Opera 9.5 releases today…





Looks good.  But, for some reason, <shatner mode on> I – just – can’t </shatner mode off>.  IE7 just works.  I don’t have to jump out and grab a new browser every 6 months, or sift through new features hoping one of them will stick with me enough to actually use it for more than a day.  New and different web browsers don’t really excite me like they seem to do other folks.

For alternate browsers, though, Opera is the best.  Beats bloated Firefox hands-down.

Does Amazon.com get it wrong sometimes?

I think so.

From a recent email…


We've noticed that customers who have purchased or rated Conan the Barbarian – Collector's Edition or other films in the ( B ) > Bergman, Sandahl category have also purchased Xanadu – Magical Musical Edition (With Complete Soundtrack CD) on DVD. For this reason, you might like to know that Xanadu – Magical Musical Edition (With Complete Soundtrack CD) will be released on June 24, 2008.  You can pre-order yours at a savings of $4.99 by following the link below.

Time Warner has a busy signal for customer service?

Anyone that uses Time Warner for Internet, Cable, and Digital phone – have you noticed how the service has gone downhill dramatically over the last 6 months?

Time Warner pushed out a digital cable box upgrade yesterday to us, but is continuing to do so for all Time Warner customers in this area.  Its a neat upgrade, and it seemed to work well for us.  However, calling Time Warner today on another matter, their customer service line has a busy signal.  This isn’t a small company we’re talking about here.

Yet another new Microsoft video web spot

How many different sites does Microsoft have dedicated to video right now?   Just off the top of my head I can count six, and I’m sure I’m missing some.

Will this new one pan out?  Or, can Microsoft use this site to centralize them all?


BTW: Depending on which category interests you, it looks like each section has its own RSS feed.

For example, here’s the feed for IT Pros:


You can also get an RSS feed based on your search and those videos that fall under a specific tag.  For example, here’s the feed for System Center videos:

http://preview.microsoft.com/video/rss/search.aspx?phrase=system center

Of course, this site is in beta—there’s only 3 videos tagged for System Center.  myITforum.com TV has 62 tagged with System Center.

System Center pagehttp://www.myitforum.com/absolutevc/default.aspx?c=13 

RSS Feedhttp://www.myitforum.com/absolutevc/rss.aspx?c=13

And, 139 total that are related to System Center.

For those not familiar with the wildly popular myITforum.com TV, check it out:


System Center Vista Gadget updated

image http://gallery.live.com/liveItemDetail.aspx?li=49e26ad0-113d-4f3d-a711-57f6530c75d9

This gadget makes it easier to find help for Microsoft System Center products because it uses Live Search macros to search specific sites instead of the entire web. Search results are only returned from sites that are known to contain helpful information about System Center products. Use the settings in the gadget to pick the System Center product that you want to find information about, and then enter a search term in the gadget to get customized search results.

Average time for Google to respond to Gmail issues?

So far, it looks like 6-7 days.

I’ve received emails from a couple folks who have submitted tickets to Google about the Gmail receiving issues.  After 6-7 days, each person has received this message back:


Thanks for bringing this issue to our attention. We have forwarded the information you provided to the appropriate team for further investigation. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.


The Google Team”

So, it sounds like even their response to a ticket support request is a form letter, and I bet they have it configured to auto-reply after a period of time to get folks thinking they were actually looking at the problem during the period of no response. 

Google is crafty.  So’s the devil.