Microsoft anti spyware protects consumers from free software

David Keppelmeyer – a leading industry analyst and windows security expert – has lauded Microsoft’s decision to release its AntiSpyware free of charge to Windows users.

“This is a victory for the consumer” says Keppelmeyer. “What Microsoft has done here is created a situation where software, free software, has had the sting taken out of it.”

Keppelmeyer explains that spyware and adware, often undesirable application that can record information from a computer or bombard the user with inconvenient advertisements, usually come bundled with software that’s spread free of charge.

“It’s been a problem with free software for several years now” he says. “As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, and software is no different.”

“Several popular pieces of freeware come bundled with secret extras that install spy and ad ware onto PCs. For years, you had to pick one or the other, you’d use the free software and get stung with advertisements or spyware, perhaps even worms and viruses – or you’d go without in order to be safe.”

“But with Microsoft AntiSpyware, this isn’t an issue. It gives Windows users the best of the world’s free software, without the problems that are usually associated with it.”

Keppelmeyer explains that Windows is the only operating system that can give you this security. “What Microsoft is offering is a clear and present benefit.”

“Other computer systems without Microsoft AntiSpyware don’t provide the safety that you get with Windows,” he explains, in a swipe at the Linux OS. “when you download free software – even a free operating system – you double this effect. You are putting your computer and precious data at risk.”

According to Keppelmeyer, problems with spyware include identity theft and financial loss. “According to an FTC study more than 27 million Americans have been affected by identity theft since 1998, costing businesses up to $US50 billion a year.”

“You just have to look at free software without Microsoft protection and wonder ‘is it really worth it?'”

U-Power announces Pentium upgrades for Mac Cubes

U-Power – a boutique PC manufacturer from Korea – is set to release an accelerator designed for the Power Macintosh G4 Cube. Unlike previous upgrades the PCube doesn’t contain a G4 – or indeed any other PowerPC Chip – but brings Pentium-M power to Apple’s venerable Cube.

U-Power’s US spokesman Rudy Keppelmeyer explains that the PCube upgrade is designed not for conventional Mac users, instead aims for those PC users who admire the G4 Cube’s design but don’t want to run PowerPC software such as Mac OS, Mac OS X or Linux.

“There are a substantial number of people who love Apple’s hardware from a design point of view, but who have no desire to run Apple software,” says Keppelmeyer. “This upgrade is theirs. For people out of the ordinary.”

The upgrade is based on the powerful mobile version of Intel’s Pentium, the Pentium-M, and initial boards will be available in either 1.5 or 1.8GHz versions with 2MB L2 cache, manufactured on Intel’s 90nm process.

Keppelmeyer explains that the innovative new upgrade is more than just a processor card. “There’s a substantial difference between a G4 processor card and one with a Pentium onboard, and we’ve put the hard work in to ensure Windows compatibility.”

“Not the least of our problems was working around the Cube’s open firmware, the Mac equivalent if you like to a PC’s BIOS. We have glue logic sitting in a layer over the top of open firmware allowing the real BIOS to believe it’s interacting directly with the hardware” says Keppelmeyer. “Combined with a small layer of emulation to allow the execution of open firmware code, any software that runs on the PCube upgrade believes it’s running on a PC with the same specifications as a Macintosh Cube”.

Performance is expected to be slightly below the level of a similarly equipped PC, as the PCube cards must operate with the Cube’s dated 133MHz memory bus. U-Power is already working on a solution, claiming an upcoming replacement daughterboard for the Cube will allow it to use faster DDR memory, faster wireless and other features using Intel’s Centrino chipset.

“We don’t believe this will be an issue with our target market, people who will finally have the Cube they’ve desired and be able to run their favorite software with it.”

The PCube 1.5 and PCube 1.8 upgrades are compatible with Microsoft Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003, when used with the U-Power supplied drivers that allow Windows full access to the Cube’s hardware.

Both upgrades will be available early next month, priced at $US399 and $US449 respectively. A 2.13GHz version is planned by late Summer.

Church sues Church in DMCA row

BIRMINGHAM, AL – A pastor in a regional church who has found nearby churches copying his method of worship wants them stopped, and has unleashed a storm of controversy over the following legal battle – one which has invoked federal copyright law, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and even patent law.

James Keppelmeyer is the pastor at Lake Valley Baptist Church, where he has been conducting his small community oriented services since 1977. In that time he says he has changed the way the community relates to the church.

“We’ve had people coming here you wouldn’t ever have considered churchgoers ten, even five years ago” Keppelmeyer says. “I put this down to hard work by myself and the community. Once you get the right process in place, there’s nothing you can’t do.”

However four years ago parishioners Sarah & Kevin Salter moved away from the area into the city, and due to the distances involved changed to a different church.

“We told them we’d miss them, and understood they needed to worship close to their new home within their own community” says Keppelmeyer. “They went on their way and we wished them the best of luck. Life is ever changing and that ongoing growth is what moved the Salters away from us.”

Upon meeting with the Salters in later years however, Keppelmeyer’s suspicions were aroused when Sarah mentioned the new church was “just like the old.”

They too had a community of parishioners who met on a Sunday. They mentioned the same bible readings, community support – even bake sales and an inspirational pastor who captivated his audiences.

“That’s when I first realised something was amiss,” Keppelmeyer claims, “but I never imagined what thievery I’d discover.”

He decided to investigate further, and over a period of three more Sundays in early 2003 sent followers loyal to himself into the newer Greenside Baptist Church to record their services. Now armed with video and audio evidence, he discovered they were conducting ceremonies almost identical to his own.

“The sermons, the hymns, even the layout of the building. I was stunned. it was as if I was in my own church. I felt like my heart had been torn from my chest.” With this revelation Keppelmeyer contacted his attorney and sent a cease & desist letter to Greenside.

Keppelmeyer based his claims on infringement of copyright law, but the pastor in the rival church hit back. Dr. Ray Seppelt, pastor at Greenside claims he first attempted discussions with Keppelmeyer, but “Trying to talk sense into the man proved fruitless” he said, and decided to fight fire with fire in July 2003.

Eighty four year old Seppelt claims that while his church is indeed newer than Keppelmeyer’s, he has been in the ministry far longer, having been performing Christ’s work since 1951. Not only was Keppelmeyer infringing on his own copyrighted services, Seppelt claims, but he had done so contrary to the DMCA.

“We are a community of open, honest people. That’s how we work. Br. Keppelmeyer has sneaked in, using lies and the cover of proprietary deception to record how we work.”

Seppelt believes this form of reverse engineering of his services falls under the protection of the DMCA, and is sure a reasonable court will agree with him.

The division between the two churches has escalated over the last 18 months, and looks to step up beyond a simple copyright dispute with Keppelmeyer’s latest move.

Keppelmeyer has applied for a patent on the concept & method of worship. While he promises convenient licensing terms to most churches, these licenses come at a cost, and churches must sign declarations that they will not copy his “unique combination of community spirit, sermon methods and family involvement.”

Keppelmeyer has already stated he will not be licensing his worship model to Seppelt and the Greenside Baptist Church.

Investigations into the validity of Keppelmeyer’s patent application are ongoing, but are expected to come up against challenges of prior art by local rabbi Neville Schoenberg.

Group finds high level of genetic materials in foods

Margaret Keppelmeyer, head of Chicago’s Pure Foods Advocacy Group has called upon consumers to rebel against what she describes as “contaminated, adulterated foods” forced upon them in the last two decades.

“It’s reached crisis point,” claims Keppelmeyer, whose group has found that levels of DNA, genetic and biological material in foods have risen dramatically since 1992. DNA is a substance that can be used by scientists to engineer foods, giving them qualities they may not have originally had.

Genetically engineered rice for example, may contain greater amounts of vitamin A or beta-carotene, a vitamin traditionally lacking in the diets of many living in rice dependent nations.

“In the first study of its kind, we have analyzed foods from six major cities in the United States, and found DNA levels to be near saturation. That means close to 100% of food in major population centers contain DNA.”

Consumers have been falsely led down a path of believing they’re protected by legislation, but the CPFA is finding widespread problems. From ‘farm fresh’ vegetables to spices, breakfast cereals and chocolate bars, nothing seems safe. Imported and locally produced foods are equally affected.

“Before the early 1990s, consumers had a wide range of natural foodstuffs available. If you wanted to make sure your food was entirely natural you had the choice of markets selling wholly organic food, but that choice is gone.”

Keppelmeyer points to CPFA’s research showing that tests performed on foods from health food stores and markets purporting to sell organic foods also revealed high levels of DNA.

“You can always replant a new crop and simply avoid using chemical products for pest control, and the new crop will be pesticide free. DNA is different, it’s spread from an organism to all its offspring. The seed you use now may have a parent plant containing DNA, which results in the plant you grow in your very own garden being contaminated.”

Scientific studies in the last fifty years have shown that DNA may be linked to many serious conditions such as autism, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and many cancers.

Keppelmeyer’s group has testing underway in regional centers, but holds little hope for better results there. “The problem we have is a lack of knowledge. People don’t know better, so they keep buying. What they keep buying the producers will keep providing.”