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There are actually 3 modes that SATA controllers can operate in: Native mode where no IDE emulation is done and OS uses the SATA controller’s native interface (usually AHCI) as the interface to the hard disk. Native IDE emulation mode … Continue reading
On the matter of the anti-trust part, I feel it is quite complicated. Here are some facts: In the home computer world, each vendor had it’s own hardware/software stack. The standard language in the home computer world was BASIC. Even … Continue reading
User accounts do not replace anti-virus software, because user accounts isolates viruses, while anti-virus software eliminates them.
On the matter of the 2001 MS anti-trust settlement, it did do some good, such as finally inspiring MS to add missing APIs, such as GetProcessId.
From http://forum.roughlydrafted.com/forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=1085 relating to the anti-Tivoization in GPLv3 and how that affects the iPhone:"Well, there is a paradox here. Remember back in WWDC 2008, they talked about how the "task manager" is bad. Another reason is that it is too … Continue reading
On the matter of architecture astronauts:http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000018.html