There was a period -- a long period at that -- when Microsoft was viewed as the evil empire of identity. So dasterdly was its Passport technology, some felt, that Microsoft's identity strategy had to be about a continuation of its domineering practices.
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Brian Dear, founder and CEO of EVDB, debuted a new kind of personalized event database here at PC Forum. Based on a beta demo of the Web-based service, EVDB has all the elements you would look for in a Web 2.
Palm creator Jeff Hawkins' presentation was a highlight today at PC Forum. He has been trying to decode how the brain works and is now looking to create software based on brain neocortex functions that could be applicable to artificial intelligence and structured data problems, vision, language, robotics and predicting weather and market trends.
The Healthcare panel at PC Forum dealt with the challenges using IT as a cure for what ails the system. Carol Diamond of the Markle Foundation lamented that IT hasn't made it to healthcare.
The technology landscape is, yet again, undergoing some rapid and massive shifts. The world finally succumbed to the gravity of the Internet and the resulting democratization of information, business, and technology is giving birth to new global markets and huge opportunity.
You can tell things have changed at SAP when the company has a senior vice president of platform ecosystem development. The company, which built its business on creating enterprise-class, mostly monolithic software was seriously bitten by the loosely coupled, Web services, development kit bug with the 2002 introduction of NetWeaver.
During this morning's PC Forum session, the articulate Symantec CEO John Thompson was talking about how the industry is address the scourge of phishing attacks, which are out of control.
As an event, Esther Dyson's PC Forum is one of hottest annual tickets in the technology and venture capital worlds. The gathering plays host to some of the most successful technologists in the world, some of the most outspoken visionaries, as well as startups that are surviving on second mortgages and credit cards in hopes of scoring some funding.
During the Q&A of the opening session at PC Forum today, Steve Ward, who is heading up the combined Lenovo/IBM PC company was asked by former IBMer John Patrick about the fate of the vaunted ThinkPad notebook, which many of the attendees were typing on as the panelists spoke. Ward pronounced that "ThinkPads will be forever.
Following two keynotes, one by Howard Gardner and the other by Andrew Stern, and then Esther Dyson's Q&A with Yahoo's Jerry Yang, education was clearly a hot button amongst the attendees on opening afternoon here at PC Forum.