As I reported last week (based on my own experience) Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) is an anti-piracy technology that checks in with Microsoft's servers across the Internet that Microsoft recently pushed out to users of Windows via its Windows Update service. Unless the software is able to validate that you have a legitimate copy of Windows, you may be denied certain important updates according to an entry in Microsoft's online knowledgebase.
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I'm working on a Strategy Guide on SOA governance for InfoWorld. One of the articles we're including is this case study of Thompson Prometric.
Yahoo Photos has been around since 2000, and has gathered about 2 billion photos and 30 million monthly users. It was early in the game and useful, but not quick to take advantage of Web 2.
Is it beginning to seem like nary a day goes by without news of some chunk of data being lost, stolen, or breached? Much the same way lack of disclosure is the story that's almost as big as news of the breach itself with the recent hacking of over 300 bank home pages, in this new case involving the personal data of 330,000 certified public accountants, failure to properly disclose the potential compromise is once again a big part of the story.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we lead off with a discussion of Google Spreadsheets. Is it an Excel killer, a better mousetrap, a Mickey Mouse spreadsheet with integrated GTalk?
In its report Apple dumps more countersue-age on Creative, Ars Technica takes a more lighthearted approach to the legal battles between portable multimedia playback vendors Creative and Apple: If you enjoy legal dramas, it must have been tough the past couple weeks now that sweeps are over and network programming is on hiatus. Lucky for you, Apple has really stepped up to the plate recently to meet your summer legal drama needs.....
The mainstream press is beginning to pick up on a major breach to the banking system that has so far gone under-reported. Fellow blogger George Ou and I gave the story the attention it deserved:George Ou: 300+ Bank homepages hacked and redirected!
Last night, Dell held a press event in San Francisco for the launch of what Brad Anderson (left), senior vice president of the Product Group, called the 9th generation of Dell servers. "It's not about speeds and feeds," Anderson told me, "Dell is paying attention to details and driving operational efficiency.
After reading Wayne Cunningham's blog on thejettareport.com, it's clear to me that tech centers like Silicon Valley, Seattle, Austin, New York, and Boston must be filled with Cheech & Chong-like smoke filled Volkswagen Jettas.
My fellow blogger George Ou has taken me to task for helping to politicize a subject matter which he feels is undeserving of any politicization. Commenting on a blog entry I wrote yesterday (see Some must see Net neutrality videos) which pointed to both MoveOn.