Spitting in Google's Eye
If Microsoft was a boxer, it would never give up: It would hire the best trainers,
have the best diet, and maybe even pay off the judges (just kidding, Bill).
It just plain hates to lose. So when Google started nabbing all the covers of
Business Week and getting all the fawning, Redmond execs steamed -- and plotted
their revenge. Now Microsoft says it has a search engine to beat all search
Where Microsoft can win this game (and invite a host of new lawsuits) is through
great integration with all its other tools, and perhaps by changing search from
an opportunistic, short-term, end-user endeavor (you search, you find, you forget)
into a system where search histories are intelligently archived so they can
be reinvoked (is that even a word?).
Origami: Hot or Horrible?
There's been a lot of buzz about this new portable device design Microsoft
has been working on. Even the ever-skeptical Redmond Report fell for
it and posted an item. Well, at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany today, Microsoft
this little beauty and even came up with a new acronym [the well-lit, plushly
appointed Microsoft Acronym Department (MAD) isn't paid for just sitting
around!]: Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs). Kind of rolls off the tongue,
doesn't it? These units are supposed to have full Windows capabilities,
touch screens and pen input, as well as keyboard capabilities (how else you
I'm all for it, but we really need a ubiquitous wireless data service
along the lines of the BlackBerry. That way, your boss can tell you what to
do 24 hours a day! On second thought...
FoxPro Popping Corks
dBase, Q&A, PFS:File and Paradox are all pretty much dead and gone, but
FoxPro, originally a dBase clone, is alive and well a decade after Ashton-Tate's
flagship product bit the dust. No need to thank Microsoft: If it wasn't
for rabid and loyal FoxPro users, this cool tool would have been replaced by
Access and SQL Server long ago.
Now there's a new
test version of Sedna, the next rev of Visual FoxPro. If you're part of
the FoxPro inner circle, getting your hands on this puppy should be a piece
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Should Private Citizens Be Trapping Online Predators?
I was watching TV the other day and there was a young woman on the Good Early
Morning Today America (or whatever) show bragging about falsely posing as a
minor online, luring a grown-up and sending the cops after him. The guy was
clearly scum, but if we're going to entrap people, at least leave it to
Yesterday I came across a similar, though more morally ambiguous, circumstance.
It seems that a bunch of kids created a false posting for a 15-year-old girl
and were surprised when a near-50-year-old creep wanted to meet her. He too
I'm not sure we want to turn our law enforcement efforts over to a bunch
of immature, cheese-eating, pimply youngsters. Let's leave it to a bunch
of immature, cheese-eating, pimply oldsters like we always have. Tell me where
I'm wrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.