Every so often I feel compelled to respond to the incessant coverage of the security flaws in Microsoft products. It’s easy to get the impression that Microsoft products are inherently insecure and that alternative systems are better.Read more
The high-speed broadband providers, especially the cable companies, are driven to distraction that some people download more than others. Some people are using their broadband connection for broadband purposes – watching streaming movies, downloading music, doing video conferencing, and the like. It drives the ISPs crazy that they’re not yet picking the pockets of those users more deeply. […] continuedRead more
Everybody’s favorite legislation, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, got a workout yesterday. WalMart, Target, Best Buy, and Staples served notices under the DMCA on a bargain hunter web site, FatWallet.com, claiming that their sale prices are copyrighted trade secrets. Here’s The Register’s summary of what happened.
The DMCA notice is directed at lists of sale prices compiled by FatWallet.com […] continuedRead more
A fascinating report delivered to a conference on “Digital Rights Management” yesterday. A group of Microsoft researchers presented a paper which concludes that all efforts to stop file swapping are in the long term futile and doomed to failure.
The Register summarizes the paper here. It looks at the history of file swapping, which started with people mailing files or handing CDs to each other, and evolved into Napster and the current file sharing programs – Kazaa, WinMX and the rest. […] continuedRead more
I love my JumpDrive.
Many people need to carry files from home to office. Floppy disks don’t hold enough, and zip drives break. (Zip drives break a lot! Don’t trust them with important data!) CD-RWs are a pain to use, and CD-Rs are cheap but not well suited to moving files back and forth frequently. […] continuedRead more
As expected, Dell announced two new Pocket PC handhelds, breaking new ground for low prices at $199 and $299. Each has comparatively generous amounts of memory, built-in slots for CompactFlash and Secure Digital/MMC cards, and all the usual features that go along with Pocket PC systems. Very appealing – I hope the reviews don’t uncover some weakness, because these could turn the handheld market around. […] continuedRead more
I hear it from people all the time: PCs might have some advantages, but boy, there’s nothing like a Mac for graphics and video work, especially if you’re a professional.
Well, nonsense. The Adobe programs are identical on either platform, and PCs have long outperformed more expensive Macs. And the gaps in price and performance are getter larger. […] continuedRead more
As we get more mobile, it becomes difficult to leave Outlook behind when we step away from our desk. America Online and MSN/Hotmail are awful services, but the idea of having access to your mailbox whenever you’re online, regardless of where you’re sitting, is pretty appealing.
There’s several answers. Companies running Microsoft Exchange Server can set up Outlook Web Access, which provides access to Outlook through any web browser. […] continuedRead more
Canadian news is reporting that Corel is laying off 22% of its remaining workforce in another last-ditch effort to stay alive. That leaves Corel with a grand total of 769 employees worldwide. Corel has zero momentum in any market.
Attorneys, if you’re clinging to WordPerfect, you’re endangering your practice. You’re relying on an effectively unsupported product created by a nearly bankrupt developer and you’re saving your work product in an obsolete format. […] continuedRead more
Verisign built a distinguished name for itself as “Network Solutions,” with sole responsibility for handling domain names for many years. It was, hands down, the least friendly, most obnoxious company to deal with in United States history, with online tools to manage domains that were at best a joke and at worst a nightmare of dizzyingly incomprehensible forms and impossibly complex instructions to make any change. […] continuedRead more
Speaking of Slashdot, somebody over there nominates American Airlines for the longest web site statement of terms and conditions, a behemoth that you have to accept before joining its frequent flyer program. 181 paragraphs, 3,482 words of dense legalese. As Slashdot says, it’s probably a violation of the agreement even to mention it here. […] continuedRead more
An interesting technical sidelight on Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s approval of the Microsoft-DOJ settlement. The release of her decision was carefully scheduled for 4:30pm US Eastern time, after the markets had closed. The folks running the Court’s web site apparently didn’t realize anybody would find it, so the decision appeared on the Court’s web site two hours early. […] continuedRead more
Here’s an unexpected announcement. Dell Computers is going to sell computers through Costco’s web site at www.costco.com. The announcement is unclear about whether to expect Dell-branded computers at Costco stores as well. Gives an indication of just how popular the discount warehouses have become for computer shoppers.[…] continued Read more
The coverage of Judge Kollar-Kotelly’s approval of the Microsoft-DOJ settlement in the mainstream press is likely to be a bit short on details and context. Here’s CNET’s collection of articles about the settlement, with links to the full opinion and judgment.[…] continued Read more