I was just reading a Slashdot article about Microsoft improving User Access Control (UAC) in Windows 7. In the cited PC Pro article, Microsoft engineer Ben Fathi says:
We’ve heard loud and clear that you are frustrated. You find the prompts too frequent, annoying, and confusing. We still want to provide you control over what changes can happen to your system, but we want to provide you a better overall experience.
It seems that Microsoft engineers do have a good grasp on the issues that users have with Windows Vista. On the other hand, CEO Steve Ballmer doesn’t seem to have a clue:
the biggest trade-off we made was sacrificing security for compatibility. I’m not sure the end-users really appreciated that trade-off.
Ummm, yeah… Mr. Ballmer, you sacrificed security for usability not compatibility. I suspect he’s probably still running Windows XP on his desktop, so he really has no idea what he’s talking about. The compatibility issues with Vista have little to do with UAC. Vista’s compatibility problems pale in comparison to the usability issues that UAC introduced.
Google recently announced that additional contextual advertisements will be displayed on YouTube. Google will be providing links to relevant iTunes and Amazon.com products that are related to the videos. For instance, if you hear a catchy soundtrack on the video, you might see a link to purchase it on iTunes. Google has also added text link ads to Google Maps.
Most of you probably won’t use this ever, but if you are an iGoogle gadget developer then this is definitely for you! I put together a simple little tool that will display how many users my gadgets currently have, and I’ve set it up so that anyone can use it. (more…)
Google recently made audio playback available for some Knol articles. For example, if you check out the article on how to treat and prevent skin allergies, you’ll notice a link that says Listen. If you click the link, a small embedded media player appears and you begin to hear the article read out loud.
Google Blog Search has changed its look. The new layout features stories grouped together, much like Google News does. Some other blogs have dubbed it a Techmeme killer. I don’t think I’d go as far as to call it a Techmeme killer, but the new layout definitely makes sense. The Official Google Blog says:
Adapting some of the technology pioneered by Google News, we’re now showing categories on the left side of the website and organizing the blog posts within those categories into clusters, which are groupings of posts about the same story or event. Grouping them in clusters lets you see the best posts on a story or get a variety of perspectives.
New Google Blog Search Layout