Microsoft spreads joy, Cisco a hacker's toy

It's nice that people care

When I broke off a budding relationship because she voted for the wrong guy, some of the Cringe faithful were appalled that I'd let politics get in the way of my, umm, pursuit of happiness. They called me elitist, obnoxious, and shallow. You'd think I'd dumped them instead of her. Jeez guys, I never knew you cared.

Bah humbug

Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft and Intel are unwrapping a multimillion dollar Digital Joy ad campaign to spread glad tidings about Windows Media Centre PCs. These beasts let you control your home-entertainment gear from one oh-so-reliable Windows interface. And on December 26, when the picture freezes and you have to reboot your TV in the middle of Trading Spouses, you can blame the sugarplum fairies.

The Source Code Club for men

For the second time this year, proprietary Cisco code has been made available for sale on the net. For just US$24,000, a group of hackers calling themselves the Source Code Club will sell you code for Cisco's PIX 6.3.1 Firewall. Rumour has it, for another $24 you can buy pix of CEO John Chambers bursting a blood vessel.

If these pills could talk

Wizzard Software has announced Rex, the Talking Pill Bottle. Press a button on the bottle, and built-in text-to-speech software reads back the instructions on the label. It's aimed mainly at patients who are illiterate or have vision problems. If it's successful, I understand the company may come out with a similar product: Uri, the Talking Specimen Jar.

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