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  • Opinion: Vista drivers: behind the PR

    Seeing as much of the discussion on our Windows Vista forum covers incompatibilities between Microsoft’s new OS and users’ older hardware and software, many people might be surprised to hear Microsoft boasting about its progress with Vista drivers.

  • Opinion: A totalitarian state? That'll be £5bn, please

    Today proponents of the ID cards project took time out from trampling on a signed copy of the Magna Carta to empty the pockets of the British taxpayer - to the tune of £5bn.

  • Opinion: Microsoft spies on house sellers

    Talking of Google Earth and its wannabe rivals, Microsoft is now pushing its Virtual Earth online mapping and search services using Google-like bird’s eye satellite imagery as the best way to buy or sell your property.

  • Opinion: Google Earth gets noisy

    Californian company Wild Sanctuary has dreamed up software that layers recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth. 3,500 hours of soundscapes from all over the world are set to make Google Earth audible as well as visual.

  • Opinion: RadiusIM - makes friends instantly

    I've just been trying RadiusIM, an instant-messaging service with a difference. The difference? This IM client introduces an element of social networking to instant messaging. And you can see where people are.

  • Opinion: Blind porn: the latest X-rated innovation

    Whether you're blind and like porn, partially sighted (for whatever reason) and like porn or just fond of hearing semi-clad minxes reading out erotic stories, a new X-rated website is right up your alley.

  • Opinion: Blairs congratulatory YouTube message

    Tony Blair has used video-sharing site YouTube to post his congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy who won France’s presidential election, succeeding current president Jacque Chirac.

  • Opinion: Northern Ireland: hotbed of web rage

    It's an historic day in Northern Ireland, as Ian 'Dr No' Paisley and Martin 'actor's voice' McGuiness cast aside years of rampant oppositionalism and start, well, running stuff. And the first thing they need to address is the unhealthy anger of Northern Irish web users toward slow-loading websites.

  • Opinion: Windows Vista beats Nokia jingle

    Apparently the most heard piece of music ever is not Paul McCartney's 'Yesterday' or 'Happy Birthday' (I don't mean Paul McCartney's 'Happy Birthday' from Abbey Road, I mean the regular singalong in a quiet voice until the name part of the annual chant). It's the Nokia ringtone.

  • Opinion: End of the MySpace free-for-all?

    Domain-name squatting was big business ten years ago. It was quick and easy to register a web address containing the name of a celebrity or a world-renowned brand, and some industrious people sought to flog these URLs to their rightful owners, many of whom hadn’t yet caught onto this new thing called 'the internet'.

  • Opinion: End of the MySpace free-for-all?

    Domain-name squatting was big business ten years ago. It was quick and easy to register a web address containing the name of a celebrity or a world-renowned brand, and some industrious people sought to flog these URLs to their rightful owners, many of whom hadn’t yet caught onto this new thing called 'the internet'.

  • Opinion: Email Domesday is doomsday for email

    The British Library has started an initiative to create a "21st century Domesday Book" - a snapshot of the UK seen through emails. The world-famous library is asking everyone in the UK to forward an email from their inbox or sent mail box representing their life or interests.

  • Opinion: Digg digs itself in deep in DVD DRM debates

    Putting encryption on DVDs was never popular, so it’s little surprise that making yet stronger copy-protection on HD DVDs has already resulted in someone cracking the code. Details of a software string that could be used to unlock the DRM (digital rights management) were posted online this week – and very quickly picked up on by bloggers and other web users worldwide.

  • Opinion: Does Facebook need a friend?

    Today I've received no fewer than six invitations to join Facebook. What's Facebook? Where've you been Grandad? Facebook is the social-networking behemoth that's gobbling up the world. And, it seems, Facebook has finally entered the sweaty circle of trust that I like to call: 'Matt's friends'. I'm clearly not the only one, either.

  • Opinion: Blind porn: the latest X-rated innovation

    Final warning: pornography ahead.

  • Opinion: BBC iPlayer: PCs are better than Macs

    The broadcast industry has been going on-demand TV crazy over the past couple of days, with the BBC, ITV and Joost all making big announcements promising thousands of hours of TV straight to your desktop. But the usually politically correct BBC runs the risk of alienating a certain dedicated faction of the technology community – Mac users – by not making its iPlayer available for Apple’s computers, and then blaming Apple for it.

  • Opinion: BBC iPlayer: PCs are better than Macs

    The broadcast industry has been going on-demand TV crazy over the past couple of days, with the BBC, ITV and Joost all making big announcements promising thousands of hours of TV straight to your desktop. But the usually politically correct BBC runs the risk of alienating a certain dedicated faction of the technology community – Mac users – by not making its iPlayer available for Apple’s computers, and then blaming Apple for it.

  • Opinion: Apple gives away Mac OS X Leopard in June

    Well, Apple likes to spring surprises on us - remember the original Bondi Blue iMac, and the iPod? Both were bolts from the blue that went on to be amazing successes. Er, don't mention the Cube...

  • Opinion: Apple to target iPod street crimewave

    The Apple iPod is an easy target for street thieves and school bullies. It's small, valuable, instantly recognisable, and really easy to nick and sell on. That's why it's responsible for the sharp rise in muggings in 2006.

  • Opinion: ISP too PC for Gays

    Spam and parental-control filtering is something of a blunt instrument in stopping offensive or inappropriate words coming through our email.



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