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What The One-Laptop-Per-Child $100 Laptop Will Look Like
Commentary  |  1/3/2007  | 
The Associated Press has an intriguing description of the user interface and software that comes with the One Laptop Per Child $100 laptop. It abandons the application-document-folder-desktop metaphor that's been used for PCs since the original Apple Macintosh in 1984, instead arranging files chronologically, in a "journal."

Firefox 3: From HTML Renderer To Information Broker
Commentary  |  1/3/2007  | 
Looks like the Mozilla folks are working on turning Firefox from HTML renderer to information broker. Using technology called "microformats," the browser would be able to link content in Web pages to the appropriate application on the client. Users would be able to click to add contact information on a Web page to their address book, or an appointment to their calendar, or translate an address to their favorite map. We can already do some of this now; Alex Faaborg, a user experience designer a
Mainstream BI May Bring Failed Apprentices
Commentary  |  1/3/2007  | 
I once had the pleasure of hearing Louis Rossetto, co-founder and then editor of Wired Magazine, talk about the impact the Internet would have on more-established media. It won't kill older media, he said, but it will have an indelible impact. I'm now reminded of those comments as once-specialized software vendors eye mainstream deployments.
2007: Change is the Constant
Commentary  |  1/2/2007  | 
It's that time when everyone reveals their predictions, from the staid to the outlandish. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal can't decide whether inflation is a threat, but a psychic interviewed on "Coast to Coast" is certain that radio personality Dr. Laura Schlessinger will discover that she's a remarkable singer.
Do People Matter?
Commentary  |  1/2/2007  | 
What The Person Who Has Everything Needs--Help
Commentary  |  1/2/2007  | 
Congratulations. All those LCD TVs and iPods and digital cameras you bought helped make consumer electronics the big winner in an otherwise sorta slow Christmas sellfest. And now that everybody at your house has the gadgets they've always wanted, what do you want most? Probably help getting them installed/adjusted/fixed.
ParkWhiz Helps Find Parking
Commentary  |  1/2/2007  | 
The phosphors were barely dry on my earlier post about local Internet services when I stumbled across this on digg: The ParkWhiz service lets you search for parking before you get into your car.

The First Buzzword Of 2007: Placeblogs
Commentary  |  1/2/2007  | 
Local search is looking like it's going to be big this year. The latest entrant, which went live New Year's Day, is Placeblogger, which describes itself this way: "Welcome to Placeblogger, where you can discover, browse, and subscribe to local blogs. Placeblogs are sites devoted to a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region. They're watercoolers for local discus
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