The Newegg trial is a perfect example of why we should get rid of patents in the computer space. Newegg brought in Whit Diffie to show prior art in a ridiculous patent troll lawsuit. Despite that, the troll won. Newegg is going to appeal the result, so hopefully they get somewhere in the appeals court.
Bishop Fox has an article on just how bad LinkedIn’s Intro app is. Fortunately, you can still put the LinkedIn website to good use without installing this horrible application.
The Obama administration strategy on federal websites. The hosting and bandwidth costs are typically covered in year-long (or longer) contracts. And it’s cheaper to keep a site unchanged than to change the site.
Bonus question: given the Obama administration’s War on Open Spaces, could they also perhaps put a wall up between the US and Mexico? Declare Mexico a national park and perhaps we’ll see President Obama do something good.
In the “would never happen” category, I nominate Scott Guthrie. He’s done a great job teaching about the various technologies he’s been involved with, and has a good track record in the development sphere.
- Deduplication built into Windows Server 2012 looks very interesting. I could see it being used for backup files, letting me keep more data local before needing to send it off to tape.
- Where your Windows space is going. The WinSxS directory is out of scope for that blog post, but it’s important to see just how misleading the value that Windows Explorer gives is.
- What processes are using up your bandwidth in Linux. This looks particularly interesting for security experts, as something like netstat can show what is open, but this will also show the flow and let you monitor if a particular process jumps in flow. More expensive DLP solutions can do the same thing, but we don’t all have that kind of money…
- DevOps may not be developers managing production but somebody should tell the developers that…
Office 2013 will be per-computer, meaning that if you switch out your computer, you’ll need to buy a new license. As the author notes, this doesn’t really affect many people and probably won’t bring much revenue to Microsoft (if any at all), but does come at a relatively high price in terms of negative press.