AMD passes Intel in PC sales

Congratulations AMD!

This EE Times article says that, the research firm Current Analysis, is reporting PC’s with AMD processors outsold PC’s with Intel processors for the month of October.

I’ve been a big fan of AMD processors and have chosen them over Intel for my own PC’s since the days of the first K6’s.

Sony audio CD DRM

Sony is using rootkit technology in the digital rights management it puts on to some of their audio CD’s. This is the most invasive DRM I’ve heard about and could be very bad for your PC.

I have always recommended that people take extreme care when installing software from audio CD’s and movie DVD’s. Most of the time the software provides no useful function that other software doesn’t have and with this latest development it makes it potentially dangerous.

I first heard about this from a post on the PICList Tuesday and, it was the topic of this weeks SecurityNow podcast. To learn more about this issue visit the web page of the programmer who found it Mark Russinovich or, listen to the SN podcast.

Iranian bloggers and free speech

Mojtaba Saminejad and Omid Sheikhan are bloggers living in Iran. They are being punished for speaking their minds in blogs.

Read the details of their cases and sign the petitions to help Mojtaba Saminejad and Omid Sheikhan.

I am a firm believer in all peoples right to freedom of speech. Only under very limited and special circumstances do I think speech should be limited e.g. you can’t shout fire in a crowded theater. To stay up to date on internet free speech issues I’ve added a Blog Alert box from The Committee to Protect Bloggers and the EFF’s Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech icon on the sidebar. These items will be automatically updated by the sponsor organizations.

Creative Commons

I first heard about Creative Commons licenses quite a while ago. After my first investigations into these licenses I just didn’t get it. Later I read John Dvorak’s blog about CCl’s and I still didn’t get it.

Then on the October 23rd episode of Twit (This Week in Tech) Lawrence Lessig explained the purpose of the CCl’s and it finally penetrated my thick skull. Basically, as I now understand it, CCl’s fill the gap between copyright protected and public domain release. They also have a pre-made public domain license that makes it easy to give works legal public domain status.

I have now gone over the Creative Commons web site information thoroughly and I decided to change my web site to a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CCl.

Firefox Milestone

Firefox has passed the 100 million downloads mark!

I’ve been using it as my primary browser since late 2002 when it was named Phoenix. By the end of 2003 I had converted all the PC’s I fix for my friends and family over to Firebird. The malware infestations that I had spent so much time fixing for others are no longer a major problem.