Author: brad

  • Tom Yager is a jackass.

    Reading OSnews is an amusing pastime for me. It’s replete with comedic gems like this one: Why Apple snubs its open source geeks For over a month the claim has been made that MacOS X is now a proprietary operating system when it was once an open-source panacea, and many in the open source world […]

  • H.264, how do I love thee?

    H.264, MPEG-4’s advanced codec featured in the iPod, the Sony PSP, and both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, as well as future broadcast video standards, has a lot of skeptics. Many say H.264 doesn’t have a lot to offer people when videos are compressed at the higher bitrates required for HD content (self-contradictory, as H.264 is accepted […]

  • The Da Vinci Blog

    Having just seen the movie ‘The Da Vinci Code’, I must say I’m a bit surprised. I’m surprised because I found the book to be childishly written and the screenplay worked out better, which never happens. Also, while the story has clearly been sensationalized to the point of a number of people believing it to […]

  • Digital rights and you: a video presentation.

    I ran across this keynote speech on Chris Blizzard’s blog, and I think it deserves passing around. This is a keynote speech by Corey Doctorow, who used to be with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. This organisation basically fights for the preservation of the end-user’s rights in a world where the law is still being firmly […]

  • The Linux propaganda/FUD machine

    Lately I’ve taken note of a dark trend in the Linux world, and looking back it’s one that has been present throughout the history of Linux advocacy. Linux users commonly mention that large corporations spread propaganda about the superiority of their products and FUD about competing products in order to get ahead. This sort of […]

  • WordPress

    Switching to WordPress from iWeb (although I still love iWeb, wordpress has a few nice features I miss). Hopefully a smooth transition!

  • Why it would be easy for Apple to develop the mythic Red Box.

    While reading my regular list of news sites this morning I ran across an article detailing the improbability of Apple releasing a Red Box. To those who are unfamiliar, this is a long-rumored compatibility environment in which Windows applications would run alongside Mac programs, much as Blue Box ran Classic Mac applications within the new […]

  • My Linux killer app: Novell Evolution

    As I’ve been using Linux I’ve explored many varieties of software and many desktop environments to see which one had the best fit for me. I eventually began to see that the GNOME desktop environment was becoming the dominant player, and would probably represent the mainstream future of open source desktops. GNOME is a great […]

  • Dual Booting is Yesterday – Virtualization is Tomorrow.

    I have to say I’m not optimistic about Apple’s recent decision to support dual-booting their new Macs. That’s the sort of sophomoric corporate blunder that can capsize even the healthiest of businesses. In short, I think it’s going to backfire. Companies aren’t going to spend millions of dollars porting software between two operating systems when […]

  • Why Red Hat is doing everything right

    Since beginning to use Linux I’ve learned to tolerate a lot in the name of free software. Unpolished programs, non-working features, ugly user interfaces – these are the price to pay for freedom from proprietary operating systems designed by corporations. Bit by bit though, I lost patience with Linux. It became obvious that a lot […]