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posted in March 2006

It Takes An Indian Village To Buy An Intel Laptop

Intel Corp. has dropped the other shoe in its defense of its laptop processor business against whatever threat Nicholas Negroponte's One-Laptop-Per-Child project poses. In December Intel Chairman Craig Barrett bad-mouthed the $100 laptop Negroponte, founder of MIT's Media Lab, plans to distribute in Third World countries, and earlier this month Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, the other half of the "Wintel" combine, did the same thing. Even though he dismissed Negroponte's design as "the $100 g

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It Takes One To Know One, Stephen Toulouse

I am sorely tempted to heap ridicule on Stephen Toulouse, the program manager for the Microsoft Security Response Center who had the unmitigated gall to lecture Apple on how to do security alerts. But I won't. It's too easy. Mr. Toulouse doesn't need me piling on. He's self-satirizing. But I hope he and other Microsoft employees do learn a little lesson from this. Nobody from Microsoft has the right to tell anybody anything about secur

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Dell and Alienware: A Mismatch Made In Heaven?

I've been trying to think of apt similes for "Dell Buys Alienware." It's like "Kia Buys Ferrari," or "J. Howard Marshall II Marries Anna Nicole Smith" -- something that at first glance seems sort of ridiculous, and the longer you think about it, the less sense it makes. Dell's been going through a bad patch and could use a shot of good PR, but is being laughed at the kind of PR it really wanted?

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Disney To AT&T: Here, Hold My Wallet

How much more are you willing to pay for Internet service? If you're Robert Iger, the CEO of Walt Disney, apparently you're willing to pay billions. Iger appeared at TelecomNext yesterday in Las Vegas and said he didn't see a need for any net-neutrality legislation that would keep the big telecoms and cable companies from charging his company whatever they want to to deliver Disney's content to customers.

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Gates Slings Mud at $100 PC, Winds Up Muddy

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft, stopped off in Washington yesterday to push his company's Origami project at his company's Government Leaders Forum. Although generally a pretty classy guy, Gates followed Intel Chairman Craig Barrett down the low road to take some cheap shots at Nicholas Negroponte's One-Laptop-Per-Child $100 laptop project as a way of building up Origami. Sorry, Bill, but when you got a dog that won't hunt

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Origami PR Campaign Is a Puzzlement

Microsoft has done a masterful job of manipulating the buzz around its Origami project. It's got the press playing "Where Is Carmen Sandeiego," tracking a flurry of rumors and sightings of the diminutive touchscreen PC all around the world. Our Man In San Francisco, Paul Kapustka, even got a sighting of his own at the Intel Developer's Conference. And here are the pictures.

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RIM-Vs.-NTP: And The Winner Is . . . Neither

Who was the big winner in the RIM-NTP Inc. patent suit? It wasn't NTP. It looks to me like the patent troll folded and made a quick grab for some cash before RIM took it all off the table. And it wasn't RIM. The real damage to the BlackBerry company's business wasn't the $612-plus million it agreed to pay NTP. It was surely an amount several times that — whatever dollar value you assign to the damage done to its customer relationships, which was considerable. So who was the big winner? My t

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Net Neutrality Finds A Champion

Just when I was gloomily thinking that the only politicians interested in net neutrality were those being paid by telcos and cable companies to bury it, something really unusual has happened: A senator has stepped forward to champion the interests of citizens rather than corporate lobbyists. Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, says he's introducing legislation to prohibit Internet network operators from charging companies for faster delivery of their content to Internet users.

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When Is A Security Update Not A Security Update?

Question: when is a security update not a security update? Answer: when it's an update to Internet Explorer. Microsoft Tuesday released an update to IE that forces the user to explicitly approve the execution of some Active-X controls. That's a security update in my book. Microsoft is splitting hairs by saying it doesn't protect the browser. It protects the user, and that's what's important.

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