It has happened so many times before and now the question is whether it will happen again. In the past, when Microsoft has decided to provide the same utility around which a cottage industry has formed, the cottage industry subsequently vanished.
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Many have expressed concern about the use of networking technology in automobiles. Radio frequency identification chips (aka RFID chips) are common in the keychain "fobs" millions around the world use to open their cars.
On the final day of Digital ID World 2005, John Shewchuk, CTO for distributed systems at Microsoft, and Kim Cameron, identity and access architect at Microsoft, outlined their company's plan for delivering a unifying identity metasystem, an abstraction layer, based on WS-* Web services technology. "The essential concept of the metasystem is you have a bunch of contexts and need to achieve separation or amalgamation across the [contexts]," said Cameron.
I recently saw a screening of DreamWorks Animation's new film, Madagascar, and interviewed the production designer Kendall Cronkhite and visual effects supervisor Philippe Gluckman about turning furry animals, lush jungles modeled after Rousseau (with four million leaves deforming in a single frame), oceans and flames into digital images that shape a story and a complex, animated world.
When news of IBM's acquisition of Gluecode first hit the wires this week, I debated (with myself) the blogworthiness of the story. None of my spider senses tingled when I first processed the idea that IBM -- seller of the J2EE-based application server known as Websphere -- was now in possession of the open source-based J2EE developer that has hitched its horse to Apache's open source flavor of J2EE.
Normally, when PC-industry pioneer Dan Bricklin comes out with a new product, you can download it or get it on a CD. Not this time.
Continuing my previous post, the biggest problem I have with Thomas Bleha's prescription for fixing what ails American broadband is its requirement of open access. At first blush, that might seem a good idea.
Key members of the federated identity specification and standards gangs—OASIS, Liberty Alliance and the IBM/Microsoft led WS-* --met at Digital ID World 2005 today to discuss their different approaches to deriving specifications and the possibility of convergence.
Jamie Lewis, Burton Group’s CEO and research chair, opened Digital ID World 2005 today with a densely packed keynote that gave context and perspective to where identity management is heading. He first talked about trends and emphasized one of the core ideas of the conference, which is that regulatory compliance and automated provisioning are driving identity management adoption.
It's amazing what happens when you step back from the trees for a view of the forest, as Doc Searls did in his post today (see Conceivable?).