News: Zip It For Me One Last Time

Another somewhat sad chapter in the life of the ZIP file. The guy who designed this excellent way of compressing files, Philip Katz, died tragically and young a few years back. Now the company he left behind, PKWare, is fighting over patents with another company, WinZip, since right now, would you believe, you can’t trade Zip files which have been encrypted with the other guys’ software. Here’s a good take on the situation, by Robert McMillan of IDG News Service.