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Farewell to ZDNet (and CNET)

Thu, 03 Jan 2008 09:06:41 +0000

If you were an auditor asked to examine the human resources records of CNET (parent company to ZDNet), you'd discover that even though the company was officially founded in 1992, that there's a handful of employees whose hire dates actually precede that year. My colleague Dan Farber is one of them.



With Office Live Workspace in play, Microsoft's Web-competitors (Google, WebEx, Zoho) speak

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 13:48:50 +0000

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Microsoft finally released the beta of Office Live Workspace (OLW) -- an offering that many see as as Microsoft's response to the pressure its flagship Office suite is getting from browser-based competitors such as Google (with Google Apps), WebEx, and Zoho.



Demo: ClusterSeven's Enterprise Spreadsheet Manager tightly monitors spreadsheet integrity

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 06:49:16 +0000

How many times have you stared at the bottom line of a spreadsheet that's full of formulas knowing exactly what figures should be there, only to find that there's a different set of numbers staring back at you than the ones you expected.



Google Apps 'founder' Rajen Sheth: We dialog with users through new code

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 20:38:18 +0000

Last week, while in California, I had an opportunity to sit down with Rajen Sheth -- the man at Google who is credited with coming up with the idea of Google Apps. That interview, along with a demo of some of Google Apps' more novel features, can be viewed in the attached video.



Chartered to protect the henhouse, has the FTC turned into a fox?

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 15:47:27 +0000

I rarely get e-mail from the USA Today's Byron Acohido (who from time to time interviews me for my opinions on tech). But today, Acohido drew my attention to a story that he has co-authored with Jon Swartz under the headline FTC under fire as credit bureaus sell consumers' data.



Google's GMail product manager: 'User data should never be held hostage'

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 12:22:32 +0000

Last week, while in California, I made the rounds, capturing on video as many interviews as I could with interesting people that would be fun to hear from. One of those was Google Gmail product manager Keith Coleman who, in the attached video, gives us a status update on where Gmail has been, where it's at, and where it's going (showing us a thing or two in the current user interface along the way).



Google/OpenSocial's director of engineering David Glazer unplugged: 'Shindig is live'

Thu, 13 Dec 2007 14:14:04 +0000

While at Bebo's launch event yesterday in San Francisco, I had a chance to catch up with David Glazer, the director of engineering at Google who is overseeing the evolution of the OpenSocial framework that the company announced on November 1, 2007. You can see the interview in the attached video (above).



With tech titan support, Green Grid to help datacenters go green with measurement standards

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 23:43:59 +0000

With so many tech vendors claiming their solutions to be green and looking for a leg up with customers wanting to be more power efficient with everything from their servers right up to their entire datacenters, one big problem in the industry is a lack of standards on how "green" is meaured and what the lexicon is from one discussion (or solution provider to the next).



Bebo CEO Michael Birch Unplugged: Facebook apps now run on Bebo, OpenSocial support next

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 18:38:20 +0000

I'm in San Francisco this week making the rounds and, as luck would have it (this was not part of our original plan), Bebo.com was running a launch event while we happened to be here in the city.



Give Mother Earth the holiday gift of freecycle.org. I have.

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 12:50:50 +0000

Taking care of the planet seems like such a big job that sometimes, it seems like it's relatively impossible for us to really make a difference on an individual level. You hear about big issues and how, for example, if we all lowered our carbon footprint by just a little bit, the cumulative impact on the earth could be extraordinary.



Before buying an HD display, read this lowdown on 720p vs. 1080i vs 1080p

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:34:48 +0000

Last week (and just in time for any big holiday buying you plan on doing), David Carnoy who works over at one of ZDNet's sister organizations (within CNET) published what he's calling the final word on 720p vs. 1080p: the two "competing" resolutions for high definition (HD) television.



Office Live Workspace narrows Google App gap while playing to MS-Office's strengths

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 06:00:06 +0000

With Web 2.0 being the rage that it is, Web-based productivity software from the likes of Google, Zoho, and WebEx appears to be getting all the buzz while Microsoft which has so far eschewed the idea of a Web-based offering.



Second Kindle bug hits (not a crash this time) and how Amazon will 'patch' Kindles

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 10:09:42 +0000

Earlier this week, I shared with you a video of Amazon's Kindle ebook reader in a crashed state. It was my first Kindle bug (brought on by an attempt to connect it to my PC via USB).



More reflection on the Kindle: Did Amazon just answer an unnerved media industry's prayers?

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 15:33:02 +0000

This is a replay of a conversation with my father who spent most of his life as a media executive (though not with any company that I've ever worked for).Dad: Oh, you have the Kindle?



Shrewd moves: Will Adobe's 90 percent price drop on its media server wag the Flash dog?

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 13:12:37 +0000

In case you missed the episode of the Dan & David Show that my colleague Dan Farber and I recorded this past Tuesday (early, because Dan is off to Taipei), one of the news bits we discussed was Adobe's 90 percent price drop on its high-end Flash Media Server. It wasn't until we brought the topic up in the middle of the podcast that the ramifications of that price drop really hit me.



Amazon's Kindle: Much needed revolution or book industry power play?

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 15:53:08 +0000

Like Apple's iPods and the iTunes Music Store (iTMS) from which they can so effortlessly acquire their content, the transparency of the automation and infrastructure that makes Amazon's Kindle work so effortlessly with the Amazon.com Web site is a marvel in terms of the user experience.



Video: Amazon's Kindle in a crashed state -- must the content be reloaded?

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 13:59:35 +0000

For those of you who have been around long enough to experience some of the earlier PDAs based on flash memory like Palm's initial Pilot and later, devices like the iPaq that were based on Microsoft's PocketPC operating system, then you'll remember what a drag it sometimes was when those devices became so inoperable that you had to issue what is known as a hard reset to return them to a functioning state.



Did the W3C acknowledge CDF's potential as an office format (vs ODF) in newly public e-mail?

Tue, 04 Dec 2007 12:10:52 +0000

Last week, after interviewing most of the players involved in a controversy regarding the future of the OpenDocument Format (a controversy mostly...



Between H.264 & 90% price drop, will Adobe's new media servers mean more YouTubes?

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 21:01:21 +0000

Today, Adobe announced the third versions of its two Flash Media Servers: Flash Media Interactive Server 3 and Flash Media Streaming Server 3. While the two servers represent a range of improvements to both products, the most significant of those improvements are the built-in support for H.



Amazon 'Kindled' thoughts: Should Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 be renamed to Fahrenheit 1981?

Mon, 03 Dec 2007 11:03:37 +0000

As you can see from this past Friday's "unboxing" video, I received for review a Kindle ebook from Amazon. In that video (and its accompanying blog post), I had some initial thoughts on the Kindle and now that a full weekend has passed I have a lot more to say.