Maybe I'm crazy. But if you ask me, there's a super big picture that's begining to form when you start to look at all of this week's announcements, or maybe-announcements involving Google, AOL, Real, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo, Sun and more.
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When spreadsheet co-inventor and now Software Garden CEO Dan Bricklin saw my blog about how ODF could be the new frictionless document DNA of the Internet, he called to say he thought I was right and went on to say that there's just one thing missing before ODF can really take off. One of the things that has made Microsoft fantastically successful is the way the company's development tools make child's play out of developing Windows applications.
My fellow ZDNet blogger Jason O'Grady just wrote how thin is in with the new iMac. I'm not sure what this is, but it probably wasn't his idea of thin when he wrote that.
By way of one of IBM's Bob Sutor's blog entries that came through my RSS firehose this morning comes this damning report on FoxNews.com regarding Massachusetts' adoption of the OpenDocument Format (ODF).
In his blog, Sun director of Web technologies Tim Bray has spotlighted my Just say no to DRM series on inDRMpendence. In that blog, Bray offers an alternative meaning for the DRM acronym to the one I've been using (Digital Restrictions Management).
If you've never heard of the Digital Living Network Alliance, now is a good time to get hip to it. The DLNA is a multivendor alliance that's promoting the idea of standards-based wireless and wired interoperation of everything from computers to hifi gear to multimedia-enabled phones.
A story on ZDNet on making code more secure quotes Howard Schmidt, former White House cybersecurity adviser as well as Microsoft and eBay security czar and now CEO of R&H Security Consulting, about holding developers accountable (not liable) for the code they write (the headline on the story, "Expert: Hold developers liable for flaw," is inaccurate and will be corrected).
The wires are hot with Google and Comcast in "serious discussions" to acquire a minority stake in AOL. This follows on the heels of AOL and Microsoft flirting with one another.
Stephen Shankland writes about Michael Davidson, who has cataloged more than 100 images of microscopic cartoon characters, cars, dinosaurs and other images etched on silicon. Check out the images here.
The good news is that we're clearly much closer to systems that can scan a crowd and identify faces. The bad news is that...we're clearly much closer to systems that can scan a crowd and identify faces.