said everything appears to have gone relatively smoothly. Be warned it does take quite a while and when it says it has finished it is still working in the background. This means at first it seems sluggish but this is only because of the background activity. Once this is completed everything seems pretty similar to the way it was before.
Microsoft have announced that the next generation of its Windows operating system, Windows 10, will be released next month. The company said PCs and tablets running the software would go on sale on 29th July, at which point the OS would also be offered as a free download to existing users. The roll-out of the product for smartphones, Xbox games consoles and other kit will follow later. This is the release which should prove critical to Microsoft’s future.
How many of us do not read the small print? Microsoft has launched a new tool which guesses how old you are from a single photo you upload and within hours it has become massively popular. People have been testing it with babies, politicians and even fictional characters. All you do is upload a photo of a face and it gives you an estimate of your age for the person – it does so with hilariously patchy results.
Microsoft is killing off Internet Explorer the web browser in favour of a faster browser with cleaner lines for the forthcoming release of the Windows 10 Operating System. The new browser, codenamed Spartan, will take on the likes of Google’s Chrome browser and Jammy Toast’s favourite from Mozilla – Firefox. The Internet Explorer brand has been Microsoft’s browser since 1995 – but over time it has fallen out of favour due to being slower than its rivals and prone to bugs.