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Wednesday, September 21, 2005


Carnival of Computing

Welcome all to the first Carnival of Computing. It's taken some time to gather all of these, and I think I've found some of the best out there, covering all aspects of Technology. It's been a fairly busy week. We've got roundups of PDC 2005, a few reviews of Microsoft and Windows Vista, and Opera went free. Google might start a program with free wi-fi, and a few more security flaws in Firefox have been uncovered. Let's take a look...


Ian Chiu at Everything USB describes how Windows Vista's performance will increase with the use of a Flash Drive, using a technology called "SuperFetch". Check it out Here.

Jross of RossCode gives us his weekly roundup, covering everything from rumors of Ebay in talks to aquire Skype to the ongoing war between Google and Microsoft. Great "week in review type stuff. Visit it here.

Jacqui Cheng and Clint Ecker give us a great review of the iPod Nano over at Ars Technica. Also provide are some great images, including the effects of Ms. Cheng and Mr. Ecker's rigorous testing.

Ben, after hearing of NASA's plan to return to the moon by 2017, thinks he can beat them to the moon. Rather funny post.


One of the benefits of hosting this thing is I get to go first in the software side :P. I give a lenghty review of the pros and cons of Closed and Open Source Software.

Mike Gotta, who writes for Collaborative Thinking gives us some insight to PDC 2005 One Week Later. Pretty good post, even if you're one of those anti-M$ types.

And continuing our Microsoft meme, we've got Peter O'Kelly's Reality Check. He reports that Microsoft is preparing to realign for the Next Wave of Innovation and Growth.

Paul Thurrott of SuperSite for Windows gives a great review of Windows Vista Beta 1. Providing some Screenshots, which are always a plus. It's in three parts, just as a warning.

Scott Berkun a former developer for Internet Explorer, switched to Firefox last week. Berkun goes on to explain the User Interface faults in both browsers, and makes a strong argument for Firefox's superiority (not that that's hard).

Asa Dotzler, Quality Assurance coordinator for Mozilla Firefox, responds to a former IE developer's switch to FF. Scott Berkun's post is linked above.

Dwight Silverman of TechBlog gives us a variety of articles reviewing Internet Explorer 7 Beta. Mixed reviews abound.

Sionide gives us a great review of the new Open Office Beta. A wonderful review of a great (and free) product. Nothing like giving Microsoft a run for its money.

We've got a few posts on Yahoo's new web based Mail, and Charlene Li gives us our first look. She points out that it's ease of use puts Gmail to shame, especially with it's client-like functionality.

Weez at The Nerdarium reminds us that Firefox Beta 1 is out, and he brings us a "Mini-Review". I agree with his suggestion that if you can get by without all your extensions, make the switch.

Martin Ferretti writes for TipMonkies and tells us of his time spent with Google Talk. Personally, I don't think Google Talk will be ready until it's more widely used, but this is a great first step. Look at the bottom of Martin's post for some usefull tips (hence the site name) on improving Talk's usability.

Continuing our focus on Instant Messenger clients, Michael at Open Source Review talks about my personal favorite, Gaim. Be sure to venture through his site to find other great "Open Source Reviews".

Paul Ritchie gives us a review of Internet Explorer 7 Beta 1. I must say, it's rather well balanced, but consider that IE is considered by many to be a flawed product. Any improvement is a welcome improvement.

Covering two topics at once, Pallab criticizes Opera's lack of support for Yahoo's new web mail. Sounds like Yahoo is pulling a Gmail and ignoring the Opera Web Browser.

Dave Aiello at CTDATA explains his switch from Red Hat 7.2 to Fedora Core 1. Check it out here.

Shoe at Linux Librarian discusses using Xandros in the workplace. I know that if I didn't have to rely on Windows so heavily, my OS of choice would be Xandros.

Bob Wyman of As I May Think writes about Google's Blog Search. Best quote is "First Microsoft "validated" the blogosphere by declaring that RSS/Atom would be an integral and important part of Windows Vista/Longhorn. Now, Google has validated the syndication system by providing us with a solid retrospective search capability. This space is soon to explode! The fun will continue."

Bussiness Side

Susan Mernit explains why it may be in Google's best intrest to bid on AOL. Especially in light of Microsoft's proposed bid. Yet another great story on Microsoft and Google's ongoing war.

Ed Brill explains how WinFS reminds him of a past statement by Steve Ballmer. Made in 2000! Read it here.

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