Good morning readers, I hope all is well. No witty or insightful thoughts for today (one could argue you don’t get them any day) as I’ve rolled out of bed late, nearly killed myself getting a coffee. Then midway through writing this the hard drive on my desktop failed. How is this still here ? I rewrote it all from memory. Long time-readers as far back as yesterday might comment that Monday morning has caught up with me.
Ohh well, what can you do but sit very, very still. First up, if you want a good analysis of what’s going on over at Microsoft it might be a good idea to become a reader of Mary Jo Foley. I’ve been ignoring Microsoft’s beta program for Vista as it’s getting rather confusing, with Microsoft setting up what they call Community Technology Preview (CTP), which isn’t a beta, but now apparently is both a beta and a CTP. Do you know what it means ? I sure as hell don’t. Or rather, didn’t. Sticking with Microsoft for a minute (but then, when do they ever leave ?) apparently they think that they’re getting somewhere with the EU antitrust commissioners. Which, in antitrust speak, usually means that we’re in for another horse and pony show. We’ll see, but after the EU commissioners saying that the 15,000 page document Microsoft send them was a load of bull and with threats of daily fines, big fines and even more fines perhaps Microsoft might cop on and do businesses. Honestly... sheesh... and other expressions of indignation
The EU isn’t the only one who doesn’t trust Microsoft these days - according to a report by Forrester Research Microsoft is one of the least trusted organisations in IT ; whilst Apple and (get this) Dell are viewed as being the type of companies you could bring home to your mother. One clear implication of this, as pointed out by the Forrester lot, is that Microsoft risks losing a lot of business, particularly given that the most untrusting group are affluent types. Of course Microsoft has always had one trump card to play, and play it again it shall : Could you live without Microsoft ? Well, I know you could, just like you could live in the forest if need be. But would you take Linux over Windows ? And therein lies the problem
Speaking of trust but not of Microsoft (see that, seamless transition from story one to four, that’s skill that) a YouGov poll in the UK has determined that 65 percent of Joe Public doesn’t trust online organisations to hold and spread their information responsibly. 91 percent also said that companies offering online services need to do more to protect their identity, though 70 percent say that they trust banks (compared to 23 percent trusting government with their ID, which still comes in ahead of retailers 21 percent and ISP’s 11 percent.) People seem to be generally uncomfortable sharing their data with anyone online. Frankly, who can blame ’em ?
In yet more seamless transition, from identity protection to a country where your identity is state-owned, we have the people behind Anonymizer going live in China in a bid to skirt past the Great Chinese Firewall. They’ve set up a website, which will regularly change address, to help spread the software which they claim will allow Chinese internet users to browse freely and without being snooped on by Chinese net coppers. Risky game, if you get caught
Speaking of Chinese internet coppers, apparently they have somewhere in the region of 30,000, a number which is growing along with the internet pickup rate in China. They use tools like Internet Detective to monitor their citizen’s online activities, according to USA Today. The Chinese government is beginning to use the simple idea of these police to force people to police themselves, with cartoons going up reminding people quite explicitly that Big Brother is watching, and thus the thinking goes they’ll be mindful of doing things they’ll regret. Like mentioning democracy
Meanwhile, and breaking any sense of continuity, we have news that Asustek is going to be making at least 1.2 million Apple iBook’s in the near future, having secured the lucrative contract. Panels for the iBook’s are due to be delivered at a rate of 40,000 to 50,000 per month from separate contractors, and that’s about what we’d see supply coming in at. There’s some math for you
And finally, yes I do leave you with an amusing note. Or a thought provoking one. Instead I’m going to complain about technology. Bloody hell, failing with no notice whatsoever. And I’m done.
Coming up today we have Barry flipping his lid about iPod’s (more offering criticism), three gaming pads have been reviewed and err, something on networking. Joys when nobody tells me these things. I see it all in the tea leaves.