Category Archives: Microsoft

Cory Doctorow’s DRM manifesto

A couple of people have been by looking for Cory Doctorow’s DRM manifesto.

Here’s a link for the PDF version:

Here’s a link to Cory’s weblog entry for a video link (and comments):

And here’s the link for the video:

as Cory points out on his weblog entry:

“Now Microsoft has released this video to the public, though you need Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Media Player to see it. “

Steve Balmer wants to own Linux? makes the case for Linux getting owned by Microsoft.

BBC drinks the Microsoft Kool-Aid

MS buys SUSE and Linux get Own3d?

Superb commercial move or scary monopolistic shenanigans?

One of the good guys

Stephen Lamb’s blog.

Microsoft security guy and evangelist. And still he’s one of the good guys.

Got a chance to listen to him at a CMA event and had a brief chat afterwards – definitely evangelist with a small e and very good on the security front.

Microsoft does Open Source

I’m obviously late to the party on this one and it may not have got off on the best foot or got complete buy-in – but I think it’s very interesting.

Huh? How exactly does this work – (cont’d)

The embedded video doesn’t work with Opera. I’m assuming it doesn’t work with Safari either. Why not?

Huh? How exactly does this work

“Welcome to 10

With 10 we have a dream: create a place for people with both a passion for technology and also a desire to change the world. As a compass to help guide us forward we’ve written what we call the 10 Manifesto:
One band of passionate digital citizens reaching out to enthusiasts around the globe.
Two-way communication that is based on mutual respect will lead to success.
Three degrees make up the interview: The medium, the subject, and the conversation.
Four corners of the world encompass millions of ideas and a shared global imagination.
Five by five is how we communicate; with maximum strength and clarity.
Six minutes of headlines and links isn’t enough. We want to create opinions, depth, and focus.
Seven days a week we hunt for discussions on seven continents. Work and life can be synthesized.
Eight bits of media will grow into more than just bytes of data. They should inform and enthrall.
Nine plus Ten is much more than nineteen. Together we can teach, listen, and learn together.

10 is all of these things, but most important it is what our users make it. Listen to everyone.

Thank you for being a part of 10, we’re looking forward to your feedback as we begin this journey together.”

Oh, the irony! – cont’d

Article from The Guardian.

“Graham Cluley of Sophos, a leading UK-based security vendor, confirmed by email that Sophos “is experiencing no problems with PatchGuard for our anti-virus software”. He added: “Sophos believes that PatchGuard is a positive step by Microsoft to improve security on Vista, and is not in itself anti-competitive provided that Microsoft delivers on its commitment to provide the same level of kernel support and integration to third-party security vendors as it does to its own security product team.”

Buy Sophos software!

Oh, the irony!

Huh? I don’t get it – security firms want Microsoft to be insecure? Now, why would they want that?

So, the local community starts putting bolts on their doors and the fat, bloated locksmith complains that they’re taking food out of the mouths of his kids – sounds exactly like the kinda guy I would want on my side ensuring my security.

Guardian article on the BBC and Microsoft’s “Memorandum of Understanding”.

Here with comments – the comments are even better than the article.

As I work for the BBC and am trying to get them to think of digital rights management in a whole new light, I’m going to let this slide other than to give you a pointer to the article.

Microsoft sues over source code theft.

Story here.  Quote:

“Our own intellectual property was stolen from us and used to create this tool,” said Bonnie MacNaughton, a senior attorney in Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs division.

This is a very dangerous path for Microsoft to go down, not only because they have offered, in effect, to ciminalise anyone who works with them, but also because it could mean having to look in their own backyard quite carefully.