Today's Column & Article Summaries
Free Speech Articles
The FBI Has Bugged Our Public Libraries - CTNow.com
It's a new assault on your privacy and personal freedoms: According to this article, the FBI is bugging computers used in libraries in a net being cast to try and catch would-be terrorists. It's an ugly development in an ugly assault on the principles that helped forge this nation, but it's coming from our own government. Read this article. It's an important issue.
Microsoft: Freedom to Dominate - San Jose Mercury News
Our editor thought that he got an earful for daring to criticize the current administration's DoJ for the Microsoft settlement, but Dan Gilmore steps that up several notches. We like it. This piece says that the settlement is devoid of usefulness, that the Bush administration didn't do its job, and that we are all screwed unless we stop buying Microsoft products. A very, very, good read.
Shareholders to Microsoft: Pay out - News.com
It seems shareholders want some of the US$40 billion in cash that Microsoft has on hand. Microsoft says no way. This is one of the strangest companies on the planet. An amusing read.
Woz's Danger targets Europe - Macworld UK
Macworld UK has information about efforts by Steve Wozniak to get the HipTop Communicator carried in France. An interesting read.
The Free Speech Letters (Charles Moore) - Low End Macs
Charles Moore shares some of the many letters he has received in regards to a free speech fracas that has developed over at Low End Mac. A good read.
The Practical Mac - Top 10 Ways Not to Get Hired - Low End Mac
Steve Watkins offers up 10 ways to absolutely guarantee that you will not get hired by a company for an network admin position. The humor is very dry, and we thoroughly enjoyed it, especially #10. A very entertaining read.
Copy Protection-Related Articles
Merger could spawn more copy-proof CDs - News.com
Two of the most vile companies in technology, Macrovision and Midbar Tech, have merged. These two companies spend their time trying to find better ways for labels to keep us from making copies of our legally owned music. Hopefully the merger indicates future problems in this area of the market place. A fine story in an area that makes us tense.
Other Free Speech Articles
China's Cyberwall Nearly Concrete - Wired
Speaking of free speech and privacy, that paragon of evilness, China's communist government, is really stepping up the censorship and arrests for people having the nerve to talk about things deemed inappropriate by the oligarchs in Beijing. Wired reports on efforts to get the US government to help fund anti-censorship measures. A very important issue, and a good read.
MacOS News Around The Web Specials
TransIntl.com: Maximize New G4s w/ (Max Speed Code) SDRAM DIMMs; New FireWire CDRW; Quantum 5 ms drive up to 36 Gb; 9.1 Gb Ultra SCSI, 7200 RPM 7 ms ...$279
MAC-O-RAMA: Games for kids of ALL ages!