Robert Levine of Fortune reports:When he was 15, [Jon Lech] Johansen got frustrated when his DVDs didn't work the way he wanted them to. "I was fed up with not being able to play a movie the way I wanted to play it," that is, on a PC that ran Linux....
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Last Thursday I sat down with Carly Fiorina for a video interview in our San Francisco studio. She has been on a tour for two weeks promoting her book, Tough Choices, and taking advantage of the occasion to defend her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard.
AMD CEO Hector Ruiz kicked of the morning OracleWorld keynotes, telling the crowd of over 40,000 that power is being transferred from the vendor to the customer. It was a coded message.
The Merc's Charlie McCollum writes: How bad are things at NBC?....Well, Jay Leno said on "The Tonight Show'' late last week that things are so bad, ``our interns are calling Mark Foley, looking for work.
If this isn't a test for how the blogosphere can get things done, I'm not sure what is. As a part of this test, if you happen to read this blog entry and you have a blog, please spread the word and let's see if the viral nature of the blogosphere can help this iPod find its owner.
On the eve of Oracle dominating the headlines with its annual mega Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco (including blocking off Howard Street in front of the Moscone Center, which I can't remember any other company pulling off), fellow Enterprise Irregular David Terrar (at left) provides an extensive report from SAP's TechEd conference in Amsterdam. The two enteprise software giants companies have been sniping at each other.
I was contacted by a public radio reporter today to comment on the fifth anniversary of Apple's iPod and here is basically what I said:In the longstanding tradition of the Mac, Apple has done an absolutely brilliant job demystifying what is otherwise a complex technical process. It is only in recent years that some of the competing products have managed to catch up to the usability of the iTunes/iPod duo.
According to a Reuter's report, Microsoft is saying that security solutions provider McAfee was out of line when it basically brushed off the software giant's promise to give third party security companies the information they need in order intercept certain security componentry in the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
Zimbra, one of the poster children of cool for Web 2.0 applications, is more than just a pretty interface and collaboration and messaging platform with mashups (see Richard MacManus' review).
Bob Frankston, the guy who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet and who spearheaded Microsoft's original home network strategies, routinely rants about allowing intelligence into the middle of the Internet. To paraphrase his many essays, "things were working fine when nodes could just talk to each other without a monkey in the middle getting in the way to screw things up.