Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A sobering look at alternative energy

I think I am going to keep this article in mind whenever I am thinking of alternative energy. I tend to find things like fuel-cells, solar-panels and the like pretty cool—not because I am an environmentalist, but because I am a geek. Then you read something that puts you back down on terra firma with a hard thump.


Monday, January 15, 2007

Can this possibly be right?

According to this article, Sarbanes-Oxley Act is apparently requiring Apple to charge $4.99 for unlocking the 802.11n support in computers that have been shipping with the functionality disabled. I don't know if S-O is just the latest boogeyman, but I hear it come up at least twice a week in some negative context regarding its unintended impact on business. If S-O is so sweeping, broad and ill-defined that a company like Apple has to start charging customers for something they would otherwise give them for free, it ceases to provide any meaningful positive impact.

Jeff Harrell does a much better job over at Shape Of Days.