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).

Vista SP1: More Details

Further to my previous post, I think it’s rather useful to look up Microsoft’s detailed list of changes for SP1. You can find an HTML version here, and a downloadable PDF version here. I find the extreme length of this … More…

Vista SP1: how hard can it be??

[A comment I posted to this very interesting story by Preston Gralla, over on ComputerWorld. Seems that Vista Service Pack 1 will adamantly refuse to install if you have certain older drivers on your system. When will the madness end?] … More…

Windowing Basics

[As posted to SteamPowered.com… but applicable to many other programs. Why don’t developers get the easy stuff right?? Most programming tools provide basic window management as a template.] I think Valve is doing a tremendous job with Steam, but has … More…

PlayStation 3: How Doomed Is It?

Yesterday, I posted some comments in response to a very interesting item over on BitBurners.com, which stated that “momentum is high for the PlayStation 3.” My contention is that the media’s sudden love-affair with the PS3 is way premature, and … More…

Flash Panoramas

Here’s an amazing site someone just pointed me to, containing some of the best Flash and QuickTime virtual panoramic views I’ve seen: Gilles Vidal Some of the best examples: the A380 Airbus cockpit, and the collection of Saint Marie Cathedral … More…

Can’t be wrong all the time!

I’d begun to believe that everything you get in email is baloney. But the Internet is unpredictable… and sometimes even correct. Today I received in an email what purports to be a PC Magazine award-winning letter, complaining hilariously about the … More…

Steam Stats

Speaking of Steam (Valve’s excellent games-download service), it’s worth cruising over to check the results of their ongoing online hardware survey. As usual with this data, it’s not difficult to draw some fascinating inferences: Creative Labs is no longer in … More…

Oh, no: Another Addiction

I made the horrible mistake last week, while browsing Steam, of downloading Infinite Interactive’s diabolically addictive little game Puzzle Quest. Omigodomigodomigod. I’ve lost entire days to this madness, and there’s no end in sight. In case you haven’t tried it, … More…

IE8… sorry, must have dozed off

One last Microsoft bash, before I move on to another target… It looks like the “New and Exciting Features” coming to Internet Explorer 8 are more things I never asked for, and which do absolutely nothing to close the usability … More…

Security backdoor in Vista?

This is one of the scariest things I’ve seen yet about Windows Vista. According to Bruce Schneier, who literally wrote the book on cryptography, it seems that Microsoft has added a new standard random-number generator, which very possibly has a … More…