Submitted by gaige on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 21:29
Last year, I managed to convince 8 people to get Macs who either had not done so in the past, or who were coming back to the Mac from a long hiatus. Although I had for many years not considered myself an evangelist for "the cause", recent changes in Windows, the Mac, and the Internet have brought a change to that neutral position and now I appear to be pretty much a zealot. This despite the fact that I'm one of the few people I know who has both purchased and installed a copy of Vista. So, how do you switch your friends to OS X from XP? Good question, and tonight I've been finding out.
Submitted by gaige on Mon, 03/12/2007 - 18:45
Listening to NPR tonight, and in particular to Marketplace when I hear Ben Stein issuing a rant about oil companies and prices. That wasn't that surprising, given his history. However, when they went to break afterward, the commentator said "Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?" without further comment...
Submitted by gaige on Sat, 03/10/2007 - 17:38
I guess that digital radio you're listening to via your laptop is just too much for the RIAA, so they have gone after the broadcast of music online. According to an article from BetaNews, internet radio stations will pay an average of $8.91 per listener in 2006 and move up to $15.59 per listener by 2008 (based on the schedule accepted by the US Copyright Office. Broadcast radio stations using the airwaves will pay an average of $1.56 (based on 2006 numbers) rising up to $1.94 per listener. Yep, that sounds about right...
Submitted by gaige on Fri, 03/09/2007 - 22:08
Inspector General Fine found that the FBI overreached its authority by heavily using the National Security Letter system. The report has not been denied by the administration and has, in fact, been acknowledged as a "serious problem" by FBI Director Mueller and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Thanks to CNet for the heads up.
Submitted by gaige on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 16:51
If the decision written about in this article in the Washington Post stands on appeal, the folks at Vonage will be crying while Verizon laughs all the way to the bank. The ruling by the jury was that Vonage infringed upon 3 patents that Verizon has for VOIP calling, including patents about terminating VOIP calls to the PSTN network. The verdict means that Vonage will have to pay $58M and a royalty of 5.5% going forward (quite a bit less than the $197M and 19% that Verizon had asked for, but still a pretty penny).
Submitted by gaige on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 13:23
An article in Fortune today goes to the heart why Apple's seemingly ill-advised move into the retail world has succeeded. Interesting read.
Submitted by gaige on Thu, 03/08/2007 - 07:39
Microsoft announced at the PMA 07 conference the beta release of their new image file format HD Photo. The company says that it creates smaller file sizes, while producing better output than JPEG and can offer lossless and lossy image compression while retaining full dynamic range and color gamut data from camera sensors. The real news is the availability of plugins for Photoshop on both Windows and OS X, the Windows version in beta now and the OS X version within 60 days when the released plug-ins are done. Yes, it will be universal.
Submitted by gaige on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 16:56
According to an article from the Washington Post, the US Patent an Trademark Office (USPTO) is preparing to allow internet users to review patent applications and leave their comments.
Submitted by gaige on Mon, 03/05/2007 - 16:13
Fortune Magazine is out with their America's Most Admired Companies 2007 report and you-know-who made it in the list at #7 overall. They were bested by: GE, Starbucks, Toyota, Berkshire Hathaway, Southwest, and FedEx and managed to squeek by Google for the top tech/computer spot in the overall competition. Amusingly, they still finished (just barely) behind IBM in the most admired computer category and substantially above Xerox and Canon. Interesting to note that Canon, Xerox, and IBM don't make personal computers for sale in the US.
Submitted by gaige on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 10:17
Check out the lunar eclipse picture by Ed Parsons (former CTO of Ordnance Survey) shot in England. Similar shots available all over the net (thanks to digital cameras), but here are a few others I found: