Firefox, Take 3

Firefox 2.0 is pretty cool -- not quite amazing, and I find some of the basics like navigating and creating bookmarks clunky. But I love that it can print perfectly without needing to click the printer-friendly option. (Ever try to print from Microsoft.com without using printer-friendly? It's a disaster, Fay!)

Maybe I'll be more bowled over by Firefox 3.0, which is now in alpha (just the fact that Mozilla doesn't invent new terms for alphas and betas is enough reason to use Firefox).

I'm still waiting to find out if they will actually build the file system to manage search and bookmarks they specifically promised me. Here is my blueprint for the perfect Web browser.

Tell me if I'm nuts or on to something at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Microsoft and HP Joined at the Hip
You're probably used to Microsoft salespeople knocking on your door, but more and more you may be exposed to joint Microsoft/HP sales calls. The two have long been tight, but based on a brand-spanking new $300 million services deal, the companies will be seeing a lot of each other.

The big areas of focus are messaging, business process, business intelligence and unified communication.

Not sure how Michael Dell feels about the deal.

You Look Marvelous
When I steal an idea, I admit it (unlike Dilbert's Scott Adams, who hasn't come clean for stealing my Bill Gates for president proposal!), so this next item was lifted directly from Bob Brown, a former colleague and executive editor of Network World.

Bob discovered a wacky new site where you upload your photo and learn what celebs you look like. Bob, a world record-holder in the yo-yo and former national toboggan competitor, ran Bill Gates (who looks like Placido Domingo) and Steve Ballmer (who resembles Michael Moore) through the process, along with a host of other vendor execs.

As for me, I'm not sure if I'm ugly, good-looking or a woman: Apparently, I look like Al Gore, Viktor Yushchenko (after his face was destroyed by dioxin poisoning), Christopher Walken, Leslie Neilsen, Pierce Brosnan and Samantha Fox.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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