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Document-centric vs. knowledge-centric IT

IBM's veep of open standards and open source Bob Sutor picked up on my discussion of why thinking in terms of documents (when designing collaborative infrastructures) is a trap that predisposes your IT to Draconian architectures when today's technologies can help you break that inefficient chain.  Knowledge centric thinking  is infrastructure agnostic.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind

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OpenDocument gets ratified by ISO: Whoop-ass or big whoop?

For proponents of the OpenDocument Format, the long wait from specification publication to supposed international standard is over.  Reports and press releases from all parties with an interest in ODF have been rolling in to inform the world that ODF now has the imprimatur of the International Organisation of Standardization.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind


On the other hand (re: Java-based client-side computing).....

If you've been following this blog for the last couple of days, then you know that I've been exploring (here and here) the possibility that now may good time to re-examine the possibility of developing some sort of standard thin (or rich) client architecture.  For all of its faults, AJAX is solving a very real problem and adding to Google Mail's usability.

May 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Is the Web the new Hollywood?

"The audience is taking over the programming," according to Ted Cohen,senior vice president of Digital Development and Distribution at EMI Music. "A few years ago we looked at litigating it, now we are looking at how to monetize it.

May 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Mark Cuban is Wrong

A few weeks ago, Mark Cuban blogged his thoughts on the challenges that broadcast TV networks face as they move towards the on-demand programming format of the Internet.  It's a provocative piece with a dire message, particularly as he concludes...

May 3, 2006 by Robert Young


Hollywood trying to play by new rules

Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive Media at News Corp, says that the multitude outlets--TV, syndication, DVD, Internet download, mobile phones, VOD, subscription--is changing the game. "Instead of taking programming and putting it on TV, now we have seven or eight different opportunities and all have revenue attached...

May 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


OnHollywood kick off keynote

AlwaysOn OnHollywood 2006 kicked off tonight at the historic Roosevelt Hotel (opened on May 16, 1927 with investors including Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Louis B. Mayer and Charlie Chaplin).

May 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


The coup is over: Record labels knuckle under to Apple

eWeek: Apple Computer has renewed contracts with the world's four largest music companies to sell songs through its iTunes Music Store, after blocking their attempts to end iTunes' flat-rate pricing scheme, Apple said on the end Apple had more negotiating power because of the dominance of its intertwined iPod player and iTunes service.

May 2, 2006 by David Berlind