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Latest Posts

The red herring of data protection

Why do corporations need to store personal data anyway? The real cure to our data loss plague will be individuals taking control of their digital identities. Eric Norlin looks into a federated metasystem future.

June 21, 2005 by Eric Norlin

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Does Microsoft know what IT shops really need?

David Berlind's Feature heap won't undo LAMP's toll on Microsoft brings to mind the importance of understanding the client's needs. The Microsoft juggernaut came about, in large part, because Bill Gates envisioned a one-stop-shopping model by which the consumer could go to one vendor and buy one product (a PC configured with Windows and Office) and meet 95% of the their needs.

June 21, 2005 by Marc Wagner

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How to pick a BlackBerry

I'm beginning to notice more and more BlackBerry 7100s showing up in the hands of mobile warriors.  For example, by carrying the latest and greatest, I was always on the leading edge compared to the rest of the family, often drawing those coveted oohs and aahs.

June 20, 2005 by David Berlind

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Microsoft XML technologies and patents drawing fire from multiple quarters

The recently announced XML-based file formats for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- formats that Microsoft has claimed to be "open" -- are getting some heat for not only pushing the boundaries on the definition of open, but also for the validity of the patents behind them.   In addition, the patents behind other Microsoft XML technologies are under heavy scrutiny as well.

June 20, 2005 by David Berlind

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Predictions for JavaOne, anyone?

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.

June 17, 2005 by David Berlind

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