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Comcast throws down gauntlet with TiVo

Engadget talks about how Comcast, a major cable provider, is throwing down the gauntlet with TiVo. With the Motorola 6412 DVR in hand, and costing the consumer a measly $10 per month, Comcast is ready to rock on. The Motorola DVR is capable of doing dual tuner recording, HDTV on demand, and recording HDTV, and record 60 hours of regular TV. TiVo pricing runs $99 a box plus $14.95 per month. Boy TiVo is going to be have a run for their money.

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Dell selects Winston-Salem

The N&R reports that “Dell selects Winston-Salem“. With $30 million dollars in cash and services and a 189-acre land offer, there was hardly much competition. Guilford has said that it’s still a “win” for them. The N&R also reports that in the first five years, Dell is expected to hire 1200 employees. Building of the plant will start in January so that opening can be scheduled in fall of 2005.

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Paint.NET tries to take on GIMP in Open Source

Paint.NET is an Open Source initiative by Washington State University and Microsoft to try to replace the MS Paint in Windows XP. Written in C# and with GDI+ extensions, this is project will try to give The GIMP, a GTK based graphics program, a run for its money.
Slashdot covers it here.

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How can I trust Firefox? – Peter Torr

Peter Torr (Microsoft) writes about some of the issues he ran into while installing Firefox 1.0. Most of them are complaints about the installer and unsigned controls (such as ActiveX), where Microsoft is famous for. Granted, this should be taken with a grain of salt. He is after all a Program Manager for Microsoft and not a bonafide geek like the rest of the Slashdot readers. In any case, he was given the “smackdown” by slashdot readers all over the world.

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Why all the cool toys go to Asia

SFGate had this posted a while back, but worthwhile to read if you have always wondered and never knew…

America has its share of early adopters, but they tend to be the exception rather than the rule; the average U.S. electronics consumer is driven more by cost and value than by features and technological sophistication.

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Open Letter to the Digital World – Chris Spencer

Chris Spencer, a system adminstrator, writes an open letter to the digital world which was also published in Linuxworld. In it, he writes that even with all the common sense type maintennance activities (anti-virus scans, using a firewall, not opening attachments, etc.) there are still ways to exploit a Windows system transparently.

It’s time for anyone running a Windows PC to switch to Linux.
You see, the Windows platform is not just insecure – it’s patently, blatantly, and unashamedly insecure by design and for all the lip service to security it’s really not going to get better, ever. To make matters worse, it’s more expensive and gives you fewer necessary applications right out of the box than Linux. Everyone, even Microsoft, knows this – they are just too afraid to say it. The tide is coming in. Nothing on this planet can stop it.

Now what’s stopping YOU from trying Linux?

FCC has a great year in the crop of smut

The FCC has had a great in the crop of smut. While only handing out 11 fines, many others were settled out of court (the numbers do not show those added figures). With the Janet Jackson incident at the Superbowl, to the complaints against Howard Stern (indirectly via Clear Channel Communications). Desperate Housewives probably made it up at the top of that list also. CNN Money covers the story. Based on ads alone, there was a lot more smut to be had. Here are a few examples of the banned ads this year.

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Global Voices Draft Manifesto

Joi puts out the locale of the The Global Voices Draft Manifesto. This is a document about free speech created by Global Voices. This document resides here for now on a Wiki, but will be moved shortly as Joi points out. Here is the current draft:

We believe in free speech, both in protecting the right to speak and in making access to the tools of speech universal. We define speech broadly to include many media that facilitate expression.
The broadest right of free speech has always extended to those who owned technology for publishing and distribution, such as a printing press. It is now possible for anyone to own their own press. It is our ideal that everyone who wants to speak can do so.
We believe in the power of direct connection and the freedom to connect to and hear others. The bond between individuals from different worlds is personal, political and powerful.
We seek to create bridges that cross gulfs that have traditionally divided people. By bridging these gulfs, we understand each other more fully, work together more effectively, and act more powerfully. These bridges let us do together what we could not dream of doing alone. It is our ideal that everyone who wants to hear what someone else is saying can do so.
Direct connection is its own reward. However, in a world full of challenges, it is also an important part of a future that is free, fair, prosperous and sustainable.
While committed to our work as individuals, we also recognize our common interest and goals. We each speak for ourselves, but in the end we are all in this together. We pledge to respect, assist, learn from, and listen to one other. We are Global Voices.

Dell and the Tri…. Three Kingdoms

Fair Warning: This has been on my mind for a long time, and it’s not meant to demean or offend anyone. If you easily take offense to this topic, don’t read my rant. Otherwise, continue on…
Personal rant:
Dell, I applaude you. In coming to the Piedmont region, you have picked three cities that have fierce competition for your plant operations. As for the three cities that I love so dearly, we need to work on the whole “TRIAD” concept.

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SolarPCs – the low voltage society

SolarPCs are built off mini-ITX form factors and weigh in at about 12 volt current. At $189 a pop for their cheapest model, it’s not a bad deal for some outdoor “sun” driven computing. Assuming that the place where you live actually has sun.
Engadget covers this in more detail.