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posted in May 2007

Doing the iPhone Shuffle

5/31/2007
We're headed into the home stretch on the iPhone frenzy. Apple is still saying "end of June" but Web sites like The Boy Genius Report are saying June 15, just about two weeks away. Alpha early adopters will be flaunting them in every martini bar and boardroom in America and the rest of us will be doing the iPhone Shuffle, waiting in line at the Cingular store. Already there are leaks and spe

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The Walrus Bucket Internet Meme, Seriously

5/29/2007
The Internet has become so important to society that its role in the transmission of memes may be the crucial fact of our age. Therefore it is absolutely vital to one's position in the social order to understand and be current with Internet memes. Don't you think? Which is why you should pay a great deal of very careful attention to the Walrus Bucket Saga. Because if you don't know about it, you'll be ou

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Driving Toward Solid-State Drives

5/25/2007
One of the more interesting conversations I had at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) last week in Los Angeles was with two guys from Samsung. They talked about their company's push into solid-state memory as an enhancement -- and eventually a replacement -- for rotating hard disk storage on computers. Samsung isn't the only manufacturer working to develop plug-compatible flash memory-based storage. In January the five largest drive makers -- Samsung, Seagate, Fujitsu,

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What's Hot From WinHEC? Windows Home Server

5/17/2007
LOS ANGELES -- Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference is winding down, and I'm trying to figure out what I've seen that's important. I mean really important. Not data, but real information. I'd say three things. One is the Rally technology I wrote about on Tuesday. Another is the speed that Post a Comment

OK, So I Was Wrong About Origami

5/16/2007
LOS ANGELES -- A year ago Microsoft tried to manipulate the launch of its Origami ultra-mobile PC (UMPC). The reaction wasn't quite what Microsoft anticipated: Origami was basically laughed back into the laboratory. Even I piled on with a blog entry that sniped, "Origami is proof of that old ada

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Windows Rally Technology at 1: Walking, And Ready To Run

5/15/2007
The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, WinHEC 2007, going on this week in Los Angeles, marks the first birthday of Microsoft's Windows Rally technology. Rally is a package of software technologies built into Vista that make it supremely easy to set up a wireless network and add devices to it. That may thrill you, or it may not. I've struggled to get wireless networking going in enough situations that it thrilled me, I can tell you.

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Reading The WinHEC Tea Leaves

5/14/2007
Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, known to its friends as WinHEC, is this week in Los Angeles. It will be a week of Deep Geek -- and it won't be all Vista all the time, either. You can download the program as a very colorful Excel spreadsheet. The six session tracks and more than 100 hours of sessions reveal a lot about what's on Microsoft's mind wh

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'Mob Rule' In Digg Case? Not.

5/4/2007
In the wake of Digg's decision to allow entries to include the encryption key for AACS copy protection, several stories have appeared with headline's like "Mob Rule at Digg." I'm no great fan of Digg. It's obviously open to easy manipulation, and too much of what rises to the top is only slightly more important than who fathered Anna Nicole's baby. But the i

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Cellular Companies Want To Have Cake, Eat It Too

5/3/2007
The Internet Neutrality debate took an entertaining turn this week when several cellular carriers responded to a petition by VoIP provider Skype asking the Federal Communications Commission to extend its consumer broadband principles to the wireless industry. What we got was a sideshow performance by Verizon Wireless, AT&T and a sock puppet "industry association," the Post a Comment

Digg Does The Right Thing

5/2/2007
Digg found itself in the middle of a classic journalistic dilemma yesterday and it made a decision that gives me hope for the future of journalism on the Internet: it decided that its first obligation was to the free flow of information. It's especially interesting since Digg was responding to a censorship demand based on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), because it came

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