Is Windows Collapsing?

According to an article on computerworld.com Microsoft had best make sure that the Windows operating system has an up to date programlife insurance quote.  Because the way things have been going with Vista and Microsoft’s refusal to just be sensible and stick with the XP that already works…. beefing that up instead of scrapping it in favor of the rolling and screaming … disaster that Vista has become.

If Microsoft can’t pull it’s collective heads out soon and do something right with XP, they’re going to end up a has-been that people will start forgetting.

Also, don’t look for the next version beyond vista, code named “Windows 7” to be any better.  From what I’ve see thus far, that thing is geared not for the user so much as it is to make Microsoft more money.  Instead of just providing a complete operating system, they’re carving that thing up into modular chunks, bits that will require more money (and activation codes no doubt) in order to add them in to the existing base install.

The only thing that this is going to do is turn people away from them even faster than Vista is doing.

Honestly, I think that vista has been the best thing for linux in a long time.  Windows 7 promises to be even better for linux.

Technorati Tags: Linux, microsoft, modular, upgrade, vista, windows, windows+7, windows+vista, windows+xp

Iran Says It’s Not Supporting Militias In Iraq

It seems like it’s a seasonal thing anymore.  Just as the eyes of golf pros and amateurs alike turn toward the greens and the Cobra golf gear in the pro shop when the weather turns warm and Spring approaches, so also will Iran voice denials of doing anything wrong or underhanded when people start talking about Iraq or Nuclear weapons.

IRAN DENIES SUPPORTING IRAQ MILITIAS
Iran’s U.N. Mission says allegations by U.S. officials that the country is supporting the insurgency in Iraq are “unfounded” and “baseless.”

I think that news agencies could just save themselves a lot of time and trouble by just keeping a stock story on file “Iran says ‘we didn’t do it’.”, that they could print automatically every four to six weeks and likely as not, it’d be appropriate every time.

Technorati Tags: iran, iraq, militia, terrorists, insurgents, insurgency

Music Industry Trying To Penalize Everybody

According to an item on Wired, Some people in the music industry are working up a new plan to bilk people out of more money.  It goes back to one Jim Griffin, a consultant in “digital strategy” for three of the four major “big content” music providers, and his suggestion that ISPs collect a surcharge of $5.00 per user, per month and used “compensate songwriters, performers, publishers and music labels”.  The idea is that the money would be divided up according to the popularity of each artists’ popularity on P2P sites.

It’s amazing, some of the things people will try to come up with.  I can’t help thinking that ISPs who buy into it are gong to need medical id bracelets with “Impaired Brain Function” stamped on them.

Yeah, there’s a problem with piracy and so on but the answer is NOT to charge EVERYBODY for it.  That’s penalizing people who haven’t ever had anything to do with what they’re wanting to charge for.

All it’s going to do is align more people against the music industry, just like more and more people are aligned against the RIAA and the MPAA.  If the music industry keeps going down this road they’re going to end up losing out completely.  Already more and more artists are working out their own distribution and licensing arrangements by way of their websites and the power of internet distribution.  “Big Content” is quickly becoming outmoded.

[edited to add: Note that this $5.00 per user, per month surcharge would mean $20 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.  ….More than twice what the music industry is already making!!!  Let’s NOT let them get away with it!]

Technorati Tags: music, file+sharing, p2p, music+industry, surcharge, piracy, piracy+surcharge

Austrailian Man Chooses Chip … At What Cost?

I saw an item on slashdot a few days ago that’s been gnawing at me for a while now.  It involves a story about somebody referred to as “Australia’s Geekiest Man” and the fact that in his effort to create a software controlled environemnt that he’s had an RFID tag implanted in his arm.

Currently he’s using this tag as part of the control mechanism he’s concocting.  … doing things like locking and unlocking doors, operating window shades, and all manner of other stuff.  The problem is that there’s a price to be paid for implanting something in your body that had the monstrous potential for tracking and misuse as an RFID tag (or any other kind of tracking device).

Has this man and others like him who have had RFID chips implanted sacrificed their souls?  Probably not yet, because the political / religious world situation hasn’t quite gotten far enough along yet for it to be mandatory for everyone.  However that day is coming soon and then what is going to happen?

The more acceptable this kind of technology is the easier it’s going to be to eventually require people to have it implanted whether they like it or no.  That’s when it’s going to be essential to refuse the things.

Revelation 13:17, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Bear in mind that the word “mark” in this scripture actually refers to a puncture, very much like an injection, which is a method used to implant RFID chips.

Technorati Tags: implant, last+days, mark, mark+of+the+beast, rfid, technology

“Link Juice” And Social Bookmarking Sites

Anybody that’s been around the web in general and blogging in particular knows very much the value of social bookmarking sites, like Digg, Technorati, StumbleUpon and others. They’re the source of a lot of traffic and it’s helpful to be indexed in their sites.  If you’ve got the SearchStatus plugin for Firefox and you enable it’s option to “Highlight Nofollow Links”, you’ll also know that most of the links on most of these sites are Nofollow links.

This means that while using technorati tags and social bookmarking links is a great idea, there is zero sense in using anything but nofollow links in the tags and in links to other social sites

Sometime back I wrote “Build Traffic With Technorati” in which I first talked about the famous blog index and a tag generator javascript that I discovered.  Then later in “How To Choose Good Tags” I reposted the Technorati Tag Generator.

Since then, I’ve decided that it’s best if links like technorati tags and the Sociable plugin’s links to other social bookmarking sites are Nofollow.  I’ve edited the code in the tag generator so that the tags it produces are nofollow.

I spent some time trying to do the same with the Sociable plugin for WordPress but haven’t managed it yet.  Then earlier tonight I ran across a little gem on Andy Beard’s blog called “Sphinn Support – Antisocial (SEO Friendly Sociable) WordPress Plugin“, about a version of Sociable that’s been hacked to make the links it generates Nofollow.  It also adds a tweak or two and fixes a bug in the stumbleupon code that was in the original.

I’m thinking that especially with the way Search Engines <gazes pointedly at the image in the sidebar> are working these days, it’s a good idea to be a bit on the stingy side with “Do Follow” links.  Even if you don’t want to be stingy with it, there’s still no reason in the world to use a “do follow” link to a site where most (if not all) of the links on it are Nofollow.

Technorati Tags: link+juice, links, nofollow, sociable, social+bookmarking, social+networking, sphinn, stumbleupon, technorati, technorati+tags, twitthis, wordpress, wordpress+plugins

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