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Boycott Novell Advertisement Campaign

Posted in Boycott Novell, Humour, Novell at 2:02 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Boycott Novell bus

Make your own bus.

Novell Strategy Change: Construction?

Posted in Humour, Novell at 1:10 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

THE following new video has just appeared in YouTube.

Ogg Theora

Seems like another collision in names, just like the company which is called “Novell” and makes wedding rings. There is also a real company called Microvell. It makes for pretty decent pranks.

Why is Microsoft’s Anti-Linux Man Negotiating with Kazakhstan?

Posted in Asia, GNU/Linux, Microsoft at 12:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

IN THE ARCHIVES WE have gathered extensive evidence to show Orlando Ayala’s predatory attitude — and action — towards GNU/Linux [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. It’s potentially a violation of the law. Now he’s visiting the prime minister of a country where there is increasing interest in GNU/Linux. What do they discuss in their meeting? According to this report, Microsoft wants a cooperation. This might be the equivalent an MOU (aka “Project Marshall”), which is a mechanism for blocking competition.

Microsoft interested in coop with Kazakhstan

Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Masimov met with representatives of software giant Microsoft Corporation, headed by Vice President Orlando Ayala.

Issues regarding productivity, increasing effectiveness, and decreasing operating expenses in the infrastructures of large state facilities were discussed during the meeting.

GNU/Linux is hot in this region, based on Microsoft's own research. It’s worth keeping an eye on what happens in Kazakhstan. Orlando Ayala’s anti-Linux moves around the world are well documented and mysterious enough it remains that, only months ago, the General Manager of Microsoft in Kazakhstan jumped ship.

Microsoft Company’s representation in Kazakhstan announced that Aidar Dauletov, the General Manager of Microsoft in Kazakhstan and Central Asia, leaves his post on July 1, 2008, Kazinform reports.

Also in the news:

For Kazakhstan to allow a foreign company with criminal past to participate in state management is tactless, if not bordering the criminal.

Call for Advice and Help

Posted in Boycott Novell, Site News at 11:43 am by Shane Coyle

Hey folks, I need to lean a bit on our readership here and call for any and all suggestions for helping the site become more slashdot-proof.

We’re at the point of perhaps needing dedicated hosting, so maybe we’ll need suggestions for that as well, since my host company is getting tired of melted machines.

Too many http connections
One of your resold accounts (boycottnovell.com) was causing a considerable load on the server which your reseller account is hosted on. When I investigated this issue further, I discovered that this account is averaging more than 180,000 hits per day, with spikes as high as 700,000 hits per day. This is far too much traffic for a shared hosting environment.

I still believe that we can do this with proper caching and design, and I’m sure that it’s a problem that’s been solved before. Any suggestions?

Microsoft Adopts Malware Techniques to Advance .NET

Posted in Apple, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 9:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

LAST MONTH we very briefly mentioned what Apple had done to Mozilla/Firefox. It not only pretended that Firefox would die but it also used dirty techniques to push its non-Free software through the update mechanism for iTunes. This got Apple a lot of bad press and it relented.

Microsoft is not only doing the same thing. It’s doing something far more cheeky. It’s not only pushing unwanted (uncalled for) software into people’s desktops but it also injects that into a Free software competitor, namely Firefox, and to an extent also using its update mechanism to install Microsoft software that’s an impediment to cross-platform. Slashdot has a decent short overview of this widely-reported new situation.

While doing a weekly scrub of my Windows systems, which includes checking for driver updates and running virus scans, I found Firefox notifying me of a new add-on. It’s labelled ‘Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant,’ and it ‘Adds ClickOnce support and the ability to report installed .NET versions to the web server.’ The add-on could not be uninstalled in the usual way. A little Net searching turned up a number of sites offering advice on getting rid of the unrequested add-on.

This not only violates trust and fairness; it’s also a serious breach that can harm security. Speaking of which, Conficker keeps getting worse and worse, but the press hardly covers it anymore [1, 2].

The Microsoft RPC worm, known by many as Conficker/Downadup, has multiplied across corporate networks infecting an estimated 10 million machines. Though the damage has been minimal, the worst is yet to come, said researchers.

Conficker may have already killed people and now comes a formal report labeling this a “substantive failure.”

A worm attack that forced three London hospitals to shut down their computer networks late last year was entirely avoidable and represented a major failing by the organizations’ IT staff, according to an independent review of the incident.

Where life and death are at stake 24 hours a day, look what has happened because of Microsoft Windows viruses.

The PCs at St. Bartholomew’s, the Royal London Hospital and The London Chest Hospital were infected with Mytob, a mass-mailing worm also known as MyDoom. Emergency patients were temporarily diverted to other facilities, but officials said no personal data was lost.

This is not a joke, right? According to the report, “officials said no personal data was lost.” Were lives lost? Where is the liability when people die? How can this damage be measured?

Here is another new report: Data theft ‘cost a trillion US dollars’

INSECURITY outfit McAfee has told the World Economic Forum that data theft cost the world a trillion US dollars and if more work was not done to buy its products the figure could get worse.

Well, it figures. When almost 1 in 2 Windows PCs is a zombie, then the notion of “data theft” is like the notion of possession theft in a city where only half the buildings have doors.

“Our products just aren’t engineered for security.”

Brian Valentine, Microsoft executive

Open gate
In a world without windows and gates, who
needs to worry about breaches?

Microsoft News of Interest to the GNU/Linux Community

Posted in Microsoft, Windows at 8:03 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Calling the death of Windows Mobile

Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of open-source mobile leader Funambol, has more or less declared that Windows Mobile is dying. Indeed, it’s arguably the case that the proprietary software model, generally, is largely dead in mobile.

Moto Backing Away From Windows Mobile

Earlier this month reports emerged that Motorola would cut as much as 50 percent of its handset division, as it slashes down the number of phones it sells to a dozen and focus solely on Google’s Android Operating System. The decision, made us wonder if Microsoft’s Windows Mobile OS might be a big loser because of that focus on Android. The Wall Street Journal today reports that Motorola indeed might be saying sayonara to Windows.


Sony’s David Reeves (Sony Manager Says Microsoft Lies About XBox360 Numbers)

Eurogamer: What’s your reaction to the Q3 financial figures?

David Reeves: On PS3, the target is still 10 million sell-in. PS3 was the number one priority, and the Corporation is going to meet that target. We’re very happy about it overall.

PSP was not hit so much by demand, but by economic factors. I can only talk specifically about Europe, but we’ve lost volume in Russia. A lot of retailers there have been sucked up by oligarchs, and they didn’t have the financial support. They were not able to buy in the product, even though the demand was there.


Gears of War grinds to a halt… thanks to DRM snarl

The record industry has figured out that DRM doesn’t work. The movie business is finally catching on to the idea. The gaming industry? No clue whatsoever.

Following the crush of grassroots vitriol that erupted when the highly-anticipated (and ultimately lackluster) game Spore shipped with a full mountain of DRM, one would have thought that other publishers might have learned from that game’s mistakes. Nope. The latest flub comes from Epic and Microsoft, which loaded up the PC version of Gears of War with a supersized helping of digital rights management. (Though, in reality, the GoW DRM probably predates Spore’s.)


Microsoft warns that Vista, XP upgrade blockers set to expire

Microsoft Corp. is warning customers that tools for blocking automatic upgrades to the newest service packs of Windows Vista and Windows XP will expire in the coming months.


The case for saving the Microsoft Zune

If Microsoft is going to make any headway with the Zune, though, it has to stop playing catchup.

Related posts:

United States of Microsoft?

Posted in America, Antitrust, Microsoft, Vista 7 at 7:51 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Land of the Fee

Gift giving
Politics of incentives

IN MANY PLACES where companies drive the national governance, there is a great danger that public rights will be compromised to advance the interests of unaccountable private tyrannies. Truth be told, as CIO Magazine put it last year, “Did you know that there are more than 34,750 registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C., for just 435 representatives and 100 senators? That’s 64 lobbyists for each congressperson.”

Last week we wrote about Microsoft’s neglect of American workers [1, 2]. Like many other such companies, Microsoft sees them as pampered and expensive. This is not good for shareholders.

The business press that’s better renowned by intellectuals for its pro-corporate interests agenda published this article some days ago:

Microsoft: Layoffs for Some, Visas for Others

The software giant that has pushed for more H-1B visas faces tough questions as it lays off 5,000

The Microsoft-friendly press (Seattle and neighbouring regions) did a lot of “damage control” by spreading a dozen or so articles about Microsoft’s layoffs affecting the ranks that rely on H-1B visas. They get critics off Microsoft’s back.

There has actually been a chockful of “damage control” coming from these outlets ever since the layoffs rumours began. The latest new theme is “Microsoft hires despite layoffs,” previous ones being “Microsoft workforce continued to grow,” “there were layoffs before” or “the rumours are false.” These people are merely defending their careers, which depend on Microsoft surviving (never mind thriving, which Microsoft is not [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]).

Microsoft’s Pleas to Obama

Returning to this issue of H-1B visas, here is a jaw-dropping report (depends on what the reader already knows about the ways these systems are run) about Microsoft lobbying for yet more visas (foreign workers enduring worse job conditions) just before the layoffs and the controversy that came from a state senator of Iowa. They once again pressured Obama.

Microsoft lobbied Obama transition team on high-skilled immigration weeks before announcing layoffs

Microsoft urged the government to “remove caps that bar entry into the U.S. by high-skilled immigrants,” about three weeks before announcing its first companywide layoff, according to a report in BusinessWeek.

The request, part of a policy brief written in June 2008 and posted to the Obama-Biden Transition Project Web site in early January, does not represent a new stance for the company, which has long lobbied for changes in U.S. immigration policy around high-skilled workers. But its posting on the new administration’s transition Web site came at a sensitive time, against the backdrop of layoffs — which hit a “significant number” of guest workers at the company — and pressure on Microsoft by Sen. Chuck Grassley to retain U.S. citizens over similarly qualified guest workers.

We have seen a lot of that recently [1, 2, 3, 4]. Microsoft, as opposed to the public, is instructing the government whose campaign it funded. In fact, according to an E-mail sent to us last night “Microsoft has now a blog for their lobbying.”

Last week there was also this report whose headline is “Microsoft’s advice to the Obama administration.”

One of the biggest challenges facing the federal government is it doesn’t really understand the current state of its IT departments…


Q: What did you think upon learning that Obama’s administration tapped Sun’s Scott McNeely to compile a report on open source for the government?

A: First of all, Microsoft’s stance on open source is not “we hate it.” Typically, people think that Microsoft and open source are oil and water. That’s not the case. As for McNeely’s comments, it’s an interesting concept, the document, and we’re very interested in reading it when it comes out .

Microsoft even tried to tell Obama which phone to use.

Department of “Justice” at Microsoft’s Service

Vista 7 needed scrutiny, but as we emphasised last week, this is more of a symbolic gesture from a department so filled with cronies, by the admission from respectable journals. This doesn’t seem rigorous:

Technical advisers to the antitrust regulators who monitor Microsoft Corp.’s compliance with a 2002 antitrust settlement will test Windows 7 “more thoroughly” than earlier versions of the operating system, according to a recently-released status report filed with the federal judge watching over the company.

The three-member panel of computer experts that works for state antitrust officials has had a copy of Windows 7 since at least last March , but in December 2008, Microsoft delivered additional documentation to the Technical Committee.

And at the same time comes this report:

Antitrust Officials Unsure On More Oversight Of Microsoft

Microsoft, meanwhile, assured U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, D.C., that none of its recent announced layoffs will reduce the number of employees working to satisfy the company’s antitrust obligations.

This direction is preposterous, as we showed in the month of January for example.

Jeff Waugh Resigned from GNOME Foundation Board

Posted in Australia, GNOME, GNU/Linux at 6:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNOME logoFirst it was Miguel de Icaza who had conspicuously quietly left the board (presidency) and then it was Jeff Waugh.

* From: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>
* To: foundation-announce gnome org, foundation-list <foundation-list gnome org>
* Subject: Changes to the GNOME board
* Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:56:42 -0500

The GNOME Foundation Board regretfully announces that Jeff Waugh will be stepping down from the board in order to focus on work and other projects. The board thanks Jeff for his years of service to the board and the community, and wishes him success in his future work both inside and outside of GNOME. Jeff leaves big shoes to fill.

Good luck to Jeff with his new adventures, which sound like a lot of fun.

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