Microsoft's growing endorsement of the Really Simple Syndication protocol (RSS) may leave the company with no choice but to refresh some of its desktop applications ahead of its current plans. News.
Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
In response to my column about monoculture and podcasting, a reporter from a nationally known news organization contacted me for more details in hopes of determining whether a special report on blogging, RSS-type syndication, podcasting, social networking, and monoculture (all interrelated) might be worthwhile.
In his blog post, technology journalist Sandy McMurray does the best job I've seen today summarizing Steve Jobs' keynote presentation at Macworld and laying out the parade of announcements in its entirety in easy-to-read point-form format. A pair of ZDNet videos provides a close look at the new Mac Mini and iPod Shuffle, and a review offers some opinion.
Steve Jobs is one of the few people in the world who can use terms like "amazing," "incredible," and "phenomenon" dozens of times in presentation and not be dismissed as a blowhard.
In hopes of wooing those interested in the mobile database wares of market leader Sybase, Oracle is reviving its mobile database strategy. According to Jacob Christfort, vice president of product development for voiceand wireless at Oracle, Oracle is taking a deliberately different tackthan Sybase.
There is more to the Microsoft-TiVo-MTV deal that was announced at CES than meets the eye. To funnel the multimedia content into mobile devices that the deal promised to deliver, hard drives will have to be par for the course for Windows Media-enabled mobile devices including digital music players and smartphones.
After a quick hit on Intel CEO Craig Barrett's on stage encounters with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler I interview THINKStrategies founder and managing directorJeff Kaplan in ZDNet's second podcast (download the MP3, or get it through the RSS feed). Kaplan gazes into his crystal ball for utility computing, managedservices, outsourcing, and the IT research sectors in 2005.
No, it's not what you get when you dedicate your organization to the Mac OS platform. But rather, 'applistructure' is the lastest buzzword which describes the blurring between application software and infrastructure middleware.
While it's month old news, I'm just now realizing that we never surfaced an important report into Between the Lines that was written in December by ZDNet blogger George Ou. Ou unearthed a critical security weakness in one of the most commonly deployed methods for establishing virtual private networks that no organization should turn a blind eye to: PPTP.
News.com's Martin LaMonica reports on how new and established computing services companies are pushing installation and maintenance contracts for open-source software like Linux, Apache and MySQL...