31 May 2012

Apparently there seems to be a bug, at least in a few cases where the Skype add-on for Chrome version 5.1.0.9560 (at least this version) breaks the cut and paste ability of HTML/rich text.  The version of Chrome in this case was 19.0.1084.52.  If this add-on is enabled and Chrome is open and you attempt to copy text that isn't plain text, IE: HTML or Rich, upon pasting into a new document such as Word or Outlook, it simply pastes the plain text version.  The issue is also apparent in Firefox and all of it definitely points to the Skype Click to Call add-on.

16 May 2012

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Facebook messages now feature the ability to determine if the message you sent a friend has been read.

Every message you send now has this turned on by default.  The message gets marked as "seen" if the person is actively chatting or checking their messages.  No matter where you send the message from, whether your phone or the web it is enabled.

10 May 2012

Mozilla has come forth with a big reveal that Windows RT (Formerly Windows 8 on ARM) will only support a single browser:  Internet Explorer.  From a technical side Firefox would be able to run in Metro mode on Windows RT, but would be crippled to the point of unusable.  Only Office 15 is allowed to run in the classic Desktop Mode with Windows RT.

The issue has to do with API access.  Third-party developers will only have access to the WinRT (Metro) API.  However, Microsoft's software will have access to the lower level Win32 API.  Firefox could build Firefox for ARM but without the ability to tap into the Win32 API it can't compete with Internet Explorer.

Some of the logical reasons behind this move by Microsoft is that they have not wanted to port x86 code to ARM, largely because these ported apps may not have the efficiency and stability of a low-power ARM tablet requirement. 

Another reason could be due to malware attacks.  Since a browser is an open pit for malware attacks on the operating system making it so there is only a more secure Metro Internet Explorer could be a protection mechanism. 

Metro Internet Explorer

The Tech-Stew Take Home

This move by Microsoft seems akin to the early dark days of the 90s and possibly a move to gain market share with Internet Explorer, at least on the surface.  Hopefully the primary motivation here is that they are just trying to protect the operating system and by association the end-users giving them a more pleasant experience with less risk of malware attacks.

The downside is that due to this restriction it means we won't see any browsers with add-ons on Windows ARM tablets.  Nor will there be any HTML5 web apps.  Competition gets squashed as a result and the chance of ARM tablets winning out over x86 tablets becomes less likely.

Source:  PCWorld


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13 Apr 2012

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In the early days before HTML5 and web browsers there existed the BBS.  One intrepid developer has created a mostly functional version of Google in the form of a BBS.  BBS stands for Bulletin Board System, in case you are too young to remember.  BBS's were the way many got their roots on the "Internet".  Back in the good old days, you would dial a phone number using a modem to connect to the BBS.

If you are ready to step into a time machine, click on the source link below to relive those memories or show the youngsters how it used to be done.

Source:  GoogleBBS Terminal


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01 Apr 2012

Netflix revealed today that they are acquiring the cloud based OnLive gaming company for $1.1 billion.  OnLive currently offers a free membership.  Once you have the membership you can then purchase the rights to play individual games for a one time fee ranging in price or you can get play passes for multiple days or playpack subscriptions.

Netflix has stated that the Netflix branded online streaming of games will keep the OnLive interface intact, but will offer different pricing plans to be announced.

Netflix will be combining resources between OnLive and their own servers to provide even more quality to the streaming of the games.  This teaming will also prove beneficial in the battle to get the licensing figured out for the OnLive cloud based Windows-on-iPad service (OnLive Desktop), which was recently tagged by Microsoft as violating licensing terms.

Netflix has indicated that the existing mini-console offered by OnLive for playback of video games on TV's will also support the playback of all Netflix content, making it an all in one multimedia device.  There are some rumors that Netflix may try to offer playback of video games on existing game consoles (where movie streaming supported), but some manufacturers may try to block this feature.

This move by Neflix is possibly Foolish, given their past moves such as with Quickster.

The Tech-Stew Take Home **Update**

Well as you might have guessed from the last line of the main article...  APRIL FOOLS!.  This topic does make good fodder for discussion or in a future podcast.  There could be many negative side effects to such a merger if it were to happen.  The first would be less competition.  Less competition usually leads to less quality in a product.  With Netflix being the only major streaming company around right now, there is not much room for competition.  Sure there is Hulu and Amazon, but in the big market, Netflix leads the way as of now.  Verizon is to have streaming of their own soon, so is Comcast with Xfinity Streampix, but that's for Comcast customers.  I think most would say that OnLive remaining a solo act, is a good thing for the time being, especially as they begin to move into other areas outside of just gaming, such as their service called OnLive Desktop that runs Windows on iPad and even streaming movies. 

As we move into next generation consoles, we will see more of a shift towards downloading the games (possibly the only way to get new content), but that is downloading, not so much streaming as of now anyway.  OnLive graphically is already pretty good, not quite as close as top end PC graphics on a stand-alone-machine, but very playable.  OnLive is leading us into this new frontier of streaming games and with a bit more time, it will become an even more solid platform for the future.  At any rate, Happy April Fools 2012 to everyone. 


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28 Mar 2012

 Microsoft is proposing a standard that would speed up the internet, yes a standard folks.  While the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is meeting next week to discuss HTTP 2.0 solutions, Microsoft is proposing their own solution called HTTP Speed+Mobility, they claim it is based on Google's SPDY protocol.

Google's SPDY protocol is one candidate for HTTP 2.0.  It is similar to the existing HTTP protocol, but Google says its 50% faster.  Several browsers already use this technology, those of Chrome and Firefox.  Google and Twitter try to deliver pages using SPDY if possible.

SPDY is being considered by the IETF as a standard, but Microsoft is pitching Speed+Mobility, stating it boasts speed increases like SPDY, but also has elements from HTML5's WebSocket API.  With Microsoft's solution it brings speed to mobile devices and applications as well as desktops.

The co-creator of SPDY, Mike Belshe, has welcomed Microsoft and said he is looking forward to seeing some metrics on their solution.  Belshe also said the talk that SPDY is not for mobile is untrue that developers are happy to use SPDY in mobile apps, but he does go on to state, "it could always be better, of course."

Perhaps we will see both Microsoft and Google working together to create a standard that works for all parties?  It is in the best interest of both companies after all.  We can dream for now at least.

Source:  webmonkey, blogs.msdn.com


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22 Mar 2012

At least as of around 2 p.m. Eastern time, many users are reporting YouTube service disruptions.  Frequently its a 502 error as below, or this message:  "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable".  The problem seems to be both on the main page and with individual videos.

Stay tuned for further details. 
**UPDATE, the outage lasted for at least 20-30 minutes.  No reports on the cause.


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