During his interview with Charlie Rose as the TechNet Innovation Summit, Bill Gates really showed how he has found a new passion that isn't about software bits and bytes. It's quite amazing that Gates and his friend Warren Buffett, whose money is flowing in the $32 billion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have taken their collective wealth and applied it to improving lives around the world, taking a step toward overcoming man's inhumanity to man.
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In the technology world, folks tend to get carried away. We want more memory, more processing power, more speed, more graphics and damn near more of everything.
The Internet Identity Workshop will be hosting interop demos of user-centric identity technologies on Dec 4-6 in Mountainview, CA.
In my mind, there are basically three classes of people who need all the horsepower they can get out of their desktop or notebook systems. Obviously, there are the hardcore gamers.
Poor coding in the Internal Revenue Service's tax records has cost the U.S.
Christopher Dawson has an interesting post on why his school district users are voting for PCs over Macs, a contention that bucks conventional wisdom. One of Dawson's primary conclusions is that Apple's OS X just looks different and that makes users wary.
News.com's Martin Lamonica has written a two page report on Amazon's utility computing initiatives under the title Amazon: Utility computing broker.
A quick look at some notable developments this morning. Microsoft, Google, Yahoo get along.
ComputerWorld's Matt McKenzie has published a story that's probably the most comprehensive look (and report card) covering Microsoft's various digital rights management (DRM) initiatives. I don't know that I've ever seen Matt's work before.
During the second TechNet Summit panel, Going Green--Technology Solutions for the Future, John Doerr said that a perfect storm exists for green technology and initiatives. Green matters to environmentalists, evangelicals, the Bush administration, he said.