For years now I've been trying to define DRM and how commercial companies use it to lock consumers into a buying cycle. Finally I've found a definition that's just perfect.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes sifts through the marketing hyperbole and casts his critical eye over the latest technological innovations to find out which products make the grade and which don't.
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Back in September of last year I wrote a piece about how the Windows Ultimate Extras window from the RTM version of Windows Vista differed from the pre-release SP1 code that was floating about at the time. Is Microsoft going to do right by Windows Vista Ultimate customers and start handing over the goodies or not? Looking at SP1, it seems that Windows Ultimate Extras as good as dead.
People are very anxious to know whether Windows Vista SP1 brings with it any noticeable performance gains when carrying out day to day tasks. My preliminary results seem to indicate that SP1 offers measurable benefits when carrying out a variety of tasks.
On Monday the 4th of February Microsoft announced that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 had been released to manufacturing. Although the code has been finalized, Windows Vista users won't start to get their hands for a few weeks. I've been fortunate to be sent the SP1 installer files, along with a complete copy of Vista with SP1 integrated into it. It's time to fire up a test system and see what happens.
Is the $1,300 solid state drive (SSD) for the MacBook Air worth the money? Doesn't seem so. Sure, there are some gains, but you have to look hard to find them.
Let's say there was a compelling product on sale that interested you. Maybe it's a games console, or maybe it's a player of some kind. Or it could even be a service such as iTunes or Audible. Let's say that you really wanted what this product or service had to offer but in your research you discover baked-in DRM of one kind or another. You want the product or service but you're aware that there's DRM involved that could be a problem in the future.
OK, I just can't resist linking to CNET's list of bombproof gadgets. What's the most indestructible gadget that you've owned (or still own)?
Interesting email in today mailbag: "Will SP1 contain undisclosed or undocumented security fixes?" Let's find out ...
So, yesterday Microsoft announced that SP1 for Vista had gone RTM. This means that the first service pack for Windows Vista has been finalized and this is what we'll have to live with until we see SP2. I've been plowing through the masses of SP1 related documentation to come out of Redmond and come up with a shortlist of reasons why I'll be applying SP1 as soon as I get my hands on the code.
The Apple website has just winked back into existance and on it is the new 16GB iPhone.