We have met the network, and it is us -- a cautionary tale.
Between the Lines
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.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Like any company with a strong survival instinct, Microsoft is constantly looking for growth. The latest target is the amorphous mid-market, and Microsoft is launching a major initiative tomorrow (Wednesday), trotting out Gates, Ballmer and other executives to deliver the details.
If there ever was a value statement from a public official regarding the reasons for moving to open standards, perhaps that statement came from Eric Kriss, Secretary of Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Are you using LinkedIn, Plaxo, Orkut, or one of the umpteen contact management or Six-Degrees of Kevin Bacon-like business card exchanges? If there's someone you need an introduction to through someone else you know, chances are pretty good that you know the right people to make that introduction happen.
How do we get on those spam lists anyway? And if our names are being bought and sold, shouldn't we get a cut? Finally, should legislation have gone further by allowing spam recipients to do more than just unsubsribe to bulk e-mail they don't want?
The email shown below appeared in my inbox today. I get a lot of spam.
Redmonk James Governor suggests that new HP CEO Mark Hurd is using former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner's playbook--no glitz, glamor, trendiness, dissembling or philosophizing, just execute. James also floats a rumor: HP would acquire NCR (Hurd's former company) to bring Teradata and its enterprise analytical capabilities into the fold, as well as bustling point-of-sale and ATM equipment businesses.
Having automated configuration and installers, coupled with monitoring, remote management and remediation, will go a long way to making IT managers embrace open source solutions.
There's a bit of news on the the open source license non-proliferation front. Proliferation of incompatible open source licenses has balkanized the open source software community to a point that code isn't nearly as freely shareable as some people perceive it to be.
Apparently, my wife and I aren't alone. We know we can donate money to various organizations like the Red Cross.