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Surprises in the Windows 7 license agreement

Surprises in the Windows 7 license agreement

Over the weekend, I had a chance to spend some quality time with the leaked Windows 7 build that’s zipping around the Internet. No one at Microsoft will confirm whether this code is the same as the beta due to be officially released in early January, but it bears every earmark of being the real thing. One of the first things I did before installing the software was to read the end user license agreement (EULA), carefully. Most of it was boilerplate, but I found a few surprises hidden within the legalese, including an expiration date that suggests a summertime release.

December 29, 2008 by in Windows

Year-end digital camera sales: Deals on Canon G10, 50D, and more

Year-end digital camera sales: Deals on Canon G10, 50D, and more

Didn't get what you wanted for the holidays? Headed back to BestBuy to return that toaster you never wanted? It's a great time to shop for electronics right now--you can get deep discounts from retailers who overstocked for Christmas and are looking to unload. Check out these year-end deals on digital cameras and accessories:

December 29, 2008 by in Hardware

BriefingsDirect analysts make 2009 predictions for enterprise IT, SOA, cloud and business intelligence

BriefingsDirect analysts make 2009 predictions for enterprise IT, SOA, cloud and business intelligence

Spending from shadow IT activities will actually grow, and that the amount of money devoted to shadow IT activities will come from outside traditional IT budgets, from a variety of different sources, maybe even petty cash, and we'll see a bit of growth in these rogue activities. Moving into these areas for business development purposes is going to be an overwhelming temptation. We will see a flattening, and in many cases a reduction, in officially sanctioned IT activities.

December 29, 2008 by in Developer

Top US advertisers in traditional media in 2008

Top US advertisers in traditional media in 2008

RankParent CompanyAd Dollars Spent1Procter & Gamble Co$2,342,319,3972General Motors Corp$1,441,747,3993AT&T Inc$1,317,893,3774Verizon$1,125,700,5125Johnson & Johnson$1,059,109,1386Time Warner Inc$878,355,3327Toyota Motor Corp$819,377,0268General Electric Co$807,869,6889Ford Motor Co$742,708,52910Pepsico Inc$730,503,931Source: Nielsen

December 29, 2008 by in Mobility

CIO strategy: 10 qualities of IT greatness

CIO strategy: 10 qualities of IT greatness

CIO success depends on connecting the chaotic, often crisis-driven, IT environment to high-level strategic and business priorities that matter to the broader organization. Here are ten qualities of IT groups that have achieved this goal.

December 29, 2008 by in CXO

Some minor criticisms of the Windows 7 beta

Some minor criticisms of the Windows 7 beta

After using the finalised Windows 7 beta build (build 7000) for a good few days as my primary operating system, I'm exceptionally happy with it. I've tried to find bugs, as it is pre-release software, but so far have found none, which bodes well for the software giant.

December 29, 2008 by in Windows

FriendFeed, Twitter address URL redirection risks; Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace lag behind

FriendFeed, Twitter address URL redirection risks; Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace lag behind

When I compiled my crowdsourced 2009 predictions earlier this month, several people shared with me the same forethought: URL redirection leveraged by phishers could create a bottoming out of sorts for Twitter. The concern is that masked URLs could lead to stolen data or drive-by-malware, making it too late for the poor user who clicks the link once he or she figure out what happened.

December 29, 2008 by in Collaboration

Microsoft pours cold water on WMP flaw warning

Microsoft pours cold water on WMP flaw warning

Microsoft is pouring cold water on public reports of a serious code execution vulnerability in the newest versions of its Windows Media Player software.Following the release of proof-of-concept code alongside a claim that the bug can be remotely exploitable to launch arbitrary code, a Microsoft spokesman insists this "is not a product vulnerability.

December 29, 2008 by in Hardware

iPhone as a New Year's Eve party favor

iPhone as a New Year's Eve party favor

I'm taking a couple of days off pre-Macworld Expo and while chilling down in Florida with my family my wife suggested looking for an iPhone app that played Auld Lang Syne and/or had a New Year's Eve countdown timer. I find them all rolled into one – for free.

December 29, 2008 by in Mobility

Protecting beer from bacteria

Protecting beer from bacteria

A Canadian PhD student from the University of Saskatchewan has a mission: saving beer from bacterial contamination. She's a member of 'one of only two labs in the world that studies beer spoilage.' And she jokes about what she's doing: 'It's a good conversation starter. I've gone through so many years of school and I've studied medical microbiology and all this and that -- and now I'm saving beer. (People) tease me about it, but they actually find it quite interesting.' But what she does is no joke, and her research has been sponsored by breweries such as Coors or Miller. ...

December 29, 2008 by in Telcos

Dinner Spinner for iPhone

Dinner Spinner for iPhone

Online recipe sites are great (I keep a recipe box at AllRecipes and lurk at Epicurious) but what about the iPhone and iPod touch? One of my favorite new App Store discoveries is AllRecipes.

December 29, 2008 by in Hardware

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