News.com's Paul Festa has a story that shines the spotlight on the extended beta periods that service offerings from companies like Google and Flickr are going through.
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As someone who'd been involved in Utah's high tech industry for a dozen years, I watched the founding and growth of Ray Noorda's Canopy Group with some interest and excitement. Before there were many VCs in Utah, Canopy was there, funding start-ups.
Slashdot: The New York Times has an article revealing a disturbing fact of workplace life: software applications software do an excellent job of distracting us. The endless bombardment of email notifications, pop-ups, and automatic updates, and not to mention those self-enforced distractions such as checking the weather forecast during a coffee break, is stripping away attention from work tasks.
If you are a Nextel subscriber like I've been for close to three years, then you were probably cursing everytime you left Nextel's coverage area. Nextel's phones, which are based on Motorola's iDen technology, aren't like those from any other US-based wireless carrier.
News.com put together a collection of quotes covering the period of Carly Fiorina's six-year reign at HP that show the roller coaster ride that came to a halt today.
Now that Carly Fiorina is part of the HP legacy, who will be the next CEO? As Fiorina has experienced, running a complex, global tech company with 150,000 employees in 170 countries and $80 billion in revenue, and a soup to nuts product set ranging from consumer cameras to high-end enterprise servers, is no picnic, even if you are well compensated.
Nice guys finish last. Of course, in the case of HP's now ex-CEO Carly Fiorina, maybe that should be "gals.
I'm at GlobusWorld in Boston, where a relatively small herd of grid lovers has gathered to get an update on the state-of-the-state of the fundamentally disruptive technology (disruptive to most existing compute paradigms). I took meetings with the Enterprise Grid Alliance, MCNC (its grid-enabled North Carolina-wide backbone network is one of the more advanced of its kind in the world) and an outfit with some way-cool "hive computing" technology called Tsunami Research.
With so many things going on at once for Sun Microsystems, it was only a matter of time before another Sun big gun was enlisted to help load balance the blarketing (blogs+marketing) that the company's COO and president Jonathan Schwartz has so far been handling single-handedly.