This week on The Dan & David Show, we lead off with a discussion of Google Spreadsheets. Is it an Excel killer, a better mousetrap, a Mickey Mouse spreadsheet with integrated GTalk?
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In its report Apple dumps more countersue-age on Creative, Ars Technica takes a more lighthearted approach to the legal battles between portable multimedia playback vendors Creative and Apple: If you enjoy legal dramas, it must have been tough the past couple weeks now that sweeps are over and network programming is on hiatus. Lucky for you, Apple has really stepped up to the plate recently to meet your summer legal drama needs.....
The mainstream press is beginning to pick up on a major breach to the banking system that has so far gone under-reported. Fellow blogger George Ou and I gave the story the attention it deserved:George Ou: 300+ Bank homepages hacked and redirected!
Last night, Dell held a press event in San Francisco for the launch of what Brad Anderson (left), senior vice president of the Product Group, called the 9th generation of Dell servers. "It's not about speeds and feeds," Anderson told me, "Dell is paying attention to details and driving operational efficiency.
After reading Wayne Cunningham's blog on thejettareport.com, it's clear to me that tech centers like Silicon Valley, Seattle, Austin, New York, and Boston must be filled with Cheech & Chong-like smoke filled Volkswagen Jettas.
My fellow blogger George Ou has taken me to task for helping to politicize a subject matter which he feels is undeserving of any politicization. Commenting on a blog entry I wrote yesterday (see Some must see Net neutrality videos) which pointed to both MoveOn.
The debut of Google Spreadsheets provides ample illustration of the frothy behavior surrounding any move by the potentate of Web 2.0 (pick your own definition) and online advertising.
One of the consolidation rumors floating around Silicon Valley is the pursuit of Mercury Interactive, with EMC and HP supposedly bidding for the leader in BTO (business technology optimization). With a current market cap above $3 billion, Mercury could go for close to $4 billion.
Sometimes, images and sound get the point across better than words (or in this case, a combination of images, sound, and words). Yesterday, Stefano Boscutti sent me a Windows video (downloadable from our servers, with his permission.
Now that I have my Thinkpad T42 back (the display went dead on me....as it has done on so many Thinkpads I've had before), I've been digging through the backlog of content that was stuck on my hard drive and that didn't get posted yet and I found a gem from Gartner's recent Symposium/ITxpo in San Francisco.