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Has Microsoft lost its 'identity'?

Eric Norlin of Ping Identity writes an open letter to Bill Gates (and Microsoft), telling the big company to get its act together around digital identity. Here's a snippet: The launch of Vista (Longhorn) is widely seen as one of the most important events in the history of Microsoft.

August 10, 2005 by Dan Farber

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The virtual machine revisited

George Ou hit the nail on the head when he wrote "The dumbest gripe with Windows Vista to date."Does anyone remember the original Basic interpreter found in the Apple II and in PC-DOS?

August 10, 2005 by Marc Wagner

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Photo: Google's Chris DiBona

We do odd things to the Linux kernel to have it perform the way we want it to. With other operating systems it's not as easy and we have to ask permission.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber

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War of the words between CRM overlords

This past May, I wrote about how Bruce Cleveland who heads up Siebel's ASP-delivered CRM offering (officially "CRM OnDemand") had emerged from his bunker, apparently ready to take on (with a vengeance) CRM ASP poster-child Marc Benioff and his outfit Salesforce.com (see Siebel's on-demand chief now available on demand).

August 9, 2005 by David Berlind

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HP's Fink offers a challenge to IBM and Sun

Hewlett-Packard’s red-shirted Martin Fink, with a title that may give a hint of a cultural problem with HP--vice president and general manager of the NonStop Enterprise Division, Open Source & Linux Division—got off to a slow start with his presentation at LinuxWorld, adding little to the canon of useful information about Linux and open source. He gave a history of Linux, offered a rehash of press releases, videos and customer testimonials for Linux and HP.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Oracle's Charles Phillips: On demand is the future

Oracle President Charles Phillips restlessly paced back and forth across the stage at LinuxWorld going through the standard company slides on how Oracle blesses Linux and is 100-percent behind open source OS. He didn’t pace like caged animal—more like a man in a hurry to move through the presentation and get on with more important business.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Kai Fu Lee: I need to follow my heart

A friend (a native speaker) helped me translate (a bit roughly) a Chinese document written (thanks to Ed Frauenheim of news.com for the pointer) by Kai Fu Lee, the former Microsoft executive who signed on with Google to head its research labs in China, and is now at the center of a legal dispute between the two giants (with roots in different eras) over his defection from Redmond.

August 9, 2005 by Dan Farber

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IT productivity? Let the good times roll

Dana Gardner, formerly with the Yankee Group and the Aberdeen Group, recently launched Interarbor Solutions, a consultancy focusing on enterprise applications, software infrastructure, RSS and other topics. Dana has agreed to post some of his insights on Between the Lines.

August 9, 2005 by

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