Stealing From Google
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With $1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say I ignore online ads.
Microsoft Does What The Others Didn't
Microsoft, according to a number of reports, is "evolving its position" on the OpenDocument format. Although Microsoft told the State of Massachusetts last month that Office 12 will not support ODF -- and state officials effectively told Redmond to shove off by endorsing the format anyway -- the company was apparently hedging its bets in a big way.
Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?
Reading the recent news out of Google, I can't help thinking about Netscape. Like Google, Netscape had a dazzling entry into the world of business. At that time, Web browsers were still a new thing; there were literally two dozen commonly available, none of them with decisive market dominance. And none of them presented any significant competition to the Netscape browser, which was decisively smaller, faster and lighter.
Later, Netscape launched the first superstar dotcom IPO.
EULA Be Sorry Someday
Most software licenses serve two purposes: They demand the right to do crazy things, so that the slightly less crazy things they really want to do look reasonable; and they discourage users from thinking too hard about this fact. There's a way to solve the second problem -- and if you own or manage a business, thinking about the first problem might be a very good idea.
SureWest Delivers First HDTV Service Over IP
The company has linked more than 80,000 Northern California homes to a fiber-optic network, and plans to deliver 260 video and music channels as well as voice and broadband Internet access.
A Question For All Of You
Let's say a car dealer sells you a new set of wheels. Then, let's say they send a mechanic to your house six months later who yanks out the stereo, replaces it with an AM radio and a coat-hangar antenna, and tells you it's an "upgrade." Most of us would call this behavior insane, stupid, suicidal, or all of the above. Yet here in the tech industry, we call it something else: a business model. Here's my question for all of you: Just how common is it?
Skype Aims For More Business Customers
The new software will work from a centralized, Web-based management console and let employers provision premium Skype services like voice mail and external calling.
Group Announces VoIP Security Taxonomy
By defining the kinds and nature of threats, the organization hopes to provide a common reference point to deal systematically with VoIP security issues.
Videocast: Firefox Heading For A Wall
My Web video debut describes how Firefox's stalled market share and the threat of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 could mean big trouble soon for the plucky, open-source browser. Download the video here (Windows Media format, 2 min., 7 sec, 7.3 MB), or, if you have your podcasting software pointing at this blog, the video should download automatically.
Like I said, this is my first effort, so it's not exactly an awar
Apple's Captive Audience
One year ago, Apple Computer dumped iTunes 4.7 on millions of unsuspecting customers. If that sounds like an ominous way to describe a routine software update, it's because this "update" -- or, if you prefer, "trojan horse" -- is more notorious for what it took away from users' systems than for what it added.
Kurzweil: World-Wide Mesh In World-Wide Web's Future
If CIOs think they have a challenging job today, look what's on the horizon.
In the fourth of a five-part interview, the IT innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees the Internet rapidly evolving to a world-wide mesh, tied together by an unimaginable number of devices, including ones embedded in the environment, on our clothing, and inside our bodies. Devices now spokes on the network, such as cell phones and wireless PDAs, wil
Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs
Cisco will target its NAC strategy on layer 2 of the network by offering support for its Catalyst switches as well as its wireless access points and controller platforms.
Business Makes the Rules
Vendors promise to put business staff in charge of rules, but do you really want users messing with mission-critical apps? Here's how Freddie Mac, LexisNexis, STW Fixed Income Management and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona are balancing responsibilities for creating and maintaining business rules.
IBM Acquires DataPower To Speed XML And SOA Adoption
IBM estimates building out enterprise infrastructures for Web services and service-oriented architecture will amount to a market "in the tens of billions" of dollars, and is looking to Data Power's XML message processing line to help get it there.
Google Is Hiring
In a report issued last week, Susquehanna Financial Group said that Google's rapidly growing head-count could moderate its third-quarter earnings.
Google's site currently advertises 587 types of job openings.
SFG estimates that Google is hiring more than 10 new employees per day and notes that Google confirmed at the Web 2.0 conference two weeks ago that it had accelerated its hiring.
VoIP: Europe Not Really Interested, Study Says
Fewer than half of the European organizations surveyed have spent anything on IP telephony, and less than a third expect to increase spending this year, according to a new Forrester study.