IE7: Over 100 Million Served

A tenth of a billion people have already downloaded IE7, and it seems that complaints about the browser have calmed down considerably. I still haven't upgraded, and switch between the old IE and the new Firefox. I like Firefox's tabs, but still find scrolling through bookmarks clunky. Why should I upgrade to IE7? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

A Real Vista Space Shot
This weekend, Microsoft started a contest with a pretty cool prize -- a trip into space! Clues were given in Las Vegas, and new ones will be released in other cities. According to the Robb Report (I can afford to buy the magazine, just not anything in it!), the Learjet-based spacecraft can reach 150,000 feet (at which point you can loosen but not undo your seatbelt), and cost a cool quarter-mil. The craft could beat Longhorn out the door, as flights could start as early as this fall.

I find it interesting that Microsoft didn't cut a deal with Paul Allen's SpaceShipOne. Allen's rocket can go more than twice as high as the one Microsoft hooked up with.

Lucid8 a Triple Exchange Threat
Lucid8 is well-known for GOexchange, an e-mail maintenance and performance tool. The company also has backup for Exchange in the form of DigiVault.

Now, the company is getting into the e-mail discovery market with DigiScope. Lost a critical message? Need to recover a message thread to defend against a lawsuit or get a new employee up to speed? DigiScope can search, copy and move around Exchange e-mail that may be stored in any number of places.

The tool can also recover deleted mailboxes and folders, and even get back corrupted data.

Monitoring Your Thirst
Apparent wackjob Randall Flann has been making fluid-holding headgear for years. Gridiron fans can dispense beverages from a football, and hockey addicts can wear a big beer-filled puck on their heads. Computer aficionados aren't being left out. For $30, you can get a big plastic thing that looks like a monitor, fill it full of Jolt and drink your brains out!

By the way, Flann calls himself "Madman." Can someone who calls himself mad truly be mad? And of course, the question of the hour: Is Weird Al Yankovic actually weird? I say no, but you can disagree at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

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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