According to Microsoft, computer users aren't the only ones confused by the differences between the various computer sleep states like standby, hibernate, and plain old off. So too is our application software.
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In this second episode of the Dan & David Show, we discuss the news from Intel's Developer Forum, Google's latest moves and bad behavior by cellular carriers.
Intel has been unique among chip companies in that it's a market maker. The company didn't passively sit back and wait for wireless to take off, for example.
The Toyota Prius is a popular car with people looking to save gas, but recently a software failure has left some owners stranded.
That's the headline in a New York Times article (requires free registration) by Gary Rivlin. The story talks about how the Google honeymoon is over and now, because of the way it's becoming just as corporate as any other big tech titan, it is now the first company to come along in a long time that stands any kind of a chance at challenging Microsoft's dominance.
ZDNet blogger Russell Shaw has a scoop on Google Talk, which provides very basic instant messaging and voice chat--but that's just a beginning. It's one of the seeds for the Googler's grand ambitions to become the software platform for everything from search, location-based data e-mail, telephony and social networking to payment systems, personalized ads, personal spaces and Web-based applications of all kinds.
I just got done listening to a recent DiamondCluster Wavelengths Podcast interview hosted by Dan Bricklin and DiamondCluster vice chairman and global managing director John Sviokla. Their guest interviewee was Palm co-founder Donna Dubinsky.
I foresee a vast, insidious infiltration of the Internet into brick-and-mortar retailers as "customers" bring Amazon's cash register into every store they visit.
Intel's new CEO Paul Otellini (and a 30-year veteran of the company) kicked off the Intel Developer Forum with a new line and sigh of relief: Growth is back. "Count on us to continue the relentless pursuit of Moore's Law, new levels of performance, energy efficiency and communications," he said during his 59-minute keynote.