The recent controversy over Microsoft's usage of Windows Update to install anti-piracy software that apparently phones home to Microsoft's servers over the Internet on a daily basis has drawn a poorly constructed response (I analyze it here) from the company that is at best mistaken or incomplete and at worst, disingenuous about how the software installs itself and works.
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After its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy software (pushed to end users via Windows Update) starting phoning home to Microsoft's servers on a daily basis thus earning Microsoft a place in the public spotlight in recent days, the software giant's public relations engine was apparently very busy yesterday figuring out what to do about users' concerns and then getting the word out. The result?
With all the news and speculation about Google building a collaborative Web Office of sorts, with a browser-based spreadsheet, word processor, email and calendar for starters, I wanted to get Microsoft's point of view on Web versus rich client Office suites. Can Web apps match the capababilities of desktop apps?
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.
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!