Monthly Archives: July 2001

The Code Red Scare

ZDNet: ‘Code Red': What went wrong? The Internet was lucky this time, as this particular Code Red program squandered its advantage and left itself vulnerable to security measures. That will not always be the case, said Vern Paxson, staff computer … Continue reading

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Freedom from Microsoft: Mac OS X

It didn’t take me long in Mac OS 9.1 to run into stability problems on my new Mac iBook, needless to say. So I’ve been running Mac OS Xthrough the paces. After using it for several days, I can verify … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Pretense of Openness

Wall Street Journal: Microsoft wants MSN icons on some PCs. The requirement seems to run contrary to the Redmond, Wash., company’s move two weeks ago to give computer makers more flexibility in configuring their Windows XP screens. Not even the … Continue reading

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Why the DMCA Will Harm Security

The Privacy Foundation’s Richard Smith has written an excellent explainer on why the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a bigger threat to security than most people realize. Clearly, Congress had no clue when it passed this dangerous law. Comments

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End of Online Shopping’s First Era

I can’t remember precisely when I first tried shopping online. My initial reaction was that this was going to be a useful addition to the customer experience. Even as the technology implosion continues, there are still some excellent reasons to … Continue reading

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The IPO Scandals

My thoughtful colleague Scott Herhold is a skeptic about the idea that there was anything seriously wrong when investment banks got fees that were much higher than normal after allocating hot technology IPO stocks to investors willing to pay those … Continue reading

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Freedom from Microsoft — iBook Arrives

I ordered an Apple iBook in June from the Apple Store Web site, which told me it would arrive in 15 days. I checked the order status on the 15th day and learned it was “being assembled.” A phone call … Continue reading

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The Irony Zone

Craig Burton finds it ironic that I installed Virtual PC on my new Mac. “Virtual PC is a cool product as it lets you run Windows on your Mac,” he says. “Here is the irony. It comes with Windows. To … Continue reading

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Steve Ballmer’s Hilarious Hypocrisy

SiliconValley.com: Microsoft says it doesn’t expect objections to delay Windows XP. Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer accused America Online of “limiting the marketplace” by insisting that computer manufacturers delete new Microsoft Internet features from its Windows XP operating system. So … Continue reading

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Mono May be Sucker’s Bait

Nick Petreley: Microsoft’s Bait and Switch. I believe that Miguel de Icaza’s enthusiasm for porting the Microsoft .NET development environment to open source as a project called Mono to be naive and potentially dangerous to the open-source movement. Comments

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