Yesterday the media and the blogosphere engaged in a bout of collective hyerventilation over Microsoft offering free software in exchange for being able to snoop on users for three months. While this offer is now gone (according to Microsoft they have all the participants needed), it does raise an interesting question - Would you let Microsoft snoop on your computer usage in exchange for free software?
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.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.
Yesterday Microsoft released the first service pack for the Office 2007 suite. I've installed it on a few systems and everything seems OK ... so far.
Despite what some websites are reporting, the RIAA is NOT saying that ripping CDs into MP3s is illegal.
Here's the Hardware 2.0 list of the most disappointing products of 2007 - the products that weren't released; they escaped!
Over the weekend a few regulars sent me a link to an article on DesktopLinux.com which looked at the effect that cheap Linux-powered desktop PCs would have on Microsoft. Should Microsoft fear the cheap PC revolution? Personally, I don't think so.
When people ask me about the tech highlights of 2007, two products stand out from the crowd - Nintendo's Wii games console and Apple's iPhone. Both these products have enjoyed stratospheric levels of hype which has resulted in very strong demand, but which product was the biggest hit of 2007?
I'd not given Amazon's Kindle ebook reader much chance of succeeding given the stratospheric price tag combined with DRM, but then I started reading the customer reviews for it and just realized that the Kindle has already amassed quite a considerable cult following, and this could be crucial to its success.
The idea that Macs and the Mac OS would somehow remain invisible to hackers despite enjoying huge influx of new users was just too good to be true.
The volume of spam hitting inboxes doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, and this is making it increasingly difficult to sort out genuine email from all the junk spam. With this in mind, what are your plans for 2008?
Hollywood director Michael Bay is pointing the finger of blame at Microsoft for the HD DVD/Blu-ray disc format war and claims that the Redmond giant is attempting to kill off both formats in order to get people downloading movies instead.