Thoughts on Chrome OS and the Cr-48

Much to my surprise, I receieved an unmarked box containing a Cr-48 laptop from Google. No warning. Just arrived. I’m not complaining. I’ve been using the Cr-48 with Chrome OS a lot this past week. It’s been a pretty enjoyable experience. This is very much a beta, and this is why I’m posting thoughts and …

Patents are like teenagers with guns

Christopher Montgomery, founder of the Xiph.org Foundation, on why software patents suck and need reform: “Patents are like every teenager carrying a hand gun,” he told me.  Sooner or later, one of those guns could go off. Don’t get too excited about Google open sourcing the VP8 video codec. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have …

Paying for news has to be easy on consumers

Does the Star Tribune’s new Access Vikings Premium sound easy to you? But in addition to the info, registrants have to accept the site’s e-mailed FYI Newsletter and FYI Offers. The offers can be customized, it looks like, but choosing from various categories. [By this point I would be pulling back.] Then they can pick …