Worth watching: John Gage, chief researcher and vice president of the Science Office at Sun, interviews wiki inventor Ward Cunningham at the Computer History Museum last night. He explains the history and evolution of the wiki.
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Last year, Microsoft came out with an extension to RSS called Simple Sharing Extensions or SSE. Microsoft wisely published the extension under the Attribution-Share Alike Creative Commons license -- the same license under which RSS is freely usable.
During the conference call with the media, former Sun CEO and now Chairman Scott McNealy praised his replacement Jonathan Schwartz, saying that he had worked "pretty hard to get him into this role," spotting his talent and watching him through seven jobs at Sun in the last 10 years. "He and I can finish each others' sentences...
After ZDNet senior editor David Grober updated today's blog about Xerox CEO Anne Mulcahy with her photo, I wondered if perhaps these could all be the same woman? From left to right, Xerox turnaround artist Anne Mulcahy, HP turnaround wannabe Carly Fiorina, and the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee (according to Joe Trippi by way of Robert Scoble) Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I'm not singling out Google's Writely because I think it has a better shot against Microsoft's Office than any other Web-based contender. I just needed to pick one (of the many Web-based offerings) to make a point that Microsoft could be seriously shooting itself in the foot if what Gartner says is true.
Scott McNealy stepped Sun CEO after 22 years at the helm, replaced by President and COO Jonathan Schwartz today, after the company announced its quarterly results. McNealy will remain as chairman.
While I was on vacation last week, I noticed that Cory Doctorow issued a scathing review of Sun's Project DReaM in response to my podcast interview of Sun Labs director of engineering Tom Jacobs who heads up development of DReaM. Under the auspices of an organization called the Open Media Commons, Sun is pitching DReaM as an open standards and open source DRM (digital rights management) technology (I prefer the acronym C.
Silicon Valley polo players are replacing horses with Segways. At the Maker Faire, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discussed [video] how you can turn the $4,000 (or rent for $35 per hour) human transport machine in an agile, lightweight polo mount.
MySpace can dethrone iTunes
On April 13, the Churchill Club held a panel discussion, "Learning from the Masters: How America’s Highest Growth Companies Executed to Achieve Success." The panel discussed what it takes to create and build a $1 billion company.