About fung0

Long-time tech journalist. Contributor to numerous periodicals, online sites and TV productions in the US and Canada. Author of several books on computing topics. Graduate mechanical engineer (Queen's U).

Dis-Kinect-ed

Well, I’ve seen it, and I’ve tried it. And I am not blown away. On the positive side, yes, it does work. Wave your hand, your little avatar waves back. Squat. Kick. Jump. Stick your head between your knees. No … More…

Bethesda Buys id

Weird corporate news: Bethesda (or its parent company, ZeniMax) has bought id Software. It’s a surprising union, but I think an overwhelmingly good one for both companies, and for the gaming world as a whole. Bethesda will publish id games, … More…

Y I h8 IE8

I’ve just attended a Microsoft LiveMeeting briefing talking about the new version of Internet Explorer. The comparisons to Firefox were fairly contrived, as you might expect, and even so, the pitch still came off as fairly underwhelming. Here’s a quick … More…

DRM hoses TV

I’ve just been to a preview of new products coming from Belkin. Among these was a really nifty item they’re calling the FlyWire. It connects to your HDTV sources (cable box, Blu-ray player, whatever), then broadcasts the signal to a … More…

Meeting with Bob Rae

(A slightly different version of this report was also posted to the Fair Copyright for Canada, Toronto Chapter, Facebook group.) At the Fair Copyright for Canada, Toronto Chapter, strategy session with Michael Geist, on July 24, attendees were broken into … More…

Sharing <> Stealing

I just saw this story on TorrentFreak, about how the FBI busted the EliteTorrents.org tracker site. Inevitably, a few commenters tried yet again to push the tired notion that everyone reading the page should feel guilty for “stealing” all that … More…

2.0 2.0

The whole “YouNameIt 2.0” thing has gotten stale. Time to move on! What we need is to kick the whole concept up a notch, and fortunately, I have the answer: what I like to call “2.0 2.0.” That’s right… instead … More…

Vista User Account Contortions

I was just skimming this exhaustive article by Mark Russinovich on Microsoft’s TechNet site, hoping to understand just why those User Account Control pop-ups in Vista have to be so annoying. Much of his treatment is far too detailed for … More…

Fun with Standards

I just came across a marvelous page that runs through “Dirty Tricks” that Microsoft has done with various technical standards. It’s a long list, and a fascinating one, from both historical and technical perspectives. If you’ve been around the computing … More…