Only one thing sadder than lame corprate attempts to be hip

| October 28, 2009

It’s when the corporate stuffed shirts suddenly figure out what “hip” entails and backpedal like crazy. Short version: Microsoft attempts a advertising coup by sponsoring a sellout very special episode of Family Guy, then someone at Microsoft watches the episode, are they are shocked at the presence of (gasp) risque and off-color humor. Perhaps someone […]

Death of a Business Model

| June 28, 2008

Historically, almost every significant economic crash has been due to one factor of the human psyche, the inability to conceive of change. Not adapt to change; we’re pretty damn good at figuring things out after the fact. Beforehand? Not so much. Entire industries collapse because of the assumption that the fourth quarter will be exactly […]

Why DRM sucks

| April 24, 2008

I am a writer, that means I make money off of my intellectual property. This does not mean I like digital rights management in any way, shape, or form. Here is an object lesson why. I don’t even blame Microsoft for giving the finger to all their former MSN Music customers, because tying rights to […]

Microsoft, the Beast That Cannot be Fed

| December 7, 2007

You may have heard of the non-profit initiative called “One Laptop Per Child.” It is essentially an attempt to bridge the technology divide between the technological west and the developing world. OLPC was founded by Nicholas Negroponte with the goal of producing a laptop as cheaply as possible and provide it to schoolchildren all over […]

Since We’re Talking About Intellectual Property Law. . .

| May 16, 2007

Microsoft seems to be in the vanguard, defending a 19th Century economic model for IP law. Not only has it deformed the purpose of its operating system into one giant copy-protection scheme, but now it’s attacking open-source software vendors with vague threats of patent violations. Here’s the problem in a nutshell: copy protection is essentially […]