Online Music: Hold On To Your Wallets
Eventually, Apple and Microsoft will be forced to raise their fees to help cover the costs of the deals with the music labels, and I'm guessing this will likely mean higher prices for the songs themselves or for the monthly subscription services.
OK, Vista, Show Us What You Got
Well, Jim Allchin has declared RTM -- release to manufacturing -- for Windows Vista. The next version of Windows is officially ready to ship to business customers. Allchin, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division, said, "This is a good day!" enthusiastically and often during today's conference call (that's easy for him to say -- he gets to retire after Vista finally ships to retail customers on Jan. 30.) So what are we getting in Vista? It's not an easy question to answer.
Broadband In The Sticks: Tough Nut To Crack
As a long-time home office employee living just outside a mid-size city, I've been spoiled with access to broadband, using it as my sole means of connectivity to my employer since 1995, when I was very early user of ISDN. Since 1999 or so, I've been using a cable modem, and am about 99% satisfied with how it's performed over that period. That's a pretty good track record.
Backup To E-Mail
Backup to Email works like this: Right-click on any file in Windows and e-mail it to your Gmail account. It automatically splits files larger than 10 Mbytes. (Via Lifehacker, which says, "This is one of those head-smacking, why-didn't-anyone-think-of-this-sooner utilities.")
It Won't Help You With Your Bar Tab, Though
Tab Mix Plus is a Firefox extension that adds features like tab duplication, merging, focus control, and extended undo options to Firefox. You can also set it to force Web sites that want to open a new window to instead open a new tab. I find that last especially handy--we use publishing software called TeamSite from Interwoven to publish InformationWeek.com, and it frequently wants to open a new window; without Tab Mix Plus, I often end u
What Abraham Lincoln Knew About E-Mail
Abraham Lincoln and his generals relied on the telegraph to fight the Civil War. Lincoln's principles for "T-mail" make good rules for e-mail, writes Tom Wheeler.
Words are Important - When he used an electronic message Lincoln maximized its impact by using carefully chosen words. His August 1864 telegram to General Grant, "Hold on with a bull-dog grip, and chew and choke" could not have been more
Special Report: Live From China
One of the exciting things about life as an American here in the 21st century is the emergence of developing nations as economic and cultural powerhouses. For most of my life--for most of the 20th century--most Asian nations and other countries in the developing world fell into two categories: military threats, such as Japan, North Vietnam, and North Korea; and objects of pity and charity, such as India, Bangladesh, and China.
Of course, Japan emerged from that threat-or-victim trap aft
Mac Envy At Web 2.0
It's 11:00 a.m. I'm sitting in the audience of a session at the Web 2.0 Conference, and I'm terrified. The power cord for my IBM ThinkPad snakes across the aisle, barely visible on the blue carpet, to one of the few power outlets in the eastern wall of the room.
Google, Microsoft Pay Top Dollar In India
Thinking of a career in IT? Then don't waste your time on lowly tech services companies. The big bucks are in software development, working for industry giants like Google and Microsoft. In India, that is.
In Which Both Google And Yahoo Get Dope-Slapped
I decided to investigate Google Apps for Your Domain primarily so that I could access my personal e-mail using the Gmail interface, without having to resort to mail-forwarding or other workarounds. Apparently, it's a closed beta, and the application asked me a few questions about my "organization," which consists of me (well, there are also my alternate personalities and imaginary friends, but they don't use the
Microsoft Wants To Have Its SaaS Cake...And Eat It, Too
Microsoft wasn't about to get one-upped by Dave Duffield. As the PeopleSoft founder was answering questions yesterday about Workday, his new software-as-a-service company, Bill Gates was expounding on his SaaS vision at a conference in Munich.
Y2K-Like Bug Could Ground Space Shuttle
NASA needs to launch the next shuttle mission on time, because if it doesn't get off the ground by Dec. 18, a computer bug could mean the 12-day mission has to slip until January. "The Shuttle was never expected to be in orbit as one year gives way to another, so the computers aren't set up to switch to a new 'Day One.' To the Shuttle, January 1 is just day 366." That would leave the shuttle out of synch with NASA's ground-base
Report From China: Sliced Duck And Sharp Views With Reed Hundt
It's winding toward late evening around a large, circular table in the first-floor restaurant of one of Beijing's ritziest hotels, and Reed Hundt's Chinese associates are bustling to fill his needs. The former FCC chairman got into town four hours late after a series of airline mishaps in Chicago.
Microsoft's Linux Support: Denial, Then Concession
Microsoft and Novell have reached a pact to improve the way that Windows and Linux work together. Where were these guys three years ago when Bill Gates took me to task for asking whether Microsoft might do more in that area? "Tell me any area we're not doing enough," Microsoft's chairman huffed in November 2003 during a one-on-one interview in Las Vegas. "I mean, seriously, what area do you think we
Yahoo Easter Egg
The Yahoo logo has an Easter egg. Click on the top part of the exclamation mark on the logo, and hear the classic "Yahooooooooooo!" from the TV commercials. (Via SEORoundTable)
Mahir Vs. Borat
Mahir vs. Borat: "The mockumentary Borat bears more than a passing resemblance to late '90s net celeb Mahir Cagri of ikissyou.org, and he's not amused."
Two companies are looking to use cell phone location data to track traffic: "By using anonymous data from wireless providers to mark how fast cell-phone handsets are moving -- and overlaying that information with location data and maps -- IntelliOne and AirSage hope to offer more detailed information and pragmatic advice than other firms that monitor traffic through radar, helicopters or cameras. But some critics are
The End Of The Beginning Of The End Of Software?
As Winston Churchill so famously declared, "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
He could well have been talking about the long-predicted death of software.
Suse, You Got Some E'splainin' To Do
The most interesting thing about the Microsoft-Novell deal last week may be the possibility that by signing a patent cross-licensing agreement that covers its customers, Novell may be putting itself in violation of the GPL and other open source licenses under which it distributes its products. Predictably, there have been calls for a
Oracle To Red Hat: With Friends Like Us, You Won't Be Needing Enemies
In a brief eight-day period, two of the software industry's behemoths, which agree on little else, seemed to agree on one thing: Something needs to be done to slow the growth of Red Hat. It's almost as if they're miffed that Red Hat didn't have the good sense to remain a third-world supplier of raw materials, the way they intended.
Pig Freezes Over, Hell Flies, Microsoft Supports Linux
Somehow, I suspect that having Microsoft hand out coupons for Suse Linux upgrades is not the biggest benefit Novell sees in its startling deal with Planet Windows. Trouble is, I don't see what the biggest benefit is. The news story announcing the deal makes the benefit for Microsoft crystal clear--it gets a major boost into the red-hot technology of server virtualization, an area where it has lagge
The Top Reader Photo Is...
A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your favorite photos among many submitted by your peers. Seems the majority of you agreed with my pick for best photo, "The Sentry," which got 35% of nearly 900 votes. Congratulations, Tom McClure (and son).
The response to our reader photo gallery was so positive I plan to make this a regular feature.