China Lifts Wikipedia Ban
China lifted its ban on Wikipedia and popularity is over the moon, with more than 1,200 users registering to contribute to the site every day.
Authorities had been blocking both the Chinese and the English versions of Wikipedia steadily since October 2005. The sites previously had been blocked in China only intermittently. The lengthy ban
Cheap One-Laptop-Per-Child Assembly Line Gets Rolling
The first 200 units in the low-cost One Laptop Per Child project rolled off the assembly line. Full mass production is due to start in the second quarter of 2007,
The OLPC laptop features a 2.6.19 Linux kernel, and an integrated user environment called Sugar that includes a web browser, a chat system, a simple word processor, and other basic software components. Additional applications will be availabl
Nifty Download: 'Faviconize' Your Firefox Tabs
The nifty Faviconize Tab extension minimizes the width of the label on a Firefox tab to just the favicon, to save space on your desktop. You can decide which URLs should alwas be "faviconized," and which ones should have their titles spelled out.
What's a favicon? Look to the top of your Firefox browser window right now. See the address bar? See the little "IW" immediately to the left of it? That's a favicon.
Why Open Source Java Is Such A Big Deal
Well, it's not like the Open Sourcing of Java was a great surprise to most industry observers, but this week's announcement by Sun Microsystems that it is, in fact, releasing the Java Software Development Kit and JVM, the Java Compiler, and the just-in-time byte-code compiler known as HotSpot is a Really Big Deal nonetheless.
Beating Back 'BlackBerry Thumb'
Uh-oh, time to call the lawyers? Come to think of it, better make that HR, too! One of the latest cautions making the rounds has "Crackberry" addicts suing their employers down the road over repetitive strain injuries attributed to overuse of the popular handheld email device and similar devices.
Why IBM Stands for India Beijing Machines
If there were any doubts left about IBM no longer considering itself a U.S. company that operates internationally, but rather an international company that happens to operate in the U.S., those doubts should have been erased over the past couple of weeks.
Web 3.0 Bombs Among Bloggers
Web 3.0 is dead on arrival. In Sunday's New York Times, respected technology journalist John Markoff detailed the coming of Web 3.0 - the movement to imbue digital data with meaning so that it can be better understood by computers - and the blogosphere shot the idea down in cold prose.
Get On Board The Vista Express Upgrade
The Christmas train is comin', it's rolling round the bend,
The dark clouds of Vista's delay already hang over the holiday PC selling season, and Microsoft and PC makers are trying desperately to turn lemons into lemonade with an "Express Upgrade" coupon program. But some computer comp
But I ain't seen new Windows since I don't know when.
Vista's not quite ready, but I need a new PC.
Should I wait or should I buy now? That's what tortures me.
How Trustworthy Is The Web?
My eleven-year-old daughter loves Wikipedia. Just loves it. Give her an assignment that requires research, and that site is her first stop. And no matter how much I have cautioned her, she takes everything she finds there as gospel truth.
Universal Music Head Says iPod Owners Are Thieves
"These devices are just repositories for stolen music, and they all know it," UMG chairman/CEO Doug Morris says.
Some may be thieves, but all iPod owners are customers and potential customers of UMG's product. Big media companies like Universal routinely think of their customers as the enemy, and they talk about it publicly. That's a good way to put yourself out of business.
Is Management Consulting A Scam?
Joel Spolsky writes that management consultants who hire on to big companies to improve IT are scamming the companies they work for:
A management consultant at Bain wrote me a nice email, that included the following sentence:
"Our team is conducting a benchmarking effort to gather an outside-in view on development performance metrics and best practice approaches to issues of
Webmethods Moves Toward The SOA Promised Land
WebMethods is a good example of an old-time enterprise application integration vendor that's moving as fast as possible to meet the rising demand for tools to build service-oriented architectures. A form of distributed computing, SOAs make it possible to reuse applications in multiple business processes. This bit of magic is usually performed through the use of interfaces that leverage XML standards.
Ajax13: New Online Office Suite
Ajax13 joins the field of online office suites, including a word processor, spreadsheet, drawing program, presentation software, and music player and manager.
I gave it a three-minute test drive, spending most of that time in the word processor, and here's what stands out: It's designed to look like
Excuse Me, Michael Copps, You're The Good Guy
Last week I was spitting nails about the Federal Communication Commission's decision in the Logan Airport WiFi case. But it turns out I was spitting them at the wrong person. I called Commissioner Michael J. Copps the thief-in-charge at the FCC. My mistake. That would be FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin. Copps, a Democrat in his second term on the commission, has fought the good fight agains
What's Web 2.0?
While everyone in high tech land knows about Web 2.0, it appears most marketers have no clue what it means. According to a survey conducted by MarketTool, 78 percent of marketers have no idea what Web 2.0 is. Even more interesting, of those who had heard of the term, many thought it referred to "Companies that survived the dot com crash and are now thriving."
Stealth Layoffs and Reputation Monitoring
A growing body of search software products aims to help a company understand and manage its reputation on the general Web, among media sources and in the blogosphere. Is software the best method of securing good public opinion?
VMware's Diane Greene Is For Real, But Is Los Angeles?
A conversation with Diane Greene, president of VMware, is an unusual experience among powerhouse software companies. She is the organizing force behind a company that is a market leader, but there's little of the weighty, driven executive about her.
IT Confidential: Supreme Court Says, Show Me The Data
As of Dec. 1, federal regulations will require companies to inventory all their data. Are you prepared to dig out that incriminating E-mail string? If not, you'd better have a good reason or a lot of extra cash.