More Microsoft attacks on Open Source

Jim Allchin of Microsoft made a statement a short while ago, that open source stiffles innovation. Seems that Microsoft picked up that thought, and they are starting a bigger campaign to support that idea. IMHO it’s a little late for that. On top of that, if somebody tells you that getting something for free is a bad thing, that’s kind of fishy, isn’t it…?

Microsoft cracked!

Barely news any more, but newertheless worth recording. Crackers broke into Microsoft, got access to the sourcecode of Windows and Office, and potentially modified code! Wow! It’s going downhill with Microsoft, I guess. Click above for a Salon story, but I also encourage you to check Slashdot. They have some very interesting commentaries, including the idea that this might be a Microsoft spin to have an excuse to join (and sue) the open source world.

Microsoft makes YOU spam your friends

Having to deal with privacy issues and spam concerns professionally, I just have to share this article. A new email software from Microsoft makes it too easy to accidentally spam your friends. If you don’t pay attention, the following message might be sent to everyone in your address book: “I recently began using a new product from Microsoft called MSN Explorer. With MSN Explorer, you can send and receive e-mail, exchange instant messages with me and the millions of other people who use MSN Explorer, browse the Web and much more. MSN Explorer even offers an exciting new look for using the Web and makes it easy to find and play music online. Want to try it out? It’s FREE! Just click on the link below and follow the download instructions.”

Good Slashdot quote

“When its more profitable to make producing better products unprofitable for others than to produce good products yourself, the people get screwed over. It is a moral atrocity to do so. It acts to the detriment of society itself. It makes thecorperation a parasite rather than a productive member.”

Yet a new Outlook weakness

As if Microsoft didn’t do enough damage yet! A new flaw in Outlook appeared – this time, it is enough to receive a message, to get infected. No, this is no hoax. The idea is to abuse some fields of the message header (subject line, date, sender, etc.). These fields are parsed, even if the user doesn’t open the message. The “right” header field will break Outlook, allowing malicious code being executed on the user’s computer.

Did you know…

Whenever a new Star Trek movie comes out, Microsoft rents out an entire movie theater for the afternoon and takes the whole damn company out to the movies. Movie theatres are usually empty in the afternoon, so this costs a heck of a lot less than you think.

Backdoor in Microsoft’s Web Server Software

There is a really scary article in the Wall Street Journal about a back door in Microsoft’s web servers software. With the right password, and a specific server configuration (Frontpage 97 extensions installed, I believe), you are pretty much in controol

I provided a link to Slashdot, because the online WSJ requires a paid account.

Microsoft’s offer to settle got rejected

Stay tuned! Today, the DoJ rejected a settlement offer from Microsoft. And tomorrow, Judge Jackson will deliver a verdict. This will be really interesting, but it’s unlikely that Microsoft is being broken up. Works for me – a breakup would probably strenghten Microsoft’s position, so I would prefer to see restrictions than a breakup.

Jeff Bezos’ Open Letter on Patents

Everybody is talking about Software and Business Patents lately. The whole discussion has been triggered by’s one-click ordering patent. Now Bezos wrote this letter, defending his practice and making suggestions on how to improve things. This is really exciting reading, and Tom O’Reilly’s follow-up letter is as exciting.

Chomsky on Microsoft

Maha found this really interesting Interview with Noam Chomsky on the DOJ case against Microsoft. I think this is enjoyable reading, I hope you do, too.