The goal: To provide all the citizens of Philadelphia with Wi-Fi access to the Internet for around $20 per month. A worthy cause indeed, but to what end? And at what cost?
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.
A world where all software is open source and free, right up and across the stack, including the data and the business apps ... not in any of our lifetimes.
Sending a clear message to anybody who comes to the aid of a spammer by illicitly securing electronic IDs, New York U.S.
Salesforce.com announced impressive results today and announced two new facets of the business--mirrorforce and smashforce.
One sidebar to my last blog -- a discussion of Vista testing as well as a walk down memory lane -- was that when I decided to get an AMD 64-bit Turion-based notebook, my assumption was that I'd be able to find something in the 4-5 pound range. After all, according to AMD's positioning of the Turion, the 64-bit capable mobile processor is positioned for the thin and light notebook market.
After noticing how Doc Searls was doing a bit of reminiscing on his blog (warning, it takes you back to 1965), I realized that August 1995 -- exactly ten years ago -- is not a period of time I will soon forget. On August 24 in that year, the computer industry witnessed what, up until that time, was the most anticipated and most lavishly marketed product launch of all time -- Microsoft Windows 95.
The TeraGrid, a set of distributed compute resources established for scientific research, has received $150 million award, to be doled out over five years, from The National Science Foundation.
The latest slithering worms infecting Windows 2000 systems--and hitting systems at CNN, ABC and the New York Times--are the outcome of a duel between rival virus writers, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure. "There appear to be three different virus-writing gangs turning out new worms at an alarming rate, as if they were competing to build the biggest network of infected machines,"Hypponen said.
By way of ZDNet reader Darren Clarke comes a pointer to a news report on British tech site ComputerWeekly.com that has the details on why, after having once forsaken proprietary software for open source, the Central Scotland Police have ditched Plan A for Plan B: Microsoft (some open source will be kept).
SAP's new offering is going to be nothing more than a defensive play, like the current version of Microsoft CRM — a half-hearted answer to customers who enquire whether the vendor has an on-demand option.