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The Heartbleed drama queens

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April 20, 2014
Heartbleed Bug

The news is rife with screeching reports about the Heartbleed vulnerability, with some news outlets questioning the security model of open source. If you aren’t familiar with it, Heartbleed is “…a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library, widely used to implement the Internet’s Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol” according to Wikipedia. While...
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Why I don’t care about the end of Windows XP

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April 10, 2014
Why I don’t care about the end of Windows XP

There has been a slew of Windows XP related articles in the open source press, as well as non-technology press. It seems that Windows XP is everywhere these days, given that it expired officially two days ago. Most articles seem to cover Windows XP alternatives, with various Linux distributions being promoted as replacements. While...
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Did Bill Gates fire Steve Ballmer from Microsoft?

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August 26, 2013
Did Bill Gates fire Steve Ballmer from Microsoft?

In my last column, I covered why Steve Ballmer needed to be fired from the CEO job at Microsoft. Well, lo and behold it happened! Not because of anything I wrote of course, but because Microsoft’s board of directors finally put their bongs down and woke up to what a disaster Ballmer has been...
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Will Windows 8.1 save Microsoft?

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April 20, 2013
Will Windows 8.1 save Microsoft?

Microsoft finally appears to be getting a clue that its customers detest the Windows 8 default interface, and want the Windows 8 Start button back: Microsoft will soon launch Windows 8.1, the first major overhaul of an operating system that’s often described as a rather disappointing product. Also dubbed “the new Vista,” Windows 8...
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DARPA’s ARGUS-IS 1.8 gigapixel drone camera

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February 3, 2013
DARPA’s ARGUS-IS 1.8 gigapixel drone camera

DARPA’s 1.8 gigapixel surveillance video feed is a stunning piece of technology, but it’s also very creepy. Take a look a the video embedded below to see the amazing resolution of these videos…from 15,000 feet in the air! Useful Tool or Big Brother in the Air? I suppose that some will argue that this...
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How to buy refurbished Apple products

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February 2, 2013
How to buy refurbished Apple products

From time to time one of my friends or family members asks me about buying Apple products. For some strange reason, they tend to think that they have to pay full price to buy an iPad, Macbook or iMac. None of them seem to know anything about refurbished Apple products. What is a Refurbished...
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Windows Blue and yearly upgrades

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December 31, 2012
Windows Blue

Windows Blue is apparently the next big thing at Microsoft. Now we’ll see a yearly update to Windows, along with a standardized SDK for desktop and mobile devices. The update will also be much cheaper than previous Windows upgrades (probably around $25). Way back in August, three months before the release of Windows 8,...
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Why do we buy books with DRM?

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December 31, 2012
The Last Lion: Defender of the Realm

Ars has a good column about why DRM persists in ebooks despite being dropped by the music industry. So maybe you were lucky enough to get an e-reader for the holidays. In fact, maybe you’re reading this article on one right now! Maybe you’re cozying up to your fire and you’re considering what e-book you...
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The history of NeXT and OS X

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December 31, 2012
OS X Column Browsing

Ars has a very interesting history of NeXT and OS X. In the 1990s, Apple struggled to bring the original Mac OS—originally written in 1984 for the resource-constrained Macintosh 128K machine—up to modern operating system standards. The story of how OS X came to be is thrilling in its own right, but suffice it to...
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Apple bashing by the NY Times

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December 31, 2012
The NY Times Bestseller List in iBooks

I sure hope the NY Times doesn’t get a Pulitzer Prize for their blatant bashing of Apple. How absurd that there’s even a possibility of that happening. If you wondered where the New York Times’ massive, 9-part iEconomy series was headed, here’s a clue: Part 1 was published on Jan. 21, and Part 9 on...
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