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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in February 2009
Have you been tempted by a historic Obama coin or wished you could hear those bingo numbers better? Have you wondered whether operators are really standing by? It turns out they are.
There's a scene in The Godfather II when Michael Corleone explains to his brother Fredo why Hyman Roth wants to kill him: "He acts like I'm his son, his successor, but he thinks he's gonna live forever. He wants me out."
It looks like it's time for another round of Facebook bashing, courtesy of insecure news editors everywhere. The latest "news" is that Facebook causes cancer and compels us to act upon our baser instincts. Only I would argue that it's some people's baser instincts that create the need to bash it.
The Obama administration is being rightly held to an exacting standard. It promised a new kind of government with transparency as its hallmark, and it's being held to account.
Hoots of derision from some quarters aside, it looks like Microsoft has decided on a new course of action that doesn't rely on "but we're Microsoft" as the underlying basis for its strategy.
The IT industry should be giddy that the House and Senate reconciled their respective versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act with most IT spending provisions intact. Right now, though, the industry seems a little...underwhelmed.
Amazon's Kindle v2 officially arrived today, and it's a swindle. I have no argument with the item itself, but $400 is a lot of dough to pay for a gadget that will sit gathering dust a couple of weeks after you've purchased it.
This might best be filed under a topic like, "beware of what you laugh at, because you might be laughing at yourself."
The bit you can laugh at is this pitch letter:
Spreadsheets are a necessary tool for most businesses, but oftentimes open source business intelligence can be slower than most commercial solutions.
Things are so much worse at Motorola that it can't even afford to spin off its mobile division as planned.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed by the House last week, will probably sail through the Senate in the next week or so and get to the president's desk for signing by mid-February, despite the political theater to which we're likely to be treated over the next 15 days.