I can't remember a week in recent history when so many deals were closed between technology companies. Here's the list of what I know about.
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Speculating that relations could be warming between the two companies, News.com is reporting that Microsoft and Red Hat chief executives Steve Ballmer and Matthew Szulik dined together at McCormick and Schmick's restaurant in New York in March.
From Interop in Las Vegas last week, I wrote about how Intel went to the trouble of blanketing all of greater Las Vegas with a WiMax wireless network and how a local infrastucture provider (MPower Communications) picked up the tab so that the network would stay in place indefinitely.
I’m at Digital ID World 2005 conference in San Francisco. Phil Becker, editor in chief of Digital ID World and host of the event, kicked off the event defining his notion of digital identity, with a capital "I.
CNET Labs has a review of the latest version for Windows of Skype's namesake voice over IP product. It scored an 8 out of 10.
Over the recent year, there's been a lot of talk about the so-called $100 PC. Last fall, during Gartner's Symposium in Orlando, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about why "we" need a $100 PC.
There's a marvelous (probably apocryphal) story about a database vendor who was giving a sales pitch to a prospective customer's applications people, all of whom were assiduously taking notes on their PCs. The audience asked questions that got steadily more technical and abstruse until the sales reps found themselves (to their surprise and dismay) ineptly discussing the relative merits of static versus temporary tables.
In past blog posts regarding the difficulties inherent in crossing programming domains (Unix to Windows, say), some claimed that programming is universal, and any decent programmer should be able to cross development boundaries as easily as crossing the street. If they can't then they are stupid and should be fired (someone did claim that).
Is hype endangering the health of on-demand computing? Patrick Grady of on-demand services provider Rearden Commerce (which I wrote about here) believes so, and lays much of the blame at the feet of salesforce.
As first reported in March, Trumba is an online calendaring application that lets people create, manage and share calendars over the Web (screenshot). Since mid-April, it has been available as a free beta, and bloggers like Alex Bosworth and David Ascher are test-driving it with overall positive results.