This is my second media juggernaut story, so I'm going to turn it into a series. Why not?
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.
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Right now, I'm cursing both ZDNet's search facility and Google because neither are turning up a story that I wrote several eons ago about SPARC, Intel x86 and the definition of a real standard [Update 6/10/2005: ZDNet reader Brian Green found it]. I have Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos to thank for sending me on the wild goose chase.
Dan Gillmor has rightly picked apart a scoop conspiracy on the Apple-Intel story. He notes how, in the process of undeservedly patting itself on the back, the Wall Street Journal quoted Steve Jobs as saying "Most of you are hearing about this for the first time, unless you read The Wall Street Journal.
Despite the fact that smaller, handheld screens are outnumbering desktops, Microsoft Research has a thing for big screens. I visited the Redmond research offices and almost every office had two or three screens lined up side by side.
Steve Jobs' reputation as an idealist and a control freak precedes him everywhere he goes. Before yesterday, if you asked the age-old question of why other companies like Dell (ones that are better at minimizing hardware manufacturing costs) don't make computers that run Apple's operating systems, they would have no choice but to make a pit stop at the PowerPC question.
A Spanish designer has created a smart washing machine that uses a fingerprint sensor to identify its users and ensure that the same person doesn't do laundry twice in a row. The apparent intent is to enforce a fix for a long-standing perceived gender imbalance, to wit: Women always do the laundry while men, for their part, tend to contribute by watching football.
The morning after of the Apple/IBM tryst is full of pundits explaining why they got it wrong when they dismissed the notion of such a union. Michael Kanellos offers his entertaining mea culpa ("They say animals can sense things early, but I completely ignored the fact that two weeks ago my cat started drinking coffee and fiddling with the band saw.
Tim O'Reilly and Where 2.0 conference co-chair Nat Torkington held a conference call last week for journalists looking to get a leg up on what to expect from the new event when it opens in San Francisco on June 29.
Over at the IT Garage, Doc Searls goes through some history of Microsoft's InfoCard initiative and asks some good questions. InfoCard is an identity metasystem that Doc correctly describes as a "barn raising project" led by Microsoft.
While Apple and Intel CEOs Steve Jobs and Paul Otellini took the stage at Apple's WorldWide Developer Conference to make their partnership official and to discuss just exactly what the future holds, the blogosphere and the analysts are all abuzz with the analyses of what went wrong between Apple and IBM and what, if anything, will change significantly for current and future Apple customers.