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Solar cycles, weather and climate

There's new research on the links between solar cycles on the Sun, and the weather here on earth. This work was done by American scientists and finds connection between the 11-year solar cycles and El Nino and similar weather events on earth.

July 19, 2009 by Harry Fuller


Can innovation come in SMB packages?

I'm in Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days this week, serving as moderator for a panel discussion at the APEC SME Technology Entrepreneur Seminar.Themed "Innovation and technology: the sustaining power of SMEs in the global economic crisis", most of the presentations and keynotes urged the need for small businesses in the region to continue to innovate, in spite of the economic climate.

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ISPs a vanishing breed

I'm not sure if the situation is similar in other countries, but the technology companies we've come to know as ISPs (Internet service providers) are in danger of becoming obsolete in the Philippines.William Bill Torres, the "Father of the Philippine Internet" and co-founder of Mozcom, and the country's first ISP, discussed this predicament during the recent APRICOT technical conference when he said ISPs are no longer what they used to be.

February 28, 2009 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc


Observing the US automated elections

Before boarding my Philippine Airlines flight to San Francisco last Sunday night, a document inspector at the Centennial Airport in Manila, upon learning that I'm a journalist, asked if I was covering the U.S.

November 4, 2008 by Melvin G. Calimag and Joel D. Pinaroc

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Ireland: Where the soul of the developer can be found

After a blur of a long weekend in Dublin, Ireland, I'm replaying in my mind the course of events that took place at Mashup Camp Dublin and the great many new and old friendships that I and the rest of the Mashup Camp team either started fresh or nurtured.When Mashup Camp founder Doug Gold and I first started talking about taking Mashup Camp to Europe, I honestly think both of us were privately thinking that the other one was crazy.

November 14, 2007 by David Berlind


Mashup Camp 3 at MIT all tee'd up and ready to go (and registration is open)

It hardly seems like a year has passed since the idea of a Mashup Camp first crossed my mind. But that's exactly how long it has been since I first shared the idea with a few other people the day after I attended some after hours events that were being run in conjunction the Syndicate Conference in San Francisco.

December 13, 2006 by David Berlind


News of puppets?

I'm a big fan of Second Life. But I wonder about a Reuters bureau for SL, which was launched, along with an SL news page where stories have the gushing quality of a press release, like this:Philip Rosedale and his team at Linden Lab have almost godlike powers in Second Life that Alan Greenspan (right) could only have dreamed of, but they have much the same job managing its fast-growing economy.

October 16, 2006 by Mitch Ratcliffe


Off to DEMOfall 2006

i'm heading out to San Diego in the morning to attend the DEMOfall 2006 event. This will be my second DEMO event and the lineup of companies looks very intriguing this time around.

September 24, 2006 by Marc Orchant


Gartner on forging its own analysts' signatures: "It won't happen again."

Yesterday, I wrote about how Gartner appeared to be stooping to new lows in order to drum up attendance for its events by making it appear as though the email invitations to those events were written and signed by its analysts (I provided an example).  As it turns out (see the update to that blog post), Gartner's marketing department was essentially forging the "signatures" of its analysts without the analysts' knowledge.

September 7, 2006 by David Berlind


Is Gartner stooping to new lows to boost event attendance?

Ever since attending my first Gartner Symposium (a little less than a month after 9/11/01.... my flights were empty), I've been subject to a barrage of emails and snail-mails from Gartner's marketing department inviting me to attend the myriad events run annually by the research outfit.

September 6, 2006 by David Berlind


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