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posted in January 2007

AOL's AIM Today Beta: When Good Web Apps Go Bad

1/24/2007
Are you an AIM user? Have you been sucked into AOL's AIM Today beta? How much do you hate it? Yeah, me too. AOL has apparently forgotten that instant messaging is supposed to be about communication. It's thrown out the buddy list and chat window, and now pushes you into a schlock celebrity-scandals-and-ads portal page that is some marketing guy's twisted take on the social Web. I don't want Naomi Watts or a thousand new best friends. I want

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A Peek At The Future Of Computing

1/23/2007
ORLANDO, Fla. -- One of the best things about the IBM Lotusphere conference is always the glimpses it gives you of the future of computing. The various IBM Research labs send representatives who staff a room filled with demo pedestals -- two dozen this year -- where creators show off their projects. This year, as usual, several projects look like good prospects to become future products, and IBM Lotus has even put one up on the Web so you can get a look at it even though you're not at the confer

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Good Riddance To IBM Workplace

1/22/2007
ORLANDO, Fla. — DisneyWorld is such an appropriate setting for Lotusphere, IBM Lotus' annual lovefest for its customers, developers, and business partners. There's been a strong element of fantasy in Lotus' product direct direction for the last half a dozen years. But this morning there was a change, as general manager Mike Rhodin announced two new social-computing products, Quickr and Lotus Connects, that could be real-world successes. Even more important, he killed an old one, the poorly

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Walking the CES Walk, Talking the CES Talk

1/11/2007
LAS VEGAS -- Three things I learned at the Consumer Electronics Show: (1) IT is irrelevant. It used to be that innovations in computing flowed from big business down to the small-office and home markets. Now it flows in the other direction. (2) Hardware is no longer the bottleneck for anything. And (3) universal connectivity is still a long way off.

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The Scourge of CES: The Content Crisis

1/10/2007
LAS VEGAS - The second-biggest problem at the Consumer Electronics Show, the World's Most Exhausting Tradeshow, is apparently the Content Crisis. (The biggest problem, as always, is the wait to get a cab.) I hadn't been aware of the Content Crisis or its effect on consumers, but in every aisle of the exhibit halls vendors are anxious to tell me that they have the solution to the Content Crisis - a way to give me more media, more audio and video to play on my iPod, my HD TV, my home theater. And

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CES Products: Tinkerer Toys For Picture Takers

1/10/2007
Underneath the casual-Friday dress code that predominates at CES beat the hearts of many a mad scientist. Digital photography seems to attract a disproportionate number of tinkerers and garage inventors, for some reason, and as I've wandered around the exhibit halls I've run into several products from some of them that make me want to reach for my wallet or scratch my head in disbelief, often at the same time.

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Welcome to CES, Brought To You By iPod

1/9/2007
LAS VEGAS - While I'm at the Consumer Electronics Show, product announcements coming from MacWorld in San Francisco are proving where the real center of the consumer electronics industry is - wherever Apple's Steve Jobs is standing. Even here it feels like every third or fourth vendor you see is pitching something that works with an iPod.

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So Small, They're Unreal

1/8/2007
LAS VEGAS -- While there are rumors floating around that Microsoft may use the Bill Gates keynote at CES here today to launch its Origami ultra-mobile PC, there are far more interesting super-small PCs floating around the corridors of the tradeshow -- little wonders so they're unreal. The only downside, of course, is that some of them literally are unreal -- they're prototypes -- but they're signposts to the futu

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CES: Calibrating The Hype Factor

1/8/2007
The Consumer Electronics Show and Las Vegas are made for each other. They are both built out of flash and dazzle, and rest on a solid foundation of bullpucky that must reach all the way to the center of the earth. But they reach out their tentacles to ensnare your mind. Why else, a mere four hours after I got to town, would I wait in line with 500 other press people on a Saturday night to take a picture of an iPod in a plastic box with built-in speakers floating in a fish tank?

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What The Person Who Has Everything Needs--Help

1/2/2007
Congratulations. All those LCD TVs and iPods and digital cameras you bought helped make consumer electronics the big winner in an otherwise sorta slow Christmas sellfest. And now that everybody at your house has the gadgets they've always wanted, what do you want most? Probably help getting them installed/adjusted/fixed.

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