Windows XP is not dead yet!

The cut off date for PC makers to obtain licenses for the software was initially January 31 2009, but now Microsoft has put in place a plan that will allow the hardware firms to get hold of XP licences until May 30 2009.

In the past, Microsoft extended XP’s life until the year 2010 – provided it was installed on netbooks and low-cost laptops.

Windows XP was originally due to disappear off shop shelves on January 30 2008.
It was intended to be removed from store shelves to make way for Windows Vista which went on sale to consumers early in 2007.

Consumers have not given a very warm reaction to the Vista Release despite Microsoft’s claims that Vista has sold well. Microsoft is granting this extension of life largely because of the customer’s preference for XP.

This affects PC makers and resellers who were working to a January 31 2009 deadline to order licences for XP.

Many PC makers they planned on stockpiling licences before the cut-off in hopes they could sell them in the coming months.

Now, Microsoft has changed the terms allowing the PC makers and resellers to order before January 31, but take delivery at any time up to May 30.

The change in policy is another indication of the general resistance to Windows Vista.

Early versions of Windows 7, the replacement for Vista, are due to appear in late 2009.


Security Experts Advising You Not Use Internet Explorer (for now)

A serious scripting hack that can grab passwords (or, potentially, do worse) from any version of Internet Explorer is leading security and malware experts to suggest switching from Internet Explorer to Firefox, Chrome, Opera, or any other browser, if only for the time being.

Microsoft itself is, of course, asking users to just be cautious while it works on a fix. The BBC article thumbnails security tips, including switching IE’s security settings to “High,” if you won’t be migrating (or can’t switch at work).

How To Share iPhone Applications with Other iPhones

Ok so I finally upgraded cellphones and got myself one of those new flashy 3G iPhones, and I must tell you its a great little device. I really really like love it. My wife also got one and she was a super blackberry power user reluctant to get rid of her Blackberry Curve, but once she messed with the iPhone for a little while, she too fell in love.

There are soo many great things about it that I could write for what seems like forever, but today I just wanted to cut to the chase about sharing applications that you have purchased from the app store.

See recently Apple opened up 3rd party apps in the app store. This means the other people can write apps and with  Apples approval, they will get published in the app store. The coders that make these apps offer dozens and dozens of new apps daily for pay or for free. Yes free….there are tons of apps for the iPhone for free. Why bother with jailbreaking these days? Oh sure maybe hacking it will allow the forwarding up sms messages or copy and paste, but thats coming in the next update anyways and updates come along often.

Ok back to the topic.

I have lots of free high quality apps on my phone right now. However there are some that are not free and I bought them. One evening I found scrabble in the app store and decided to get it. It was really neat and I discovered that I could play another user over wifi. Since my wife has one I asked her to purchase it and we could both play. She did and without a hitch it worked wonderfully and was a lot of fun.

Two weeks later I discovered she had another game that I used to really like. It was bejeweled. Unfortunatly it was not a free game and I wanted it. Me being the penny pincher that I am, my wheels started turning. I was thinking that when she backs up her phone the app is on her computer. How could I get that app onto my phone and not pay for it? At first I was thinking there was some file I would have to transfer over, but there is a much easier way.

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FCC Wants To Give Out Free WiFi

Outgoing FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is pushing for action in December on a plan to offer free, pornography-free wireless Internet service to all Americans, despite objections from the wireless industry and some consumer groups.

At its December meeting, the FCC could also consider new rules designed to speed up consideration of disputes between independent cable programmers and cable providers such as Time Warner Cable Inc. and Comcast Corp., which either refuse to carry some channels or put them on specialty tiers of service that cost subscribers more.

The agency also will ask for more feedback on its proposal to require programmers to sell their channels to cable operators individually instead of in bundles.

The free Internet plan is the most controversial issue the agency will tackle in December. Mr. Martin shelved plans to consider a wider variety of sticky issues pending at the agency, including a request by the Hollywood studios to hobble TVs and set-top boxes so studios can offer copy-protected theatrical releases sooner.

The proposal to allow a no-smut, free wireless Internet service is part of a proposal to auction off a chunk of airwaves. The winning bidder would be required to set aside a quarter of the airwaves for a free Internet service. The winner could establish a paid service that would have a fast wireless Internet connection. The free service could be slower and would be required to filter out pornography and other material not suitable for children. The FCC’s proposal mirrors a plan offered by M2Z Networks Inc., a start-up backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr.

Consumer advocates have objected to the FCC’s proposed pornography filter, while the wireless industry has objected to the entire free Internet plan. To address concerns about the filter, the FCC is proposing that adults could opt out and access all Internet sites.

T-Mobile USA, in particular, has raised concerns. The Deutsche Telekom AG unit paid about $4 billion a few years ago for nearby airwaves and has complained that the free wireless Internet plan will likely result in interference for consumers of its new 3G wireless network. The FCC dismissed the company’s interference concerns this fall, although T-Mobile disagreed with that finding.