Analysis, opinion and snark from a grizzled technology veteran. Security, privacy, Google, email & spam, blogging & social media, interesting new hardware, green IT, and anything else that catches Richi’s eye.
Newt Gingrich's Newt 2012 organization is aiding and abetting spammers. Hard to believe, I know, but it turns out his organization is providing targeted email addresses for spammers to use. Don't let your organization make the same mistake. I'll explain all in The Long View...
The jury is out (literally) on the first, critical phase in the case of Oracle v Google. It's a decision that could have huge, far-reaching effects on software developers. Let's unpick it, in The Long View... INSIDER (free registration requested)
[Updated: More about battery life and price] Yesterday, at Intel's Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, we were told that the next wave of Ultrabooks will start at $699. These new, less-expensive, skinny laptops are just around the corner, apparently. But how is that low price-point possible? I've got the answers in The Long View... INSIDER (free registration requested)
A respected email technologist has been quoted in the mainstream media as saying he has a plan to solve spam. Oh really? Sadly, it seems he's just repeating a failed idea... INSIDER (free registration requested)
Here we go again. It's more bad news for embattled would-be LTE provider LightSquared. Now Sprint is kicking the company when it's down. But the consequences could be a long and expensive court battle: Bad news for U.S. taxpayers, as we'll see in The Long View... INSIDER (free registration requested)
Update: 'iPad 3' or 'iPad HD'? It could be the latter. The iPad 3 release date is not yet known for sure. It's pretty clear that it'll be announced on March 7, but facts about its availability are still thin on the ground. While Jonny's indisposed, let's see if we can't shed some light, in The Long View...
Yesterday's opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal by FCC commissioner Robert M. McDowell furiously criticized the United Nations for trying to seize control of the Internet. His inflammatory language pointed the finger at imagined enemies of a free and open Internet. But this looks like a transparent attempt to stop the international community from its rightful control over a critical international resource, as we'll see in The Long View... INSIDER (free registration requested)
Microsoft is crowing about a study that it says shows Hotmail having better spam filtering than Gmail or Yahoo. Really? If that's the case, then there's been a huge turnaround in Hotmail's spam-filtering accuracy. Is there any Devil in the detail? Of course there is, outlined here in The Long View... INSIDER (free registration requested)
It's patent-troll time once again, folks. A one-person* company that adds zero economic value is suing a huge laundry list of companies who use the Web. The company claims it invented a common Web page feature, so it should be entitled to licensing fees. What sort of crazy is this? Explanations in today's The Long View... INSIDER (free registration requested)