Apple May Buy Universal Music

Submitted by jbreland on Mon, 04/14/2003 - 08:17

I can't really see what good this would do, but interesting and noteworthy nonetheless. Here's the full story:

http://news.com.com/2100-1042-996532.html

The really funny thing is that Apple's stock took an 8% dip after this was announced. Also, a later article on this subject (can't remember the source) reported that Microsoft was also showing more than a passive interest in purchasing Universal Music. Interesting times...

And you thought Knoppix was neat

Submitted by jbreland on Thu, 04/10/2003 - 14:19

I got this info from looking around at Distrowatch and it looks cool... its name is Morphix and it has boot cd's that are very Knoppix-like in that they have every application known to man fit on the cd and then they have a lite version that runs on older hardware and "flies on newer hardware"... but more importantly they have a games specific version. Apparently they have just released new versions of these isos.

Here is their page

Using Mozilla to Test and Debug Web Sites

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/09/2003 - 15:16

We already know that, despite a few remaining problems, Mozilla is the best web browser available (well, we enlightened folk anyway ;-) ), but here's another very cool feature - debugging web sites.

I've messed with this capability a couple times in the past, just to see what exactly it does, but I never did anything more than just skim over the surface of it. Well, I recently came accross this site, which gives a VERY thorough tutorial and using the debugging and development capabilities of Mozilla to their fullest extent. It's most definitely worth reading for anyone that develops web pages.

The tutorial can be found ere:
http://gemal.dk/mozilla/mozdev.html

Bye-Bye TCPA, Hello Trusted Computing Group

Submitted by jbreland on Wed, 04/09/2003 - 13:09

It looks like the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA) is no more, although that's not necessarily a good thing. The new Trusted Computing Group is basically composed of the same members of the TCPA, but now instead of focusing on the design and specifications of "trusted computing" (AKA Palladium), they're now focused on bringing it to market as soon as possible.

"TCG is a more formal group with licensing policy, a marketing budget, and a mission to push the trusted computing technology into a variety of devices."

Okay, now let's summerize:

  • "formal licensing policy" => ream the end users
  • "push the trusted computing technology" => force Microsoft's plan for total market dominance upon unwilling users
  • "variety of devices" => there's no escaping it!

Crap.

Full story

Intel helps found WiMAX broadband wireless forum

Submitted by jbreland on Tue, 04/08/2003 - 20:39

"The 802.16a standard, approved in January of this year, is a wireless metropolitan area network technology that will connect 802.11 hot spots to the Internet and provide a wireless extension to cable and DSL for last mile broadband access. It provides up to 50-kilometers of range and allows users to get broadband connectivity without needing a direct line of sight with the base station. The wireless broadband technology also provides shared data rates up to 70-Mbit/s"

Full story:
http://www.ebnonline.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=8600222