Alerted not alarmed [The Register]
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Bill Gates just gave a talk at a Gartner symposium where he predicted that hardware would get so cheap as to be essentially free. This is a pretty visionary idea -- and, I think, plausible enough; you can buy a $0.99 singing greeting card today with more computing power than all the world's digital computers at the launch of Sputnik (multiple Soviet space-programs' worth of cycles for under a buck!), so the idea of powerful, useful hardware going ubiquitous and cheap is pretty nifty and pretty credible.
In the same breath, though, Gates predicts that software won't be free -- though he has no good explanation for this (presumably, it's because universal free software would be bad for his buiness, so he can't bring himself to contemplate the possibility). This kind of blinkered thinking does Microsoft -- which could be capable of pursuing lots of profitable strategies that don't involve fighting the future tooth and nail -- no credit. If the senior management at Microsoft is this head-in-sand over production trends in software, maybe it's time for the Board of Directors to think about hiring a new chief architect and CEO.
I suspect that it was this kind of thinking that led Microsoft superstar David Stutz to write his blazing resignation when he quit the company last year.
Digging in against open source commoditization won't work - it would be like digging in against the Internet, which Microsoft tried for a while before getting wise. Any move towards cutting off alternatives by limiting interoperability or integration options would be fraught with danger, since it would enrage customers, accelerate the divergence of the open source platform, and have other undesirable results. Despite this, Microsoft is at risk of following this path, due to the corporate delusion that goes by many names: "better together," "unified platform," and "integrated software." There is false hope in Redmond that these outmoded approaches to software integration will attract and keep international markets, governments, academics, and most importantly, innovators, safely within the Microsoft sphere of influence. But they won't .
(via /.) [Boing Boing]
A gigantic photomontage created by Kodak scored an entry in the Guinness book of world records, and took home gold at the Effie Hellas 2004 Awards. The photomontage - titled "The Whole of Greece in One Smile" -- is comprised of 16,609 photos of Greek citizens, and covers a surface area of over 5,000 square feet.
Link (Thanks, Jean-Luc) [Boing Boing]
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Another Microsoft "innovation" that's already been invented -- see, for example Technorati and Feedster -- but overall I'm glad to see the big guys getting behind blogging as a form of its own.
Mercury News: Microsoft plans search site for Weblogs. Microsoft became the first big Internet company Friday to say that it would create a special search Web site just for Weblogs. The company said MSN Blogbot will debut in the first half of the year, along with MSN Newsbot, a search site devoted to news.
Lots of news from Google today, most of it listed at: What's New from Google.
Some highlights: The redesign has gone public for everyone. Froogle is now featured in the toolbar at the top of every page.
A new numrange search, that allows you to type
$250..350and get results including any number in between.
But perhaps most interesting is new Personalized Web Search which lets you specify categories of interest and then uses them to rank results in those categories higher than they would normally be.[Google Weblog]
Thursday, March 25, 2004
Thursday, March 18, 2004
Indian Express Group:
I'm afraid the others don't have a clue as to what RSS/ATOM mean. My mails to them have had no response. It's the usual blackhole that one sees of large corporates !! Whatz surprising is that a lot more "phoren" content providers like BusinessWeek have been kind enough to respond to my queries and suggestions regarding providing RSS feeds.
Indian Portals that I've written to and which have not responded nor given RSS feeds include
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
The home page for the Workshop is @:
An archive of the talks (RealAudio) & contributions/presentations are available from this site as well.
Friday, March 12, 2004
It's a standard Silicon Valley success story: Entrepreneur starts company in his home, and becomes a leading player in his high-tech field. Only this time, the founder has had to build his business when he's not doing his homework.
GNU Screen: an introduction and beginner's tutorial
Most modern Unix-based operating systems (e.g. Linux, MacOS X, and BSD) come with a little console-mode utility called GNU Screen. It's a powerful tool in the hands of the console warrior, a veritable Swiss Army knife of text-mode human-computer interaction. This utility, despite its considerable usefulness, goes unused by a great many people. Why is this? Few people even know it's there, and those that do rarely understand the problem it solves. In this article, I will explain what screen does for you, and provide a simple set of instructions for accomplishing basic tasks using screen. My audience is those that are skilled with the command line but who have little or no experience with screen itself.
Hope for a compromise?
Mark Bernstein points to a post by Dave Winer, asking for a merge of Atom and RSS (2.0). It would be a nice thing, and would certainly make things easier on us aggregator developers :) I wonder if the interpersonal politics will prove to be too much though...
More on the SCO/MS thing
Tim Bray has more on the MS funding SCO thing:
Business Week says that Microsoft did lead the Venture Cap horse to the SCO trough. I tend to trust Business Week. Uh, would Martin Taylor like to clarify his statement that the allegations "are not accurate"?
Back to Scoble :)
IBM plans to more than double its work force in Calcutta to 4,000 by the end of this year,
IBM plans to more than double its work force in Calcutta to 4,000 by the end of this year, according to West Bengal state officials, as part of its expansion plans in India.
Apple CEO Jobs received no bonus for 2003, as his salary remained unchanged at a nominal $
Apple CEO Jobs received no bonus for 2003, as his salary remained unchanged at a nominal $1. He did get a big stock grant early last year, however, in exchange for out-of-the-money options.
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Google is in many ways the most useful tool available to the bad guys, and the most dangerous Web site on the Internet for many, many thousands of individuals and organizations.
By Scott Granneman Mar 09 2004 12:58PM PT
Internet Providers Sue Hundreds for Spam
Intel says it won't support China's Wi-Fi rules
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Guess whoz on the Net in the "new" way - via RSS (not the socio-political orgn) and blogs - nowadays ?!
For those who are interested in knowing more about RSS/ATOM feeds, read
The really simple future of the web
What the hell is RSS ?
Blogs are also getting hotter by the day, more so with RSS/ATOM feeds easily integrating into them and cool posting tools !!
An interesting read on how M$ is doing "brave" new PR stuff via an "innovative" strategy is one of using its employee's blogs for passing on "cutting edge" stuff as well as talk subtly about its practices, happenings, etc is available from http://radio.weblogs.com/0001011/2004/03/08.html#a6907
Try for more of same variety @
Sun Systems Bloggers - not in the same league as our friends above ;-)
You'll be surprised at how much info is coming out of there. It's treading a very thin line on what to disclose and what not to. And companies are beginning to evolve policies for these !
FWIW, more and more companies are trying to provide RSS/ATOM feeds both to their internal and external audience.
And, some companies are scrambling (so to speak) to get RSS technology embedded into their OS (M$ - LongHorn, Sun - JDS) for various reasons !
For some more related info on RSS/ATOM readers, blogs, and such, visit My RSS/ATOM Page
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Thursday, March 04, 2004
How Tiny Swiss Cellphone Chips Helped Track Global Terror Web
Fear Not Outsourcing, Knowledge Workers
A look inside DoCoMo's 4G world
Gartner says camera phone bans in the workplace not effective
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
Washington, March 2
Outsourcing is here to stay. And the tacit acknowledgement comes from the redoubtable Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) by starting a regular course on outsourcing at its famed Alfred P Sloan School of Management.
Read more @
New IBM Partner Program Looks to Key Industries
By Darryl K. Taft
March 2, 2004
LAS VEGAS—IBM Tuesday will announce a new approach to seeking business partners in select industries.
RSS for RFPs
Tuesday, March 02, 2004 4:07 AM
Windley points to an interesting use of RSS - a feed run by the Utalh State
dept of purchasing, advertising the current bids page. That's a great way to
get information out - consulting companies should pay attention to this.
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Network certification choices grow with Cisco
... "An interesting twist on this is what Cisco is trying now. Cisco took an interesting internal development, staffed it with some of its best people, gave it some money - and set it free, with a "buyback" provision built in at a pre-arranged price when the new company hits its benchmarks. Very creative and maybe that is the future model, because it's clear that the old model of a corporate R&D division just ain't working." ...
Read the complete article @
AMD Names Chief Strategy Officer
Advanced Micro Devices on Monday named its first chief strategy officer
in the company's history, responsible for seeking out new markets and
focusing the company's direction.
CA's Kumar Knocks Protectionism, Oracle Takeover
... Companies will always tend to go "where the talent is" he said, but Computer Associates' high level software design and development will remain focused at its U.S. headquarters, he said. ...
The Three Big Lies of the modern corporation
1. The customer come first.
2. We make our decisions on behalf of our shareholders.
3. Employees are our most important asset.
Art Kleiner's newest book, Who Really Matters: The Core Group Theory of Power, Privilege & Success explores a theory that's more parsimoniously tied to observable facts -- that the goals of organizations are determined by a small "core group" of people who matter.
For those whose RSS reader does not (yet) support atom.xml use the following handy site that converts Atom to RSS.
Instead of using your regular link to the atom.xml feed, use the following URL:
Another method is:
Sun Develops New Infinite Access Security Model
Sun plans to invisibly integrate multi-factor authentication, identity management,
and containment support into its software products and platforms. Sun's Java
Desktop System will be the first product to integrate complete out-of-the-box
support for Java Card multi-factor authentication technology.
Sun Releases Identity Manager for Microsoft, Other Platforms
Sun Identity Manager (formerly known as Waveset Lighthouse) offers enterprise-wide
identity management of Microsoft environments. The solution features
quick-to-deploy provisioning, plus password and directory-management capabilities.
Sun also offers packaged integration with Solaris, Linux, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and
Rage Against Offshoring Is Very Real
Rage Against Off-Shoring Is Off Target
SPECIAL REPORT ON THE U.S. ECONOMY
Where Your Job Is Going
Monday, March 01, 2004
Is IT happening in 2004 ?
Enthusiasts Call Web Feed Next Big Thing
One good reason not to get a mobile phone with SMS capabilities :) ...
"Yahoo! news reports that South Korea's third-largest credit card issuer, KEB Credit Service, fired 161 people -- a quarter of its workforce -- via mobile phone text messages." ...
Google Founders Keep 'Top 100' List of New Ideas
... "For 20 percent of your time, if you're working at Google, you can do what you
think is the best thing to do," Page, 31, said. ...