OK, here's something new for Between the Lines. I'm calling it ZDNet's "threadlogs.
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
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David Berlind recently described the Microsoft Windows Media Juggernaut as "unstoppable." I'm inclined to agree.
Joe Firmage has spent the last five years and around $13 million, mostly his own money, trying to create the next generation of Internet navigation and a public/private partnership to build rich media content and a directory. His company, ManyOne Networks, has developed a browser (a variant of Mozilla) called "Universal Navigator" that adds new edge-caching technology to speed display, even for slow dial-up connections.
Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was in talks with Intel regarding usage of the latter's microprocessors. Today, Apple relies strictly on PowerPC chips from IBM but has had difficulty keeping pace with Intel-based competitors, particularly on the notebook front where the company has complained that IBM can't deliver a decent mobile offering.
Without specifically calling any particular journalist out (is he too chicken? why not a link to prove his point?
Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik has a known bias. During an interview with Mark Anderson at the Future in Review conference, Szulik said that open source is creating calamity and having corrosive effects on the existing incumbent proprietary software vendors with large installed bases of users.
Rick Rashid, head of research at Microsoft, was at the Future in Review conference talking about the precipitous drop in students majoring in science and engineering. He attributes the drop to misperceptions that engineering disciplines are not cool and that technology creates more problems than it solves.
Remember all the talk about outsourcing and offshoring, building virtual corporations in the same way Hollywood assembles disparate groups to make a movie? That’s become passé now, or at least more of a background to the larger issue of globalization.
The Future in Review panel entitled "The Future of WiMax" began with Nicolas Kauser, President, Clearwire saying that the wireless technology is overhyped and overpromised. The WiMax protocol 802.
I couldn't resist commenting on the latest phishing attempt to show up in my inbox. As with many phishing attempts, it displays a legitimate looking eBay URL.