Category Archives: Computer and Internet

Another stupid Anti-Malware test?

PC Mag has an article on the latest anti-malware tests by NSS Labs.  For this test NSS Labs turned off Microsoft’s SmartScreen because it was too effective, blocking 98-100% of malware.  SmartScreen, being in the OS now, works independent of … Continue reading

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Microsoft Goes Low

Lower-end devices are where both Windows Phone and Windows 8 tablets are showing the most traction.  On the phone side the (Nokia) Lumia 520/521 is where a lot of the volume growth has come from.  On the tablet side the … Continue reading

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How much of a broadband monopoly is there?

One of the issues that comes up  in the Net Neutrality discussion is people’s perception that there is a monopoly or duopoly on broadband providers.  Ok, for folks outside the U.S. this is going to be a very U.S.-centric discussion … Continue reading

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“Net Neutrality” gives me a headache

Many a night, usually during what would be considered “Prime Time” for TV, my wife complains that the Internet is slow.  She isn’t trying to watch video, and most of the time when she makes this complaint no one is … Continue reading

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More fuel on the Android apps on Windows fire

In 1996 Microsoft licensed Java from Sun.  Think about that for a moment before continuing on with this blog post.  At what seemed the height of its PC market dominance, when it “owned” the developers, when Visual Basic and Visual … Continue reading

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Microsoft and an Android play

We are floating in rumors and suggestions this week around Microsoft and Android, from a call for Microsoft to drop Windows Phone in favor of a forked Android to Peter Bright’s explanation of why that doesn’t make technical sense, to the … Continue reading

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Where is Windows going?

Paul Thurrott’s piece (some might say rant) this weekend over where Microsoft seems to be taking Windows with Windows 8.1 Update 1 adds more fuel to the fire about the future of Windows.  Put simply, Microsoft began a re-invention of … Continue reading

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Another one bites the dust

Today we learned that Sony has sold off their PC business, although from the sounds of it (and certainly for anyone outside Japan) Vaio PCs are just history.  In my view this is a healthy development.  Too many airlines with … Continue reading

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No real comments on today’s Microsoft announcements, yet

I can see from the stats that people are coming to my blog to see what I have to say about today’s announcement of Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO and Bill Gates putting in more time at Microsoft as … Continue reading

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Tablets, Phablets, and Phones: Is there change in the wind?

With the exception of Microsoft, most tech companies are posting somewhat disappointing results.  Particularly when it comes to sales of tablets and smartphones.  Now to some extent I think this is the result of overly aggressive projections by analysts.  Or … Continue reading

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