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Paul Merrell

"Windows Management Framework" is here for Windows XP, Vista, Server 2003, 2008 - Remot... - 0 views

  • Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning.
  • Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, was officially released to the world this morning. By providing a consistent management interface across the various flavors of Windows, we are making our platform that much more attractive to deploy. IT Professionals can now easily manage their Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 machines through PowerShell remoting
  • WinRM is the Microsoft implementation of WS-Management Protocol, a standard Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)–based, firewall-friendly protocol that allows for hardware and operating systems from different vendors to interoperate. The WS-Management Protocol specification provides a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across an IT infrastructure.
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  • BITS is a service that transfers files between a client and a server. BITS provides a simple way to reliably and politely transfer files over HTTP or HTTPS. File downloads and file uploads are supported. By default, BITS transfers files in the background, unlike other protocols that transfer files in the foreground. Background transfers use only idle network bandwidth in order to preserve the user’s interactive experience with other network applications, such as Internet Explorer. Foreground or typical transfers are also supported.
Paul Merrell

Microsoft opens Outlook format, gives programs access to mail, calendar, contacts - 0 views

    The ripples from the European Commission v. Microsoft decision continue to flow. The catch, of course, is that the patent rights will almost certainly be subject to the Microsoft Open Specification Promise, a weasel-worded document that actually grants no rights. But someone with some clout will push that issue sooner or later.
Paul Merrell

Tech advice from Tim Berners-Lee | Rafe's Radar - CNET News - 0 views

  • "I'm worried about anything large coming in to take control, whether it's large companies or government."
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Can Microsoft turn SharePoint into a Web contender? - 0 views

  • According to an IDC survey in July of 262 American corporate IT users, just 8% of respondents said they were using SharePoint for their Web sites, compared to 36% using it for internal portals and 51% using it for collaborative team sites
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Microsoft May Be Inflating SharePoint Stats - 0 views

Paul Merrell

Slashdot News Story | Google Takes On Amazon With Own E-Book Store - 0 views

  • "Google announced on Thursday that next year it's launching an online e-book store called Google Editions where users will be able to buy digital books that can be read on a range of gadgets, including e-book readers, laptops, and cell phones.
  • "Google announced on Thursday that next year it's launching an online e-book store called Google Editions where users will be able to buy digital books that can be read on a range of gadgets, including e-book readers, laptops, and cell phones. Press reports out of Germany, where it was announced, note that Google plans to offer up half a million e-books from the get-go. Dan Olds, an analyst with The Gabriel Consulting Group, said, 'The market leader, Amazon, built its position with a closed device, Kindle, which is limited to reading and buying eBooks. It will be interesting to see how well it stacks up against Google's strategy of delivering e-book capabilities via the Web to any device that can connect to the Internet. This gives Google a vastly larger addressable market than what Amazon has built up with Kindle so far.'"
Paul Merrell

Microsoft's Sidekick/Pink problems blamed on dogfooding and sabotage - RoughlyDrafted M... - 0 views

  • Additional insiders have stepped forward to shed more light into Microsoft’s troubled acquisition of Danger, its beleaguered Pink Project, and what has become one of the most high profile Information Technology disasters in recent memory.
  • The sources point to longstanding management issues, a culture of “dogfooding,” and evidence that could suggest the issue was a deliberate act of sabotage.
  • Beyond T-Mobile, observers say Microsoft’s problems with Danger are likely to reflect poorly on the company’s own Azure Services cloud computing initiative, as well as its MyPhone cloud service for Windows Mobile phones. The sidelining of the Pink Project is also a likely setback to Microsoft’s ongoing relationship with Verizon, which has been an early advocate of Microsoft’s other mobile related technologies, including the DRM used in Verizon’s VCast music and media service.
Paul Merrell

Applause For Finland: First Country To Make Broadband Access A Legal Right - 0 views

  • Kudos to the Finnish government, which has just introduced laws guaranteeing broadband access to every person living in Finland (5.5 million people, give or take).

    This is reportedly a first worldwide.

Paul Merrell

AT&T Centennial Purchase Cleared by Antitrust Agency (Update1) - - 0 views

  • AT&T Inc.’s purchase of Centennial Communications Corp. was approved by the U.S. Justice Department on condition the combined company sells wireless assets in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    AT&T, based in Dallas, agreed to purchase Wall, New Jersey-based Centennial last November for $945 million. Centennial has wireless customers in Puerto Rico and rural areas in the Midwest and Southeast.

  • The deal still awaits approval by the Federal Communications Commission. Ruth Milkman, who heads the FCC’s wireless bureau, told a news conference today the agency will make a decision on the combination “very soon.” The Justice Department said it has cooperated with the FCC in reviewing the deal.
  • In recent months, the FCC has been asking the companies about their connections to America Movil, which has customers in Puerto Rico.

    AT&T and Centennial could have 49 percent of the mobile market in Puerto Rico by the end of 2009, and America Movil’s Claro could have 27 percent, according to an estimate by Jose Magana, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based analyst with Pyramid Research.

Paul Merrell

Less is more - Coeur d'Alene Press Newspaper - Local and National News - Kootenai Count... - 0 views

  • Researchers at the University of Idaho have created a single computer chip more powerful than 17,000 Intel quad core processors that runs on .03 percent of the power those chips would require.
  • Researchers at the University of Idaho have created a single computer chip more powerful than 17,000 Intel quad core processors that runs on .03 percent of the power those chips would require.

    The chip will be used on NASA's developing Geostationary Synthetic Thinned Aperture Radiometer (GeoSTAR) project, which will observe hurricanes and other severe storms in the U.S.
  • Though commercial electronics have used this technology for some time, they could not make the electronics resistant to radiation, which is required for operations in space
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Google Says, Have Your AJAX and SEO, Too - - 0 views

  • While AJAX-based Web sites are popular with users, search engines traditionally are not able to access any of the content on them.

    That could change under a new proposal by Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). "Today we're excited to propose a new standard for making AJAX-based Web sites crawlable. This will benefit Webmasters and users by making content from rich and interactive AJAX-based Web sites universally accessible through search results on any search engine that chooses to take part. We believe that making this content available for crawling and indexing could significantly improve the Web," writes John Mueller, Webmaster trends analyst, at the Google Webmaster blog.

Paul Merrell

WebKit and why open standards matter | Open Source - InfoWorld - 0 views

  • Last week I wrote about the benefits of open standards versus open source. I argued that open standards provide greater protection against vendor lock-in than open source alone. I was reminded of this conclusion when reading Peter-Paul Koch's analysis of WebKit implementations. Thanks to Palm's Dion Almaer for pointing out the analysis.

    Readers know WebKit as the open source Web browser engine used by several mobile and PC Web browsers, including Apple's Safari, Google's Chrome, Palm's WebOS, and the Android Web browser. In fact, Wikipedia lists 19 browsers based on the open source WebKit browser engine. As you read on, keep in mind there is no standard that vendors using WebKit must adhere to or claim certification against. A WebKit-based browser is, well, whatever the vendor wants it to be.

  • Imagine if there were a WebKit standard and a compliance test suite that vendors had to certify against to use the WebKit brand. Customers and developers would gain protection against vendor lock-in that open standards deliver to a much higher degree than open source alone. I'm not naive enough to think that open standards equal "write once, run anywhere." But even if a WebKit open standard could drive a 50 percent improvement in compatibility across WebKit-based browsers, that would be something to write home about.
Paul Merrell

UPDATE 2-US Justice Dept opens IBM antitrust probe-trade group | Markets | Markets News... - 1 views

    The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation into allegations that International Business Machines (IBM.N) abused its dominance of the mainframe business, said Computer and Communications Industry Association chairman Ed Black.
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IBM aims at Google, Microsoft with new Webmail - 0 views

  • IBM has launched LotusLive iNotes, an on-demand e-mail, calendaring and contact management system meant to compete with the likes of Google and Microsoft, the company said today.

    Pricing starts at $3 per user per month, undercutting Google Apps Premier Edition, which costs $50 per user per year.

    Too little, too late? IBM enters the SaaS cloud market with an email-calendaring offering. But where's the IBM SaaS cloud ecosystem? 
Paul Merrell

Ribbit - Google Wave - 0 views

  • perience.
    • Ribbit Conference Gadget -Beta

      The Ribbit Conference Gadget allows Wave participants to escalate an online collaboration session to a real-time audio communications session, allowing participants to talk with each other while collaborating. The Ribbit Conference Gadget is persistent in the Wave and allows any Wave participant to:
      • Create an audio connection with multiple Wave participants
      • Add non-Wave participants to the session
      • Mute or hold any of the individual participants from the stream
      • Disconnect any participants from the stream
      • End the session
Paul Merrell

The Data Liberation Front (the Data Liberation Front) - 0 views

  • We intend for this site to be a central location for information on how to move your data in and out of Google products. Welcome.

    The Data Liberation Front

    The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose singular goal is to make it easier for users to move their data in and out of Google products.  We do this because we believe that you should be able to export any data that you create in (or import into) a product. 
    We help and consult other engineering teams within Google on how to "liberate" their products.  This is our mission statement:

    Users should be able to control the data they store in
    any of Google's products.
    Our team's goal is to
    make it
    easier for them to move data in and out.
    While the proof is always in the details, Google's approach to vendor lock-in issues for its apps at least outwardly stands in stark contrast to Microsoft's long reliance on vendor lock-in tactics. 
Paul Merrell

Google Sites API opens Microsoft SharePoint - - 1 views

  • Signaling an intent to compete with giants in the collaboration software space, Google unveiled an API to extend the Google Sites collaborative content development tool, featuring a capability to migrate files from workspace applications such as Microsoft SharePoint and Lotus Notes to Sites.

    One application already built using the Google Sites API is SharePoint Move for Google Apps, developed by LTech for migrating data and content from SharePoint to Sites. Google Sites is a free application for building and sharing websites; it is described by Google as a collaborative content creation tool to upload file attachments, information other Google applications such as Google Docs, and free-form content.

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