East of the Sun, West of the Moon


Hewlett-Packard, first victim

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 3:02 pm

Update: Crap. I hate it when WP eats my posts/edits. Now where’s the URL of the last enry I put here and what did I write again? Bah. I’ll see if I can remember it tomorrow morning, instead.


Hewlett-Packard, continued

Filed under: News — Erwin @ 8:56 pm

It’s only getting better:

  • HP phone log black op tapped nine reporters (The Register):

    So far, two reporters from CNET and one from the Wall Street Journal have disclosed that their phone records were obtained by the company HP hired for its investigation into boardroom leaks.

  • HP Dragnet Grabbed 9 Reporters (Wired News):

    Seven other reporters were also caught up in the investigation, according to the source, including a Business Week reporter.

  • Hewlett-Packard Spied on Writers in Leaks (NY Times, need account):

    The targets included nine journalists who have covered Hewlett-Packard, including one from The New York Times, the company said.

Nice diverse group you’ve got there, HP.

An update (via GrokLaw) on MarketWatch:

H-P spokesman Ryan Donovan confirmed that Dunn would resign her board seat if she was asked. Donovan also confirmed that the company’s board is to hold a special meeting by phone this weekend to discuss the matter.

Resignation is the least of her worries as far as I’m concerned. IANAL, obviously, but just as with others writing on this topic that doesn’t prevent me from speculating, and I think Dunn knew exactly what she was asking the agency or person hired to do and should be held accountable for it under the relevant laws.

What do you think?



Filed under: News — Erwin @ 8:58 pm

It looks like they’re in a truck load of trouble and I hope the responsible persons get what they deserve, sheesh!

Quote from Dan Gillmor:

Once upon a time, honorable people were in charge at HP.

Quoting a comment from Schneier’s blog:

Whoever is responsible for this has to be slapped down, hard, to make it clear to corporations that they cannot do this. Corporations have all the information they need to “steal the identities” of their employees, ex-employees, and members of the board of directors: they can provide social security numbers, names of family members, addresses, phone numbers, and enough personal information to convince phone company employees that it’s a legitimate request for information. It is vital that they do not abuse their power. — Joe Buck



You lose

Filed under: Humo(u)r,News — Erwin @ 6:37 pm

Looks to me like Britney is playing copy-cat here:

August 1991 August 2006
Demi Moore Britney Spears

But I don’t think she could ever get close to the original, do you?


Linkage (46)

Filed under: Linkage,News,OS X,Technology — Erwin @ 10:59 pm

Amazon has begun selling groceries (Ars Technica). So far so good, they sell some cat food and coffee, what more could you ask for?

Well written article (Daring Fireball) about the differences between Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and others, and why you would choose one over the other. I use both OS X and Linux, and several of the reasons listed one way or another sound very familiar.

I’ve started playing with del.icio.us, you know, that domain where nobody can remember where to place the dots. My collection of links/tags is still rather empty.


Linkage (43)

Filed under: Linkage,News — Erwin @ 4:32 pm

Being bilingual myself I find this kind of research (New Scientist) fairly interesting and knowing that a few of my readers are as well, I figured you might too.

Got some CDs in which you’ve lost interest? Want to exchange them for something that you do like? Perhaps La La is the way to go then. No, I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s certainly tempting.


Linkage (42)

Filed under: Linkage,News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 4:08 pm

I guess it was time for one of these, again.

  • Yet Another Amusing Google Maps Mashup, showing you where it’s daylight and where it’s night, in the world.
  • Yet Another Amusing Google Beta… oh, wait, not quite!
  • How to cool down your MacBook (The Register):

    Some MacBook computers may appear to be running too warm, with the fan running consistently and heat emanating from the top and/or the bottom of the computer.

    If this happens with your MacBook, check the rear vent of the MacBook to make sure it’s not blocked.

    Some MacBooks may have left the factory with a thin piece of clear plastic covering the rear vent. This is used in the factory to prevent dust from getting into your computer. If your MacBook has the plastic still over the vent, simply remove and discard it.


  • The Ban on Gay Marriage was blocked (BBC News) in the US Senate. Glad to see some more backbone there and not just obediently approving Bush’s ideas. Keep that up, please!



Filed under: Humo(u)r,News — Erwin @ 3:32 pm

Bad move, Greenpeace:

Greenpeace is not the first organisation to issue a half-finished release and then wonder why everybody was laughing at it afterwards, but few of them could have done as much damage as the missive sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Part of it read, apparently:

‘In the twenty years since the Chernobyl tragedy, the world’s worst nuclear accident, there have been nearly [FILL IN ALARMIST AND ARMAGEDDONIST FACTOID HERE].’

Pointed out by Charles Arthur.


An Inconvenient Showtime

Filed under: Movies,News — Erwin @ 5:33 pm

[IMDB Showtimes Map - 2006-06-03]
You know, I quite agree that people should go and watch Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, but unless it’s going to be shown somewhere somewhat closer… I’ll have to wait for the DVD or so.

According to the movie’s own listing the closest it’s going to get anytime soon is in Lawrence (in July), Wichita or Olathe in Kansas, and Springfield or Kansas City in Missouri, all of which are at least a 2-3 hours drive from here, a bit much for going to see a movie, no?


Filed under: News,Technology — Erwin @ 3:47 pm

Looks like The Pirate Bay is back online, and now in the Netherlands:

$ host www.thepiratebay.org 
www.thepiratebay.org has address
www.thepiratebay.org has address
www.thepiratebay.org has address
www.thepiratebay.org has address

And then:

$ jwhois
inetnum: -
netname:        LEASEWEB
descr:          LeaseWeb
descr:          P.O. Box 616
descr:          3500AP, Utrecht
descr:          Netherlands
descr:          www.leaseweb.com

Related news articles at Slyck, Slashdot, CD Freaks and (in Dutch) Tweakers.net.

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