This weeks links (2009-05-04)

Firefox add-on Wars: NoScript vs AdBlock Plus

When the interaction between add-ons goes bad;

Windows 7 “release candidate”

Windows 7 Release Candidate Announcement
Thank you very much for your help in testing the Windows 7 Beta. Your feedback is invaluable in helping make Windows 7 a high quality operating system. With your help, we have reached the next major milestone on the journey to Windows 7: the Release Candidate (RC).

On April 30th, the RC became available to MSDN subscribers and TechNet Plus subscribers.

On Tuesday, May 5 (PST), the RC will be available to everyone via our Customer Preview Program. As with the Beta, the Windows 7 RC Customer Preview Program is a broad public program that offers the RC free to anyone who wants to download it. It will be available at least through June 30, 2009, with no limits on the number of downloads or product keys available.

So you don’t need rush to make sure you get your copy. When you’re ready to download the RC, it’ll be waiting for you.

— (2009-May-03)

Windows 7 on sale as early as October
The Windows 7 “release candidate” was made available to a large group of technology-savvy testers on Thursday and will be ready for anyone to download and try out starting Tuesday. The release candidate is typically the version used by Microsoft’s corporate customers to test how the new system will work for them. Software developers, hardware makers and other partners also base their next-generation products on this version because they trust that it’s stable and close to finished.
Windows 7 on sale as early as October (2009-May-04) [The Age]

Other Links:
Engineering Windows 7 [MS:MSDN]
Windows 7 Release Candidate Preview (2009-Mar-07) [Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows]

Telstra snake-oil salesmen

McGauchie the next to go, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

… Trujillo spent and spent and spent. And as his attack dogs snarled, abused and bit — in his blind and wilful ignorance of Australia and its politics — the preening American laid the foundations of Telstra’s demise. All the time, McGauchie joined in with often embarrassing gusto — and the Telstra board, independent directors all of them, stood by. John Stocker, Catherine Livingstone, Charles “Mr Corporate Governance” Macek. And the two that slipped out quietly, John Fletcher and Belinda Hutchison.
Clearly, under the Corporations Act, Telstra directors must have known what they were signing off on in the very best interests of their shareholders.

The dogs are now barking loudly. The belated howling of institutional shareholders, the guardians of the billions in ordinary Australians’ superannuation — who also swallowed the snake oil peddled by Trujillo and McGauchie.
But Telstra’s shareholders should all be asking: what did Telstra’s board know, and when should the Telstra chairman Donald McGuachie be allowed to make a wrong bet — again? Australia has a sad history of rewarding failure at the board level. It’s time to make a change.

Shareholders fall victim to Telstra snake-oil salesmen (2009-Apr-27) [The Australian]

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