It's always comforting to know that another reporter covering the technology sector has run into precisely the same problem I have (and that millions of other people are running into). It's a ridiculous problem that's easily solvable, and it just takes a handful of vendors to decide to solve it.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
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Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos shed some light on a number of topics, including Google’s soft underbelly, Microsoft, HP, Dell and IBM in an interview at the Vortex 2005 conference.
In one of his recent postings, ZDNet blogger Jason O'Grady considers the reasons that Motorola's ROCKR -- a recently released handset that's been dubbed as the "iTunes phone" -- is getting a cold shoulder from consumers. From my perspective, while it absolutely deserves the cold shoulder, it's getting it for all the wrong reasons (more on that in a second).
A story in InformationWeek is the first official news report offering some of the details behind a hearing that has been rushed onto Massachusetts' state Senate's docket regarding a recent decision by the Commonwealth's Information Technology Department (ITD) to standardize on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) for the creation, storage, editing, and retrieval of public documents.
Douglas Merrill, senior director, information technology at Google, entertained a sleepy Vortex 2005 crowd, offering a view into his company’s inner workings.
While Dan Farber was busy getting comment from Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie regarding the chances that Microsoft Office may one day support the OpenDocument Format (ODF), Corel officials were apparently preparing their official response to a report (seen here on ZDNet's Between the Lines) that the company decided to reaffirm its commitment to ODF after originally saying it wasn't ready for prime-time. That report, based on an e-mail to me from OpenOffice.
"It all comes down to leadership," is what Ray Ozzie, one of three Microsoft CTOs, has to say about how Microsoft will compete with Google and others who want to topple Microsoft. Ozzie is leading the charge across Microsoft to bring a service orientation into the Microsoft's development culture and products.
Virtual machine (VM) technology has been around for PCs for a long time. For me, it's been one of those technologies that I've heard about, wrote about, and even seen in demonstrations for almost as long as I can remember.
I talked with Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie prior to his interview on the stage at Vortex 2005 this morning about Microsoft supporting the Open Document Format (ODF) and addressing concerns of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ozzie told me that supporting ODF in Office isn't a matter of principle.
Apple's new iTunes puts the difference between digital identity and presence into sharp relief. Over at Tom on Identity, Tom points out that because he lives in the UK, iTunes won't let him download songs, let alone TV shows.