Post Vista: Microsoft Hints At What Comes Next
When asked the other day about what's missing from Windows Vista, Steve Ballmer refused to be drawn into the discussion. "I don't choose to go down that path, sorry," he replied. At today's official launch of Vista in New York, however, Ballmer opened up, rattling off a list of things customers can expect to see in Vista's successor.
E-Tailers Leaving Money On The Table Thanks To Weak Web Sites
One week after I'd already bought three holiday presents online I learned that the vast majority of Web sites are vulnerable to attack by malicious hackers and that such security concerns are expected to drive away potential customers who would have shelled out nearly $2 billion online this year. The only real surprise is why those numbers aren't higher.
Lovin' An Elevator -- Or Not
New elevators in skyscrapers with multiple banks of lifts don't have buttons inside them -- instead, you punch in your destination while you're calling the elevator, and the controlling computer directs people to cars that are going to floors that are close to each other.
Cooliris: It's A Keeper
I've been using Cooliris for about a day now, and my verdict so far: it's a keeper.
Cooliris helps you check out a page to see if it's worth visiting. Cooliris is a browser plug-in that lets you mouse over Web links and get a pop-up window that shows the Web page on the other end of that link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.
Visit Google's Super-Secret Experimental Playground: Searchmash
Searchmash is Google's site for experimenting with new features in its core search business.
Visiting Searchmash, you're confronted with a mostly-blank page, with a logo, and a one-line text entry field inviting you to type a search query.
Enter a query and you get a single page that shows search results, with side-panels showing search results in images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia.
First, a confession: Like a lot of tech enthusiasts, I'm a long-time science fiction reader (and a sometime science fiction writer), and so articles that describe new inventions, technical gadgets, or future possibilities always catch my attention.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.
Ancient Computer Reveals Unexepected Technical Sophistication
The Antikythera Mechanism -- a device from ancient Greece dated between 150-100 B.C.E. -- has been examined with modern imaging technology and, according to researchers, the device shows "an unexpected degree of technical sophistication for the period."
Web 2.0 And The Ajax Challenge
Web 2.0, and in particular the Ajax technology that often embodies it, has the technology world abuzz. Ajax facilitates more interactive Web sites that deliver a better user experience. With Ajax, Web-based software makes data retrieval transparent to the user, so software behaves more like it's running locally.
Best Comments From The IW Blog Community
Our community participants speak out on the World of Warcraft French connection, Microsoft's litigation threats against Linux users, Apple's possible tablet PC, and employees Web surfing on company time.
Gingrich: Government Needs To Limit Free Speech
WCSH6 in Portland, Maine: "Gingrich Says Government May Have To Limit Speech In Terror War: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich used a New Hampshire event dedicated to freedom of speech to say the United States will have to re-examine that constitutional right as it fights terrorism." He reportedly singled out the Internet as a channel that needs "a different set of rules."
This story has been making the rounds of the Int
BitTorrent Raises $25 Million, Ousts Founder Bram Cohen
TechCrunch is reporting that BitTorrent received $25 million in funding and ousted CEO Bram Cohen, who created the BitTorrent protocol. The company signed licensing agreements with Warner Bros., Paramount, and others to sell movies and TV shows priced starting at $1 each, and will put its software on DVRs, cable boxes, and wireless routers to allow BitTorrent users to download legal movies or
Cooliris Is The Coolerest
Cooliris is a browser extension that give you previews of links without clicking on them, by hovering the mouse pointer over the link, then moving your mouse pointer over a tiny little icon that appears when you hover the mouse over a link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.
Cooliris reduces back-and-forths that result from clicking a link and finding out that the page is unsuitable or the link broken.
To get a look at Co
The Ripple Effects Of E-Discovery
When I last tread this space, it was to alert readers who weren't already aware, of the Dec. 1rst launch of new federal rules regarding electronic discovery. By the way, there's no new law. The new requirements are just an extension of existing rules, which you can find here.
Can YouTube Help Verizon Wireless' Video Business?
Next month YouTube, the popular video-sharing site recently acquired by Google, is going mobile on Verizon Wireless cell phones that use its Vcast service for on-demand video clips. YouTube will benefit from the deal by monetizing its free content, but Verizon Wireless will need to lower the price it charges for its video service if it wants more subscribers to tune in.
TinyURL Comes To Firefox 2.0
One of my favorite Firefox extensions has finally been updated for Firefox 2.0. TinyURL lets you make wicked long URLs into short ones, which are easier to e-mail to other people, post to newsgroups, or write down with a pen and paper.
For example: Consider this URL:
French Minister: Stop Outsourcing World Of Warcraft
The French are known for guarding their culture jealously, though somewhat ineffectively. American icons McDonald's and Disney were greeted with indignation and scorn upon their arrival in Paris, but both institutions are currently thriving in the country. Now the French are ready to throw down. You can Americanize their palettes and globalize their theme parks, but no one, personne, is going to outsource their video games.
Microsoft's Big Day
Gentlemen and gentlewomen, start your engines.
The next generation of Microsoft's flagship operating system (Vista), office productivity suite (Office 2007), and e-mail platform (Exchange 2007) will be officially unveiled this week. The event is hugely significant for Microsoft; its desktop and server products accounted for 82% of the company's $44.3 billion revenue last year. That's one big cash cow.
Applying Semantic Web Ideals
"From the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence.
DMCA Exemptions Leave Most Consumers Out In The Cold
Late last Wednesday, while the rest of us were out shopping for last-minute Thanksgiving essentials, the U.S. Copyright Office let fly with a list of exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The exemptions provide much-needed relief for libraries, the disabled, researchers, and price-conscious cell phone users, but they are framed in excessively narrow terms, and they don't address the chief problems that the DMCA creates for most consumers.
Your Tax Dollars At Work
The developer of a new computer wargame developed by the U.S. Army says he was required to dumb down the enemy forces. "A new video game commissioned by the U.S. Army as a recruiting tool portrays the nation's military in 2015 as an invulnerable high-tech machine," said Wired News..
Gamers on Battlefront.com give the title good reviews, but complain about the game being paid for with their tax
Put Up Or Shut Up, Microsoft
I can't decide whether Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been acting on some carefully constructed business strategy, or is just off his meds again. But his threats against companies that run Linux are getting old. When Ballmer blustered that "In a sense you could say anybody who has got Linux in their data center today sort of has an undisclosed balance sheet liability," he probably intended to strike fear into the hearts of companies running Linux servers. But instead it was one of those acutely
Can u rd ths msg? Texting 101 For Parents
Can you read your children's text messages? If you have trouble deciphering them, you're probably not alone. Many parents complain that they cannot understand the arcane jargon of SMS.
Keep An Eye On Sales Force Automation
For companies looking to extend their customer relationship management software to sales the time is right to look at sales-force automation applications, particularly from those vendors that offer SFA as a Web service. That's according to market research firm Gartner, which recently released its predictions for the SFA market.