Larry Dignan

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FSF's Stallman pitches new definition for C.R.A.P.

If you've been following any of the news regarding the now draft version 3 of the GNU General Public License, then you also know by now that the Free Software Foundation and its leader Richard Stallman are looking to prevent the mashing up of GPL'd software with digital rights management (DRM) technology (see TiVo in unenviable role as GPL3 vs. DRM guinea pig).

February 14, 2006 by David Berlind


InfoCards on the Vista horizon

Speaking at the RSA conference in San Jose, Bill Gates said that he now has the right weapons to supplant the password for verifying identities over the next few years. Vista will include InfoCards, technology that gives users the capability to manage authentication and payment information.

February 14, 2006 by Dan Farber


Microsoft and speciation

Following Jonathan Schwartz's keynote at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco this morning, Bill Hilf, Microsoft director of platform technology strategy, gave a presentation about coopetition, or how to best to live in a Microsoft world. He offered kumbaya bullet points such as "patience is key," "learn what you can handle," and "invest in people smarter than you.

February 14, 2006 by Dan Farber


Seeding the planet with OpenSparc

Speaking at the Open Source Business Conference, Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz reprised his FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) and ‘free leads to volume’ themes and announced that the Sparc processor will be open sourced under the GPL license. “The most popular products in world will be free—whether they are open source is more of sideshow,” Schwartz said.

February 14, 2006 by Dan Farber


On high-tech hematology

According to New Scientist (Jan. 28 to Feb. 3, 2006), a South African inventor has developed a watch that automatically sticks you every six hours (with an 0.

February 13, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


ENIAC: One of the first computers turns 60 has a package commemorating the 60th anniversary of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first electronic computer that could handle large scale calculations.

February 13, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Will BofA's SiteKey thwart phishing attempts?

If they haven't noticed already, customers of Bank of America's online banking services will start getting prompted to enter what the financial institution is referring to as "sitekey" information.  The last time I wrote about BofA (see BofA TV ad explains why IT matters), it took over a week for me get answers from the company's PR department.

February 13, 2006 by David Berlind


What's wrong with this cell phone picture?

Although many will find Steven Zenith's writeup of his gadget-loving girlfiend's (over on Bayosphere) latest acquisition (a Sony-Ericsson smartphone) to be entertaining, I found it to be incredibly frustrating.  Wrote Zenith of his significant other's jubilant honeymoon with her new toy: ...

February 13, 2006 by David Berlind


Scalix scales up email

Scalix is ratcheting up its quest to move deeper into Microsoft Exchange territory as well as into the growing market for super slick Web and wireless clients. I spoke with Scalix founder and chief strategy officer Julie Hanna Farris (at right, photo taken at Demo 2006) about the latest release of Scalix’s Linux-based email platform.

February 12, 2006 by Dan Farber


BEA's Breya down on JBoss

Marge Breya, BEA senior vice president and chief marketing officer, called me after reading my post about Oracle's reported acquisition hunger for open source companies, including JBoss. She's not a fan of JBoss, a BEA competitor, especially after doing due some due diligence on the open source company.

February 10, 2006 by Dan Farber