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IBM cites local employee base in appeal to Massachusetts Governor

For the record, I don't believe that Massachusetts' technology decisions should be based on the preferences of companies that have large points of presence (and thus many employees) in that state.  Technology choices should cross geographical boundaries and should be based on the technical (and legal) merits of the technology; not whether the contributors to it employ lots of local voters.

December 5, 2005 by David Berlind


SNARFing email

In a world where humans play an exception handling role, email has become the primary means that business processes (sometimes in the form of our co-workers) use to get our attention.  Build all the fancy workflow systems you want--email will still carry most of the workflow messages in your organization.

December 5, 2005 by Phil Windley


Still in the red, Novell gives new CTO $1.875M comp package

At the same time that Novell reported being $5 million the red (for Q4), restructured, and layed off hundreds of employees, it is also awarding its newest executive -- CTO Jeffrey Jaffe -- an incredibly lucrative compensation package. According to  News.

December 5, 2005 by David Berlind


Can anti-offshoring legislation really help?

As a result of our government's attempts to keep nature from running its course, I have a new motto: The bigger they regulate, the harder they fall. I was reminded by this InfoWorld story that it isn't just the Federal government that's trying to use legislation to keep a lid on offshoring.

December 5, 2005 by David Berlind


Intel 'Core' moving to 45 nanometer

Worth reading: I heard little about Intel's processor roadmap from CEO Paul Otellini's appearance at the Churchill Club, but Tom's Hardware has a comprehensive overview of Intel's plans over the next few years, including a new naming convention (Core) and a move to 45-nanometer manufacturing.

December 4, 2005 by Dan Farber


Is a Baby Bell vs. free WiFi turf war interfering with Katrina recovery efforts?

Via Dan Gillmor and Dave Winer, the Washington Post has a story detailing how the New Orleans' plans to blanket the city with free WiFi may have stepped on enough of Bellsouth toes to cause the local Baby Bell to withdraw its offer to help the city's police department get back on its feet.  Says the Post story (see Angry BellSouth Withdrew Donation, New Orleans Says): ....

December 4, 2005 by David Berlind

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FBI/FCC collaborating to create software 'police state?'

By way of a posting on Bruce Schneier's security blog (one of my favorites) which came by way of (I know a circuitous route): The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves....

December 2, 2005 by David Berlind


Intel's Otellini fields softballs at the Churchill Club

As my colleague David Berlind wrote in his post this morning, Intel has lost the high ground (performance benchmarks) to AMD in the expanding x64 processor world and is involved in a potentially explosive antitrust litigation with AMD. While AMD has picked up some significant market share, Intel is still cruising in terms of the volume lead.

December 2, 2005 by Dan Farber

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