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Sunday, November 8
ENGINEER'S INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENT
Microsoft has posted an
official response to the now-notorious Halloween memos about Linux, spinning the leaked
documents as proof of "the vigorous competition that
exists in the operating system industry." More info here.
giants Sony and Fujitsu announced last week that they
have jointly developed a 3.5-inch magneto-optical disk
capable of storing 1.3 gigabyte of data -- more than
twice what other similar drives can hold. As part of the
deal, Fujitsu will develop commercial drives while Sony
will make the disks. Full story here.
DOJ/MS BE FAST-TRACKED?
Any U.S. District Court judge who hears an
antitrust case has the power under federal law to short
circuit the case, potentially cutting out the U.S. Court
of Appeals, if the matter is of "general public
importance in the administration of justice.'' Learn
the day: "We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill
Thursday, November 5
The presiding judge appears to run out of patience with
the software giant as Apple charges that Redmond proposed
"knifing" Apple's multimedia products. Find out how here.
More documents are
released in the case contesting Microsoft's use of Java,
clearing the way for a judge to rule on the matter. Full story here.
A man claiming to belong to a radical Indian separarist
group has been prowling the haunts of crackers, trying to
obtain information on US military networks, a Wired News
investigation reveals. Scary details here.
the day: "Courage is a special kind
of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and
how not to fear what ought not to be feared." - David Ben-Gurion
Wednesday, November 4
EXPLORER 5.0 PUBLIC BETA AVAILABLE
With the first public
beta release of IE 5--the browser already has been
previewed to Web developers and to hardware and software
vendors--Microsoft is launching its "Internet
Explorer Web Accessories" initiative. Under the Web
Accessories program, portals and other content sites can
build extensions to the browser interface to serve
content continuously regardless of where the user surfs. Full story here.
EXEC GIVES IN
On the tenth day of the
antitrust trial, Microsoft attorney Theodore Edelman
attacked a number of accusations made by Avadis Tevanian,
Apple's senior vice president of software engineering and
a witness for the government. More info here.
EXCHANGED THAN LINKS
The Wall Street Journal
today reported that Microsoft Corp. is planning to buy
Link Exchange Inc., a privately-held advertising firm,
for $250 million in stock. The Journal cited anonymous
sources close to the deal. Microsoft and Link Exchange
both refused to comment.
the day: "Live so that you wouldn't be
ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip." - Will Rogers
Monday, November 2
Expecting to bolster
allegations made by a senior Apple executive, the
government today began showing portions of a videotaped
deposition of a sometimes combative Microsoft chief Bill
Gates in the landmark antitrust trial. Full story here.
COUP FOR LINUX
Linux, that increasingly
popular operating system, got another boost today as Sun
Microsystems announced that it is porting the latest
version of its Java Development Kit to the open source
code operating system. More info here.
Couch potatoes barely noticed when the new, digital era
of television dawned Sunday. The three major US networks
introduced high definition television with special
broadcasts. Details here.
the day: "Scientists say there are over
3,000 spiders for every human being on earth. Does anybody want mine? I
certainly don't." - Chuck Bonner