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OOXML vs. ODF, the Weird Politics of FOSS, and Apple and the True Benefit of Proprietary Software

December 13, 2007 |
I started today reading through a Slashdot post on how Richard Stallman was praising KDE and KOffice and suggesting GNOME was a Microsoft shill for supporting OOXML. This seemed to drive a massive
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Apple's Leopard/Leoptard Problem: It's Time to Rethink the OS

December 11, 2007 |
The folks at Microsoft think Apple has it easy because Apple can limit the amount of hardware it supports and can contain the development process until the last minute so no one knows what is cut.
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Dreaming of the Perfect Laptop

December 05, 2007 |
As we get to the end of the year, I tend to dream about what is coming and I have, under NDA, been shown a lot of products that are coming next year. Not one of them fits my ideal product and there
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EMC and Giving a Carrot for Good CEO Compensation Practices

December 04, 2007 |
So often when those of us that have done time in human resources and accounting look at CEO compensation, we talk about how out of control it is and focus on the firms that are overpaying their top
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My Thoughts on Picking a Personal Laptop

November 30, 2007 |
According to several surveys I've seen, PCs, and particularly laptops, are at the top of the list this year for things you want to buy. Prices start as low as $250 for a Zonbu Linux-based Everex
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Google Does Solar and Wind: Hot Wind or Cool, Brilliant Idea?

November 28, 2007 |
Google's announcement that it will invest hundreds of millions of dollars into alternative energy really got me thinking about the history of Microsoft and Intel.   This is one of those ideas
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The Rise of ePaper: Could Kindle Represent the End of Printing?

November 23, 2007 |
The other day we were meeting with a company that wanted to take HP on in printing, and several of the analysts in the room were wondering: Why?   If you look at HP's printing business, growth
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How Mark Hurd Wins for HP: Lessons That Should Be Learned but Often Aren't

November 21, 2007 |
One of the things I've personally been fascinated about is the high variance in the performance of CEOs. Even though many get massive compensation plans, few seem to do much for their companies,
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EMC: Making Storage as We Know It Obsolete

November 15, 2007 |
This week I'm at the worldwide meeting of analysts for EMC, a company that is in rapid transition and currently leads the market in secure information management. For what was a storage company, it
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The Future of Telepresence: Better Than Being There

November 13, 2007 |
In last week's post about how to pick an HD video conferencing (often called telepresence in anticipation of what it is becoming) vendor, I suggested looking at a number of factors ranging from the
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