Biometrics is a very fine security technology in principle, but it does pose some subtle hazards--not least of which is the potential loss of key body parts.
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I was in Salt Lake this morning for a meeting and stopped by the KCPW offices at Library Square to talk to the News Director, Bryan Schott. Bryan was telling me about Open Source, a radio program that they air in the evenings and it's innovative mix of podcasting, blogging, and radio programming.
Worth reading: Our resident software-as-a-service blogger Phil Wainewright offers his take on both salesforce.com's AppExchange and NetSuite's NetFlex platform.
Shock and awe is about the only phrase I can come up with to describe the success with which Apple is pushing its Fairplay-laden technology into the marketplace. Fairplay is Apple's form of digital restrictions management and is what keeps content that's purchased from the iTunes Music Store from playing on anything but what Apple says it can play on (eg: Apple's iPods).
Yesterday, my fellow ZDNet blogger George Ou provided a great series of screenshots of what happens when a widely used commerically available application (in this case Skype) triggers the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature (as it did) in Windows XP SP2.
Given my recent bet with Sun's Tim Bray, I'm definitely a bit more sensitized to anything that's related to NetBeans or Eclipse. So, when yesterday's announcement by development toolmaker Lattix entered my inbox bearing the title Lattix LDM for Eclipse Now Available, I figured why not give them a call to find out what the tool was for, if the company was supporting NetBeans as well, and why it picked Eclipse first.
Appistry (formerly Tsunami Research) is one of my favorite cool technology companies. Perhaps my most favorite of 2005 and this should be a really great year for them once a few more big shops discover what this company can do with ordinary iron (think dirt cheap or recycled PCs).
Marc Benioff outlined that latest info on the Winter '06 platform of salesforce.com and talked it up as the "Business Web"--on demand, software-as-a-service mixed with Web 2.
In the latest Gillmor Gang podcast, the Gang (Steve Gillmor, Doc Searls, Jon Udell, Mike Vizard, Dana Gardner (absent for this show), myself and guest Stephen Shankland of news.com discuss the aftermath of CES, Macworld and the Oracle/Sun happy talk.
Worth reading: George Ou ran into a security problem with the new version of Skype:I've been a huge fan of Skype in recent years because of their user friendliness and seamless encryption, but I was shocked to find that Skype 2.0 triggered a DEP (Data Execution Prevention) warning on my new computer running Windows XP SP2.