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Archive for April, 2008

Celebrating Parallels and its desktop virtualization gift

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

This week, Parallels announced that it has sold 1 million copies of Parallels Desktop, a utility that lets Intel-based Macs run Windows alongside Mac OS X. Although EMC’s VMware unit now offers a similar product, it was Parallels that pioneered this application.

And this application has played a significant role in making the Macintosh more widely acceptable in both personal and business environments, as it got rid of the “what if my app won’t run on the Mac?” dilemma that overshadowed Apple for years.

For the masses (including senior execs who sign IT project checks), Parallels defines virtualization. And that’s a good thing, as it works quite well. I believe that the Parallels example will be a key factor beyond the Mac universe: It will show a successful use of virtualization on the desktop, where its benefits are far from widely realized.

That can only help make the case for desktop virtualization as Microsoft, Citrix, and others continue to push that nascent technology further.

Posted by Galen Gruman on April 25, 2008 05:00 AM

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Analysis: Vuze’s Allegations Are Anecdotal, But Troubling

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008



As to the report issued by Vuze: I read their findings over and they were very careful to point out that their evidence is anecdotal in nature. Other than Comcast, which was outed and forced to admit its practice of blocking peer-to-peer traffic under certain conditions, the report does nothing to convince me conclusively of any deliberate blocking. In today’s world, anybody can assert something from scant evidence and there will be a bandwagon of followers drawing their own conclusions for a variety of reasons. Marvin’s reasons for jumping the bandwagon are noble but I think we must be careful here.

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Universal: EFF SLAPPed us with dancing toddler DMCA lawsuit

Monday, April 28th, 2008


Last summer, Universal found itself hauled into court by the EFF after the music company filed a DMCA takedown notice with YouTube over a 29-second video clip of a toddler dancing in his parents’ kitchen. The clip was targeted because, as the toddler shakes his groove thang, Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” plays on a boombox in the background.¬†Stephanie Lenz, the baby’s mother, sued Universal with the help of the EFF on the grounds that the company was filing false DMCA takedown notices and that her video was a “self-evident” fair use of the song.

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Helio Mysto Cell Phone

Monday, April 28th, 2008
This slim slider-style cell phone is stocked with extras, including a mobile version of MySpace.

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