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So far I've had two errors since I began writing the Woundup, but I'll confirm one right now. Thanks to the people for e-mailing me the obvious: how can Build 2240 of Whistler succeed build 2416?! Anyway, on Saturday, Microsoft released Build 2419 of Whistler with the following additions (reported by ActiveWin): new splash screen; faster booting; again, more new icons; improved, new installation; new look Control Panel, with new icons; new Personal Bar button added to IE 6.

Also reported by fellow Woundup readers: Service Pack 1 for Internet Explorer 5.5 has already been released! DUH me. I totally forgot about that, and who knows why I even mentioned that on Friday. Even ZDNet and CNet reported it that way, so who knows why Microsoft took down IE 5.5. They're updating something. I've sent out some e-mails, and I hope to receive a response for Tuesday's Woundup.

I seem to have disrespected all of the hackers when I mispronounced a word on Friday when I said "hackable". Mr. Maillet says, "You do real hackers everywhere a disservice when you misuse the word "hacker". Hackers build things. Crackers break them." Please excuse me... I'm not into the hacker-lingo.

Paul Thurrott had a short take on the actual names for Office 10 and Whistler. In many e-mails that I've received from Microsoft spokespersons,they refer to it as Office 2002 or Office 10; Thurrott seems to also know of other names such as Office X and Office Millennium Edition. But it appears Microsoft may go with the name Office XP or Office eXPerienced. What about Whistler? Well, it seems people like calling it Windows 2002, but Bill Gates hasn't given the final OK, so who knows.

I continued to receive responses about the Windows UI throughout the weekend, here are a few others:

A lady e-mailed me a URL to an editorial written back in 1995, about a user-friendly interface introuduced by Microsoft, code-named "Utopia". I'll let the piece talk for itself.

A Mr. Urban says Microsoft will just screw up Windows if they introduced a new UI,"Oh, yes! That's just what we need! Change for the sake of change. Give MicroFlab another opportunity to add yet more bugs to a spanking new windows version that is probably already loaded with 'em." My friends, I hate to tell you this, but this was the only negative response I got about the Windows UI, "It's people like you that cause companies to 'renovate' a perfectly good web presence, simply because they are convinced that their users want to see something new every few months." I must say though, MicroFlab is pretty unique.

I have several hundred to sift through, so give me some time. Maybe with enough responses and quotes, Microsoft will listen to us and change it! You never know...

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