Sunday, 28 September 2003

The Register, 26/08/2003: Microsoft: a threat to global IT and job security?
V interesting article speculating about a piece of security research slating Microsoft, for which the author lost his job. Interesting discussion - esp. about possible remedies.

Friday, 26 September 2003

CNN.com - Makers of Kazaa suing record labels - Sep. 24, 2003

Now, this should make things interesting. I wonder if the RIAA will show as much respect to software copyright as they expect everyone to show to music copyright? Live by the sword, die by the sword...

Wednesday, 24 September 2003

Slashdot | Is There An OS On My Hard Drive?

Now this is how OSes should have always been sold. Buy your kit, then choose the hard disk, with whichever OS you like on it. Windows as standard has just made the whole world less secure - a bit like US culture as standard. The best is not the same as none better.

Report: Microsoft dominance poses security risk | CNET News.com

Now, here's a tyre shredder in the path of M$'s drive on security. In their defence, security through obscurity is not security: sure, their OS is a target, but that's a reason for them to fix things. Most security experts will tell you that if you want real security, look elsewhere. I suppose their concern is that people don't realise how unsecure their systems are with M$ products.

Tuesday, 23 September 2003

BW Online | September 29, 2003 | Howard Rheingold, Author of Smart Mobs

I remember reading a much earlier book of his describing the early days of the internet, and the uses which people were putting it to. Future historians will look back on this guy as the Tacitus of the Internet.

Wednesday, 17 September 2003

ZDNet UK - News - Another survey rates Microsoft cheaper than Linux

I'm as sceptical as the next anti-M$ person, but the fact remains that linux on the desktop PC isn't in the market. Where I see it potentially making headroads is through the network admin and applications markets. Most corporate users use maybe 5 apps on their systems. If you remove the need for these apps to be MS-based, users don't care which desktop they're running. But IT managers still do, so you need to beef up the enterprise desktop admin tools too.

Then, who cares what OS you're running? That's how it always should have been. To use your car analogy, who cares what engine management system they have in their car? Most people don't even know.