Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 4491
Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.
Articles by Thomas Claburn
posted in July 2006
Based on a recent U.S. Commerce Department hearing, there's a good chance its agreement with ICANN to administer the DNS will be renewed or re-crafted.
Microsoft's latest patent application describes several possible applications for a targeted online advertising system under development.
Nuance Communications promises its Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9 will transform the PC user experience. A test of the software indicates that while that's a fragile promise, it does hold some truth.
Cory Doctorow, noted sci-fi writer and Boing Boing editor, marshals a strong argument against digital rights management in InformationWeek. But his assertion that there's no good DRM oversimplifies an issue that's best framed in compromises rather than absolutes.
Apple's DRM has benefited the public and the music industry. It
Microsoft's latest patent application describes several possible applications for a targeted online advertising system under development, including free hardware and software for subscribers.
The new help page includes lists of links organized categorically and alphabetically. A search box is conspicuously absent.
Loath though U.S. officials may be to surrender the Net to foreign bureaucrats, greater international involvement in overseeing the Internet has long been anticipated.
Now that Google has proved the viability of ad-supported online software and Microsoft is reluctantly following suit with Live service, it's possible companies will soon see more ad-supported applications like Spiceworks.
JotSpot Wiki 2.0 makes wikis behave and feel more like a Microsoft Office application, which could help propel them into the mainstream.
The chip joins technologies from RFID to smart cards in bridging the gap
The tiny chips can be attached to objects from photos to prescription bottles.
Sites like Revver.com and Eefoof are hoping to beat YouTube at the video game by splitting the money they take in with the people who produce the videos, like the recent Revver hit, "Diet Coke and Mentos Experiment."
No really, it is. At least it sure looks that way from this picture of someone cooking an egg on a MacBook.
Unfortunately, the source link provided from the Unofficial Apple Weblog returns a page that doesn't contain the cited post or picture. So perhaps some skepticism is in order.
It may be, however, that the site originally hosting the pi
As MySpace.com shows, people love to talk about themselves. Offering this opportunity to customers will give businesses a competitive edge.
No. (Cheap, fear-mongering headlines should always be answered "Yes" or "No" to save readers from the certain inanity to follow.)
But there's more to it than that.
The story begins with an e-mail from a reader who wrote, "Google mapping technology is falling apart."
If true, that claim would make an interesting story. Given that a similar report appeared this morning in The Register, stating that Goo
Microsoft and photo-sharing site SmugMug say they've been able to cut costs drastically using the service.
Although Internet Explorer maintains dominant market share worldwide, one exception is Germany, where Firefox has almost 40% of the market.
A ruling against four companies that edit Hollywood movies to remove the dirty bits, without the studios' permission, could be trouble for mash-ups, as well as sites like Google Video and YouTube that host them.
Blogger Corsin Camichel reports sighting Google's Gdrive, the company's long-rumored online storage service, following an expedition into Writely's directory structure.
Camichel says he discovered a test page for Gdrive, code-named "Platypus," in the main directory of Google's Writely online word processor. And he kindly posted a