Apple's Copy Protection Isn't The Problem
Cory Doctorow, noted sci-fi writer and Boing Boing editor, marshals a strong argument against digital rights management in InformationWeek. But his assertion that there's no good DRM oversimplifies an issue that's best framed in compromises rather than absolutes.
Apple's DRM has benefited the public and the music industry. It
ERP Makeover: The Pig's Next Gig
Enterprise resource planning software--despite a long record of achievement in business process improvement--suffers from a lingering image problem. It's that ERP projects have a tendency to become resource hogs that waddle over budget and past deadline. New software in development by SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft promises to overcome the drawbacks of the past. But will ERP really get easier to deploy and manage? Or are ERP vendors merely putting lipstick on a pig?
Who Owns The Internet?
The key questions, which I hope are addressed in the hearing this week, are exactly what the Department of Commerce originally intended when it decided to work with ICANN back in 1998, whether those intentions have changed, and whether the requirements of the American business community have changed--or perhaps should change in its own best interests.
Interesting Spam Article
"The State Of Spam," by Christopher Heun, provides a good catch-up on current spam volume, its changing nature, and current enforcement activities (governmental and private sector alike). It's a must-read for anybody who deals with junk e-mail on a daily basis.
Intel Makes Branding Gamble With 'Leap Ahead' And Core 2 Duo
The next year will determine if Intel's processor portfolio overhaul of the past few weeks will successfully put the brakes on rival Advanced Micro Devices' market share assault of the past two years. But AMD executives believe Intel has again made a big error in giving up positions of strength by abandoning two of the most well-known brands in the technology industry: Intel Inside and Pentium.
Barracuda Attacks Image-Based Spam
Yesterday Barracuda Networks announced an upgrade to its Spam Firewall product that provides the ability to apply optical character recognition, or OCR, techniques to incoming e-mail. This is an important escalation in the spam/anti-spam arms race, and something that will hopefully become more common.
Will You Join The DRM Dance?
Back in the bad old days of the 1970s, Sony came out with a wonderful machine called a Betamax video tape recorder. The idea was that consumers could tape their favorite programs off of their televisions and watch them at their leisure. No longer would people have to rush home in a panic in order to catch that week's episode of Star Trek--you could watch Johnny Carson at 9 a.m. and your favorite daytime soap at 1 a.m. if you wanted.
But Universal City Studios didn't see it that way.
Microsoft Makes Its Peace With Open Source
Last month, I noted in the Linux Pipeline newsletter that Microsoft's new leadership was likely to adopt a far more pragmatic, and positive, attitude towards open-source software. I was right about what would happen, but wrong about the timing: In just two weeks, with two decisions, Microsoft has already largely demolished years of anti-Open Source dogma.
JasperSoft Launches Open-Source BI Site
JasperSoft Corp. launches JasperForge.org, a Web site that provides free access to collaborative tools for building, deploying and extending open-source business intelligence software.
Mark Cuban Says The Internet Is Boring. Oh, That It Were So
Mark Cuban's recent blog entry pays tribute to the Internet by declaring it boring. It works, and we take it for granted. He compares it to indoor plumbing, with similar dependence and lack of excitement.
The thing he ignores: the wireless Web.
Spawn Of Wikipedia
So can commoners--as the British like to refer to those not of aristocratic birth--be trusted? That's the question that two of the founders of Wikipedia appear to have asked themselves recently. And they appear to have come up with radically different answers.
Application Insight: Why I Hate Web 2.0
Hidden beneath all the new stuff collecting under the Web 2.0 umbrella is a simple fact: All that coolness exists to do an even better and more invasive job of marketing goods and services to Web users.
Skype Gets Reverse-Engineered
According to a blog post by Charlie Paglee, a Chinese technology company has successfully reverse-engineered the core Skype protocols. It's clear that the company is a long way from productizing this into something that will "compete" with Skype on a feature basis, but it's an interesting and important milestone nonetheless.
Geronimo Rides, Novell Switches Sides
Apache Geronimo is rapidly maturing as an open-source application server and, in its 1.0 version, venturing outside the protected bounds of its previously out-of-view camp. But can Geronimo keep moving and slip past the well-guarded doors to the enterprise the way JBoss did?
Windows Reactionaries, Unite!
Whenever Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, there's always a backlash from people using previous versions. "It's all just a bunch of hype," they say. "Why should I spend a lot of money to upgrade when Windows Me works just fine?"
Is Google Earth Falling Apart?
No. (Cheap, fear-mongering headlines should always be answered "Yes" or "No" to save readers from the certain inanity to follow.)
But there's more to it than that.
The story begins with an e-mail from a reader who wrote, "Google mapping technology is falling apart."
If true, that claim would make an interesting story. Given that a similar report appeared this morning in The Register, stating that Goo
Wi-Fi And The Freeloaders
The latest chapter in high-tech rudeness involves a battle brewing between steaming café and coffee shop owners and Wi-Fi freeloading laptop users. The problem is that some laptop users see nothing wrong with turning their corner coffee bars into extensions of their office--if not their actual office. They come in to take advantage of the free Internet access and end up displacing the paying clientele by hogging tables for hours while spending next to nothing. And they think nothing of it.
Eastman Credit Union Selects BI Solution
The Eastman Credit Union has selected Open Solutions' relational technology and service offering The Complete Credit Union Solution and complementary product suite to handle its enterprise-wide data processing needs.
Google Goes Back To Its Wolverine Roots
Google has once again proven it's a step ahead. It could have chosen the overcrowded, overpriced Silicon Valley to set up a new center employing 1,000 workers, but it instead chose Ann Arbor, home of co-founder Larry Page's alma mater, the University of Michigan.
Google's Gdrive Stands For 'Government Drive'
Blogger Corsin Camichel reports sighting Google's Gdrive, the company's long-rumored online storage service, following an expedition into Writely's directory structure.
Camichel says he discovered a test page for Gdrive, code-named "Platypus," in the main directory of Google's Writely online word processor. And he kindly posted a
Forcibly Led To ODF Water, Microsoft Finally Drinks
It's not like Microsoft had much choice in the matter. Even Brian Jones, an Office program manager, admitted in his blog that it was government demands that pushed Microsoft to finally do it (after he made some snarky comments that the firm hasn't seen much demand for it from corporate or consumer customers).
What I'm talking about, of course, is
Linux Users Beware: SCO's Still Got You In Its Sights
In Monday's issue of InformationWeek, I take a closer look at the latest turns in SCO's quixotic court fight against IBM. To get you through the weekend, here's a critical tidbit you need to know about now if you're a Linux user, or if you're even thinking about using Linux.
On The Road To A Wireless Internet, This Milepost Matters
On the road trip toward a genuinely useable mobile Internet, we haven't even started the car yet. We're still playing rock-scissors-paper over who's going to ride shotgun. But a couple of things last week--Intel's announcements about WiMax chief among them--suggest the scenery is about to change.
Firefox Keeps Up With Political Candidates
Today, there are more than 1,500 extensions available for the Firefox Web browser. If you need Firefox to do something, at this point, there'a a very good chance that you can find an extension capable of doing it.
Recently, however, a Firefox extension did manage to break some new ground. It become one of the first to delve into politics -- not by taking a political stand, but by helping you to make informed decision