Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Vista and the user

I read this article, A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection, a week ago and I've been thinking about it a lot. It's long, but well worth the read. The main point is that Vista is a tool for Microsoft to corner the market on home entertainment.

Good Housekeeping gets my seal of approval

You know that magazine on the supermarket racks that you look at and think "Who actually reads that?" Well somehow--I actually don't know how--a copy of Good Housekeeping ended up in my house and I was surprised to read a couple of very good articles. One was about racism in the real estate business continuing to promote segregated neighborhoods. The other was about using Google to find fixes for common problems, like when your iPod crashes or when you need to clean a special fabric. I automatically turn to search engines to answer questions and I really agreed with the author of the article when they suggested taking a little time to find out how others have solved a problem you have by tweaking your keywords rather than throwing something away or spending a lot to have it repaired. Way to go, Good Housekeeping!