# Thursday, 19 October 2006

IE 7 and MeadCo ScriptX

IE 7 is released and has a load of new features - included in that is what Dave Massy describes as his favourite new feature, enhanced printing support. 

The ScriptX ActiveX control has long provided control over printing in Internet Explorer and this continues with Internet Explorer 7. With each major release of Internet Explorer there has been a new release of ScriptX in order to maintain compatibility and provide additional feaures. This release is no different - ScriptX v6.3 or later is required when working with IE7.

What is unique about this release of ScriptX is it brings the IE 7 print experience to IE 5.5 or later on Windows 98 or later - all for free:

  • Scaled printing
  • Enhanced print preview.


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# Wednesday, 04 October 2006

Story maps

UK's Biggest Supermarket Challenges Microsoft.  An anonymous reader writes "The UK's equivalent of Walmart is taking on Microsoft in the software game. Tesco is famous for it's cheap 'value' food, but it's now offering 'value' alternatives to Microsoft's biggest products. From the article: 'Now, when you traverse the aisles in search of baked beans, sanitary towels and two-for-one packs of raw mince (hamburger), you can grab yourself a copy of Tesco Office (£20) — an alternative to the almost de-facto standard that is Microsoft Office — or Tesco Antivirus (£10), which is designed to keep your PC free of malware.' Tesco apparently 'takes one in every eight pounds spent in the UK'." [via Slashdot]

I first saw this story on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph (1st October 2006). On Monday I saw the same story on the BBC web site (and tragically, an almost word for word copy of the Telegraph story, so this is off a press release) and over the following days has appeared on various news sites like CNet and ZDNet. Most were basically the same copy with little editing - I think it was the Register who actually put some thought behind it and challenged the headline that consumer sales of Office clones would really challenge Microsoft's bottom line. Finally, the story reaches Slashdot (well not quite finally because now it has legged it to here).

So, where did this story actually start, how did it flow, what were the longest tributaries - in other words, where is the best place to get your story reproduced to get the longest tail? Does a long tale give your story credibility even though it is rubbish?

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