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Microsoft details frugal licensing policy for Virtual PC on Vista

Since I've been recommending the use of client/side virtual machine (VM) technologies such as VMware Workstation or Virtual PC for running all of your applications on your Windows PCs, I decided to check with Microsoft to find out the exact details on Microsoft's policy regarding the practice. I don't want any one getting into legal trouble as a result of my recommendation.

March 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Higgins and Vendor Sports

A few days ago IBM, Novell, and Harvard's Berkman Center announced the Higgins Project.  Higgins is a "user-centric identity" system that will be open source and managed by the Eclipse Foundation.

March 3, 2006 by Phil Windley

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Dogster or Newsvine in the Fox Interactive house?

Still speculating on who Fox Interactive has acquired, but won't reveal for a few weeks, Jeff Nolan is betting on Dogster, but also thinks that Tagged, Skobee or Meetro could be the target. Newsvine has also been mentioned.

March 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Fox Interactive buying up Web 2.0 companies

During an interview conducted by Mike Arrington of TechCrunch at the IBDNetwork Under the Radar event,  Ross Levinsohn, president of Fox Interactive, just said that he had bought one of the companies in the room (still finishing the paperwork), but didnt' say who. He has a $2 billion war chest to buy new companies, and went on to say he would bet that he will buy five more companies in the room.

March 2, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Google trots out execs to quell analyst jitters

Worth reading: transcribes portions of the a four-hour meeting today with analysts at its Mountain View headquarters, trying to make course corrections after comments by the company's CFO earlier this week sent the shares on a downward spiral.

March 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


Outsourcing: Born of incompetence?

There's a good discussion going on over in Paul Murphy's blog about the pros and cons of outsourcing your mission-critical IT functions. Murphy, never one to pull a punch, started things off with this:Outsourcing is a solution to internal incompetence at either, or both, the business and IT levels...

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McNealy pitches Solaris to HP's Hurd

Just as HP and Intel, along with Oracle, are about to have their Itanium lovefest, Sun CEO Scott McNealy (pictured at the SunRay keyboard presumably typing his letter) fired off his public letter to HP CEO Mark Hurd, encouraging him to shelve HP-UX for Itanium and adopt Solaris 10. Here's the gist of his note:We propose an alternative - that Sun and HP commit to converge HP-UX with Sun's flagship volume UNIX, Solaris 10.

March 1, 2006 by Dan Farber