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 Michael Hickins

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Articles by Michael Hickins
posted in June 2009

Realizing Government 2.0

One of the most compelling attributes of Web 2.0 is that it transformed the static Interweb from something pushed at us to something that includes our inputs. The coincidence of Howard Dean's intelligent use of the Web, the rise of Facebook in public consciousness and Barack Obama's very technologically-savvy campaign has led to the expectation that Government 2.0 would quickly follow.

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Microsoft Snuffing Windows 7 In The Cradle

Those geniuses in Redmond seem to have decided that we'll pay just about anything to get rid of Vista, even if that means spending $119 to upgrade to Windows 7. By the way, that's $119 per user, not per household.

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An Unhealthy Obsession With Jobs

Apple says Steve Jobs will return to his position as CEO at the end of June. That ought to be enough to quiet rumors to the contrary. But ghoulish reporters, abetted at times by others shedding crocodile tears, are fixating on Jobs' ongoing health crisis like nobody's business.

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TweetDeck On iPhone #NotFail

TweetDeck, the popular Adobe-based client that enhances your Twitter experience partly by, well, keeping you off the Twitter.com site, is now available as an iPhone app.

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Robert Scoble And The New Digital Divide

Robert Scoble thinks that too many people, especially small businesses, aren't benefiting from the fruits of Web 3.0, or Web 2010, "or whatever you want to call it," as he said to me this evening at an event hosted by Rackspace (his blog's current sponsor) at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Microsoft Not Going Down In The Fifth

Microsoft sees itself as a boxer refusing to throw a match for the fixers -- or in this case, the EU Competition Commission. But in reality, Microsoft is a palooka throwing a tantrum because the boxing commission won't let him fight with a roll of quarters in his fists anymore.

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Poor ECM 'Destroying American System Of Justice'

The shabby state of most enterprise content management implementations, combined with lady Justice's thirst for electronic documents, has made it so that "only the rich and Microsoft can afford to litigate," in the words of attorney Ralph Losey, who specializes in legal applications of technology.

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Computers Key To Air France Crash

It's no secret that commercial airplanes are heavily computerized, but as the mystery of Air France Flight 447 unfolds, we need to come to grips with the fact that in many cases, airline pilots' hands are tied when it comes to responding effectively to an emergency situation.

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The Wrath Of Apps

Not only do we have to deal with human beings judging us (not to mention our superegos nagging us at every turn), it turns out that software is carping at us from the other side of the screen.

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