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.
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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?
Robert Scoble spent the last week giving his new Amazon Kindle ebook reader a test drive, reading a couple of books and declaring the progeny of Jeff Bezos a failure. He thinks the usability and user interface suck and it lack features such as a touch screen, social networking and the capability to send electronic goods to others.
Sabeer Bhatia was the co-founder of Hotmail, the Web email service Microsoft acquired for $400 million in 1998. Now, Bhatia wants to bite the hand that fed him.
In March of 2007, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's crime task force suggested that iPods should come with fingerprint readers that would lock out anyone who wasn't the owner. Presumably the way it would work is that an iPod would come tabula rasa and "imprint" on the first finger that touched it.
Facebook Beacon has the 'Net riled up over what many see as an invasion of their privacy. A Wall Street Journal article gives a good description of how the opt-out process works: Users can't opt out of the program, called "Facebook Beacon," altogether.
Updated: On this Thanksgiving morning in the U.S., the Facebook Beacon storm continues to rage (Techmeme).