For years, there have been a handful of companies trying to figure out how to erect a toll booth on the Web, if not the Internet altogether. In other words, they've been looking for some way to ensure that the Internet or some portion thereof can't work unless they get to collect a royalty on the majority of the Internet's traffic.
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Some of the world's top crypto minds shared the stage at the Thirty Years of Public-Key Cryptography anniversary event at the Computer History Museum last night. NYT reporter John Markoff, who has covered Silicon Valley for 30 years, was master of ceremonies, and started off by saying the no technology has had a more profound impact than cryptography, and that the role of public-key cryptography has been under appreciated for its role in the Internet.
Jim Allchin's a'bloggin, pee on Microsoft's Vista bus, and three migration tools. The Vista full-court press begins
I've heard this sound before. It's the sound of Microsoft revving up its engines as it prepares to launch an all out marketing blitz for a new operating system.
My stablemates at ZDNet blog-central have been busy the last couple days. Here are some of the highlights from around our network.
Prior to the Thirty Years of Public Key Cryptography event at the Computer History Museum, I caught up with Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie. Of course, I asked him what his thinking was on delivering a full-blown Web office suite to compete with the likes of Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Zoho, ThinkFree and other upstart browser-based suites and applications.
Yesterday, Microsoft CEO came to our news room to talk about Microsoft's plans across a variety of fronts. The one that interests me is the company's plans for its forthcoming Zune.
This week on the Dan & David Show, the discussion centers around Oracle's OpenWorld conference, attended by more than 40,000 adherent. The big bombshell was Oracle's support offering for Red Hat Linux.
Nick Carr puts Larry Ellison's move on Red Hat in perspective. Oracle is taking advantage of the "cheap input" produced by the open source community, Nick says: His attack on Red Hat would never be called neighborly, but it is, as Business Week's Steve Hamm puts it, "a ruthless and brilliant act of capitalism.
I was listening to Gillmor Gang last night while I was getting snowed on at my son's football game. Part II (and for the record, I hate these insipid multi-part shows as much as everyone else) of the Black Box Gang discussed Sun's new mobile data center.