Apparently, Microsoft didn't even patch all of its own servers and therefore got nailed by this weekend's attack just like everyone else. If true, they should be ashamed both for not patching and for telling the world that patching is sufficient for security of Microsoft products.
Why convergence won't happen is an excellent essay on why your TV won't have a computer interface, and vice versa. David said this ten years ago (and I've been saying for even longer): TV people can't be bothered with anything more complex than a small subset of the buttons on their remote controls.
Great piece in today's SJ Mercury about how Americans tend to lump Muslims and Arabs together in our minds. "Despite a tendency among many Americans to equate Arabs with Muslims, the fact is that many Arabs in the United States today are not Muslims -- they're Christians from places such as Lebanon, for example. And most Muslims are not Arabs -- they're South Asians or African-Americans."
The more I see the announcement of these systems, the more I see "Gatesian fad" written all over them. They are expensive. The reviews of the first shipping systems often talk about imperfect drivers, which in the Windows world is a death knell. The fact that ViewSonic is one of the first big manufacturers makes them sound very marginalized already. Prediction: lots of press, few sales, and by Xmas, almost no one will be pushing them.
It is very likely that Apple is doing well with Mac users.
The show was fairly crowded on Thursday, which is a
good sign. Usually, Thursday is starting to drag. The mood was
It is really hard to pin a label on the majority of Mac users.
It is clear to me that I'm not in that majority, at least from the
products I saw exhibited. I'm not a graphics designer or a music
creator or a video producer. It seemed like over half the show
was catering to people in those businesses.
There are a lot of Switchers. Apple nailed this one pretty
well. My fond hope is that Apple does to Word what it just did to
Internet Explorer, and make it OSX-specific. A reasonable business
model would be like QuickTime: free for low-end, $30 for the more
advanced model (advanced features could be Word import/export and
The 17-inch PowerBook is heavy and long. Prediction: a zillion of
them need to be fixed even before their 1-year warranty is up due to
issues arising from torque. Nice screen, though.
Lots of people talking about Safari. Almost no one talking about
the new iApps.
I bought a really comfortable mouse called the Contour
UniMouse. This is the first mouse I have bought for daily use,
ever. $25 show price. So, where are all the low-cost USB keyboards?
PS2-based keyboards are under $5, but you can't find a USB keyboard
for under $40.