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PC Forum: Searching the dark matter and users

Esther started off the PC Forum panel with search stars, by saying the search is getting boring and has peaked to get some reaction. They all properly disagreed and the discussion focused on the amount of information that isn't indexed or searchable.

March 14, 2006 by Dan Farber


Bill Joy: Pandemics, biofuels and the $10 PC

The final day of PC Forum stared with a conversation between Esther and Bill Joy, Sun co-founder and now Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers venture capitalist. The discussion touched on how technology, the Internet and politics are impacting society and the planet.

March 14, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Illumio's community marketplace for expertise

At PC Forum, Tacit Software introduced Illumio, a new consumer-oriented, knowledge-management software that company CEO David Gilmour said reaches out to find what people know, what they have and who they know using a brokering program that control privacy.

March 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


Novatium's $100 thin client PC

At PC Forum Novatium Solutions demoed its $100 PC appliance (without keyboard or display, which adds about $75) for emerging markets. The Nova netPC and Nova netTV are based on thin client (server-based, zero administration for users) and mobile phone technology.

March 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


PC Forum: Shifting the balance of data power

Users gaining control of their data and online identities was the theme of the morning panel at PC Forum. It's in part a struggle for power, or a shift in the balance of power between institutions, like credit bureaus and commerce site, and individual users.

March 13, 2006 by Dan Farber


Pedal to the metal, eye in the sky

The State of Illinois Department of Transportation has started an ambitious new enforcement program for laws against speeding. Beginning in July and in response to several highway worker deaths, speeding in "Work Zones" will bring a $375 fine (first offense) and a $1,000 fine and 90-day suspension (second offense).

March 12, 2006 by Ed Gottsman


Pierre Omidyar's three laws

Pierre Omidyar, eBay founder, talked about his notions of choice, sustainable business models and social good. "Businesses can be a force for good.

March 12, 2006 by Dan Farber