US Patent Office Upholds FAT File System Patent

Microsoft has won another one. They patented the FAT file system (File Allocation Table), which is actually old anyway, but now a challenge to the patent, that looked promising, has been rejected.

USPTO Upholds Patent for FAT

“On Tuesday, the USPTO announced its decision to uphold the patents, and now coders and users in the free and open source software community, as well as the makers of a wide array of flash storage-based electronic devices, are wondering just how big of a bind they’re in.”

So, will Uncle Bill demand some money from you for using your thumbdrive? We’ll have to see!

Symantec Found Using Rootkit Feature

First Sony, now Symantec! Yeeesh, guys! What’s with setting up security holes in our Windows systems? They are unsecure enough as it is!

Symantec Found Using Rootkit Feature

I, personally, have never liked Symantec. For instance, Norton Antivirus is about as hard to remove from your system as a virus, itself! But this is a new low!

“The Norton Protected Recycle Bin feature adds a directory called NProtect, which stores temporary copies of files that users delete. The idea was to supplement the standard Windows Recycle Bin and enable users to recover files they removed accidentally.

However, hiding a directory from Windows can open the door to vulnerabilities, as the Sony DRM rootkit debacle exposed. Malware authors were able to write viruses and worms that hid in the cloaked directory, effectively preventing scanning software from discovering their existence on a PC.

Symantec notes that on-demand scanners, including Norton AntiVirus, would discover the malware when it is loaded it memory. Still, the company isn’t taking any chances after Sony’s PR disaster and has issued an update to make the NProtect directory visible in the Recycle Bin.”

Putting the Final Nail in the “Legacy Claim” Story

I simply can not improve on this article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols as a follow-up to Microsoft trying to claim to be better at running on legacy hardware than Linux!

Linux-Watch Article on Legacy Issue

“Here’s the bottom line: no matter what Microsoft may claim, if you want to get the most from an older system, there’s a Linux distribution out there for you. Suggesting that Windows XP or Server 2003 is a reasonable alternative is simply a bad joke.”

MySQL Gets Government “Thumbs Up!”

The “workhorse” Open Source database MySQL got the “thumbs up” from the U.S. General Services Administration.

MySQL Wins Goverment Support!

“As it is, MySQL already hums under thousands of federal, state and local government entities, including Los Alamos National Labs, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA and the Department of Defense.

With the GSA contract, GS-35F-0131R Schedule 70, government customers will be able to purchase and deploy MySQL through Carahsoft Technology Corp. The GSA schedule is effective Dec. 20, 2005 through Nov. 19, 2009.

The win comes at a time when governments are increasingly turning to open source, much to the chagrin of Microsoft Corp. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for one, has set a deadline of Aug. 31 for storing all executive branch documents in OpenDocument Format.”

Creative Re-Defines “Podcast”

Apple iPod rival Creative isn’t so happy that the word “Podcast” is perceived to be a combination of “iPod” and “Broadcast.” So, it decided, in a “post”-emptive strike, to redifine the word to mean “Personal On Demand Broadcast.” OK. I must say, I do, personally, have a Creative Muvo and NOT an Apple iPod… but come on, guys! Let’s “take it on the chin”… OK?

Creative Redefines “Podcast”

“The change comes alongside the launch of ZENcast, the company’s beta application for downloading video blogs and podcasts. ‘Podcasts, short for Personal On Demand broadCast, are audio files you can download into any MP3 player or computer. These audio files are broadcasted over the Internet automatically to subscribers of specific podcast channels,’ Creative says.”

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!

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