Reports are beginning to turn up around the Web that discuss how certain CDs from Sony Music come with a Trojan horse-based digital restrictions management (DRM) technology that surreptitiously installs itself as a rootkit on Windows PCs. When software surreptitiously installs a rootkit, it's usually doing so to cover its tracks -- a technique commonly associated with malware such as viruses and Trojan horses.
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In another blog entry that I published earlier today regarding how something as simple as the playback of one track of a music CD can result in the surreptitious installation of a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) Trojan horse on your system, I also discuss how the DRM technology found on certain CDs is incompatible with Apple's DRM technology known as FairPlay. The result of this incompatibility is that the music on DRM-protected CDs from Sony music cannot be loaded into iPods.
Bill Coleman believes that the perfect storm in enterprise computing is on the horizon, in the form of the commoditization of computing. Coleman is the CEO of Cassatt, and a founder of BEA and former Sun executive.
I don't want to address the Forbes cover story, "Attack of the Blogs," that characterized blogs as "the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective." Long before blogs, plain old Web sites (POWS) were used to promote various agendas using underhanded techniques, joining print, radio, TV, etc.
In Ina Fried's article Microsoft's 'big bang' could be its last, I couldn't disagree more with Gartner fellow Tom Bittman's comment that Windows XP (or any other Microsoft product) is "stuck in the weeds..." Windows XP SP2 is NOT the same product today that Windows XP was in 2000.
News.com's Stephen Shankland has a story today about Google throwing some bodies at OpenOffice, as it does for other open source projects that it uses, such as Apache Axis Web services.
First came the way Yahoo's music store only sells music that's copy protected by Microsoft digital restrictions management (DRM technology. In other words, it only plays back on Microsoft PlaysForSure-compliant products.
While I often dabble in application development and have crafted some pretty neat applications, I don't by any stretch of the imagination consider myself to be a software engineer. Particularly since my software development training (one way in one way out structured programming in COBOL, C, etc.
Sooner or later, it was bound to happen -- a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) management technology that, by design, often keeps you from consuming that content on devices that use other DRM technologies actually ends up keeping you from consuming content that's protected by it as well. Talk about a trainwreck.
Web 2.0 explorer Richard MacManus rounds up info about Microsoft leaping into hosted applications, with SharePoint, CRM and ERP (Dynamics?