I received an e-mail from Simon Romanski, director of information systems at Fulfillment America, asking about the nature of open source software and its intersection with commercialism. Open source software (the code) is free and open.
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With summer almost over and things already picking up (I'm referring to Intel's Developer Forum taking place last week and Microsoft Professional Developer Conference coming up in two), I'm taking these last couple of week of summer to get ready for the Fall rush. Fall is always the busiest time of year for the technology business.
During a recent e-mail interview with Comcast spokesperson Jeanne Russo, I learned that the company is providing up to seven free copies each of McAfee's Viruscan, McAfee's Personal Firewall Plus, and McAfee's Privacy Service (for parental control and identity theft protection) to it's subscribers. The offer includes any updates as long as customers continue to subscribe to Comcast as their broadband Internet Service Provider.
As the summer winds down and I'm trying to beat the Fall rush of, well everything that goes with Fall, I've been trying to get my digital house in order and one of the items of my ToDo list has been to sort through all the services that my ISP (Comcast) has brought on-line over the past couple of years. Everything from separate e-mail accounts for everybody in the house to photo sharing to video mail.
If you use salesforce.com Enterprise or Developer edition, life just got easier.
Over the weekend, I've been trying out a new music service that applies a double helical twist to Internet radio. Pandora, which goes live on Monday, lets you create radio stations, tuned to your musical tastes.
Google can't build an integration point without an identity strategy and their identity strategy has to include synchronous messaging and presence--things they get in spades and on the cheap from a IM system built on XMPP.
There's significant new ease in running apps and platforms as distinct and protected instances within one environment
Om Malik has a guest post by Robert Young, who really nails how Google could replace Windows as the dominant computing environment. Google will make Microsoft’s entire strategic plan and mission, which revolves around the continued proliferation and dominance of the desktop PC operating system, obsolete by making Google itself the operating system.
For those of you who follow the numbers, IDC and Gartner crowned IBM the server market leader, and quantified how Linux and Windows servers are on the rise and and low-end Unix systems are on a downward slope. No big surprises.