David Kirkpatrick

May 13, 2010

The iPad is a netbook killer

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:08 pm

And just wait until Windows or Chrome versions hit the shelves.

From the link:

While it’s true that netbooks are the more affordable choice with better keyboards, USB ports, faster processors, superior e-mail and Flash usability, and a variety of models to choose from, the popularity of netbooks have been in a freefall just as the elegant iPad is catching fire.

Could this be happenstance? Maybe. The netbook trend may just be played out regardless of the iPad. But a new report from Morgan Stanley argues there is a direct correlation.

In addition to forecasting that the iPad will cannibalize iPod Touch sales, the Morgan Stanley report provides data showing that the netbook craze hit a crescendo in July of 2009, with a stunning 641 percent year-over-year growth. But after the holidays, netbook growth took a big fall, and it’s been dropping each month since. In April, netbooks only experienced 5 percent year-over-year growth.

February 11, 2009

Watch out for fake virus warnings

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:50 pm

I’m betting most readers of this blog know about fake virus warnings, and worse fake pop-up windows — quick hint, don’t zap them with the “x” on the window itself, drop down to the taskbar, right click and choose “close” — and how they can lead to malware or even betray that you already have a malware infection.

If you’re not aware of this insidious Windows problem, take the time to check this article out.

From the link:

Michael Vana knew something was up when he saw the pop-up from “Antivirus 2009” in the middle of his screen. The former Northwest Airlines avionics technician guessed that the dire warning of a system infection was fake, but when he clicked on the X to close the window, it expanded to fill his screen. To get rid of it, he had to shut down his PC.

Sound familiar? Dirty tricks like these, designed to get you to install and buy fake antivirus products, are more common than ever. (For advice on how to proceed if you’ve installed a phony antivirus on your PC, see “Antivirus 2009: How to Remove Fake AV Software.”) But while you might recognize such warnings as bogus, you might not know that the fake warning could be a red alert about an underlying bot malware infection. Knowing the difference is key.

“It’s not something you even blink at anymore,” says Christopher Boyd, senior director of malware research for communications security company FaceTime Communications, of requests for help in dealing with these warning pop-ups.

February 4, 2009

Fences desktop app for Windows

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:38 pm

This isn’t an endorsement (or a non-endorsement for that matter — just passing info along). I’ve not downloaded the program for use, but did look over the site after this release came across the inbox tonight. It looks pretty interesting for Windows users.

My desktop is an ongoing mess, and that’s just the one full of papers, books and a half-empty candy box. Badabing, I’ll be here all week folks. Be sure to tip your waitress and try the porterhouse special on Tuesday night …

The release:

Stardock’s New ‘Fences’ Application Solves Desktop Clutter Problems, Organizes the Desktop

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ — Stardock launched its most innovative desktop utility application since the popular WindowBlinds today — Stardock Fences for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. The free application from Stardock clears desktop clutter and provides consistency and organization for groups of files on the desktop. Fences allows users to literally “draw” labeled shaded areas on the desktop which become movable & resizable “containers” for desktop icons. These groups arrange and hide the files on the computer’s desktop solving the “constant mess” problem that has plagued the desktop since its inception.

Stardock President and CEO Brad Wardell said, “This is easily the most innovative piece of software we’ve released since WindowBlinds, which considering the popularity of DeskScapes, ObjectDock, DesktopX and our other programs I think is saying a lot.”

To help solve another weak point of the desktop — the mere appearance of clutter, Fences offers a novel quick-hide feature. Users can double click the desktop and all of the icons will fade out. When users double click again the icons will return. Users can pick and choose which desktop icons hide when the feature is activated.

To see Fences in action and download please visit: http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/.

  For more information about Stardock please visit www.stardock.com.

  About Stardock

Stardock is one of the world’s leading developers and publishers of PC games and desktop software.  Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire, the highest rated and best selling PC strategy game of 2008 as well as the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Object Desktop, WindowBlinds, and a host of other programs for customizing the Windows experience. Learn more about Stardock by visiting www.stardock.com.

Source: Stardock

Web site:  http://www.stardock.com/

January 29, 2009

Advice for Microsoft …

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:02 pm

… from CIO.com. Here’s a list of five changesthe Redmond behemoth should implement to remain viable in the coming years. I don’t think Microsoft is all that bad off in big scheme, but there’s some sensible advice there for any tech company. And some that just applies to MS.

From the link:

For the past few years, we’ve kept hearing that Microsoft is in financial trouble. But until now, for all the books and articles foretelling Microsoft’s demise at the hands of Google, the numbers really didn’t support that conclusion. Windows and Microsoft Office still sold in the billions; and businesses kept paying ridiculously high rates for collaboration software like SharePoint.

Today’s quarterly earnings call, coupled with the news that Microsoft will lay off 5,000 workers across multiple departments, shows that some of the worries about Microsoft were true after all. The Operating system, and all the software that runs on top of it, is moving to the Web. This isn’t about the recession. It’s about Microsoft’s paralysis.

So, Microsoft, if I’m speaking to you directly, here are steps you can take to build a bigger and brighter future, one where you can avoid the mistakes made by industries that have not adapted well to the Web (newspapers and magazines come to mind).