9 September 1996
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DID ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN LAST WEEK?
I'm not going to make any comments regarding the Xtra situation except to say that I hope you'll be completing the survey mentioned in Monday's Aardvark Daily.
GO FOR IT ORIELLY!
Let's take Microsoft's NT operating system for example. It comes in two flavours - NT Workstation and NT Server. According to Microsoft, NT Server has been developed to meet the rigorous demands of server-type applications while NT Workstation is designed with different objectives in mind. If they aren't the same product then one would expect that the different prices (and it's quite a significant difference) would reflect the difference in development costs and anticpanted sales volumes - right?
Well maybe not...
O'Rielly and Associates, a US publishing company is preparing to release details of how NT workstation can be converted to NT Server simply by making some minor changes to the registry.
Although Microsoft insists that the two products are designed differently for distinctly different roles, O'Rielly is adamant that they've found an undocumented method of turning the workstation version into the server version.
Apparently, despite Microsofts assertions that the two versions have quite distinct differences, the key operating system components, NTOSKRNL.EXE, KERNEL32.DLL, TCPIP.SYS, SRV.SYS and HAL.DLL are identical between workstation and server releases.
This information will be published on Monday (US time) at http://software.ora.com/news.
Mark Russinovich, a consulting associate for Open Systems Resources Inc has written a utility to perform the registry changes and this has been tested and verified by PC Week Labs in the USA.
It sure looks as if O'Rielly have it in for Microsoft on this one, they're comming out with all guns blazing with a web page which reads "How O'Rielly is Defending Web Users From Microsoft's Anti-Web Practices". I can see litigation looming here!
Microsoft have not yet commented on whether they intend to take any action over this matter.
ONLY IN THE USA?
It seems that the main offender, Cyber Promotions regularly sends up to a total of 1.8 million pieces of unsolicited email to AOL each and every day!
AOL plans to appeal the ruling and the case will be heard in November.
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