Stories by Robert X. Cringely

The e-Jihadists are coming!

Stop me if you've heard this one: The Internet arm of Al Queda is targeting 15 anti-Islamist sites on November 11, urging its followers to download the new point-and-click Electronic Jihad 2.0 software and start their attacks. (Actually, you might ha...

The great social networking swindle of 2007

Sorry Bridget, Claire, Monica, and Shannon. Thanks but no thanks, Dixie, Lola, Shana and Zara. The same goes for Aimee, Willie, Lolita, Cassandra and the three dozen other "people" who sent me bogus MySpace friend requests in the past 24 hours.

Microsoft: Be afraid, be very afraid

Here's a scary thought: Microsoft can take over your computer wherever you are, and do whatever it wants to. On this Halloween day I cant think of few things more frightening (except maybe a blind date with Larry Ellison).

Comcast into the fires of hell

It seems Comcast has been caught playing with its subscribers' naughty bits. In the latest scandal to spread like kudzu across the blogosphere, Comcast has been accused of killing off Bit Torrent file sharing, according to tests by geeks at the Assoc...

The gathering storm

Got an email the other day that scared the bejesus out of me. It was a security alert from ThaiNetHost.com written entirely in Thai lettering, save for the names of three or four nasty Trojans and the words "Flash, "Internet Explorer," "Powerpoint," ...

Vista mysteries

Last week, Cringester J. J. decided to upgrade his Vista notebook from Home Premium (original recipe) to Ultimate (extra crispy). Being a savvy digital citizen, he decided to use Vista's Disk Cleanup tool to clean up any messy files before he did the...

Geek week in review

Nolo mojo. Lulu.com is suing Hulu.com for trade name infringement, alleging the new site will cause marketplace confusion. For those of you not paying close attention, Lulu is a site that lets you publish and sell your own books; Hulu is the NBC/Fox ...

Apple to iPhone fans: Bite me

All those eager Appletons who waited in line to plunk down $600 for their new iPhones last June are probably feeling like they just graduated from Screw U.

Geek week in review

Genuinely disadvantaged. Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage servers went titsup last weekend, giving thousands of legitimate Vista users the bum's rush. And is anybody really surprised? Vista users who were incorrectly flagged as scurvy OS pirates...

Facebook faces the music

Three months after opening its APIs to the world and inviting developers to build applications for the surging social network, Facebook has decided to close those doors just a wee bit.

HP support: Cross-eyed and brainless

I have to admit, Hewlett Packard has kind of fallen off my radar lately. It hasn't had a spy scandal in months. (Though it is getting sued by four of the reporters who got snooped on.) It continues to sell PCs at a feverish pace, while Dell sinks fur...

Skype: You got some 'splainin to do

When Skype went AWOL for 48 hours last week, it came back smelling of cheap perfume and rotgut gin. Some 220 million users waited in their doorways wearing curlers and holding rolling pins, demanding to know where Skype had been. Naturally, Skype had...

Doing the Microsoft mash

It's been a good week for Microsoft and surveys. The Redmond reprobates own the most valuable technology brand in the world, according to a survey by Interbrand and Business Week magazine. The Windows wonks are second overall to Coca-Cola (I see a ne...

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