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Thursday Night (12 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 13-November-2008  21:32:01 (GMT +10) - by Agg

This one's from Matt:

There are a lot of rumours flying around about Windows 7 and netbooks, so its good to separate fact from fiction. Even though Microsoft is trying to stir up excitement for Windows 7’s prospects on new (and most likely more expensive) multi-touch-enabled PCs, there is more interest among users and industry watchers around the next release of Windows running on netbooks. Microsoft officials demonstrated a full-fledged version (we don’t know which pre-beta build number) of Windows 7 running onan Asus Eee with 1 GB of RAM.

Google has optimised its search page for the iPhone. Results are now formatted in a similar manner to other Google services, with a blue navigation bar, and vertically-aligned text or imagery that eliminates the need to scroll horizontally. Where appropriate, results will automatically bring up maps, as well as larger and more obvious direction and phone call buttons. In the case of multiple listings a Show Map link brings up the new view.

Google's web browser, Chrome, offers a 300% boost to cloud based websites. Avature, a provider of Enterprise 2.0 Human Capital Management solutions, announced the release of a new Chrome-optimized version of its Recruiting CRM software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution, which recently made it into Human Resource Executive magazine's top ten human resources applications. What is interesting in this new version is an optimized “Rules Engine” that delivers a 300% increase in the processing of complex Javascript programs in the Chrome browser, in addition to an improved user interface and better performance on IE7 and Firefox browsers.

Google have also added a new feature into Google Earth, allowing people to visit ancient Rome. Google has reconstructed the sprawling city - inhabited by more than one million people as long ago as AD320. Users can zoom around the map to visit the Forum of Julius Caesar, stand in the centre of the Colosseum or swoop over the Basilica.

In today's rant, why does software need a save button? What I mean is, why is it an option? "Do you want to save the changes you made to MyLifeStory.doc?" Are you insane? Why are you even asking me this? Of course I want to save. My CPU doesn't ask me if I want to spin the cooling fan does it? My firewall doesn't ask me if I want to block hackers. These things are just assumed.

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