Larry Dignan

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Stranger than IT fiction

Over the holiday break, Ashlee Vance reported: [Overstock CEO Patrick] Byrne held an August conference call with financial analysts about this cabal that has since gone down in Wall Street history as perhaps the single most bizarre CEO moment of all time....During the session, Byrne admitted to making up stories about being gay and a coke-head in the hopes of uncovering a mysterious group short-sellers led by a "Sith Lord.

January 4, 2006 by David Berlind


Where there's a bill, there's a way

Via ZDNet reader Steven Ackerman who saw it on FurdLog which links to the LATimes story on Congressional Copycats who said "Interestingly, even the industry’s hometown paper doesn’t think it’s a good idea": The [Analog Hole] bill aims to prevent pirates from slipping through the analog hole to copy movies or television programs, then converting them into digital files that could be swapped on the Internet or burned onto DVDs....

January 4, 2006 by David Berlind


Out of '05 and into '06, Eclipse is on a major roll

Lattix is apparently the first software company to commit to the Eclipse integrated development environment in 2006.  Since writing about how momentum is making all the difference for Eclipse, especially since '05's JavaOne event, the number of companies that have joined the Eclipse camp is has been mind boggling.

January 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Google hinting at accessibility initiative for disabled?

Judging by today's Google logo (spells "Google" in Braille), the company is either (a) celebrating Louis Braille's birthday (he was born on January 4, 1809), (b) about to engage in some new accessibility initiative, or (c) both.  Anybody know?

January 3, 2006 by David Berlind


Is Virgin Records destined to repeat Sony's rootkit history?

Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing (thanks to ZDNet reader Bruce Fryer for the link): Coldplay's latest CD X&Y comes with an insert that discloses all the rules enforced by the DRM they included on the disc. Of course, these rules are only visible after you've paid for the CD.

January 3, 2006 by David Berlind


The Google PC...why not?

The rumors have been flying around that Google will introduce a low-cost PC sold through mass market retailers like Wal-Mart.  According to the sources-said report from the Los Angeles Times, the PC would run Google's Linux-flavored operating system and be tuned for online services.

January 3, 2006 by Dan Farber


Intel's next big leap--new logos

Tomorrow Intel is unveiling its new logos at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It's not a big change, but it's part of the psychology of staying fresh--refurbishing the image in the new millenium and driving awareness.

January 2, 2006 by Dan Farber


Peter Quinn's resignation

Peter Quinn, the Massachusetts State CIO who led the charge to make public documents in Massachusetts truly open with ODF announced that he will resign on Jan 9th.  In an interview with Groklaw, Quinn's former boss, Eric Kriss said that Quinn was uncomfortable with the personal attention surrounding the controversy: Peter is an IT professional who is not accustomed to the rough-and-tumble world of politics.

January 2, 2006 by Phil Windley