Archive for June, 2005

NYT rumor – Microsoft is negotiating to buy Claria

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Hmmmm. Claria. Let's think, what are they now?

OK, they have a few products which basically consist of pop-up ads, targeted ads, adware programs, market research and a few other things.

What makes Microsoft interested in Claria? Dunno. This could just be nothing more than a rumor (it was first reported in the NYT ...) and a week from now we could all have forgotten about it.

Some analysis - I really can't see Microsoft being interested in ads and pop-ups (if they are they can kiss goodbye to OneCase security service and there would be wild claims that their AntiSpyware would turn a blind eye to spyware from Claria). Anyway, they spotted pop-ups on MSN a long time ago. As Ed Bott says, Claria would be a "toxic acquisition" for Microsoft and their PR department would have to work overtime smoothing the waves. I agree, and I can't see them rocking the boat in that direction because of that.

I really can't see anything that Claria has that's worth the rumored $500 million ... Microsoft is eager to catch Google in the search and targeted ads market but are they that desperate? Another possibility - Microsoft wants to do everyone a favor and rid the world of Claria "services".

My money's on this being no more than a rumor.

Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta update – Build 1.0.614

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Just downloaded an update to Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta - this now takes it up to build 1.0.614. Given that build 1.0.613 was only released a few days ago this must be a bug fix of some sorts. The documentation on the Microsoft site has been changed to reflect the new build:

"In this second beta refresh (Build 1.0.614), we’ve made other enhancements to the detection and removal capabilities, including improved Winsock LSP removal capabilities and support for long descriptions of categorized software. In addition, we have also extended the Windows AntiSpyware beta expiration date to December 31, 2005."

Come back from “War of the Worlds”

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

Just back from the movies - War of the Worlds.

One word - Excellent.

A really powerful and thought-provoking movie.

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Thursday, June 30th, 2005

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Anyone else notices that Google Earth has quite an accurate star maps?

Thursday, June 30th, 2005

I only just noticed this now when I spotted the Pleiades:

Pleiades on Google Earth:

Then I spotted Orion:

And the Big Dipper:
Big Dipper

Pretty cool! Now I am impressed!