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August 2007 Zoon Awards for Technical Ignorance and Incompetence

Zoon Awards
Daniel Eran Dilger
In an effort to recognize the spectacular efforts of individuals and organizations promoting the regression of human achievement in the field of technology, a series of nominations await your vote to determine the recipients of August 2007 Zoon Awards.

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August 30, 2007   1 Comment

Origins of the Blu-ray vs HD-DVD War

Origins of the Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD War
Daniel Eran Dilger
The arrival of DVD gave consumers far higher video quality in a new compact disc format with a variety of practical advantages over existing VHS tapes. There was no format war related to DVD because the two groups developing a new consumer video disc gave up their differences and worked together. Consumers didn’t have to chose a format or worry about obsolescence. So why did the world return to a format war with HD?

En Español: Origenes de la Guerra Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD
Traducción: Urian

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August 29, 2007   11 Comments

Blu-ray vs HD-DVD in Next Generation Game Consoles

Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD
Daniel Eran Dilger
While the war between Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 to deliver the next video game platform is being overshadowed by the success of Nintendo’s Wii on the gaming side, Microsoft and Sony are also fighting to deliver the next HD replacement for the DVD.

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August 27, 2007   14 Comments

Microsoft’s WGA Failure Earns Zoon Nomination

WGA the Dog
Daniel Eran Dilger
One disadvantage to Microsoft’s Windows Genuine Advantage DRM program–which forces Windows users to verify their software as “not-stolen” in order to receive certain patches and updates, including Internet Explorer 7–is that Microsoft’s WGA server is not as highly reliable as Microsoft likes to advertise.

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August 25, 2007   1 Comment

Nintendo Wii vs Sony PlayStation 3 vs Microsoft Xbox 360: Q2 2007

Nintendo Wii vs Sony PlayStation 3 vs Microsoft Xbox 360: Q2 2007

Daniel Eran Dilger
Back in March, I outlined first quarter 2007 sales for a new generation of consumer electronics, including the Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Zune, and estimated sales into the future. The numbers ended up working out largely as was predicted, as the graphics below indicate.

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August 25, 2007   3 Comments

ZDNet’s George Ou Exposed as Ignorant Microsoft Shill (Zoon!)

ZDNET's George Ou
Daniel Eran Dilger
The assault on reason isn’t just a political phenomenon. Microsoft has long been developing its own cast of apologists who have eked out full time careers in the field of sputtering out ignorant, unfounded claims with such insistence and volume that the undecided simply have no alternative but to line up and applaud their seemingly convincing rhetoric. Among them is George Ou, who unsurprisingly blogs for CNET’s ZDNet branded website.
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August 24, 2007   5 Comments

Apple iPhone vs the FIC Neo1973 OpenMoko Linux Smartphone

Neo1973 vs iPhone
Daniel Eran Dilger
Frequently compared to Apple’s new smartphone, the OpenMoko FIC Neo1973 is described as the free and open software community’s alternative to Apple’s officially closed iPhone platform. Here’s a look at what it really is and how it compares to the iPhone.
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August 23, 2007   8 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 2000s

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 2000s
Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part four: SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1990s]

Apple’s Reversal of Fortune, Outlook: 1990 vs 2000.
Apple started the 1990s with seemingly bright prospects and plaudits from the press, but in reality, its management had aimed the company’s future into the ground. While often described as a “Golden Age” for Apple, the early 90s were actually the beginning of an end.

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August 22, 2007   5 Comments

Office Wars 1 – Claris and the Origins of Apple iWork

Office Wars 1: Claris and the Origins of Apple’s iWork
Daniel Eran Dilger
How does Apple’s iWork 08 compare to Microsoft Office for Mac? One might expect the new version of iWork 08 to blow away Office for Mac, which hasn’t seen an update since 2004. That was back in the days of Mac OS X Panther, and before the release of the iMac G5 let alone Intel Macs. Office for Mac is ancient.

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August 19, 2007   6 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1990s

OS history of the 90s

Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part two: SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1980s]

Intel 80×86 vs Motorola 68000.
In the 80s, a new generation of graphical computers from Apple, Atari, Commodore, and NeXT–all based on the Motorola 68000 family of processors–leapt past the previous generation of 8-bit computers. That new hardware enabled more powerful software using a fully graphical user interface.

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August 18, 2007   7 Comments

Using iPhone: Camera Photo Quality and Viewing: Part 3

smartphone display resolutions
Daniel Eran Dilger
Taking photos in dim conditions is tricky, but bright light poses its own troubles.
[continued from part two: Using iPhone: Camera in Low Light Conditions; CMOS vs CCD: Part 2]

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August 16, 2007   2 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1980s

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1980s
Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part two: SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1970s]

Xerox PARC and Apple New Macintosh: 1980 – 1984.
While Microsoft ripped off the 70s technology in Digital Research’s CP/M to resell in the 80s as MS-DOS, Apple used its hardware profits of the 70s to finance the development of a new generation of much more powerful software in order to sell new hardware in the 80s.

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August 15, 2007   11 Comments

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1970s

SCO, Linux, and Microsoft in the History of OS: 1970s
Daniel Eran Dilger
[continued from part one: Daniel Lyons: Fake Steve Jobs and the SCO Shill Who Hated Linux]

he recent news about SCO and Unix copyright and Linux is difficult to accurately piece together without historical context. Understanding the market for Windows, Linux, and the Mac today also benefits from hindsight of previous events that shaped the present. It even offers to illuminate possibilities of the future.

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August 14, 2007   2 Comments

Troy Wolverton Documents Faux Apple Shareholder Outrage

Troy Wolverton Documents Faux Apple Shareholder Outrage
Daniel Eran Dilger
Troy Wolverton must be back from vacation, as the Mercury News has resumed publishing slanted reports designed to cause panic about Apple under his name. The latest are particularly galling.

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August 11, 2007   2 Comments

4th Annual Great Mac Mod Challenge 2007

4th Annual Great Mac Mod Challenge 2007
Daniel Eran Dilger
MacMod.com, a website offering news and advice on the latest techniques and products for upgrading and modifying Apple products, announced the rules and entry requirements for its annual Great Mac Mod Challenge.
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August 11, 2007   No Comments