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Why copy Microsoft?

Why copy Microsoft?

In a previous blog entry, I talked about why I thought Microsoft wouldn't have trouble convincing Windows users to upgrade to Longhorn. As I also claimed that older versions of Windows are the biggest competitor to Longhorn, the Talkbacks started discussing Linux, believed by many to be a credible alternative to Windows.

May 2, 2005 by in Enterprise Software

Municipal Broadband Across the US

Municipal Broadband Across the US

CNET News has an interactive map showing municipal broadband projects across the US.  I've written before about the need to educate legislators and municipal officials about the benefits of municipal broadband.

May 2, 2005 by in Networking

The true origins of the personal computer

The true origins of the personal computer

When you think of the history of personal computing, three figures stand out--Gordon Moore, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They represent the major platforms of personal computing today, but their ascendancy was preceded by a cultural, social and political movement that is closer to the open source movement than Itanium, Windows or Macintosh.

May 2, 2005 by in Hardware

Globus Toolkit 4.0

Globus Toolkit 4.0

The Globus Consortium unleashed the version 4.0 of the Globus Toolkit (GT4), which is a key component for accelerating the adoption of enterprise-class grids.

May 2, 2005 by in Cloud

For Windows bug hunters, there's strength in numbers

For Windows bug hunters, there's strength in numbers

Last week, I responded to some of James Coplien's remarks concerning what customers expect from their software. At the ACCU conference last month, Coplien also talked about the security advantages enjoyed by a distributed, independent development community:Security is a system concern--it is a complex system.

May 1, 2005 by in Open Source

Ruling jeopardizes media copy protection

Ruling jeopardizes media copy protection

A French court has ruled against copy protection software on DVDs that prevented the plaintiff from copying a DVD of Mulholland Drive into a video tape for "personal use" (which is mildly amusing, as Mulholland Drive is exactly the kind of movie I'd expect would appeal to French tastes).

May 1, 2005 by in Legal

Is Bluetooth past its prime?

Is Bluetooth past its prime?

For over five years, two of the supposedly killer wireless technologies -- Bluetooth and Wi-Fi -- have been marching to the beats of their own drummers.  Whereas before, the two wireless technologies had almost nothing in common with each other and were designed to address distinctly different needs, now the two technologies are addressing some of the same applications (wireless printing for example).

May 1, 2005 by in Networking

EnterpriseTenFold: Too good to be true?

EnterpriseTenFold: Too good to be true?

Jeffrey Walker makes some seemingly outrageous claims. The iconoclastic founder and CTO of TenFold asserts that business users can build high-end enterprise applications ten times faster with his application development platform than using other tools.

April 30, 2005 by in Developer

New vistas for consumer bootleggers

New vistas for consumer bootleggers

Japan continues to find innovative applications for consumer electronics with the increasingly common practice of "digital shoplifting"--using camera phones to take pictures of pages from magazines (notably recipes and other easily-imagined content). Separately, Samsung (ironically a manufacturer of camera phones) has banned them from its factories for fear they'll be used to steal trade secrets.

April 30, 2005 by in Mobility

TheFeature; a great model for IT vendor sponsorship

TheFeature; a great model for IT vendor sponsorship

Readers typically balk at vendor-sponsored content thinking that it will be automatically partial to the company backing it or it'll have that play-it-safe sterile feel to it that takes away more than it gives.  Such is not the case with TheFeature, a site sponsored by Nokia making sense of the fast and complex world of mobile technologies and trends.

April 29, 2005 by in Microsoft

Apple's Tiger takes a big bite out of tech coverage

Apple's Tiger takes a big bite out of tech coverage

You must have noticed that in days building up to Apple's OS X Tiger update, news stories, commentaries, reviews, and blogger posts about the software have appeared at every corner of the Internet. Now, that the culmination of the media frenzy has finally arrived---and the countdown on Apple's home page has finally ended---here a few worthwhile takes on the client and concurrent server release of Apple's latest operating system: Ars Technica: Mac OS X 10.

April 29, 2005 by in Apple

Oracle in talks to buy Siebel

Oracle in talks to buy Siebel

Oracle is in talks to buy Siebel Systems for a price tag that could reach $5 Billion The Daily Deal reports. The high-level discussions between the two companies have been confirmed by insiders and industry analysts, but are preliminary and could still break down, according to the news organization.

April 29, 2005 by in Oracle

IBM responds on OpenOffice contribution question

IBM responds on OpenOffice contribution question

The last blog on cell phones and cancer swallowed my day and I didn't get to the interesting and intriguing write up of IBM's Lotus Workplace client technologies that I said yesterday's blog (see Clearing the air on the IBM Workplace-OpenOffice.org connection) that I'd get to today.

April 28, 2005 by in IBM

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