Archive for Sunday, October 29, 2006

mozillaZine

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006 by El Guru in Blogs, Firefox, Fx 1.5, Fx 2.0, Fx 3.0, Mozilla News, Thunderbird

mozillaZine is a great source for Firefox and Thunderbird news, information and support. Some people are under the false impression mozillaZine is only a news/announcements site. mozillaZine is more than just news, they host a very extensive Knowledge Base (wiki) of information about Mozilla products and applications. Within this Knowledge Base there are numerous articles covering frequently encountered issues for both Firefox and Thunderbird.

Another large part of mozillaZine is their forums. The forums, unlike the Knowledge Base allows users to discuss Firefox,Thunderbird and SeaMonkey (former Mozilla Suite) products. All three products each have their own five forums:

  • Support ~ Help Forum
  • General ~ Discussion of General Topics
  • Builds ~ Information and Support related to the nightly builds
  • Features ~ Discussion and suggestions for features
  • Bugs ~ Bug information, check here before filing a bug on Bugzilla

Further, volunteers have made French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Korean, Spanish and Hungarian translations available. Most of the translations are of the news contents, but may also include links to non-mozillaZine forums in the above languages.

For those of you wondering if MozillaZine is part of the Mozilla Project…From the about page on MozillaZine…

Established in 1998, MozillaZine is an independent Mozilla news, community and advocacy site.

MozillaZine is not run by the Mozilla Foundation and is not an official part of the Mozilla project.

MozillaZine is hosted at the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University.

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As If WGA Wasn’t Enough!

Posted: Sunday, October 29, 2006 by El Guru in CyberNet, Microsoft

Sometimes I wonder what the folks at Microsoft do all day. I am beginning to think they sit around and come up with new ways to piss off what few customers they have left. I am not a fan (as if anyone is) of Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage validating software. So much so I have removed it from my machine and refuse to install, even if means I cain’t get IE7 or any of the new Microsoft applications. Now understand I DO have a valid copy of Windows XP and it even passes WGA.

Well, it seems as if WGA wasn’t enough. Oh no, I guess Microsoft still had a few loyal Microsoft Office customer they hadn’t managed to piss off yet. So they come up with a new ‘scheme’ effective October 27th (they were a bit secretive about this). It is called Office Genuine Advantage (OGA). Here is what PCWorld explains:

The company’s Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program will require mandatory validation of Office software starting October 27, the software vendor quietly disclosed today. After that date, any Office Online templates downloaded from within the Office 2007 Microsoft Office System applications will require validation of legitimacy.

Similarly, starting in January, users of Office Update will have to validate the legitimacy of their Office software before they can use the service, Microsoft added.

Once again this only make me want to use and promote OpenOffice even more! Sure OpenOffice isn’t as powerful or as feature packed as Microsoft Office, but for the average user who doesn’t need all those extra ‘bells & whistles’ and are looking for a nice non-Microsoft, simple and FREE Office Suite, OpenOffice is the way to go.