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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tech Talk:

From time to time, flotsam and jetsam get mentioned on our internal forums - things which are interesting, but are either too short or too unrelated to networking to really make them into full posts in their own right. We're gathering some of them here.

Cisco Systems sues Apple over iPhone

David Jordan:

Apple has got to be the stupidest company in the world when it comes to trademark issues. Starting with their name which is a deliberate infringement on the name of the Beatles' record company. They bought their way out of that one with a gargantuan check and a promise to never produce a product that had anything to do with music. So whenever they actually do produce a product that has anything to do with music (think iPod), they get their pants sued off of them again and again. And rather than seeking a license agreement ahead of time, they just put the various products out and hope that Apple Records somehow doesn't notice. Like anyone was going to miss the iPod. So of course they end up paying much more after the fact than they would have with the upfront license.

They seem to be getting with the program a little bit here, in that they actually did attempt to license the iPhone name from Cisco, but reverted to their usual behavior by going ahead with it anyway after failing to reach the agreement. I suspect that they will again end up paying more now than they would have had they just accepted whatever Cisco was asking for. Unless their product bombs.

Dan Street:

Do you think that Apple would sue me for creating a new infant training chair called: iPoddy?

Lance Brown:

The iToilet people might have an issue with it. Do a search and I'm sure you will find it.

Brian Boyko:

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Quickie Notes (Formerly Daily Links): No vista compatability checklist from MS,

Quickie Notes (Formerly Daily Links): No vista compatability checklist from MS,

New York Times: At More Offices, a Plan to Stick With That Old PC
As a new report from Forrester Research indicates, businesses are expected to be less willing to open their wallets for new technology in 2007. Globally, technology goods and services spending is predicted to grow 5 percent next year, to $1.55 trillion. That would be a slowdown from gains of 8 percent in both 2005 and 2006.

Images at produced with the Gnu Image Manipulation Program. (Photoshop can wait a while...)

ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft: No plans to release public Vista app-compat checklist
If you were wondering when Microsoft plans to publish an official list of applications that don't work well with Windows Vista, the answer is never. When Microsoft released Windows XP Service Pack 2, the company subsequently published a list of applications that didn't work properly (or at all) with the SP2 update. But with Windows Vista, Microsoft has decided not to issue a public list.

This is a good reason never to roll out software on a large scale before testing it out on a small scale.

Heise Online: Virtualization Solution KVM will be in the next version of Linux
Linus Torvalds has included the virtualization environment KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine for Linux) in the tree leading to Linux kernel 2.6.20. In the case of KVM the kernel after loading a special module itself functions as a hypervisor for virtual machines. This approach however is predicated upon the cooperation of the virtualization functions of up-to-date x64 processors by Intel (VT: Vanderpool) or AMD (AMD-V: Pacifica/Presidio, Secure Virtual Machine/SVM). The support for AMD's technology, which was completed only recently, is part of the included source code; while the description taken from older patches apparently mistakenly talks of support for Intel CPUs only.

Virtualization is hot, but wouldn't they have come up with a less confusing acronym?

Read/Write Web: 2006 Web Technology Trends.
To kick this series off, here is an overview of some high level trends from 2006. In our next post, we'll make predictions for 2007. We're also looking for YOUR feedback, to ensure that what we cover over the next few weeks is complete.

Notably absent from the list: Moms who pretend to be 17 year old girls to spy on teenage sons.

Ars Technica: New hope for net neutrality as Stevens telecom bill dies
The Congressional attempt to update the nation's 1996 Telecommunications Act died with the pounding of the gavel that recently ended the 109th Congress. Ted Stevens (R-AK), the aging senator whose grasp on the technology in question was definitely "old school," won't be chairing any committees when the next Congress is sworn in, and the bill he helped to draft must be introduced again next year to have any chance at passing—and that's unlikely to happen unless Stevens is a fan of Pyrrhic victories.

The legislative docket is not something you dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. Physicists in Japan plan to create new universe in lab
...the physicists involved believe that if the project is successful, the space-time around a tiny point within our universe will be distorted in such a way that it will begin to form a new superfluid space, and eventually break off, separate in all respects from our experience of space and time, causing no harm to the fabric of our universe.

Okay. And we thought virtual servers were cutting edge...

VoIP Lowdown: New Public Sector VoIP System in Taipei
Citizens of Taipei city will now be able to have easy access to the government thanks to VoIP. The government has deployed a VoIP system that is perhaps the largest VoIP project that has been executed in the world in the public sector. Through this deployment, the citizen can contact city officials or access services or even call schools absolutely free of cost. The system that is now in place brings together the 163 units under the government and around 234 schools at various levels.

This brings us to the classic debate between private enterprise and public necessity; what's your take?

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

John Cleese on Proportional Representation

This is a short video clip to start the blog off; it's a clip from John Cleese on proportional representation in the U.K., shortly after the 1983 election. This clip is from, and has been rehosted at YouTube in order to save bandwidth.