[Update 3/1/2006: First, there were mashups. Now, there are smashups (not to be taken literally).
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
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Yesterday, I penned another blog that extolled the virtues of virtual machine (VM) technologies like VMware's namesake Workstation product. For that specific entry, I talked about what happens when a virtual machine that was created on an AMD-based system is moved over to an Intel-based system.
Steve Gillmor did some play by play of the event, while I took some pictures. Video clip here (Mac Mini) and here (iPod Hi-Fi).
Apple prognostication was peaking as Dan Farber and Steve Gillmor arrived at the company's Cupertino campus this morning. Gillmor is taking notes on the "fun new products" event: Intel-based Mac mini and iPod Hi-Fi...
If you've followed any of my blogs regarding VMWare's VMWare Workstation and the runtime it's now giving away for free, then you'd know by now that I'm highly recommending to anyone with a brand new machine that the first thing they should do is load VMWare Workstation on it and then create a bunch of distinctly separate virtual machines (each running Windows for most people), and then, you divide your tasks across those virtual machines.
Last week I attended a couple of lectures that Alan Kay gave at the University of Utah. Kay's first talk was on some of the ways we're "inventing and preventing the future.
IT Facts cites a recent Gallup poll about blogs: Just 9% of Internet users read blogs frequently, 11% do so occasionally, 13% rarely bother, and 66% never do.Jason Fry's article in the WSJ [free access] puts the Gallup poll in perspective and shows how Daniel Gross's Slate article on the "Twilight of the Blogs" falls short of capturing what is going on with blogs and new media.
New Scientist (February 4, 2006) reports that, continuing a tradition that goes back to ancient Egypt, pigeons may soon be used to transmit messages--specifically, SMS messages. UC Irvine researcher Beatrice da Costa is developing a miniature backpack with cell phone circuitry and sensors that detect carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide.
Judging by the emails I've been receiving and the discussion thread on yesterday's blog (see Treo 700w, Windows Mobile 5.0 marred by flaws), I guess I'm not alone in feeling as though the device isn't ready for primetime.
Om Malik writes about Vyatta, a open source startup building an enterprise class router that will compete with Cisco products. The versatile open-source application can direct data traffic for a giant corporation as easily as it can manage a home Wi-Fi network.