Alienware reviewers: your review better be fawning, or else…

Alienware threatens to cut off hardware trials if your review of their products isn’t positive enough. You know, when Dell bought Alienware people were a little skeptical of whether AW would truly remain a premium, high-performance brand or just fade into the “slightly better than usual” pool of vendors. Well evidently if you have to strong-arm good reviews from critics, you must KNOW that your product isn’t performing to expectations. Therefore, don’t shell out extra cash for Alienware, because “dude, you’re getting a Dell.”

Let the dismantling of everything that made YouTube fun continue.

YouTube yanks Daily Show, Colbert clips. In a couple of years you won’t find anything of interest there — just a bunch of insipid videocasts by bored, angsty 14-year-olds (not that there’s anything wrong with that; whatever floats your boat). if I were a Google investor I’d be very pissed at the directors for having spent $1.6 billion in stock for what increasingly seems like turkey that contains less and less content with each passing week.

Security by deniability: impressions of Vista security

Ryan S. at 37signals put it best when it comes to Windows Vista:

"windows in general has been like a confused and slow person.
vista is like a person who lost their meds and is
trying their best to ignore the voices"

There’s a lot of brouhaha out there about how Vista is “the most secure Windows yet”. BFD. That’s a bit like saying that something is “the least disgusting meal Jeffrey Dahmer ever cooked.” Set the bar low enough and you’ll never run short of superlatives with which to describe your newest venture. Continue reading “Security by deniability: impressions of Vista security”