What is Google Pack besides free Windows software, with some promotional offers, that you could get from many places on the Web? A software distribution mechanism hooked into Google's infrastructure.
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A lot of people don't realize that Dan Bricklin should be a household name in the PC business. Back in 1978, he and Bob Frankston came up with the idea of an electronic spreadsheet.
Next Tuesday, on the same day as the Steve Jobs Macworld Expo keynote, Larry Ellison and Scott McNealy are holding a town meeting for employees at Oracle's headquarters, which is in close proximity to Sun's.
Video: In keeping with the tradition of trotting out stars at CES with movies or music to promote, former Hollywood mogul and now Yahoo CEO Terry Semel called upon his old friend Tom Cruise, as well as Ellen DeGeneres, to spice up his keynote, which suffered a few glitches. Cruise was promoting his new movie, "Mission Impossible III," which is debuts in May.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show we cover some of the happenings at CES, including the latest moves by Microsoft, Intel, Apple Yahoo, Google, Sony and others to corner their piece of of the digital convergence market. David also gives his lowdown on the Blue-ray versus HD-DVD battle, and we discuss the controversial DRM issues that accompany changes in content distribution models.
At CES this morning Yahoo announces its Go services, which brings Yahoo e-mail, instant messaging, photo and other services to mobile phones, PC-connected TVs and PCs without using a browser (such via Yahoo Widgets for now). Future features will include programming a DVR over a mobile phone or offering music services through a TV.
Or better said, "it's the eleventh hour (balance sheet is heading the wrong way) and your IT is out of synch with your business objectives." Ex-State of Utah CIO Phil Windley knows why: When budgets were tight, moving the CIO to a CFO reporting relationship must have seemed like a good idea because it made sure that reducing cost was the number one priority.
I laughed (at them). I cried. Last night, on the way home from Dave Winer's eat-meet-and-greet in Cambridge, I listened to a replay of Thursday morning's episode (The Future of the American Newspaper) of NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.
Redmonk's James Governor: The A-list may prefer pure web-based solutions but the Vista wave will take feeds into the mainstream.... allowing Metcalfe's Law to kick in....
I dove down to the CambridgeSide Galleria last night to check out a eat-meet-geek-greet organized by Scripting News' publisher Dave Winer and got a chance to meet some new people like Philip Greenspun (pictured on the right in a discussion with Dave Winer while Dan Bricklin [center] records the discussion for his podcast of the event). Greenspun who amongst other things is an amazing photographer, gave away copies of his book Travels with Samantha.