Category Archives: Microsoft

ITV Catch Up through the browser on a Mac

Today was the first time that I looked at the ITV site for a while, as I had heard on Virgin Radio that the next series of Heartbeat was starting tonight.

ITV are now using Microsoft’s Silverlight to allow cross-platform multimedia support. This is different from the BBC’s iPlayer, as the BBC iPlayer uses Adobe’s Flash player.

It now means that I no longer run Mac OS X without Microsoft software installed on it.

What is the point of copy protection?

I’ve been pointed an interesting article title “A Cost Analysis of Windows Vista Content Protection“. It shows many of the weaknesses of the copy protection in Windows Vista, right through to the additional costs to the rest of the computer industry. Why does it not just affect Windows Vista machines, but every new computer out there? Quite simply all the extra research and development that has to go into producing the new hardware, that will do encryption between each component in the operating system. This will push up energy costs too, as each component in the computer has to do considerably more processing. On the fly compression and encryption is computationally taxing on the computer.
I really don’t like the vendor lock in, and the fact that legally purchased media, can end up not playing on your legally purchased equipment. Ahh well, I suppose that is even more excuse to avoid Micro$oft.

Security hijack

My dad had a very strange malware/ trojan that kept claiming he had various viruses etc. on his PC.

We found that Gave perfect instructions to get rid of it.

Strangely the search for “thesecuritypage” on google came up with only one result, the above page! thesecuritypage was the page that the malware was causing IE to go to all the time as it’s home page. Firefox wasn’t affected! He is now listening to me about the fact that he is far too gullible.

Is it any wonder people go about pirating MS product? Their licensing is so complicated I just take one look and run away, it’s that complicated. Now there putting anti-piracy software into their MS-products. One week later and OpenOffice is starting a switch campaign. I have also added the logo to my blog.