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More impressive numbers: Windows Server 2003 for authentication in Korea

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 26-Jul-2006 20:31

I received a press release today which I wasn't going to post in the main Geekzone news section, but the numbers are just staggering, so I decided to quote it here in my personal blog:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that CJ Internet has successfully implemented Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit edition to power its integrated user authentication system.  CJ Internet provides a leading online game portal in Korea and is one of the country’s top search portals.  The online game portal, called NetMarble, offers approximately 50 games to over 23 million members.  The new integrated user authentication system had to be able to scale easily and accommodate more than 25 million members.  It also had to be robust enough to handle concurrent access of up to 400,000 users.

CJ Internet embarked on the upgrade of the 32-bit integrated authentication system to a 64-bit based system after the number of users and traffic surpassed the company's projections last year and the capacity of the existing system.  As of March 2006, there were 270,000 concurrent users to NetMarble, a sharp increase of 35% from that of only three years ago.  With the upgrade of the server operating system, CJ Internet has transferred its integrated authentication service which operated based on pre-existing three servers to two 64-bit based machines, while changing the storage environment from Direct Access Storage (DAS) to Storage Area Network (SAN).

Microsoft's successful implementation of the 32-bit integrated authentication system in 2004 strongly influenced CJ Internet's decision to align their system upgrade with Microsoft's product release.  Not only did the Microsoft Windows Server 2003-based solution reduce excessive server downtime from 3 to 1.13 percent, it was also estimated that the previous system would save CJ Internet US$3.1 million per year. 

Korea leads in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) and accounts for more than 45 percent of the online game market according to IDC.

Just read the numbers again: 23 million members and more than 270,000 concurrent users on-line!

Bill Gates Goes to College (Napoleon Dynamite)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 20:42

This video was shown during the Microsoft PDC 2005. It was available on for a while, then it disappeared. Found it again through, so better watch this now, before it's taken down again: FYI, this is based on Napoleon Dynamite.

Sony UX Micro PC against the TabletKiosk eo UMPC

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 11:58

Last night Darryl Burling and wife joined us for dinner, and of course he had to bring his spanking new TabletKiosk eo UMPC. That was a great move, because just yesterday I got hold of Sony's VAIO UX Micro PC, their ultra small mobile little PC running Windows XP.

We did some comparison (heck, most of the time we spent playing with devices!) and I took a couple of pictures, one of which is below:

The Sony Vaio UX Micro PC will be in our review pages soon. But just so you know: it's a 1.2GHz Intel CPU, with 512MB RAM and 30GB HDD. Count a sliding keyboard, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, plus USB ports, Compact Flash PC card slot and Memory Stick slot - and it's not much bigger than a Pocket PC.

Saturday morning gift: Windows Vista Beta 2 DVD and Product Guide

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 22-Jul-2006 10:48

It's Saturday here in New Zealand already, and I have just received a parcel coming from the Microsoft Global Technical Support Centre, Taiwan.

The package brings "The Windows Vista Product Guide" and a DVD box containing two discs (Windows Vista Beta 2 32-bit (x86) and Windows Vista Beta 2 64-bit (x64)) plus an information card with a Windows Vista Product Key.

Nice presentation guys! The book is a 300 page manual with all you need to know about Microsoft Windows Vista, with the following sections:

1.Introduction to Windows Vista
2.Windows Vista Edition
3.For All Users
4.For Home Users
5.For Business Users
6.For IT Professionals

The foreword says:

The windows Vista Product guide provides a comprehensive overview of the innovative features and functions that make Microsoft Windows Vista the next-generation Windows client operating system and successor to Windows XP. This guide also provides information about the benefits Windows Vista offers diverse users, as well as information about the different editions (SKUs) available.

Good one. I am not sure but I think this is the package all people registered for the Beta 2 will receive.

New spoof Mac ads

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 15-Jul-2006 10:26

You probably watched the new Apple ads comparing Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X, but this spoof is very funny:

If you haven't seen the original ads, try these:

Reinstalling Windows XP Pro Tablet PC Edition

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 3-Jul-2006 13:04

Oh well, time to replace Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 on my Tablet PC with the Windows XP Pro Tablet PC Edition.

Lots of reasons for this, but mainly because I really need stability on a device that is going places with me. As I found out last week in Sydney, the wireless drivers are not stable enough on Windows Vista to allow me to connect to some hotspots, and the new build has some flaws in other areas.

So I decided to give the beta testing a break, resintall a stable OS on this machine and go with this.

Later I will revisit this decision, when we get to a point where the OS is good enough for me to rely on it. Until then, folks, remember this is beta test, so faults are there to be found. Don't use this in production environments and be always prepared to restore your previous OS, as I am doing now.

Good luck to all people testing Windows Vista Beta 2.

What's new on Internet Explorer 7 Beta 3

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Jun-2006 19:37

Even though Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 was layout complete, this new beta version incorporates some changes requested by customers, mainly enhancements to the look and feel of the browser and changes to make the software more reliable, secure, and compatible.

This is a list of what's new on Internet Explorer Beta 3

- Add the e-mail button back to the toolbar
- Reorder web page tabs by dragging them left or right
- Scroll horizontally while zooming
- Incorporate all your RSS feeds automatically
- Mark your RSS feeds as "read"
- Find improved compatibility with websites and web applications
- Improved layout rendering and reliability
- Includes all security fixes in the June Internet Explorer Security Bulletin MS06-021

Oh, so Linux crashes too?

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 30-Jun-2006 12:50

This is too good to keep under wraps: applications can crash and turn Linux unusable too!

Ok, reading through the whole blog post it's clear that it was an application driver, but one comment is quite real: we shouldn't see this kind of problems on embedded applications.

A larger photo is available on flickr.

Some Windows Vista and Office 2007 woes

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 27-Jun-2006 18:47

I spent the day in Sydney, Australia, participating on an Intel event. I am now at the Sydney Airport, connected to Optus Wireless via Wi-Fi.

The whole day I tried to connect to Wi-Fi networks almost everywhere - unfortunately it seems only Telstra Hotspots are available on Starbucks, Queen Victoria Building and some othe places. I couldn't connect to the Telstra Hotspot with my Tablet PC running Windows Vista.

While my Pocket PC had no problems at all, Windows Vista never got a valid IP address, in 5 different hotspots I tried - including the airport.

So I tried Optus here, and it worked. So I can be led to believe Telstra has something really wrong on their network, and Windows Vista doesn't like it.

also I spent until midnight removing Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 from this Tablet PC and installed Microsoft Office 2003. And all that work going on, even though I had to be at the airport at 4am!

The reason I removed Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 is because I need Outlook working! Outlook 2007 (Beta 1 and Beta 2) could only connect to my Exchange Server from within my home network. Anywhere else (GPRS, CDMA, Wi-Fi providers) and it would simply stall and not connect.

I removed this beta, installed Outlook 2003 and guess what? It worked fine straight away. No problems at all.

This proves the problem is not on my Exchange Server, not on my firewall, but on this Outlook 2007. The bad thing is that I raised this as a bug twice and it was closed twice with no resolution.

Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 2 and Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 on eBay

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 19-Jun-2006 04:28

A search on eBay reveals these gems: lots of Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 software, apparently "niceware". And it comes with screenshots:

Looking the listing that is currently going for US$92.42, the seller says:

Microsoft Office 2007!!! (Beta 2)

Access, Excel, InfoPath, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word, along with 10 great tools (Including Picture Manager and Application Recovery)

You will ALSO recieve (along with your Office '07) a FREE 130 page guide on how to make over £3000 a week!!!

Microsoft have just released the new Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 2 version and it's here to buy for an amazing starting price of only £50.00!!!

With its amazing new interface and suberb assistance tools this has to be the best Office version ever.

This is by no means the final version of the new Microsoft Office 2007 as it is the Beta 2 version, but it is the FULL VERSION of the software and NOT a 30-day trial or any other trial.

You could wait until the final release of the Office (in 2007!) and pay a rediculously high price for can buy the Beta 2 FULL VERSION of the software for a starting price of only £50.00 and just keep this version as it WON'T run out as it is NOT a trial.

Also note that there are a few people on eBay trying to sell 'links' to Microsoft Office 2007. These 'links' often don't work so you would have then been robbed of your money. I sell the actual product which will be posted to you, so you have nothing to worry about!

Wow. What a bargain, and it's not a link, so people are not being robbed of their money. [sarcasm] Really? [/sarcasm]

People are being ripped off on eBay, and they are happy to pay for beta software, with no warranties at all - and paying high price for that.

Oh, sure. The seller warns this is not the final version, but says that it's ok to buy it now instead of the real thing later.

The seller in one of the items will also teach the buyer how to make 3000 British Pounds a week. Which amazes me, because if anyone knows the secret to make  £3000 the secret must be... selling it or selling illegal copies of unreleased software - and why would anyone want to sell a secret, unless the secret makes less money than promised?

Consumers have no idea of what a BETA version means and what it implicates. Thanks to ICQ, Google (a company which seems to keep all their service as BETA forever) and others, the concept of BETA testing is probably so diluted that no one understands that this is not commercial grade software, and that it may actually cause loss of data.

BETA testing actually requires users to provide feedback and submit bugs for corrections that will be released in the final version. But this is a foreign concept these days.

My impression is that users think of BETA software as being "FREE". News for you: it's not!

Of course you can't take full advantage of Microsoft Office 2007 if you are not running the latest OS:

That explains a lot how come eBay had all those billions of US$ available around to buy Skype and other companies. C'mon folks, not nice to help pirates!

On a side note, Microsoft lawyers were fast to send a Cease and Desist letter to, a site which was only seeding unadultered Torrents for the new OS, trying to make it easier for people to download the huge software. was not selling or distributing the registration key, which are needed to install Microsoft Windows Vista. They were not doing anything like those ripoffs on eBay.

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