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Latest Posts

Mash ups are not just for consumer apps

We are beginning to see good examples what's possible with open APIs, AJAX, Flash, Flex and other technologies that are making Web pages 'Live.' Of course, I am referring to Microsoft term for next generation Web experiences, mash ups, Web 2.

November 3, 2005 by Dan Farber


Bill drops bomb on OpenDocument Format in Massachusetts

This is relatively late breaking news and more details won't be known until tomorrow.  Two days after a Senate oversight committee in Massachusetts (1) questioned the authority of the state's IT department (ITD) to standardize on formats for storing public documents and (2) demanded that state officials take more time to study the potential impact of setting the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as a standard, an economic stimulus bill [Update: it's S.

November 2, 2005 by David Berlind


A new world order circa 2015

In 2015, the planet is populated by about 7 billion people, a large majority untethered and connected via a variety of devices to the Network. Virtual connections erase time and borders; six degrees of separation; dynamic social and commerce networks; rich, secure and adaptive digital identities; tens of billions of network aware objects pulse their signals in the ether to data crunching, automated server farms.

November 2, 2005 by Dan Farber


Mercury Interactive has optimization problem

Mercury Interactive, the company that pioneered business technology optimization, is now reeling from the resignation of top executives, who were found to be 'aware' of stock option irregularities (supposedly manipulation of stock option grants dates to reduce tax liabilities). It turns out that in most cases the date changes resulted in more favorable pricing of the options.

November 2, 2005 by Dan Farber


Is the OpenDocument Format strategically better for the disabled? Maybe.

At a hearing on Monday, Oct 31, 2005, a Massachusetts state Senate oversight committee began what could best be referred to as a process of discovery to determine, amongst other things, whether the Commonwealth's Information Technology Division's (ITD) decision to standardize on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as the standard file format in which the state must save certain public documents may have overlooked two significant drawbacks to the XML-based technology.

November 2, 2005 by David Berlind


Typing patterns as an authentication method

Bruce Schneier's blog points to a user authentication technology that uses individual typing characteristics for identity verification. Similar to the way some detections systems claim to identify a person by their gait, PSYLock does psychometrical authentication based on the notion that typing behaviour of individuals has unique features that cannot be copied.

November 2, 2005 by Dan Farber