At first you may find it difficult to tell if you have ingested Christmas malware. Photo by The Western Sky on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
My email to Ed Vaizey >> robmanuel's posterous
Following the reports that the communications minister wants to "meet" with ISPs, Rob Manual weighs in: "I worry for all the sites and companies that'll be randomly thrown into the list because of errors. And there will be errors. Masses of them.
"One of my own websites b3ta.com is a user generated comedy site in the style of something like Viz - and has recently been listed as porn by the Three Mobile network. Which is isn't.
"I worry this will be used to censor free speech - like how Stop and Search is used by the the police to target young black men and photographers. Here's a big new tool to close down speech online. "It's porn" No it's not. "Well it has a few swear words in it. This is sexual and adult language."
Just Make It Faster >> Feld.com
Marvellous dissection of how you need a "stack programmer" - someone who can understand the system all the way from disk access times to unravelling why an SQL DELETE command could be speeded up.
Hands on with Google Chrome OS: the good, the bad and the perplexing >> Macworld
"Want to store your photos? You'll have to upload them to Flickr, Picnik, or Picasa—and upload them from some other device: the machine wouldn't pull photos from my iPhone when I connected it via USB. (The port is there mainly for attaching peripherals like a keyboard, mouse, headset, microphone, and so on.) While there is an SD card slot, I had no luck getting it to access my camera's memory card either.
"It's the same story for video: You have to upload your footage from some other device, although YouTube does have a rudimentary online-based editing service. Recording and editing podcasts? There's no obvious solution for the Chrome OS.
If you want to make stuff, in other words, the cloud isn't quite ready for you—and that means Chrome OS isn't quite ready for you, either. Will it be when (and if) Chrome OS netbooks actually hit the market next year? That's tougher to say."
In Defense Of Chrome OS >> Techcrunch
"at its core, Chrome OS remains a good idea. And it seems like one that ties directly to Google's entire essence. If they put the resources necessary into it, and give it time, I do think it has a good chance to succeed.
"Of course, both of those are pretty big 'ifs'. One issue is that Google, like every other large tech company before it, seems to be spreading itself too thin. Despite some spin to the contrary, the company still essentially makes all of its money from one thing: search advertising. Other revenue sources are starting to emerge, but the actual potential of those businesses is still a bit cloudy — namely because there is a lot of competition in places like display advertising, local, and mobile."
What's Next for Delicious? >> delicious blog
After complaining about news organisations writing about it with "so little context" (er - whose fault is that?), the "team" continues: "No, we are not shutting down Delicious. While we have determined that there is not a strategic fit at Yahoo!, we believe there is a ideal home for Delicious outside of the company where it can be resourced to the level where it can be competitive."
So true, Word Lens, so true >> Flickr
Mm, possibly some work needed on the auto-translation by Wold Lens.
A Bluescreen By Any Other Color >> TechNet Blogs
Yes, now you can hack your Windows system so that when (if) it throws a Blue Screen of Deaeth, it isn't blue. Choose from 16 different eye-watering colours!
A short history of Christmas malware >> Naked Security
Happy [email protected]£$^%& NO CARRIER
Bookmarking Services Compared >> Paul Bradshaw
Paul Bradshaw's spreadsheet of where to go now that Delicious is turning sour.
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