Webaroo is launching a new permutation on Web search, with a free service that scours a subset of the Web without a live Internet connection. Of course, the simple twist is that Webaroo allows users to download onto a laptop or mobile device, such as a smart phone, focused and algorithmically derived portions of the Web, called ‘web packs,’ for PCs (no Mac yet) on a variety of topics, such as sports, news and localities.
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On the record: Following up on my post on remarks by the quotable Motorola CIO Toby Redshaw at Software 2006, Dan Bricklin did a podcast interview with him a few weeks ago, focusing on how his company uses wikis and blogs to further collaboration and innovation. Also, some bits on Redshaw's SOA initiatives.
Blogging for me will be light next week. Heading for the rainforest...
Two CIOs with $1 billion yearly budgets shared their thoughts on their brand of IT with moderator Erik Keller of Wapiti during a panel at Software 2006 this week. Toby Redshaw, corporate vice president, Corporate IT Strategy, eBusiness & Business Development at Motorola, said he brought down his IT spend from $1.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss all the fuss about running Windows on a Mac (David calls Boot Camp and the notion that it's a big win for Apple a joke), LinuxWorld (all about virtualization), Net neutrality (telcos checkmate the 'open' Internet), my wanderings at Software 2006 and SAP's stance on on demand and open source. David also gives advice on avoiding cell phone radiation.
Dan Bricklin, who is very much heads-down in the thick of single-handedly developing wikiCalc these days, has used his blog to reflect on his recent coding experiences and talks about one of the lesser known benefits of standards to developers (and ultimately the software they develop). Wrote Bricklin of his experience so far: ....
I don't know about you, but I'm totally nonplussed when it comes to the enthusiasm that Apple's Boot Camp is being met with. Gartner has these graphs that show how, in something called a 5-phase hype-cycle, new technologies are originally meant with ill-founded euphoria followed by a trough of disillusionment.
According to Reuters: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will review wireless-phone safety following a recently published study that raised concerns about a heightened risk of brain cancer......
Worth reading: On this ZDNet blog, Dion Hinchcliffe, predicts and illustrates the future of software. In his latest post, Dion writes: I do believe we're witnessing a remaking of not only Web-based software but the way in which software is composited.
Yesterday afternoon, I received an email update on what's happening with Windows Mobile from one of Microsoft's public relations outfits (Microsoft uses several). In the update was a list of somewhat newsworthy items, one of which is that a Service Pack is being issued for users of Verizon Wireless provisioned Treo 700w's and Sprint PPC-6700s.