Dud of the Week: eBay Anniversary

I shouldn’t boast too much about this, I know, since you’re all going to get horribly jealous, but I just received a very exciting email, courtesy of the nice folks over at eBay, congratulating me on an impressive year (or is it 10?) of dedicated custom: Now my friend Jim says this is the lamest …

Continue reading ‘Dud of the Week: eBay Anniversary’ »

The Fish That Was Ahead of Its Time

This is old news but it still comes as something of a shock to me: You have probably never heard of Enfish but you see its legacy in every desktop search program you’ll come across. That’s because the company helped promote the idea that searching your own files was as useful an activity as searching …

Continue reading ‘The Fish That Was Ahead of Its Time’ »

The Fish That Was Ahead of Its Time

Dear Enfish Customers, As of November 1, 2005, Enfish Software will no
longer sell its own products, but rather license its technology and patents
to others. I am pleased to report that Enfish Software has completed its
first licensing agreement with EasyReach Corporation. EasyReach is an
exciting company which launched at DEMOfall 2005 one month ago.
Furthermore, EasyReach has released a new version of the product
which is available for free to all users who have purchased Enfish Find or
Professional. Many of you have received free, or beta versions of the
product over the years, and as such may not be in the purchase
database. If you fall

Windows. How Much Pain Can You Take?

If you’re still happy with your Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, and Windows Millennium Edition then you’re on your own. Microsoft won’t help you out after July 11, 2006, when it ends public and technical support. This doesn’t just mean not having someone to talk to on the phone. It means no more security …

Continue reading ‘Windows. How Much Pain Can You Take?’ »

Does IE7 Herald The Death of Windows 98 and 2000?

You may have read that Microsoft has launched a beta version of its browser, Internet Explorer 7. An aspect of this that seems to have not received widespread publicity is the fact that with IE 7, Microsoft has effectively killed off Windows 98 and Windows 2000. In an interview with eWeek, Gytis Barzdukas, director of …

Continue reading ‘Does IE7 Herald The Death of Windows 98 and 2000?’ »

A New Version Of Copernic’s Desktop Search Toolbar

Just in case you haven’t heard this elsewhere, Copernic has released a new version of their excellent Desktop Search toolbar that. among other things, fully supports Mozilla Thunderbird, including indexing of Thunderbird emails, attachments, and contacts. Also announced was support for indexing Eudora emails and attachments and many exciting new features based on feedback from …

Continue reading ‘A New Version Of Copernic’s Desktop Search Toolbar’ »

Should We Trust Google’s Sponsored Links?

I must confess to a certain weakness for the sponsored links alongside Google searches. But are they harbouring ne’er-do-wells and other malware vendors? Some folk think so: A posting on Annoyances.org – MSINFO nuisance (Windows 98 Discussion Forum) says of PC MightyMax, which popped up on a recent search of Windows DLL files I was doing: …

Continue reading ‘Should We Trust Google’s Sponsored Links?’ »

Microsoft Does The Decent Thing

Good news for Windows 98 fans, and for folk who don’t believe in upgrading their software just because companies say it’s the cool thing to do. Microsoft has relented on its decision to abandon updates for Windows 98 and Me this week, saying it will continue to provide limited support for the operating systems until …

Continue reading ‘Microsoft Does The Decent Thing’ »

Windows 98 – Is Microsoft Really Dumping Users?

This from reader Jim Erlandson on Microsoft’s declining support for Windows 98: “Windows 98 support isn’t dropping off the face of the earth according to Microsoft. $35 per incident phone support is. How many people do you know who have spent $35 for a phone call to Microsoft lately? And a quote in C|Net indicates …

Continue reading ‘Windows 98 – Is Microsoft Really Dumping Users?’ »

Windows 98 Users Face A Scary Future

A by-product of Microsoft’s decision to phase out support for some of its ‘old’ products, citing Java-related legal issues: users are going to be very exposed to viruses and bad stuff like that. Ottawa-based AssetMetrix Research Labs found that more than 80 percent of companies surveyed were still using Windows 98 and/or Windows 95. “On …

Continue reading ‘Windows 98 Users Face A Scary Future’ »