David Gewirtz

David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

Latest Posts

Monty Python on the Semantic Web

Tony Byrne of CMS Watch sent me a note about a fun series of posts over at the xml-dev mailing list using Monty Python to poke fun at the Semantic Web, RESTful Web Services, and Web Services specifications.  Its worth reading the comments in between the quips as well.

April 25, 2005 by Phil Windley


Ubuntu: Is the new Linux distro for you?

I was talking to Doc Searls a few days ago and he told me about Ubuntu, a new Linux distro based on Debian.  Ubuntu is the brainchild of Mark Shuttleworth, who probably best known as the guy who bought a ticket on Soyuz.

April 20, 2005 by Phil Windley


Why Comcast is chasing DNS outages

If you're not a Comcast customer, you're probably blissfully unaware of the problems that Comcast customers have been experiencing the last few weeks.  If you are a Comcast customer, then like me, you've likely experienced serious downtime and you're probably wondering what's going on.

April 15, 2005 by Phil Windley


Sharing enterprise software

Baseline Magazine (still one of my favorite sources of information about enterprise computing) has an article discussing corporations that share homegrown software using the Avalanche Corporate Technology Cooperative. According to their Web site, Avalanche's mission is to provide: A gated community that enables our members to contribute, collaborate, and legally distribute intellectual property with other members.

April 13, 2005 by Phil Windley


VoIP is giving the states heartburn

Calling Vonage "the Amazon of VoIP," a recent article in Governing magazine discusses the issues surrounding the regulation and taxation of VoIP. The reason for the Amazon comparison is a feeling in the minds of State government officials that this "problem" is analogous to the issues States have in collecting sales tax revenues on eCommerce sales.

April 8, 2005 by Phil Windley


Are you better than Berkeley?

If you graduated from Berkeley, some identity data about you is now likely in the wrong hands. According to a UC Berkeley press release, someone stole a laptop from the Graduate Division offices that contained information on people who applied to grad school from 2001 to 2004, registered as grad students from 1998 through 2003, received doctoral degrees from 1976 through 1999, and some others.

March 29, 2005 by Phil Windley


On the death of SOAP

In a series of posts, Carlos Peres declares SOAP comatose, but notofficially dead and then adds a fewnails to the coffin. Says Carlos:Today, half a year since my prediction of the rise of REST and the fall ofSOAP, denial has been now replaced with panic.

March 25, 2005 by Phil Windley


The well-prepared data center

A CIO friend of mine recently went through an experience that we should all learn from. There was a power glitch at his data center and, as it was designed to do, the UPS took over.

March 23, 2005 by Phil Windley


ETech summary, day 3

This morning's opening keynote presenter was Larry Lessig, a natural at a conference about remixing. Larry gives an amazing presentation--very entertaining and informative.

March 17, 2005 by Phil Windley