Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Tog on the latest software atrocity As the famous Bruce Tognazzini points out in this column, software companies are comfortable with putting out bug-ridden releases and then extorting upgrade fees for even buggier versions of the same software. Microsoft in particular has raised this protection racket to a fine art. When software starts to be sold on a subscription basis, manufacturer "fixes" will be forced on consumers, whether they want them or not. Imagine the horror when a "fix" removes functionality you thought you had already paid for. Read all about how Replay TV is begging for a lawsuit.

One more thing to calm you down A pointer from my good friend CD, here's the latest FatBoy Slim video, "Weapon of Choice," featuring Christopher Walken dancing for three minutes. 'Nuff said.


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