For the record, I don't believe that Massachusetts' technology decisions should be based on the preferences of companies that have large points of presence (and thus many employees) in that state. Technology choices should cross geographical boundaries and should be based on the technical (and legal) merits of the technology; not whether the contributors to it employ lots of local voters.
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Perhaps this blog entry should have been entitled "What the Senator didn't hear during Massachusetts' Halloween Hearing on the OpenDocument Format." But that would have been too long (for a headline).
In a world where humans play an exception handling role, email has become the primary means that business processes (sometimes in the form of our co-workers) use to get our attention. Build all the fancy workflow systems you want--email will still carry most of the workflow messages in your organization.
At the same time that Novell reported being $5 million the red (for Q4), restructured, and layed off hundreds of employees, it is also awarding its newest executive -- CTO Jeffrey Jaffe -- an incredibly lucrative compensation package. According to News.
As a result of our government's attempts to keep nature from running its course, I have a new motto: The bigger they regulate, the harder they fall. I was reminded by this InfoWorld story that it isn't just the Federal government that's trying to use legislation to keep a lid on offshoring.
Has the American media-megaplex forgotten how the owners of Revolutionary War-era newspapers were severely punished for speaking out against the colonial government?
Worth reading: I heard little about Intel's processor roadmap from CEO Paul Otellini's appearance at the Churchill Club, but Tom's Hardware has a comprehensive overview of Intel's plans over the next few years, including a new naming convention (Core) and a move to 45-nanometer manufacturing.
Via Dan Gillmor and Dave Winer, the Washington Post has a story detailing how the New Orleans' plans to blanket the city with free WiFi may have stepped on enough of Bellsouth toes to cause the local Baby Bell to withdraw its offer to help the city's police department get back on its feet. Says the Post story (see Angry BellSouth Withdrew Donation, New Orleans Says): ....
By way of a posting on Bruce Schneier's security blog (one of my favorites) which came by way of News.com (I know a circuitous route): The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves....
As my colleague David Berlind wrote in his post this morning, Intel has lost the high ground (performance benchmarks) to AMD in the expanding x64 processor world and is involved in a potentially explosive antitrust litigation with AMD. While AMD has picked up some significant market share, Intel is still cruising in terms of the volume lead.