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Latest Posts

The $100 laptop: What are the odds?

Nicholas Negroponte's plan to distribute 150 million $100 laptops to third-world children by 2007 may be impossibly ambitious. But Microsoft ought to be paying attention anyway.

October 4, 2005 by Marc Wagner


Sonos responds to Declaration of InDRMpendence

Late last week, I was inspired to write a Declaration of InDRMpendence (declaring my freedom from Digital Restrictions Management [DRM] technology) by my good friend who mistakenly recommended Sonos' wireless-mesh based whole home audio system.  He was certain that it could play all of the songs he's purchased through iTunes as long as he hooked on Sonos device to one of the PCs in his house running iTunes.

October 4, 2005 by David Berlind


Google and Sun horse trading

The Google-Sun collaboration has kept us busy the last two days--trying to figure out what was in the works and now deciphering the actual announcement. There was rampant speculation that Google would launch an MS Office killer based on OpenOffice bits, but that wasn't even close.

October 4, 2005 by Dan Farber


Google's Schmidt plays it coy with Microsoft

During the Google-Sun press conference [Stephen Shankland's coverage here]  [video clip here], Eric Schmidt was asked about Google’s plans to take on Microsoft in the applications space. He basically responded that Google is a search company that sells ads.

October 4, 2005 by Dan Farber


Dump the DRM? Sign me up!

I'm forbidden to do something that is otherwise perfectly legal -- access my own music in a fashion that is convenient to me but that does not otherwise violate the copyright.

October 4, 2005 by Marc Wagner


PDF won't cut it

The recent move by Microsoft to support PDF in Office 12 has some asking whether or not that will pour oil on troubled waters and allow Massachusetts government employees to go on using Word to edit and store documents.  By my reading of the Massachusetts Enterprise Technical Reference Manual (ETRM), the policy that governs data formats and standards for the State, PDF won't work.

October 4, 2005 by Phil Windley


Music buyers step-up downpayment on their own DRM noose

As I've already written several times before in our series on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), every time one of us buys another piece of DRMed content (eg: a song from iTunes), we are securing the legacy of the DRM cartel while giving it carte blanche to arbitrarily decide how we get to use the content that we're legally entitled to use in any way we want, as long as we use it for ourselves.

October 3, 2005 by David Berlind