A random collection of stuff mostly about Microsoft, technology, privacy, and the law



Stuff that’s older…


How I spent my summer vacation—August 10th, 2013

Although I graduated from the Seattle University School of Law in May of 2011, due to some health issues related to my Granulomatosis with Polyangitiis (GPA—Wegener’s Granulomatosis) the Summer 2013 exam was my first opportunity to write the bar exam.

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MSFT’s Trustworthy Computing’s 10th Anniversary—Jan. 12th, 2012

Sometimes I’m totally stunned at how fast time passes, and this week was no exception when I saw an article at MSFT PressPass that it was ten years since Bill Gates had written his ‘Trustworthy Computing’ (TWC) initative e-mail.

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Why I dislike Windows Genuine Advantage—February 21st, 2010 (Revised August 16th, 2013)

Since its troubled introduction in 2006, I have had this nagging dislike of Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA). The recent dismissal of the class action lawsuit against Microsoft over WGA, and the release of the latest version, now called Windows Activation Technologies, has forced me to revisit the subject—and I have to say that even after a second look I still don’t like it.

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Why I stopped using Google and Google’s services—November 14th, 2010 (Revised August 15th, 2013)

It has been about two weeks since I stopped using Google because of their privacy policies. It isn’t that other search engines provide significantly better privacy, but in my opinion, Google’s actions show that they either don’t get privacy, or more likely, they just don’t care.

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Buying a personal computer—December 18th, 2008

Why is buying a new Windows-based personal computer such a hassle? Because no matter how hard I try to figure out everything about the computer’s capabilities, including the operating system and the applications requirements, I can’t shake the feeling that I am buying a pig in a poke.

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Bugs—July 27th, 2005

I try to be realistic, and I appreciate that all software has bugs—it is the nature of the beast. I am aware that this Web site likely has three categories of bugs: First there are the bugs or problems that I cause because I don’t understand or I misinterpret how-to write the XHTML and Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) code that displays the content.

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Standards—July 17th, 2005

My attitude towards standards was funadamentally the same as the bandit in the “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”— “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”

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