Monday, November 28, 2005

Jingle Bells, Windows Smells, Sony Laid An Egg.

Ah, it's the season to be jolly. Sadly the major technology company "way" has become "screw your customers whenever possible." This may be the last holiday buying season that will let you buy new stuff that will work on your current TVs and computers. Come next year we will begin introducing new products that will require you to buy new stuff just to use the products you already own. The major transgressor will be HD-DVD and BlueRay. These are CD sized disks are much like your current DVDs but they will only play on TVs and computer monitors that feature copy protection. These disks will be the only way to get high definition media on a disk, and will NOT work with any TV or monitor in poduction now. Buy a new one or you don't get in. I could keep listing crap like this, but I would be talking about nearly everything coming out in the next year. Next year I'll be buying last years refurbished junk.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

SuSE 10.0

I have now spent a week with SuSE 10.0. I must say that it impresses me on two levels. First I will confess that I have never seen an operating system with as much pre-installed software or as many features. And sadly I have never seen a Linux distribution with as many bugs. I encountered nearly all of these bugs during a laptop install. This will easily be my favorite Linux distro after the bugs are fixed. I have high hopes for the new direction SuSE is going, but I hope that Novell (SuSE's owner/developer) takes more time with the next release. I would gladly wait another few months to get my Linux fix if it allowed for a bug free existence.