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HP to support Debian

Although it appears to strictly be from a server point of view, HP is expanding it's support of Linux distributions to include Debian based on customer demand.  The announcement is clearly time to coincide with the start of LinuxWorld in San Francisco.

August 14, 2006 by David Berlind


News Corp. to release TV/films for download (protected by MS-DRM)

Personally, I think the very first question that should be asked whenever a movie or television studio releases its content for download, or whenever some new multimedia device or phone comes out, is what Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology (otherwise known as CRAP -- Cancellation, Restriction, And Punishment) it's intertwined with?

August 13, 2006 by David Berlind


Use "POD" in your trademark, get sued. Has Apple gone too far?

[Update: Since first publishing this story, another small business person has come forward with the details of a very similar threatening letter that she received] Has Apple gone too far?  Even if the product you make doesn't look, smell, feel, or do anything remotely close to what an iPod does, and even if consumers can't buy it on the shelves in a store, that apparently doesn't mean Apple won't release its legal dogs on you if the name of your product includes the letters P-O-D.

August 11, 2006 by David Berlind

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Off-topic: Floyd Landis, the Tour de France, doping, and security

Yesterday, Bruce Schneier suprised us with a post about security of a different sort -- one that had to do with the doping scandal surrounding Floyd Landis. Landis crossed the finish line in the Tour de France with the best time of all the riders but his urine samples which tested positive for inhuman testosterone levels have cast an immense shadow of doubt over his victory as well as the sport of cycling, if not all of professional sports.

August 11, 2006 by David Berlind


Who's calling?

I don't know how many phone calls my house gets in a day that say "name unavailable" on the caller ID. Have you ever wondered who's calling?

August 11, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Post-October Windows PC purchases likely to include coupon for Vista

Given the delays to the release of Windows Vista and the grief that's causing to system resellers, it looks like some sort of upgrade coupon is in the works. This follows news that Microsoft will be going to additional lengths to assuage customers that are signed up for the company's Software Assurance plan.

August 11, 2006 by David Berlind