Computerworld on why Microsoft should be concerned

It's not a Microsoft-bashing column, but this Computerworld article by Scot Finnie, Computerworld's online editorial director, takes Microsoft to task over what he sees as ignoring demands in the market and Apple's recent moves. In particular, he's talking about the enterprise, so he doesn't go into the XBox vs. AppleTV argument, etc.


Children and praise

I know I've promised to forward this URL to a number of people, so here's a reference to the article in New York Magazine that will be easy to find. The article is about praising children not for doing things right or behaving or anything else they can control, but about praising them just for being themselves. It's worth a read.

Whither CompUSA?

I like David Pogue (tech reporter for the New York Times). He writes a good column, uses a Mac, uses dripping sarcasm, and can sing well. His article today about CompUSA's downsizing of over 50% of his stores, hits the nail right on the head.

Switching friends (to the Mac)

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.


Anyone, anyone? Bueller?

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...


Looks like the RIAA wants you to listen to broadcast radio

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...

"serious misuse" of surveillance power found in report

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.


Vonage found to have infringed VOIP patents

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).


Fortune calls Apple "America's Best Retialer"

An article in Fortune today goes to the heart why Apple's seemingly ill-advised move into the retail world has succeeded. Interesting read.


Microsoft announces HD Photo format

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.



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