The technology industry has been experiencing a round of inspired innovation. Venture capital money is pouring into startups, and the new as well as aging giants are burning the midnight oil Innovation will slow as the big companies become slower.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Yesterday, I wrote a blog entitled Let the file format hairsplitting begin. The blog is about how Sun Microsystems director of corporate standards Carl Cargill sent a letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance Thomas Trimarco in hopes of influencing the outcome to a hotly contested debate over file format standardization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
If I ever get asked what it is that I'll most remember 2005 for, perhaps it will be the fact that two of the most widely-promoted-as-impregnable technologies weren't so impregnable after all. The first of these is Oracle's database technology which the company's CEO Larry Ellison has routinely hocked as being unbreakable.
Last week, Ray Ozzie started talking about a new specification from Microsoft called SSE. SSE stands for simple sharing extensions to RSS and OPML.
In his response to my blog about how open source legal expert Larry Rosen gave his blessings to Microsoft's newest terms for implementing its file formats in third party software, a ZDNet reader asks "David: Why can't you just admit MS did the right thing?" In his comment, he goes on to say "Your prejudice is showing in full force guy.
Yesterday I wrote about the Grand Central/Swivel makeover, and a via PaidContent.org reference about my post was directed to Byrne Reese's blog.
According to Engadget, the Free60 project has developed a list of barriers to hacking Linux onto Microsoft's XBox 360s that reads like an art thief's list of obstacles to stealing the Mona Lisa. At first glance, a story about how the XBox could be hackproof may appear to you to be irrelevant if you're reading this blog (Between the Lines, "The blog for discriminating IT buyers").
I woke up this morning to find a press release in my inbox from the Oslo, Norway-based cross platform browser maker Opera Software that I simply couldn't let go without some commentary. The headline of the press release reads "Security concerns drive record downloads of Opera 8.
Now that Microsoft has issued a special covenant not to sue developers -- even open source developers -- that develop software that supports its XML-based Office file formats, the entire industry (OK, a goodly portion of it) is holding breath to see how the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will respond. Originally, Massachusetts sent Microsoft and its file formats packing on the basis that they didn't satisfy the state's test for openness.
After co-founding and leading CNET (from which this blog issues forth) from obscurity to Web stardom, Halsey Minor started 12 Entrepreneuring, raising over $130 million to incubate Web services companies before flaming out during the 2001 bubble bursting. One of the few incubated companies to survive 12 Entrepreneuring's dissolution was Grand Central Communications, which provided a hosted SOA integration hub.