Friday, September 16, 2005

New broadband legislation proposed by congress

IE, Firefox, & Exploits

In a very good post here, George Ou, of ZDNet.com, looks at the number of vulnerabilities over the fast 6 months for both Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer, and gives us unbelievable stats.

Which browser had more exploits over the past six months? His answer will surprise you.

Good article.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Cowtown, USA

What is is about the Suckramento Pro teams?

First the 'Queens' had a major league meltdown one year, jake'd the next year, and performed the second greatest tank job in NBA history another year.

Now the Cowtown WNBA team could not bring it home as well.

The sickest thing is listening to local Sports Talk radio, and having callers tag the GM of the teams as a 'brilliant man.'.

What??? Are you fu*king kidding me? In what book?

Don't get me started on clowns tooling around in their rigs wearing Loser gear and sporting 'Queens' stickers.

Sick, sick, sick!!!

I really miss SoCal!

Microsoft to buy 50% of AOL (II)

My membership in The Hive makes me privy to some very important POVs re issues of the day. I truly appreciate my membership.

In response to my post on this subject, there was the concern about the source of the report, and the fallout, if any, to MSFT shareholders. My reply follows:

"Microsoft shareholders would not be upset because it would almost certainly be an outright cash purchase, without any new issuance of shares.

You're right about the 50% figure. However, you are making the assumption that the bureaucrats/Eurocrats in the government departments involved would see it as that.

They are going to see MSFT, and AOL, and start filing lawsuits.

They might have a case as you, I, and the general public would see Microsoft, while being only a 50-50 partner, as having operational control.

It is this operational control that might bother them, despite the fact that AOL has been losing customers to broadband for the past few years.

A Microsoft purchase would save AOL, stanch the current bleeding, and, coupled with the recent flood of innovations coming out of the MSN team, actually reverse the flow.

Also the combo would be formidable in terms of setting web standards; which might be another concern, especially to the playa’ haters. And such a team would be a Playa', with a Capital 'P'.

For Time Warner, the sale would let it escape the scorn it has been getting since the start of the AOL-Time Warner merger debacle. It would also receive some cash to mollify shareholders, and be able to tell Carl Ichan that there are moves afoot to enhance shareholder value without the sale/IPO of Time Warner Cable.

It looks to be a win-win situation if the governmental review agencies don’t meddle."

Microsoft to buy 50% of AOL

According to the New York Post, citing two unnamed sources close to the talks, Microsoft is in 'advanced negotiations’ with Time Warner, the parent company of AOL to purchase an equal share of the company.

This would probably be Microsoft's largest purchase to date, as analysts speculate the valuation of AOL as being in the $10b to $20b USD range.

In the battle for eyeballs, it would seem to be a very good fit, as the number of MSN (+AOL) members would more than double immediately.

However, IMO, this is fraught with potential problems, the two foremost being

1) The antitrust department of the DOJ, and of course, the morons at the EU Office of Competition. Would it be only the North American unit?

2) The baggage associated with AOL. A-O-Hell, anyone?

The story can be found here, free registration required.

Dell drops Itanic

This should come as no surprise to anyone.

Round Rock did not want the Itanium in the first place and came up with so-so systems based on the chip.

Why this decision to drop the Itanium, aka Itanic, is newsworthy beats me.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Google launching blog search

UPDATE: Court allows Kai-Fu Lee to work for Google: Sort Of!

Adding injury to insult, Microsoft has offered to settle the case if Lee is barred from the injuncted (my word) jobs until the end of his employment contract, sometime next summer.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

UPDATE: Court allows Kai-Fu Lee to work for Google

With details in, it seems that the injunction lifted for Kai-fu Lee, does indeed gag him!

He is barred from talk, speech, and other areas he worked at at Microsoft.

Court allows Kai-Fu Lee to work for GOOG

In a Washington court today, Microsoft lost an injunction barring Kai-Fu Lee from working for Google until either the resolution of a trial to be held next year, or the results of a counterclaim by Google in a California court.

Also, the judge ruled that Lee could continue recruiting for GOOG as that wasn’t a violation of his employment contract.

Microsoft Gadgets

In the Konfabulator style, comes Gadgets, from Microsoft.

While, IMO, Konfabulator's widgets are cool, the inclusion of an API for gadgets, widgets, whatever, into the underlying OS allows for an even richer experience than before.

Coupled with the embedding of RSS into Vista, can you see this revolutionary evolution?


I always wanted to use a line like that.

Microsoft MAX

Microsoft codename MAX is a new tool from MSFT

This is a new photo-cataloging and sharing product from Microsoft that takes advantage of WinFX.

It is awesome and fast!

It also features dynamic thumbnails, very very cool

Monday, September 12, 2005

Power outage at PDC05

A utility worker made a wrong connection and caused a power outage that affected much of Los Angeles, including downtown LA, where the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference 2005 (PDC05) is being held.

Very comical, almost hearkens to the Wily E Coyote's ACME toolkit!

EBay purchases Skype II

Turns out that the total cost for Skpye for EBay could rise to $4.1b USD over the next few years if performance targets are met.

Double WOW!

The horse's ass resigns

Praise the Lord!

That idiot, Brownie, the former Judges & Stewards commissioner for the International Arabian Horses Assoc, resigned today as head of FEMA, saying it was in the best interest of the agency (FEMA), and the President.

You think?

If this guy had any sense, he would have resigned the day after Hurricane Katrina hit, and the President started taking flak.

If the President is to blame for Brownie, it is for his loyalty to Brownie. Loyalty to a schmuck who turns out to be the south end of a northbound Arabian horse!

IANAL, but I keep wondering if there is any way this doofus can be sued, or be personally liable for his incompetence.

Come to find out that I am not alone in this view.

EBay purchases Skype for $2.6b

EBay has announced that the rumors are true: it has agreed to purchase Skype Technologies for $2.6b USD in cash and stock.

I hope most of the purchase is in stock!

Oracle to purchase Siebel

Oracle today announced the purchase of Siebel for $5.85b USD.

A former high-flyer, Siebel had fallen on hard times over the past few years and seen its stock tumble.

The deal marks a return to the fold for Tom Siebel, the company's eponymous founder, who was once at Oracle.

With this purchase, Oracle has virtually purchased all of its US-based competition in it's forthcoming battle with SAP AG of Germany, and Microsoft.

As I blogged here, Chuck Phillips, is making his expertise known.

This is two in a row for current Siebel CEO, George Shaheen, who, from his time as CEO of Anderson Consulting, now known as Accenture, resigned to become CEO of (in)famous internet grocer, Webvan

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Dismal 2005 Formula-1 Season

Has this been a dismal Formula-1 season for me or what?

Now add BAR’s Takuma Sato to the list of things pissing me off about this season.

This Sato pendejo, ran into Schumi’s car from behind in today’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The management of BAR must have really schneidered the Formula-1 judges because the punishment for the transgression, dropping down 10 places, is NOT enough!

The Scobleizer hints at great things to come at PDC05

Robert Scoble, both in his Scobleizer blog, and on Channel 9, has me titillated about the new stuff to be announced at PDC05.

I am waiting to be enthralled!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

MSN becomes a platform

Microsoft's MSN division will reportedly be opening up a number of API's in its bid to become the Place in cyberspace.While details have not been divulged yet, some facts about the matter can be found on Dare Obasanjo’s blog.

If this is true, and there isn’t any doubt that the APIs would be opened up, I wonder what GOOG must think of this development.

While Google may have the eyeballs now, the potential to monetize the MSN APIs is a great magnet for a lot of companies/developers out there.

Dare Obasanjo developed the RSS Bandit feed aggregator.

iPod nano II

Come to hear that Creative has had a product called the Zen Nano since April of this year.

If true, I would have to agree with a very appropriate word in the first report I saw of this from that wonderful gadget site, engadget.com: cruel.

I really would be more that a tad bit cruel, it would be downright deadly cruel, coming on the hills of the UI patent grant to Creative.

Where are iPod fanboys and their rants about innovation.

Can you say "copy"?

Creative can!

Windows Vista SKUs?

Paul Thurrott has an article on the Windows Vista SKUs and their descriptions ahead of a formal announcement by Microsoft at next week's PDC.

The versions are:
  • Windows Vista Starter Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Basic Edition
  • Windows Vista Home Premium Edition
  • Windows Vista Professional Edition
  • Windows Vista Small Business Edition
  • Windows Vista Enterprise Edition
  • Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

Further information on these SKUs can be found at the link above.

Tune in as this story develops.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Load WinXP on a 256MB USB drive

From Alice Hill's RealTechNews.com, is this article about setting up an instance of Windows XP on a USB drive.

There is news, and there is NEWS.

This is NEWS.

It allows me to go around on my t-shooting trips - granted, I never really do any of those any more - with another weapon in the toolkit.

I will definitely use it.

I will not be breaking my Windows XP EULA: I have a Microsoft Action Pack subscription allowing me this license.

Thanks, Alice.

For IT professionals, the Microsoft Action Pack, TechNet or MSDN subscriptions are the best values on Terra. Period!

Disarming NOLA

While it is the right thing to do, IANAL, but it sort of feels like it infringes on the gun owners constitutional rights.

PalmSource: Going...Going...Gone! II

On a more important note, I wish I had seen this coming: stock was up $7.82 or 78% in one trading day!

I would have cleaned up!

'Patch Tuesday' cancelled

Microsoft has cancelled the coming Patch Tuesday due to a 'quality problem'.

Thanks, guys!

It is proactive ways like this that restores the public's trust in you.

Not to talk about those of us who have to support others.

Horse-trainer recalled to staging point.

Brownie, aka Michael Brown, of FEMA infamy, has been recalled to the starting line in D.C.

Am I alone in praying that this just a step before he is sent back to the stables where he belongs?

What a moron.

I cannot count how may ways this punk has done a disservice to the President.

And this idiot did not have the brass to fall on his sword and resign, thereby revealing to the world that he, not the president, was to blame for the morass in NOLA.

Bastard!

A$$hole!!!

EU mulls .kid domain!

.kid domain for child security?

Are these guys kiddin’?

Won’t nefarious miscreants flock there?

When I first read this, I had to do a double-take to see it wasn't a joke or sarcasm.

Eurocrats!!!

Motorcycle airbag

To protect you from a full frontal impact.

The bag deploys from somewhere between the handlebars.....

???

And this helps you... how?

New Sony Walkman

These Walkman devices, I presume, are the very best Sony can come up with?

Looking at their VAIO devices, their defunct Clié PDAs, their former portable music players, and now, this, makes me very, very sorry for them as a company.

They seem to have been smitten with the IBM-style penchant for incompatible devices based on what they saw as the premium-ness of their brand.

Oh yeah?

Whoever green-lighted this brain-dead contraption should commit hara-kiri 腹切り immediately to save face for not only the company, but his/her own honor.

Sheez!

They are also exhibiting the classic symptoms of an entrenched company looking back at past glories. As a result they think that there is such a premium vested in the Sony and or Walkman brand that they can come up with such shit as an incompatible music format for their portable players and the Mini-Disc. (The Mini-Disc is an apropos example of a ‘what if we gave a party, and no one came’ type of device!)

These new devices do not support WMA; as such still limited to Sony’s music store.

Nowadays, no one gives a fuck about the Sony brand.

Time may prove me wrong, but I doubt it would be this WalkMan.

Listed Up!

The Walkman era is so over!

What a bunch of MYOPIANS!

PalmSource: Going...Going...Gone!

PalmSource is being sold to Japanese firm, Access in a cash-only deal.

Wow!

After the name reversion by the hardware component from PalmOne to Palm, and the likely decision by that company to utilize Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 as the underlying OS, there just did not seem to be any use for PalmSource.

Also, the move to Linux has yet to pay off.

However, Access will allow the company’s products to live on, in the NTT-DoCoMo products utilizing the NetFront line it produces.

JD D's Birthday

Today is my friend JD's birthday.

No, I won't say how old she is! (old!)

I wish the lady happy birthday.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Skype -> Ebay?

First it was Yahoo! & Skype for $1billion USD.

($1b being the 'absolute minimum' one of Skype's VCs allegedly wants.)

Then it was Fox buying Skype for anywhere from $3b to $9b.

Now, the WSJ is reporting that Ebay is in talks to purchase Skype for $2-$3b. (The NY Post says that the bandied-around price is $5b.

Keep in mind that the revenues of Skype is...what? Circa $8 - $12 million USD.

And POTS, the incumbent telcos, have nothing stopping them from bundling VOIP services into their current offerings. Nothing at all.

These POTS are the Grand Masters of Hardball. And they have been at it for over a century.

When MSFT wanted to play in their court, it asked for permission. Believe that! Microsoft asked to be invited to the dance. These guys are not called incumbent monopolies as an affectation.

Telcos are moving into the holy grail of Triple Play, and do you think they will allow Skype to dictate what goes on?

If you are already buying the broadband line from them, you might as well use their VOIP service. It is just that simple!

The pundits hyping Skype keep talking about their IM lists. Phooey! With looming interoperability between virtually all IM clients, that advantage evaporates. Immediately!

I do not know what Ebay purportedly sees in Skype, to justify a purchase. But then, if I did, I would not be writing this blog. I would have made my billion$ and retired, hedonistically, to an island in the South Pacific.

Aylwin Lewis is new CEO of Sears

You go, Bro'!

Northrop to use A330

Northrop’s decision to use the Airbus A330 to compete with Boeing 767 for next-generation air tankers is a big sellout.

And an insult to all Americans.

When the Eurocrats wanted to build their own aircraft, they did not ask for a flyaway contest with any US product

Now Northrop wants to use the A330 because it will be built in Mobile, Alabama?

What a bunch of gnats.

I’m pissed at the DOD for even considering such a flyaway.

The DOD should have selected a Boeing airframe and asked the companies to contest the modification of said airframe. Or, asked the contestants to choose from an airframe in US inventory.

Let’s stay American, folks. It IS the right thing!

Google hires Vinton Cerf

The ‘Father of the Internet’ has a new gig.

Good for him!

DOJ sues NAR

The US Department of Justice sued the National Association of realtors after three, yes, three fruitless years of negotiations over restrictions placed on listings by (mostly) internet-based realtors.

In order to preserve their traditional 6% vig on each and every sale, the NAR had amended its listing rules to allow realtors to deny listings in an ad hoc fashion; locking out emerging discount brokers.

With the rise in home prices over the past few, these guys have actually raised the cost of home purchases without doing any more work.

With the arrogance of the entrenched, and, as we would find in the future, hubris, the NAR decided to diddle the DOJ along, forgetting that the DOJ IS the government. And can change the rules of play at any time.

Maybe they should have called MSFT to ask how not to piss the DOJ off.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

iPod nano

Hot and cold. Hit and miss.

nano and ROKR

In another excellent example of stealth marketing, Apple introduced the iPod nano under the guise of the introduction of the iTunes phone, the Motorola ROKR.

Feel free to pencil me down as one who would not be seen with the abortion called the ROKR.

But the nano! Man, this product is sweeeeet! An excellent example of brand extension.

But would I shell out the kash? No!

I already possess – with wifey – an iPod 20G, and two iPod shuffles, and I just won a Creative Zen Micro from The Hive, not to talk about the IPAQ and Axim 50.

Plus, it is sold at Wal-Mart!

Where is the snob appeal?

I have to use other earphones to differentiate.

My earlier post has some of my feelings on the ROKR

iTunes Phone

Is that all?

This is what the cognoscenti have been waiting for?

The Moto ROKR

100-song limit?

This is it?

Wow!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

The Captain (re)joins the Lakers

The Captain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has rejoined the Lakers as a coach, focussing on helping their young big men reach their potentials.

About time!

The 'Sky Hook' will be back.

Hopefully, this will make the 'big kazaam' in South Florida shut the fuck up!

Welcome back, Cap'n.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Microsoft's 'lost' royalties

Sometimes, MSFT takes the 'honor' principle too far.

Shocks me to learn that Microsoft's nearly 280 worldwide OEM distributors purchase software and only pay for them when sold to builders!

What???

In an article on CRN, Microsoft is changing the system to pay-as-you-go for better accounting.

Well, please do so and quick! Then lower the price of CALs.

Hurricane Katrina's Aftermath


Wired.com
has an article on Katrina, titled 'They knew What To Expect', that just boggles the mind.


It also indicts the authorities, both local and Federal, for their ineptitude.

I hope this stops all the people from excoriating the President unfairly: all the reports he must have gotten, from the people on the ground, no less, said everything was OK.

Google print ads

John Battelle's Searchblog has an insightful article on Google's new print ad initiative.

The moral is, if you ever want handholding, be prepared to pay for it.

John Battelle was a founder of the Industry Standard magazine.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Mass. Govt moves to OpenDocument II

Joe Wilcox of JupiterMedia has an analysis of the news on this topic.

Microsoft to embed UNIX tools in R2, Longhorn Server

Another one of those decisions that should have been made a while back, probably as an optional install on the Server discs.

Hate to say it, but, 'about time'!


Mass. Govt moves to OpenDocument

The mind boggles.

Talk about drinking the Koolaid!

I want to see how this bonehead move plays out.

Katrina Catastrophe

How come there wasn't a strategic plan for Katrina?

On the federal level.

And, as a victim of Hurricane Ivan, I wonder why the federal response is always in hindsight?