Charles Simonyi is on his way to the International Space Station aboard Expedition 15, which blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 17:31 GMT April 7. Along with other crew members, Charles is slated to rendezvous with the space station on April 9 at 19:15 GMT.
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A federal judge basically kicked Vonage in the wind pipe today leaving 2.2 million lines hanging.
VMWare released the third installment of it's beta release of Fusion, it's desktop virtualization product for OS X. I wrote some detailed notes at when I explored the Beta 2 release.
Microsoft may be giving the nascent portable data center market a lift.Data Center Knowledge via Slashdot connects a few dots--including a some from ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley--to conclude that Microsoft may be an early adopter of the portable data centers championed by Sun (right), Rackable and others.
The tax deadline is April 15, but the General Accountability Office has already given the Internal Revenue Service a preliminary report card. And the results aren't half bad considering the IRS implemented a bevy of information systems changes.
Notable headlines: Donna Bogatin: Google challenges NYC software engineers. Ed Burnette: Is Flash better than Java?
Google's proxy statement revealed that CEO Eric Schmidt had total compensation of $557,466 in 2006 and nearly all of that was security services. A small blogosphere ruckus has erupted because Schmidt received $532,755 for personal security in 2006.
Craigslist has 17 million people visiting its site a month, but many of them are there for a little more that apartment rentals, concert tickets and miscellaneous junk. Compete's Stephen Bagg shows that erotic services more than doubles the next category in terms of individual visitors.
This week on the Dan & David Show, Larry Dignan fills in for David, who is taking a few days off to chase the little white, dimpled ball around the countryside with a stick and his son. Larry and I riff on the messy, infectious Windows animated cursor flaw, EMI and Apple partnering to free up music from DRM for an additional 30 cents and whether Yahoo made a misstep by not acquiring Facebook months ago.
The National Institute of Standards says that facial recognition technology can be better than human identification with accuracy rates approaching 99 percent. Iris scanning, however, could improve.