HP Pays for Spying Debacle

HP will pony up over $14 million to settle charges that it spied on reporters, employees and directors. The cash is all going to the state of California, which -- after Gray Davis -- could use the dough.

My guess is that the victims will start lining up soon, and will be asking for real money!

Vista Support a Big Job
For an OS designed for ease of use, stability, security and compatibility, Microsoft sure is expecting the worst. Predicting an onslaught of calls, Microsoft has the pedal to the metal to build up its Vista support infrastructure.

Our former editor Keith Ward did a survey about Microsoft support, and dang if Microsoft didn't come through with flying colors!

Office Format Now a Standard
OpenXML, a new format for Microsoft Office, was approved as a standard by Ecma, a Swiss standards group. This is good news, but having good native support of the OpenDocument format would be better still.

I'll be curious to see how many ISVs build OpenXML into their apps. I'm not expecting any huge lines.

Vista Event Log Blooper
Redmond contributing editor Greg "Greggo" Shields pointed out a little blooper in the Vista RTM event log. Instead of "browser," they talk about a "bowser" event type. Wonder if Sha Na Na has heard the news.

IM Looking for Help
Do you use any IM security tools, a private IM network, or have set end user policies for IM? Have you been hit by an IM virus, or had users abuse the systems?

If so, I want to talk to you! E-mail me at dbarney@redmondmag.com and give me the skinny.

About the Author

Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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