According to DVD-Recordable.org:As Microsoft developers gathered in Seattle to hear Bill Gates's keynote speech on the future of Microsoft and the coming release of its updated operating system Vista, protesters wearing bright yellow Hazmat suits swarmed the entrance of the city's convention center, delivering an unsettling message to the corporation: your product is defective and hazardous to users....
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Reuters has a speculative story, based on a JPMorgan Chase report, that major tectonic plate shifting will occur among the major Internet presences. Growth is slowing, competition is getting more fierce, and bulking up and making strategic alliances (at the expense of competitors) is viewed as a way to defend the moat.
Salesforce.com Marc Benioff continues on his quest to vanquish the client/server model, calling for the world of software developers to convert to a multitenant, on demand platform.
Still at WWW2006, I also attended a panel moderated by Rohit Khare on Mashups, Web data, and APIs. Other participants were Frank Mantek, Jeff Barr, Dan Theurer, and Kevin Lawver.
My second day at WWW2006 was as interesting as my first. The morning began with a plenary panel that included Nigel Shadbolt as the panel chair, Tim Berners-Lee, Richard Benjamins, Clare Hart, and Jim Hendler.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Ed Bott has posted 30 screen shots from the new beta version of Windows Vista that Microsoft released yesterday. I've gone through all thirty screen shots and have found a few items worth pointing out.
Salesforce.com continues to build out its application ecosystem with an OEM Edition of AppExchange.
Michael Kanellos reports on a discussion on global warming a the U.S.
Worth reading: Jakob Nielsen has made a career out of analyzing Web site design. He, along with co-author Hoa Loranger, just published Prioritizing Web Usability (New Riders), which surfaces many of the major mistakes in Web site design and offers usability guidelines that might save us all from ugly and unfathomable sites.
Marc Canter, the founder and CEO of Broadband Mechanics, is known in the industry as a techno rabble rouser, with an operatic voice. In 1984, he co-founded MacroMind, which became Macromedia in 1991, and has continued to pioneer multimedia authoring and standards.