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Manpower CIO Rick Davidson: Balancing global and local

As part of our ongoing CIO Sessions series to find out what's on the minds of CIOs, I interviewed Rick Davidson, senior vice president and CIO at Manpower, the $16 billion global staffing service. The podcast interview can be delivered directly to your desktop or MP3 player if you're subscribed to our podcasts (See ZDNet’s podcasts: How to tune in), or you can just download the MP3.

November 15, 2005 by Dan Farber


Wait on Vista? That depends...

There is the old rule of thumb that says "never buy a car the first year it is introduced" and similarly, "don't buy an OS until after the first service pack ships," but waiting until 2008 to upgrade to an OS that ships in 2006 is ridiculous. (And the idea of waiting for the first service pack to ship is probably pretty dumb too.

November 15, 2005 by Marc Wagner


DRM: A personal story

Since this seems to be DRM Day at Between the Lines, allow me to present a short, personal story that highlights, at least for me, the evils of DRM and the DCMA.  Last week, I prepared a story for this blog illustrating how to put shows from a TiVo onto one of the new video iPods.

November 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


The day the broadcast died

Today is the day that TV and radio broadcasters around the world (and digital video recorder makers like TiVo) dreaded would come.  It's the day that someone married the RSS subscription protocol to Bittorrent in a way that turns the Internet into one big giant and free TiVo machine.

November 15, 2005 by David Berlind


The DRM grinch who stole Christmas

Are you hoping that Santa will put a portable audio player in your stocking this year? Or, are you thinking about stuffing someone else's stocking with one.

November 14, 2005 by David Berlind


Ad-supported Windows and desktop apps?'s Ina Fried has the scoop some internal documents from Microsoft ruminating on ad-supported software that leverages its new adCenter platform, beyond Office Live and Windows Live.

November 14, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Eco Sun rising with the UltraSPARC T1

In his recent blog titled "Recipe for Winning Chip Battles," Sun's Jonathan Schwartz makes a case for his company's ascendency based on having a high volume operating system (Solaris, with reportedly more than 3.2 million downloads since it went open source, mostly on non-Sun hardware) and what he calls the fastest chip on earth, the soon to be released, power sipping UltraSPARC T1 (formerly known as Niagara).

November 14, 2005 by Dan Farber