Michael Kanellos reports on several start-ups that are tinkering with materials ranging from molten silicon to animal protein to enhance or replace hard drives and other storage devices...
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.
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A New York Times story reports on the Bush administration's plan to bring the nation's health care system into the computer age. Only about 13 percent of the 6,000 U.
Michael Wertheimer, a former cryptologic mathematician with the National Security Agency, writes in the Washington Post about the need to focus more R&D on gleaning intelligence data from the Internet rather than traditional systems, such as fixed-line and cellular voice communications. The same issue confronts enterprises that don't understand that Internet is spawning disruptive technologies, such as VoIP, grid computing and IP conferencing, that they must invest in to stay competitive.
According to research firm Forrester Consulting, 44 percent of large corporations in the United States now pay someone to monitor and snoop on what's in the company's outgoing mail, with 48 percent regularly auditing e-mail content.
The world of wireless LAN chip vendors is a crowded one, but according to a recent report from analyst firm Linley Group, there are two that stand out: Atheros Communications, and Marvell Technology Group. The former, because its the hands-down leader in the dual-band 11a/g category, and the latter, because of the excellent range and integration among its 11b and 11g chip sets.
ERP investments are a big bet, with life cycles exceeding 10 or more years. If so, then why do so many enterprises take a short-sighted approach?
Pioneer blogger and Silicon Valley journalist Dan Gillmor's We the Media (O'Reilly, July 2004) is an enlightening and instructive look at how the Internet and new electronic tools are challenging traditional notions of media and influence. In fact, the horse has left the barn.
Steve Gillmor interviews Sun's Jonathan Schwartz on the subject of whether IT is becoming a commodity. Schwartz's views bandwidth as the only technology component that qualifies as a commodity.
NewsForge reports on a two-year-old HP memo that forecasts Microsoft patent attacks on free software. The recently re-discovered memo briefly explains a patent cross-licensing deal between HP and Microsoft, and asserts that Microsoft will soon be launching a patent-based legal offensive against Linux and other free software projects.
I talked with Esther Dyson about "meta-mail," her term for the extension of e-mail into a broader set of tools that can manage processes and the user's attention, instead of just information and content. The user remains in a familiar workspace environment, but has the use of the equivalent of "a spreadsheet for process rather than a spreadsheet for numbers.