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Windows Live: Fresh look but same walled garden?

CNET Reviews has a series that gives individual coverage of some of the Windows Live components that Microsoft has released to the public.  The last two additions to the series -- one for the Windows Live Toolbar and the other for the Windows Live Mail Desktop beta -- were published last week.

July 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Red Hat: Xen virtualization tech not ready for prime time

According to ZDNet Australia's Renai LeMay: The Xen open-source virtualization environment is not yet ready for enterprise use, a senior Red Hat executive has said, despite "unbelievable" customer demand and the fact that Novell has already started shipping the software....

July 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Will banks make federal Web security deadline?

By way of its sister publication ComputerWorld, InfoWorld has a report card on how banks are doing in terms of meeting a multifactor online banking authentication deadline that was issued by the Feds last October.  But after reading the report, you can't help but wonder if the banking industry has a bit of a laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing.

July 31, 2006 by David Berlind


Second Life: Millionaires and virtual training

We have two new videos about the Second Life phenomenon. In the first video, Linden Labs CEO Phillip Rosedale predicts that someone working in his company's virtual Second Life environment will become a millionaire.

July 28, 2006 by Dan Farber

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AMD/ATI, YouTube, GPL v.3, Dabble and more...

 This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss the AMD/ATI tie up (aligned to fight what AMD CEO Hector Ruiz called the monopoly, aka Intel), HP's logical purchase of Mercury, the latest on YouTube and the release of Dabble, a new media search community. David also shares more of his tales of unsatisfactory customer support experiences.

July 28, 2006 by Dan Farber

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The Gates/Ozzie equation: (software + services) (servers = service)

In September 2005, Bill Gates promoted the formula: server = services as part of the Microsoft Live rollout He described the server = services as follows: The architecture we are interested in we call server-equals-service, so that we will have the full Exchange capability that you can subscribe to, where we run it, or you can have it on-premise with the traditional licensing approach.  ...

July 28, 2006 by Dan Farber


Open Source Initiative gets into the game of defining 'open'

Ever since the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' definition of an open standard was thrust into the spotlight as the state's IT department looked to establish the OpenDocument Format as the standard file format for electronically saving and retrieving state documents, the definition of what it means for something (a standard, source code, etc.) to be "open" has been a hot topic.

July 28, 2006 by David Berlind


Controversy over GPLv3 draft reflects the 'incompatibility' of DRM with open source

Yesterday, after a long public comment period, the Free Software Foundation (FSF) released a second draft proposal for version 3 of the GNU General Public License (the GPL).  With many of the public comments focusing on the way the initial draft may have over-reached in its restrictions on the mixture of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology with GPL-licensed software, the second draft looked to assuage those concerns with toned-down language.

July 28, 2006 by David Berlind


The Governor's visit to SAP

Redmonk analyst and  James Governor posts (here and here) about his visit with at SAP's Walldorf, Germany headquarters with Nils Herzberg, chief operating officer for industry solutions within Product & Technology Group. "He is the kind of guy that you need to talk to if you really want to understand SAP," James says.

July 28, 2006 by Dan Farber


AlwaysOn: In search of better search

Three of the search engine kings (Microsoft was missing) held court during an AlwaysOn Stanford Summit this afternoon, discussing the state of search technology. Bambi Francisco of Marketwatch led the conversation with (from right below) Usama Fayyad, Chief Data Officer at Yahoo; Jim Lanzone.

July 27, 2006 by Dan Farber