Saturday, 24 April 2004

For review in 2007: IDC: Consolidation to Windows won't happen Clearly something has got to happen to Windows' dominance. Interesting theory that the multiplicity of platforms will be Microsoft's undoing.
Microsoft stands firm in the 'great Linux debate' - ZDNet UK Insight
Interesting snippet from the Open vs proprietary software debate: two good opposing cases put by an HP/Samba rep and a Microsoft rep.

Wednesday, 21 April 2004

Wired News: Flaw Could Cripple Entire Net
Oops. Interestingly, the response is more worrying than the threat, I think. Although the article doesn't discuss the implications of someone exploiting the flaw (easy to fix? irrevocable damage?), it would seem it has some very senior people worried about the potential implications. Could this be the first inkling of cyber-terrorism, as opposed to the vandalism, fraud and personal exploitation we've experienced thus far?

Tuesday, 20 April 2004

Apple demos new high-quality video codec at NAB
This is the M$ achilles heel. The future is media convergence: the current internet will become as books are now - a comprehensive, yet slow method of absorbing and dispersing information. Peer to peer video will rule the media mindshare. The fact that Microsoft are so precious about this, attempting to hook Windows Media player into Windows, in the same way they did with Internet Explorer, is testament to that. IE won the browser war, and in doing so, established itself as the 'Internet OS' of choice. IE has set its own Internet browser standard, making the onus on developers *not* to use IE-proprietary standards.
This is the next major battleground...

Sunday, 18 April 2004

Adobe's Microsoft strategy | CNET
Interesting, concise article about a great technology company one hears very little about.

Wednesday, 7 April 2004

SecurityFocus HOME Columnists: A Visit from the FBI
Interesting article: some useful figures & anecdotes.
Getting to the crux of it, as once again Microsoft don't so much enlighten the IT industry as define the darkness as virtually obligatory: Making customers miserable the Microsoft way | Perspectives | CNET Humorous analogies of the software industry and drug cartels do seem to increase in power as the industry evolves. Even the oil biz doesn't try to force us to use, say Shell over BP, depending on our car type. And could you imagine them demanding a subscription?