After noticing how Doc Searls was doing a bit of reminiscing on his blog (warning, it takes you back to 1965), I realized that August 1995 -- exactly ten years ago -- is not a period of time I will soon forget. On August 24 in that year, the computer industry witnessed what, up until that time, was the most anticipated and most lavishly marketed product launch of all time -- Microsoft Windows 95.
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The TeraGrid, a set of distributed compute resources established for scientific research, has received $150 million award, to be doled out over five years, from The National Science Foundation.
The latest slithering worms infecting Windows 2000 systems--and hitting systems at CNN, ABC and the New York Times--are the outcome of a duel between rival virus writers, according to Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure. "There appear to be three different virus-writing gangs turning out new worms at an alarming rate, as if they were competing to build the biggest network of infected machines,"Hypponen said.
By way of ZDNet reader Darren Clarke comes a pointer to a news report on British tech site ComputerWeekly.com that has the details on why, after having once forsaken proprietary software for open source, the Central Scotland Police have ditched Plan A for Plan B: Microsoft (some open source will be kept).
SAP's new offering is going to be nothing more than a defensive play, like the current version of Microsoft CRM — a half-hearted answer to customers who enquire whether the vendor has an on-demand option.
Today, while driving my 15 year-old home from a doctor's appointment, I asked him what he thought should happen when you stick a DVD into a computer. "That's obvious Dad.
Look outside your window (or check the manhole cover down the street). Not just anyone can hang a wire on that pole or drag one underground -- a wire that eventually connects to your house.
BusinessWeek recently published a list of 10 newer technologies to which CEOs (and CIOs, etc.) should pay attention, depending on their industry.
Dan Farber has a great point about podcasting being a lousy name for Internet-delivered audio files. Podcasting as a moniker has been useful as a starting point for moving from a niche medium to a medium medium.
Baseline Magazine has an interview with 7-Eleven CEO James Keyes on how the company uses data from its point-of-sale systems to spot trends, find growth opportunities and control shelf space. 7-Eleven's store are like a big, distributed research facility, where it can test market ideas for different products in different geographies in near real-time.