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).

Did Microsoft know it was shipping a Turkey?

Fascinating article here , on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, that quotes Microsoft emails unearthed in the ongoing class-action suit about (alleged) over-promses in Windows Vista (mainly to do with hardware requirements, though the legalities are beyond me). The discussion is very … More…

Outlook lookout

What is it with the spam filter in Outlook??? (Yeah, I know… Outlook sucks. Except compared to everything else. When Thunderbird is ready, I’ll switch.) What I’d like to do, is have Outlook move suspected spam to the Junk folder, … More…

RIP Gary Gygax

The best comment I’ve seen on the passing of the inventor of D&D and founder of the entire role-playing movement: XKCD As with all XKCD strips, be sure to ‘hover’ your mouse over the image to get the author’s comment… … More…

The Blame Game

“Legislators don’t worry too much about what’s constitutional. We just try to do what’s right, and we let the courts figure that out.” – Minnesota Senator Sandy Pappas (? article has “Poppas”) From a fascinating (and frequently hilarious) National Review … More…

The Cost Analysis of Vista

If you haven’t read all the way through Peter Gutmann’s brilliant online treatise, A Cost Analysis of Vista Content Protection, I urge you to do so immediately. It seems a bit slow at first, but gets going rapidly. Down near … More…

Words of Wisdom from Intel

Words of Wisdom from Intel The following passage comes from Intel’s “Content Strategy Backgrounder,” which seems to have been posted on their press site late last year or early this year: “Curbing piracy is not a question of technological barriers; … More…