Google asked passers by at Times Square if they could explain what a browser is.
The results are either funny or shocking: 92% of the responders had no idea whatsoever. This renders all the talk about browser wars, standards compliance and the likes quite ironic. Even though it shouldn’t come as a surprise it is still often forgotten in tech-savvy circles that the average user has little knowledge or interest in what happens – so to speak – under the hood of his/her computer.
The video is also definitely food for thought for all the critics of the EU regulations attempting to make Microsoft disentangle Internet Explorer from Windows. I mean if the lion’s share of the users are pretty much ignorant of the very existence or function of a browser how could we assume that they’d know about alternatives such as Firefox or Chrome? It is awfully convenient to just stick with what is on their PCs, which in turn seems to give MSFT a significant leverage, being the single biggest supplier of home and office operating systems.
No really, there’s this game – some might know it – called World of Warcraft. It is approaching 12 million subscribers. And just recently an expansion pack came out, which most of these people bought as soon as they could, the little addicts they are. And guess what, the servers actually stood the throng of people logging on at the same time. (I know this, because I was there on release day in Borean Tundra, the little addict I am.)
Now the creators of WoW might want to lend a hand to Microsoft. Because the so-called web launch of the public beta of Windows 7 was a fail of epic proportions. One would think that a company with a budget that of a medium country’s could pull something off like this. But no, the servers hosting the beta sunk like a handleless hammer only to rise up again in a solid half a day. (I know this because I refreshed the error 403 a few times out of sheer curiosity.)
Also, a little while ago smart people have invited this truly great program called BitTorrent. It basically lets the users’ computers do the heavy lifting instead of one file server crumbling under the load. Successful operating systems are distributed on it, like linux. Just saying.
Of course there’s no such software as a Microsoft BitTorrent®, maybe that’s the problem.
Na végre történik valami – legalábbis remélhetőleg – a Microsoft-tender ellen. Most már csak azt kéne tudni, hogy ezekért a cikkekért hogy lehet pénzt felvenni…
A jelenlegi elgondolás szerint egy 5 milliárdos tender kiírására próbálják rábírni a Központi Szolgáltatási Főigazgatóságot annak érdekében, hogy a Campus és a School szerződések lejártával a kormányzat ne prolongálja az amerikai szoftver cég magyarországi egyeduralmát az állami szektorban.