That Microsoft-AMD-Acer laptop fiasco

, posted: 29-Dec-2006 10:00

You can't have missed by now that the blogosphere is on fire over the initiative by Microsoft, AMD and Acer to send out laptops to bloggers. My take on it is that in principle, there's nothing wrong with the initiative. Some bloggers are very (read the entire post)...

The most important 'tech moments' in 2006?

, posted: 27-Dec-2006 15:12

2006 was a busy year for the technology sector everywhere, and I thought I'd summarise some of what happened. This will be in no particular order of importance or even date, and as usual, it's completely subjective (hey, this is my blog after (read the entire post)...

Embellishing the story telling

, posted: 26-Dec-2006 11:08

Christmas means I have time to catch up and watch some films I've wanted to see on DVD. However, the films ended up both amusing and annoying, which I didn't expect.
V for Vendetta is a great film visually and there's excellent acting by Step (read the entire post)...

James Brown is dead

, posted: 26-Dec-2006 07:55

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown has died. Wikipedia has already been updated - I'm not sure what I think of the speed with which Wikipedia notes people's deaths; it seems a bit ghoulish. Then again, look at this blog entry...

Brown died (read the entire post)...

Thunderbird 2.0 beta 1 out - and I like it

, posted: 24-Dec-2006 16:47

Beta 1 of version 2.0 of the favourite - well, least sucky - email program, namely Mozilla Thunderbird, is out and I say... get it. Normally I wouldn't recommend people to use betas, but Tbird 2.0b1 seems completely stable. It's not actually (read the entire post)...

DRM behind lack of Windows Vista drivers... and fear the new content protection

, posted: 24-Dec-2006 16:24

The "professionally paranoid" Peter Gutmann at Auckland University has ripped into Windows Vista Content Protection (VCP) and written a paper, well, a web page then, called A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection that makes for worrying r (read the entire post)...

Nokia 'gives' N70s to bloggers

, posted: 22-Dec-2006 15:04

The Al-Manazir blog entry First Look at the Nokia N70 is an interesting read for several reasons. First, here's a reviewer who really gives the camera component of a mobile phone a serious workout. Al-Manazir isn't fooling around and really (read the entire post)...

Hyperlinking to copyrighted material is illegal: Australia

, posted: 20-Dec-2006 09:42

The Federal Court of Australia has upheld last year's ruling against Stephen Cooper who ran, and the ISP who hosted the site, for copyright infringement.

Cooper's site didn't host any copyrighted material. Instead (read the entire post)...

Are New Zealanders being had by new copyright law?

, posted: 16-Dec-2006 16:54

Judith Tizard's Copyright (New Technologies and Performer's Rights) Amendment Bill is making its way through the Parliament at the moment after stewing in various instances for years.

I don't think anyone thinks the Bill is tot (read the entire post)...

Human search engine and a better Apocalypto trailer

, posted: 16-Dec-2006 16:17

I was reading Greg Sterling's post on about Chacha the human-driven search engine and thought "that sounds interesting". Now "chacha" is a word I wouldn't use carelessly, and certainly not as the name for a family oriented searc (read the entire post)...


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