When Bob Frankston isn't busy figuring out how to fix the Internet (he loves to tell you what's wrong with it), he's tinkering with bleeding edge technologies, often to see how well they interoperate. Two wireless technologies Frankston has been playing around with are EV-DO and Bluetooth.
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.
Last week I wrote about fixing HP's problems, and News.
Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is a lightweight publishing protocol that allows blogs and other news sources to make their content available to newsreaders. A newsreader lets you painlessly click through the aggregated contents of dozens of RSS feeds without the inconvenience (infeasibility, really) of repeatedly visiting dozens of web sites.
A letter from Philadelphia Councilman Frank Rizzo denouncing the city's controversial Wi-Fi plan has surfaced as an editorial in the Chicago Tribune, Wi-Fi Net News reports. While Rizzo isn't injecting any fuel into the ongoing political debate over municipal Wi-Fi, he is questioning the cost of the project.
Just about everywhere you look on the Internet, in newspapers and magazines, and even on TV, you'll see new and innovative products being showered with accolades and awards. As a former lab director at Ziff Davis, I was a part of the testing and reviews engine that hoisted great products onto the pedestal while raking the poorly done ones through the coals.
The U.S. tech industry, as represented by North American universities, is demonstratively losing it edge.
Calling Vonage "the Amazon of VoIP," arecent article in Governing magazine discusses the issues surrounding theregulation and taxation of VoIP. The reason for the Amazon comparisonis a feeling in the minds of State government officials that this"problem" is analogous to the issues States have in collecting sales taxrevenues on eCommerce sales.
Comparisons of Linux versus Windows (and open source to close source) just ain't what they used to be. In the old days, it was just one invective after another coming from both sides of the fence.
In his relatively new gig (Grassroots Journalism), Dan Gillmor is developing a knack for calling out over-the-top excessiveness when it's begging to be called out. It's the main reason I follow Gillmor's blog.
The OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board (CAB) was announced this week, which will play a key role in how Sun's unleashed Linux competitor evolves in the market of free software.