Entries from Apr 2006 ↓

Kudos to Microsoft: Visual Studio Express Tools Free Forever!

I just learned that Microsoft has decided to make the Visual Studio Express tools free forever. This to me shows Microsoft’s acknowledgment that people are not willing to invest their time learning a product that they will eventually have to pay more for then they have funds available or earmarked, especially young people. I greatly applaud this move, and I wish more software vendors would do this with their products (and I’m thinking of component and tools vendors for .NET developers.)

But how can companies make money giving away their software? I believe software has a lot more value to someone once they’ve learned it and can concretely understand it’s value after which they would be more then happy to spend their money to upgrade to more advanced features.However, to those software vendors who think they can release a free but essentially crippled product, don’t.  No one will waste their time learning to use a crippled product. 

We are in a new era, one where software is not so much viewed because it offers value to a user but instead viewed by whether it is worth someone’s time to learn. This because of the plethora of software (and information) available and because most people won’t realize there is value is software until after they have learned it.  A software vendor’s job today needs to be to convince someone that their product is worth that person’s time to learn.

Simple Solution to Phishing Epidemic?

Call me simplistic, but it seems to me that there is a relatively simple solution to the phishing epidemic, assuming those in control of the Internet would like to stop it.  Since almost all phishing emails using a hyperlinks something like http://www.MyBigBankName.com.bad_guys_domain.info/login.html, eliminating it would be a simple as ICANN cancelling domain registrations for anyone caught phishing.  (I assume Internet registrations are ICANN’s domain? No pun intended…) 

To implement they would set up an email alias like [email protected] where people could forward phishing emails.  Once they had someone verify that an email routed to a phishing website (I bet this could even be done with vetted volunteers), ICANN would cancel the domain registration.  Then it would be a simple matter for browser, personal firewall, and anti-spyware vendors to be update their software to provide anti-phishing warning for any website that is reached via IP address rather than via domain name.

With domain cancellation in place and IP-address based anti-phishing functionality by browser, personal firewall, and anti-spyware vendors, phishing would be eliminated as it would quickly become effectively impossible for a phisher to maintain a domain, and IP addresses would be easily filtered.

Or so it seems to me.  But it must not be that easy, or someone else would have thought of it by now.  I’m posting this hoping that someone can either explain to me why this would not work, or if I just happen to be the only one to have thought of it and it would work, that someone reading this will forward to the good folks at ICANN for implementation.

With Parallels, I might finally consider getting a Mac

I just read about the new VM software called Parallels that runs on an Intel Mac.  Heck, I might finally consider getting an Apple Macintosh!

Parallels runs with Mac OS X on Intel 10.4.5 as primary OS (as well as lots of other OSes), and the Guest OSes that Parallels Supports include all the following:

Windows Windows 2003 Standard Edition SP0, SP1
Windows Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition SP0, SP1
Windows Windows 2003 Web Edition SP0, SP1
Windows Windows XP Professional SP0, SP1, SP2
Windows Windows XP Home SP0, SP1, SP2
Windows Windows 2000 Professional Edition SP4
Windows Windows 2000 Server SP4
Windows Windows 2000 Advanced Sever SP4
Windows Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP6
Windows Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6
Windows Windows ME
Windows Windows 98
Windows Windows 95
Windows Windows 3.11
Windows Windows 3.1
Fedora Fedora Core Linux 3, 4
RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS3, WS4
RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS4
RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES3, ES4
RedHat Redhat Linux 7.3, 8, 9
Debian Debian Linux 3.1
SuSE SUSE Linux 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
Mandriva Mandriva Linux 9.2, 10, 10.1
FreeBSD FreeBSD 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 5.4
os2 OS/2 warp 3, 4, 4.5
eComStation eComStation 1.1, 1.2
Sun Solaris Sun Solaris 9, 10
MS-DOS MS-DOS 6.22

This virtualization stuff is getting really interesting…

The Virtualization Wars Begin: Microsoft Virtual Server is Free!

It’s nice to be correct. Or at least to suggest something that Microsoft ends up doing.  :) 

A few months back I suggested Microsoft give away Virtual Server, and today they are announcing just that!

Good deal.  Let the virtualization wars begin! :)

P.S. Now if Microsoft would just support the VMware hard disk format, and vice versa, customers would truly be the winners!