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Thursday, February 16, 2006

RIAA Rage Out Of Control

Big monied RIAA wants you to know that ripping music you already own to another device you own is illegal.

Of course these are the same one who have gone after a woman who has never owned or even used a computer.

Explain to me why people like this are complaining

NEW YORK, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research) on Tuesday reported its quarterly profit almost doubled thanks to strong sales of digital songs and lower costs, but revenue missed market expectations and its shares fell.

The company, whose artists include Madonna, Green Day and Sean Paul, said fiscal first-quarter revenue fell 4 percent to $1.04 billion. Analysts surveyed by Reuters Estimates had forecast revenue of $1.09 billion.


Kind of reminds of the oil companies, blame it something but still make huge profits.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Microsoft - Security is Second $$$ is First

Micosoft announces that security will cost extra......


Users running Windows will be charged almost $50 each year for having their PCs protected by Microsoft against attacks from hackers.

Microsoft's Windows OneCare Live program will be launched in June and made available online and via retailers for an annual fee of $49.95 on up to three machines. Customers who beta test Windows OneCare Live between April 1 and April 30 get to take advantage of a special $19.95 promotional price.

Well that's a surprise.

For personal use all these are free...
Firewall - ZoneAlarm
Antivirus - Grisoft
Spyware - Spybot Search and Destroy

Friday, February 03, 2006

Kama Sutra Worm

C/net is reporting that the world has not come to an end.

The Kama Sutra worm, designed to begin deleting files on infected computers this morning, has caused virtually no damage, according to antivirus firms.

The worm, also known as Nyxem.E, MyWife and Blackworm, has been circulating for a couple of weeks, and antivirus vendors said businesses have done well to ensure that their networks were protected against the pest.

There have been "no reports of any (Kama Sutra) detonations so far.


I'm not too surprised. I never felt that big a threat was there. Never the less use AV software. Non-comercial users can get free av from Grisoft. Beats the heck of that Norton resource hog.


Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The New att - Meet the New Boss

Same as the old boss.....

AT&T CEO Ed Whitacre has made a name for himself by making loud and repeated pronouncements about how people and companies are not paying enough for Internet access. First, there was the infamous "our pipes" comment, made last year as a warning to VoIP providers. Next came the blasting of Google and Microsoft for being freeloaders on the Information Superhighway. Now, to complete the hat-trick, Whitacre has clarified his comments by announcing that only half of people's Internet access is being paid for:

"I think the content providers should be paying for the use of the network—obviously not the piece from the customer to the network, which has already been paid for by the customer in Internet access fees—but for accessing the so-called Internet cloud."

I know of people still paying over $500 a month for less then T1 service. Why? Because SBC/att owns the last mile. Hell I get over 1mbps service at my house for $42. Dynamic IP address and server restrictions that the T1 doesn't have, but a $450 difference. There is no excuse for this and yet the clowns running the Bells think they should get more for doing nothing.