Larry Dignan

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On technology for the elderly

Toshiba has two teams working on "home life support robots" designed to aid Japan's aging population. (Japan's population growth is near zero and its citizens' average age is climbing rapidly.

August 19, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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One man's corporate standard--another man's monoculture?

If you caught one of my recent blogs about zero-day exploits, a day in the life of a real IT manager, and how he's very worried about what he's seeing (in terms of what's getting through the cracks), then you also saw that Doc Searls is recommending that companies consider the idea of polycultures.  There's no question that  monoculture-based IT deployments increase the odds that a simple exploit can devastate an entire company, let alone the Internet.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind

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Uh oh. Has the zero-day exploit tipping point finally arrived?

By way of linkage from Doc Searls comes this tale of woe from Mike, an IT guy in the trenches who, up until now, felt as though he was doing a pretty good job beating back the bad guys from the networks and users that he supports.  Says Mike of the Windows installation he oversees: So, here it is in Mid-2005, we've got a continous stream of system patches, and a continous stream of virus definitions, most of our spam is gone, and we're behind a continously updated firewall.

August 19, 2005 by David Berlind

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More standardization work on enterprise information flow

Worth noting: The Open Group (you remember them) this week spurred on work to add additional (and needed) standardization to the interoperability of different but semantically equivalent data. The San Francisco-based vendor-neutral organization is working to create a registry that holds descriptions and identifiers of the venerable Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF).

August 19, 2005 by Dana Gardner

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Listen to Dan and David spar on tech

In the first of what we hope to be many episodes of The Dan and David Show, Dan and David kill 11 1/2 minutes arguing about everything that's on the tech front burner as the sultry summer winds down.

August 18, 2005 by David Berlind

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Akamai produces a zeitgeist meter

Near instantaneous feedback loops are one of the things we expected to see more of when the World Wide Web was a newbie. The Web offers true data capture on where people focus their attention and gives insight into how people behave online -- unlike other mediums where it's largely guesswork, after the fact.

August 18, 2005 by Dana Gardner

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