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P.A. Semi's raises the low power stakes

A chip start-up (including 150 developers) with DEC Alpha and other fine pedigrees and focusing on power consumption has waved a red flag in front of AMD, IBM, Intel and Sun.  P.

October 24, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Is Massachusetts' OpenDocument decision on the rocks?

Details are only sketchy at this point, but the Massachusetts Senate Post Audit Committee has apparently called for hearing to take place at 1pm on Monday October 31st  in hearing room A1 at the State House in Boston.  Massachusetts' recent ratification of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) as one of two standard file formats (the other is Adobe's Portable Document Format) that all state agencies must start using on January 1, 2007 is apparently one of the issues to be discussed.

October 24, 2005 by David Berlind


Corel apparently back on board with OpenDocument

Last week, I wrote a blog entry that discussed Corel's mysterious withdrawl of its support of the OpenDocument standard and FUDbusted rumors that an ancient investment in Corel by Microsoft may have had something to do with it.  Today, OpenOffice.

October 24, 2005 by David Berlind


Gartner to DBAs, BI vendors: Time to reinvent yourselves

As long as the reach, bandwidth, and targeting of networking technologies -- particularly the wireless kind -- continues to improve on a nearly Moore's Law like pace, relational database management systems as we know them may eventually be a thing of the past.  So said Gartner analysts Donald Feinberg and Ted Friedman at Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, FL during a session entitled "The Death of the Database.

October 21, 2005 by David Berlind


XML co-inventor Bray responds to patent assault

After seeing the news this morning about how the CEO of Scientigo has plans to extract royalties from those who have implemented the XML specification including Microsoft, Oracle, and Amazon (actually, he could probably sue everybody), I asked the man credited with co-inventing XML -- Sun's Tim Bray -- what he thought of the news.

October 21, 2005 by David Berlind


Is Microsoft preventing Corel from supporting ODF?

In a recent blog entry entitled Shame on Corel, Andy Updegrove, legal counsel to OASIS (the consortium that's the steward of the OpenDocument Format specification), lashes out at Wordperfect for wavering on support of ODF.  The blog points to a recent eWeek story that reported that Corel would support the format.

October 20, 2005 by David Berlind