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May 31, 2006
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    If you have a laptop or computer that does not have a floppy drive along with a SATA and or RAID hard drive system, then you are going to have issues when attempting to do a clean install of Windows XP. The problem is that Windows XP (all editions) does not contain native support for SATA nor many moden RAID configurations. This means that during a clean install you must press F6 at the initial screen to install third party drivers that support the RAID/SATA controller. However, Windows XP will only accept drivers from the A: drive... cleary this is a problem if your machine does not have a floppy drive.

    So the question is, how can you install the SATA/RAID driver from a floppy drive you do not have? This is the problem I encountered while trying to do a clean install of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 on a Toshiba Portege M400 and for which I will share the issues and solution because it is not as simple as it may seem...

    May 31, 2006 at 12:51 PM in Computer Hardware, Software
May 17, 2006
  • So, you are interested in a Windows PDA phone? A smart phone is just not enough and you want that extra screen space? You are also excited by the high speed EV-DO Internet access? You are looking to narrow down your choices I bet. Of course the ever famous Palm Treo 700w shimmers in the distance, but perhaps the specs look sub-par; such as the 240 by 240 screen which only provides 75% of the screen real estate offered by other phones (including the non-Windows Palms). That is a bummer! The amount of memory in the Treo is also less, the cpu is slower, the keyboard buttons are smaller... On top of it all, if you are a developer you might actually need that extra horsepower! So that may lead you away from the Treo and towards something like the XV6700.

    I researched and picked out the UTStarcom XV6700 (via Verizon Wireless). Now you can read a couple of reviews here and here. For the most part, these reviews are correct. However, assuming you are fine with the battery life and size (for me they are fine), I am about to tell you how and why I am on my fourth device and have decided to give up on it.

    May 17, 2006 at 12:30 PM in Electronics & Devices, Mobile, Reviews
May 15, 2006
  • In my prior post about Yahoo! and the quote attributed to Terry Semel, I had actually been posting about how the Internet does not really allow for complete competition complete market control. Thus, no reason to believe anyone has "no chance". Why? Because as I was going to say, there is no natural monopoly to form. Oh sure, you can talk about this or that regarding Microsoft - clearly there is fodder. But all things aside, proprietary systems like hardware are much easier to lock down. What keeps a person from switching to a different search engine?

    At any rate, this article from The Economist - Is Google The New Microsoft (subscription required) touches on exactly this point. For those without a subscription to The Economist, here is a free link to the complete article simply retitled Google = Microsoft. (This site may require free registration)

    At any rate, as the article rightly points out, among other things:

    "Try to avoid using Microsoft's software for a day, particularly if you work in an office, and you will have difficulty; surviving a day without Google is relatively easy. It has strong competitors in all the markets in which it operates: search, online advertising, mapping, software services and so on. Large firms such as Yahoo, which previously farmed searches out to Google, have switched to other technologies. Google's market share in search has fallen from a high of about 80 percent to about 50 percent today."

    Additionally, it touches upon the fact about why Microsoft and IBM were able to command such success. Point being? Yahoo! should not be promulgating notions about the search business being over. If it is for them, then indeed it will be.

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    May 15, 2006 at 10:03 PM in Business, Companies, News, Search Engines
  • I have never had anything against Yahoo! In fact, I find Yahoo! to have more relevant search results then others (including Google) quite often. That being said, I find this statement attributed to Yahoo! CEO Terry Semel to be asinine at best and frightening at worst:

    "My impartial advice to Microsoft is that you have no chance," Semel said. "The search business has been formed." - Read the rest of the article (via Good Morning Silicon Valley)

    Perhaps there is a contextual discrepancy, because if not, this statement is truly absurd. Semel does go on to say that other forms will take place but that itself implies the search business is not done. Perhaps he should read The Search. Everything boils down to getting information and we are clearly no where near where we need to be for anyone to believe there is not room for complete change or realignment. Perhaps he should also take a look at this April 2006 search usage chart.

    For Yahoo! shareholders, this should be frightening. One, I am not sure I would bait Microsoft with such a call out. Two, it does not seem to bode well for Yahoo! to be pushing ahead. If everything is set and the game is over, why bother innovate? Why bother bring forward new products or innovations? Perhaps this is the thought that has led Yahoo! to wait 8 years before providing a major upgrade to its ad program, all while Google chomped up and passed it. Third, does that mean he is happy to be second in search? Finally, I find this all the more perplexing because the developer APIs Yahoo! continues to release are quite forward thinking.

    The search business is no where near over and anyone that thinks otherwise is either confused, delusional or attempting mind games.


    May 15, 2006 at 04:30 PM in Business, News, Search Engines
May 12, 2006
  • Techdirt is a site that I often read. It is also a site that I must make sure I am prepared to read. Why? Because while I probably agree a lot more with their insights than I disagree, postings like Innovation Is An Ongoing Process -- Not A Single Event will fire me up in a hurry.

    This posting is one of many by Techdirt that slant against the current patent system. I, like Techdirt and most other sane people, believe reform needs to be done. The divergence however (as a person who has experience with the current system) comes in the understanding and viewpoint from a small entity/ individual point of view.

    Techdirt takes the stance that innovation is different from invention. I am not going to argue this point - even though I do not think it is completely correct. The real problem with the article is how they equate market dominance as innovation. This is absolutely wrong. According to that philosophy innovation would essentially boil down to market position and dominance, regardless of what may happen long term.

    May 12, 2006 at 01:00 AM in Patents
May 08, 2006
  • Several months ago I stumbled upon a site I now visit daily. Ajaxian ( is like the morning shot of caffeine I can no longer do without. I have written before that I am an information junkie and Ajaxian does an excellent job of providing a constant stream of information of all things Ajax.

    May 8, 2006 at 12:57 PM in Software & Internet Development
May 03, 2006
  • I have been taking Office Live for a test spin. I am not going to delve into the why or anything like that, rather I want to take the time to help out anyone else who perhaps has found a major annoyance when using Office Live. Specifically, when attempting to navigate to any page of Office Live a yellow alert like the pop-up one displayed below has the following message:

    To help protect your security, Internet Explorer has blocked this website from displaying non-secure content

    This is more than a little annoyance, it essentially makes Office Live unusable while navigating with Internet Explorer 7. I immediately began searching and altering security settings in hopes of making it go away, but nothing worked. I added to my trusted sites. No dice. I added my specific subdomain of No again. I unchecked the need for HTTPS and put the non-HTTPs sites as trusted. The message still appeared.

    I finally gave in and contacted Microsoft and received an email which in part read:

    May 3, 2006 at 11:31 PM in Microsoft & Related, Software