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Latest Posts

Scoble's 12 reasons for MS avoidance

Responding to Ross Mayfield's post on Microsoft's challenges in pivoting into services world inhabited by Google and others (Microsoft's announcements on the subject coming later this morning), Microsoft alpha blogger Robert Scoble offers 12 reasons--such as start up costs, performance per dollar, no lock in, more scalable, more security, easier to customize--why Web 2.0 entrepreneurs say that they don't want to work with Microsoft software.

November 1, 2005 by Dan Farber


Sony Music CDs surreptitiously install DRM Trojan horses on PCs

Reports are beginning to turn up around the Web that discuss how certain CDs from Sony Music come with a Trojan horse-based digital restrictions management (DRM) technology that surreptitiously installs itself as a rootkit on Windows PCs.   When software surreptitiously installs a rootkit, it's usually doing so to cover its tracks -- a technique commonly associated with malware such as viruses and Trojan horses.

November 1, 2005 by David Berlind


Apple: Not a DRM monopoly yet, but behavior is monopolistic

In another blog entry that I published earlier today regarding how something as simple as the playback of one track of a music CD can result in the surreptitious installation of a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) Trojan horse on your system, I also discuss how the DRM technology found on certain CDs is incompatible with Apple's DRM technology known as FairPlay.  The result of this incompatibility is that the music on DRM-protected CDs from Sony music cannot be loaded into iPods.

November 1, 2005 by David Berlind


An antidote for blogs attacks

I don't want to address the Forbes cover story, "Attack of the Blogs," that characterized blogs as "the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective."  Long before blogs, plain old Web sites (POWS) were used to promote various agendas using underhanded techniques, joining print, radio, TV, etc.

October 31, 2005 by Dan Farber


Googlers want to slim down OpenOffice's Stephen Shankland has a story today about Google throwing some bodies at OpenOffice, as it does for other open source projects that it uses, such as Apache Axis Web services.

October 30, 2005 by Dan Farber


Microsoft and Yahoo further deepen ties

First came the way Yahoo's music store only sells music that's copy protected by Microsoft digital restrictions management (DRM technology.  In other words, it only plays back on Microsoft PlaysForSure-compliant products.

October 30, 2005 by David Berlind


Appistry upgraded from 'snake oil' to BEHOLD

While I often dabble in application development and have crafted some pretty neat applications, I don't by any stretch of the imagination consider myself to be a software engineer.  Particularly since my software development training (one way in one way out structured programming in COBOL, C, etc.

October 28, 2005 by David Berlind


DRM technology has its first two major trainwrecks

Sooner or later, it was bound to happen -- a Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) management technology that, by design, often keeps you from consuming that content on devices that use other DRM technologies actually ends up keeping you from consuming content that's protected by it as well.  Talk about a trainwreck.

October 28, 2005 by David Berlind