Yesterday's announcement that these two old software foes will collaborate on developing specific technologies to help the Windows and Linux worlds interoperate drew a collective gasp from the blogosphere.
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Whether you are a dyed-in-the-wool Linux geek or a Redmond-eesta this one has to have you wondering about what in the world either vendor (the one you love, or the one you love to hate) is up to.
If you have been following the saga of the 30GB video iPod that I recently found on an United Airlines aircraft, then you'd know that I tried to turn the Web into a giant lost and found. I'm not sure how many people joined the quest (by pointing to my initial blog) to reunite the lost iPod with its owner, but it was a lot.
From Silicon.com, our sister site in the UK, Gemma Simpson reports: Mobile phones costing less than $15 will be available in developing countries by 2008, Motorola Chairman David Brown has predicted.
Enterprise content management provider Stellent agreed to take $440 million of Oracle's money today. Stellent has been looking for a suitor and Oracle continues its shopping spree to be the Wal-Mart of enterprise software.
HP CEO Mark Hurd can't seem to recall much related to his company's spying campaign in his responses to questions from the House subcommittee. He could have said "on the advice of lawyers my memory is fuzzy.
If you're into cryptography, you'll want to check out the photos,slides, and podcasts from the Thirty Years of Public KeyCryptography event held at the Computer History Museum on Oct 26.
The future of Web-based office tools isn't in displacing their offline cousins. Rather, it's in doing things that they don't do well. Once such niche is collaboration.
With Google (JotSpot), Microsoft (Office Live) and others working on deliver some notion of Office 2.0, Ramana Rao, formerly of Xerox PARC, posted his list of barriers to Office 2.
VMware co-founder Mendel Rosenblum gives me a tutorial on virtualization and the coming age of virtual appliances, which are changing the role of operating systems. With virtual appliances, an OS just needs to provide interfaces for the applications running on top of it. As a result, OSs will get smaller and thinner, and applications more reliable and easier to manage.