Microsoft smacked, web hoster attacked

Last week's call for the most despised tech companies inspired a quorum of (un)worthy candidates, including NAI, Symantec and HP, to name a few. But judging by this week's tips, Microsoft is clearly the company Cringesters love to ha

Last week’s call for the most despised tech companies inspired a quorum of (un)worthy candidates, including NAI, Symantec and HP, to name a few. But judging by this week’s tips, Microsoft is clearly the company Cringesters love to hate.

The one-percent solution

The European Commission’s decision to fine Microsoft over $US600 million — roughly 1% of its $US50 billion cash reserve — is apparently causing serious hardships at the Redmond campus. According to some reports, there’s no more caviar in the company cafeteria, and Bill G is now hand washing his own sweaters. The misunderstood monopoly may also be forced to surgically remove its media player from copies of Windows sold across the pond. Hey, it could have been worse. I understand the EC originally wanted Microsoft to destroy all copies of the Steve Ballmer Monkey Boy Dance video.

Spelling the beans

Seems the Feds are fed up with Microsoft too, judging by the open source GPL found on the Workforce Connections site, a joint project of the US Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Labor (DoL). But with contracts to supply the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other three-letter agencies (TLAs), Microsoft will probably be AOK.

Witty retorts

Customers of Dallas-based web hosting firm CI Host were none too pleased when they tried to log on and discovered their host was toast. The Witty worm had its way with the company’s BlackIce firewall last week, leaving thousands of CI resellers with their web, email and pants down for up to five days. Spokes-poke Kent Pingel says the company (which boasts a “99.9% uptime" guarantee ) will offer a 400% credit to the afflicted. Let’s hope that’s enough to ward off a Texas-sized lawsuit.

Rated X

Earlier this week You-Know-Who issued a press release for Xbox, accompanied by a photo of net download queen Paris Hilton. (At first I didn’t recognise her with clothes on.) The release touts the company’s new emphasis on family-oriented titles. Perhaps they were just talking about the Hilton family.

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