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Submission + - POP access causes gmail account to be locked out.

Alan writes: "Beware: Using pop to transfer messages between gmail accounts can cause your account to be locked out. No access. No response to support emails. Here's how: 1. On gmail account, enable POP for all mail. 2. Create a new gmail account, and use it to access via POP. 3. Give it a few hours. You'll get error messages — and then your account will become disabled for upto 24 hours. Why would you do this transfer? To change email addresses and move mail to the new address. To have a backup. Any number of reasons — the point is that you are simply using gmail services and nothing else, so they should be intelligent enough to implement it without blocking. I understand that gmail may want to put limits on excessive pop access — but if you check "", you'll find that only a 100-200 messages were transferred in that time. Hardly excessive. The most scary part of this is that gmail can, without notice, lock you out of your account. They don't reply to support mails. You can do nothing."

Submission + - Sourceforge used for non-FOSS?

einhverfr writes: "Recently the argument over SQL-Ledger's change of license has taken an interesting turn. Apparently people who feel that this is no longer open source or free software have filed a complaint with Sourceforge asking that the project's mailing list and hosting be shut down. Sourceforge's response seems to be that since the developer isn't actually hosting the packages on Sourceforge anymore, that this is within the terms of use. Some seem to note that this would allow any proprietary software vendor to use Sourceforge for non-Free projects as long as they don't actually host the downloads there. What do you think? Where should the line be drawn?"

Submission + - 1080p and Human Vision: Slogans vs Reality

An anonymous reader writes: "1080p provides the sharpest, most lifelike picture possible." "1080p combines high resolution with a high frame rate, so you see more detail from second to second." This marketing copy is largely accurate. 1080p can be significantly better that 1080i, 720p, 480p or 480i. But, (there's always a "but") there are qualifications. The most obvious qualification: Is this performance improvement manifest under real world viewing conditions? After all, one can purchase 200mph speed-rated tires for a Toyota Prius®. Expectations of a real performance improvement based on such an investment will likely go unfulfilled, however! In the consumer electronics world we have to ask a similar question. I can buy 1080p gear, but will I see the difference? The answer to this question is a bit more ambiguous. Full article: ts-technology/1080p-and-the-acuity-of-human-vision

Feed HP Starts Worrying About Forecasted Death Of Printing (

When computers first started becoming popular, there was plenty of talk about the "paperless office" of the future, where everything would be done digitally. However, for years, the opposite actually happened. The paperless office was a myth made even more laughable by the fact that all the additional content computers and the internet delivered actually increased the demand for paper and printing. This was great news for printer companies, which made billions by pumping up the cost of ink for these printers. However, in recent years, a shift has begun. The paperless office started looking a lot less mythical. It really isn't that surprising. Just like when computers were first introduced, the productivity gains weren't immediate. A large part of the problem was simply that processes were new and poorly implemented, leading to a backlash of people going in the opposite direction. But, over time, new systems and processes have been developed. People have become more used to dealing with information on a screen instead of paper. And, perhaps, most notably, a new generation has entered the workplace that has grown up digital and sees little need for paper.

So what does that mean if your business is the printing business? It's time to start planning for the future. The NY Times has an interesting profile of Vyomesh Joshi, a senior exec and an HP lifer who is trying to prepare HP for a different kind of future. While the NYT piece sums it up as convincing people to print more, mainly by making websites easier to print (and make them appear better when they do print), it seems like Joshi is actually going a step further. We've talked about the importance of redefining what market you're in when new challenges come up, specifically noting that you should look to define the market not by the products you're selling, but the consumer benefit you're providing. Hidden at the end of the NYT piece is Joshi saying that the company really isn't in the printing business: "We are in the content consumption business." Who knows if he'll succeed in preparing HP for its next generation strategy, but it seems like he actually recognizes the real challenge he faces: not just trying to prop up an old business model, but recognizing the larger market the company is actually in.

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