Microsoft Challenges Linux “Legacy Claims”

Microsoft is doing another of their bogus “comparison studies” again. This time, it supposedly tests the “claim” that Linux runs better on legacy hardware. First of all, I challenge anyone to find a copy of Windows XP or Windows 2003 Server that will run on a 386. I can run Debian Linux on a 386 easily. Anyway, why is Microsoft “testing” this claim anyway? Do they REALLY want to be known as the OS that can run on legacy hardware? I doubt it!

MS Tests Legacy “Claims” of Linux

It is just another effort to smear the rep of Linux… and, if you ask me, it seems that as much time as they are spending trying to do it, they are PLENTY worried!

A New “Dr. Bill” Podcast – The Doctor’s “Bad Tech Day!” #18

Because it is time… it is out! A new episode!

Dr. Bill Podcast – 18 – (01/07/06)
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Dr. Bill has another “Bad Tech Day!”, The VERY BAD Microsoft Exploit of the Windows WMF Metafile problem, Geek Software of the Week: Portable OpenOffice!, Will Google get into PC Hardware… rumor, refuted by Darkmoon from LUX.ET.UMBRA, will YOU trust Blu-ray from Sony?, the Muppets Mahna Mahna Song and things that get stuck in your head!, the saga of Dr. Bill’s very bad Tech Day… and week!

The Big Blog Crash!

Well, as some of you may have noticed, the Blog has been down over night and part of yesterday afternoon. The web site files got deleted by an overly aggressive, curmudgeon-ly system admin that was jumping up and down and screaming as he pressed the wrong button (it other words, me!) I have restored the basic functionality, but the stream audio of the podcasts are still off-line until I can reclaim them later (probably this evening.)

Until then, refrain from snickering at me. OK, I heard that!

Sony Announces a List of Blu-ray Movies

Sony announced a list of movies it will release on the new high definition Blu-ray format that may replace the DVD. No consensus has been reached as to whether this is the format that will replace the DVD… but they are releasing these anyway.

First Sony Blu-ray Movies

“Released first will be The Fifth Element, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Desperado, For a Few Dollars More, The Guns of Navarone, Hitch, House of Flying Daggers, A Knight’s Tale, Kung Fu Hustle, The Last Waltz, Legends of the Fall, Resident Evil Apocalypse, Robocop, Sense and Sensibility, Stealth, Species, SWAT and XXX. Four Blu-ray titles will be released each month starting this summer, ramping up to 10 per month by the end of 2006.”

Now, the question I have is, even if I were to want them, do I trust Sony not to have a rootkit infection on their disk? Ah… no.

Will Google Get Into PC Hardware?

Will Google start selling Google branded PCs? THAT would be a strange turn of events!

Google to Sell PCs Soon?

“The Internet giant, based in Mountain View, Calif., is considering selling its own version of a wireless networking device for homes, according to two sources, and is reportedly in talks with giant retailer Wal-Mart Inc. to sell an inexpensive Google-branded personal computer. Google already makes Google-branded hardware, mainly consisting of a line of search engines meant for businesses. Google-branded consumer devices, outside of promotional items like Lava lamps, are hard to find. ”

WOW!!! That was fast! As the comment to this post from Darkmoon points out, the rumor has already been debunked! Here’s that link!

Google WON’T Make PCs

Thanks, Darkmoon! By the way, check out LUX.ET.UMBRA for more of Darkmoon’s great tech info! Here’s the link to his Blog:


Geek Software of the Week: PORTABLE OpenOffice

This week’s Geek Software of the Week is Portable OpenOffice. That is, the full OpenOffice Suite, designed to be run entirely off of a thumbdrive! That’s programs and data! Wow! This way, you can take your favorite office suite, and your data, with you, no matter what computer you use!

Portable Openoffice!

I like it, because if I have to sit down at someone else’s system, I can have “my” environment to work in, without having to open their software (and use the Evil Empire’s package!) Very cool! And, while you are at it, check out the other applications that are listed that can be run entirely from a thumbdrive!

“ is a community site devoted to the development, promotion and use of portable applications. The site was created by John T. Haller, the developer behind numerous portable applications (like Portable Firefox and Portable as a way to centralize the knowledge and development efforts of multiple portable application efforts.” Neat idea!

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