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Articles by David DeJean
posted in November 2005

Piling On Sony

I've been as mad as anybody at Sony over its use of a rootkit as a "digital rights management" tool. It's a little like calling a sawed-off shotgun a privacy-management tool -- it's effective, but the consequences are both unpredictable and horrific. Now both the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the Texas Attorney General have filed suit against Sony BMG Music Entertainmen

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OQO: Rich And Beautiful

OQO Inc. got $20 million in venture funding this week. All that money makes OQO very attractive, but I confess, I was in love with OQO even before it was rich, because it makes an intriguingly beautiful tiny PC. If want a little dose of computer lust (or maybe a Christmas gift suggestion) go to www.oqo.com and gaze longingly at the OQO Model 01+. It's got a 1GHz processor, a 30GB hard drive, 512MB of RAM, integrated wireless networking, and FireWire and USB port

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Vista: If Not Now, When?

Gartner Inc., the hotshot analyst firm, is advising its corporate clients to wait until 2008 to begin adopting Windows Vista. (That's presuming, of course, that it's shipped by then.) The reason, according to analyst Mr. Michael Silver, is that Windows Vista will offer only "incremental, evolutionary improvements" over Windows XP and Windows 2000. If your company paid Gartner big bucks for that opinion, shame on you. I would have told you that for free.

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Oops, No Microsoft in Patents Venture

It's one of the perils of blogging. Yesterday I rushed into print after reading a story saying that a joint venture formed to promote Linux by acquiring patents included Microsoft. "You're kidding me, right?" I wrote. It turns out that somebody was, if not deliberately kidding, at least mistaken. An updated version of the story removes Microsoft from the list of companies putting money into the Open Innovation Network.

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Shouldn't That 'Will' Be 'Should Have Been'?

So Microsoft is changing the name of its antispyware named "AntiSpyware" to "Defender." Why? Here's a direct quote from the story: "The new name, said Jason Garms, the group program manager for Microsoft's anti-malware team, 'is about what Windows will do for customers, defending them from spyware and other unwanted software.' " Excuse me, Jason, shouldn't that be ". . . is about what Windows should have been doing for customers all al

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What WAS Sony thinking?

For your own protection, do not buy or play music CDs from Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Ever. That's the only reasonable conclusion you can draw, following the revelation that Sony's CDs install a rootkit on your PC as part of their so-called "Digital Rights Management" scheme. The company is backpedaling and posting fixes, but it's way too late for that

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Are You Being Web-Served?

Bill Gates' announcement that Microsoft is charging into software-as-a-service shouldn't come as any surprise. It's late to the game, as usual, and Google is already way ahead. It's a really big deal for Microsoft, but is it a really big deal for the rest of us? Yes it is, and I'll tell you why: Microsoft can make it work. We're already using a ton of Web-delivered software every day -- if you use IM, write a blog, pay bills online, use Web-based conferencing services, have a photo site you sha

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Found: A Very Interesting Search

I hadn't thought a lot about search engines lately. I mean, I know there's a lot of ferment in the marketplace over search programs -- Google's success has people theorizing that search could replace directory navigation as a way of managing files on a PC, "desktop search is a buzzword for security advocates, "enterprise search" is a business plan for software companies, and so on. But search was just . . . search. You put in a search term, and you got back a list, you looked at the top two or

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