We just keep going further down the rabbit hole, and the lawyers haven't even started discussions yet. I'm referring, of course, to NetApp's patent infringement lawsuit against Sun, which Sun has dismissed as "factually incorrect" and, interestingly, driven by fear of open source. ZDNet posted this from Sun:NetApp's legal attack against Sun's open source ZFS solution which is freely available in the marketplace is a clear indication that NetApp considers Sun technology a threat, and is a direct attack on the open source community.… Read more
Ismael Ghalimi, the organizer of the Office 2.0 conference (more) is serious about living the Web 2.0 dream: Aside from a browser, he has no applications installed on his laptop, except for iWork, which he says he uses to remind himself what old-style software is like. (Even I use traditional software for writing and e-mail.)
But what if there's no available Internet connection for Ismael when he wants to … Read more
It's fascinating to see how blogs are being used these days.
On Wednesday, Dave Hitz, co-founder of NetApp, used his blog to explicate the company's reasons for suing Sun Microsystems over ZFS patent infringement. On Thursday, Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun, fired back using his own blog, telling a very different story from Hitz's.
And, when I asked NetApp to respond to why it had chosen to respond to Sun now, rather than when Sun announced it was open-sourcing ZFS, Hitz replied...in a comment to my blog.
This is a very new world we live in. It's also one that Schwartz is convinced open source will win, as he suggests (in his blog):… Read more
Several signs are pointing to the imminent launch of Google Wiki and the company's long-awaited presentation service at this week's Office 2.0 conference in San Francisco.
The biggest indicators are history and vague comments by Google officials. Last year's Office 2.0 brought the launch of Google Docs and Spreadsheets, and Jonathan Rochelle, the product manager for Google Spreadsheets, will also be at hand for the opening panel at the conference kickoff on Thursday. Between this, an almost-demo by Google's CEO Eric Schmidt of the presentation application, as well as a post on the Official Google Blog … Read more
Do you stay informed of the latest news around the world? This fun quiz application for iPhone tests you on the news of the day, by showing you pictures that you need to match up with the headlines. Once you've matched the story with a picture, NewsMatch will take you to a small blurb of information. Though we like the concept of the game, if you're not already a news junkie, this probably isn't the best way to get the news.
iPhone Link: http://labs.openlaszlo.org/ipdc/newsmatch05
Web site link: http://www.laszlosystems.com
Have you ever been out shopping and wondered if the item you were buying might have a coupon? We certainly have--and with Online Coupon Check for iPhone, you can find out right away if you need to wait on that big purchase. You enter in the item in question, and then Online Coupon Check, made by KeepCash, will go to work looking for potential savings. The interface is set up to search for things alphabetically, so browsing sale items is easy.
iPhone Link: http://www.keepcash.com/iphone
Web site link: http://www.keepcash.com/tools
Scribd, the document sharing and hosting service, has rebranded and tweaked its Facebook application this morning. Its new name is Share Homework, and the goal, according to Scribd, is to use it as a go-between for students and teachers to share documents with each other, and to help students do something about the documents that have been sitting unused for years on their hard drives.
There's no real changes, besides a tweaked user interface and a new name (from the previous moniker of "Facebook Apps"). The tool is still a super-simple way to share documents and little … Read more
This application for iPhone lets users explore and vote on photos from Picli.com. Display options allow users to sort results to find the most popular or recently submitted photos. Once a photo is selected, you can add comments or vote to push it up the most-popular list.
iPhone Link: http://www.picli.com/iphone/override
Web site link: http://www.picli.com/about
We bet you never thought you could one day design shirts from your phone, but with My Custom Product Designer, you can. With this little application for iPhone, you can design any number of shirts, hats or other items at CafePress.com. Simply start with a blank T-shirt and add text and artwork to make your ideal design.
iPhone Link: http://www.cafepress.com/iphonecart
This simple game is based on a board game in which you jump over marbles to remove them from the board. Now on the iPhone, you can challenge yourself wherever you are to get as many marbles off the board that you can. Even though this game is terribly simple, we found ourselves trying to beat our best score several times.
iPhone Link: http://buchman.mobi/MarbleJumper