Archive for July, 2009

Joel fought back…. with Styrofoam?

File swapper Joel Tenenbaum fought the law, and the law won. Now a jury must decide how much he owes the RIAA.

Microsoft to Yahoo: Last night was great. I’ll call you, promise.

What’s left to say about the Microsoft-Yahoo ad deal? How about, So long Yahoo, it was nice knowin’ ya.

When pranksters rule the InterWebs

When a multibillion-dollar telecom giant and the Internet’s most notorious pranksters square off, who will win? Cringe handicaps the battle between AT&T and 4chan.

Write and wrong: Amazon’s Orwellian nightmare

Netizens were none too pleased when Amazon ‘unsold’ copies of 1984. But it seems Amazon finally got the message.

Does anyone still Yahoo?

The number 2 seach portal has a new(ish) CEO and a new look. But is that enough to keep Yahoo from being steamrolled by Google or manhandled by Microsoft?

Careful what you read, Big Bezos is watching

In a creepy demonstration of digital rights management, Amazon deleted two books from its customers’ Kindles. Cringely asks, what happened to our digital rights?

Microsoft vs. Apple: The battle rages on

One of geekdom’s oldest cold wars has suddenly turned hot, as Redmond and Cupertino duke it out in public. Cringe has an idea who’ll win.

Charged with battery (or, why battery technology blows)

Exagerrated claims for laptop battery life are nothing new. But now they’re hitting the courts thanks to a new class action suit.

Reader Rabid: Steve Jobs, the RIAA, and IT bridges to nowhere

The residents of Cringeville have a lot to say about forced upgrades, file swapping, and how the feds spend our money. Here’s a quick sampler of some of the best.

IE8: My name is Hurl

Apparently Microsoft will stop at nothing to foist IE8 upon us. Cringely dissects Redmond’s latest gag-inducing ads.

Uncle Sam’s IT dashboard: Your tax dollars at work

US citizens have a brand new tool to gauge how well their government is performing — at least, when it comes to IT. Cringely says it’s about time.