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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Within days of Taser International going on defensive due to one death, another 3 men die

Within days of Taser International going on defensive due to one death, another 3 men die

In case you missed my coverage of the consumer-oriented Tasers that were on display at CES earlier this year, you can see our video showing how a hot pink-colored consumer-oriented taser (pictured left) was used to immobilize a CES-showgoer. The consumer-oriented model isn't as robust as the model used by law enforcement agencies (for example, the consumer version can't work at the same distances).

published November 19, 2007 by

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Buh-bye hard drive: Box.net's online storage now directly accessible by multiple Web apps

Buh-bye hard drive: Box.net's online storage now directly accessible by multiple Web apps

When I think of the online storage market, I primarily think of 2 1/2 models. The first is the one that's for developers: services like Amazon's S3 or AOL's X-Drive where, through APIs that are programmatically accessed by their applications, software developers hardwire their software to the storage found in Amazon's datacenter instead of wiring their software to a server in their own datacenter.

published November 16, 2007 by

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OpenDocument Foundation's 'woes' have little to do with OpenDoc Format's future

OpenDocument Foundation's 'woes' have little to do with OpenDoc Format's future

I've been so busy with other stuff that I've only peripherally been paying attention to an ongoing meme on the Internet about how the World Wide Web Consortium's Common Document Format (CDF) had been identified by the OpenDocument Foundation as a superior document format to the OpenDocument Format that it had been backing for so long. On the heels of the controversy, the OpenDocument Foundation was shuttered yesterday.

published November 16, 2007 by

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Are mashups the lightweight cousin of ETL?

Are mashups the lightweight cousin of ETL?

Of IBM's various mashup building tools, Exeed Technologies Jacob Ukelson who attended Mashup Camp Dublin and blogged about it (one of his most trafficked blogs according to him) wrote:....it is like the mashups are the lightweight cousin of ETL - for display rather than bulk load purposes.

published November 15, 2007 by

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Ireland: Where the soul of the developer can be found

Ireland: Where the soul of the developer can be found

After a blur of a long weekend in Dublin, Ireland, I'm replaying in my mind the course of events that took place at Mashup Camp Dublin and the great many new and old friendships that I and the rest of the Mashup Camp team either started fresh or nurtured.When Mashup Camp founder Doug Gold and I first started talking about taking Mashup Camp to Europe, I honestly think both of us were privately thinking that the other one was crazy.

published November 14, 2007 by

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Laszlo demo: The write once/run anywhere (Flash,DHTML,Java,Silverlight) RIA dev tool?

Laszlo demo: The write once/run anywhere (Flash,DHTML,Java,Silverlight) RIA dev tool?

If you're like a lot of Web developers who want to turn their static Web sites in to something more rich and interactive (these days, referred to as Rich Internet Applications or RIAs), one of the challenges is in choosing a platform to target. The main choices are Adobe's Flash, the more standard DHTML/Javascript, Sun's Java (actually JavaFX), and Microsoft's Silverlight platform.

published November 8, 2007 by

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Major League Baseball makes news as latest DRM trainwreck

Major League Baseball makes news as latest DRM trainwreck

In another story that will go down in history as one of the more severe Digtal Rights Management trainwrecks (and a shining example of why DRM will ultimately do a brand more harm than good), Major League Baseball (MLB) now finds itself in a PR nightmare after a technology adjustment resulted in the deactivation of content that many MLB fans purchased under the assumption that the content would be available to them indefinitely.

published November 8, 2007 by

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Dell: The M2300 may look like a subnotebook, but it's certifiably a 'workstation'

Dell: The M2300 may look like a subnotebook, but it's certifiably a 'workstation'

While I get into the "workstation" argument all the time, I decided not to belabor the point too much when questioning Dell Precision workstation product managers Don Maynard and Chris Spencer about Dell's newest entry into the mobile workstation space announced today: the M2300. The new notebook-cum-workstation hails from Dell's Precision-branded workstation lineup which now includes three notebooks: the M2300 with a 14.

published November 6, 2007 by

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