Larry Dignan

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ENIAC: One of the first computers turns 60 has a package commemorating the 60th anniversary of ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first electronic computer that could handle large scale calculations.

February 13, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Will BofA's SiteKey thwart phishing attempts?

If they haven't noticed already, customers of Bank of America's online banking services will start getting prompted to enter what the financial institution is referring to as "sitekey" information.  The last time I wrote about BofA (see BofA TV ad explains why IT matters), it took over a week for me get answers from the company's PR department.

February 13, 2006 by David Berlind


What's wrong with this cell phone picture?

Although many will find Steven Zenith's writeup of his gadget-loving girlfiend's (over on Bayosphere) latest acquisition (a Sony-Ericsson smartphone) to be entertaining, I found it to be incredibly frustrating.  Wrote Zenith of his significant other's jubilant honeymoon with her new toy: ...

February 13, 2006 by David Berlind


Scalix scales up email

Scalix is ratcheting up its quest to move deeper into Microsoft Exchange territory as well as into the growing market for super slick Web and wireless clients. I spoke with Scalix founder and chief strategy officer Julie Hanna Farris (at right, photo taken at Demo 2006) about the latest release of Scalix’s Linux-based email platform.

February 12, 2006 by Dan Farber


BEA's Breya down on JBoss

Marge Breya, BEA senior vice president and chief marketing officer, called me after reading my post about Oracle's reported acquisition hunger for open source companies, including JBoss. She's not a fan of JBoss, a BEA competitor, especially after doing due some due diligence on the open source company.

February 10, 2006 by Dan Farber


Demo 2006 security roundup, part 2

Demo 2006: Persystent Technology demoed the latest version of it enterprise software, which ensures PC availability by eliminating configuration problems. It maintains a hidden partition—a compressed bit image--with the clean OS, registry and application settings--and at boot time corrects any errors that have been introduced.

February 10, 2006 by Dan Farber


Larry Ellison's open source Fusion

BusinessWeek reported yesterday that three core open source companies--JBoss (middleware), Zend (PHP) and Sleepcat (database) --are in Oracle's crosshairs. The omnivorous Oracle recently made waves by acquiring InnoDB, an open source storage engine for database competitor MySQL.

February 10, 2006 by Dan Farber

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David's whiteboard 'mashup'

Video: David Berlind, the Mashup Camp captain, sketches out his definition of "mashup" on the whiteboard. His predicition--by 2007 there'll be 10 new mashups per day.

February 9, 2006 by Dan Farber

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Demo 2006 highlights, Mashup Camp, patent abuse and more

In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, I give David, still suffering from a bad back but nonetheless full of pain killers, wit and insights, my rundown on what was hot at Demo 2006. Among my favorites, Klugle, Riya, Panoratio, Vivid Sky, several photo sharing apps, Iotum, Nexidia, to name a few.

February 9, 2006 by Dan Farber