I just got done reading Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz's most recent blog entry, most of which describes the business model that put Red Hat on the map with Linux -- but that does so in the context of Sun's recently released OpenSolaris and how, by crossing the digital divide, all technology boats will float a little higher. Wrote Schwartz, "And I'd rather get 20% of a business that's planetary in scope, than 100% of a business with 17 customers.
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News.com's Martin Lamonica surveys several industry executives on whether they believe that computing will eventually flow like electricity.
So, maybe I wasn't so crazy after all when, the other day, I suggested that Dell might now be the perfect company to resell systems loaded with Apple's OS X now that Apple is cutting bait with IBM's PowerPC and switching to Intel chips. According to a report in Fortune Magazine, Dell founder Michael Dell said "If Apple decides to open the Mac OS to others, we would be happy to offer it to our customers.
Next week I'll be at the SuperNova 2005 conference in San Francisco. The focus of the conference is on the network as the platform for commerce, social interaction, work and entertainment.
For years, Intel and I have been at odds over advantages of going with a Centrino-enabled notebook versus a non-Centrino notebook. I've argued that Centrino is nothing more than a package of Intel-only parts that has so far proven to be no more competent at connecting to and using WiFi networks than similar packages with some non-Intel parts (in particular, the Wi-Fi radio).
Misery loves company, so they say. In the spirit of warning others about something before they get victimized, we love to spread word of failure.
I've been taking some time to digest the open vs. closed discussion (the context being Microsoft's new XML document format for Word, Excel and PowerPoint) that's taking place in various corners of the blogosphere.
Last week, I decided I wanted a new Moto Razr cell phone. I could have taken my purchasing card down to the Cingular store and gotten one that night, but I decided I'd play by the rules.
Peering into the future, OfficeTeam, a staffing service for administrative professionals, published its research--"Office of the Future: 2020"--which doesn't offer much beyond the obvious predictions. The report predicts that the future office will be "increasingly mobile and flexible as companies swiftly assemble the resources necessary to meet changing business needs.
According to a story by News.com's Stephen Shankland, buyers of IBM's Bladecenters now have the option of selecting single or dual core Opterons as the processor on-board the server blades that go into a Bladecenter enclosure.