No (DRM) Code For Pearl Jam
When Pearl Jam hits the stage for its upcoming 2005 U.S. and Canadian tour, fans will be able to download music from the live shows within hours of the final encore (probably before most of the band's faithful can get their cars out of the arena parking lot after the show). True to its fiercely independent approach to both music and the recording industry, the band will make its work available online without the protection of any digital-rights-management software. This time, however, it's not j
Dancing With An Elephant (Named Google)
Keyword stuffing and search engine spamming are two common techniques that some people and companies attempt to gain higher Google ranking than their sites can achieve on merit and quality.
Animated Map Of Coalition Deaths Helps Site Visitors Visualize Casualties Of War
Sadly, for many Americans, each death of U.S. soldiers in Iraq is nothing more than a statistic buried on the inside page of the daily newspaper. But an animated map of Iraq helps visitors to a Web site visualize the mounting toll, a small but important reminder of the reality of a war half a world away. The site is further evidence on how the Web puts an individual on the same level as major news organizations in reaching the publ
Software (In) Security
"Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!" That ought to be the first thing every user hears upon breaking the seal on a new application or hitting the "download now" button. Given the rate at which new apps and operating system updates are being cracked, hacked, and infested, perhaps the software industry should adopt as its mascot, the zealously protective, but often useless Robot from the mid-'60s sci-fi classic series, "Lost In S
Ars Technica posted a news item late last week that made me wonder if April 1 somehow came around twice this year. The U.S. Copyright Office wants to build a new Web site that, according to a notice posted August 1, may work only with Internet Explorer.
The Great Desktop Linux Controversy
There still doesn't seem to be a consensus regarding the validity of Linux as a desktop operating system. The head of IBM's software business used LinuxWorld as an opportunity to promote the promise of desktop Linux. Then again, IBM isn't the biggest fan of Microsoft. Meanwhile, a Gartner study spelled out that desktop Linux adoption is way behind where it should be at this point, or at least behind where Gartner thought it would be at this point. Here's the deal ...
In Case You've Been In Outer Space, LinuxWorld Was This Week
Another LinuxWorld show has come to pass. It's been a long time since LinuxWorld was dominated by technical folk who used it as a forum for exchanging ideas and an opportunity to attach a face with a screen identity. LinuxWorld is now about how open-source can be "sold" to address the overarching issues facing IT managers today: boosting security and cutting costs. The IT world's biggest vendors were once again out in full force, this time linking arms in a show of unity and trying to convince t
Let me say right off the bat: I wouldn't wish the ghost of that bloated old dingbat of a trade show on my worst enemy, much less on my meal ticket. It's true that the pre-LinuxWorld PR feeding frenzy of the past few weeks reminded me just a bit of "Bombdex" during its late-90s baroque peak. The similarities, however, end right there: Unlike the exercise in self-parody that until last year vi
Linux In Your Lap!
Earlier this year, Linux Certified, a company based down in the South Bay, sent me a laptop system for a few weeks of tire-kicking. At the time, I planned to write a full review of the LC2210D but lacked the bandwidth to get it done.
That's a shame, because Linux Certified delivered one of the smoothest experiences I've had using any laptop computer -- whether PC or portable, Linux or Windows. Now, they're also quite a bit less expensive, which gives
Update: I checked into the question of whether FingerGear provides source code for the Linux distro (a Debian variant) on its "Computer On A Stick" device. They do, in fact, provide the source code, upon request, to paying customers -- and as a newsletter reader reminded me, the GPL terms require a developer to supply the source only when it supplies the softw
Mozilla sells out! Well, not really, and certianly not in a bad way: Today, the Mozilla Foundation announced that it was spinning off a taxable, for-profit corporation to take over the product development, marketing, and distribution activities for Firefox and Thunderbird.
In most ways, very little will change: The Foundation "owns" the Corporation and still runs the show. Assuming the Corporation plays its cards right, Mozilla will be in a