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Simplistic IBM?

“Simplifying Tasks” is a cool poster about ease of use and simplifying tasks, its just too bad that the people that made their web pages obviously haven’t understood the concept.

IBM – Ease of Use – Simplifying Tasks

Check out the “easy” ordering “link” they are using :-D

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Deep linking

Doc Searls and John Dowdell is two of many that have picked up on the interesting linking policy over at

What are organizations thinking when they start to tell people to ask for permission before linking? And what are they doing about various search engines, such as Google? Not to mention, what legal options do they have to enforce their prohibition to link to


Wired have an article about and their deep linking policy as well as the response from the weblog community.

[Update II]

A lot of people have been writing to to protest their stupid linking policy, their response is possibly even more mind boggeling than the policy.

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Beam me up scotty – soon reality?

Not quite, but Nando Times reports that Australian scientists claim to have ‘teleported’ a laser beam

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The war on terror statement

I promise that I won’t be peddeling politics on my weblog. But this statement on the war on terror from some prominent americans deserves some attention: We won’t deny our consciences

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Fight the CBDTPA

The Electronic Frontier Foundation Action Center has chosen to use Flash to make a fun animation about the CBDTPA, but the issue is serious enough.

Big media corporations are trying to take away ownership from the consumers and make you and me pay for every single version of a digital work we consume. Imagine having to pay 4 times to have the same song on a CD, your MP3 player, your own CD-compilation for the car and on your computer. That is what Disney and others in reality is trying to accomplish with the CBDTPA bill.

Senator Ernest Hollings and a powerful group of Hollywood entertainment interests are pushing Congress to pass an anti-consumer bill called the Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act (CBDTPA) that may make it impossible to:

-Play your CDs on your desktop computer

-Create legal copies or mp3s of the music that you own to play in your car, or listen to while you exercise

-Create mix-CDs of music you’ve paid for

This is not the way copyright law is supposed to work. Tell your member of Congress that you value your fair use rights and don’t want Hollywood to control technological innovation.

So why am I, a norwegian, even caring about such bills? well, what happens in the USA will also have a strong effect on consumers in Europe and other related markets. We are big consumers of american TV, films, music and general entertainment. In addition, law making in the USA does have a certain degree of influence on law making in Europe.

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OpenOffice 1.0

At the beginning of this month OpenOffice released version 1.0 of their office suite. I haven’t had the time to check it out before now. I used to use Sun’s StarOffice (which is now out in version 6.0, selling for about 80 dollars).

OpenOffice 1.0 is an impressive package, and is replacing StarOffice 5.2 on my system. Its available for all Linux, Solaris and Windows. For Mac OS X there is a beta available.

OpenOffice 1.0 is noticably faster to start than StarOffice 5.2, and its not trying to pretend it is a desktop (like StarOffice does). All in all it looks very promising.

BTW: If you were wondering, the OpenOffice office suite does support the Microsoft Office formats, and can open and save Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc. documents. The native file format is based on XML, and I am going to start investigate if it could be used to hook into SOAP/XML-RPC products. There seem to be some work being done on OpenOffice web service integration already.

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More Internet Explorer vulnerabilities

If you are a Windows/Internet Explorer user, please pay attention.

Quote from the Technote:

Impact of vulnerability: Six new vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow code of attacker’s choice to run.


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Get the fastest browser on earth (Opera). Its also a good browser to try if you are on Linux or Mac.

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Not surprising

How Microsoft Went After Linux

Kempin recommended that computer makers who were not “friendly” with Microsoft should be hit “harder than in the past with anti-Linux actions.”

Somehow I am neither shocked nor surprised.

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Macromedia VS Adobe 1-1

The battle in the courts move on, and this time Macromedia scores.

Yahoo – Macromedia Wins Patent Counterclaims Trial Against Adobe

Macromedia, Inc. (Nasdaq: MACR – News) today announced that a jury ruled in its favor in a counterclaims suit against Adobe Systems. The verdict included a damage award of $4.9 million. Macromedia intends to ask the court to issue an injunction to stop Adobe’s infringement, and also intends to appeal the verdict in the initial Adobe case.

“The score is now Adobe one, Macromedia one, customers zero,” said Rob Burgess, chairman and CEO, Macromedia. “Macromedia is absolutely committed to defending the right to innovate.”

I would have to agree with Rob, the customers does not benifit from Adobe and Macromedia waisting time and money in the courts over patent claims.

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Hoopla and Verisign

Seems it is wise to stay far away from Verisign.

On a related note, we have been moving domains from Verisign for a while at Webhead since Verisign has failed to supply us with anything resembling an ISP tool. We did however consider using them for our own and clients payment systems, but reading horror stories like the one above has made me think twice about doing business with them.