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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Last Rites Administered to PalmOS



The CEO of Palm has announced that a version of the Treo 700 will run Windows Mobile 5.0.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005


The Sun does news
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Bush Googlebombed

A search for failure (or "miserable failure") on Google shows the George W Bush bio page on the offical White House site. Google defends not tinkering with this spot of Googlebombing on its blog.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Hack Google Mail and Get Free Storage
Have you used Google's nifty Gmail service? It gives you a gigabyte of storage space for mail files. But with a bit of configuration, you can use all that space as a huge online hard drive, for backing up files and making data available to multiple computers around the world. Save your data in cyberspace today!

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1854493,00.asp
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I haven't checked the link, but I installed a driver to do this (at home, of course) and it worked kinda ok - it truncated filenames. However, a few months ago it stopped working - I assumed Google decided it was evil.

I have a few Gmail invites; if anyone wants one drop me an e-mail.
 
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Apple giving iPod nano away?

Analyst Jim Handy of Semico Research speculates that Apple are making a loss on the nano in this article in USA Today. The wholesale cost of 2GB of flash memory is $99 and the nano costs $199. He may be right.
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Friday, September 16, 2005

Very cool billboard

Dunno where the actual billboard is.
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Where?
 
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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Social engineering costs hacker 11 months

I really haven't heard it called that before. PCWorld.com has the details on the sentencing of the Paris Hilton hacker.
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The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security

Marcus Ranum released any interesting editorial entitled "The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security." He gives his views on common security misconceptions that seem to be perpetuated throughout corporate IT environments. You can read this and other editorials at:http://www.ranum.com/security/computer_security/editorials/dumb/"
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Skrewed?

Light Reading reports that Verso have announced a carrier grade (that's for ISPs) solution that will block VOIP traffic. Ouch for eBay.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Larry buys a CRM solution

Well, the company actually. Oracle has agreed to pay $5.8bn for Siebel. Announced on the same day that Ellison himself agreed to pay $100m to charity in an attempt to avoid prosecution on insider dealing charges.
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Monday, September 12, 2005

VOIP becomes very expensive

The purchase of Skype by eBay for $2.6bn was confirmed today (you read it first here last week). Quite why eBay needs to own a telco stumps me, though. $2.6bn buys an awful lot of phone calls if eBay really feels it needs to provide a telephony service for it's customers. With profits of $7m last year Skype is hardly going to provide a lot of cash any time soon and when it does it'll find itself in competition with the likes of Yahoo!, Google and Microsoft. Looking forward to see what The Economist's take will be!
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From Fleet Street to CA

Dow Jones report specualtion that Google may be taking a look at Reuters. They would, wouldn't they?
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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Civil Liberties Humour

When I first settled in the UK I was really surprised how many take-away pizza establishments used customer databases. Everytime I rang they automatically knew my address and purchase history based on the phone I was ringing from.

At first I actually thought it was quite a cutting edge use of customer management software until I saw what the American Civil Liberties Union has predicted for our universal database future in this very amusing presentation.
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I notice that if you click on their "Take Action" link you can sign up for their email newsletter. In order to do this you have to enter your full street address as well as your email address, and by default their site remembers your details unless you opt out.
They're not exactly settin a good example for others to follow!!
 
Well, they need your street address for the note to your congressman to be legitimate (if you sign any petition, your address is used as a way of validating the number of signatories) and their privacy policy does say that they use cookies (which only they can read).
 
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Google Purge

Google plans to destroy all information that it can't index as reported here.
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EBay to buy Skype?

EBay is in talks to acquire Internet-telephony company Skype Technologies for $2 billion to $3 billion, in a deal that would represent a dramatic shift in strategy for the world's largest online auction site, reports the WSJ.
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It's a done deal now apparently.

Here's the eBay page announcing it.

And here's the news on the Skype site.

It should be good and will make a lot more people aware of what skype is.

Someday soon I will post about my family's recent explosion in Skype usage since I moved to NYC.
 
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