Google Files Countersuit

And brings into question, the validity of non-compete agreements. I have always wondered if non-compete agreements were completely fair. Often these agreements put workers out of an industry entirely. For example, a friend of mine is bound by just such an agreement here in Washington state. Her agreement says that if she loses her job at a tattoo studio, she cannot work for another tattoo studio inside the county for the next ten years. If she wished to continue to remain in the county with family and friends, or did not have the money to relocate.. she could not remain a worker in her area of expertise. Instead, she would have to change fields entirely. That is, effectively what non-compete agreements do. I also feel that they have a tendancy to put workers out of jobs more frequently than they protect corporations.

It is likely that Lee knew what he was doing before he ended his contract with Microsoft and entered a contract with Google, and I imagine that Google corp will likely lose this lawsuit, because Microsoft is not based in California and at the time the agreement was entered into, Lee was a Washington resident.… [Read More]

PC’s Tossed Due to Spyware?

Corrupted PCs find new home in the Dumpster | CNET News.com

So.. I have to say it again I think. Please find “The Rules of Netsurfing” here. Next thing, in the last year, we’ve purchased two new laptops. Both of them came with Norton Antivirus installed. My dad’s dell desktop came with Norton Antivirus installed. My mom’s dell laptop came with Norton Antivirus installed.

Explain to me how it’s possible to get a PC without antivirus software these days, and if you get the pc with the antivirus software, why in the heck aren’t you running it?

I agree that spyware is a problem, but at one year old, after just making sure that I run my antivirus updates and once every month or so, I scan the system with spybot search and destroy, and Lavasoft’s AdAware… in addition to the fact that I don’t use Microsoft *anything* for internet tools… I don’t have problems with spyware or adware.… [Read More]

Harry Potter

I just finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I cried, twice. Beautifully done, wonderful story. I would have liked this one to be a little more fast-paced. Rowling has afforded herself the opportunity to write four more books, or at least one very action packed one for the series finale.

More than this, I won’t say until I’m sure that most of the people who read this site have read the book.… [Read More]