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Hoo-ah! Brainiacs to ban laptops in classrooms?

A story made the rounds last week about how various colleges have either banned notebook computers from their classrooms, shut down their wireless networks, or are considering such moves in an effort to keep students focused.   This type of knee-jerk reaction reminds me of the sort of spirit that the company Websense kindles amongst its current a prospective customers (see Questionable $178B loss: Employee's fault?

May 8, 2006 by David Berlind

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Legal guidelines now available for podcasters who remix

Prefaced by a foreward that's written by Lawrence Lessig, a Podcasting Legal Guide was made available by Creative Commons, Vogele & Associates, and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard's Law School.  The guide which was apparently inspired by the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Legal Guide for Bloggers covers some of the typical gotchas that could result in legal trouble for podcasters.

May 8, 2006 by David Berlind


EC decision proves the value of an ISO standard

Perhaps the International Organisation of Standardization (the ISO) should rename itself to something more appropriate like the IMSO: The International Organisation of Multiple Standards.  After all, why bother issuing standards at all if, after ratifying one standard, it ratifies another for the same thing.

May 8, 2006 by David Berlind


Is it time to consolidate your Java apps? Onto a mainframe?

For the better part of three decades now, IBM's mainframes -- often referred to as big iron -- have been coming under assault from smaller iron: minicomputers and servers that may not by themselves have the sheer horsepower to keep up with a mainframe but can often get the job done, especially when a bunch of them work together on the same tasks (a technique known as scaling out).

May 8, 2006 by David Berlind

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Running .NET apps at the speed of accelerated Java

When most people talk about the integration of .NET and Java, the first thought that comes to mind is the XML-based services oriented architecture that Microsoft and IBM first had in mind when they formed the Web services Interoperability Organization (the WS-I).

May 5, 2006 by David Berlind


OnHollywood: Consumer generated media

The final panel at OnHollywood focused on "consumer generated media," which was the major undercurrent at the conference. As Ted Cohen of EMI Music said, "The audience is taking over the programming," creating and distributing content outside of the traditional entertainment industry channels.

May 5, 2006 by Dan Farber


Google-Yahoo-Microsoft. Net and DRM neutrality, Samsung Q1 and more...

This week on The Dan & David Show, we discuss Google in the enterprise and Google as an infrastructure provider to the planet; the potential shape of a Yahoo/Microsoft connection; and Microsoft's odds of remaking itself into a major media company. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's statement:"Ad-supported software services are an integral part of Microsoft's plans to give consumers access to a broader variety of digital media, whenever they want and on whatever device they prefer," said Ballmer.

May 5, 2006 by Dan Farber