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Jonathan Schwartz at OSCON

Nat Torkington interviewed Sun President Jonathan Schwartz at OSCON this morning. Nat didn't pull many punches, but Jonathan held his own.

August 3, 2005 by Phil Windley

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AMD power usage trumps Intel -- but does anyone care?

I absolutely agree with David Berlind regarding the importance of low-power servers. [How a chill-pill for your server room improves your bottom line] What I don't understand, however, (and haven't for quite a long time) is why the power consumption issue is getting attention now that Intel is talking about its next-gen low-power offerings.

August 3, 2005 by Joel Hruska

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Creating competitive advantage through IT

A Churchill Club panel discussion on July 27 dealt with the complex issue of getting competitive advantage from IT investments. Nick Carr stirred up controversy with his article and book positing that in most cases IT doesn't offer competitive advantage, basically because everybody has access to the same technology.

August 3, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Paul Graham on open source and blogging

In his keynote at the Tuesday night "extravaganza" at OSCON, Paul Graham made three points: People work harder on things they like The standard office is unproductive Bottom-up works better than top-down I hope this becomes an essay because there's lots in it that's worth spending more time thinking about. Some of it is in Hiring is Obsolete.

August 2, 2005 by Phil Windley

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New OASIS chairman replaced after only five months

No real details on this yet.  But a quick examination of the Board of Directors page over at OASIS' web site reveals that after barely five months at the helm,  OASIS Chairman of the Board Jim Hughes (of HP)--who held that title as recently as yesterday--has been replaced by Sun's Eduardo Gutentag.

August 2, 2005 by David Berlind

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OSCON 2005: Tutorials

I'm at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention all week and will be posting impressions and news as I come across it.  I've spent the last two days in tutorials on Ruby on Rails, the Apache Web Services toolkit, and Best Practices for Object-Oriented Perl.

August 2, 2005 by Phil Windley

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Chris Anderson dissects the Long Tail

At a Churchill Club event on July 21, Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine presented "The Long Tail: Finding New Markets in the Niches." Last year Anderson began writing about the Long Tail phenomenon, explaining how niche products with low demand and sales volume can collectively obtain higher market share and revenue than the major bestsellers.

August 2, 2005 by Dan Farber

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My EVDO will beat your WiFi any day (well just about)

In my ongoing coverage/review of Audiovox's XV6600 Bluetooth-enabled, Verizon Wireless provisioned, Windows Mobile 2003-based smartphone, last week, I wrote what I considered to  be the missing manual on getting a Bluetooth-equipped notebook computer to use a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to wirelessly connect to the Internet. Why and when would you use this approach?

August 2, 2005 by David Berlind

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Introducing ZDNet's 'PhotoCasts'. Tell us what you think.

Last week, I published what amounts to the missing manual when it comes to connecting a notebook computer to the Internet through a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone. Perhaps proving that a picture is actually worth 100 words, that missing manual included almost 4000 words of text and almost 40 distinctly separate pictures.

August 2, 2005 by David Berlind

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