“A new report shows that about 62 percent of Americans say companies ‘don’t care much’ about their needs. That’s up from 52 percent in 2004.”
a complex issue that i can see both sides of, though i do wonder at the implications with respect to fair use. i tend to believe that content that is freely available is content that will be used w/o your permission, but i understand her objections.
i’m of a somewhat similar mindset, which may have implications for the 2007 tecosystems award for technical innovation
“We see more and more of our ISV customers evolving their business towards a model that includes traditional on-premise software as well as on-demand options.” – lots more to come on this in Jan and the months ahead
it’s been apparent to me that communities have the capacity to generate far more comprehensive and detailed documentation than commercial firms. no guarantees, of course, but generally true. what will be interesting will be the commercialization.
“I could buy and own songs and videos that I could use on any player…not just an iPod.” – Tim Bray had the right of this eons ago: most consumers have yet to encounter DRM, and when they do they’re going to hate it.
visualization has been regrettably absent from most user facing software for far too long: anything to try to reverse that trend is a welcome development in my book
“If you do a little math the data also shows that of those that actually did use an online office suite 70% have continued to use it in one form or another.” – my usage of online is steadily increasing. also, we’re now using it w/ clients, who love it.
would love to see the Times Record (the local Maine newspaper) learn from the experiences of Holovaty, Willis and co. even small town papers can benefit from programming as journalism
“Yes, 35% growth on a few billion dollar base (give or take a few hundred million)…not shabby.” – indeed. congrats to the folks from Oracle, but Matt’s comment bears thinking about
“I’m not sure what I think about it, but I do find it interesting. Normally the level of accountability for volunteer projects is lower.” – indeed
“Amazon has opened SimpleDB for beta testers. As you would expect the system is designed to scale and as such has dropped generic relational operations such as joins and transactions.”
$7M for Drupal: interesting.
some praise for Word 2007 within, and in the comments. as for the blogging client, i always find folks tools of choice interesting. i myself do all my writing in a text editor, doing the markup by hand. which is, frankly, probably dumb.
” ‘Tell me,’ he’d say, ‘what would you do if you had 1,000 times more data?’ ” – the volume of data, telemetry, call it what you will, will underpin the success of next generation network applications. data, even in aggregate, has immense value.
“Dryad is an infrastructure which allows a programmer to use the resources of a computer cluster or a data center for running data-parallel programs.” – interesting
“Dozens of striking film and TV writers are negotiating with [VCs] to set up companies that would bypass the Hollywood studio[s] and reach consumers [via] the Web.” – how much more reluctant will studios be to deal w/ YouTube if they directly compete?
you can always argue with lists like these, but this is definitely worth a read. worth noting that three of the mentioned projects – MySQL, Ubuntu, and WordPress, underpin our business. and that the latter two are clients of ours.
“[OLW] is useful for..people who would rather not load…Office just to…make some quick edits to a spreadsheet. But due to its…integration with Office, Microsoft’s online service is unable to fully cash in on the momentum behind web apps.”
“In Google’s thinking, will 90 percent of computing eventually reside in the cloud? ‘In our view, yes,’ Mr. Schmidt says. ‘It’s a 90-10 thing.’ ” – not much new in here, but a decent if Google-slanted summation of the current landscape.
Oracle’s recent financials argue otherwise, and a great deal of the open source database adoption that i see is in complementary rather than directly competitive roles. still, interesting read.
“Inconsistency can tolerated for two reasons…Whether or not inconsistencies are acceptable depends on the client application.”
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