Dell is in image rehabilitation mode. In part, Dell is dealing with the aftermath of one of its laptops bursting into flames last month in Osaka, Japan, and the impact of widely publicized photos travelling across the Net.
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Mashup University got off to good start this morning here at the Computer History Museum in the heart of Silicon Valley. After breakfast, the day opened with an Introduction to Mashup Programming 101 taught by Brian Hamlin.
Monday morning, after the week long U.S. July 4th celebration, the tech world comes back to life, stepping up to the giant keyboard for another round of clickety-clack digital inputs and outputs.
Here at Mashup University being held at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, I had a chance to catch up with Dave Nielsen (pictured left) who is the Developers Program director at the Mountain View-based StrikeIron.
Jon Udell has a great post today with a video showing how to use and maintain a reel lawnmower. Jon's done other videos like this.
Friday afternoon I received and email from HP's PR firm in anticipation of a Sun launch event tomorrow in San Francisco, with CEO Jonathan Schwartz; Hector Ruiz, CEO AMD; John Fowler, Sun EVP of Systems; Andy Bechtolsheim, Sun Systems Designer and some customers. HP's ambush email is basically trashing Sun's forthcoming new product announcement, which we'll find out about tomorrow.
eWeek Labs looks at Linux versus .Net, and concludes that WAMP stacks--such as Windows Server 2003, Apache, MySQL and the PHP-based XOOPS; Plone running on Windows Server 2003 R2; and JBoss and MySQL on Windows Server 2003--have the benefits and efficiencies of using open source without having to required that staff become Linux administrators.
Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post writes about the impact of sites like YouTube on the political scene.While bloggers played a role in the last presidential election, most advertising and message delivery still comes from campaigns, political parties and interest groups with enough money to bankroll a television blitz.
Ripping a page out of the playbooks of rivals IBM and Red Hat (suggesting its a bit late to the game), Sun is slowly moving to a model where all of its software is available for free and the money is made on the support of it. With a large legacy software business, Sun didn't have the luxury of Red Hat's green field nor did it have a services organization like IBM's Global Services to help customers succeed with open source.
Those on-demand CRM guys. They just loooove to bad-mouth each other in public (depsite the fact that the founders are all good chums and have gone to each others' weddings --- even officiated over them).