Friday, June 29, 2007

Stupid virus email

A fake email, purporting to be sent by Microsoft is making the rounds asking The Gullibles to click on a link, download, and install a patch.

Unfortunately, some users are just that easy.

Text follows. (I have removed the link, and highlighted the spelling errors these yum-yums made in the spoof.)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Microsoft" <update@microsoft.com>
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 12:06 AM
Subject: Read Me Now !!!

Hello! Hackers discovered new bugs on Windows XP versions. Now, your computer is very vulnerable to this attacks,
 
that`s why Microsoft Corporation relased a new patch to protect your sistem!
 
If you do not install this patch, the hackers can attack your computer, break into your sistem and steal passwords
 
or secret informations. In USA over 11,000,000 computers were attacked! Those computers didn`t have installed
 
protection patch!
 
Please download the patch and install it on your computer now!
 
DOWNLOAD PATCH: => 
http://www.xxxxx.net/patch.exe
 
* * DO NOT IGNORE THIS MESSAGE * *
 
Thank you!

English must NOT be their primary language, judging from the grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors.

Funny enough, I cannot seem to find an email address for Microsoft Security that I can sent the entire text, and link in the message to.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Windows Vista Family Discount Program ends soon

2007-06-30 23.59.59

That is when the incredibly generous Windows Vista Family discount program goes bye-bye.

Nick White is reminding us, via the Windows Vista Team Blog, that the sunset clause inserted into this offer is set to expire oat 11.59 PM Pacific on June 30, 2007.

I cannot exhort you with any more vigor about taking advantage of this offer; all my friends and relatives with multiple home systems already have!

Go ahead, do it!

The sands are fallings......

$999 HP Tablet PC

Office Depot is blowing out the (AMD Turion-based) HP tx1100 Tablet PC for $999 after a $200 mail-in rebate.

Not a typo, $999!!!

This is the same Windows Vista capable Tablet PC that I reviewed here.

Sweet!

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iPhone rate plans

Looks good, until you check the fine print.

No MMS, no video mail, no this, no that, just a plethora of restrictions!

As they say, the devil, it be in the details!

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Books I am going to read

My brother Greg was in Lagos and sent me some books from my past to read:

  • Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, 1958
  • The Passport of Mallam Ilia, by Cyprian Ekwensi, 1960
  • The African Child, by Camara Laye, 1954, translated from French – L’Enfant Noir
  • Weep Not, Child, by Ngugi Wa Thiong’O, 1964
  • One Week, One Trouble, by Anezi Okoro, 1972
  • The Incorruptible Judge, by D. Olu Olagoke, 1962
  • Efuru, by Flora Nwapa, 1966
  • The Gods are not to blame, by Ola Rotimi, 1968
  • The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, by Ayi Kwei Armah, 1968
  • Mission to Kala, by Mongo Beti, 1958, translated from French – Mission Terminée
  • A Geography of the World*, by Goh Cheng Leong
  • Certificate Physical & Human Geography*, by Goh Cheng Leong
  • Echoes of Hard Times and Other Plays, by Felicia Onyewadume, 1996. (This one is new to me)

Mad props, Greg.

Thanks.

* Textbooks

Paul Thurrott on Mark's surgery

In an article here, Paul talks about his son Mark's surgery.

As a father, I cannot even begin to think of what he must have been going through.

How brave, and helpful are both Paul and Mark.

Brave enough to go through it, and helpful enough to inform the world about it, reducing the anxiety of others about to undergo the same procedure, or those who might have fears about the same.

God bless Paul and his family.

PS. I met Paul at WinHEC in May, and, apart from being a BoSox fan like most 'Chouds, he seems OK.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Windows Vista Hardware Assessment

As you test Windows Vista™ with a view to developing an able a migration plan from Windows XP, Windows Vista Hardware Assessment is a tool you should, without a doubt, use to take a census of the hardware in your inventory.

This tool, with a public release of Version 1.0, and a public beta of Version 2.0 available, is an agent-less hardware assessor that very quickly scans your systems and delivers an incredibly detailed report of the state of your hardware, its ability to run Windows Vista™, and, surprise, surprise, the ability of the same hardware to run Microsoft Office.

At Logikworx, leading up to the release of Windows Vista™, we developed a forms-based template for the hardware survey of our clients systems, managed or unmanaged.

Since we had established a baseline for hardware capabilities that would enable the full Windows Vista™ experience, we wanted to find out what each client company required in order to deliver it to them.

If only the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment had been available at that time.

I had only given the Windows Vista Hardware Assessment a cursory look in Version 1.0 as all I wanted to see if the results from an official Microsoft assessment tool validated our baselines for delivering the full Windows Vista™ experience to our clients.

However, the release of the beta of Version 2.0 so soon after the release of version 1.0 prompted me to try out the new version, starting with our own systems. The results have left me impressed, especially with the phenomenal range of data returned to the administrator.

Read on at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

Vista, Vista, Vista

Windows Vista™ vs The Borg

"Star Trek Lost Episodes" transcript:

"Mr. LaForge, have you had any success with your attempts at finding a weakness in the Borg and Mr. Data, have you been able to access their command pathways?"

"Yes, Captain. In fact, we found the answer by searching through our archives on late Twentieth-century computing technology."

"What the hell is 'Windows'?"

"Allow me to explain. We will send this program, for some reason called 'Vista', through the Borg command pathways. Once inside their root command unit, it will begin consuming system resources at an unstoppable rate."

"But the Borg have the ability to adapt. Won't they alter their processing systems to increase their storage capacity?"

"Yes, Captain. But when 'Vista' detects this, it creates a new version of itself known as a 'Patch'. The use of resources increases exponentially with each iteration. The Borg will not be able to adapt quickly enough. Eventually all of their processing ability will be taken over and none will be available for their normal operational functions."

"Excellent work. This is even better than that 'unsolvable geometric shape' idea."

.. . .6 Hours and 15 Minutes Later . . .

"Captain, We have successfully installed the 'Vista' in the command unit and as expected it immediately consumed 85% of all resources. We however have not received any confirmation of the expected 'Patch'."

"Data see if there is anything we can do to increase the use of this 'Vista' by the Borg"

"Captain I have already done so and placed a direct link for the Borg to a program called 'InkBall' found within 'Vista' and sensors are reporting Borg CPU use is reaching a maximum."

Data: "Our scanners have picked up an increase in Borg storage and CPU capacity to compensate, but we still have no indication of an 'Patch' to compensate for their increase."

"Data, scan the history banks again and determine if there is something we have missed."

"Sir, I believe there is a reason for the failure in the 'Patch' Apparently the Borg have circumvented that part of the plan by not going through an 'Activation'.

"Captain we have no choice. Requesting permission to begin emergency escape sequence 3F . . ."

"Wait, Captain I just detected their 'Vista' is not running at full capacity!"

"Data, what do your scanners show?"

"Apparently 'Vista' has a kill switch to send itself into a reduced mode and is no longer allowing the Borg to access to 'Inkball' or other 'Vista' features."

"Is there anything we can do, Data, about this 'Activation'?"

"No, Captain. According to the documentation all copies of 'Vista' must be activated so unless the Borg complete the process I do not think there is."

"Wait Captain there is a change, as expected the Borg have adapted and it appears they have used a Twentieth-century 'hack' to bypass Activation and 'Reduced Functionality' and are once again running 'Vista' and 'Inkball'. This has increased CPU and storage demands, but each time they successfully increase resources 'Vista' appears to make use of it with useless services and advanced graphical displays.

"How much time will that buy us?"

"Current Borg solution rates allow me to predict an interest time span of 6 more hours."

"Captain, another vessel has entered our sector."

"Identify."

"It appears to have markings very similar to the 'Microsoft' logo."

"THIS IS ADMIRAL BILL GATES OF THE MICROSOFT FLAGSHIP 'MONOPOLY'. WE HAVE POSITIVE CONFIRMATION OF UNREGISTERED SOFTWARE IN THIS SECTOR. SURRENDER ALL ASSETS AND WE CAN AVOID ANY TROUBLE. YOU HAVE 10 SECONDS."

"The alien ship has just opened its forward hatches and released thousands of humanoid shaped objects."

"Magnify forward viewer on the alien craft."

"Good God, Captain! Those are humans floating straight toward the Borg ship with no life support suits! How can they survive the tortures of deep space?!"

"I don't believe that those are humans, sir. If you will look closer I believe you will see that they are carrying something recognized by Twenty-first Century man as doe-skin leather briefcases, and they are wearing Armani suits."

"Lawyers!!"

"It can't be. All the Lawyers were rounded up and sent hurtling into the sun in 2017 during the Great Awakening."

"True, but apparently some must have survived."

"They have surrounded the Borg ship and are covering it with all types of papers."

"I believe that is known in ancient vernacular as a 'law suit'. It often proves fatal."

"They're tearing the Borg to pieces!"

"Turn off the monitors. I can't stand to watch, not even the Borg deserve that. "

From The Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist blog.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Microsoft 'Surface'

More than a pretty face.

Original link from Robert McLaws.

A 6-month Windows Vista Vulnerability Report

On April 30, Jeff Jones, a director in the security group at Microsoft released his Windows Vista™ 90-day Vulnerability Report, which thankfully, reduced the number of uninformed statements about the inherent lack of security in Microsoft products in general, and Windows Vista™ in particular.

Well, Jeff just cannot leave well enough alone!

In a post today, he has delivered another juicy report, a 6-Month Vulnerability Report on Windows Vista™.

Results: actually better, showing the Microsoft Windows Vista™ not only had fewer high severity vulns, but also that Microsoft fixed those vulns more rapidly than OS competitors.

Nice.

His full report, in PDF, is here.

Get aboard the Windows Vista™ train and move up to a more secure level of computing.

Apprise us of your successes here or email me at John.Obeto@AbsoluteVista.com

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

How to disqualify American workers

...in order to hire lower-paid, subliminally-indentured foreign workers.

This video crystallizes what I have long suspected: the some employers were subverting the H-1B process to the detriment of American workers.

This is a shame!

IANAL, however it seems to me that the criminality of these conspiracies are very evident.

If the subversion of the is true, and this video no doubt proves it, then, at the very least, there should be criminal proceedings brought against not just the developers and purveyors of schemes aimed at performing this injustice, but also hold their clients, the very companies that scream out continually for H-1B visas liable for prosecution as well, with jail sentences for the convicted.

For goodness sakes, there are lots of eminently qualified American citizens who have been denied jobs just so a company can pad it's earnings reports!

The 'nads on these people is unreal!

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AMD vs Intel

The case for Smarter Choice

Over the past couple of years, starting with a blog post I made back in June of 2005 titled AMD sues Intel, I have followed the proceedings with a jaundiced eye.

Over the last year, especially as AMD seemed to slip in the marketplace, the network effects of Intel's monopoly position have become more apparent to all.

The extent of the illegalities of those network effects are up to a (US) Federal court and perhaps competition authorities in Europe and South Korea who are currently investigating the legality of Intel's business practices to decide. There is almost no doubt that Intel's behavior would be declared illegal, for example, in 2005 the Japan Fair Trade Commission ruled that Intel did indeed engage in illegal business practices that violated Japan's Antimonopoly Act, harming Japanese consumers.

Continuing their policy of open communications with the online community, AMD Executive Vice-President, Legal Affairs, and Chief Administrative Officer Tom McCoy spoke to several members of the online and blogging communities on June 12, 2007, about the state of the now nearly 2-year old antitrust lawsuit.

What the lawsuit is about is basically, choice.

Choice for the consumer, choice for OEMs, choice for the enterprise.

The exact magnitude of Intel's transgressions have not been made public, and unfortunately, Tom McCoy, as a member of the executive team at AMD, could not enlighten us further, since the discovery documents are under a protective (judicial) seal.

A summary of the original complaint find the following accusations:

  • forcing major customers such as Dell, Sony, Toshiba, Gateway, and Hitachi into Intel-exclusive deals in return for outright cash payments, discriminatory pricing or marketing subsidies conditioned on the exclusion of AMD;
  • forcing other major customers such as NEC, Acer, and Fujitsu into partial exclusivity agreements by conditioning rebates, allowances and market development funds (MDF) on customers' agreement to severely limit or forego entirely purchases from AMD;
  • establishing a system of discriminatory, retroactive, first-dollar rebates triggered by purchases at such high levels as to have the intended effect of denying customers the freedom to purchase any significant volume of processors from AMD;
  • threatening retaliation against customers for introducing AMD computer platforms, particularly in strategic market segments such as commercial desktop;
  • establishing and enforcing quotas among key retailers such as Best Buy and Circuit City, effectively requiring them to stock overwhelmingly or exclusively, Intel computers, artificially limiting consumer choice;
  • forcing PC makers and tech partners to boycott AMD product launches or promotions;
  • and abusing its market power by forcing on the industry technical standards and products which have as their main purpose the handicapping of AMD in the marketplace.

Just how nasty is this behavior?

Can you imagine if either Microsoft, in operating systems and applications, Google in search, or Boeing in aircraft pulls this kind of nonsense?

Let us go through each point in that summary:

  1. Cash payments. While not illegal per se, non-disclosure of those same monies should be. In fact, Dell, if I remember correctly, is the subject of a shareholder lawsuit alleging that the company (Dell) for years used the cash payments from Intel to prop up profits, up to the tune of about $1 billion US per year.
  2. Exclusivity agreements. The exclusivity covenants in those contracts require the companies involved to deal which Intel to the exclusion of other CPU manufacturers.
  3. Channel stuffing. Another form of exclusion, this insidious behavior makes sure that the vendor's warehouses are always full, of Intel products, thereby disallowing the purchase of product from other CPU manufacturers.
  4. Threats. This is an especially odious allegation. In jurisdictions where antitrust authorities and/or AMD prevailed, it was proven that Intel would threaten to either stop or slow product deliveries, cancel POs among others, in order to get vendors to toe the line.
  5. Quotas. Can you imagine being told what percentage of products to carry? That, essentially is what this illegal behavior is.

    For example, a retailer is told that in order to obtain market development funds, or MDFs, the retailer has to carry 90% Intel products.

    Since the kickback, and there should be no doubt about it, it is a kickback, is a large amount, retailers, who operate on razor-thin margins, become hooked on it.

    If the customer failed to adhere to those levels, not only did the MDFs shrivel, but the rebates vanished. Is that a financial headlock or what?

  6. Boycotts. Of product launches under threats! Just where were the adults minding the store at Intel?
  7. Exclusionary standards. Can anyone say 'Centrino'? 'Viiv'? Why should a standard be locked in to only one company's family of products?

In the several months since, the concerns of AMD seem more and more valid, especially in the light of current news of Intel gaining market share in several industry segments.

According to Intel, AMD is whining about nothing. The Intel comeback is centered around these two positions:

  1. AMD is complaining about discounting. How untrue is this? Everywhere you go, the lowest-priced system is always an AMD-based system. In fact, Intel has always been able to maintain margins even in the hotly contested CPU space by dint of pricing threats. ?

    In other words, if a customer agrees to give a specified amount of shelf space to Intel products, or better yet, go exclusive with Intel, the customer would realize better margins by keeping competitors out and reducing customer choice.

    It is particularly telling that AMD couldn't even give away CPUs! Since the customer would suddenly be subject to increased prices and zero market-dev funds, most customers declined offers of free CPUs.

  2. AMD has zero capacity. Not true, in fact, I was informed that AMD has more than enough capacity, captive or external to feed any requirements that they might need.

Due to my ineptness with the WebEX teleconferencing unit, I was unable to ask further questions before the session ended. However, an email to Scott at AMD for answers enabled me to get another crack at Tom (McCoy), this time telephonically.

In our phone call on Monday, June 18, 2007, I had three questions for Tom (my questions in italics, Tom McCoy's answer boldfaced and italicized):

  1. A public instance of Intel requiring a lockout of other CPUs is the Skype situation, where Skype and Intel entered into an agreement whereby Skype would create VOIP software that would work exclusively with Intel products, to the detriment of consumers who had alternative CPU systems, of which the largest rival is AMD.

    Apart from the Skype case, are there more overt or subdulous contractual agreements to modify software to both exclude non-Intel CPUs and customer choice that are public?

    Since it delved into matters under litigation, Tom declined to answer.

    However, I seem to remember Intel's infamous compilers, which, due to their CPU-ID schemes were optimized (read that as rigged) for Intel CPUs; the end results being that results of tests using those compilers had results dishonestly skewed in favor of Intel microprocessors.

  2. Does AMD use MDFs, and if so, do they contain either similarly restrictive covenants as Intel's or contain sufficiently vague language as to be misconstrued as being the same as Intel MDFs?

    The emphatic answer: NO!

    Tom actually said, "…we DO have an MDF program, but it is highly collaborative with our customers and bears no resemblance to Intel's."

    Tom explained that

    1. that was not the AMD way,
    2. AMD wanted design and product wins based on the products, and
    3. AMD did not have the market share power to even attempt such a move.
  3. In addition to legal/contractual restraints, are you also asking for financial redress from Intel?

    As part of the filing, yes.If a jury finds Intel guilty in the U.S. antitrust suit we would be entitled to damages. However, AMD would prefer to have a level playing field to compete rather than money.

    I got the feeling that AMD seeks the following:

    1. A level playing field
    2. An opportunity to collaborate with vendors and OEMs
    3. No restrictions on competitions, no elevation of status among CPU vendors by judicial fiat
    4. A restriction on Intel's abuse of monopoly power.

All of Tom's answers, especially that about not using MDFs since it was not the AMD way, spoke directly to why AMD is really highly regarded amongst the smaller system OEMs around the world.

It is not their way!

Which is true.

Looking back at AMD over the years, you would find that Intel fired the first salvo when AMD's x86 clones totally decimated Intel in the eyes of 2nd-tier OEMs.

The AMD way: compete.

In closing, I would see that choice, especially consumer choice, is the real reason behind AMD's lawsuit. It further validates the decision we made at Logikworx nearly eighteen months ago to recommend Opteron as the price/performance server CPU to our clients, and the Athlon as our recommended desktop CPU.

I would like to thank Tom for taking the time on both days, June 12 in the web conference, and on the phone with me yesterday, June 18, to inform me, and by proxy, all of you, about the status of this lawsuit.

I hope that AMD prevails in this lawsuit, and sanity returns to the executive at Intel, getting them to compete where it matters most to consumers: the design, production, and pricing of microprocessors.

One thing AMD has in its favor is goodwill. Goodwill from 2nd-tier OEMs, vendors, and the enthusiast community. They have come through for us several times with their CPUs and extremely attractive pricing. We laud them for that.

AMD also reaches out to non-mainstream media in a very unconventional way, giving us unprecedented access to C-level executives at the firm, even though we do not represent media networks with 3-letter acronyms.

In closing, I would like to thank Scott Carroll, his team at AMD, and indeed, AMD for not only giving us access, but also making it timely and unfettered.

John Obeto II

Editor-in-Chief, SmallBizVista.com, and The Interlocutor

John Obeto is also Managing Partner & Chief Technology Officer of Logikworx and blogs at www.absolutevista.com.


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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Why Stevie J. sucked at WWDC

Joy of Tech has some insight into why St. Steve sucked at his recently-concluded WWDC.....



Original link from James Senior's Views On Windows Vista.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Win #2 by Lewis Hamilton!

On the heels of his historic (for people of African descent) win last week at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton followed it up with a pole-to-pole performance at the 2007 US Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This kid is the real deal, folks!

Mad, mad props to you, Lewis.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Off-Point: Is this justice?

After 43 years, James Ford Seale was convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy in the deaths of two black teenagers.

After 43 years?

Is this justice?

Actually, YES.

I cannot imagine what this 71-year old bigot must feel about spending the rest of his days locked up.

All his hopes and dreams shattered.

Always looking over his shoulder for a shankin'. (Hopefully, not, since I would like him to serve out his life sentence.)

Hopefully, the souls of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee would now rest in peace.

Off-Point: Cultural Differences

One of the sites I have on my feed list is The Consumerist.

Ben Popken and Meghann Marco have got to be two of the wittiest writers online as any reader of their site would attest.

In a past post regarding a supposedly fake Conor Oberst guitar sold by Costco, Meghann described Oberst as: Apparently, Conor Oberst is some kind of music-making person. He seems very well regarded among his own kind.

I mean, is that droll or what?

BTW, Costco was absolved of any fraud since they did have a real Conor Oberst guitar and were selling it; the single guitar.

Their latest, IMO?

Ice Cucumber Pepsi.

Due to cultural differences, this flavor is available only in Japan.

However a Westerner who tried it described the taste as 'satan in his mouth'.

Pretty knurly, eh?

Bookmark them.

Apple innovates.....with Windows Vista RC1.

At the recent Apple WWDC, Apple CEO, Steve Jobs revealed the next version of OS X: Leopard.

It was pretty amazing for a while….until a massive feeling of déjà vu hit me!

I had seen it all before!

It was Windows Vista™, and not just that, it was a very poor cousin to Windows Vista™!

It is Windows Vista RC1, (build 5600).

OS X Leopard!

This is it?

No wonder he had those scathing words for Microsoft when Vista was released!

He knew he had nothing; that the cupboard was bare.

Look at the ‘new’ functionality announced for Leopard:

    • 3D desktop. Been there, done that. This is the best copy he could cough up after a 2-year lead-in time to copy Windows Vista™? A blatant rip-off of Windows Vista DreamScene
    • Cover Flow. Flip-3D by any other name.
    • 64-bit Functionality. So yesterday! Even Windows XP had a 64-bit version.
    • Quick Look. Apple’s implementation of the dynamic Windows Vista Live Icons and Live Preview technologies
    • Boot Camp. I believe a boot menu has been included in every version of Windows since Windows 95. Then again, I could be wrong: it may have been since Windows 98.
    • Spaces. You can drag and drop between up to four tiled windows on your desktop. Really! Let me stop before I …….
    • Dashboard. Steve, Steve, stealing so many ideas from the Windows Sidebar! Have you no shame?
    • iChat. We do not have iChat, and I certainly do not miss any of the stated capabilities.
    • Finder. Slices, dices, but the best feature is reserved for those who have a .mac address. Windows Search

Using the Finder in conjunction with the .mac address allows searching of other Apples on your network.

Hello?

Are you kiddin’ me?

I need to go outside my home network, into the Internet cloud, in order to come back to search the computer sitting right next to me?

That is a ‘Good Thing’?

Methinks the iPod halo and the iPhone thing might have forced the loops at 1, Infinite Loop to take their eyes off the ball since this whole announcement smacks of the desperation of a company that has lost it’s mojo.

I’m not the only one who sees this as Apple performing the sincerest form of flattery:

Mary Jo Foley: Leopard looks like…Vista™

Paul Thurrott: Cupertino, Start Your Copiers!

Actually, Paul had an on-the-mark prescient post back in August of 2006 at the last Apple WWDC. I excerpted some of his works in my serial infra dig post here about the shamelessness of the Mac fanboi cadre.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Microsoft Office & the SMB space

My bold position in proselytizing Microsoft products seems to be going against the norm.

In his blog post here about the 2007 Microsoft Office system versus OpenOffice, the writer starts out by disagreeing with my post series on the Office-less office.

Let me make my position very clear: in the SMB space specifically, the benefits of open source software are still very unclear.

Looking at actual dollar figures are a canard.

Without an IT tech on hand, how would issues be resolved?

Read on at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

Welcome to The Jungle, Safari

Apple introduces Safari for Windows

Apple Safari hacked after just 120 minutes in the wild!

Hey, Stevorino!

How do you like this sandbox?

Nuthin' like the safe confines of that 'seemingly secure operating system, OS X, right?

Well, welcome to the real world.

The big leagues.

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ODF loses traction

Or The Triumph of Business over IT Zealots

In my post here, I alluded to the fact that the ODF was a cruel joke (to businesses) foisted on us by those companies who couldn’t compete in the marketplace.

The ODF is built on the foundation of StarOffice* and ratified by OASIS, the ODF, for Microsoft haters, seemed like a godsend. And they pushed it as such, the most chatter being by a former IT functionary in the government of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who tried to schneider the entire government into passing a law to make ODF the standard.

Read on at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

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Microsoft being sued by Tele Vista over Vista

Some Frenchie, Philippe Gildas, who registered the name Vista for a television aimed at senior citizens in France called Télé Vista, is suing Microsoft over the name Vista.

Are you kiddin’ me?

To crown it all, Phil has not gotten Télé Vista off the ground and sees Microsoft’s hogging of the name as a barrier to the success of his venture.

BTW, he registered the name in 2003.

Dawg, if you registered the mane in 2K3 for a senior citizens’ TV channel, and you have not started streaming in 2007, maybe, just maybe, it is NEVER getting off the ground!

L

Loser!

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SoftGrid for Windows Vista

Microsoft will release a Windows Vista™ version of SoftGrid on July 1, 2007.

SoftGrid is Microsoft’s application virtualization software solution that allows IT managers to deliver secure, never-installed applications that also have the capability for remote delivery.

Important to managers is SoftGrid’s ability to let them test mission-critical desktop apps for compatibility in this nascent Windows Vista™ era.

Read on at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Windows Home Server Release Candidate!

Six months from announcement to RC!

Props to Kevin Beares and the Windows Home Server Team for all their efforts.

Downloading as I speak/write......

Is it just me, or does Microsoft need an able verb to describe searching Live Search?

Edit: I just Live Search-ed Windows Home Server, and Mary Jo Foley (as usual) already has this news up! I still want her Rolodex.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Crocodile tears at the googleplex

A tale about 3 little piggies.

One little piggy tried to build a better (search) mousetrap – Microsoft.

One little piggy tried to improve the current mousetrap – Yahoo!

One little piggy, a one-trick pony BTW, cried, “Whee, whee, whee”, all the way to the DOJ’s antitrust department.

Who was that whinny, cowardly piggy?

Google, that’s who!

Read more at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Lewis Hamilton Wins!!!

Earlier today, Lewis Hamilton won the 2007 FIA Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montréal, Québec.

Can you say, 'Yaay'?

I can.

YAAY!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

419 letter from a Spaniard!

I hope this puts to rest the myth that all Penal Code 419 letters are from Nigeria!

This Spaniard wants to 'help' me out (click on image to enlarge/read):

Since I don't sprechen any Español, I have to say, "Non, Nein, Nyet, Hey-yey, No, Nada."

Does this ever stop?

Friday, June 08, 2007

Google Calendar's porosity

Do you use Google Calendar for corporate calendaring?

Do your users?

You might want to rethink that strategy and bring the data in-house.

Read on at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

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Microsoft Stirling

Microsoft gets security!

Continuing its security onslaught, Microsoft earlier this week announced ‘Stirling’, a new, holistic (my words) security platform for businesses.

Read on at my blog on NetworkWorld.com

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

ReadyBoost & flash memory

Only USB Flash drives currently work for ReadyBoost use. This means that flash card readers, multimedia or memory cards such as SD, MemoryStick, MMC, and so forth--which also typically work through card readers of one kind or another—won't support ReadyBoost. That's true even if the media is fast enough to meet ReadyBoost read/write speed requirements.

What is wrong with the above statement?

It is plain wrong!

Reading CRN.com a few minutes ago, I came across this statement by a supposed expert.

Are you kidding', Eddie?

Homie, how did you come up with that assertion?

Did you just make it up, Eddye?

As I have ReadyBoost working on a 1 GB CF card, and on a 2GB SD card on two Windows Vista™ systems: a desktop, and a laptop.

1 GB Compact Flash card being discovered by Windows Vista™


The config screen for the CF card.


2 GB SD card being discovered.


2 GB SD card config.

To make Eduardo's allegations even more absurd, I took the 1 GB MicroSD card out of my HTC Excalibur, inserted it into an SD adapter, and guess what?

It worked!

1 GB MicroSD card (in the included SD adaptor) discovered by Windows Vista™.

It might be a good idea for you to troff off to the nearest mega-mart and purchase some flash memory; it will surprise you!

For an article presumably about ReadyBoost, dude, you either didn't do your homework, or you haven't a clue about what you're supposed to be an expert in!

Sheeeeez!

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Monday, June 04, 2007

Let's all crown the King!

....Except he has no freakin' rings yet!

Some hack for the Washington Post, Sally Jenkins, a moron at FoxSports.com, Mark Kriegel, and several other media yobs have already crowned LeBron James the King.

Could someone tell them that at that stage in Kobe's career, he was about to get a ring?

If Cleveland wins the NBA finals, I eat a Nike Kobe shoe!

Of course it would be a cake baked in the form of the shoe, with Splenda.

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Second Life case heard in 1st Life court

A Pennsylvania lawyer, and Second Life player/landowner is suing Linden Labs, owner/operator of Second Life for evicting him from his virtual property.

No, I am not kidding.

Just how ridiculous is this?

Oh, to crown it all, the lawyer is asking for public donations to support his cause.

Yep, a lawyer.

Too funny!

Flectronics buys Solectron

Wow!

Was a time, Solectron was The Big Cheese.

Take your eyes offa the ball, and whaddya get?

Yep.

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Come into my parlor....

....said the spider to the fly.

And you know how that ended.

Yesterday, longtime Microsoft observer Mary Jo Foley, divulged that Xandros may have already inked a coopetition deal such as Novell's with Microsoft.

Smart of Xandros, isn't it?

Listen, they are in the business of providing services, not selling software.

This allows them (Xandros) to keep fleecing their customers on (supposedly) value added services while all the time chanting that the software is after all, free.

(Like a coke dealer would give away samples to get victims hooked. But I digress...)

Mary Jo also thinks that the timing of this announcement was off.

While I generally agree with her, I must disagree with her contention that this timing was off.

I was, IMO, the very best time to do it.

Now the big mouths in the distro business know there is a target painted on their backs. Hopefully, they would do the right thing by their respective constituencies, and sign on the dotted line.

If Microsoft was wrong, do you think any other Linux distro vendor would have paid any tribute to them, even if it is peanuts?

No matter what the neo-communistic rantings of Stallman, and the pseudo-legalistic nonsense being declared by Moglen, coupled with the moronic incantations of the cattle known as the open source crowd is, the suits (the actual adults) in the distro businesses, know that they are infringing on Microsoft's IP.

Otherwise, why would they sign these non-aggression pacts?

That slow, hissing sound is the sound of air being let out of the sails of the yum-yums who thought MSFT was kidding when they said 235 patents were violated.

I cannot wait for RHAT to sign; I have a bottle of Cristal champoo chillin' just for that day!

Cue that fine, and apropos song by the late, great Freddie Mercury & Queen, "Another One Bites The Dust"!

Copyright © 2006, John Obeto II for SmallBizVista.com®

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ilium Software Screen Capture

This utility allows us to perform screen captures over the entire range of smartphones used by Logikworx.

BTW, it is free!

Download here.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Gartenberg now speaks for AAPL?

If this story is to be believed, then shouldn't the question be, "Where the F* is this guy's impartiality?"

Totally flabbergasted, I am!

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Friday, June 01, 2007

GPL revised to defeat Microsoft?

We can all go home now!

Microsoft fought the good fight and lost, right?

I don't think so.
Read on at NetworkWorld.com

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Palm Foleo II

Is this a joke?

http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/node/5606

Dell in the Channel?

Errr, No!

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Gears to replace Microsoft Office

Do some hacks just want to see chaos in offices, or are they paid by the word?

The ‘next big thing’ is now Goggle Gears?

All because it is powered by open source?

Supposedly. Since goog does not publish modifications to source code?

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Is CRN trying to go the InfoWorld way?

For a while now, CRN seems to have hopelessly lost its way.

Formerly required reading for VARs, solution providers, and (IT) industry luminaries, CRN, in the last few seems to have overindulged in the myth of open source, and totally forgot about their ultimate customers, the endusers.

Any reader of the magazine these past few years would have seen a transition from a glossy focused on resellers/solution providers delivering the best solutions, to one seemingly held hostage to that vocal minority of resellers hell bent on wringing the very last sum of money from unsuspecting clients in the name of services.

What brings this to mind?

A so-called study finding that Windows Vista ™ is no more secure than Windows XP™.

???

Are you freakin’ kiddin’ me?

I skimmed quickly through the article for the punchline, and or to find the methodology use to formulate those absurd assertions.

Nothing satisfactory.

Note: Looking at my feedreader, I see Ars Technica has already posted on the article.

Since they beat me to the punch with a pretty detailed article, I will keep still for a moment.

Still, you have to wonder who is minding the store there.

I wonder why executive management at the parent company does not put a smackdown on these yum-yums due to falling readership.

Brings me back to the headline question:

"Will CRN become the next Infoworld?"

And fade into irrelevancy?

What a shame!