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.
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In case you missed it, Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) announced this week at LinuxWorld that it would be creating a patent commons as it looks to further bolster the open source community's resilience to the patent related issues that could hold it back. Red Hat piled on by offering financial assistance to open source developers who were seeking patents as long as those patents would be made available to the open source community.
On August 4, Guy Kawasaki, Managing Director and Chairman, Garage Technology Ventures, moderated a Churchill Club panel, "Building a Successful Startup: The CEO View."The panelists included:William Chen, Founder and CEO, AccelergyDirk Gates, Founder and CEO, Xirrus, Inc.
"At the end of the day, we're in it for business reasons. I exist for business reasons.
IBM has started up a series of technology podcasts and the first one out the door (download the MP3) on the future of driving came to me by way of Big Blue's Tom Glover. The podcast features Jim Ruthven who is introduced as being responsible for delivering telematics solutions to IBM's automotive clients and IBM's Dr.
Buried in my recently posted saga of why synch can stink was a comment about how, when using Intellisync to wirelessly (over Verizon Wireless' EVDO network) synchronize email, contacts, appointments, etc. between my PC (an IBM Thinkpad T42) and an Audiovox XV6600 PocketPC phone, I was unable to control the frequency of data synchronization.
Silicion.com's interview with JP Rangaswami, CIO at investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (DrKW), provides a glimpse into one of the smartest people in IT.
David Berlind, in his article, "Intel wags mangy Centrino dog by Boeing's tail" , makes it clear how he feels about Intel's deceptive Centrino marketing campaign. However, I have to wonder why David is so surprised.
While roaming the exhibit hall at LinuxWorld, I ran into Michael Baum of Splunk. A serial entrepreneur and former e-commerce exec at Yahoo and Infoseek, Baum has spent nearly three years developing a search engine for log files and machine-generated data.
[Updated 08/15/05] Steve Mills, IBM's top software executive, sent a clear message during his keynote this afternoon at LinuxWorld that IBM's is ready to take on Microsoft with its Workplace managed client. He said the Linux on servers was maturing and that the next frontier for Linux is the client, across desktops, server managed clients and embedded devices.