The perfect storm. That's the latest descriptor popping up for the supposedly "disruptive" forces at work altering the balance of power and contributing to the rise of new business models and concepts.
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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.
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Over on Scripting News, Dave Winer says he's interested to hear what I have to say about how the tables got turned on Microsoft when Microsoft's Robert Scoble (claims to be blogger) ended up issuing corrections to the reporting done by The Register's Andrew Orlowski (assumed to be a journalist). In a related blog entry -- and in a demonstration of the realtime vetting (of anything) that only the blogosphere is capable of -- Scoble starts to keep score of the ensuing diligence.
Perhaps proving that IT really does matter (and that it can't deliver on the promise it makes in one of its TV commercials), Bank of America is currently experiencing a disruption to its direct deposit operating.
Earlier today, I summarized the part of my discussion with Intel's enterprise marketing director Shannon Poulin that had to do with the market requirements for server chips that generate a minimal amount of heat with as little compromise to processing power as possible. Prowess and heat have always at odds with one another when producing chips.
Worth reading: When I got home I cracked open my new issue (yes, I still enjoy a good dose of printed pages) of Wired (August 2005) and came upon Kevin Kelly's article "We are the Web." He gives his view of where the digital world came from and where it's heading.
The commodities in short supply for anyone who has moved fully into the digital world are time and attention. So much data, interaction and transaction, so little time and filtering.
I remember when eBay was first accused by MercExchange founder Tom Woolsten of patent infringement because of eBay's "Buy it Now" feature. I completely forgot about it.
Heatwave-wise, yesterday was probably the most uncomfortable day I can recall since moving to Massachusetts in 1991. The temperature inside my house reached 99 degrees.
Britain's plans for a universal ID card have suffered at the hands of of a London School of Economics report (PDF) that called into question the scheme's implementation. Now, an organization called the Pledge Bank has started a campaign to build a legal defense fund for people who publicly declare that they'll refuse to register for the new ID card.
I've routinely used ZDNet as a bully pulpit directed at both the sellers and buyers of technologies who look to establish or adopt certain standards that have patents connected to them. When a proprietary (often patented) technology earns the status of de facto standard (aka: practically unchallenged market dominance), the licensor of that technology (usually the patent holder) is basically afforded a legal monopoly and an unprecedented amount of market control.