Around the IT Industry 5/7-5/11

by Modis on May 12, 2012

Microsoft Repeating Browser History?

In the early 1990s, Microsoft took a lot of flak from legal entities claiming that their Internet Explorer browser was so intrinsically tied to their Windows operating system that it constituted a monopoly and thus future revisions of Windows were designed to operate without depending on the IE browser. Now, Microsoft has stated that they do not intend to support browsers other than IE on the new ARM-based Windows operating system. Mozilla, creators of the open-source browser Firefox, have begun a campaign to raise awareness of this issue and, hopefully, prevent Microsoft from repeating the sins of its past.

Kevin Smith’s Approach to Combat Piracy

Famous filmmaker/entertainer Kevin Smith has shared some thoughts recently on how to adapt to the modern era as a content producer. He accepts the fact that people can access a movie digitally once it is in theaters through a variety of methods, some more legal than others. So what does he do to stay on top? He gives away his work for free on the Internet, securing thousands of fans online, and then goes on tour to profit from those willing to pay to see him in person.

Netherlands First in Net Neutrality

The people of the Netherlands are celebrating a decision by their lawmakers that will make Internet providers unable to legally charge for access to certain Internet-based services or throttle traffic to and from particular providers in exchange for premiums. This decision will essentially force providers to remain “blind” to the traffic that moves through their networks, treating all of it equally regardless of its origin or destination.

Ink Cartridges Worth Less Than Ever

An enterprising blogger has taken it upon himself to analyze the rising cost of ink cartridges and his findings have been quite shocking to say the least. While the actual cost of an ink cartridge has not risen dramatically in recent history, his analysis proves that modern ink cartridges, while the same physical size as ever, actually contain considerably less ink than they did even a few years ago.

The Password Protection Act

With all the buzz lately about employers requesting login information for employees’ social networking sites in an attempt to monitor and control content that their employees are choosing to make public, the matter has now reached the national level as the Password Protection Act of 2012 (PPA) goes before the House and the Senate. If passed, the bill will make it unlawful for employers to require social networking information from prospective or current employees of the company as well as prevent them from taking action against employees who refuse to comply with such requests.

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