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Monday, December 08, 2003
Looking for me? >>NetLink (2:30 PM)
The TechnoGeek blogs have moved! You can find them at my new site at

Thursday, December 04, 2003
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City in trouble >>NetLink (3:18 PM)
Yes, it had to happen, and the Haitian and Cuban communities are up in arms over Grand Theft Auto: Vice City's push to kill these groups in a fictional game. Apparently Rockstar is already in trouble when two Taiwanesse boys mimmiked the game and went on a sniper spree.

What happened to the good 'ol days of defeating oversized monsters, robots and other random stuff?
Linux spreads to cellphones >>NetLink (3:11 PM)
Japans largest cellphone carrier has been reported to be implementing Linux in its next generation cellphones. DoCoMo has provided information to companies like NEC on creating these sorts of handsets for its network, this company has been planning such a device since May.
Is your computer secure? You could be sending spam too >>NetLink (3:09 PM)
People who have their computers comprimised without their knowledge could be adding to the growing trend of spam (currently it is estimated 60% of e-mail sent over the internet is spam, and that figure is to grow to 70% over the next month). Nearly one in three computers could be sending out spam thanks to Remote Access Trojans.
Virus is pro-spam >>NetLink (3:05 PM)
A new MiMail variant attacks using distributed Denial of Service attacks on several anti-spam company sites. It also sends out an e-mail as if it was from Spamhaus (one of the sites it targets) saying that child porn CDs are on their way, so now Spamhaus is also getting complaints from infected mail users as well.
Microsoft broadens intellectual property licenses >>NetLink (2:58 PM)
Microsoft who enjoy buying other peoples software and claiming it their own has opened up more technologies for licensing. This marks a change in Microsoft, which has previously been very strict in its Intellectual Property.
HP joins in music fun >>NetLink (2:54 PM)
Hewlett Packard has announced it would demo a digital music player and start an online music store next month.

This could be with Dell coming into the arena as well.

Wednesday, December 03, 2003
New Hotmail Launches >>NetLink (12:34 PM)
The new version of Hotmail is here. What is really getting up Mozilla users is the fact that tabs no longer work in Hotmail due to stupid wastes of Javascript usage when opening a mail message.

Anyway, take a look. It reminds me of Outlook 2003, but it looks good (whereas Office 2003 just looks bad).

Tuesday, December 02, 2003
As PSX readies, features dropped >>NetLink (8:13 PM)
In a recent announcement close to the December 13 Japanese release of the PSX, a central digital entertainment centre, Sony has said that some features have been dropped.

Some of these features include the ability to read DVD+RW discs and connecting to the Playstation BB internet service. These two features are said to be available via free updates later on.

Other dropped features includes display of TIFF and GIF images, playback of MP3 files and playback of movies from Sony's CyberShot cameras have been dropped, as well as a few other features.

They are said to be dropped because of:
a) Ease of use (yeah right)
b) They ran out of time
I think b) would apply to all of them.
SCO "desperate" >>NetLink (8:03 PM)
A Law school professor has released a paper describing SCO's position as desperate as it tries to grab money from all Linux users (basically).

Read this article to find out what sections of the GPL SCO is violating with its claims and where it contradicts itself.
Tablet PC running Linux breaks US$1000 >>NetLink (7:57 PM)
A modified version of a Linux distribution from Lycoris, coupled with Element Computer, has created a Tablet PC much cheaper than the Windows counterpart.

While handwriting recognition isn't available at this time (it is being developed and released next year), it does provide basic tablet functionality.

This comes at a time where Microsoft has been critisized for charging too much in its Windows XP Tablet OS which is causing slow sales.
Microsoft against Java inclusion >>NetLink (7:50 PM)
Microsoft is going to appeal the court decision for it to include a version of Java in every version of Windows XP. As standard, Windows XP does not include Java, a cross-platform programming language that does require software to run properly. Instead if you come across a web page that has a Java applet you will be prompted to download a 5MB file, something that should be probably already included.

This could have been Microsofts push towards increasing the use of ActiveX controls instead of other 3rd-party methods (such as Netscape Plug-ins which Microsoft decided to nuke in Internet Explorer 5.5 SP1 and 6). This site suggests Microsofts fear of the Java language, as it is cross-platform, to hold control over Windows.
Longhorn pirated two years ahead >>NetLink (7:43 PM)
In a massive coup in Malaysia it has been found that the next generation of the Windows operating system currently codenamed Longhorn is already being sold for less that $2 in Malaysia. The software would have been obtained from the copies Microsoft distributed at a developer conference and is pre-alpha and possibly very buggy code.