Bob Frankston, the guy who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet and who spearheaded Microsoft's original home network strategies, routinely rants about allowing intelligence into the middle of the Internet. To paraphrase his many essays, "things were working fine when nodes could just talk to each other without a monkey in the middle getting in the way to screw things up.
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This week, for the Computer History Museum's fellow awards, I made a quick trip to California that took me from Boston's Logan Airport to San Francisco International Airport and back again in under two days. For me, it was the first time I had liquids or gels in my bags since the TSA's new liquid/gel rule went into effect.
While attending the launch party for IE 7 last night around the corner from our ZDNet offices, I asked Gary Schare, director IE product management, what's coming next for Microsoft's browser. Before he addressed that question, he told positioned IE 7 as a "no-brainer" upgrade for IE 6 users for its security and new features.
Robert Kahn was one of the industry titans that was awarded one of the Computer History Museum's Fellow Awards on Tuesday night (earlier this week). Kahn's resume places him squarely at ground zero of the innovation on which most of the Internet and the Web is based.
Back in April 2004, I wrote about HP's vision for utility computing and how the company was looking to make compute resources available and billable on an on-demand basis. One of the questions I had for HP at the time is what the billable unit of measure might be when you look aggregate the variety of compute resources that on-demand computing requires into something as simple as a kilowatt.
TechWorld's Matthew Broersma writes:A leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of lobbying by proprietary software groups to prevent the widespread adoption of open-source software....Sent in response to a recent report on the role of open-source software in the European economy, Microsoft-funded pressure group, the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) warned of potentially dire effects if too much encouragement was given to open source software development....
This week on the Dan & David Show, we check out Internet Explorer 7, which was officially released into the world at 5 PM PST on Wednesday. It's a major improvement to IE 6, but it doesn't leapfrog Mozilla.
This is the first part of a multipart series of videos that I'll be posting. The videos were taped on Wednesday night at the Computer History Museum's 2006 Fellow Awards.
ZDNet was the official media partner to Mashup University which took place at the Computer History Museum this past July and since then, our broadband team as been pioneering the intersection of on-demand distance learning by way of highly post-produced Webcast lessons that brilliantly merge the video output of the teachers' computers, the video of the teachers in front of the classroom, and a single audio stream.
Robert Vamosi of CNET gives his assessment of the just officially released Internet Explorer 7. The good: IE 7 includes built-in tabbed browsing; antiphishing technology; an RSS reader; and a redesigned Favorites Center.