Last week I read with interest Richard MacManus’ story about nine years of
history with ReadWriteWeb and I am glad to see that the site has continued to
evolve over the times.
But let’s look at where the Web was nine years or so ago, and the surprise
that many of the issues I wrote about back then are still au courant and very
much in today’s news.
Hard economic times. The Internet bubble burst in 2000/2001, but several
years later we still has some tough times to deal with. It seems like we are
always either coming out of one bubble or going into another one. Here is
something that I wrote then:
Surely, those wild ride days of the late 1990s are over: we live in more
sober times and many of us are lucky to still have jobs in this industry. I
know many friends who have decades of experience and are looking for work
after several months. Enterprise wireless management... (more)
Google Wave on Ulitzer
Google has certainly been busy building a lot of different software tools
that can be used for collaboration, including Google Docs, Google Voice,
Google Sites (formerly Jotspot) and Google Calendar.
But there are a number of specialized tools that are more useful than these
Google services for particular circumstances. These can be big productivity
boosts for enterprises.
You can read the entire post in this week’s story for a new IT site called
A new search site is in beta called DeepDyve that has some promise. First,
they claim that they index millions of medical papers from paid journals and
free sites. The problem in the past is that this content wasn’t too readily
available. Yes, there is Medline, but not a very user-friendly tool. Second,
getting copies of the papers to read has never been easy, particularly for
those of us in the lay community that don’t have medical center accounts or
access to medical libraries.
This is where DeepDyve comes in. They charge a buck to rent the paper for 24
hours. You can get other... (more)
Desktop Virtualization Journal
GPU, as in graphics processing unit, don’t get as much credit as CPUs, the
supposed “brains” inside the PC. Well, that is slowly changing,
particularly as people figure out that the modern GPUs have a lot of raw
processing horsepower to more around all those pixels while you play your FPS
This week, the latest list of the world’s top 500 supercomputers was
announced. What I find interesting about it is that at number 5 is a new
Chinese design that marries Intel Xeon CPU chips with AMD/ATI graphics chips.
There are thousands of clusters that ... (more)
iPad on Ulitzer
Pardon me for adding yet another iPad analysis (certainly, when a computer
product launch makes it into Doonesbury, we have crossed a new threshold of
hype), but one thing actually missing from the copious words and videos on
yesterday's event at Moscone was the simple fact that we have a new browser
war on our hands, and it isn't a pretty sight.
The browser wars of yesteryear between Microsoft and Netscape seem so quaint.
(And look what happened to Netsacpe, too.) Today it is all about Adobe Flash
versus the multi-touch swipe technology that is part of Apple's pr... (more)