Wednesday, July 18, 2007

When worms attack

Gotta love this article title: "New Worm Attacks Mac OS X".

The first sentence of the piece? "An anonymous hacker claims to have created a worm that targets Intel versions of Mac OS X."

Anyone else see a disconnect?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hybrids wane, diesels gain

the number of customers considering buying a hybrid has declined over the past year, partly due to a realization of the actual mileage that hybrid cars are likely to achieve. [...] J.D. Power also attributes the drop in hybrid interest to an increase in the number of clean diesel vehicles; the study found that the number of new car buyers considering a diesel had nearly doubled over the past year.

With fleets of new diesel cars bound for the U.S. over the next few years and the demise of some hybrid models, is this the beginning of a gear-change in the alternative-fuel economy? (Crave)

One's gotta hope! I think hybrids are fine, but the enthusiasm given to ethanol ("flex-fuel") vehicles at the expensive of infinitely more flexible and efficient diesel automobiles here in America has been an absolute crime.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Eco prizes

There's something wrong with an eco contest that has an SUV as the prize.

I don't care if it's a hybrid. SUVs still pollute more than autos. Which pollute more than a bus.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Eliminating trialware

Dell on Tuesday became the first big computer maker to try to address customer frustration and anger over “trialware” – the often superfluous and frequently unwanted software that comes pre-installed on most PCs. (Financial Times)

You mean the first big computer maker other than Apple? There are usually a couple trials on a new Mac, like Microsoft Office or iWork, but it's not the mess that the common PC buyer has to put up with. It seems at least one Windows PC maker is waking up to the fact that the out-of-the-box experience matters.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Live Earth

The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert.

The Who's Roger Daltrey