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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
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Google is preparing to roll out its long rumored--and still mostly rumored--Gdrive online storage service.The latest chatter about Gdrive comes from The Wall Street Journal, which reports:Google is preparing a service that would let users store on its computers essentially all of the files they might keep on their personal-computer hard drives -- such as word-processing documents, digital music, video clips and images, say people familiar with the matter.
Notable headlines:WSJ: Google plans service to store users' data.Paula Rooney: Mozilla plans 2 more Firefox 3 betas, ~500,000 copies of beta 1 downloaded to dateJeremy Allison: What I learned from my buggy code.
Guest post: Chris Matyszczyk writes that the greatest commercial battle currently is between the ad and the algorithm, between predictability and "ticklability." Facebook needs to figure out how to make its users feel like they aren't being sold up the river.
In its post $1.6 billion Opsware acquisition reverie, HP is talking about a new way to do IT operations, and competing with IBM, BMC and CA.
Maybe there's just something about massive external drives that get geeks into the holiday spirit. Analysts are projecting external hard drives to be the must have gift this Christmas.
Zoho said Monday that its Web-based Zoho Writer word processing application is adding offline editing capabilities.In a blog post, Zoho said users will be able to edit and view documents offline.
From an altruistic perspective, green computing is mostly about carbon footprints. One medium-size data center can generate 10,000 metric tons of carbon per year (because of the power it uses). Large carbon footprints are not exactly bad for business--not directly--but they can result in negative publicity. In that sense, going green can have PR benefits--you can position yourself as a socially responsible enterprise, at least with respect to IT.
The One Laptop per Child project's "Give One, Get One" program has been extended through Dec. 31 as donations averaged about $2 million a day.
Notable headlines:Larry Dignan: OLPC: How do we gauge success? Will 490,000 units do?