The one thing that Microsoft must never imitate is Apple's restrictive policy about software that it does or does not allow to run on its systems.
Part mad scientist, part celebrity author, and part shadowy government advisor, CBS Interactive's Distinguished Lecturer David Gewirtz warps space/time with neat hacks, cool do-it-yourself projects, business survival tips, and commentary that peels paint.
David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.
Cloud services have their failings, and I'm not talking about the usual crashes and cyberattacks. No, sometimes the service just goes away.
I wanted the remote Skype viewer to see whatever image I wanted behind me: a brick wall, a rack of computers, a bookshelf, a logo, a moving pattern...whatever.
In later articles, when I tell you what obscenities I'm making this little machine do in the name of broadcasting, you'll understand why this is so very important.
Do you really want to trust your bookkeeping to the dark side? That's what went through my mind as I logged into Quickbooks this morning.
This $49 piece of software provides a sync conduit (remember conduits?) from your copy of Palm Desktop to your Android phone.
Would you spend $100 for something when you can get it for $10? Of course not. What about $500, when you can get it for $2.50? No way. But chain retailers think you will.
The real world runs on real computers doing real work and those computers run Windows. Microsoft needs to remember that as they introduce Windows 8 to the real world.
Browsing speed will improve from intolerable to moderately tolerable. And that's about all you can ask from Firefox these days.
Let's take a look at five ways companies use social media and end up making themselves look like complete and utter fools.