I just finished reading Why hasn't Linux made it mainstream on the desktop? and I think I can answer the question: Because the average consumer cannot walk into their favorite computer store and buy a robust brand-name workstation with Linux pre-installed with their favorite personal productivity software.
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Last week the Burton Group Catalyst conference focused on an identity management, from enterprise single sign-on to user-centric identity. This week the "identorati" are gathered together for the Identity Mashup Conference hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
Face it, digital rights management technology (aka: C.R.
According to ComputerWorld, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) are jointly looking into the data security practices of the Veterans Administration as well as several other agencies. Recently, a computer containing the personal data of over 26.
There's nothing like spending the day indoors during New England's first hot sunny Saturday in 2006. But indoors is where I spent it trying to get some valuable data off what, for all intents and purposes, is a failed hard drive.
My fellow blogger George Ou dug around the blogosphere and, if a firewall manufacturer's explanation for what's going wrong is right, it looks like several Net neutrality activists should be eating crow instead of making hay. Writes Ou:It appears that the Net neutrality proponents have been caught in a flagrant lie in their effort to scare the public (thanks to The Original Blog and The Lippard Blog for pointing this out).
Riya CEO Munjal Shah has been blogging about his company's shift in strategy, moving from a focus on face recognition to visual Web search (see also my post from May 16 and recent posts from Mike Arrington and Matt Marshall, among others). "The idea is to do similarity search globally, both in faces and sections of photos," Shah said.
Things are not much better with my Stinkpad since yesterday. I call it a Stinkpad because the thing just came back from having it's LCD repaired.
Inspired by radio controlled model airplanes, HP is developing new fan technologies to cool hardware more efficiently. I talked to Wade Vinson, HP's fan man and thermal technologist, about the new fan technology, which he said will consume about a third of the power of current computer fans.
The Bluetooth SIG -- the chaperone of Bluetooth Standards -- has come up with a series of icons that could potentially allay some of the confusion over what it takes for two or more devices with Bluetooth radios in them to wirelessly interoperate with each other. They appear below.