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Internet Standards

Towards a Flash free YouTube killer (was: Adobe Flash penetration more like 50%)

A couple of days ago I wrote about Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99%, which resulted in a bunch of comments as well as a fair bit of discussion elsewhere including commentary from Adobe’s own John Dowdell. It’s good to see some healthy discussion on this topic (though it’s a shame […]

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Trademarks

Lessons learnt the likely loss of the “netbook” trademark

Reposted from the Save the Netbooks Blog: There’s a number of things that Psion could have done to avoid losing the “netbook” trademark. For a start, trademarks relate to a specific class of goods or services. The “netbook” mark #75215401 is just for “laptop computers”, as in the devices themselves. When Psion stop selling the […]

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Internet Standards

Why Adobe Flash penetration is more like 50% than 99%

Slashdot discussed PC PRO’s “99% Flash Player Penetration – Too Good to be True?” article today which prompted me to explain why I have always been dubious of Adobe’s claim that “Flash content reaches 99.0% of Internet viewers“. Here’s the claim verbatim: Adobe Flash Player is the world’s most pervasive software platform, used by over […]

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Cloud Trademarks

Conspiracy theories about Intel’s role in the “netbook” craze

The last few days working on Save the Netbooks have been enlightening to say the least. It’s surprising that something as mundane as a moniker for a generic class of laptops can be an outlet for the conspiracy theorists, but Mark “Sumocat” Sumimoto (the “Father of Ink Blogging” – which is interesting in itself) at […]

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Trademarks

Blogger fights Psion’s right to ‘netbook’ name

The Register: Blogger fights Psion’s right to ‘netbook’ name ‘Considerable chutzpah’ By Gavin Clarke in San Francisco Posted in PCs & Chips, 19th February 2009 01:44 GMT A campaign has been launched to thwart Psion Techlogix’s attempt to re-assert its trademark over the name “netbook”. A blogger who claimed to have helped thwart Dell’s attempt to […]

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Trademarks

Psion Teklogix may lose Netbook trademark

Psion Teklogix, who own international trademarks on the term “netbook” relating to a product that was discontinued in 2003, had recently sent cease and desist letters to “literally hundreds” of recipients, including netbook enthusiast sites. The Save the Netbooks campaign was launched by an Australian firm “to fight the impending trademark threat” and has since […]

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Trademarks

“Save the Netbooks” campaign launched to fight impending trademark threat

The “Save the Netbooks” campaign is fighting the impending trademark threat from Psion Teklogix, who have given until the end of March 2009 to cease using the term, citing trademarks relating to a line of products discontinued over 5 years ago. SYDNEY, Australia – February 17, 2009 AEST – The “Save the netbooks” campaign was […]

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Australia Cloud Politics

Australian Internet censorship trial participant feedback

I forwarded my last post to the six trial participant ISPs and promptly received the first comprehensive response from one Andrew Robson, Managing Director of TECH 2U, which is no surprise given the terse explanation I included: Dear Sir/Madam, I write to register my disapproval of your participation in the Internet Service Provider (ISP) Filtering […]

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Australia Cloud Internet Politics

Cloud Computing Doghouse Updates (Incoming): Australia’s Clean Feed

Today was a sad day for all Australians (and not just becuase of the horrific bushfires) – Senator Stephen Conroy (Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, above) announced the start of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) Filtering Live Pilot. I’m not going to go into the myriad reasons as to why this is […]

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Cloud

Cloud Computing Doghouse Updates (Outgoing): Nirvanix

A lot has happened since I tried my hand at investigative journalism with my detailed piece on Nirvanix’s lineage and its connections with Streamload/Mediamax/The Linkup (which you can read about in their Wikipedia article). Shortly afterwards CMO Jonathan Buckley was gone and a month ago today CEO Patrick Harr left “to pursue a new business […]