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posted in August 2005

Getting Anything Out Of Gmail?

I wrote about the competition between Google and Microsoft in my email newsletter this week. (You can read the piece here, but how lame is that? You should be subcribing to it.) I mentioned that because Google didn't sell software it didn't have to lock in its customers with proprietary formats and non-standard protocols the way Microsoft does. One of my readers, Malcolm M

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I Owe Adobe Half an Apology

We just turned comments on for the Pipelines blogs, and it didn't take you long to find them. I was delighted to see so many responses to my post on Adobe sneaking applications onto my PC when I updated the Adobe Reader. (See Bad Behavior, Adobe.) But I was puzzled by comments that said they hadn't had the same problem I did. So I went back to the Adobe site to see what I'd missed.

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Bad Behavior, Adobe

I try to practice what I preach and do a good deed, and what do I get for it? Abuse. I just sent out my weekly e-mail newsletter. In the Editor's Note I urge readers to follow Adobe's request and patch their Adobe Reader because of a potential security problem. Things are getting pretty bad when the bad guys pervert familiar, trusted applications like the Reader to be delivery systems for malware. Poor Adobe, I thought, at least it's m

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Per-Core Software Pricing For The Desktop?

Right now it's just a Big IT story, all about more powerful servers and complicated software licensing agreements, but sooner or later -- probably sooner -- it will come down to the desktop and affect the way you pay for software: Multi-core processors will mean you'll pay a per-core price for the applications you run.

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The Microsoft iPod? Give Me a Break

Microsoft's claim that it invented the iPod would be really funny if it weren't so sad. In fact, it is exactly what is wrong with issuing patents for high-tech ideas: Microsoft, a company that did absolutely zero to put an iPod in your pocket, is getting set to try to grab the profits from the company that actually made the effort, Apple.

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Out-In-The-Open Source

The news from LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week makes a very interesting point: Linux and open-source software seem to be making gains in the enterprise. IBM and Novell kicked off the Linux lovefest with major declarations of support for the OS, and the president of Oracle delivered the keynote. Those companies, some of the biggest in the business, wouldn't have done that if Linux weren't working for them. And were it works is serv

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If You Can't Join 'Em Lick 'Em

Apple's admission that computer users have more than one finger and therefore can push more than one mouse button is a major break with the company's "I'd rather be right than popular" attitude. It's also another sign that Steve Jobs really is getting serious about going after a bigger share of the PC market. At least that's what I hope. I'd love to see some real competition between Apple and Microsoft for the de

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A Ratings System for Open Source Software

A rating system for open-source software will be announced at OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention going on this week in Portland, OR, The New York Times reports. The system is the cooperative work of Intel, the O'Reilly CodeZoo, Carnegie Mellon Univerity, and SpikeSource, a start-up company that supports and tests corporate open-source projects.

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