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Latest Posts

Watermarks: A better DRM than DRM itself?

If you're a digital content expert or you've encountered my series of blog posts on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), then you should know by now that the "R" in DRM is officially for the word "rights" and not the "Restrictions" that I have been using as a permanent substitute.  But, in its current incarnations from various vendors, DRM technology has turned out to be more about stripping you of your rights than it is about managing them in a way that we'd consider management.

November 30, 2005 by David Berlind

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What makes Microsoft blink

I read with interest David Berlind's latest remarks about the ongoing saga of XML versus ODF. [See Top open source lawyer blesses new terms on Microsoft's XML file format.

November 29, 2005 by Marc Wagner


Google Base and Fremont--signs of the Web 2.0 plateau

The technology industry has been experiencing a round of inspired innovation. Venture capital money is pouring into startups, and the new as well as aging giants are burning the midnight oil  Innovation will slow as the big companies become slower.

November 29, 2005 by Dan Farber

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IBM follows Sun's lead with open letter to Massachusetts gov't

Yesterday, I wrote a blog entitled Let the file format hairsplitting begin.  The blog is about how Sun Microsystems director of corporate standards Carl Cargill sent a letter to Massachusetts Secretary of Administration and Finance Thomas Trimarco in hopes of influencing the outcome to a hotly contested debate over file format standardization in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

November 29, 2005 by David Berlind


Sandbox schmandbox. Java springs a critical security leak.

If I ever get asked what it is that I'll most remember 2005 for, perhaps it will be the fact that two of the most widely-promoted-as-impregnable technologies weren't so impregnable after all.  The first of these is Oracle's database technology which the company's CEO Larry Ellison has routinely hocked as being unbreakable.

November 29, 2005 by David Berlind


SSE, RSS, and Web data

Last week, Ray Ozzie started talking about a new specification from Microsoft called SSE.  SSE stands for simple sharing extensions to RSS and OPML.

November 29, 2005 by Phil Windley


It's not about OpenDocument vs MS. It's about open standards.

In his response to my blog about how open source legal expert Larry Rosen gave his blessings to Microsoft's newest terms for implementing its file formats in third party software, a ZDNet reader asks "David: Why can't you just admit MS did the right thing?" In his comment, he goes on to say "Your prejudice is showing in full force guy.

November 29, 2005 by David Berlind


Grand Central/Swivel test drive

Yesterday I wrote about the Grand Central/Swivel makeover, and a via reference about my post was directed to Byrne Reese's blog.

November 28, 2005 by Dan Farber


XBox 360: A harbinger of the PC lockdown to come?

According to Engadget, the Free60 project has developed a list of barriers to hacking Linux onto Microsoft's XBox 360s that reads like an art thief's list of obstacles to stealing the Mona Lisa.  At first glance, a story about how the XBox could be hackproof may appear to you to be irrelevant if you're reading this blog (Between the Lines, "The blog for discriminating IT buyers").

November 28, 2005 by David Berlind