Archive for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Why Windows Vista and Office 2007 are so Expensive

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 by El Guru in Blogs, CyberNet, Microsoft, Vista

Vista UltimateAlmost two months ago Microsoft announced the prices for Windows Vista and Office 2007 (see Update: Windows Vista Prices). Perhaps the new packaging (scroll down for more) has something to do with the higher prices? Here are few other blog sites comments:

From CyberNet News:

“Somehow The Vista Team Blog came up with a very unique way of making it sound like the packaging alone is worth hundreds of dollars. Shall we see how many words you can use describe a package:

“Designed to be user-friendly, the new packaging is a small, hard, plastic container that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use. It provides a convenient and attractive place for you to permanently store both discs and documentation.

The new design will provide the strength, dimensional stability and impact resistance required when packaging software today.”

From CruchGear:

“As we all recall, Microsoft has been famous for slapping all kinds of crazy crap on its product boxes. Well, that’s about to change, possibly because they can’t find any pictures of happy Vista users.”

From Gizmodo:

“Microsoft, planning to lure you into using Windows Vista and Office 2007 for the rest of your life, today reveals the packaging for the upcoming products, going with a rounded design reminiscent of a 1950s toaster.”

Also see Todd Bishop’s MS Blog: Analyzing the Vista and Office 2007 packaging »

I have to laugh at the comments from The Vista Team Blog, “…that’s designed to protect the software inside for life-long use.” What the heck is ‘life-long use’, the product will be obsolete in a couple years and in a few more years Microsoft will force you to go to a newer version. But your Vista and Office software, now useless is still in the same pristine condition it was in when you shelled out the few hundred dollars.

In many ways I am surprised Microsoft is going to make such a big deal out of packaging. Considering how inexpensive and widely available broadband is now, why not just have users upgrade or purchase the product via Internet?

My copy of Windows XP software is sitting in my closet in the same packaging (or lack thereof) it came in from the shop that built my system. The CD is in a jewel case in a pile of other CD’s and the manual is in a pile with other manuals. I suppose with this new packaging Microsoft is expecting us to put it on our bookshelves as if it would be something we would be proud to display.

Here is my final thought about this new packaging: “It is about as useful as those cardboard boxes they use to package audio CD’s in.”

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Colorful Tabs & Firefox 2

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 2.0

A long time ago I talked about the Colorful Tabs extension. One thing I noticed when I went to Bon Echo (Firefox 2) it was one of those extensions that did not work. Further, after forcing it to work with the Nightly Tester Tools, I discovered while it did work, it broke some functionality of Firefox. Once installed, you get colorful tabs, but no close buttons.

I reviewed the extension author’s site but it has not been updated since June and have a feeling it won’t be anytime soon. However, on the extension page though, there was note from someone who said if you changed the Close Tab Button setting in about:config to ‘3’ this would work. Looking back at my post, ‘3’ would put the Close Tab button at the end of tab strip as it was in Firefox 1.5. I’ve tested and while this does work, I prefer to have mine set to ‘0’ which places the close button on the active tab. Sadly, though that setting won’t work with Colorful Tabs and Firefox 2.

Now also keep in mind you can close a tab by right-clicking on the said tab and selecting from the context menu ‘Close Tab’. I have also been told you can close a tab by middle-clicking on the said tab.

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Weather Bug Updated

Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 by El Guru in Add-ons, Firefox, Fx 2.0

For those of you who have been waiting patiently (or impatiently) for an updated version of Weather Bug which supported Firefox 2, the wait is over! While the new version was officially release on October 26th, it did not get approved and uploaded to Firefox Add-Ons until late on October 30th.

Weather Bug 1.0.0.2