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InformationWeek Daily - Monday, Nov 12, 2007
Will Apple Nickel And Dime iPhone Users To Death?
You know, I'm so glad that sophisticated, cool-looking smartphones like the iPhone have replaced the clunkier, less communicative PDAs of yesteryear. Because now we can pay $50 a year to do some of the stuff that we used to be able to do for free.
At least, that was my second reaction when I found out that the iPhone was adding what to some of us is an important function: the ability to work with documents. Transmedia has launched its Web-based Glide Mobile application that allows iPhone users to create and edit Microsoft Word and Open Office documents, PDFs, and Web sites. You get 2 GB of storage for free; if that's not enough, you have to shell out This $49.95 for 12 GB.
My first reaction was: Good for them! Back in the Old Days, you had to carry around two digital devices -- a phone to make, well, phone calls, and a PDA for everything else. One of the things you could do on that PDA was to edit and create documents -- get yourself a lightweight portable keyboard to go with it, and you could get a lot of work done in trains, planes, and waiting rooms without having to drag around your notebook. However, the keyboard was the only added expense -- the word processor was usually already included with the PDA.
Okay, I admit it -- this may all be sour grapes on my part. Because I'm unwilling to pay the high maintenance price demanded of iPhone owners, I'm not one of those who gets to play with such an admittedly cool piece of technology -- especially when it finally will be able to do something I would find really useful. And unless you really expect to fill 12 GB of space with documents, you may be able to keep to the free service.
However, I would like to caution all you lucky iPhone fans to keep an eye on those nickels and dimes. A fee of $50 a year doesn't sound like a lot -- but there will be more to come, and at the end of the line, you may be paying a lot more for the privilege of owning an iPhone than you bargained for.
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Cmdr Taco: At 10-Years Old, Slashdot Continues To Play A Role
It's been ten years since Slashdot emerged from Rob Malda's personal Chips & Dip site. Also known by his Slashdot signature, Cmdr Taco, Malda was a student at Hope College on Lake Macatawa in Michigan, an institution of The Reformed Church In America, at the time. The setting sounds a little like the Prairie Home Companion's Lake WoeBeGone. The result was an enduring fixture of the open source community.
For Workday, Growth Hinges On Scalability
Supporting 10,000 employee records was a starting point for Workday, the HR-as-a-service company launched by PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield. The startup's next challenge is to manage 50,000 employee records, then 100,000 and beyond. The vendor is using custom database software to get it there.
If You Build It, They Will Hack It
It didn't take very long for the Apple hacking community to make short work of the iPod Touch and hack into it, mere hours after a new "locked-down" firmware was released for it. It makes you wonder why they bother -- but then again, that goes for most everything kept under a digital lock and key, doesn't it?
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