Win a Trip to MIX07

October 28, 2006

IE AddOns
Building AddOns for Internet Explorer Could Net You A Trip To Mix07 and $2500!The IE7 Team wants us to create AddOns and to encourage us they have offered the incentive of a contest, the best AddOn submitted between November 1st 2006 and February 9th 2007 wins a trip to Mix07 in Las Vegas, and $2,500.00 in cash. They hope to get a few Zunes for honorable mentions and maybe they will throw in a song or two.

For some strange reason the IE Team has partnered with IE trash talk Cnet rather then the DotNet community blogs to collect, evaluate and host add-ons for IEAddOns.com and the contest.

So Cnet is the winner of this contest before we even begin to code thanks to increased web traffic and advertising  revue, way too much of which comes from Microsoft.

Visit the IE AddOns site for a few tips and ideas

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Windows XP’s Birthday

October 26, 2006

Windows XP Era

Windows XP was Launched in New York City on Oct. 25, 2001

Happy fifth Birthday Windows XP

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IBM Patents

October 23, 2006

IBM Sues Amazon

IBM sues Amazon over patents used in Web retail

YOU may be next! Do you know a good patent Lawyer? You may be needing one soon….

Does your company data base let users order items from an electronic catalogue, display advertising in an interactive service and store data in an interactive network.?

We believe that Amazon’s entire business model is built upon these patents and that damages could be substantial, IBM spokesman Scott Brooks.

IBM has found a new business model; this could go on for years.

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Video Conferencing

October 22, 2006

RoundTable

Microsoft Eyes Future of Teleconferencing with RoundTable

This must have come from Microsoft Research and their continuing efforts to perfect the video conference. They had been working on a system that required a network connection to Internet-2 and as only a few Universities have access to Internet-2 that hasn’t get much traction.

There will always be a value in traveling to a conference where you meet with many people to talk business and socialize, but who wants to fly to Milwaukee for a forty minute meeting?

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20-minute rule

October 22, 2006

VC Valley

It’s Not Who You Know. It’s Where You Are.

In this story in the Sunday NYTimes Randall Stross a professor of business at San Jose State University tells us that behind all the happy companies with the goofy names are the vulture venture capitalists who run the show.

20-minute rule sounds like a rule dictated by a strict parent over a teenage child, the start-up company must be within a 20-minute drive of the venture firm’s offices. It’s their money and they like to see it whenever they want, but these are the same people who are selling the world on the idea that we can do anything on the Web…

Money doesn’t talk, it swears.

I remember the first Web 2.0 conference as a celebration of what had been accomplished by Amazon, eBay, Yahoo, Google and Craigslist at a time when the American economy was hurting. At the second Web 2.0 conference young companies paid to be on the launch-pad and there were mostly VC’s in the audience.

At the first Web 2.0 conference the luminaries and the bloggers mixed and mingled throughout the three days. Last year most people ducked into tiny rooms to hold private meetings.

VC’s came up to me asking what I had cooking, but I didn’t like the look in their eyes. Now when anyone asks me about funding I always explain that VC’s are like credit cards, the introductory rates look great, but the Banks always get their money.

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Intel Quad Core

October 19, 2006

Quad Core


Video from the Intel Developers Forum

iPod Virus

October 19, 2006

Apple Joke

Small Number of Video iPods Shipped With Windows Virus

If RavMonE.exe is a Windows virus, then MacFrz.exe is a big problem that needs attention and no Help site is yet known….

Yesterday I heard from an Apple enterprise customer who had recently bought 80 Macbooks. Ten of them, so far, have had to go back for heat, shut-down or freezing problems. This customer wondered if they were taking a risk buying another 300 of the things. I told them they clearly were, and suggested holding off on the purchase — since, far as I know, Apple has not acknowledged the problem or dealt with it in a serious way. – Doc Searls 

This joke is Zune FUD – the kids at Apple must be sooo scared…

This Virus is spreading throught the blogs , so maybe it’s a Meme, there are over a hundred blogs reporting this as a fact – so where is TechMeme?

Windows virus worms onto some Apple iPods – now TechMeme has found the story seven hours after I blogged about it….

Apple Vice President Greg Joswiak told CNET News.com that the virus was discovered last week and said the company has been working around the clock since then to discover the root cause of the problem. Joswiak said it was traced to a particular Windows machine in the manufacturing lines of a contract manufacturer that builds the iPods for Apple.

Oh, so they use a Windows OS PC to manufacture iPods, why not a Mac?

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