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Texan Court Bans Microsoft from selling Word in the US

Internet, Microsoft, Software, Technology, Uncategorized, What I'm Reading

Today, August 12, I came across a twitter post saying “Microsoft banned” so I looked it up. Apparently a Texan Court has ruled in favor of i4i the company who owns the patent on the technology that Microsoft Word uses to read and write XMLbased files. These filetypes include *.xml *.docx *.docm. Will this be the first of many patent lawsuits against the software leviathan? I will post more information as I find out more.


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Has Microsoft Actually Grown A Brain?

Microsoft, What I'm Reading

I ask this because they have actually been putting good features into Windows 7 RC1.

These New Features include:

  • Windows XP Mode (not emulation, but the SP3 core is integrated)
  • Dual touch zoom (yeah i know its copying apple, but apple users shouldn’t be the only ones to get that goodness.)
  • They fixed the UAC so it can have its levels set to be less of a nusance.
There are more features for a complete list of the 7 RC features click here:
Now I shall head back into the dark void to do more research on 7.

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Sheer and Utter Coolness - The Pirate’s Dilemma

Hacking, Politics, Society, What I'm Reading

The Pirates Dilemma
The Pirates Dilemma


Mike Mason has written one of the most interesting new books of 2008.

It’s called The Pirate’s Dilemma and it’s a very interesting look at how technological innovation has been lead by “cultural” pirates.

Edison’s phonograph, and the movie industry’s move to California to avoid Edison’s patents, are the first examples I can name showing how “pirates” work around inefficiencies in current markets, to produce new paradigms with greater efficiency.

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