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More and more great email is showing up in my inbox regarding my recent blog post on how my $20,000 worth of hi-end entertainment gear can't play my 99 cent songs (at least not the way it should be able to, there are workarounds). Digital rights management technology is the culprit.
New developments in processor architecture could spell the end of the 8-socket SMP server.
Mirosoft has distributed an invitation to a press conference involving Bill Gates, Palm, Inc. president Ed Colligan, and Verizon Wireless president and CEO Denny Strigl.
Coming soon: I just recorded a podcast with Motorola CEO Ed Zander, and got a good look at the new mobile devices (not cell phones) and what keeps him awake at night. The podcast, recorded at the Churchill Club's 20 anniversary event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, will be up on Monday.
In a post (see Yes, Google does alert you to new blog finds) that rips my coverage to shreds and then goes on to question whether my objectivity has been compromised by some personal vendetta against Google, SearchEngineWatch.com blogger Danny Sullivan says that I got it all wrong when I asked Shouldn't Google Alerts include blogs.
If Microsoft wants to encourage the creation of an ecology of development around services that use its tools and deployment scenarios, where's the beef?
In response to a DRM nightmare blog post about why my $20,000 worth of audiophile gear can't play the 99 cent songs I'm buying, Electronic Frontier Foundation founder and board member John Gilmore sent the following e-mail which basically says that this DRM nightmare is going to get worse and that the only way to stop it is for all of us to come to our senses and stop buying DRM-encumbered content (eg: songs from Apples iTune's Music Store or from one of Microsoft's PlaysForSure music stores).
Is it just me, or is there something highly unusual about the extremely hard time that Microsoft is giving to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over its decision to move to Open Document Format (ODF) as the standard for storing files produced by productivity applications like word processors and spreadsheets? Whatever happened to the old saying that "The customer is always right (even when they're wrong)?
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we assess Oracle's, and CEO Larry Ellison's, transition from swashbuckling buccaneers and serial acquirers to software industry statesman, pledging allegiance to open standards, lifetime support and choice for customers. Of course, Ellison couldn't resist taking a few shots at SAP this week, and hopes that his salesforce.