Why Does the FBI Have Your UDID?


The hacker group Antisec has posted a list of 1 million Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) from a file of more than 12 million that Antisec claims to have hacked from an FBI laptop. You have to wade throuogh a lot of wind to reach the bag, but here’s the heart of Antisec’s claim: During the…

Is Google Evil? The Law of Unintended Consequences


The curmudgeonly Robert X. Cringely, formerly a columnist and now a blogger for Infoworld, recently bemoaned the world-wide web’s horrible quality of writing in general and journalism in particular. He points to the old journalism line: “Cheap, fast, or good. Pick two.” And then proceeds to demonstrate that the web, all to frequently, proves the…

Update on the Patent Troll


Long-time readers of WC will recall WC took multi-zillionaire Paul Allen to task for acting like a greedy patent troll. The trial judge in Allen’s case agreed. He dismissed the case because the complaint lacked specificity. Allen’s company, Interval Licensing, can re-file the complaint if it does so by December 28. And it probably will.…

Paul Allen: Patent Troll


Paul Allen’s net worth is $13.5 billion, give or take. He’s about 57 years old. He’s had cancer twice. But let’s give him a life expectancy of 25 years. To spend his net worth, if he never made another dime, he’d have to go through $540 million a year. That’s $1.5 million a day. Even…

Nice Essay on Steve Jobs


There have been hundreds of thousands of words written about Apple’s Steve Jobs. Most of them aren’t very insightful. But here’s an essay from Bruce “Tog” Tognazzini that nails some of the critical bits of Jobs’ special genius. Tog was a part of the original Macintosh design team, and has a long series of publications…

Aperture 3.01 – A Big Improvement


Software Review – Aperture, Version 3 Aperture Version 2 was a fine photo management tool. I’ve been using Aperture since Version 1.0. And I’ve evaluated each released version of Adobe Lightroom. But there’s no serious question that Aperture 3.01 is the fastest, most stable, easiest to use photo management tool that’s been released. I’ve just…