Look outside your window (or check the manhole cover down the street). Not just anyone can hang a wire on that pole or drag one underground -- a wire that eventually connects to your house.
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.
BusinessWeek recently published a list of 10 newer technologies to which CEOs (and CIOs, etc.) should pay attention, depending on their industry.
Dan Farber has a great point about podcasting being a lousy name for Internet-delivered audio files. Podcasting as a moniker has been useful as a starting point for moving from a niche medium to a medium medium.
Baseline Magazine has an interview with 7-Eleven CEO James Keyes on how the company uses data from its point-of-sale systems to spot trends, find growth opportunities and control shelf space. 7-Eleven's store are like a big, distributed research facility, where it can test market ideas for different products in different geographies in near real-time.
Steve Gillmor gathers Podshow.com's/Boku Communications' co-founder Ron Bloom and the Gang to talk about the future of podcasting and a few other choice topics (such as whether CNET/ZDNet is incumbent media and Google's freeze-out of CNET reporters).
IBM is talking up a new consortium that it has established called Blade.org.
In an interview with PCWorld.com on January 30, 2002, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was asked if he wanted to be the next Yahoo.
David Berlind's "The double-edge of the FCC's DSL ruling" brings up some very interesting points. Whether you agree or disagree with David depends a great deal on how you feel about government regulation in general.
Just when I thought I had 3G (third generation) wide area wireless networks (WWANs) figured out (the kind that Cingular, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Sprint run), I found out that I didn't have a clue.
Jerk-O-Meter is software coming out of MIT that measures stress levels as you talk on the phone and rates you on a scale of zero to 100. The higher the number, the more you are sounding like a jerk.