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.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
The Zimbra Gang is at it again. After making waves with its mashed up, open source email/calendar collaboration suite and Zimlets, the company is adding new Web applications (what might as well be called Zimbra Calc and Zimbra Write) and ALE (AJAX Linking Embedding), a compound HTML document framework for embedding and linking AJAX components.
News.com executive editor Harry Fuller just walked into my office to tell me how General Motors still has a Web site up hosting dozens of negative ads about the Chevy Tahoe 72 hours after the unflattering and sometimes raunchy, x-rated content about the gas guzzling SUV appeared.
I've been following the work of Charles Simonyi since his early days (Xerox Parc), Microsoft days (Word and Excel) and now Intentional Software days. In fact, I've been waiting for some news that Intentional, where Simonyi is President and CEO, has come up with the breakthrough technology to transform the act of programming.
This is actually a question that I was giving a lot of thought to while recovering from back surgery? Why?
The New York Times redesigns its online site (the first major one in five years) to make the reader experience "simpler and more useful," including links to the most blogged articles, topic pages, personal pages with guidance from NYT editors and more emphasis on multimedia content. All very nice, but still basically the print publication augmented online.
It's been two weeks since my back surgery and while it hasn't exactly been a vacation, I have been taking the time to do and pay attention to things that don't require a lot of sitting (the hardest thing to do). It's relatively easy to click around on a computer while lying down.
While reading yesterday's Boston Globe, I read with great interest a story about the tug-of-war over the Massachusetts Bay Charter. Written in the early 1600's, the Massachusetts Bay Charter came from the throne of England and gave the settlers rights to create their own government.
Earlier this year, Dan Bricklin called me up to say that he had attended a BoomersTV party in Boston and that he took the opportunity to interview John Osborne, a Boston area-based video and audio production professional who has been doing on-location recording for reality shows and documentaries for more than 20 years.
Placebase launched a commercial alternative to Google Maps, Pushpin LE. It "embraces" the Google Map API, but unlike Google it offers non-advertising, non-branded or customer-branded maps, licensing for any application, service level agreements and support services.