Perhaps the International Organisation of Standardization (the ISO) should rename itself to something more appropriate like the IMSO: The International Organisation of Multiple Standards. After all, why bother issuing standards at all if, after ratifying one standard, it ratifies another for the same thing.
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For the better part of three decades now, IBM's mainframes -- often referred to as big iron -- have been coming under assault from smaller iron: minicomputers and servers that may not by themselves have the sheer horsepower to keep up with a mainframe but can often get the job done, especially when a bunch of them work together on the same tasks (a technique known as scaling out).
When most people talk about the integration of .NET and Java, the first thought that comes to mind is the XML-based services oriented architecture that Microsoft and IBM first had in mind when they formed the Web services Interoperability Organization (the WS-I).
The Internet Identity Workshop ended Wednesday afternoon and I've had a day to decompress. This was really an outstanding event and one I'm proud to have been a part of.
The final panel at OnHollywood focused on "consumer generated media," which was the major undercurrent at the conference. As Ted Cohen of EMI Music said, "The audience is taking over the programming," creating and distributing content outside of the traditional entertainment industry channels.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss Google in the enterprise and Google as an infrastructure provider to the planet; the potential shape of a Yahoo/Microsoft connection; and Microsoft's odds of remaking itself into a major media company. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's statement:"Ad-supported software services are an integral part of Microsoft's plans to give consumers access to a broader variety of digital media, whenever they want and on whatever device they prefer," said Ballmer.
I must apologize. The other day when, after practically the entire music business knuckled under to Steve Jobs, I rattled off the kingdoms that Apple's proprietary digital rights management (DRM) technology (known as FairPlay) gives or will be giving Jobs the keys to (starting with music and movies), I failed to mention telecommunications.
Inspired by a blog that was written fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou, last week, I talked about how Americans are technology, political, and educational laggards and how it will doom them. Ou's blog talked about how technological laggardliness was causing banks to fail their report cards when it came to online banking.
Last July, I caught Lance Truman on a Bank of America TV commercial talking about how important the company's IT was to its success. In that commercial and speaking of the banks check processing, Truman says "one error in a million is simply unacceptable.
Tim Bray, Sun's grand poo-bah of Web technologies says: It’s guys like [Pavel Buzek] who are going to cost Berlind the price of a nice dinner. At issue here (and the subject of a dinner bet, perhaps in a rail car) is whether or not '06 will be the year that NetBeans will score a come from-behind knockout of Eclipse.