Microsoft's Metro document format, which the company plans to include in the next version of Windows, is designed to allow for the printing, viewing and archiving of files--without requiring the program that created them. Sound familiar?
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Sun has set tomorrow as the date to draw a proverbial line in the sand on behalf of the entire IT industry. That's the latest proclaimation from Sun President and COO Jonathan Schwartz, who says in his blog that it is time for the industry to take responsibility for not only the quality of products but the "integrity of those products after they're put into operation....
A recent decision by the WIPO Arbitration Center took the domain name walmartfacts.biz away from Jeff Milchen, a self-described Wal-Mart critic.
In a previous blog entry, I talked about why I thought Microsoft wouldn't have trouble convincing Windows users to upgrade to Longhorn. As I also claimed that older versions of Windows are the biggest competitor to Longhorn, the Talkbacks started discussing Linux, believed by many to be a credible alternative to Windows.
CNET News has an interactive map showing municipal broadband projects across the US. I've written before about the need to educate legislators and municipal officials about the benefits of municipal broadband.
When you think of the history of personal computing, three figures stand out--Gordon Moore, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They represent the major platforms of personal computing today, but their ascendancy was preceded by a cultural, social and political movement that is closer to the open source movement than Itanium, Windows or Macintosh.
For years, U.S. companies have urged the government to let them set computer-security standards of their own.
The Globus Consortium unleashed the version 4.0 of the Globus Toolkit (GT4), which is a key component for accelerating the adoption of enterprise-class grids.
Last week, I responded to some of James Coplien's remarks concerning what customers expect from their software. At the ACCU conference last month, Coplien also talked about the security advantages enjoyed by a distributed, independent development community:Security is a system concern--it is a complex system.
A French court has ruled against copy protection software on DVDs that prevented the plaintiff from copying a DVD of Mulholland Drive into a video tape for "personal use" (which is mildly amusing, as Mulholland Drive is exactly the kind of movie I'd expect would appeal to French tastes).