As a part of what he says is his life's most important work, MIT Media Labs director Nicholas Negroponte is on course to deliver a $100 laptop to the people who need it most: the world's children. The first prototype, (pictured left, see more photos of it in ZDNet's online photo gallery) is on course to be shown-off for the first time on November 17 at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis.
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Must watch: I've seen Dick Hardt's presentation on the nature of digital identity evolve over the last several months, and the version available here really captures the complexities of participating in an online world and how identity is at the center of the Web experience. Dick is the founder and CEO of Sxip Identity, which he describes as an Identity 2.
So far, this is the best quote of the day from MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference: "It isn't the birthright of Americans to have a high standard of living, clean water, and good healthcare.
Equipped with my WiFi-enabled notebook computer, an extension cord (for power) and my Nikon D70 digital SLR camera, I'm at MIT's Emerging Technology Conference today (pictured right, MIT's Kresge Auditorium, the location of the event). I've already "Photoshopped" about 16 photographs that are currently being uploaded to ZDNet's online photo gallery of the event and more are on the way.
We just have to get those customer sites to saddle up and ride alongside the SOA bandwagon.
What is a business without a vibrant ecosystem? Barren and destined for oblivion.
According to a story in the Dubai-based Gitex Times, Intel is clearly taking the WiMax demonstration it first did in Las Vegas to the world. Said the report, "Intel stunned show delegates yesterday with the amazing capabilities of WiMax as it carried out the first regional demonstration of the solution.
A posting on Macworld.com contains a response from Apple executive Phil Schiller on the iPod nano complaints about screens that are easily scratched or broken.
Judging by my email, the number of Talkbacks, and our traffic reports, my story about how my $20,000 worth of audiophile gear can't play the 99 cent songs that I buy la carte struck a chord with a lot of people.
As long as Microsoft is unwilling to guarantee that documents created with its tools are readable from any platform, they should expect to be cut out of the public sector.