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.
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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.
As Doc Searls, Kaliya Hamlin, and I ramp up preparations for the second installment of the Internet Identity Workshop, (May 1-3, Mountain View, CA) we've put up a wiki for participants and others interested in following the event. Last time, we used a wiki from SocialText that Ross Mayfield generously donated.
There are probably a lot of you youngsters out there that don't remember one small important step for mankind that Windows took around the time that Intel's 80386 started to dominate the market. Compared to it's 16-bit predecessor (the 80286), the 32-bit "386" enabled a breakthrough known as virtual device drivers or, in Windows parlance, VxDs.
Here's a stone tablet's worth of rules that no IT shop can afford to break.
Last week, I took Bacon's Information to task for a Web crawler that wasn't behaving as nice as I'd have liked. I'm happy to say that contrary to my bias, they've been very helpful and responsive.