Baseline Magazine has come up with its list of the 100 Smartest Companies, but it's not evident that the top companies really have more brain power than the field. The rankings are based on the value that people, using the 'tools' available to them, bring to a company, measured ba a "knowledge value per employee" formula: First, subtract the company's shareholder equity from its market capitalization.
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In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Oracle helmsman Larry Ellison said that he wanted to sell a complete software stack (with an operating system and applications), just like Microsoft. It's the new notion of packaged software--one stop shopping for enterprises.
Technorati's Dave Sifry published the latest blogosphere stats based on his logs. The blogsphere is growing like a weed, over 86,000 blogs per day on average, according to Technorati data.
This week on The Dan & David Show, Dan joins me by phone from an undisclosed location in the foothills of the Pacific Northwest and we talk about Red Hat's acquisition of JBoss and Microsoft's rollout of an automatic patch to Internet Explorer -- what I'm calling the "Eolas patch" -- that adds more friction to an IE-based Web experience and that also puts a feather in Firefox's hat. Also on the agenda was Sun's project DReaM and Google's new jack-of-all-trades Calendaring service.
My fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou has raised an interesting question about the way the press handles security flaws in Internet Explorer (IE) versus the way it covers the same thing for Firefox. In using just the past couple headlines for each of the browsers (from two news sources) as proof points, the evidence is very anecdotal.
In March 2006, in a podcast interview with ZDNet, Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz dropped a hint that his company had something in the works that was very much like the Liberty Alliance (in the way that it undermined the usage of proprietary identity management systems like Microsoft's Passport), but for purposes of undermining proprietary digital rights management systems (DRM) like Apple's FairPlay instead.
Via ZDNet reader Steve Ackerman who called it "poetic justice" comes a pointer to a blog by anti-DRM crusader Cory Doctorow who (by way of circuitous route) picked up on intellectual property blogger (IP blog) Tom Giovanetti's DRM tale of woe. Officially, DRM stands for digital rights management.
Unbeknownst to most consumers, the world of cable TV is currently going through a technological and legal revolution that, if things continue on their present course, could render obsolete just about any device that can take a feed from a cable box. For example, your TV set.
Via email, I've received a somewhat fortuitously timed press release that discusses the lengths to which Microsoft and NEC have partnered to create a solution known as Active Upgrade -- a fault tolerant solution that allows Windows server administrators to avoid reboots after upgrades or patches are installed. According to the press release: NEC Solutions (America), Inc.
Although some are quick to credit the long term success and dominance of Microsoft Office (over the competition it devastated) to the unnatural advantage Microsoft may have afforded to it by way of undocumented Windows interfaces back in the 90's, it's impossible to rule out the one stop shop thinking that that applications from one operating system vendor will run better on that vendor's operating systems than will competing applications from a third party.