Dovetailing my blog post from yesterday about why an Intel acquisition of Nvidia makes sense (answer: appliance innovators need a flexible platform that's not a PC motherboard that gets them 95 percent of the way "there"), this post gives an example of the sort of appliance I was thinking about.
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Back when I first started complaining about how a 99 cent song (purchased at the iTunes Music Store) couldn't be played back on my $20,000 whole-home entertainment system (a shining example of the problem with DRM technology), a bunch of people suggested that I could legally buy music that would work from a Russian-based source of unprotected MP3 files called AllofMP3.com.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign.
Launched today, Google is making the rounds talking about it's newest search product: Google CodeSearch. To find out more about it, I interviewed Google product manager Tom Stocky.
Last night I attended a dinner to celebrate the release of The Business of Changing The World: Twenty Great Leaders on Strategic Corporate Philanthropy, a book by salesforce.com's Marc Benioff (written with Carlye Adler) that covers corporate philanthropy, with essays by Michael Dell, Craig Barrett (Intel), Mike Eskew (UPS), Jean-Pierre Garnier (GlaxoSmithKline), Phil Marineau (Levi Strauss), Steve Case (AOL) and a dozen other executives.
Fellow ZDNet blogger Denise Howell and I went to an AttentionTrust luncheon, where Michael Goldhaber decoded the concept of attention and Seth Goldstein and Steve Gillmor rolled out some AttentionTrust and GestureBank announcements. Denise covers Goldhaber's talk and the Goldstein/Gillmor announcements with her usual thoroughness.
Forbes.com's Mary Crane: Nvidia shares soared on Wednesday following rumors of a possible takeover by Intel.
PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield and friends have been working in their post-Oracle era on a new set of enterprise applications built from the ground up on modern technology--XML, SOA, Web services--to enable an "innovative core design." The Workday Web site has a preview, but it's more of a statement of position--no screenshots, test drives or other useful data.
A few days ago, I wrote about the GuruLib library system. There were some things I liked and several I didn't.
Regarding Massachusetts' loss of two CIOs in a year, Michael Krigsman who authors a blog about software implementation failures (eeek, grim topic to be passionate about... more power to ya Mike) writes:These two embattled CIOs obviously believe that Massachusetts does not properly support the state’s strategic IT initiatives.