Monthly Archives: August 2003


I just signed up for the national do-not-call list. I created a new e-mail address to process the registration, so an easy association isn’t available between my e-mail address and my phone number. Not that the feds couldn’t sopena such information, but bureacratic inneficiency is a friend of freedom, if you ask me, and so the more hurdles the better.

I did not, however, use an IP anonymizing service, or a public hot-spot, to submit my information. So now they can make an easy association between my static IP address and my phone numbers. If you are paranoid about such things as a matter of principal, don’t make the same mistake I did.

Cracks seen in Microsoft pricing

Cracks seen in Microsoft pricing | CNET

“But that changed in Thailand this summer when Microsoft decided to offer Thai language versions of Windows XP Home and Office Standard Edition for a mere $40. The special deal is part of a low-cost PC program run by Thailand’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) ministry. When the program began earlier this year, the Thai government was only offering the computers with the open-source Linux operating system. ”

“Wiggins predicts that by the middle of next year, Microsoft prices in developing countries could be halved. “Some markets may even see adjustments as early as year-end 2003,” he said.”

It’s starting