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Chief Content Officer, UBM TechWeb
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Articles by David Berlind
posted in September 2008

Podcast: Is There Room For Another RIA Platform? Curl Thinks So.

9/18/2008
Just when you thought there were enough rich Internet application (RIA) platforms and runtimes on the market (Adobe's Flex, Microsoft's Silverlight, Sun's JavaFX, etc.), another one turns up claiming to solve a problem the other ones don't. In the case of the one I found at Web 2.0 Expo, the company is Curl and the unique selling proposition of its RIA platform, according to chief architect Bert Halstead in the audio interview below, is that it outperforms the others, particularly in enterprise

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Tim O'Reilly's Plea At Interop & Web 2.0: Create More Value Than You Capture

9/18/2008
I was live blogging Tim O'Reilly's keynote here at Interop and Web 2.0 Expo when FireFox "unexpectedly quit" according to the error dialog. So, I've relaunched and will attempt to capture some of what I lost. O'Reilly is on stage (photo below) talking about two major themes: First, how Web meets World and secondly how to create more value than you're capturing. "You better be working on something that can really make a difference" he just said (as my system was recovering).

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Novell CEO Zigs At Interop. Meanwhile, Web 2.0 (Across The Hall) Zags

9/17/2008
If you're not here at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, then what you may not know is that Interop and Web 2.0 Expo (both sisters to InformationWeek under the TechWeb umbrella) are running side-by-side with one another in the same building. What's really odd about this is that if you're at Interop, you can almost feel the Web 2.0 folks across the way disruptively changing the course of IT history while those here at Interop continue to evangelize the tried and true a

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IBM's Bob Picciano Shows Off IBM's Forward Thinking On Social Networks

9/17/2008
I'm at Interop in NYC on the first day of the exhibition and, to kick the day off, there's a lineup of four keynotes in a row and I've planted myself in the front row of the keynote hall at the Jacob Javits Center to hear what each of the speakers has to say. First on stage was IBM Lotus Software and WebSphere Portal general manager Bob Picciano, who showed how some of IBM's traditional solutions, such as its Sametime unified communications offering, are bridging the gap to social networking tre

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Could There Be More To Google, Android, Chrome, & Gears Than Meets The Eye?

9/12/2008
Yesterday, I wrote about the war -- more like the Armageddon -- that's on the verge of eruption in the mobile space. Given how critical third-party software developers are to the strategic success of any platform ecosystem, we can fully expect Apple, Google, RIM, Sun (with Java), the Symbian Foundation, Adobe, and others to fight tooth and nail for every mobile developer on the planet. More than one will

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Officially On The Tech Radar: The Mobile Arms Race

9/11/2008
Although it clearly matters, this isn't just about everyone-mobile-but-Apple vs. Apple. This also is about the war for the hearts and minds of mobile developers that's about to erupt as those in grave danger of becoming mobile has-beens seek to restore their luster, the latest stars look to extend their momentum and, in some cases, their advantage, and the players stuck in the middle hope to avoid becoming collateral damage. Yeah, the iPhone has got some mojo. But there are really no clear winne

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Live Blogging: IBM Rolls Out 'Event Processing' Roadmap, Goes After Business Agility

9/9/2008
I'm at the Taj Hotel, attending IBM's eXtreme Business Event Processing Summit, looking to live blog the action as IBM's Software Group senior VP Steve Mills takes the stage to make what's expected to be some big announcements. I'll be updating this blog with text, photos, and eventually video (once we get it produced). First up at the podium was IBM SOA & WebSphere VP Sandy Carter (photo below), who set the stage by defining the term "event," setting the tone for IBM's road map to make business

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Could "ReTweeting" Become Ground Zero For Virulent Political Influence?

9/8/2008
Other than using Twitter a couple of times to point to some of Jon Stewart's hysterically funny videos, my public usage of Twitter (I'm "dberlind") is very much apolitical. I can't say the same however for the many people whose Twitter feeds I follow. It's becoming evident to me that it's not just what people are "tweeting" that could influence opinions, but what what they're "retweeting" or "RTing." Through retweeting, you can pretty much watch the viru

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Having Fully Shattered Global Voice Roaming Fees, MaxRoam To Whack At Data Next

9/8/2008
If, at the end of each year, I was to identify the top 10 most disruptive solutions that merit your attention, MaxRoam would be at the top of my list every year running. I was turned on to MaxRoam last year when I went to Ireland for Mashup Camp (speaking of which, the next Mashup Camp in Silicon Valley starts on Nov. 17). If you live in the U.S. and travel internationally, then you know that AT&T and T-Mobile rape you

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Globally, Chrome Zings Past Opera And, In Our Logs, Safari & IE8, Too

9/5/2008
Judging by what's happening in both private and public logs of Web traffic, Google's Chrome is seeing the sort of uptick in popularity that other browsers have only dreamed of. The question is whether things will die down once the bloom is off the rose, particularly given the beta status of Chrome and the shortcomings that often go with that status. When we here at InformationWeek saw how Chrome bypassed Opera yesterday as it edged up on Safari (according to GetClicky's global stats), w

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Perhaps One Day, We'll Send Our VMs Away For Their Updates

9/5/2008
Some people think I'm crazy, but I really love my current system configuration. I run with a MacBook Pro and it's worth every ounce of weight and every dollar paid for it. Thanks to VMware's VMware Fusion which lets me run Windows Vista in a virtual machine on this Mac, I'm having my cake and eating it too (read on, and you'll see what I mean by that). But I'm irked by a little quirk and am now wondering what role the cloud (particularly offerings like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud or maybe som

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Google Chrome Is Unresponsive. Restart Now?

9/4/2008
That's the error message I get when attempting to launch an additional Chrome window from a Chrome shortcut (like the one its installation routine puts in Windows' Quick Launch Bar). How do you reproduce it and what's the workaround? Read on. But remember folks: it's "beta."

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What Do The ISO And The NBA Have In Common?

9/3/2008
My favorite quote of the day so far comes from a comment that was filed on Bob Sutor's post about how the International Organization of Standardization is risking irrelevancy based on the way it ignored objections to the rushing of the Office Open XML (OOXML) specification through the ISO's ratification process. OOXML is primarily a Microsoft-authored competitor to the already ISO-ratified OpenDocument Format (ODF). Bob Sutor is the gr

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How To Keep A Mobile Number Active For The Least Money

9/3/2008
One of the advantages of working here at TechWeb is that the company will provide me with an activated BlackBerry phone with the added benefit of never having to fill out an expense report for it. Woo-hoo! But, if I want to move my existing cell phone number to that BlackBerry, the company's fine print is clear that I will never get the number back. In order to keep that number active so people don't lose track of me, my only choice is to do so at my own expense. But, with all the crazy wireless

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Google's Chrome-yism. Are Multiple Internets The End Game?

9/2/2008
I've installed and played with Chrome but I'll spare you my review of it. What's more interesting to me and of concern to you is where the Internet is heading as specific client- and server-side technologies (as well as the entities in between) become deeply aligned with one another at the expense of openness. Or should I say Internets? Upon close examination, the executives of Google and Mozilla, two organizations famously aligned against mutual rivals, didn't mince words. From 3,000 miles away

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Podcast: Google's Matt Glotzbach On Addition Of Video For Business To Google Apps

9/2/2008
The way Google Enterprise director of product management Matt Glotzbach describes it in the attached podcast interview, behind the firewall publishing of video for a variety of purposes (e.g., training) has strictly been the domain of corporations with deep pockets. But given today's addition of secure video publishing and sharing as a feature to the $50 per user per year version of Google Apps (the premier version), businesses need not be Fortune 500 companies to get what essentially is a priva

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