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Amidst piracy crackdown, has Windows jumped the shark?

After seeing Arthur "the Fonz" Fonzarelli jump over a threatening shark while water skiing in an episode of the classic television series Happy Days, Jon Hein knew that there was no better metaphor than "jumping the shark" to describe that absurd moment in a TV series' history when its producers officially put the show on life support. After reading today's news -- It's Windows vs.

February 2, 2005 by David Berlind


Rage against the patent machine, but is anybody listening?

Triggered by Sun's granting of access to 1600 patents -- but only if the resulting implementations are licensed under the recently Sun-authored, Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved Community Development and Distribution License (CDDL, pronounced "cuddle") -- the squeakiest of the anti-patent wheels are letting their disappointment be known.

February 2, 2005 by David Berlind


Microsoft CFO John Connors interview

Interview: Microsoft's departing CFO John Connors recently talked with McKinsey about the thinking behind the company's cash payment to shareholders, its new approach to financial transparency, and its embrace of Sarbanes-Oxley.

February 2, 2005 by Chris Jablonski


Dismantling the monoculture one piece at a time

Today, one of my students presented a paper in my graduate middleware class entitled Defense Enabling Using Advanced Middleware: An Example (PDF). The paper talks about various strategies for defending applications (rather than systems) from attack.

February 2, 2005 by Phil Windley


New billing system makes your employer your ISP

Employers who allow Internet access in the office now have the option of charging employees for personal bandwidth thanks to a new system developed by Exinda Networks. According to an article, the billing system allows a company to monitor exactly which Web sites are visited by each employee and how much bandwidth has been used.

February 1, 2005 by Chris Jablonski

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If Sun builds it, will you come?

In November, Sun announced--but didn't actually begin selling-- pay-as-you-go computing. Today, Sun is ramping up capacity and adding a high-end storage service costing $1 per gigabyte per month.

January 31, 2005 by ZDNet


Sun's Schwartz: (free) Google and Yahoo are major signs of things to come

In issue #8 of ZDNet's IT Matters series of podcasts (download the MP3, or learn how to have them automatically downloaded while you're sleeping), Sun president and COO Jonathan Schwartz lays out his vision for utility computing, why Sun's $1-per-CPU-per-hour pricing has no choice but to trend down towards (maybe to 50 cents next year), why services built on utility grids will trend to be free, and why Google, Yahoo and eBay are examples of how we're actually already there.

January 31, 2005 by David Berlind


Amidst restructuring, Open Source Initiative founder Eric Raymond makes room for new regime

Under a great deal of stress from all corners of the technology industry due to a structure and process that more closely resembles that of a club rather than an organization that can professionally lead and represent the interets of such a rapidly growing community, the Open Source Initiative has announced that it will restructure to meet the demands of a much more mature open source world.

January 31, 2005 by David Berlind


Enterprises still pay more for Wi-Fi

On his Wi-Fi blog, Glenn Fleishman points to an article about the huge price disparity between wireless equipment for business and similar kits sold to the SOHO market. He offers this explanation: There is, of course, a price premium you pay for devices that handle VLAN switching, multiple broadcast SSIDs, and other enterprise-related features.

January 31, 2005 by Chris Jablonski