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a quote: There is a case for saying that Microsoft has gone on way too long in the computer business. Would it be beyond the realms of possibility that a white knight could come to the rescue and design something new using some bright ideas that the usual suspects havenít even dreamt of?
There is an excellent debate on the 'morality' of charging for software in the comments on a lengthy weblog post by Robert Scoble.
Scoble (who works for Microsoft) takes the side of profits are good, and Jeremy Allison (an architect of Samba, a networking component of Linux) shows up to take the side of free software. Various other parties jump in as well.
For those of you who are unaware of free/open software might want to check out a definition of the free software movement. It's the current to next trend in the software industry.
Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is often derided as being unsecure. Well it is. Terribly so. There are so many holes in IE that you could fit one of those giant Dune worms inside of it. Sometimes there are patches to close these holes, but it's hard to keep track of them all. So why not just do what Microsoft advises:
The most effective step that you can take to help protect yourself from malicious hyperlinks is not to click them. Rather, type the URL of your intended destination in the address bar yourself. By manually typing the URL in the address bar, you can verify the information that Internet Explorer uses to access the destination Web site. To do so, type the URL in the Address bar, and then press ENTER.
That's right, DON'T CLICK LINKS. Hahahahahahahaha. Uh, isn't that the whole point of a web browser?