This week on The Dan & David Show, Dan joins me by phone from an undisclosed location in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest and we talk about Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss and Microsoft's rollout of an automatic patch to Internet Explorer -- what I'm calling the "Eolas patch" -- that adds more friction to an IE-based Web experience and that also puts a feather in Firefox's hat. Also on the agenda was Sun's project DReaM and Google's new jack-of-all-trades Calendaring service.
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My fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou has raised an interesting question about the way the press handles security flaws in Internet Explorer (IE) versus the way it covers the same thing for Firefox. In using just the past couple headlines for each of the browsers (from two news sources) as proof points, the evidence is very anecdotal.
In March 2006, in a podcast interview with ZDNet, Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz dropped a hint that his company had something in the works that was very much like the Liberty Alliance (in the way that it undermined the usage of proprietary identity management systems like Microsoft's Passport), but for purposes of undermining proprietary digital rights management systems (DRM) like Apple's FairPlay instead.
Via ZDNet reader Steve Ackerman who called it "poetic justice" comes a pointer to a blog by anti-DRM crusader Cory Doctorow who (by way of circuitous route) picked up on intellectual property blogger (IP blog) Tom Giovanetti's DRM tale of woe. Officially, DRM stands for digital rights management.
Unbeknownst to most consumers, the world of cable TV is currently going through a technological and legal revolution that, if things continue on their present course, could render obsolete just about any device that can take a feed from a cable box. For example, your TV set.
Via email, I've received a somewhat fortuitously timed press release that discusses the lengths to which Microsoft and NEC have partnered to create a solution known as Active Upgrade -- a fault tolerant solution that allows Windows server administrators to avoid reboots after upgrades or patches are installed. According to the press release: NEC Solutions (America), Inc.
Although some are quick to credit the long term success and dominance of Microsoft Office (over the competition it devastated) to the unnatural advantage Microsoft may have afforded to it by way of undocumented Windows interfaces back in the 90's, it's impossible to rule out the one stop shop thinking that that applications from one operating system vendor will run better on that vendor's operating systems than will competing applications from a third party.
Yesterday, I wrote a short piece on my blog about a co-worker's experience getting on a White House tour. Essentially, his Senator's office wanted him to email his Social Security Number to them for the background check and they admitted that they were going to email it around to the offices of other Senators and Representatives to organize tour groups.
According to a report by News.com's Stephen Shankland, Dell wants the world to believe that it's not the Wintel sycophant that it used to be (or, at least that other OEMs could be accused of being).
A ZDNet reader that goes only by the name of John e-mailed me yesterday to remind me that today -- April 11 2006 -- is Internet Explorer's official Eolas day of reckoning. Going out in today's superpatch Tuesday batch of patches is an update to Internet Explorer that will disable frictionless operation of ActiveX plug-ins inside of Internet Explorer.