With media consolidation at an all-time high and Clear Channel dominating the airwaves, the vital role of local radio programming is being eroded away. Five years ago a train derailed in Minot, North Dakota and thousands of gallons of dangerous chemicals were released into the environment; many people were injured and one person died. The commercial radio stations in the area were all owned by Clear Channel and none of them carried any advisories about the disaster. Low powered FM stations will ensure that local information will be readily accessible amongst a landscape of national stations.
At least Microsoft is back to normal. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Bill Hilf takes a familiar (if a bit worn and tired) swipe at Linux in the enterprise:
In the enterprise, it's not enough just to be a cheap operating system. You need to have applications for it, and it needs to be highly supported.
Fortunately for Bill, he need not worry. Linux comes with superior support to Microsoft's because, oddly enough, the business model around Linux is predicated on support, not licenses, so Linux vendors like Red Hat, Novell, and Canonical/Ubuntu can't get by on marketing and sales sleight of hand. It's really Microsoft that needs to answer Bill's critique, not Linux. Linux also has applications in multitudes and, despite all that, still delivers significantly more value than Microsoft's Windows operating system.
But you don't have to believe me. It's the customer who consistently delivers this message. CIOs rank Microsoft a distant #6 to Red Hat (#1) and Novell (#5) in terms of value, according to CIO Insight's annual report. Truth really stinks, at least if you're Microsoft.… Read more
If you didn't catch the Steve and Bill show at the D5 conference in Southern California last week, Apple has posted the full hour and a half discussion on iTunes. The rare joint appearance between the Microsoft chairman and the Apple chief has risen to the top of the podcast charts on iTunes.
It's available in both audio and video, though the latter weighs in at almost a gigabyte (my copy is still downloading as I blog this). Unlike the high-end conference, the podcast is free. Of course, it doesn't come with the nifty swag bags that … Read more
Funny or Die, the video Web site started by comedian Will Ferrell and writers Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, is continuing to score some big-name celebrities, including actor Bill Murray. The New York Times briefly quoted McKay, a former writer for Saturday Night Live and the director of Talladega Nights, as saying that Murray is going to make a video for the site.
Funny or Die has already looped in such familiar faces as Brooke Shields and Oscar De La Hoya. And thanks to the huge success of The Landlord--a short skit featuring McKay's 2-year-old daughter Pearl as … Read more
And we didn't have our mics on at the beginning of the show. Brian's cat again. Had our tongues.
But beyond that we had some great stuff!
Things we Crave
Software prevents cats from emailing. (But not unplugging the show.)
Download of the Week… Read more
LOS ANGELES--Microsoft has sold more than 40 million copies of Windows Vista so far, Bill Gates told a crowd of hardware developers Tuesday.
That's more than the total install base of Windows' largest competitors, Gates quipped as he began his keynote at the Windows Hardware and Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here.
"As of last week, we've (sold) nearly 40 million copies," Gates said. "That's twice as fast as the adoption of Windows XP, the last major release we had."
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SEATTLE--Many homeowners use Zillow to get a quick sense of how much their house is worth, the mega-rich included.
Speaking at a conference for Microsoft's top digital advertisers, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said he has even used the site to check the value of his lavish home. "Oh yeah," Gates said. However, he said Zillow's estimate is far too low.
"If you bid that number on my house I won't sell it to you," Gates said. He noted that Zillow's technology, while it does make good use of Microsoft's Virtual Earth … Read more
As expected, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Wednesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at criminalizing spyware used for malicious purposes.
An identical version of the Internet Spyware Prevention Act, chiefly sponsored by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) passed the full House in the last congressional session by a 395-1 vote.
The bill, which was approved by a House Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday, proposes punishing those who sneak code onto computers without authorization in an attempt to "impair" the security protections on a machine, transmit personal information about the machine's user, … Read more
Some things never die, especially notorious photos on the Internet. Just ask Bill Gates, whose infamous pie-in-the-eye shot was posted by a hacker on a Web site hosting information on Microsoft distribution licenses.
The hacker posted the embarrassing 1988 photo on a sub-page of ieak.microsoft.com, which is designed to allow users to select a distribution license for an Internet Explorer Administration kit, according to a SANs Internet Storm report.
Microsoft is not alone in having its content defaced via a hosting partner's site. Take Kevin Mitnick, for example, whose hosted site was hacked and defaced last year. … Read more
A protester with a banner advocating free and open-source software briefly upstaged Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at a speech in China on Friday, according to The Associated Press.
As Gates was handing out prizes after his speech at Beijing University, the protester walked onstage, showed his banner, ran off and then was tackled by security personnel. No one was hurt, the AP said.
With software created under the free software or open-source software programming model, underlying source code can be seen, modified and redistributed. Microsoft typically favors the polar opposite, proprietary software whose source code remains a tightly guarded secret. … Read more