February

WINDOWS IS MORE STABLE AND SECURE THAN LINUX

Commentary by columnist Paul Thurrott in a newsletter today:

“The mainstream press–which has historically over-inflated Linux’s value, usage, and potential–is finally starting to own up to some facts that should be fairly obvious: Linux is more vulnerable, less secure, and less capable than Windows–a fact I’ve been stating for years. But how could it be otherwise?

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FCC SCREWS UP BROADBAND

A few days ago, the FCC ruled that the Baby Bells could lock up their broadband networks, but that they would continue to be required to allow competitors to have access to their voice networks. It was a horrible decision. Here’s an article describing why the ruling was wrong on both counts. […] continued “FCC SCREWS UP BROADBAND”

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WINDOWS XP KILLS DOG, STEALS TOASTER

The media gleefully went Microsoft-bashing again last week, and again it was complete rubbish.

It started when an industry columnist noted that someone with physical access to a Windows XP system could use a Windows 2000 Recovery Console to gain access to the system for limited purposes without an administrator password. […] continued “WINDOWS XP KILLS DOG, STEALS TOASTER”

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS GRIPES

Norton Antivirus continues to be the best antivirus program for most people – but it has had its share of annoyances. Many people found that online subscription renewal was broken. There was a bug that caused outgoing mail to be sent incredibly slowly if NAV was scanning it. This web site has a list of NAV gripes. […] continued “NORTON ANTIVIRUS GRIPES”

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GOOGLE BUYS BLOGGER.COM

Google is very powerful, but it has been cautious about expanding its reach. It bought Deja.com, a service that collects and indexes Usenet newsgroup postings, and it recently started Google News, which is a fascinating alternative to CNN and MSNBC.

Yesterday Google announced that it has acquired Pyra Labs, owner of blogger.com, the company that invented much of the technology for creating the online journals known as “blogs.” (bruceb news is hosted by blogger.com.)

This article has a good description of what blogs are all about, as well as details about the deal announced yesterday

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BRUCEB ON VACATION

Turn off your computers, introduce yourself to your spouse, go see a movie, play with your kids. There’s no point in being online – Bruce is on vacation. If you’re one of my clients, as always, I advise you not to use your computers at all while I’m gone – it’s not worth the risk. […] continued “BRUCEB ON VACATION”

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DAVE BARRY HAS A BLOG

An interesting thing to have on your favorites list, eh? Here’s Dave Barry’s blog.

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SLOW COMPACT FLASH CARDS

Costco has tempting prices on the SanDisk line of memory cards – Compact Flash, Smart Media, Memory Stick. I’m all set up with USB 2.0 ports and a USB 2.0 card reader, and I couldn’t figure out why it was taking so long to copy mp3 files to my card. Turns out there’s differences between the different brands – and the SanDisk are dog slow, as much as twice as slow to write files. […] continued “SLOW COMPACT FLASH CARDS”

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TANGLED UP IN SPAM

There’s a fascinating article about spam in the New York Times (free registration required). It will help you realize that you’re not alone, and you’re not receiving the junk mail because you did something wrong. You’re receiving it because we’re under attack by awful people – and the attack is only going to get worse. […] continued “TANGLED UP IN SPAM”

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NEW CHIPS FOR NOTEBOOKS

Intel will release its next mobile CPU chipset family, the Centrino, on March 12. The chipset has built-in support for 802.11b wireless networking and features Pentium 4-level performance with better battery life and power-management than the current Pentium III-M chips. Lots of PC makers will be on board with new notebook and Tablet PC designs when Centrino hits the market next month. […] continued “NEW CHIPS FOR NOTEBOOKS”

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THINGS MY GIRLFRIEND AND I HAVE ARGUED ABOUT

Mil Millington started a web site a few years ago, Things My Girlfriend And I Have Argued About. It’s absolutely hilarious. If it doesn’t grab you right away, scroll down about halfway and start again – it gets better.

He’s just released a novel with the same title, which promises to be a very funny piece of work. […] continued “THINGS MY GIRLFRIEND AND I HAVE ARGUED ABOUT”

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NEW VERSION OF AD-AWARE

You may know about Ad-Aware, the wonderful free software that scans your system for “spyware” and “scumware” – programs, browser add-ons, cookies, and other little sneaks that might be tracking your surfing habits, sending this data to a third party, profiling your shopping preferences, hijacking your browser start page, altering important system files, or displaying popup ads. […] continued “NEW VERSION OF AD-AWARE”

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DOWNLOADING MUSIC

If you’re interested in copyright issues and the recording industry’s response to music sharing, then you’ve got to read this fascinating analysis by John Snyder, president of Artist House Records, a board member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, and a 32-time Grammy nominee. It’s well-reasoned, well-supported, and thorough – simply put, the best summary of the issues that I’ve seen. […] continued “DOWNLOADING MUSIC”

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