It's very rare that my good friend Charlie Cooper and I disagree on matters involving tech punditry. Where so many are quick to donne rose colored glasses around this or that deal or announcement, Coop and I have FDA-approved grey cloudy sky corneal implants from C&C, Inc.
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According to News.com's Stephen Shankland: Linux on desktop computers will begin taking off in mainstream markets in the next 12 to 18 months, Novell President Ron Hovsepian has predicted.
Via Dave Winer, Jeff Jarvis has penned a commentary on Disney's announcement that it will be making some of ABC's television programs viewable over the Internet. Wrote Jarvis: TV has finally exploded.
DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Pentagon) has called for proposals to develop "insect cyborgs" that could be used for remote-controlled reconnaissance ("bugs"). According to DARPA, "Through each metamorphic stage, the insect body goes through a renewal process that can heal wounds and reposition internal organs around foreign objects.
Via ZDNet News, Reuters has the details: Linux distributor Red Hat said on Monday that it signed an agreement to buy open-source company JBoss for at least $350 million, a move that expands Red Hat's product line and adds to its growth potential. The transcation is 40 percent cash and 60 percent in Red Hat stock, with an additional $70 million owed, subject to financial performance....
Infoworld's Dave Rosenberg:...it's not Novell that's going to buy JBoss, but the other big Linux guys, RedHat.
Webaroo is launching a new permutation on Web search, with a free service that scours a subset of the Web without a live Internet connection. Of course, the simple twist is that Webaroo allows users to download onto a laptop or mobile device, such as a smart phone, focused and algorithmically derived portions of the Web, called ‘web packs,’ for PCs (no Mac yet) on a variety of topics, such as sports, news and localities.
On the record: Following up on my post on remarks by the quotable Motorola CIO Toby Redshaw at Software 2006, Dan Bricklin did a podcast interview with him a few weeks ago, focusing on how his company uses wikis and blogs to further collaboration and innovation. Also, some bits on Redshaw's SOA initiatives.
Blogging for me will be light next week. Heading for the rainforest...
Two CIOs with $1 billion yearly budgets shared their thoughts on their brand of IT with moderator Erik Keller of Wapiti during a panel at Software 2006 this week. Toby Redshaw, corporate vice president, Corporate IT Strategy, eBusiness & Business Development at Motorola, said he brought down his IT spend from $1.