Time To Patch, You're Already a Day Late!
Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, and my apologies for not giving you a head's up.
If you haven't already, take a look at the fixes Redmond was kind enough to
provide. Excel, Outlook and Windows all got critical flaws fixed. Get the deets
Macworld: Big on Consumer, Light on Enterprise
At Macworld, Steve Jobs announced
a cool (but expensive) cell phone and a device that lets you play your computer
video on your TV (this is not an original idea, but my guess is that Apple will
just do it better).
Unfortunately, Apple is missing out on a huge opportunity to start pushing
Mac back into corporations. Anyone in Cupertino listening?
Steve Jobs spent the holiday season prepping his Macworld speech and fighting
off charges that he and the Apple board of directors played it fast and
loose with stock options. Jobs ducked the charges (it was, after all, an Apple
investigation, sorta like Al Franken looking into Hillary Clinton's campaign
finances), and I'm glad.
Even if he was found guilty, I'd pull a Gerry Ford and pardon the poor guy.
Let's face it: Steve Jobs is good for America, and even better for Microsoft.
When Jobs was forced out of Apple by John Scully, the company lost its vision
When the prodigal son returned, Apple was reborn. My only gripe is that Jobs
killed off the Mac clones (imagine if Dell, HP, IBM and Gateway all made Macs).
I don't care if Steve Jobs stole my kid's lunch money -- we still need a strong
Apple to balance the scales and keep Gates & Crew on its toes!
Gates Foundation Cheap Shot or Deserved Blow?
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had gotten a free ride from the press:
How can you knock a guy who's giving away some 90 percent of his money? Now,
investigative journalists are looking at the harm
some of the foundation's projects are doing.
Besides fighting disease, the foundation is funding power plants, which can
pollute and cause respiratory disease.
In fact, the foundation has been investing in lots of energy companies to earn
more money to pay for vaccines and research.
And therein lies the contradiction.
Energy companies are not known for their environmental contributions. But should
the Gates foundation shy away from what could otherwise be a good investment?
Just where is the greater good?
Would it be better for the foundation to invest in solar power and fuel cells?
Sure -- as long as it gets just as good a return as drilling for oil. 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.