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Posted by | Posted in Geek Stuff, Technology | Posted on 10-03-2009

After I was so rudely interupted yesterday, I figured I’d carry on with my roundup of the current tech news and views.

After the latest builds of Windows 7 were leaked, and found their way onto various P2P platforms, a few new features popped up that weren’t in the official beta released by Miscrosoft. One of the new features of Windows 7 is that users can “turn off” certain functionality. Although this was a new feature of Windows 7, not much was made of it, until the new build showed that Internet Explorer 8 had been added to the “turn of” list. This caused quite a stir, but it later turns out that’s because Microsoft is trying to make Windows 7 more modular in order to make it more competitive. This means that if a user wanted to use Firefox as their browser, they could simply turn off IE8, and all programs should then make use of Firefox (or any other installed browser) even if those other programs are Microsoft programs. Previously, although you could specify a default browser, apps like MSN Messenger would often open links in IE anyway, which is damned annoying. This new feature would stop that. You’d also be able to turn off the Media Centre if, for example, you used another media library program.

Following on from the Gmail outage a couple of weeks ago, apparently is has suffered another one. I can’t say I’ve noticed to be honest, although last time I was without email for two hours. The uproar that the last outage caused was evidence of two things. The first is how highly people regard Google services, and how much they expect from them; and the second is just how many people and businesses run their lives using Google. Many businesses use the professional app suite by Google, including Gmail, and an outage can cost their business money. Still, they use the service despite it still having the “beta” label, which it’s had for knocking five years now. Recent issues aside, I love Gmail, and have used it for a number of years myself.

Not that it bothers me in the slightest, but YouTube (another Google service, I might add) has decided that it is blocking UK users from viewing premium music videos. Apparently, Google has yet to renew a deal with whoever they need to agree a deal with, to ensure that UK users can view premium music videos. Presumably, the “premium” part means “paid for”, or “ad-supported”, which again, doesn’t interest me in the slightest. I think we all know what sort of music I like by now…

Talking of music, I think I might record a new set tomorrow, although I think if there’s actually anyone left who still listens to my mixes, this next mix is likely to put them off for good. It won’t be for the feint-hearted, that’s for sure.

Today is my last day at work this week, woohoo! Hopefully I’ll still find time to get myself down the gym on Wednesday and Friday. I’ll probably be visiting London on Thursday, so that won’t get in the way of my routine. I’ve decided that I need to put in some extra effort between now and my trip to the US, because I don’t suppose my diet will be much good while I’m out there. It’ll be like Christmas, in fact, and for about as long too.

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