The rumors have been flying around that Google will introduce a low-cost PC sold through mass market retailers like Wal-Mart. According to the sources-said report from the Los Angeles Times, the PC would run Google's Linux-flavored operating system and be tuned for online services.
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Tomorrow Intel is unveiling its new logos at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's not a big change, but it's part of the psychology of staying fresh--refurbishing the image in the new millenium and driving awareness.
Peter Quinn, the Massachusetts State CIO who led the charge to make public documents in Massachusetts truly open with ODF announced that he will resign on Jan 9th. In an interview with Groklaw, Quinn's former boss, Eric Kriss said that Quinn was uncomfortable with the personal attention surrounding the controversy: Peter is an IT professional who is not accustomed to the rough-and-tumble world of politics.
I've been surfing around this morning, checking out various lists of top stories in technology for this year and predictions for next year. Technology Review includes municipal Wi-Fi, silicon photonics, social machines (social media/Web 2.
It's seems normal that the year in technology ends with a critical Windows vulnerability. George Ou is setting the record straight on the critical WMF vulnerability, including the worthless fixes and the real fix, which results in Explorer being unable to display thumbnail images.
I was really glad to see Dave Winer say that, in his opinion, the problems that he and other people are having with their iPods and iTunes are DRM-related. Dave: It is the real culprit and your issues are real evidence of why the "R" in DRM stands for "restrictions" and not "rights.
While doing a little last minute Christmas shopping last week, I noticed a book called Spychips. The subtitle of the book is "How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move with RFID.
Yesterday, Salesforce.com posted a more complete explanation and a mea culpa for its Dec.
Phil Wainewright writes about the salesforce.com service outage that happened this week.
Under the questionable rubric of "Web 2.0" (see my treatise on the uncomputer), there have been a lot of events that, if you ask me, run incredibly counter to this new culture of open API provision and mashup development.