Dreams of summer

On the topic of crashing waves, within the federal government is a group of IT people known as XML.gov, which may release a specification for exchanging objects between agencies, my spy says.

The island in Hawaii sure is beautiful, although I think Amber is getting a bit bored by my desire to lay around on the beach all day. "Aren't there any activities that you want to do, Bobby?" Ah yes, watching the waves crash.

Federal XML

On the topic of crashing waves, within the federal government is a group of IT people known as XML.gov, which may release a specification for exchanging objects between agencies, my spy says. Naturally, if this comes to pass, everybody who does business with the government would have to comply and the world would have a new XML standard, regardless of what organisations such as the WS-I think. My spy says that XML.gov's charter expires at the end of September. If they're going to do something it would be prior to that. Renewal of the charter isn't guaranteed but it is likely, according to my spy.

Rushing the upgrade

Microsoft is forcing many XP users to upgrade to FrontPage 2002, a spy reports. This spy's development shop had used FrontPage 2000 happily, until they bought new systems with Windows XP, that is. And they did so after checking that Microsoft Office 2000, which includes FrontPage 2000, was supported on XP.

But while trying to use FrontPage 2000 on XP, my spy ran into a nasty bug, which brought work on its website to a halt. Microsoft confirmed the bug but refused to issue a fix. Microsoft did take the opportunity, however, to turn the tech support call into a sales call. While they would not do a thing to help my spy, Microsoft recommended my spy buy the upgrade to FrontPage 2002. Go figure.

McAfee won't let go

A spy says McAfee.com won't stop spamming him. Over a year ago, my spy's company purchased McAfee software and although the account is no longer active and my spy wrote to McAfee repeatedly, McAfee apparently won't remove him from its mailing list.

McAfee provides no options in the spam messages to remove oneself from its list. Its privacy policy says there is no opt-out as the messages are essential to maintain subscriptions.

Hotel connections

OnDemand, which makes set-top boxes used in hotel rooms, next year plans to start deploying set-top boxes with built-in 802.11 connections.

I bet Amber wishes we had wireless connections here in our hotel. "I just thought you would be more fun on this trip," she said.

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