Play PRINCE OF PERSIA on Ubuntu Linux

Play PRINCE OF PERSIA on Ubuntu Linux using DOSBox.

Prince of Persia - second level

All you need is to install DOSBox and mount the games directory from the DOS emulator. This works on Windows too. Read the full article.

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Microsoft CIO Stuart Scott given the boot!

Microsoft terminated its CIO Stuart Scott for violation of company policies after 2 years of working there.

No reason was given for this abrupt firing and Microsoft refuses to give any more information about this, but there are many possibilities. Until MS comes out with an official reason, here are my guesses:

  1. He must have been watching porn at work.
  2. He must have been using his iPhone at work (or home).
  3. He was using his MacBook during presentations.
  4. His second laptop ran Ubuntu Linux.
  5. He just bought a copy of Mac OS X Leopard.
  6. His documents were in the PDF format instead of Microsoft’s DOC format.
  7. He was using slashes instead of backward slashes as a delimiter on the command line, er, DOS prompt.
  8. He was wearing a Ubuntu Linux t-shirt.
  9. They thought he was running some of the Microsoft Sucks websites.
  10. All his seven children were nicknamed after various flavours of Linux.

Add your own possible reason here.

Microsoft offers “free website registration and hosting”

Microsoft apparently offers free domain registration and website hosting at its Office Live Basics section.

I decided to register for a domain there, so I went to this URL and clicked on the green Get it for FREE button.

First turn off – it said, “In order to use Microsoft Office Live, you will need to have Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later running on Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Microsoft Windows Server 2003. You can download the latest version of Internet Explorer from the Internet Explorer downloads page.” Interesting.

Well, I decided to anyway check it out. So I revisited that URL using Internet Explorer 7.

I decided on a domain name and somewhere down the line, saw this – “Enter credit card information“. I clicked on the link that said “Why is this needed?” and read this:

When you sign up for a Microsoft Office Live account, Microsoft performs a $1 authorization check on your credit card to verify that the card information you are using is valid and up to date. A temporary $1 charge may appear on your online credit card statement for a short period, but will not appear on your final billing statement for that period.

Why should I pay for this when its supposedly free? And you can’t use any browser other than Internet Explorer? And it runs only ASP/ASP.NET apps anyway. Its probably better to just pay $6.95 and get the domain name registered with Godaddy or Namecheap. And spend a few more bucks when you want hosting space with a very reliable Linux webhosting company like Bluehost.

Using T-Mobile’s Wireless Internet freely

T-Mobile and Windows Vista have got together to give new Microsoft Vista customers free complimentary T-Mobile Hotspot usage until April 2007. Laptop owners with Linux, Microsoft XP or MacOS will still have to pay (unless they do what I have written below).

T-Mobile’s wireless Internet at Starbucks or Borders generally costs $9.99 for one day unlimited use or $29.99 and above for monthly usage.

If you do not have Windows Vista, yet want to use T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi freely, follow the steps:

1. Change your user-agent string to show this:

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 6.0)

To change your user-agent string in Firefox, you can try this Firefox extension called User Agent Switcher.

Add a new entry and make it look like this:

I do not know how to spoof the user-agent in other browsers like IE, Opera, Safari, etc, but there should be a way.

2. Test if your browser is spoofing Vista by clicking here.

You should see this:

Vista and IE 7

If you see your regular operating system (and not Windows Vista), it means you have not entered the user-agent string correctly. In that case, repeat step 1.

3. Go to T-Mobile’s Vista signup page here. Create an account for yourself and browse the Internet freely at any T-Mobile Hotspot like Starbucks or Borders!