The BBC reports that the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), whose members are Congressional appointees, wants to begin an official probe into Lenovo's $13 million contract to sell 16,000 ThinkCentre desktop computers to the U.S.
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Quote of the day: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer shows his famous sense of humor and competitiveness during an interview with Fortune...Do you have an iPod?
Former Massachusetts Chief Information Officer Peter Quinn, who was deeply involved of the OpenDocument vs. Microsoft format debate, has some advice for the open source community.
User interface guru Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group is on the road, giving seminars based on a recently completed an eye-tracking study that indicates how users consume Web pages--such as where people start browsing on a page, whether they have banner and text link blindness, where users look for navigation, how they react to different text types, relative attention allocated to text vs. pictures and more.
At a conference room lunch the other day (not at Accenture), a small group was discussing immigration and the means by which various countries manage to integrate various ethnicities. We had representatives from several countries who, collectively, had quite diverse perspectives, particularly regarding the United States.
Off topic: Chris Bliss juggles to a Beatles tune...fun to watch and a great song.
Microsoft has joined the INCITS/V1 Technical Committee, which plays a key role in the ratifying the OpenDocument format as an international standard, according to Ingrid Marson's report on ZDNet. Groklaw's Pamela Jones speculated that Microsoft's intentions may not be pure--the wolf in the hen house--and the company would like to sabotage ODF ratification and promote its own format, Open XML File Format.
CNET.com has a special report on a decade of Palm handhelds.
The New York Times reporters Steve Lohr and John Markoff explain the software delivery problems at Microsoft, as evidenced by the recent Vista and Office 2007 delays....each new version of Windows carries the baggage of its past.
No shortage of coverage of the product delays, organizational changes and software strategies. The knights of the news.