Kazaa is the old stalwart for file sharing – it has the best-known name, although it’s been under such relentless attack from the recording industry that savvy kids are switching over to eDonkey and Shareaza and even more obscure options.
The bad news for Kazaa is that a trial begins today in Australia over the responsibility that Kazaa’s parent company has for copyright infringement by its users. […] continuedRead more
The House and Senate have been acting as branches of the recording and motion picture industries for some time, seeking to enrich those industries by assigning new “rights” to collect money for the use of creative material.
The payback for all the campaign contributions has already begun; there’s already been threats of federal prosecution for file sharing. […] continuedRead more
There’s lots of companies that are almost ready to help you search for things on your computer.
Google introduced Google Desktop Search last month – fast searches through Outlook folders and files in your My Documents folder. (Scroll down to October 14 for my first thoughts on Google’s software.)
Microsoft is working on free toolbars that will appear in Outlook and on your desk for similar searches. […] continuedRead more
Whether you’re selling a product, a concept, a piece of software, a politician, or a war – the most effective marketing creates the illusion that it’s not marketing at all but rather a spontaneous outpouring of affection or excitement.
Case in point: the new Firefox browser, currently being lovingly welcomed in the popular press. […] continuedRead more
Two events this week will get more attention than they deserve.
First, Microsoft will unveil the final version of its search service, MSN Search, aimed squarely at Google. Here’s an article about the launch. Unless there are some features hidden in it that I’m overlooking, it’s a wholly unimpressive competitor. […] continuedRead more
It’s time to begin a deathwatch on America Online. It will be a lingering death but it seems inevitable.
AOL is screwed. Its dialup subscriber base is shrinking fast; even poorly informed subscribers are realizing there are better ways to get online. Its software was originally designed to be simple and user-friendly, but it has long since turned into a cluttered, advertising-driven mess. […] continuedRead more
Adobe graphics software is designed for professionals and tends to be difficult for normal people to learn. I have been known to gripe about this a teensy bit.
But I can’t deny that Adobe is strengthening its grip on the consumer market for photo software with the release of Adobe Photoshop Elements 3. […] continuedRead more
John Dvorak’s column in PC Magazine today lists ten axioms of modern computing. He recommends simply accepting them; fighting them will make your life miserable. Although tongue is planted firmly in cheek, you will likely recognize more than a few things on the list.