Larry Dignan

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Are you ready for avian flu?

Recently there's been a lot of talk about the possibility of a pandemic flu and its affects.  Most of the discussion has centered on what the Feds can do.

November 8, 2005 by Phil Windley


Maybe search doesn't matter...maybe it does

Echoing his well known and much discussed and vilified "Harvard Business Review" essay "IT Doesn't Matter," Nick Carr writes at the end of a post on the commoditization of search that "maybe search doesn't matter." Nick posits that search from the big three isn't very differentiated, nor is it a major barrier to switching from one search engine to another.

November 8, 2005 by Dan Farber


Innovators bemoan near-sighted R&D

Technology researchers and scientists gathered in New York City last week to honor two colleagues: Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, and Claude Berrou [at right], co-inventor of turbo codes. Berrou and several of the attendees at the Marconi Society-sponsored symposium added their voices to the growing concern that the United States is falling behind the rest of the world in technological innovation because fewer dollars are being allocated to long-term research.

November 8, 2005 by

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Coming up: The Searchers

Not the famous John Ford movie, "The Searchers," but the SDForum's event, “The Search: A ten year perspective”, which takes place on Thursday night in Mountain View, CA. I'll be interviewing John Battelle, author of Searchblog and The Search, and get a look at some of the newer, specialized search engines that are popping up on the landscape.

November 7, 2005 by Dan Farber


MS-Office schema not as open source friendly as Microsoft says it is

When Alan Yates, Microsoft Information Worker Product Management Group business strategy general manager, first came to me to say that his company had been railroaded when Massachusetts voted the OpenDocument office file format (ODF) in, and Microsoft's Office XML Reference Schema (OXRS) out, one of his original arguments was that OXRS was getting a bad rap for not being implementable in open source software.

November 7, 2005 by David Berlind


Microsoft set to roll out 'longer twitch' products

A week after debuting its plan for iterating software products and services (Windows and Office Live) on a "fast twitch" cycle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will roll out the long twitch cycle products--Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006--tomorrow in San Francisco.  To remind those of you unfamiliar with the notion to twitch cycles, here's how Ballmer explained Microsoft's product development strategy during an interview at Gartner's Symposium ITxpo last month.

November 6, 2005 by Dan Farber