Boy it's been a busy week on the 3G front as the various notebook manufacturers race to offer notebooks with wireless broadband in them. Apparently, everyone is beginning to realize that there's some benefit to a country-wide hotspot.
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During his Oracle Openworld keynote, Larry Ellison outlined his major initiatives for the next 24 months. As I wrote earlier in the week, Oracle is becoming more stateman-like, talking about giving user choice, lifetime support (for a price as yet undetermined) and being a model open standards citizen.
Just when you thought anti-spyware technology was making it safe to compute again, researchers at the University of California have come up with a new form of spyware using some old technology: a microphone. According to a story on ScientificAmerican.
If you don't follow Bob Frankston's blog, it's worth a look. To know Bob, who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet (Dan Bricklin was the other guy), is to know a brilliant but tortured man.
Elinor Mills of news.com writes about Stephen Arnold's "The Google Legacy: How Google's Internet Search is Transforming Application Software," (available for $180 from the author), which posits that Google is building a highly scalable platform for virtual applications and services (VoIP, Wi-fi, content distribution, etc.
It's kind of screwed up if you think about it. In search of that zen feel where I can have the benefits of modern day audio/video in any room in my house, but without all sorts of unsightly equipment, wires, and splitters spilling out from the nooks and crannies of those rooms, I've already sunk nearly $20,000 into a state-of-the-art whole-home system and I'm not even done yet.
SCO, the company the has earned the emnity of the Linux community, is getting into a new business, a smartphone application platform and set of services. Me Inc.
Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld, Sun CEO Scott McNealy admitted his Steve Jobs envy and listed what he hoped would be his company's 'iPod moments.' He threw off a remark about selling thin clients as a service, a display grid at $1 per day.
Putting two and two together wasn't very difficult. IBM has practically been joined with Sun at the hip in applying a full court press on the recently OASIS "ratified" (OASIS isn't really a standards body) XML-based Open Document Format for saving files produced by productivity applications such as word processors and spreadsheets.
Updated 09/20/05 7:45 pm PST: It never rains in Southern California, except today. No matter.