The final day of PC Forum stared with a conversation between Esther and Bill Joy, Sun co-founder and now Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers venture capitalist. The discussion touched on how technology, the Internet and politics are impacting society and the planet.
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At PC Forum, Tacit Software introduced Illumio, a new consumer-oriented, knowledge-management software that company CEO David Gilmour said reaches out to find what people know, what they have and who they know using a brokering program that control privacy.
I've been filling out a lot of paperwork at doctors' offices recently. More than I should have to.
At PC Forum Novatium Solutions demoed its $100 PC appliance (without keyboard or display, which adds about $75) for emerging markets. The Nova netPC and Nova netTV are based on thin client (server-based, zero administration for users) and mobile phone technology.
Users gaining control of their data and online identities was the theme of the morning panel at PC Forum. It's in part a struggle for power, or a shift in the balance of power between institutions, like credit bureaus and commerce site, and individual users.
So, are you sick of and tired of C.R.A.P. (my own acronym for DRM or digital restrictions management technology)?
There's something overwhelming about Mike Arrington's writeup of zooomr: a socialized photo sharing site that Arrington calls "Flickr on steroids." Maybe it's the part about how the developer of it -- Kristopher Tate -- is 17 years old.
The State of Illinois Department of Transportation has started an ambitious new enforcement program for laws against speeding. Beginning in July and in response to several highway worker deaths, speeding in "Work Zones" will bring a $375 fine (first offense) and a $1,000 fine and 90-day suspension (second offense).
Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder, talked about his notions of choice, sustainable business models and social good. "Businesses can be a force for good.
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.