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Latest Posts

DRM: A personal story

Since this seems to be DRM Day at Between the Lines, allow me to present a short, personal story that highlights, at least for me, the evils of DRM and the DCMA.  Last week, I prepared a story for this blog illustrating how to put shows from a TiVo onto one of the new video iPods.

November 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


The day the broadcast died

Today is the day that TV and radio broadcasters around the world (and digital video recorder makers like TiVo) dreaded would come.  It's the day that someone married the RSS subscription protocol to Bittorrent in a way that turns the Internet into one big giant and free TiVo machine.

November 15, 2005 by David Berlind


The DRM grinch who stole Christmas

Are you hoping that Santa will put a portable audio player in your stocking this year? Or, are you thinking about stuffing someone else's stocking with one.

November 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Ad-supported Windows and desktop apps?'s Ina Fried has the scoop some internal documents from Microsoft ruminating on ad-supported software that leverages its new adCenter platform, beyond Office Live and Windows Live.

November 14, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Eco Sun rising with the UltraSPARC T1

In his recent blog titled "Recipe for Winning Chip Battles," Sun's Jonathan Schwartz makes a case for his company's ascendency based on having a high volume operating system (Solaris, with reportedly more than 3.2 million downloads since it went open source, mostly on non-Sun hardware) and what he calls the fastest chip on earth, the soon to be released, power sipping UltraSPARC T1 (formerly known as Niagara).

November 14, 2005 by Dan Farber


You've heard of Trojan horses? How about Trojan grids?

Over the weekend, fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou wrote to me to say I might be interested some math he did in a recent blog -- math that for fun, I'm now calling George's Law.  George's Law appears in his blog about  certain types of WiFi access points and how long their user-defined pass phrases should be in order to minimize the chances of a hacker gaining access to information that was thought to be protected through encryption.

November 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Intel's intro of virtualization hardware for PCs should herald new era

Intel has announced the arrival of the first desktop chips to include its hardware-based virtualization technology known as VT (codenamed Vanderpool). This could very well signal a new era in desktop/notebook computing and I would think long and hard before buying a new system that doesn't include this new and worthwhile technology.

November 14, 2005 by David Berlind


That thin client pie in the sky

David Berlind's article, "And they said 'WebOffice' couldn't be done," paints a wonderful "blue sky" picture of the "not-too-distant" future. But still ...

November 14, 2005 by Marc Wagner


Computer Associates continues its rehabilitation

In its ongoing quest to rehabilitate its reputation, Computer Associates is truncating its name to the more often used CA, and hoping to further distance itself from the isuses with the DOJ that shook up the management team and cost the company $225 million to settle.

November 13, 2005 by Dan Farber