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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

FireFox 1.5

Mozilla releases FireFox 1.5
I'm using it as I write. All looks well.
If you are not using FireFox I can only ask, "Why not?"
A superior browser in every way.

Get Firefox!


Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Sony-BMG not only had the nerve to use a rootkit for Digital Rights Management, it then failed to give an appropriate response to the mistake. Now to top it all off in an NPR interview, Thomas Hesse, President of Sony BMG's global digital business division, showed a complete lack of understanding and arrogance beyond belief.

"Most people, I think, don't even know what a rootkit is, so why should they care about it," he asked? "The software is designed to protect our CDs from unauthorized copying, ripping."

There is lots of information out there on removing this mess from your system. It's long and complicated and certainly no fun for anyone.

I'm a long time fan of Sony electronics. I have 2 digital cameras and a digital tape camcorder. I have a Sony 5.1 surround system on my main TV/audio system. Last June I bought my daughter a Sony MP3 player for junior high graduation. (I now wonder if the software that came with that is why her computer is so slow. All spyware checks have been coming up clean and I haven't really had a chance to check deeper. I always just blame it on AIM and myspace that she spends all her time haunting. And no I don't let her near my boxes. In fact I have a second router between them and they are on separate nets.)

My advice right now is to boycott all Sony products. Maybe someone in the higher end of the Sony corporate empire will wake up and start cleaning house

footnote: when I spell checked this post, blogger suggested replacing BMG with BUMS. HA!