Archive for June, 2008

Bill Gates’ 10 Most Memorable Moments

Microsoft’s cofounder says he’ll do charitable work after he retires this month. But we have some other suggestions: driving instructor, expert witness, and circus clown for starters. And Bill has experience in all of them. (A version of this post originally appeared on PCworld.com) For more than 30 years he has roamed among us, a [...]

Who is that handsome devil, and what’s he doing on P2Pnet?

Jon Newton at P2Pnet took a shine to my screed on Zuckerberg and asked me for the right to republish, which I happily granted. Plus, he agreed to run a nice photo of me along with it. Now I hope none of us get sued. (He said, half joking). You can find it here, reprinted [...]

Facebook: What’s originality got to do with it?

(A slightly different version of this post originally appeared on Infoworld.com.) Pity the innovators — always hounded by the jealous hordes who clamor for a sliver of their success. And so it goes with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, though exactly who’s the innovator in this scenario is a matter of some debate. Zuckerberg is being [...]

Uncle Spy Wants You

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) Last week the House of Representatives passed a "compromise" amendment to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, though it sounds like the only things that have been compromised are our Constitutional rights. Now the Senate is poised to do the same. Unfortunately, the FISA Amendments [...]

Five reasons to ditch your cable box or satellite

Why spend $50 to $100 a month for video entertainment when there’s so much good, free stuff on the Web? Good-bye, couch potato, and hello, mouse potato. (This post originally appeared on PCworld.com.) Dan Tynan Lost lost me a long time ago. I’m sick to death of all doctor shows (but especially Grey’s Anatomy). And [...]

25 Ways to Tick Off a Tech Journalist

by Dan Tynan Sure, we make jokes about PR people as we eat their cheese cubes and drink their Yuenglings, but we couldn’t do our jobs without them. I certainly couldn’t. My working life is generally made much easier thanks to the hard work of the kind folks who help connect me to the companies/products [...]

Jurists gone wild

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) A federal judge in Los Angeles has recused himself from a obscenity trial after a trove of dirty pictures were found squirreled away on his personal web site. Sounds scandalous, no? But the reality is both more complicated and more interesting. First, the case [...]

Amazon’s wonderful terrible amazing awful Kindle

I finally got my hands on a Kindle. Here’s what I like about it — and what needs to be fixed. The Kindle is amazing and awful, grand and terrible. It’s a groundbreaking device that’s in need of an overhaul. I like it and it annoys me all at the same time. Have I made [...]

Major comment spam attack

Over the last 24 hours this blog has been hit with hundreds of comment spams, all trying to drive people to the same site. (Thank god for Akismet, which trapped all but one of them.) I had over 100 in less than a day. The spam tries to drive you to a porn version of [...]

The end of Microhooglemania?

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) It’s over, finito, kaput. The fat lady hasn’t merely stopped singing, she’s taken off her girdle and waddled home. There are now so many forks stuck into the Microsoft Yahoo deal that it looks like a cutlery display. This time its really really really [...]

Microsoft + Yahoo — Dead or only faking?

Personally, I’m not convinced that this whole thing is truly over. But is Yahoo’s partnership with Google better than its partial or complete takeover by Microsoft? Take this BuzzDash poll and tell the world.

Gadgets With the Write Stuff

A handful of tools attempt to turn the humble ink pen into a digital recording device–with varying degrees of success. (This post originally appeared in PC World magazine.) As I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed a terrible case of CRS (can’t remember stuff). I can’t tell you how many times my lovely but increasingly frustrated wife [...]

Bottle me up, throttle me down

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) The notion that we are swimming in broadband choices, floated last week by Cringester B. D. in rebuttal to my snarky jibes about the phonecablopoly ™, did not sit well with Cringesters who are sitting in the cheap seats at the great bandwidth banquet. [...]

Top five myths about Steve Jobs

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) In case you’ve been living in a cave, today marks the first day of the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference and Steve Jobs’ keynote, which Apple watchers have declared will be the venue where Jobs unveils iPhone 2.0 — a 3G broadband, GPS-enabled model of [...]

Five Ways to Make Your Office Virtual

Running a virtual business is easier (and cheaper) than ever, if you have the right tools (An edited version of this story originally appeared on PCworld.com.) by Dan Tynan When it comes to running a business, our feet are firmly on the ground but our data and software are increasingly in the cloud. At our [...]

Geek Week: Broadcom hits skids, Comcast throttles bits

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field blog.) Boozes, babes, and Broadcom. Here’s more proof that I got into the wrong end of this business. Ex-Broadcom CEO Henry Nicholas– already nailed for stock options shenanigans that added a fictional $2.2 billion worth of revenue to his company’s bottom line — has received [...]

Do not attempt to adjust your Internet

(This post originally appeared in Infoworld’s Notes From the Field Blog.) It’s been a wild week here in Cringeville. My blog posts on YouTube v. Viacom and the FCC’s proposal for a pørn-free wireless Internet have inspired raging debates about copyrights and corporate rights, free speech and free sex. Here are some of the highlights. [...]

A Porn Free Internet?

The FCC may soon require bidders on a swath of the wireless spectrum to deliver a free, wireless version access to the Net — sans adult content. Is a porn-free Internet possible or even desirable? Infoworld’s Robert Cringely has some thoughts on the matter here. Tell us how you feel about it by registering your [...]

Is IT recession proof?

Lessons learned from the last downturn have IT confident it can weather any economic uncertainty ahead (This post originally appeared on Infoworld.com.) by Dan Tynan Call it a slowdown, a downturn, or the dreaded “R” word, worries about the state of the U.S. economy have increased across virtually all sectors save one: technology. But has [...]

Geek Week: Comcast’s hit by vandals; an end to HP spying scandal

(This post originally appeared on Infoworld’s Notes From the Field Blog.) Throttle this. Bit Torrent blocking Comcast got an education in the ways of the Net this week when hackers gained access to the ISP’s domain name records and redirected Comcast.net traffic to a vandalized site. Teenage hackers with the handles "Defiant" and "EBK" pwned [...]