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posted in January 2006
Microsoft really wants the IT pros to check out the just-released Internet Explorer beta. It's got checklists of stuff you should run through on the download site. But if you're just an average Joe Tirekicker, be prepared to jump through some hoops to get the beta up and running on your system. Not big hoops, just enough annoyance to make you think maybe you don't need to bother.
Common Cause has picked up the cudgels for "network neutrality," the idea that the Internet should be an equal-opportunity medium, not for sale to the highest bidder the way Big Telco would like to see it. And I love the way the consumer-advocacy group has gone about it -- with pictures of five telco executives in devil's horns posed against the fires of hell. That's about right. But one of those executives is Mark Cuban, the technology maverick who owns the Dallas Mavericks. Wait, this is a guy
Hoo boy. If you thought Microsoft Vista was going to be complicated to run on a PC, that looks like simplicity itself compared to writing applications to run on it. At every level from the lowliest device driver to the most complex GUI app Microsoft is putting developers through hoops and tightening its grip. If you're a developer who thought it was tough to compete with Microsoft before, get ready for a whole new relationship: Microsoft as God.
Well, darn. I was hoping Steve Gibson was right last week and Microsoft had planted a secret backdoor in the Windows Metafile format (WMF) that would let Bill Gates run mind-domination software on all our PCs and achieve his goal of taking over the universe. Yesterday Gibson said after another week of looking at it that the backdoor is d
I confess: I have lust in my heart -- lust for the ASUS P5N32-SLI Deluxe motherboard, for the eVGA e-GeForce 7800 GTX KO video card, even for the Antec Performance P160 case. I've been reading Bill O'Brien's article on The Ultimate PC For 2006. I want one just the way I have always wanted a Porsche, or Diane Lane.
For the Desktop Pipeline email newsletter this week I wrote a rant about the greedy telephone companies who charge you for access to the Internet and have decided they also want to charge Internet sites for access to you. I got several attaboys from readers, including a note from Syd Warburton, who recounted his own struggles with SBC. (SBC is the company that, under bully
I'm dying to get my hands on one of the new Intel-based iMacs or MacBook Pro laptops, just to see what Steve Jobs' "twice as fast" would feel like. I've offered up my first-born child to the hardware loan people at Apple (I didn't tell my first-born, because if Apple turns me down it would probably hurt his feelings), but I'm not counting on hearing from them any time soon. I just called my neighborhood Apple store and . . . I'm not counting on seeing the new Macs there anytime soon either.
Recently I wrote a blog entry about an HP laser printer that a user complained forced him to buy new toner cartridges even though the old ones weren't empty.
In an effort to be reasonable (and you better believe that for me it takes a real effort) I concluded that the user, not HP, was at fault. A reader, Chris Tune, wrote to disagree with me.
"Despite the fact that HP has a provision for overriding the pag
The Consumer Electronics Show, which starts Tuesday in Las Vegas, will probably be the most important technology tradeshow on the planet this year. Which says as much about the current sad, sorry state of corporate IT as anything else. After a decade when the innovation -- and the big bucks -- were to be found in corporate computing, the center of gravity has shifted to the consumer.
Part of the reason may well be buyer fatigue: the big companies have cut up their IT departments' credit cards.