Steve Rubel wonders if "the Interruption Economy sacks prosperity:" "Conventional wisdom says that technology -- and nowadays the Internet -- will always continue to advance and bring with it productivity gains and prosperity. That's certainly been the case for years. However, historically there are pauses. After the benefits of the Industrial Revolution were fully realized it took awhile for the next big era to begin. I wonder if we're about to enter a similar lull now that the Information Age is arguably almost 30 years old." Rubel demands "we need new tools for … Read more
As technology observers, it often seems most natural to view the strengths or weaknesses of some online service through an infrastructure lens. For example, the virtualization layer underlying Amazon's EC2 very much shapes the nature of the offering. On the one hand, virtual appliances of a sort let you quickly fire up a virtual machine (VM) instance. At the same time, VMs are, in a sense, ephemeral--which has implication for the way you store data permanently within the Amazon framework.
Other examples simply involve trading off service levels against costs. Want double-redundancy? You get what you pay for.
However, … Read more
Joe Brockmeier, editor-in-chief of Linux.com, has left the world of Linux evangelism to join the world of...Linux evangelism. However, instead of doing so as the "neutral" voice of a journalist he'll have a bit of an OpenSUSE slant this time around as the OpenSUSE community manager..
And that's just fine.
I've long respected Joe and think this is a good move for Novell, which seems to have a predilection for the analyst and journalist community that covers it. (It hired Bill Claybrook from Aberdeen a few years ago.) One of Novell's core problems in the past two years has been a lack of vocal DNA that will focus on the value of Linux, rather than the value of shacking up with Microsoft. Joe isn't a zealot but he also knows which side his open-source bread is buttered on.
Though Research in Motion continues to keep the BlackBerry a frustratingly closed platform (with precious few applications--my biggest complaint about an otherwise great device/service), it is upgrading its software to add some interesting new features, the Wall Street Journal reports:With the aim of making mobile e-mailing more like e-mailing from a desktop computer, RIM said BlackBerry users will soon be able to edit documents directly from the handheld device and to view messages in their original formatting...[RIM] also said the changes will enable users to retrieve e-mail messages that aren't stored on the device and to check the availability of a colleague before sending a meeting request.
To wait so long...for so little. At this pace, Apple's iPhone will leapfrog the BlackBerry. Already, I've noticed scads of new iPhones being used in corporate settings. But for the lack of a keyboard, I'd be on an iPhone, too.
RIM makes great hardware and decent software. It needs to recognize, however, that it's not the center of all original thinking. Once it came up with its idea and implemented it, it hasn't done much in the way of innovation.… Read more
Linus Torvalds has sage advice for those companies looking to get involved with "the community." You don't. You join it by contributing code or you hire someone who already is doing so.
This has been Stephe Walli's counsel to Microsoft for years. For companies looking for a shortcut, Linus has a suggestion:...[T]he easiest way is to find a person who is already a member of the development process or maybe not a very central one, but really - central enough that he's been involved and knows how things works and basically bring that … Read more
The former president and CEO of eGroups, once the world's largest group e-mail provider and now part of Yahoo, was killed Sunday in a small-plane crash in a remote jungle in Panama.
Michael Klein, 37, of Santa Barbara, Calif., died in the crash of a Cessna 172 in the remote mountains about 270 miles west of Panama City, according to the Associated Press and other sources. Also killed in the crash were Klein's 13-year-old daughter, Talia, and Panamanian pilot Edwin Lasso, 23.
According to reports, the only survivor of the crash was Francesca Lewis, 12, a friend of … Read more
Up-and-coming semantic search company Hakia is launching a new social feature next week, called "Meet Others." It will give you the option, from a search results page, to jump to a page on the service where everyone who searches for the topic can communicate.
For some idealized (yet realistic) types of searching, it could be great. For example, suppose you were searching for information on a medical condition. Meet Others could connect you with other people looking for info about the condition, making an ad-hoc support group. On the Meet Others page, you're able to add comments, … Read more
If you're the kind of person for whom every year is centered around Burning Man, then there's a certain problem you have with the calendar: you can't go to other Labor Day weekend events.
Not that I would know anything about this, of course, because I only go to Burning Man some years, and it's only coincidence that it's happened 10 years in a row.
I talked with Javier Soltero (CEO of Hyperic) yesterday, and got more than I bargained for in terms of an update. First off, it was great to hear that a number of Alfresco users are managing their systems now using Hyperic.
Even better, it was great to hear that yet another open source company is kicking tail (or was that kicking some Mule?). Hyperic just had a blow-out quarter and closed on a massive deal with a company near and dear to my heart.
One of the most promising aspects of Hyperic right now is the robustness of its community. Stacey Schneider (Senior Director, Marketing, Hyperic) writes:… Read more