Michael Kanellos ponders an alternate history of tech (a very brief alternate history that takes a page from Philip Roth's best seller, The Plot Against America), looking at the impact of a Moore's Law that wimped out in the 1990's, an Apple Computer that licensed the Mac OS, an IBM that didn't allow Microsoft to license the OS, a Digital Equipment that succeeded in the market, and a world without the mouse.
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In a lengthy article Carol Loomis of Fortune [sub required] dissects HP. It's not a pretty picture of Fiorina or HP...
Silicon.com's Ben King talks about how companies that have adopted voice over IP have decided to run separate networks for other data despite the inherent benefits of combining them.
The site of the open-source version of Solaris is open to the public, but not Solaris itself:Soon, you'll be able to download the OpenSolaris distribution. For now -- just to prove that we're serious -- we've made available the source code to DTrace ; it's available here under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) Version 1.
Using the headline "IBM goes silent on Linux desktop effort," ComputerWorld has published a report that IBM's strategic initiative to move thousands of its internal users onto Linux-based desktops is missing in action. According to the story, it has been more than a year since IBM's chairman and CEO, Sam Palmisano challenged the company, which has made Linux and open source central to its sales strategy, to migrate to Linux desktops by the end of 2005.
I've been fortunate enough to be in the middle (not physically, virtually) of Research in Motion (RIM) co-CEO Mike Lazaridis and Good Technology CEO Danny Shader as accusations have flown (and corresponding defenses have been mounted) between the two about what each has to offer.
In our sixth IT Matters podcast audio interview (download the MP3 or learn how to have them automatically downloaded while you're sleeping), Novell director of product marketing Charlie Ungashick stopped by to discuss Open Enterprise Server. OES is a brand new product that's currently in final beta and that Novell hopes to release by LinuxWorld in February.
In preparation for an audiocast interview that I'll be doing with the Anti-Phishing Working Group's chairman David Jevans, we discussed one of the oft-ignored downsides to phishing and how RSS could be the solution. Here's the gist.
If all goes as...