Tag Archives: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION

Confusing, Sleazy Checkbox Syndrome

By | October 27, 2007

(Please see update below) I am always amused by how even those companies you would think wouldn’t stoop to the foot-in-the-door tactics of spammers, do. Like this one from IBM, at the foot of a submission form — specifically for journalists, no less: (The text reads: This data may be used by IBM or selected organizations, such as… Read More »

ThinkPad Joins the Exploding Laptop Parade?

By | September 17, 2006

Looks like the days of the laptop (and perhaps other gizmos) on airlines are numbered. First, Virgin becomes the third airline [CNET news] to place restrictions on Apple and Dell laptops, allowing them on planes only if the battery [Virgin site] has been removed, wrapped and stored in carry-on luggage. (Qantas and Korean Air have already placed restrictions… Read More »

Cupid’s (Possibly) Poison Arrow

By | February 8, 2006

Could Valentine’s Day be a phishing day? Internet Security Systems, Inc. reckons so, saying in a press release (no URL available yet) that the number of dating sites across the world has increased by 17 per cent within the last twelve months. ISS reckons this rise “is partly attributed to the increase in malevolent websites used by developers… Read More »

IBM. It’s About the Service, Stoopid

By | November 28, 2005

I’m no great fan of big companies. They’re rarely innovative, their products are lousy, and unless you know how to get around them, they don’t like talking to customers. But some get it. Or at least, they used to. When I came out to Indonesia a second time, in 1998, I did two things. I got an IBM ThinkPad,… Read More »

Another Kind of Portable Device: The SoulPad

By | August 16, 2005

ZDNet reports on an interesting tool being developed by IBM — the SoulPad: The SoulPad could let users carry their computer’s data, applications and personal settings on their mobile phone or digital music player Researchers at IBM are testing software that would let you tote your home or office desktop around on an iPod or similar portable device,… Read More »