Brief set of Links

I have been away in Ireland on family business and haven’t had time to really digest these, but thought I would share some interesting links that had been kicking around my inbox. The New York Times

has an interesting story Military’s information war is vast and often secretive by Jeff Gerth (December 11th, 2005) that talks about the complex Pentagon/private contractor efforts to wage the hearts and minds war on terror. The article covers a wide range of activity by companies including the Rendon Group and the Lincoln Group. ZDNet

claims that Apple is going to kill the FireWire standard that it created and worked so hard with consumer electronics companies to implement on video equipment and being used in pro-music circles. Whilst I can understand why Apple wants to use open standards and have the likes of Intel foot the development costs, the company also needs to maintain its innovative edge in hardware design and implementation.