Now that the U.S. launch for Windows XP Service Pack 2 has finally happened, I found a piece from farther afield that talks about Microsoft's scheme to offer a low-priced version of Windows XP overseas that can only run a limited number of applications. Ostensibly, the move is a test to counter the open source movement in places like Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. But I'll bet it's also aimed at countering rampant software piracy in that region.
While I'm thinknig overseas, for those of you who love writing me to tell me that my job should be outsourced whenever I come down on the side of economic necessity, you'll appreciate this piece that showed up Tuesday in The Washington Post. Yes, Virginia, offshore outsourcing will happen in journalism too. Where it's warranted. And it's my job to stay ahead of the curve, or face the consequences.