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Wal-Mart's Domain Name Battles

A recent decision by the WIPO Arbitration Center took the domain name away from Jeff Milchen, a self-described Wal-Mart critic.

May 3, 2005 by Phil Windley


Why copy Microsoft?

In a previous blog entry, I talked about why I thought Microsoft wouldn't have trouble convincing Windows users to upgrade to Longhorn. As I also claimed that older versions of Windows are the biggest competitor to Longhorn, the Talkbacks started discussing Linux, believed by many to be a credible alternative to Windows.

May 2, 2005 by John Carroll


Municipal Broadband Across the US

CNET News has an interactive map showing municipal broadband projects across the US.  I've written before about the need to educate legislators and municipal officials about the benefits of municipal broadband.

May 2, 2005 by Phil Windley

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The true origins of the personal computer

When you think of the history of personal computing, three figures stand out--Gordon Moore, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They represent the major platforms of personal computing today, but their ascendancy was preceded by a cultural, social and political movement that is closer to the open source movement than Itanium, Windows or Macintosh.

May 2, 2005 by Dan Farber


Globus Toolkit 4.0

The Globus Consortium unleashed the version 4.0 of the Globus Toolkit (GT4), which is a key component for accelerating the adoption of enterprise-class grids.

May 2, 2005 by Dan Farber


For Windows bug hunters, there's strength in numbers

Last week, I responded to some of James Coplien's remarks concerning what customers expect from their software. At the ACCU conference last month, Coplien also talked about the security advantages enjoyed by a distributed, independent development community:Security is a system concern--it is a complex system.

May 1, 2005 by John Carroll


Ruling jeopardizes media copy protection

A French court has ruled against copy protection software on DVDs that prevented the plaintiff from copying a DVD of Mulholland Drive into a video tape for "personal use" (which is mildly amusing, as Mulholland Drive is exactly the kind of movie I'd expect would appeal to French tastes).

May 1, 2005 by John Carroll


Thought to be redacted, classified military info exposed by cut n' paste

Through German systems architect Volker Weber comes a blog about how the massive number of redactions in a PDF-version of a report that was issued by the Pentagon (the one that cleared the US military of any wrongdoing in the death of Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari) could be "un-redacted" using nothing more than CTRL-C, CTRL-V (cut n' paste).

May 1, 2005 by David Berlind


Is Bluetooth past its prime?

For over five years, two of the supposedly killer wireless technologies -- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi -- have been marching to the beats of their own drummers.  Whereas before, the two wireless technologies had almost nothing in common with each other and were designed to address distinctly different needs, now the two technologies are addressing some of the same applications (wireless printing for example).

May 1, 2005 by David Berlind