TiVo Tanking?

29 Nov
November 29, 2004

TiVo reported Monday a net loss of $26.4 million, or 33 cents per share, on revenue of $38.3 million for the third quarter ended Oct. 31. Its subscriber base has more than doubled from a year ago to about 2.3 million, but roughly 61 percent of subscribers come through satellite operator DirecTV, which is expected to offer a competing DVR soon. TiVo is also fighting an onslaught of competitors, including cable operators, who now offer digital video recorder-equipped set-top boxes of their own. TiVo officials contend that the new (ad-oriented) features they’ll be installing in the set top boxes will not be any more intrusive than the “thumbs-up” icons that already appear during some commercials and shows. But to some customers, the impending advertising changes smack of betrayal from the innovators whose hard drive-based gizmo lets TV viewers record programs, fast-forward through ads and pause at will.

TiVi made itself a hit being an off-center “Apple” of sorts. Now we get to see if it becomes rotten to the corps.

Originally posted by Bill OBrien from Alice and Bill.com

More Windows Treo Rumors, Special Guest Star: Dell

29 Nov
November 29, 2004

lgkp3800_ocr.jpg imageOkay, I’ve got to mention all this ‘Windows on Treo for Dell’ stuff, I guess, because everybody keeps sending it in. My take? I’ll believe it when I see it. What makes the Treo a good phone isn’t just the Palm operating system, but its integration with the user experience of the hardware combined. Although I think PalmOne could engineer an experience using Windows Mobile that is just as potent as its current offerings, I don’t see that the Treo hardware itself is all that amazing. Why would Dell try to get PalmOne to build them a keyboard-based PDA when they could just contract the same people who make their PDAs to do one as well? I have no clue, but I’ve yet to see a compelling argument to convince me that the likes of Dell needs PalmOne more than PalmOne needs new customers to sell their products to.

MS Powered Treo for Dell? The Rumors Continue… [Treonauts]
Persistent Palm Rumors [GigaOm]

Originally from Gizmodo

Failed Windows XP Upgrade Downs 60,000 UK Gov’t PCs

29 Nov
November 29, 2004

Most of the desktop computers in the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions were paralyzed for four days on Monday, when a failed upgrade took them offline. The outage, covering 75 percent to 80 percent of the DWP’s 80,000 PCs, is one of the largest in the UK government’s not entirely impressive IT history.

And possibly one of the most costly. According to staff reports, the outage occurred on Monday afternoon, disconnecting staff e-mail, benefits processing, and Internet and intranet connectivity.

Originally from osViews | osOpinion

CherryOS release postponed

26 Nov
November 26, 2004

The brain surgeons at Cherry OS have postponed the release of their software that is supposed to allow Mac users the ability to boot OS X on a Windows machine. We know that PEARPC is doing this…but where in the world did these Hawaiian developers come from. The internet is littered with editorials from people saying that this is just a scam….what do you think?
Originally from osViews | osOpinion

Declaration of Independence Banned At School

24 Nov
November 24, 2004

In California, of course…

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California teacher has been barred by his school from giving students documents from American history that refer to God — including the Declaration of Independence.

a fifth-grade teacher at Stevens Creek School in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Cupertino, sued for discrimination on Monday, claiming he had been singled out for censorship by principal Patricia Vidmar because he is a Christian.

Williams asserts in the lawsuit that since May he has been required to submit all of his lesson plans and supplemental handouts to Vidmar for approval, and that the principal will not permit him to use any that contain references to God or Christianity.

Among the materials she has rejected, according to Williams, are excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s journal, John Adams’ diary, Samuel Adams’ “The Rights of the Colonists” and William Penn’s “The Frame of Government of Pennsylvania.”

“He hands out a lot of material and perhaps 5 to 10 percent refers to God and Christianity because that’s what the founders wrote,” said Thompson, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, which advocates for religious freedom. “The principal seems to be systematically censoring material that refers to Christianity and it is pure discrimination.”Now that they’ve banned all the holidays, they’re on to the history books…

Update: Not to defend the principal, but it would be interesting to see the context in which the information is being presented.

Originally posted by Kevin Aylward from Wizbang