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.
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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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.
With the Vista launch now only a few months away I can't help but think back to the Windows 95 launch. It might be my memory playing tricks on me but things were a lot different back then. Microsoft played the media like a concert violinist and it paid off handsomely. I guess they didn't have bloggers to deal with. Over a decade later and Microsoft is making a total mess of the Vista launch and the company is stumbling from one crisis to another.
Silicon Graphics Inc has emerged from bankruptcy protection and has slapped graphics chip vendor ATI with a patent infringement lawsuit.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is predicting that we're going to spend a whopping $21 billion over the holiday season this year, up 21% from a miserly $17 billion last year. That includes the whole works - tree, plastic snowman on the roof, mountain of food and, of course, gifts.
Intel has just made a few half-hearted price cuts to their CPU range. Mostly these cuts affect the Celeron D lines. Why are the cuts half-hearted? Because Intel doesn't really have much in the way of serious competition from AMD right now.