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Latest Posts

Is that an iPod phone in your pocket?

In response to my blog post asking whether handhelds with hard drives might start to give iPod (and other dedicated music players) a run for its money, one Talkbacker pointed out that iPod now includes a Calendar feature, showing that iPod can give as good as it gets and push back against incursion from handheld vendors.

May 15, 2005 by John Carroll


What's running on your PC. In English.

In response to my argument about why anti-malware vendors should form a consortium that  builds a centralized database of legitimate applications and why the database that Uniblue has come up with as a part of its WinTasksPro product would be a good starting point, not only did Zone Labs CEO Gregor Freund have something to say, but so too did the folks at an outfit called

May 13, 2005 by David Berlind


Monocultures and automobiles

Many have expressed concern about the use of networking technology in automobiles. Radio frequency identification chips (aka RFID chips) are common in the keychain "fobs" millions around the world use to open their cars.

May 12, 2005 by John Carroll


Microsoft's enlightened identity metasystem

On the final day of Digital ID World 2005, John Shewchuk, CTO for distributed systems at Microsoft, and Kim Cameron, identity and access architect at Microsoft, outlined their company's plan for delivering a unifying identity metasystem, an abstraction layer, based on WS-* Web services technology. "The essential concept of the metasystem is you have a bunch of contexts and need to achieve separation or amalgamation across the [contexts]," said Cameron.

May 12, 2005 by Dan Farber

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DreamWorks Animation renders digital jungle

I recently saw a screening of DreamWorks Animation's new film, Madagascar, and interviewed the production designer Kendall Cronkhite and visual effects supervisor Philippe Gluckman about turning furry animals, lush jungles modeled after Rousseau (with four million leaves deforming in a single frame), oceans and flames into digital images that shape a story and a complex, animated world.

May 12, 2005 by Dan Farber


JBoss' Marc Fleury 'welcomes' IBM and Gluecode to the open source J2EE party

When news of IBM's acquisition of Gluecode first hit the wires this week, I debated (with myself) the blogworthiness of the story.  None of my spider senses tingled when I first processed the idea that IBM -- seller of the J2EE-based application server known as Websphere -- was now in possession of the open source-based J2EE developer that has hitched its horse to Apache's open source flavor of J2EE.

May 12, 2005 by David Berlind


Why open access won't fix our telecom mess

Continuing my previous post, the biggest problem I have with Thomas Bleha's prescription for fixing what ails American broadband is its requirement of open access. At first blush, that might seem a good idea.

May 11, 2005 by John Carroll


Converging federation standards?

Key members of the federated identity specification and standards gangs—OASIS, Liberty Alliance and the IBM/Microsoft led WS-* --met at Digital ID World 2005 today to discuss their different approaches to deriving specifications and the possibility of convergence.

May 11, 2005 by Dan Farber