Technology has improved our world in so many ways. When they work, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings with audible cues for those with visual impairments are but one example of the many simple successes of societal automation.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
In a commentary about the potential mandating of Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking devices in cars, News.com's Declan McCullagh must have been gnashing his teeth when he wrote: Trust federal bureaucrats to take a good idea and transform it into a frightening proposal to track Americans wherever they drive....
Sun has started shipping some systems based on its UltraSparc T1 processor (see the news story) with claims of "blowing away" industry standards for performance, setting seven world record benchmarks and delivering a five-fold performance increase at one-fifth the power consumer versus Dell, HP and IBM systems. The 'T' in T1 technically stands for 'Throughput,' but from its marketing stance, Sun might as well call it the 'Terminator.
For the record, I don't believe that Massachusetts' technology decisions should be based on the preferences of companies that have large points of presence (and thus many employees) in that state. Technology choices should cross geographical boundaries and should be based on the technical (and legal) merits of the technology; not whether the contributors to it employ lots of local voters.
Perhaps this blog entry should have been entitled "What the Senator didn't hear during Massachusetts' Halloween Hearing on the OpenDocument Format." But that would have been too long (for a headline).
In a world where humans play an exception handling role, email has become the primary means that business processes (sometimes in the form of our co-workers) use to get our attention. Build all the fancy workflow systems you want--email will still carry most of the workflow messages in your organization.
At the same time that Novell reported being $5 million the red (for Q4), restructured, and layed off hundreds of employees, it is also awarding its newest executive -- CTO Jeffrey Jaffe -- an incredibly lucrative compensation package. According to News.
As a result of our government's attempts to keep nature from running its course, I have a new motto: The bigger they regulate, the harder they fall. I was reminded by this InfoWorld story that it isn't just the Federal government that's trying to use legislation to keep a lid on offshoring.
Has the American media-megaplex forgotten how the owners of Revolutionary War-era newspapers were severely punished for speaking out against the colonial government?
Worth reading: I heard little about Intel's processor roadmap from CEO Paul Otellini's appearance at the Churchill Club, but Tom's Hardware has a comprehensive overview of Intel's plans over the next few years, including a new naming convention (Core) and a move to 45-nanometer manufacturing.