Ever since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' definition of an open standard was thrust into the spotlight as the state's IT department looked to establish the OpenDocument Format as the standard file format for electronically saving and retrieving state documents, the definition of what it means for something (a standard, source code, etc.) to be "open" has been a hot topic.
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Yesterday, after a long public comment period, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released a second draft proposal for version 3 of the GNU General Public License (the GPL). With many of the public comments focusing on the way the initial draft may have over-reached in its restrictions on the mixture of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology with GPL-licensed software, the second draft looked to assuage those concerns with toned-down language.
Redmonk analyst and James Governor posts (here and here) about his visit with at SAP's Walldorf, Germany headquarters with Nils Herzberg, chief operating officer for industry solutions within Product & Technology Group. "He is the kind of guy that you need to talk to if you really want to understand SAP," James says.
Three of the search engine kings (Microsoft was missing) held court during an AlwaysOn Stanford Summit this afternoon, discussing the state of search technology. Bambi Francisco of Marketwatch led the conversation with (from right below) Usama Fayyad, Chief Data Officer at Yahoo; Jim Lanzone.
As Dan Farber mentioned earlier this week, HP acquired Mercury. Not long ago, of course, Mercury acquired Systinet, who's product line includes a very capable SOA registry (I reviewed Systinet's registry last year for InfoWorld.
The ebullient Steve Wozniak closed out the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, talking about the early days of Apple and his post-Apple activities. You can read all about it soon.
George Gilder revisited his trope about all optical networks, with software hardening at the center and trusted platform hardware softening at the edges, during his panel on securing the Intenet at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit. "Moving security all the way to the edge seems to me to be a better solution than giant routers in the center of the network," Gilder said.
In this third caught-on-tape installment (#1 T-Mobile, #2 Ticketmaster) in of a series of IT Matters podcasts I'm calling The Support Files, I've got Bank of America on tape giving me blantantly false information about the customer service phone numbers on the back of its ATM cards.
Bob Suh, chief technology strategist at Accenture, doesn't believe the U.S.
Speaking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit, George Gilder summed up what he termed "life after the telephone": The essense of what's happening is that software is hardening in the center of the network and hardware is softening on the edge of the network. Hard-wired television and telephony is giving way to the teleputer.