Opinion: Most folks kinda like supporting the little guy up against The Man. But when the little guy sticks his shorts over his head, puts pencils up his nose and starts saying ‘wibble’, most normal people turn away in embarrassment.
Opinion On the face of it, it seems like a great idea. Have every
single book in the world digitized so at the click of a button you can
read translations of Plotinus, read Suetonias’ work on the Caesars, or
get over excited over Ovid.
Opinion - You couldn't make this stuff up. The Mozilla Corporation - and never was the word 'corporation' applied to such an undeserving bunch of spineless no-hopers - is now whingeing that Microsoft's Browser ballot screen - exactly what they and their friends in the European Union have been demanding all along - is no longer sufficient.
Opinion – Ok, let’s be realistic. It can’t get much worse for Microsoft
than Windows Vista, which exposed the vulnerability of Microsoft’s most
important product. And it is easy to understand Microsoft’s enthusiasm
for the new Windows 7. But Microsoft almost seems to be too cocky about
its outlook and it may be way too confident about its companion, Office
2010. Will Microsoft screw this one up as well?
Opinion Google's upcoming Chrome operating system may be many things to many people, but one thing it certainly ain't is an operating system. Neither is it a threat to Microsoft. And it couldn't play into Microsoft's hands any better if they'd paid Google to develop ChromeOS.
Opinion – Ten years ago, when I first interviewed the founders of a
30-people strong company and was confronted with the claim that it had
reinvented the search engine wheel, I had little reason to believe that
Google could survive. Back then we thought that search engines would
turn into media portals, but Sergey Brin and Larry Page had chosen a
different path for Google – and changed the way we search for
information on the Internet. Now Google says it prepares the release of
an operating system. Can Google change the way we think about the
software that runs our computers? Will Google be the new Microsoft?
Opinion: Let's imagine for a moment that we're in a strange parallel universe. Many things appear the same, but there are subtle differences. Today, for example, Microsoft launched the new version of its web browser, Internet Explorer 8…
Opinion: Despite Chinese protestations that its controversial Green Dam Youth Escort porn filter will still be mandated on new machines sold in the country, the whole concept is fatally flawed because there isn't a version for non-Windows machines.
Opinion: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, when gas cost 25 cents a gallon, my good self and another venerable TGD writer working together on another mag coined the phrase Megahurtz Madness. These were the golden days when Intel and AMD were vying for supremacy in terms of who hit the magical - and meaningless - milestone of producing the first 1GHz CPU.
Opinion – Intel isn’t kidding about the embedded and mobile market.
Today’s acquisition is yet another sign that the company isn’t playing
for second place and is trying to replace ARM, MIPS and Power chips in
those markets. Most interestingly, the company is learning from Apple:
An attractive end-to-end software platform will promote the use of the
Atom processor in the future. Apple should be worried..
Opinion: The search giant obviously has some reservations about the power of the web as it chooses to promote its Chrome browser through TV ads.
A comment by Microsoft's Steven
Elop that suggested that a version of Microsoft Office is being
developed for the iPhone has generated waves of excitement around teh
Apple's handset packs comprehensive enterprise features, including
support for viewing Office documents out-of-the-box, the lack of
an editing capability cripples the iPhone's usability in corporate
environments. The question is: Will it ever become a reality? EXTRA: SLIDESHOW
Microsoft's Encarta finally lost the battle to Wikipedia and Internet in general. One of
the best-known flagship entertainment titles from the Redmond-based
software giant will soon be a goner. After sixteen years of existence (1993),
Microsoft's decided to pull the plug on Encarta interactive software and
shut down the accompanying online Encarta edition. Though the door has closed, in reality it hardly comes as a surprise. Encarta was faced with Wikipedia, Google's
search engine and several online business models that predominantly lure users with free premium content.
Opinion – Microsoft is the company that invented the concept of
launching a beta product in order to build up traction for the final
product. And still, the introduction of Internet Explorer 8 shapes up
to be a complete train wreck as far as customer adoption is concerned.
Apple previewed their newest iPhone OS 3.0 the other day, we were given a glimpse of what's to come. All existing iPhone and iPod touch devices will be capable of receiving the upgrade later this summer (when it's officially released), but only iPhone 3G upgrades will be free -- everybody else must fork over $9.95. Apple's iPhone software chief, Scot Forstall, was able to demo some
of the hundred-plus new features -- many of which address ongoing complaints from
both iPhone fans (and haters alike). In this article we look at our favorite top ten.
planned, Apple previewed their next-gen iPhone OS 3.0 today to select
group of media members at a quaint company gathering inside their own Town Hall -- located at the Cupertino campus. Beyond new features shown for
users and developers, Apple executives also fed us the latest stats which astounded even veteran Apple watchers. If there's one thing the iPhone OS 3.0 preview has emphasized, it's just exactly how big the iPhone platform is, and how much room there is still left for growth and expansion.
As part of the new iPod
shuffle pair -- which surprised us out of the blue yesterday morning, Apple
has also unveiled an updated version of its iTunes jukebox software for both Macs
and PCs. Prior to the update's release, Apple advertised a "smart" Genius
feature that was supposed to extend recommendations to include movies
and TV shows in addition to music. However, that component was canceled last minute and did not make it into the release. In addition, Apple has billed some features already in existence as new, such as the Autofill and a higher-fidelity import setting for ripping CDs. And above all that, Apple failed to offer an explanation for this "placebo"
iTunes upgrade. Frankly, it wasn't the first time Apple's played to our ignorance -- and I'm afraid it won't be the last either.
Opinion - When a well-oiled machine is working, and has been for quite some time, nobody pays it any mind. It becomes part of the base toolset used reliably everyday to carry out the larger tasks built upon it. And while those larger tasks depend on each lower-level tool working properly, when one fails we quickly begin to realize the extent and scope to which our house of cards has been built.
As Windows 7 moves through the beta process, you'll see a number of complaints that typically fall into two classes. Those that feel it hasn't changed enough and those that feel it has changed too much. This same problem plagues Windows Vista and has plagued every OS Microsoft has released.
Among all the things that Apple trademarked you wouldn't have thought that the
company would had applied for the "OS X" trademark as well. Note: "OS
X", without the "Mac" prefix. If it were the "Mac OS X" trademark, it
would hardly file as news: It is a norm for companies to protect their
respective trade names. What Apple's OS X filing reveals though, is
an intention to distance the operating system from the Mac realm,
indicating Apple's desire to use OS X on a much broader array of
gadgets in the future. Some Apple watchers are convinced we will see
more OS X software platforms beyond current desktop and mobile OS X.
Like a game console, for instance.