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· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · November
· · · · 15 (4 entries)

Competition · For our own JDS, that is, from Novell’s desk­top of­fer­ing, which got a lengthy re­view here, al­beit from a heavy Lin­ux geek; I’d be more in­ter­est­ed in what Moss­berg or Wild­strom have to say. Looks like their pric­ing won’t be that far off ours, ei­ther. So here’s the pic­ture: there are now two large, sta­ble, com­pe­tent com­pa­nies who can pro­vide you a fully-supported business-friendly desk­top suite that will cost a lot less than Mi­crosoft. This is how Free En­ter­prise is sup­posed to work. Hold on; it’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing ride.
 
Open Document Worries · On Novem­ber 15th, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion post­ed a bunch of doc­u­ments cov­er­ing that office-document-format work that I’ve writ­ten about be­fore. Si­mon Phipps pro­vides a use­ful overview, but I read the let­ters from Mi­crosoft and IBM and ran across a cou­ple of scary bit­s ...
 
Intellectual Vampires · Hey, there’s this new com­pa­ny get­ting a lot of buz­z, check it out. Hm­m, did I mis­spell the name? [Up­date: I just got a sug­ges­tion that yes, I did get that name wrong, I should have writ­ten In­tel­lec­tu­al Vul­tures.]
 
Garden Walls · There’s a re­mark­able piece by Rus­sell Beat­tie from last week, talk­ing about the busi­ness mod­el Vo­da­phone is try­ing to build around its 3G mo­bile ser­vices. I’ve seen this movie be­fore, and what they’re try­ing to do prob­a­bly won’t work, and that’s a good thing, be­cause there’s a bet­ter way ...
 
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