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Found: Gem of a sound-byte on standards in IBM smartcar podcast

IBM has started up a series of technology podcasts and the first one out the door (download the MP3) on the future of driving came to me by way of Big Blue's Tom Glover.  The podcast features Jim Ruthven who is introduced as being responsible for delivering telematics solutions to IBM's automotive clients and IBM's  Dr.

August 11, 2005 by David Berlind

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Smartphones: Where the computer and telephony cultures clash

Buried in my recently posted saga of why synch can stink was a comment about how, when using Intellisync to wirelessly (over Verizon Wireless' EVDO network) synchronize email, contacts, appointments, etc. between my PC (an IBM Thinkpad T42) and an Audiovox XV6600 PocketPC phone, I was unable to control the frequency of data synchronization.

August 11, 2005 by David Berlind


Does Centrino ploy put Intel in hotspot?

David Berlind, in his article, "Intel wags mangy Centrino dog by Boeing's tail" , makes it clear how he feels about Intel's deceptive Centrino marketing campaign. However, I have to wonder why David is so surprised.

August 11, 2005 by Marc Wagner

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A search engine for system admins

While roaming the exhibit hall at LinuxWorld, I ran into Michael Baum of Splunk. A serial entrepreneur and former e-commerce exec at Yahoo and Infoseek, Baum has spent nearly three years developing a search engine for log files and machine-generated data.

August 10, 2005 by Dan Farber

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IBM's Mills touts managed clients

[Updated 08/15/05] Steve Mills, IBM's top software executive, sent a clear message during his keynote this afternoon at LinuxWorld that IBM's is ready to take on Microsoft with its Workplace managed client. He said the Linux on servers was maturing and that the next frontier for Linux is the client, across desktops, server managed clients and embedded devices.

August 10, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


Etymology of 'hypervisor' surfaces

Earlier today, VMWare -- maker of virtual machine solutions that use software to make single physical computers look like mutliple and distinctly separate computers --  announced that it was moving from experimental support of Sun's x86-based version of Solaris to full fledged support.  I haven't found any reported stories regarding the announcement to link to so I'll just link a copy of the press release for now.

August 10, 2005 by David Berlind


Why mobile synch can stink

Now that I've got my Verizon Wireless-provisioned Windows Mobile 2003-based Audiovox XV6600 smartphone acting like the equivalent of a wireless cable modem for my notebook (see My EVDO will beat your WiFi any day), I'm trying to take the XV6600 to the limit for the rest of my lifestyle.

August 10, 2005 by David Berlind


Photo: The early days of Google's data center

While participating in a panel at LinuxWorld, Google open source program manager Chris DiBona displayed a slide showing what Google's servers looked like in the early days of the company. He noted that taking out the circuit boards was a hassle as they got caught up in all the cabling...

August 10, 2005 by Dan Farber