Users had been anticipating Microsoft's dashboard update for some weeks. It was the update that bought 1080p support to the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, it bought something else to some users - a totally bricked console.
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.
Intel Macs have been good for Apple.
When former arch enemies Microsoft and Novell come together to collaborate over a Linux project, you just know that it's time to break out the tinfoil hats out because people are going to read all sorts into this.
Good news for hardware enthusiasts who are going to be using Windows Vista. Microsoft has caved-in to pressure and changed the license terms.
Windows Vista brings with it a new era of DRM and restrictive license agreements that aren't going to sit well with even your basic power user (let alone the uber power users that regularly read this and other blogs at ZDNet!) and some are looking for an escape route. These changes are making some users question their commitment to Microsoft. The obvious step is to make the leap to Linux.
A 20% cut in the number of PlayStation 3 games consoles available for the Japanese launch is a sure sign that Sony is going to have huge problems keeping up with demand. According to Japanese newspaper Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, Sony is going to be 20,000 PS3 short at the launch. Sony had expected to have 100,000 consoles available by 11 November, but if this report is correct then this is now down to 80,000.
On All About Microsoft, my blogging colleague Mary Jo Foley has come across an interesting tidbit in the Volume Activation 2.0 FAQ that demonstrates just how much Microsoft's changes to the Windows Vista EULA will affect hardware enthusiasts.
Poll of the Day - Have you ever bypassed any form of copy protection mechanism?
Is Firefox 2.0 a dud? Are users better avoiding it and waiting until a future build? Are too many of the new features buggy and incomplete and is the browser overall more unstable that previous versions? What about Firefox on Vista?
Here's a scary Halloween thought - Upgrading to Windows Vista could see upgrade enthusiasts having to purchase additional licenses.I'm still trying to find out how tolerant or intolerant product activation for Windows Vista is going to be, and to be honest, I don't really feel like I'm getting anywhere.