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posted in December 2005

Rumor Patrol: High Cost Of Consumables?

12/19/2005
Last week I ran a review on this page of two color laser printers aimed at small and medium-sized businesses. The reviewer liked the low price and "commendable feature set" of the HP Color LaserJet 2600n (although he liked the Lexmark C522n a little better overall). A reader liked the look of the LaserJet, too, until he found a link to a rant about its consumables costs on the Web. He wrote a note that finally reached me, and I spran

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Linux Succeeding Everywhere But On The Desktop

12/15/2005
What ever happened to the "Linux is dead" talk that followed the SCO suit against IBM? In fact, what ever happened to the SCO suit? Linux appears to be not just alive, but living large. IBM has announced it will create a special sales force for its hardware that runs Linux products from partners Red Hat and Novell. A new industry group, Linux Phone Standards Forum, is devoting itself to speeding the adoption of
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Golly, Was I Too Cynical?

12/12/2005
Ten days ago I wrote about the state of Massachusetts' reversed its position on rejecting Microsoft Office in favor of the Open Document Format. I've lived in the state long enough to be extremely cynical about Massachusetts state politics -- although I prefer to think of it as "realistic." I am shocked by the latest development in the controversy. The good guys actually appear to have won one. Maybe I was TOO cynical?

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Windows Live Local Vs. Google Local

12/8/2005
Microsoft has launched Windows Live Local in beta to try to catch up to Google Local. Check it out. It does some neat tricks, but it's sort of like a cocker spaniel: after you've been through what it can do a few times you find yourself focusing on what it can't do. Of course, I've got to admit, I was wowed by Google Local when it first came out, but it's basically a cocker spaniel, too. In fact, the two services are pretty much separat

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Google Cleans Up A Mess Microsoft Made

12/7/2005
Google has had its share of problems lately -- the messy backlash over its plan to scan whole libraries of books is still spreading, for example. But it's cleaned up one mess it didn't even make. Last week an Israeli hacker, Matan Gillon, posted his discovery of a bug in Internet Explorer (I know it's not exactly big news that there are bugs in IE, but bear with me, this one gets interesting). He used a malici

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Netflix, You Need To Read This Story

12/6/2005
Information Week has a story about a new, more scratch-resistant CD. A Colorado company called Scratch-Less Disc Industries is bringing out a CD that uses a special polymer, co-developed by General Electric, that's 100 times harder to scratch than the plastic used for standard CDs -- a resistance to abrasion similar to glass, the company claims. Netflix, are you listening? Get with these people right away and for

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The Wicked-Pedia

12/5/2005
The blogosphere is roiled over problems with the Wikipedia, where the ideal that letting anybody write or edit anything will increase the amount of truth in the world collected more than a little tarnish last week. It's hardly surprising. The only safe way to treat the Wikipedia, and the Internet more generally, is as propaganda, because the velocity of the information has reduced civil debate to uncivil sabotage.

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Why I Hate Microsoft

12/1/2005
I do not actually HATE Microsoft. I just wrote that headline to get your attention. I even met Bill Gates once and thought he was a really nice guy. Besides, it would be unprofessional of me to be less than objective about a company that I cover day in and day out. And full disclosure requires me to state that over the last 20 years I have received and used copious quantities of free hardware and software from Microsoft (including a special commemorative model of the pistol-grip Microsoft mouse

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Microsoft's Ad Plan? It's Classified

12/1/2005
Is Microsoft's revelation that it is testing a classified ads service conclusive evidence that The House That Bill Built is truly trying to hitch its wagon to advertising revenues? On the one hand, we've got to remember that Microsoft will try anything. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Microsoft is testing a personal solar-powered microwave coffee warmer. But on the other hand, this feels serious. It feels as se

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