Microsoft is giving away Visual Studio Express absolutely free until November 2006! I’ve checked the license agreement and faq and it includes the redistribution license and allows commercial usage.
I haven’t gotten it installed yet but I’ve heard that some of the features of from the professional version are disabled but they are likely features that casual users like me won’t miss.
You can install it from the web or download CD images at the manual installation instructions page.
As reported by EE Times, the Gartner group is predicting a long term decline for the DRAM market. This should be good news for all us PC users who keep needing more and more RAM.
Check out the whole article here.
This article in Conformity magazine points out that 2005 has set the record for most product safety recalls according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
There is also an article highlighting the latest recalls.
One item they don’t mention, they probably don’t know, is that at least some of the replacement PS2 AC adaptors have also been recalled. I know this because my brothers adapter was subject to the recall. He promptly received the replacement adapter and, then received a second replacement from Sony because they needed to recall the first replacement, Doh!
With the apparent incompetence on the part of Sony regarding the rootkit DRM (see previous post for details) and now botching the PS2 adapter’s I’m beginning to wonder if Sony is being managed by Homer Simpson. 😉
The inventor of Ethernet, Bob Metcalfe, was interviewed by EE Times this week. As usual, Bob is informative, entertaining and controversial.
I particularly like his thoughts on blogging and the New York times on page three of the interview.
This EETimes.com article summarizes the results of a survey by Industry Directions.
As one who works in electronics and, has been involved in outsourcing, these results are no surprise to me.
IBM, Novell, Philips, Red Hat, and Sony have formed the Open Invention Network to promote Linux by sharing patents royalty free.
Read more about it in this EE times article.
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 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.
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 cant shout fire in a crowded theater. To stay up to date on internet free speech issues Ive 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.
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.