Will Microsoft Really Ship Windows 7 In September?

There is a strong possibility that Microsoft may, just may, ship Windows 7 early. With this latest rumor in place by some who allege to be in the know, could this really happen? I believe it can. Microsoft needs to separate itself from Vista ASAP. Even though it has been proved by many that Vista isn’t as bad as some would have us believe, the stigma can’t be shaken.

Some have concluded that Windows 7 is nothing more than Vista with a new taskbar and some other minor features. The beta cycle for testing has basically been completed and Microsoft is ready to release an RC candidate in April. On their blog Microsoft has posted some of the changes which will appear soon. But as you will see, not much is really new.

Desktop Experience

1. Windows Flip (ALT + TAB) with Aero Peek

We’ve received overwhelmingly positive feedback about Aero Peek and how it helps customers switch windows with increased confidence. Daniel wrote to tell us “I’m wondering why Peek was never implemented for the ALT + TAB window. The thumbnails look/behave the same way as the taskbar thumbnails when you hover the mouse over them. It seems logical that they would exhibit the peek behavior, too”. We decided to make this change since we heard many requests for it. One can still quickly flip between and cycle through running windows using the ALT+TAB keys, but when more window information is needed Aero Peek will appear.  This is triggered by a time delay as you pause while keyboarding through running windows.

Fig 1.

Aero Peek triggered from Windows Flip (ALT+TAB)

Aero Peek triggered from Windows Flip (ALT+TAB)

Plus another 35 tweaks, fixes, patches and new stuff. Which makes one believe that Microsoft has concluded what Windows 7 will have and that once the RC version is released and tested, they will go into production with the new operating system. This may also be good for the OEM’s who have seen a down turn in sales.

But the real question is this. Will Windows 7 make those who are still using Windows XP flock to the new OS? What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Microsoft blog source.

Did Apple Steal iPod Idea From Brit?

In a new twist it seems that a Brit by the name of Kane Kramer, 52, actually came up with the idea some 30 years ago when he was only 23. To add insult to injury, Apple actually admits Mr. Kane is the inventor, but the man has not received one penny for his invention.

After some legal wrangling by Apple, Kramer may be getting some type of compensation from the company. According to this article it states that:

Mr Kramer, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, said: ‘I was up a ladder painting when I got the call from a lady with an American accent from Apple saying she was the head of legal affairs and that they wanted to acknowledge the work that I had done.

‘I must admit that at first I thought it was a wind-up by friends. But we spoke for some time, with me still up this ladder slightly bewildered by it all, and she said Apple would like me to come to California to talk to them.

He is now negotiating with Apple to gain some compensation from the copyright that he owns on the drawings.

But so far he has received only a consultancy fee for providing his expertise in the legal case.

One would hope that after selling some 163 million iPods, that Apple would in fact compensate the man properly. It is amazing it has taken all these years to even get this man some money for his invention.

Comments welcome.


If You Have A Credit Card Read This

It seems that Trans Union, which is one of the folks who monitor our credit, may have been selling our information to outside agencies. So if you fall into one of these categories, and most of us do, you may entitled to compensation:

The Court decided that the Class includes all consumers who had an open credit account or an open line of credit from a credit grantor (including, for instance automobile loans, bank credit cards, department store credit cards, other retail store credit cards, finance company loans,
mortgage loans, and student loans) located in the United States anytime from January 1, 1987 to May 28, 2008.

You may entitled to receive one of the following:

The settlement will: (1) establish a $75 million Settlement Fund; (2) give Class members the option of selecting six or nine months of credit monitoring services; (3) donate $150,000 to non-profit organizations; (4) pay for settlements or judgments for damage claims related to
lawsuits brought individually by Class members against the Defendants; (5) pay class counsels’ attorneys’ fees and their expenses; (6) pay the costs of notice and administering the settlement; and (7) distribute any money remaining (after deducting the costs for everything listed
above) in the Settlement Fund to Class members who register for a payment or to non-profit organizations.

The six months of credit monitoring services (which retails for $59.75) include: (1) the ability to lock your credit report so third parties, such as lenders or other companies, will not be able to access your credit report without your consent (unless allowed by law); (2)
unlimited daily access to your Trans Union credit report and credit score; and (3) credit monitoring with a 24-hour email credit notificationservice. The nine months of enhanced credit monitoring services (which retails for $115.50) includes all the services listed above, plus
a suite of insurance scores and a mortgage simulator service. If you get the enhanced credit monitoring you will not be able to get a payment from the settlement or start an individual lawsuit.

Other options are also available. Take a look at the web site which has all of the options as well as a form you must complete.