Now, By Golly, PHP Has Got Marc Andreessen
PHP used to be little known outside a small circle of open source developers. No large company advertised it or gave it top billing at computer shows. It had only the little tool-making firm that originated it, Zend Technologies Inc., as a booster.
Now it's got Marc Andreessen.
I Feel Lucky
An evening with Google's Marissa Mayer
Alan Williamson attended a presentation from Marissa Mayer, a product manager at Google, and blogged it. Highlights:
1. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare is due to the fact that the founders didn't know HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, it was noted that the submit button was a long time coming and hitting the RETURN key was the only
Google Pursues Legal Fight Against Microsoft In Federal Court
It appears that Google doesn't much care for Microsoft's offer to settle its lawsuit to enforce former researcher Kai-Fu Lee's employment agreement. The search company on Friday filed additional documents in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., arguing against Microsoft's motion to dismiss Google's federal countersuit.
Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac
Why I Might Switch Back
Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.
Google Goes Las Vegas
"Google Goes Las Vegas: An AdWords Experiment Shows Why at Google, the House Always Wins"
Interesting article where Robert X. Cringely hypothesizes that Google is punishing merchants for reducing spending on adwords.
When Writers Attack
I understand why the Authors Guild is so concerned about Google's book-copying initiative: This is unexplored legal territory, and many of the details remain open to debate. Yet instead of accepting what most legal experts already know -- Google's approach is reasonable, even if it is flawed -- the Guild is pursuing a lawsuit that only a fiction writer could love.
Why In The World Would Big Companies Use Open Source?
A little over a month ago, I set out to find out just how popular open-source software has become within big business. These are companies that have the money to spend on the biggest, most complex packages that IBM, Oracle, and other enterprise software makers have to offer. They're also companies with armies of IT professionals highly proficient in writing and maintaining their own applications. Why in the world would they use open source? Actually, the question has become: why in the world
Do you have "experience developing or launching products in one or more of the following areas: interactive TV, set-top-boxes, personal video recorders, video-on-demand, IP TV or cable TV technologies"?
If so there may be a job waiting for you at Google, particularly if you're a computer science PhD.
Google, it seems, is searching for someone to "provide leadership o
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
Cognos last week announced Cognos 8 Business Intelligence, what the company calls a "single product, single architecture." But does this claim ring true?
2005 Readers' Choice Awards
Are Microsoft tools popular simply because users haven't been exposed to anything else? New questions qualify the results of our annual survey on preferred suppliers. Adobe, Business Objects, Google, IBM, Oracle, SAS, SAP and, of course, Microsoft are among the winners in 39 categories.
Watson 2.0; Savvion Process Asset Manager; webMethods for Compliance; Oracle Application Server Standard Edition One; ContactNet 4.0
TNT Thinks RFID Is Dynamite
TNT Logistics is using RFID to improve service to a big-three auto manufacturer without incurring ongoing tag costs.
Cognos Joins the 'BI Platform' Chorus
Due in November, Cognos 8 consolidates formerly separate products, including PowerPlay, Visualizer, Metrics Manager and NoticeCast, into the services-oriented architecture underlying ReportNet, the Web-based reporting environment Cognos introduced two years ago.
Google has begun beta testing software called Google Secure Access that, as its name suggests, provides secure access to wireless networks. The software connects to Google's VPN server.
More Katrina Relief Info
Freddie Manint, a CIO with Louisiana's 19th Judicial District, has put out an ongoing request for IT professionals who can provide products or technical expertise to the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. Manint recently managed a $10 million upgrade to the district's database systems, using Red Hat Linux servers; his office is likely to be a good place for folks with Linux expertise to connect with organizations in the region that need help:
Microsoft And Google In Glorious Donnybrook
I'm a lazy person. I work only as hard as I need to. When the news is breaking fast (or when the boss is looking), I hustle. When the news is quiet, and the boss is away, I kick back with my feet on the desk and enjoy the many pleasures of the Internet.
If anybody asks me what I'm doing, I say, research.
When asked what the Cats In Sinks site could possibly have to do with my job, I say: It's complicated. It's about the paradigm shift inherent in grid util
FEMA Fixes Its Web Site
FEMA apparently got the message that its online aid application for hurricane survivors, which previously worked only on Windows PCs and Internet Explorer browsers, had to change. Actually, I suspect it got a few thousand messages, after the story appeared here and elsewhere. In any case, FEMA has now posted a statement on the Web site, stating that it is "in the process of modifying the
Ballmer Vs. Benioff? I Can Hardly Wait!
For once, Microsoft may be picking the wrong battle, but brother, would I pay to see Steve Ballmer and Marc Benioff in the ring. A long line of opponents lay in the wake of Redmond--Netscape, Sun, the U.S. Department of Justice--but when Ballmer said Thursday that Microsoft would give Benioff's software-as-a-service juggernaut, Salesforce.com, "a run for its money," he may have invited more than he bargained for.
Microsoft Looks To Duplicate Apple's Retail Stores
When Microsoft looks at the road ahead, it sees Apple. According to a report in the New York Post (registration required unless you go here first), Microsoft is considering One Times Square as a possible location for a flagship retail store.
The Post story goes on to spe
Can't Touch This
The open-source community has, in the midst of the past week's horrors, already contributed in countless ways to the relief and rescue efforts. And while the coming week promises nothing except more of the same, I want to look, however briefly, past the current madness and towards the New Orleans region's future. It's a question that will concern the survivors, or course, as it will myself and other NOLA natives.Yet it also matters to anyone who values that region as a source of cultural wealth
Analysis: Adobe Upgrade Steps Up BPM Competition
Adobe today released significant enhancements to its Adobe LiveCycle server platform, including a new component-based workflow and embedded business activity monitoring capabilities aimed at "closed-loop" process improvement.
A Wiki Gets To Work For NOLA
Here's a link to another excellent primary source of news coming out of New Orleans: The NOLA Intel Wiki You'll find a lot of resouces here, most of them in the form of raw information -- including live feeds of key police, FEMA, National Guard, and other radio frequencies in the New Orleans area. Be aware: This is not a blog. Information-seekers who aren't motivated, patient, and at last somewhat technically incline
Live -- And Death -- In The CBD
If you're still relying on the TV networks to get news about New Orleans, do yourself a favor -- turn off the TV and spend the next half hour reading The Interdictor. And if you possess anything -- products, technology, or expertise -- the people running this blog might need to stay safe, supplied, and above all online, score some serious karma points and let them know it's available.
New Orleans Satellite Imagery: A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Reporters
I went to DigitalGlobe a few minutes ago to follow up on a Metroblogger's report that they had satellite imagery of New Orleans and the surrounding area available. I'm posting a link below, to a satellite image taken Wednesday -- the height of the flooding in the city -- and some commentary to help you understand what you're seeing. Here's the short version: The city's historic districts -- its heart, its soul, and its collective memory, not to menti
Blogs From New Orleans
When a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina hits, bad information, rumor-mongering, and sloppy reporting only contribute to the confusion and suffering. Unfortunately, I'm not talking about bloggers or other alternative sources of news about the disaster zone. I'm talking about Fox News, CNN, and the rest of the "professionals" who still think they're reporting from downtown Baghdad.
The blogs covering Katrina certainly aren't perfect, but they're currently the only source of information that's