Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, spam, and other security topics. He's also the main author of Computerworld's The Long View and IT Blogwatch. He has won awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, ABM/Jesse H. Neal, and B2B Magazine.
He was previously CTO for Samsung Contact. Prior to this, he was at Hewlett-Packard for 14 years, working in a wide variety of engineering, marketing and architect roles, mainly on OpenMail and its predecessor products.
Richi lives in England, is an un-professional DJ, rusty scuba diver, and was voted "Most likely to get up first to sing at karaoke" for 13 years in succession. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, pretend to be Richi's friend on Facebook, Plus him at +richij, or just use boring old email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(And, yes: that's Richi Jennings, not Richie Jennings; capishe?)
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Spam spam spam spam. Spam spam spam spam. Wonderful spam.
For many users, iMessage is becoming an unusable cesspool of spam. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is under fire for poor security design in iMessage, and for failing to react to the (inevitable) spam problem that has ensued.
smh. Why do we keep having to reinvent the wheel, every single freakin' time a new communications tool becomes popular? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers eyeroll furiously. Not to mention: Bloody Vikings…
A lot of words, but what do they mean?
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has lost a key Board member. He's called Steve Ballmer -- you might remember him. Resigning his seat on the Board of Directors, Ballmer cited the pressure of his other commitments, but included some pointed warnings to his protégé, Satya Nadella.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers say the words that, while said, remained unsaid. Not to mention: developersdevelopersdevelopersdevelopers…
Microsoft and HP: Ripping off the head of Chrome OS?
HP (NYSE:HPQ) seems almost ready to launch its low-cost Windows laptop. Vanguard of the next phase in Microsoft's battle against the ever-growing threat of the Google Chromebook advance, the HP Stream 14 has fairly decent specs at a dirt-cheap price.
We were expecting some sub-$250 units, but aggressive pricing like this is bound to make the market pay attention.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch the movie, but forget the popcorn.
Twitter's experiment takes a dive.
Not satisfied to amble along a trail of user mistrust blazed by Facebook and OKCupid -- Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is taking a shortcut to the land of user annoyance. Its inexplicable decision to retweet favorites is making users tweet about changes to favorites -- secretly hoping their tweets become retweeted Twitter favorites -- yet at the same time hoping their own favorites aren't retweeted for the same exact reason.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers think about it over and over again.
Tom's boss is watching every freakin' move.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being told by President Obama and Senate-President Leahy that it needs to up its net-neutrality game. And now the grayest lady in the fourth estate has joined in the act.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers break out the popcorn, despite glitches when streaming the movie.
MonsterMind: Hard to terminate.
Another day, another scary thing we learn about the NSA. In a recent interview, whistleblower Edward Snowden tells us to fuhgeddaboudit when the NSA gets its wires crossed. According to Snowden, even the best cable guy in the Universe is powerless when a nationwide Internet blackout is caused by the NSA!
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hop in a hotwired car and head South.
Wake me up when the transition is all over.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finalized the specs for connector Type-C. No, wait, don't close this browser tab yet! Apparently, Type-C is going to change your life. Not only will you be freed from the terrible conundrum of which way around to plug in your USB plug, but also both ends of the cable will be the same! Wow, that only took, what, 10 years?
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers cheer and jeer.
Here comes the wide-word to phones.
The chip company with the shouty name -- NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) -- unveils amazing ARM benchmarks. The 64-bit "Denver" Tegra K1 will be faster than anything else, claims the company -- even rivaling PC performance. Thanks to clever just-in-time optimization, plus a plurality of pipelines, we may have some superfast hardware to play with, Real Soon Now.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dribble with anticipation. Not to mention: Robin Williams' best movie (IMHO)…
Click bait, or hook, line, and sinking feeling?
The 17 Most Annoying People You Know on Facebook link to it. It is one of the All-Time Top 5 Websites Accused of Being Click Bait. It is chock-full of enlightening, unique content such as "Absurd Misheard Song Lyrics", "The Absolute Best Misheard Song Lyrics", "10 Of The All-Time Most Misheard Song Lyrics" and the incomparable "Check Out These Absurdly Funny Misheard Song Lyrics." If you guessed from the flood of literary regurgitation the unnamed website is Buzzfeed, then perhaps that is the reason VC firm Andreessen Horowitz recently invested $50 million.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers edit a file named /etc/hosts.deny.
Judge Lucy H. Koh: Egg on face.
Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent-infringement actions against Samsung seem to be all-but in tatters. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has ruled, preliminarily, that a key claim in Apple's autocomplete patent is invalid, due to prior art.
In other words, no, Apple didn't invent it, after all. The decision isn't final, and Apple could still appeal it, but it's increasingly apparent that Apple has lost the stomach for the fight. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers see some semblance of sanity.