Windows 7 netbooks in NSW schools?

I was asked by a journalist to comment on the NSW government decision to distribute Windows 7 “mini notebooks” across schools. Here’s my reply: I used to work with satellite networks, providing Internet access to most of NSW before wired broadband was widely available...

Annoying by design

Microsoft claim that their UAC security prompts in Vista are designed to annoy you. I’m trying hard to take them seriously and to not laugh them off… but did they really think it’d work? OEMs and users have been disabling it in droves. Other users have probably taught...

What if… Windows went open source?

Sam Varghese over at iTWire asked me a couple of days ago for input on whether FOSS would be affected if the Windows source code was released. I started drafting a response, expecting to be finished quickly, but the ideas just kept flowing. The end result was a touch...

Dancing with the Devil in the pale moonlight

Last night, SLUG’s monthly meeting played host to four representatives from Microsoft: Sarah Bond, Platform Strategy Manager. Sarah was present to talk about Microsoft’s current position with OOXML, especially with regards to the interoperability with Linux. Amit...

Megahertz marketing

Stuart Corner at iTWire succumbs to our old nemesis, corporate marketing. Intel have for years pushed the line that megahertz (MHz) equals speed. Apple used to call this the ‘Megahertz Myth‘. Intel competitors AMD and Cyrix were for many years forced to resort to...