Is it just me, or is there something highly unusual about the extremely hard time that Microsoft is giving to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over its decision to move to Open Document Format (ODF) as the standard for storing files produced by productivity applications like word processors and spreadsheets? Whatever happened to the old saying that "The customer is always right (even when they're wrong)?
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In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, we assess Oracle's, and CEO Larry Ellison's, transition from swashbuckling buccaneers and serial acquirers to software industry statesman, pledging allegiance to open standards, lifetime support and choice for customers. Of course, Ellison couldn't resist taking a few shots at SAP this week, and hopes that his salesforce.
This is my final wrap-up from DEMOfall 05. The first two installments are here and here, and photo gallery here.
A little more than a year ago, I wrote a column entitled A porn trap to steer clear of that dealt with some thorny questions that most would rather not ask when attempting "throw the book" at creators, distributors, and consumers of child pornography. After all, the scum should be locked up and the key should be thrown away, right?
That's the headline I probably should have used on my previous blog about how HP was so rattled by Dell's announcement of a Cingular-provisioned 3G wireless broadband notebook that it issued a formal response. Normally, if one vendor feels compelled to issue a statement in response to another vendor's announcement, it's an explanation of why the newly announced product or service is a bad idea.
In an attempt to stay abreast of all things Windows Vista on the Web (for our Vistulations blog), I've established a Google Alert to keep an eye on the Web. Or so I thought.
Boy it's been a busy week on the 3G front as the various notebook manufacturers race to offer notebooks with wireless broadband in them. Apparently, everyone is beginning to realize that there's some benefit to a country-wide hotspot.
During his Oracle Openworld keynote, Larry Ellison outlined his major initiatives for the next 24 months. As I wrote earlier in the week, Oracle is becoming more stateman-like, talking about giving user choice, lifetime support (for a price as yet undetermined) and being a model open standards citizen.
Just when you thought anti-spyware technology was making it safe to compute again, researchers at the University of California have come up with a new form of spyware using some old technology: a microphone. According to a story on ScientificAmerican.
If you don't follow Bob Frankston's blog, it's worth a look. To know Bob, who co-invented the electronic spreadsheet (Dan Bricklin was the other guy), is to know a brilliant but tortured man.