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Articles by David DeJean
posted in November 2006
I can't decide whether Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been acting on some carefully constructed business strategy, or is just off his meds again. But his threats against companies that run Linux are getting old. When Ballmer blustered that "In a sense you could say anybody who has got Linux in their data center today sort of has an undisclosed balance sheet liability," he probably intended to strike fear into the hearts of companies running Linux servers. But instead it was one of those acutely
Foretelling the future is a tricky business. For instance, last week I wrote here that I wanted the new Democratic Congress to repeal the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (otherwise known as the DMCA). I must have seen something coming, but I didn't get it quite right, because Wednesday the Librari
"Write in Haste, Correct at Leisure" is my motto. So here are a couple of leisurely notes on my very hasty first look at the Microsoft Zune media player that appeared yesterday.
If you find a certain air of geeky awkwardness appealing, then you might like this first try at a media player from a company not famous for its hardware design.
The Christmas train is comin', it's rolling round the bend,
The dark clouds of Vista's delay already hang over the holiday PC selling season, and Microsoft and PC makers are trying desperately to turn lemons into lemonade with an "Express Upgrade" coupon program. But some computer comp
But I ain't seen new Windows since I don't know when.
Vista's not quite ready, but I need a new PC.
Should I wait or should I buy now? That's what tortures me.
Last week I was spitting nails about the Federal Communication Commission's decision in the Logan Airport WiFi case. But it turns out I was spitting them at the wrong person. I called Commissioner Michael J. Copps the thief-in-charge at the FCC. My mistake. That would be FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin. Copps, a Democrat in his second term on the commission, has fought the good fight agains
Well, Jim Allchin has declared RTM -- release to manufacturing -- for Windows Vista. The next version of Windows is officially ready to ship to business customers. Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division, said, "This is a good day!" enthusiastically and often during today's conference call (that's easy for him to say -- he gets to retire after Vista finally ships to retail customers on Jan. 30.) So what are we getting in Vista? It's not an easy question to answer.
The most interesting thing about the Microsoft-Novell deal last week may be the possibility that by signing a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers its customers, Novell may be putting itself in violation of the GPL and other open source licenses under which it distributes its products. Predictably, there have been calls for a Post a Comment
Somehow, I suspect that having Microsoft hand out coupons for Suse Linux upgrades is not the biggest benefit Novell sees in its startling deal with Planet Windows. Trouble is, I don't see what the biggest benefit is. The news story announcing the deal makes the benefit for Microsoft crystal clear--it gets a major boost into the red-hot technology of server virtualization, an area where it has lagge
At first I was excited, then it hit me: The FCC's action in the Logan Airport Wi-Fi dispute was hardly a decision in favor of freer, more open access to the Internet. In fact, it was the opposite, and business as usual for a federal agency that in its present incarnation has an absolutely breathtaking record for stealing from the poor (that would be us, the citizens of the United States, who own the airwaves) and giving to the rich.