It's been two weeks since my back surgery and while it hasn't exactly been a vacation, I have been taking the time to do and pay attention to things that don't require a lot of sitting (the hardest thing to do). It's relatively easy to click around on a computer while lying down.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
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While reading yesterday's Boston Globe, I read with great interest a story about the tug-of-war over the Massachusetts Bay Charter. Written in the early 1600's, the Massachusetts Bay Charter came from the throne of England and gave the settlers rights to create their own government.
Earlier this year, Dan Bricklin called me up to say that he had attended a BoomersTV party in Boston and that he took the opportunity to interview John Osborne, a Boston area-based video and audio production professional who has been doing on-location recording for reality shows and documentaries for more than 20 years.
Placebase launched a commercial alternative to Google Maps, Pushpin LE. It "embraces" the Google Map API, but unlike Google it offers non-advertising, non-branded or customer-branded maps, licensing for any application, service level agreements and support services.
No fooling, Microsoft is prepping new Windows Vista Capable stickers for PCs, in anticipation of the release of the 50 million lines of Vista code to business users (end of 2006) and consumers (beginning of 2007 if all goes well). Given the shifting ship date for Vista, some reassurance for PC buyers was in order.
Remember the famous New Yorker cartoon, "On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog." It's so true.
On the Steve Gillmor Daily show podcast (here and here), Steve and I debate about an upcoming battle between Microsoft and Google for dominance in the next wave of computing. Of course, the notion of Google laying siege to Microsoft's cash cow is over-hyped, over-analyzed and presumes that all kinds of things will neatly fall into place.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we begin with Apple's 30th anniversary, Steve Jobs, Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer, Apple vs.
Last weekend, Jeremy Miller, the creator of Jabber, announced microformat called MicroID. MicroIDs "allow anyone to simply claim verifiable ownership over their own pages and content hosted anywhere.
To finish off the week, we have CNET.com's "Worst Technology of 2006 (so far).