Whenever I write about spam (a lot recently), the press relations corps for the great many anti-spam solution providers (there must be thousands by now) out there bombard me with e-mails to tell me why the solution they're hocking is that one solution that will blow my mind. Through the magic of some Kool-Aid they've been drinking (served up by some hyper-excited CTO), they're relatively certain that once I see what it is they've got, I will rave about here in my blog.
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Whenever I talk about doing something crazy like using Google Apps instead of other office suites, a conversation that's usually driven by my beliefs about computing in the cloud, there are some number of ZDNet readers that chalk it off to insanity or a momentary lapse of reason. Or, maybe I forgot to take my meds that morning.
I'm still in the process of tracking down some devices to show off during my show n' tell at Mobile Expo in NYC in a couple of weeks. This is a presentation that my fellow CNET editor Brian Cooley usually does.
Yesterday, via e-mail, Zunecorps blogger Charlie Curran sent me an e-mail saying that Microsoft's head of business development for Zune Bill Wittress had a counter-offer to my open challenge to Microsoft president Robbie Bach to shave my head if Microsoft is ranked #2 in personal digital media player (PDMP) units sold after the holiday market share numbers are in. According to a Bloomberg story, Bach said that's where Microsoft would be by the time the holidays are over.
It appears as though the first patent suit against Linux -- targeting Red Hat and Novell -- is now official. According to Groklaw's Pamela Jones: IP Innovation LLC has just filed a patent infringement claim against Red Hat and Novell.
There's no question that one of the great deliverables of social technologies and networks is the way in which they efficiently aid us in the filtering and organizing content. This is not a story about RSS, but I want to use it as an example of a technology that's relevant to the larger challenge of sharing and/or archiving content that's hosted in multiple but dissimilar "containers.
One thing that virtually every e-mail security expert agrees on is that there's no silver bullet to the spam problem. But if there's the equivalent of a hollow point bullet that can do the most damage (what you want on the first shot), then authenticating an e-mail sender's identity (establishing that the e-mail actually came from the place it claimed to have come from) is probably that bullet.
Today, I would have posted one of my video "reviewcasts" for you, but we ran into a production snafu. Here at ZDNet, our process for posting those involves me reviewing the audio before we finish off the post production.
The news is pretty much already everywhere today. Google is releasing version 5.
Two stories in one here (trying to economize).If you haven't noticed, I'm on one of my anti-spam kicks (again).
Recent events involving Tivo, Real Networks, and eBay are a reminder that right before our eyes, the "inter" is being taken out of "Internet."Although some people might argue this point, the "inter" in "Internet" is about interoperation.
Although he is already a Knight, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web is about to have an even more prestigious honor bestowed upon him. According to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) spokesperson Janet Daly, Sir Tim will, on Thursday, be appointed to England's Order of Merit, considered by some to be the most prestigious honor that the Monarchy can bestow upon any individual.
Have you seen this man?Known only as "Vico," Interpol is apparently looking for him.
Last week, I published a video holding AOL, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo's feet to the fire for not working together to put an end to spam. Because of how many global e-mail users are covered by them alone, if those four e-mail service providers agreed to some common approaches to addressing the growing spam problem, then the rest of the e-mail vendors and services in the world would have no choice but to go along.
Last week, in an open letter to Microsoft President Robbie Bach, I offered to shave my head if, after the holiday 2007 market share data is tallied, Microsoft's share of the portable digital media player market puts its Zune-branded players in 2nd place ahead of the current 2nd place holder SanDisk. A recent Bloomberg report quotes Bach as pledging that Microsoft will be in the #2 spot by the time the holidays are over.
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- 5 Existing USB ports may face trouble powering new breed of peripherals