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Can Netcraft Be Trusted?

If Netcraft is to be believed, Microsoft's IIS Web server deployment is rising rapidly, at the expense of the previous de facto standard Apache. But how accurate are those figures, and should GoDaddy parked domains, that were essentially "bought" by Microsoft (probably for no other reason than to skew Netcraft stats) even be counted? AFAIAC that is little more than cheating, but then should we be surprised ... this is Microsoft we're talking about, after all.

However, despite what Netcraft might like you to think, they do not in fact have a monopoly on site statistics, and security auditing and research company, Security Space, has a rather different story to tell.

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Gateway Anti-Linux Bigotry

Here's a question for Gatway: What the Hell has the Operating System got to do with warranty support for hardware?


Installing Linux on Gateway systems VOID your warranty... - Ubuntu Forums
23 Aug 2007 13:49:53 Warren_GWPR264 says: Your inquiring if what will happen to your system's warranty if you install Linux is this correct?
23 Aug 2007 13:50:23 Linux User says: Correct, and what would happen with my support? Will I still be able to obtain support from Gateway, for hardware, etc?
23 Aug 2007 13:53:49 Warren_GWPR264 says: I am sorry if you install Linux and a hardware component of your system became defective. The warranty will not cover its part replacement or service for the system.
23 Aug 2007 13:54:33 Linux User says: Okay, well Linux is an OS, ie software, it will not cause the device to become defective. Or any sort of failure.
23 Aug 2007 13:54:59 Warren_GWPR264 says: You won't be able to get support if Linux if you installed in your system.
23 Aug 2007 13:55:18 Warren_GWPR264 says: Since Gateway only support Microsoft Operating System.
23 Aug 2007 13:56:21 Linux User says: I understand that software support is only supplied for Microsoft products, but hardware is OS/Software independent. Obviously you will not support drivers, etc for Linux. But how does the OS affect the hardware support?
23 Aug 2007 13:57:59 Warren_GWPR264 says: We won't able to trouble shoot your hardware components. Since were only given information for Microsoft Operating System. So definetly no support for your hardware components once Linux is installed.

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Microsoft Xbox Kills Baby

Microsoft Xbox kills baby, burns bereaved family's house to ashes, then MS demands money.

This is without question the most morally reprehensible thing I have ever read about Microsoft, and that's saying something. Read on, if you have the stomach for it:

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Tip: Can't Shutdown Linux? It may be the Intel HD Audio module

Apparently there is some problem with the Intel HD Audio kernel module in Linux (pretty much all versions) that prevents people from fully shutting down their PCs. See this bug report here:

This may affect any system that uses the snd_hda_intel module (snd-hda-intel.ko), such as my Giga-Byte GA-8ANXP-D. You can shut down, but you can't power off. Presumably this module is not releasing its resources (interrupt?), or something along those lines.

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Microsoft To Fine Retail Stores $250,000 For Offering XP

The Pk Blog:Microsoft To Fine Retail Stores $250,000 For Offering XP

July 26, 2007
By: nomad1984

Several retail stores are still offering at least a few desktop systems that come with XP instead of Vista. The reasons for this are plenty, as vista has a lot of shortcomings. Some business and consumer customer have an expressed need for continuing to run the "outdated" XP. However instead of addressing these valid complaints Microsoft has decided that during the month of August they will be sending out secret shoppers to several reatail locations.

I work at Microcenter where we have one specific model of desktop that we are told the secret shoppers will be asking for. This model comes with the choice of Vista Business of Xp Pro. Not only does the system come with xp, but the restore cd, the only way to recover from a system crash on this system is a copy of vista business. If we even mention the fact that we carry the model with XP preloaded to a Microsoft secret shopper the store will be fined by Microsoft for $250,000 dollars. So even though we offer a PC with XP Pro we are not allowed to tell you we do out of fear that Microsoft will fine us for 1/4 of a million dollars.

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