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IT things to be thankful for . . .; Book reviews and virtualization

Nov 29, 20052 mins
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* Backspin: IT things to be thankful for . . . * Gearhead: Book reviews and virtualization * The past 7 days on Gibbsblog

Backspin: IT things to be thankful for . . .

Seeing as how Thanksgiving has just shot past and your nominations for the Golden Turkey Awards are still flooding in (make sure you vote!), it may be a good time to consider what we are thankful for. So in my role as the Rev. Gibbs of the Church of IT, I will lead us in prayer…

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Gearhead: Book reviews and virtualization

This week we have two topics on our minds: books and virtualization. First up, books. Over the last few weeks we have got our hands on some books you need to get your hands on.

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The past 7 days on Gibbsblog:

Can you go cold turkey with TV?

Could you live without your TV programs? I ask because it appears that the media owners, AKA the entertainment industry, are warming up to another round of trying to control what we do with the content they so kindly let us see.

I’m forever blowing large or colored bubbles

I have always been rather fond of soap bubbles. If you have never tried blowing bubbles with Super Bubble Formula, you haven’t lived!

Sony litigation update

To as a result of the DRM rootkit fiasco, Sony BMG faces the following class action lawsuits …

DMCA flawed. Who knew?

Actually, those of us with the slightest clue knew. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a piece of legislation that was billed as improving the protection of the rights of copyright holders but popular opinion holds that it is more of a tool for media companies to beat up on anyone that annoys them and is deeply flawed. It appears that popular opinion was right on the money …


Mark Gibbs is an author, journalist, and man of mystery. His writing for Network World is widely considered to be vastly underpaid. For more than 30 years, Gibbs has consulted, lectured, and authored numerous articles and books about networking, information technology, and the social and political issues surrounding them. His complete bio can be found at

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