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How I became an internet pirate

I interviewed the boss of the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) last week. He told me that piracy is a far greater problem now than it ever was in the home taping days of my youth, because today’s copies can be of excellent quality. But how much of this problem is due to the entertainment industry itself? Paul… Read more →

Microsoft’s Sinofsky responds to complaint over Office 2013 on Surface RT

Throughout the Windows 8 development cycle, Windows boss Steven Sinofsky has been a regular participant in comment threads on the Building Windows 8 blog, delivering often lengthy replies to complaints or suggestions in the blog’s comment section. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s also willing to sign in on other popular discussion forums and contribute an authoritative answer. Case… Read more →

Microsoft’s Sinofsky responds to complaint over Office 2013 on Surface RT

Throughout the Windows 8 development cycle, Windows boss Steven Sinofsky has been a regular participant in comment threads on the Building Windows 8 blog, delivering often lengthy replies to complaints or suggestions in the blog’s comment section. So it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s also willing to sign in on other popular discussion forums and contribute an authoritative answer. Case… Read more →

Windows 8 surfaces without me

Tulsa’s Surface Store A product like Windows 8 only comes along once every 15 years or so–Windows 95 was the last such product–and it’s disappointing to think that the whole thing left me a little underwhelmed. One possible reason for my disappointment might be because I missed the launch entirely*. I visited the Microsoft Popup Store the day of the… Read more →

Danger lurks in counterfeit iPhone/iPad USB adapters

A recent blog post by software engineer Ken Shirriff tested a dozen USB chargers sold worldwide: both the versions that come in the shrinkwrapped box from the manufacturer, as well as third-party products. It also looked at counterfeits. The article asked the question whether “a charger provides silky-smooth power or if it is a dangerous charger that emits noisy power… Read more →

Does OpenOffice have a future?

A few days ago the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced that Apache OpenOffice had graduated from the Apache Incubator to become a Top-Level Project (TLP). That’s nice but will be it enough to make OpenOffice matter given that its LibreOffice fork has stolen much of its thunder? Sure, it’s nice as Andrea Pescetti, VP of Apache OpenOffice, said “The OpenOffice graduation… Read more →

In The Enterprise, Windows 8 Tablets May Zoom Past PCs

With Windows 8 in enterprises, it’s increasingly looking like a Tale of Two Versions. Despite having an entrenched user base of hundreds of millions of potentially-upgradeable PCs, CIOs and other IT leaders are showing more interest in Windows 8 on tablets and convertible devices that some are nicknaming ‘tabtops’ or ‘laptablets’ (see my gallery of seventeen of the hottest Windows… Read more →

Details emerge on Apple’s Fusion Drive technology

At last week’s event introducing the iPad mini, Apple also rolled out new iMac and Mac mini models that be configured with a proprietary “Fusion Drive.” This technology presents a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD) as a single volume to the user. There are all kinds of labels being applied to the technology, however, it looks… Read more →

IT, business executives don’t see eye to eye on innovation: survey

IT managers say they’re ready and competent to move forward with business innovation. However, business leaders don’t quite think IT is up to the job. This is the key finding of a new survey of 800 IT and business leaders released by CA Technologies, which finds IT and business leaders often have two different views on innovation, considered the way… Read more →

Details emerge on Apple’s Fusion Drive technology

At last week’s event introducing the iPad mini, Apple also rolled out new iMac and Mac mini models that be configured with a proprietary “Fusion Drive.” This technology presents a solid-state drive (SSD) and a hard disk drive (HDD) as a single volume to the user. There are all kinds of labels being applied to the technology, however, it looks… Read more →