PC Forum kicked off this afternoon with Esther's introduction of the "users in charge" theme. It's a new culture of catering to users--not big banks, advertisers and others who have wielded power in the past, Esther said.
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Check out the Berlin Brain-Computer Interface, also known as the "mental typewriter." Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin and Charité, the medical school of Berlin Humboldt University, demonstrated the device at CeBit last week.
Now that tens of millions of people have Web pages to track, Crazy Egg has come up with an Ajaxian tracker, which records all the clicks by visitors on your Webafirma. It can also produce a heat map overlay of traffic patterns for a page.
On Monday and Tuesday I'll be blogging from Esther Dyson's PC Forum (disclosure: PC Forum is part of CNET Networks) at a (hopefully) sunny resort near San Diego. The theme is "Erosion of Power: Users in Charge" (Esther and I discussed the topic in this podcast).
A few weeks ago I interviewed John Kish, CEO of Wyse Technology, which has been pushing the thin client computing model for more than a decade. In the video interview, Kish said that with the increase in network bandwidth and the advent of new virtualization technologies, everything running on a PC can be hosted securely and centrally on a network.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we start up with a rant about the lack of reliable Wi-Fi at industry events (bring your own EVDO). Then we get into the news of the week, starting with the implications of the Google/Writely combo, Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard product announcements, and the latest in the Open Document Format battlezone.
By way of Bruce Schneier's blog comes a link to the Identity project which, in offering the 9th Circuit case of John Gilmore as proof, is proposing that if want to preserve our right to fly without I.D.
Insight64's Nathan Brookwood gives me the lowdown and what transpired at the Intel Developer Forum this week. In our podcast, he explains the new Core Microarchitecture, which will underpin Intel's multicore, energy efficient chip families, and how Intel's processor roadmap stacks up against what AMD's.
While everyone focuses on the impact of Google's Writely acquisition on Microsoft, what does it mean for some of the other best of breed Web-based productivity applications? For example INetWord (which I've been writing about recently here and here).
In response to my post Blog swarm on Writely, Gary Edwards (who is steeped in OpenDoc and OpenOffice) penned this TalkBack:To understand why this deal is Peal Harbor for Microsoft, and a declaration of all out war for Google, i think one has to make a leap and consider that this isn't about applications. It's about the quality of the information experience one can find at Google, or, through the costly nightmare of maintaining a similar experience through revolving MS shrinkware.