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PC Forum: The paradox of choice

PC Forum kicked off this afternoon with Esther's introduction of the "users in charge" theme.  It's a new culture of catering to users--not big banks, advertisers and others who have wielded power in the past, Esther said.

March 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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The mental typewriter

Check out the Berlin Brain-Computer Interface, also known as the "mental typewriter." Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin and Charité, the medical school of Berlin Humboldt University, demonstrated the device at CeBit last week.

March 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Crazy Egg Web page tracker teaser

Now that tens of millions of people have Web pages to track, Crazy Egg has come up with an Ajaxian tracker, which records all the clicks by visitors on your Webafirma. It can also produce a heat map overlay of traffic patterns for a page.

March 12, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Coming up: PC Forum

On Monday and Tuesday I'll be blogging from Esther Dyson's PC Forum (disclosure: PC Forum is part of CNET Networks) at a (hopefully) sunny resort near San Diego. The theme is "Erosion of Power: Users in Charge" (Esther and I discussed the topic in this podcast).

March 10, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Wyse CEO proclaims 'perfect storm' for thin clients

A few weeks ago I interviewed John Kish, CEO of Wyse Technology, which has been pushing the thin client computing model for more than a decade. In the video interview, Kish said that with the increase in network bandwidth and the advent of new virtualization technologies, everything running on a PC can be hosted securely and centrally on a network.

March 10, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Writely, Live Clipboard, IDF, Origami, bad Wi-Fi, attention, intention and more...

In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we start up with a rant about the lack of reliable Wi-Fi at industry events (bring your own EVDO). Then we get into the news of the week, starting with the implications of the Google/Writely combo, Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard product announcements, and the latest in the Open Document Format battlezone.

March 10, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Inside Intel's Developer Forum

Insight64's Nathan Brookwood gives me the lowdown and what transpired at the Intel Developer Forum this week. In our podcast, he explains the new Core Microarchitecture, which will underpin Intel's multicore, energy efficient chip families, and how Intel's processor roadmap stacks up against what AMD's.

March 10, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Writely = Microsoft's Pearl Harbor?

In response to my post Blog swarm on Writely, Gary Edwards (who is steeped in OpenDoc and OpenOffice) penned this TalkBack:To understand why this deal is Peal Harbor for Microsoft, and a declaration of all out war for Google, i think one has to make a leap and consider that this isn't about applications. It's about the quality of the information experience one can find at Google, or, through the costly nightmare of maintaining a similar experience through revolving MS shrinkware.

March 9, 2006 by Dan Farber

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