Worth reading: Jakob Nielsen has made a career out of analyzing Web site design. He, along with co-author Hoa Loranger, just published Prioritizing Web Usability (New Riders), which surfaces many of the major mistakes in Web site design and offers usability guidelines that might save us all from ugly and unfathomable sites.
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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.
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Marc Canter, the founder and CEO of Broadband Mechanics, is known in the industry as a techno rabble rouser, with an operatic voice. In 1984, he co-founded MacroMind, which became Macromedia in 1991, and has continued to pioneer multimedia authoring and standards.
As I've written many many times, digital rights management technology (DRM, also known as C.R.
Yesterday, I met with Brian Dear to catch up on progress with his event database platform and Web site. Since I wrote about his company EVDB when it launched in March 2005, the eventful.
I'm at the 15th Annual Conference on the World Wide Web, known as WWW2006, this week. Today I popped into the associated workshop on weblog ecosystems.
There is no question in my mind that Microsoft is getting security right and that this means there's trouble ahead for third party security providers. But is Microsoft's technical prowess enough to justify using its security solutions in lieu of those that come other providers?
Apparently, MTV didn't learn from Sony BMG's mistake. In that "don't shoot the messenger" case (where the messenger got shot), Sony's customers were outraged to find that the record label was including third party-provided rootkit technology (what I called a Trojan horse) on its CDs: a rootkit that did things to end-users' PCs that most end users wouldn't want done without their explicit consent (including exposing them to malware).
Consolidation in the software-as-a-service space took a step forward as RightNow acquired Salesforce.com competitor Salesnet.
Via Bob Sutor's blog comes a link to a post by Eclipse Foundation executive director Mike Milinkovich entitled Hell froze over. Writes Milinkovich: Our first ever committer from Sun committed code to CVS.
Per the promise of Motorola CEO Ed Zander last week at both JavaOne and Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Moto announced today that its Q smartphone is finally shipping and, not surprisingly, Verizon Wireless is the launch carrier. Sprint will very likely be next as the Q is CDMA-EVDO ready (Sprint and VZW are both on CDMA/EVDO).