Google Chrome OS

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There is some discussion about the operating system from Google; While a windowing system on a Linux kernel may not seem like much to the tech folks, end-users won’t likely know what a windowing system is. Furthermore, the windowing system will  distance them so much from the kernel they will never gain familiarity with it either. They will just get a computer that works, doesn’t break, doesn’t need updates and repairs, and is probably pretty much enormously more cost-efficient for all the things they find themselves doing with a computer.

No matter the operating system, people and communities need flat-rate unrestricted access and bandwidth to innovate and drive economic success going forward.

By the way, I read somewhere Microsoft did not use its anti-competitive strategies against Apple because eliminating even the illusion of competition would have isolated them as the monopoly that they were (are?). Choice is good; Even if we are unlikely to see large companies dump Windows at any time in the near future, a third OS from a market leader provides that most illusive thing–hope!

Google Drops a Bomb: Its Own Operating System | Technomix | Fast Company
Mere hours ago, Google did something that’s pretty surprising, and that will impact the netbook, and maybe PC market: It announced its own operating system, Chrome. It’s open source.


one of the great…

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…mysteries of life in these United States is the domination of an industry by one or two giants that are providing each other “competition” without innovation for their customers. My general guideline is if the company is getting all of its customers to sign non-negotiable contracts one can be sure competition has more or less evaporated in that industry. We see this in rental properties, cell-phone contracts, power company services, national water companies, credit card offers–even your doctor is locked by global contracts that are non-negotiable. A post by Derek Powazek (details below) sums this up beautifully. I think of it as the short version of Atlas Shrugged. It is the third key to business relationships.

Derek Powazek – Don’t Work for Assholes
It can be very intimidating to turn down work, especially in these uncertain economic times. But the months I spent suffering that fool 12 years ago would have been better spent building my portfolio and hustling to find better clients. All the time you spend working for an asshole is time you’re not spending to find a gig that will, in the long run, pay you better, teach you more, and make you happier.

Nowadays, the only asshole I work for is me.

…or how to understand the value of financial advice. For those of you who prefer pictures to text, this will provide a slightly more difficult avenue of access (you do have to click and read) but it is still much more useful than 24 hours of ***insert name of your favorite news/finance media outlet***.

The Subprime Mortgage Primer

The American consumer is getting snowed in by ongoing and largely successful efforts of old telecom to perpetuate their proprietary, antiquated and restrictive business models in new media. This issue is pivotal to the future of free thought and expression in the United States of America.

Senate Chair Takes on FTC in Net Neutrality Fight – News and Analysis by PC Magazine
Mark Cooper, director of research for the Consumer Federation of America. ISPs are not talking about ensuring quicker consumer access to movies online, they’re talking about giving themselves a leg up on the competition via controlled access, Cooper said.

“The FTC and the [Department of Justice] have cheered the decision FCC to allow a cozy duopoly to come into existence, claiming that two [providers are] enough,” Cooper said. Meanwhile, the U.S. “dribbles out bandwidth at 10 to 20 times what people pay around the world” while the nation’s broadband penetration rate continues to fall behind that of other countries, he said.

“The nations that have passed us have relied on the very policy that we used 30 years ago – to provide innovation and consumer friendly services,” Cooper concluded.

What you don’t get in the news is a vision of the Internet that big corporations (telecoms) would create if they succeed in stifling net neutrality. Imagine an Internet where the available content is as limited as the evening news is limited in fully describing all that is occurring in the universe. The stifling of net neutrality is the stifling of innovation and freedom. Write your state and federal representatives; You can bet telecoms and cable are expending all means to support the stifling of “net neutrality” legislation.

Senate Chair Takes on FTC in Net Neutrality Fight – News and Analysis by PC Magazine
At issue is the topic of net neutrality, which essentially guarantees equal online access so that every Web site on the Internet, whether it is a major companys portal or a homemade storefront, has the same right to speed and access. Some major Internet service providers, however, have called for a system that would allow for tiered, rate-based access. is blocked as a “security” risk at Cingular (now the new AT&T)

You have attempted to reach an unauthorized or inappropriate Internet website. If you feel this message was generated in error or if there is a business justification for unblocking a specific URL , please contact the
Cingular Security Group. It is Cingular’s policy to provide official access to the public Internet to all authorized employees and agents of the Company. Employees must exercise good judgment that is consistent with Cingular’s Internet Policy and the Code of Business Conduct. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

While trying to retrieve the Universal Resource Locator(URL): from client workstation IP address at 15:36:17 UTC on 2007-05-15

Failure Reason: Either ‘deny’ or ‘exception’ was matched in policy
Category: Computing/Internet

as the company firewall began blocking pandora as a violation of company policy today.  For me, this is a particularly wrenching loss. It is not just that someone said “You cannot play your radio!” (though the effect is the same), but also that my sole source of connection with music while working just died. Wrenching.
I suppose it’s time to shuffle over to Costco and buy an iPod, though the use of iPods in the workplace has been restricted in some places as well.

If I had time, I would research what radio stations are not being blocked by the policy. I would be willing to assure you that Windows Media player can still tune in to music from MS and other online broadcasts, demonstrating the real advantage of the monopoly of the corporate desktop .