Windows 7 boots fast enough for normal people

Opinion: Shock news reaches us from iolo Technologies claiming that Windows 7 takes ages to load. Our response: who gives a rat’s ass, especially as it doesn't...

Passwords: Methods for a Modern Bane

My first password was to an IBM System 38 MRP application in 1978. It was four characters long. I chose my first name. I could have picked my last name, I suppose, but the system administrator had already used that as my log-in. To the best of knowledge, no one hacked in using my credentials.

Free Software Foundation goes mad

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.

What’s wrong with a Google virtual library?

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.

Mozilla finally loses all credibility

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.

Is Microsoft set up for failure with Windows 7 and Office 2010?

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?

Google's a threat to you, not Microsoft

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.

Meet your new boss: Google

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?

Firefox, IE. Tech journalists are a disgrace

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…

There's a big hole in China's Green Dam

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.

Browser wars: When will the madness end?

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.

Wind River: Intel is aiming another big gun at Apple, ARM

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..

Google spurns web ads for Chrome

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.

Office for iPhone finally on the way?

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 Internet. While 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 kills Encarta: Is society getting dummer?

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.

Internet Explorer 8: How not to launch a new browser

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.

iPhone OS 3.0: Top 10 user-centric features

When 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.

iPhone OS 3.0: Showing us just how big the iPhone is

As 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.

Apple's placebo iTunes upgrade

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.

Google gives us a small glimpse of what could be

 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.