I was contacted by a public radio reporter today to comment on the fifth anniversary of Apple's iPod and here is basically what I said:In the longstanding tradition of the Mac, Apple has done an absolutely brilliant job demystifying what is otherwise a complex technical process. It is only in recent years that some of the competing products have managed to catch up to the usability of the iTunes/iPod duo.
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According to a Reuter's report, Microsoft is saying that security solutions provider McAfee was out of line when it basically brushed off the software giant's promise to give third party security companies the information they need in order intercept certain security componentry in the 64-bit version of Windows Vista.
Zimbra, one of the poster children of cool for Web 2.0 applications, is more than just a pretty interface and collaboration and messaging platform with mashups (see Richard MacManus' review).
Bob Frankston, the guy who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet and who spearheaded Microsoft's original home network strategies, routinely rants about allowing intelligence into the middle of the Internet. To paraphrase his many essays, "things were working fine when nodes could just talk to each other without a monkey in the middle getting in the way to screw things up.
This week, for the Computer History Museum's fellow awards, I made a quick trip to California that took me from Boston's Logan Airport to San Francisco International Airport and back again in under two days. For me, it was the first time I had liquids or gels in my bags since the TSA's new liquid/gel rule went into effect.
While attending the launch party for IE 7 last night around the corner from our ZDNet offices, I asked Gary Schare, director IE product management, what's coming next for Microsoft's browser. Before he addressed that question, he told positioned IE 7 as a "no-brainer" upgrade for IE 6 users for its security and new features.
Robert Kahn was one of the industry titans that was awarded one of the Computer History Museum's Fellow Awards on Tuesday night (earlier this week). Kahn's resume places him squarely at ground zero of the innovation on which most of the Internet and the Web is based.
Back in April 2004, I wrote about HP's vision for utility computing and how the company was looking to make compute resources available and billable on an on-demand basis. One of the questions I had for HP at the time is what the billable unit of measure might be when you look aggregate the variety of compute resources that on-demand computing requires into something as simple as a kilowatt.
TechWorld's Matthew Broersma writes:A leaked letter to the European Commission has revealed the extent of lobbying by proprietary software groups to prevent the widespread adoption of open-source software....Sent in response to a recent report on the role of open-source software in the European economy, Microsoft-funded pressure group, the Initiative for Software Choice (ISC) warned of potentially dire effects if too much encouragement was given to open source software development....
This week on the Dan & David Show, we check out Internet Explorer 7, which was officially released into the world at 5 PM PST on Wednesday. It's a major improvement to IE 6, but it doesn't leapfrog Mozilla.