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Firefox passes billion milestone

Firefox 4 screenshot (Mozilla)

The open-source browser Firefox is expected to pass the billion download mark in the next twenty four hours.

The milestone includes downloads of all versions of the web software since its first release in 2004.

Figures suggest that Firefox now has nearly one third of the browser market worldwide, at 31%.

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer still dominates the field with around 60%, whilst Google’s Chrome, Apple’s Safari and Opera are all less than 5%.

Microsoft is currently in talks with the European competition regulators, which ruled in January that pre-bundling Internet Explorer with the company’s Windows operating system hurt competition.

The firm recently made a proposal that would offer European buyers of its new Windows 7 operating system a list of potential browsers when they first install the software.

Regulators in Brussels said they “welcomed” the proposal but have yet to make a decision.

Firefox would be among the browsers on offer.

Record run

The browser, developed by the Mozilla Foundation, has quickly become a favourite with web surfers since its launch in 2004.

Last year, the foundation set a new Guinness world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours when the third version of Firefox was downloaded more than eight million times.

The new milestone of a billion downloads should be achieved on 31 July.

The figure includes all versions of Firefox released since 2004 and includes single users downloading multiple copies for different computers.

In addition, the figure includes anyone manually updating their software to the latest version, rather than waiting for the automatic download.

Automatic updates are not included in the total.

The total number of downloads can be tracked on the Mozilla website. The foundation plans to launch a new website,, to celebrate the milestone.

Mozilla developers are currently working on the fourth iteration of the software.

Earlier this week, it showed off screenshots of the next version of the browser, Firefox 4.0.

The images showed a browser with a similar look to Google’s Chrome software.

This article is from the BBC News website. © British Broadcasting Corporation, The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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Windows 7 Ultimate: Already Cracked

Here is an article that I found to be crazy because the software has just been released to manufacturers!!!  It came from Windows 7 News.

Although I will have a legit copy of Windows 7 Enterprise, (my college’s MSDN all the way) it seems as though the crackers of the internet have already busted open Windows 7 Ultimate and activated it with an OEM key. According to MyDigitalLife, the crack allows for a Windows 7 installation that is “permanently activated with OEM style instant offline activation which will pass Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation.” Again, MyDigitalLife describes the process: “all hell breaks loose when a Windows 7 Ultimate OEM DVD ISO from Lenovo been leaked and posted on a Chinese forum. The ISO was quickly grabbed to retrieve boot.wim, which was then used to retrieve the OEM-SLP product key and OEM certificate for Windows 7 Ultimate.”

MyDigitalLife also states this:

Both 32-bit and 64-bit (x86 and x64) Windows 7 Ultimate system should and can be activated immediately. For Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Basic, and Windows 7 Starter, the OEM-SLP keys haven’t been leaked, thus can’t be OEM-activated yet. It’s expected that various Windows 7 activators, Windows 7 activation toolkits, Windows 7 Loaders and etc are expected to be released by various hackers soon.

It has been confirmed that Windows 7 uses the same OEM certificate as Windows Vista (fail). The important thing is that the BIOS is modified to include SLIC 2.1 (a similar tactic was also used in the original crack for Windows Vista). The crack is OEM exclusive (will work on any brand, even though it was ripped from a leaked Lenovo DVD)

Although Windows7News or Showing My Geek does not endorse/support/advise piracy in any form whatsoever (and ask you to support Microsoft by buying their products), it’s interesting to see that hackers have already broken the operating system before it’s even released.

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Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 7

Keyboard shortcuts are faster, easier, and more fluid than continuous mouse clicks, yet the real problem is figuring out what those shortcuts even are.  Microsoft has provided an article for Windows 7 that details and lists every shortcut in the software giant’s latest and greatest release.

Some of my favorite shortcuts are listed below (other than the most common ones):

Shortcut Effect
Shift+Delete Delete the selected item without moving it to the Recycle Bin first.
Alt+Enter Display properties for the selected item.
Alt+Up Arrow View the folder one level up in Windows Explorer.
Ctrl+Shift+Esc Open Task Manager (a more direct method).
Windows Key +D Display the desktop.
Windows Key +R Open the Run dialog box.
Windows Key +Spacebar Preview the desktop.
Shift +Windows Key +Number Start a new instance of the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Alt +Windows Key +Number Open the Jump List for the program pinned to the taskbar in the position indicated by the number.
Windows Key +T Cycle through programs on the taskbar.

Do you have any favorite shortcuts? If so, post them in a comment and they might end up in this main post with credit. :)