Late yesterday, IBM's vice president of standards and open source Bob Sutor published a blog that points to Malaysia's potential adoption of the OpenDocument (ODF) file format. According to OpenMalaysia blogger Hasan Saidin, ODF is now officially on whatever track it needs to be on to be approved as an official Malaysian standard.
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While using Google this morning to hunt down a story that I once wrote about mysterious cybersquatting practices, I came across a news item circa 2001 with the headline Yahoo hints at Web-based office tools. In that story, Stefanie Olsen wrote:Yahoo is testing demand for a new paid service that would feature Web-based word processing and other office applications, a move that could boost much-needed subscription revenue in the face of an anemic online ad market....
Ismael Ghalimi has a good post on Salesforce.com's AppExchange, following up on a discussion among the Enterprise Irregulars, a group of smart enterprise bloggers submitting stories to a site using CrispyNews, which provides a service for creating Digg-like community sites.
Last Friday, the morning after Mashup Camp ended, I made it to my flight's gate at the San Francisco airport with about 30 minutes to spare. Knowing that T-Mobile operates an airport-wide hotspot, I figured that 30 minutes was just enough time to log into the hotspot, do a couple critical emails, and post my podcast interview of Eventful.
The San Francisco Four Seasons hotel was the scene for Intel's launch of "Montecito," the first dual-core version of the Itanium processor. Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, backed on stage by eight tons of big Duo-Core Itanium 2 iron from OEM launch partners, touted the raw performance, software support, reliability, Hyperthreading, security and cost benefits of the new 9000 processor family.
As I pointed out in one of yesterday's posts, I've been testing Motorola's new Q smartphone (it's provisioned by Verizon Wireless) and am fact checking my first round of commentary with whoever I have to fact check with -- Motorola for the hardware, Microsoft for the Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone OS, and Verizon Wireless as the network provider and handset seller.
One of my students, Sam Curren, has put together a geospatial mash-up called ActiveTrails. I like it a lot--it's got everything you'd expect in a mash-up of this sort.
At the Churchill Club forum held on June 21, several open source company executives discussed the "Open Source Effect." The "effect" is the growing popularity of open source software in a broad range of categories and environments, as well as the cultural shift to less proprietary solutions.
Many of the 2,400 employees at Intel's Haifa R&D center, near the Lebanese border, have gone underground, but not without Web connecitivity. Michael Kanellos reports on how Intel and Technion Israel Institute of Technology are coping with the rocket attacks.
Reminder of the top three buying criteria for your next cell phone: Coverage, coverage, and coverage.
In the restaurant business, there's saying regarding the three most important keys to success: "location, location, and location." As evidenced by today's post from Doc Searls, the corollary to this when buying cell phones (as I have often said) is coverage, coverage, coverage.