I’ve been wrestling with more Palm devices than usual for the last few weeks. (Normally Palms are simple and troublefree, but they’re incredibly annoying when they go crazy and decide not to sync any more or whatever.) It’s left me wishing I could convince more clients to get Pocket PC devices – better displays, better connectivity with Outlook, and better onboard applications. […] continuedRead more
Media Jukebox is the most heavily used program on my computer. If you’ve got more than a handful of mp3 files, it does a better job than any other program of organizing and playing them. And the more time you spend with it, the more you’ll discover – “it can organize songs and video clips; create smart playlists; play streaming media, including RealMedia, Windows Media, and QuickTime. […] continuedRead more
Suddenly the flood of unwelcome spam is at the top of everybody’s list. It’s so awful, so overwhelming and gross, that everyone assumes they’re being uniquely singled out. Trust me – it’s everywhere and it has nothing to do with your online shopping habits or anything within your control.
If you’re using Outlook 2000 or Outlook 2002 (the Office XP version), here’s an article about a program that this columnist feels is effective. […] continuedRead more
Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., whose district includes part of Hollywood, is preparing a bill that would let copyright owners, such as record labels or movie studios, hack into your computer or effectively disable your Internet connection if you use a file-sharing program. Here’s an article about the legislation now being prepared. […] continuedRead more
Here’s an important one. My mind is buzzing trying to guess the implications of this.
This comes from an e-mail newsletter put out by Windows & .NET magazine, summarizing an exclusive account in Newsweek. It’s your first look at ideas that will profoundly change our computing experience. Many of the concepts here will undoubtedly become part of personal computing, regardless of whether Microsoft is the moving force or not. […] continuedRead more
You’ll recall that the recording industry appeared to have won a one-sided mediation to set royalty rates for Internet radio broadcasts. Rates were chosen that were far higher than rates for conventional radio stations – high enough to put virtually all Internet broadcasters out of business.
The Librarian of Congress had final authority to set the rates, and didn’t approve the mediator’s ruling. […] continuedRead more
If you’ve been holding off on buying a DVD player, the time has come to face facts: VHS is dead. You’ve already noticed the shift at Costco, always a reliable indicator – the VHS tapes are almost gone. Now Circuit City has become the first major retailer to announce that it intends to discontinue sales of VHS titles altogether. […] continuedRead more
AudioGalaxy decided to sell its soul. It settled with the recording industry and agreed to start making a serious effort to filter out copyrighted songs. This permits it to avoid being crushed by the recording industry’s army of lawyers. Instead, of course, it will die a quick death when its users abandon it in favor of Kazaa, WinMX, or the next few programs to follow them. […] continuedRead more
XO Communication filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings today, as expected. It’s intended to be a reorganization with no disruption in services. Covad Communications went through a bankruptcy and came out the other side with a solvent company. With luck, XO can do the same – but its creditors are squabbling, which makes it hard to predict whether there will be a happy ending. […] continuedRead more
The recording industry continues its relentless campaign to prevent us from actually hearing any of its products played out loud. The latest is the proposal floated in a cover story in Billboard magazine last week for federal legislation requiring royalties to be paid on the sale of used CDs. Here’s a story reporting on the latest evidence that the recording industry is evil incarnate. […] continuedRead more
The news from McAfee is alarming: a new virus can infect .JPG picture files; potentially no file type is safe to exchange in e-mail; maybe we should never share .JPGs by e-mail. Here’s the McAfee press release; here’s an example of the news coverage it generated today.
Well, nonsense. […] continuedRead more
For those of you that want a refresher, here’s a perfectly nice short article about Napster’s rise and fall, the record industry’s horrible online offerings to date, and the status of the current file-sharing programs. No surprises, but worth reading if you haven’t been keeping up.
This isn’t new, but I just discovered that Fry’s Electronics acquired Outpost.com late last year and is running the Outpost.com web site. Fry’s is famous for low prices, huge inventory, and exquisitely horrible customer support. It should be interesting to compare prices there.Read more
The extraordinary collapse of the telecommunications industry continues apace. XO Communications has been trying to engineer an infusion of capital from two lenders that would help it survive a planned bankruptcy, but yesterday the lenders made it clear that they’re going to try to pull out of the deal – which might be the final death blow for XO. […] continuedRead more
In case you missed this in the paper a couple of days ago, here’s a story that’s absolutely priceless. The Beijing Evening News (circulation: 1.25 million) printed a word-for-word translation of an American news item in its June 3 edition. The article concerned the threat by Congress to leave Washington D.C. […] continuedRead more