Low End PC Archive for April 2002
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- Review: Installing
Linux on a Walmart OS-less PC, Russel C. Pavlicek, NewsForge,
04.29. Except for the modem, Walmart's "OS free" PCs seem happy with
various Linux distros.
- Advice: Configuring mail
clients to send plain ASCII text, Pinehurst.net. "Plain text is how
your messages should be formatted...."
Max Headroom coming to TechTV. A favorite series from the 80s comes
to TechTV. Wish I could watch.
- Dark Side: Preinstalled Windows:
Aargh! I can't get it off!, John Lettice, The Register, 04.30. "It
is a legal requirement that pre-installed operating systems remain with
a machine for the life of the machine." Puh-lease!
- Rights: Your right to link
threatened, Steve Watkins, The Practical Mac, Low End Mac, 04.30.
"If the simple process of posting a link to another site becomes mired
in regulation, it is not inconceivable that the Internet as a useful
communication could begin to wither."
The browser that roared, Lev Grossman, Time, 04.29. Mozilla - has
Microsoft finally met its match?
FTC shuts down "spam" scam that promised prizes, Yahoo/Reuters,
04.24. Email promised video-game console, but link led to $3.99/minute
- Web: Rotten links
hamper learning, Katie Dean and Kendra Mayfield, Wired, 04.24. Web
links - here today, gone tomorrow?
- News: Heads
up, third party online credit transactions threatened, John H.
Farr, Applelinks, 04.22. MasterCard may cut off PayPal, others. Time to
look into Visa, Discover, American Express.
- News: Agreement on
computer recycling, Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times, 04.22 (free
registration required). $25-30 fee on new computers will fund recycling
of old machines.
- Opinion: The case against
Microsoft, Steve Watkins, The Practical Mac, Low End Mac, 04.23.
Why Microsoft should be broken up into two or more companies.
- Dark Side:
Microsoft puts the squeeze on NW schools, Steve Duin, The
Oregonian, 04.22 [/.].
"They just want to squeeze every nickel out of us they can."
XP means extra pain, Stewart Alsop, Fortune, 04.22. "As many
readers know, I've been using the Macintosh more and more at
- Rights: Google
runs into copyright dispute, David F. Gallagher, NY Times (free
registration required), 04.22. DMCA makes sites liable for linking to
content they do not control.
- Humor: Japanese
American history, Anonymous, iGeek.
- Humor: Funny stuff on the
Web, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, Low End Mac, 04.22. If none of
these have you snorting milk out your nose, it's only because you're
not drinking milk while visiting these sites.
- Rights: Waging peace on the
Internet, Oxblood Ruffin, The Register, 04.19. "Our definition of
hacktivism is, 'using technology to advance human rights through
- Opinion: White
House considers Microsoft's Passport for online national ID system,
Bryan Chaffin, Mac Observer, 04.19. This is how you penalize a
- New: Deep linking
returns to surface, Michelle Delio, Wired, 04.18 [mam]. "Legal experts say that deep
linking can violate . . . copyright and trademark laws." Huh?
We prefer Open Link.
- Rights: Shaping
the learning curve through a code, Jay Mathwes, Washington Post,
04.16. Georgia Tech student under "suspicion of academic misconduct"
after asking another student for help.
- Opinion: Web
business, David K. Every, iGeek, 04.16. "...don't let the 'dot-com
crisis'" fool you. There has been huge growth in the Internet...."
- Humor: More Microsoft
blunders, Jeff Adkins, The Lite Side, Low End Mac, 04.15. Dead
supporters and an anti-Unix site on a Unix server - that's just the
- Advice: Hide and
go seek, David K. Every, iGeek, 04.13. How to search the Web
- Rights: Google begins making
DMSC takedowns public, Linux Journal, 04.12 [/.].
"When results would have included a DMCA-censored page, the results
page now includes a link to the takedown letter that resulted in the
page being removed."
- Review: l'espion's very
small digital camera, Charles W. Moore, Applelinks, 04.12. Very
small, very inexpensive, and it makes pretty small pictures, too.
- Advice: Scrap
your desktop, Brian Clark, Business 2.0. Yes, for a lot of users a
laptop can replace a desktop.
- Advice: RFC 1855:
- Opinion: Life
on the Net in 2004, Aardvark Daily, 04.09 [/.].
Within a couple years, everything you do online could cost you
- Opinion: Cyberspace and
race, Henry Jenkins, Technology Review [mam]. "In the end, we will need to
give up any lingering fantasies of a color-blind Web...."
- Web: Web
surfers brace for pop-up downloads, Stefanie Olsen, Cnet, 04.08
"In some cases, people are not even asked whether they want the
software. It just installs...."
- Opinion: The
right side of the road, CodeBitch, MacEdition, 04.08. "The benefit
of standardisation is too important to wait for someone to decide on
the optimal standard."
- Advice: 10 free POP3 email
services, Charles W. Moore, Miscellaneous Ramblings, Low End Mac,
04.08. Although several companies have dropped free POP3 email, here
are 10 that do.
- News: Online
casinos wicked - coroner, Tim Richardson, The Register, 04.08.
Gambling debts lead to suicide. (You'll never see ads for online
casinos on Low End Mac.)
- News: Wisconsin man
kills computer, vnunet.com, 04.05. Brand not mentioned, but I'll
bet it wasn't a Mac. (According to The Register,
it was a Gateway.)
Free speech and the Internet; a fish story, Ketherine Mieszkowski,
Salon.com, 04.04 [/.].
How does a $15 million suit against members of an email list grab
- Opinion: Speak Up for
Peace, Dan Knight, Dan Knight's Soapbox, 04.04. "We are
spearheading the 'Speak up for peace' campaign and asking people around
the world to contact their elected officials...."
- Dork Side: Microsoft's
anti-Unix ads backfire, Cydney Gillis, Eastside Journal, 04.02.
Anti-Unix site served on Unix. What were they thinking?
Hollywood declares war on America, Jimmy James Champlin, Applelust,
03.29. "The entertainment industry has made it clear that they see us,
the public, as not only their customer, but as their enemy."
- Opinion: Why BeOS lost,
Chris Lozaga, My Turn, Low End Mac, 04.03. BeOS was a great operating
system, but you can't blame Microsoft, Apple, or NeXT for its
Sticking with software of yore, Edwin Black, Washington Post,
03.29. Sometimes the old version works better for you than the
whiz-bang new version.
- Review: L'espion miniature digital
camera, PowerBook Zone, 04.03. Tiny "spy camera" looks like fun -
and it's only $60.
- News: Feds target online
scammers, spammers, Fox News, 04.03. FTC has already brought "63
law enforcement actions" against online scammers.
- Opinion: The Palestine
Solution, Dan Knight, Dan Knight's Soapbox, 04.02. "In a nutshell,
the problem is two groups with different but legitimate claims to the
Judge says US has jurisdiction in Internet case, Yahoo/Reuters,
04.02. Russian software company can be sued for violation of American
DMCA in US courts.
- Opinion: A new high in
underhanded licensing, Bradley F. Shimmin, Network Computing,
04.01. "Microsoft has come to a very distinct conclusion: Users and
administrators can no longer be trusted to comply with the company's
EULA (End-User Licensing Agreement)."
- Opinion: PayPal jeopardy,
Evan Kleiman, Mac Daniel, Low End Mac, 04.03. PayPal - a great idea,
but do the risks outweigh the benefits?
- more in the March 2002 archive