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Jon Stewart discusses Viacom vs. YouTube

TechDirt has an article that references a clip from The Daily Show which is pretty silly, but contains what appears to be an honest statement from Stewart saying "But to me, the situation is that there's a ton to gain for both companies. Viacom, they put their content on YouTube …

Vista sells 2X XP in the same time

Sounds pretty good for Microsoft's new head of the pack. Although the folks at ARS Technica have some comments that bring into question whether this is because of new PC growth or not. Even so, new PC growth itself may have been helped by pent up demand for Vista... we'll …

US Governent agencies block Vista upgrades inside

Not surprising, and not necessarily for a "good" reason, the US Department of Transportation and the FAA have issued "an indefinite moratorium" on the upgrade to Microsoft's Vista OS , Internet Explorer version 7, and Microsoft Office 2007, according to an article from Information Week. The moratorium was placed because there …

Power hungry computers not as hungry as expected

After all the complaining about the power used by the nation's computers, the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that a study(admittedly commissioned by a computer chip manufacturer, AMD) indicates that the use is close to 1.2%. Not small, but nowhere near the 13% touted by some sources. It …


The scoop on media

There's a good article by Patrick McFarland on archival storage using recordable DVD and CD media. The upshot is that (for some pretty sound technical reasons) he strongly recommends DVD+R over DVD-R and specifically suggests Taiyo Yuden brand (less strength in that argument).

Zune?

Well, Microsoft has announced Zune, it's answer to Apple's venerable iPod franchise. Let's see what it has to offer. The "killer feature" of Zune is the Zune Marketplace that supports Zune-to- Zune sharing of "full-length sample tracks" of songs, pictures, or playlists. According to the press release, you'll be able …

Xerox working on temporary paper

An article from PC Pro talks about a Xerox effort to create paper that automatically erases itself 16 hours after it has been printed upon. The process, called "transient documents", was demonstrated at a product unveiling in the UK. Not a lot of details, except some comments about the process …


Back to school: classes online via iTunes U

Just in time for the back to school rush, Apple's iPod content management system for Universities gains steam. According to an article in eSchool News, Apple's service that gets university lecture content online is being used by schools to allow people not enrolled in classes to get access to their …

The fuss about Ubuntu

So, given that we've now heard about 2 "defections" from the Macintosh to Ubuntu, I wanted to see what the fuss is all about, so that I could comment on things. So, I downloaded (via bittorrent) the latest (6.0.6) version of Ubuntu and gave it a whirl. My …

RFID & DMCA, a frightening combination

Just for fun, here's the article that I wrote on March 6th 2003 that spawned the idea for my recently issued patent. I still think it's a frightening idea, but at least now I might have some control over whether it happens. While writing a summary story on a Wired …

Volvo can run on... well darn near anything

According to an article at treehugger, Volvo has a car that can run on five different types of fuels. It appears to have 4 fuel tanks and lots of safety features, too (which is a good thing because some of those would really cause a mess if you hit the …

My patent issued

Carol and I just returned from a great trip to London to celebrate our second anniversary and whilst digging through the mail upon our return, I found no fewer than three notices from companies that make patent plaques that my RFID Patent has been issued. The issuance of the patent …

Ohio University loses social security numbers

A web page on Ohio University's web site details a series of incidents involving access to social security numbers of employees, students, and alumni... now, what they need with the SSN's of 137,000 alumni is a really good question, but it's not just them. This is yet another in …


Hybrids pass muster in taxi test

Good news for cab drivers, the environment, and Ford Motor Company. An article from The Auto Channel (hats off to Gizmodo for the pointer) describes the result of the experimental introduction of Hybrid Ford Escapes into the taxi systems in New York and San Francisco. The result is that the …

Audi and the backseat espreso

Audi, makers of fine German automobiles (that haven't driven themselves suddenly and rapidly for years) has found the perfect way to keep drivers awake during long commutes--espresso! An article from TechDigest has the pictures of the apparently- working machine.

Corgi introduces iCar

Just because you don't have enough accessories for your iPod (remember when the iPod was an accessory?), Corgi has announced iCar. You read that right, Corgi, makers of probably the best quality 1:24 die cast models you can get (in mass production, at least). The iCar moves the car …