There are probably a lot of you youngsters out there that don't remember one small important step for mankind that Windows took around the time that Intel's 80386 started to dominate the market. Compared to it's 16-bit predecessor (the 80286), the 32-bit "386" enabled a breakthrough known as virtual device drivers or, in Windows parlance, VxDs.
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Here's a stone tablet's worth of rules that no IT shop can afford to break.
Last week, I took Bacon's Information to task for a Web crawler that wasn't behaving as nice as I'd have liked. I'm happy to say that contrary to my bias, they've been very helpful and responsive.
Time is money. So says fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou who wrote:...
It's very rare that my good friend Charlie Cooper and I disagree on matters involving tech punditry. Where so many are quick to donne rose colored glasses around this or that deal or announcement, Coop and I have FDA-approved grey cloudy sky corneal implants from C&C, Inc.
According to News.com's Stephen Shankland: Linux on desktop computers will begin taking off in mainstream markets in the next 12 to 18 months, Novell President Ron Hovsepian has predicted.
Via Dave Winer, Jeff Jarvis has penned a commentary on Disney's announcement that it will be making some of ABC's television programs viewable over the Internet. Wrote Jarvis: TV has finally exploded.
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Pentagon) has called for proposals to develop "insect cyborgs" that could be used for remote-controlled reconnaissance ("bugs"). According to DARPA, "Through each metamorphic stage, the insect body goes through a renewal process that can heal wounds and reposition internal organs around foreign objects.
Via ZDNet News, Reuters has the details: Linux distributor Red Hat said on Monday that it signed an agreement to buy open-source company JBoss for at least $350 million, a move that expands Red Hat's product line and adds to its growth potential. The transcation is 40 percent cash and 60 percent in Red Hat stock, with an additional $70 million owed, subject to financial performance....
Infoworld's Dave Rosenberg:...it's not Novell that's going to buy JBoss, but the other big Linux guys, RedHat.