In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we start up with a rant about the lack of reliable Wi-Fi at industry events (bring your own EVDO). Then we get into the news of the week, starting with the implications of the Google/Writely combo, Ray Ozzie's Live Clipboard product announcements, and the latest in the Open Document Format battlezone.
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By way of Bruce Schneier's blog comes a link to the Identity project which, in offering the 9th Circuit case of John Gilmore as proof, is proposing that if want to preserve our right to fly without I.D.
Insight64's Nathan Brookwood gives me the lowdown and what transpired at the Intel Developer Forum this week. In our podcast, he explains the new Core Microarchitecture, which will underpin Intel's multicore, energy efficient chip families, and how Intel's processor roadmap stacks up against what AMD's.
While everyone focuses on the impact of Google's Writely acquisition on Microsoft, what does it mean for some of the other best of breed Web-based productivity applications? For example INetWord (which I've been writing about recently here and here).
In response to my post Blog swarm on Writely, Gary Edwards (who is steeped in OpenDoc and OpenOffice) penned this TalkBack:To understand why this deal is Peal Harbor for Microsoft, and a declaration of all out war for Google, i think one has to make a leap and consider that this isn't about applications. It's about the quality of the information experience one can find at Google, or, through the costly nightmare of maintaining a similar experience through revolving MS shrinkware.
Google buys Writely and the blogosphere swarms. The aggregators/memetrackers, with some algorithmic help and hand kneading, provide ample evidence.
As ETech 2006 winds down, I wanted to mention some of the highlights as well as a lowlight. The conference highlights included the keynotes by Ray Ozzie, Jon Udell, Clay Shirky for their simple, practical ideas and insights.
Earlier this week, in one of my posts about why the OpenDocument Format (ODF) needs an IBM/Sun-backed open source software development kit in the market, I also mentioned how some new innovative developers of Web-based destkop productivity applications are skipping ODF support.
Referred to as SLED 10, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (version 10) was launched at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany today. Infoworld's Elizabeth Montalbano reports that this isn't just any old version of desktop Linux.
Moaning slightly about the public nature of our conversation (blog vs. blog), it looks like IBM's director of standards and open source Bob Sutor and I will have to agree to disagree regarding the importance of an IBM/Sun-produced open source-based OpenDocument Format (ODF) Software Development Kit (SDK).