Boot to the ‘Classic’ desktop in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes | March 14, 2012, 11:39am PDT Summary: Quite involved, and a little rough round the edges, but it works. Question from today’s mailbox: I’m testing out the Windows 8 Consumer Preview (I have to … it’s my job) but I have no use for Metro of the Metro Start Screen. In fact, I hate it with the white-hot passion of a thousand suns and hate...

Palm post mortem: what could have been

Palm post mortem: what could have been

For those of you who are still following all of the webOS news, I thought I’d share what I know about how things have been going at HP since the announcement, and shed some light on a few projects that never came to be. Some of the information below comes from friends who work in the webOS Global Business Unit, née Palm. I’ve always been enthused...

Internet Explorer 9 utterly dominates malware-blocking stats

Internet Explorer 9’s dual-pronged approach to blocking access to malicious URLs—SmartScreen Filter to block bad URLs, and Application Reputation to detect untrustworthy executables—provides the best socially engineered malware blocking of any stable browser version, according to NSS Labs’ latest report. Internet Explorer 9 blocked 92 percent of...

Kevin Rose: 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers

Kevin Rose: 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers

This guest post is written by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and the cofounder of Revision3 and Pownce. Kevin, who has over 88,000 followers on Twitter (making him the second most followed after President Obama), also “bloggs” at kevinrose.com. He is an investor in Twitter. Ten Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers: 1.Explain to your followers what...

Law Professors Come Out Against PROTECT IP

Law Professors Come Out Against PROTECT IP

from the good-for-them dept Another day, another constituency speaking out against PROTECT IP and the damage that it will do. This time, it’s a large group of law professors (over 90 have signed on so far), including some big names. The professors’ full letter is embedded below, but the key points are found right at the beginning: Although the...

Spam mail way down

Spam mail way down

The high water mark for spam was reached in July 2010 when approximately 230 billion spam messages were in circulation each day, accounting for 90% of all email traffic. This has now declined to 39.2 billion messages per day, accounting for only 72.9% of all email. The question is why? Graph of spam volume, global estimated spam sent, billions of messages per...