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posted in November 2006

Put Up Or Shut Up, Microsoft

11/27/2006
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

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First Look: Microsoft Zune

11/15/2006
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.

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Get On Board The Vista Express Upgrade

11/13/2006
The Christmas train is comin', it's rolling round the bend,
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.
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

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Excuse Me, Michael Copps, You're The Good Guy

11/10/2006
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

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OK, Vista, Show Us What You Got

11/8/2006
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.

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Suse, You Got Some E'splainin' To Do

11/6/2006
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

FCC Wants Wi-Fi To Be Free? Don't You Believe It

11/2/2006
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.

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