David Berlind

David Berlind was fomerly the executive editor of ZDNet. David holds a BBA in Computer Information Systems. Prior to becoming a tech journalist in 1991, David was an IT manager.</p>

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Video: Amazon's Kindle in a crashed state -- must the content be reloaded?

Video: Amazon's Kindle in a crashed state -- must the content be reloaded?

For those of you who have been around long enough to experience some of the earlier PDAs based on flash memory like Palm's initial Pilot and later, devices like the iPaq that were based on Microsoft's PocketPC operating system, then you'll remember what a drag it sometimes was when those devices became so inoperable that you had to issue what is known as a hard reset to return them to a functioning state.

published December 4, 2007 by

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Kodak responds to commentary on outrageous 4 cent per photo shipping charge

Kodak responds to commentary on outrageous 4 cent per photo shipping charge

Last Monday, I did one of my video Tech Shakedowns of Kodak's online Photo Gallery for what I thought to be outrageous shipping charges for 4x6 prints (a flat rate of 4 cents per photo) as well as a poor user experience (a free shipping option is available on a one-time per customer basis for orders of certain sizes, but only if you know a coupon exists and manually redeem it).Kodak spokesperson Liz Scanlon has responded to that post.

published December 3, 2007 by

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OpenDocument Format community steadfast despite theatrics of now impotent 'Foundation'

OpenDocument Format community steadfast despite theatrics of now impotent 'Foundation'

When in mid-October 2007, the OpenDocument Foundation (ODf, yes, that's a little "f" that's not to be confused with the OASIS- and 400-member strong OpenDocument Alliance-backed big F-ODF: the OpenDocument Format) announced that the World Wide Web Consoritum (W3C)-backed Common Document Format (CDF) was the heir-apparent to what it believed was a dead-on-arrival OpenDocument Format, many confused the ODf to be one in the same with the ODF and the latter to have one foot in the grave.

published November 29, 2007 by

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If Skype was disruptive to telcos, then Cubic Telecom is their nightmare (and good for you)

If Skype was disruptive to telcos, then Cubic Telecom is their nightmare (and good for you)

A few weeks prior to my scheduled departure for Dublin, Ireland where I ran the most recent Mashup Camp, I started handing out the phone numbers of my hotel and traveling companions to people who might want to reach me while I was over there. For cell phone usage, I'm a Verizon Wireless customer and, like Sprint customers, Verizon Wireless' network is based on a radio technology (CDMA) that doesn't work in Europe.

published November 27, 2007 by

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Tech Shakedown: Kodak's Web site charging outrageous per-photo shipping fees

Tech Shakedown: Kodak's Web site charging outrageous per-photo shipping fees

Proving that the devil is in the details when it comes to shopping online (and how shipping fees can easily wipe out any potential savings), Kodak's online photo gallery is charging an outrageous 4 cents per photo when someone orders 4x6 prints for delivery. The issue was brought to my attention by my wife who, in the course of ordering 2055 4x6 prints for delivery, discovered the shipping fee was going to be a whopping $83.

published November 26, 2007 by

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12 spam research projects that WON'T make a difference

12 spam research projects that WON'T make a difference

Today, InfoWorld has a story headlined 12 research projects that might make a difference. For starters, it is pretty infuriating to me when I visit a site I like, like InfoWorld, and the minute I arrive on the page, the audio from an advertisement starts blaring through my computer's speakers.

published November 21, 2007 by

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With one update (or 'tweet'), Zude now cross posts to Facebook, Twitter, and Jaiku all at once

With one update (or 'tweet'), Zude now cross posts to Facebook, Twitter, and Jaiku all at once

Going back to my post on the Twitterization of mainstream media whereby, instead of engaging in link-blogging, I'm using the short messaging service Twitter to post shorter news items to the right side of my blog (see the right side of my blog, you may have to scroll), one thing I've learned is that there are different strokes for different folks. Some people want to be my friend and pay attention to my news tweets (or should we call them treats?

published November 20, 2007 by

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