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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Note to all anti-spam vendors: Why your solutions stink and standards are needed instead

Note to all anti-spam vendors: Why your solutions stink and standards are needed instead

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.

published October 15, 2007 by

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Microsoft's Zune bizdev head counter-challenges my offer to shave my head

Microsoft's Zune bizdev head counter-challenges my offer to shave my head

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.

published October 11, 2007 by

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Desperately seeking: The ultimate x-container 'ubertagger' & Google's answer to del.icio.us

Desperately seeking: The ultimate x-container 'ubertagger' & Google's answer to del.icio.us

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.

published October 11, 2007 by

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After authentication of senders, ending spam requires a relationship managment protocol

After authentication of senders, ending spam requires a relationship managment protocol

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.

published October 10, 2007 by

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Queen to appoint Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to England's Order of Merit

Queen to appoint Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee to England's Order of Merit

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.

published October 9, 2007 by

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Gates in '04 said 'spam soon to be thing of past' and me on Charlie Rose about the real solution

Gates in '04 said 'spam soon to be thing of past' and me on Charlie Rose about the real solution

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.

published October 8, 2007 by

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Carm from Sandisk ups ante; will shave her head too if Microsoft's Zune makes it to #2

Carm from Sandisk ups ante; will shave her head too if Microsoft's Zune makes it to #2

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.

published October 8, 2007 by

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