Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
Much of the tech blogosphere seemed either really excited or really bored by Apple's announcement that it was releasing a new beta version of its browser -- Safari 3 -- on both the Mac OS and Windows platforms.
I was probably somewhere in between. Clamoring over a new version of a browser these days seems a little 1999-ish to me.
To me, a browser is kind of like my TV.
I just want it to work, consistently, and without a lot of effort on my part. It's now just a basic tool through which I consume information.
Of course, most days, I don't have to worry about how fast the bits come streaming into my Scientific Atlanta cable box (Macro blocking days being the exception).
Wired's already running speed tests to verify Apple's claims that Safari "loads pages up to 2 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and up to 1.6 times faster than Firefox 2."
They're reporting the opposite, that Safari is actually slower than IE 7 and Firefox "when accessing Ajax-intensive Web applications." Considering the amount of Ajax and other RIA-centric pages these days, that's no small issue.
I figure I'll probably give Safari a whirl on my Macbook, but these days, I'm mostly a Firefox loyalist.
It's fast, it's lean (although getting more bloated by the day), it gets me the info I need, it doesn't crash a lot, and because of it's openness, I can pick from a wide variety of useful plug-ins.
Our Rational Software Development Conference is happening down at Disney World this week. You can learn more about the event here.
Acknowledging the increasing interest in virtual worlds and the 3D Internet among the developer community, we're also broadening the real world experience this year with a virtual conference experience inside Second Life.
Named "IBM Codestation," the virtual experience will allow visitors to view general sessions from Orlando, see Rational product demos, interact with some of our Rational code gurus, and learn about the coming "Coder's Challenge" development contest kicking off in July.
Click here to get beamed over to the the IBM Codestation slurl.[Read More]
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Okay, this was just plain serendipity.
No sooner do I post about Steve Rubel's information overload than I get an email from a former IBM who has just published his first book.
The title? "Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages."
The author? Alex Wright, a former information architect, early explorer and pathfinder on the frontiers of ibm.com
The abstract: What do primordial bacteria, medieval alchemists and Victorian Librarians have to do with the World Wide Web?
I'll take "Multi-Disciplinary Analysis of Non-Biological Intelligence and Meta-Information Structures" for $500, Alex.
Actually, the book is only $21.24 at Amazon, but the introduction is free.
Publisher's Weekly summarizes Alex's tome this way: "To counter the 'billions of pixels' that have been spent on the rise of the seemingly unique World Wide Web, journalist and information architect Wright delivers a fascinating tour of the many ways that humans have collected, organized and shared information for 'more than 100,000 years' to show how the information age started long before microchips or movable type."
Knowing and having worked with Alex, this is an information consumption feast I think I can actually look forward to.
Well done, mate.
Heads Up: Steve Rubel's attention is crashing.
But the noted blogger and micropersuasion expert explains in a blog post from yesterday that the coming crash isn't about money.
No, this one, he tells us, is personal.
Steve writes "We are reaching a point where the number of inputs we have as individuals is beginning to exceed what we are capable as humans of managing. The demands for our attention are becoming so great, and the problem so widespread, that it will cause people to crash and curtail these drains. Human attention does not obey Moore's Law."
Time to get out the RSS Draino, I guess. Clean out those clogged feeds and keep those Information Superhighwaytubes churnin' away.
Me, I wasn't paying much attention to begin with, so I figure I'll live.
There was always too much information out there, particularly for an information junkie like myself.
Which is why I've always depended on filters. Whether the editors of The New York Times or my Google email filter, I've continuously surrounded myself with a wall of noise filters to lower the impedence. It works...mostly.
Google Cranks Up The Anti-Microsoft Volume
Google, of course, is still trying to do its part to turn up the volume, particularly on Microsoft, both in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion.
In April, they filed a 49-page complaint alleging that the latest version of Microsoft Windows (Vista) impairs the performance of "desktop search" programs. Vista has a desktop search feature?
Hmm, I didn't realize...of course, I also haven't been paying much attention. Anyhow, I'm still using that "good enough" OS called Microsoft XP. If I need to do a desktop search, I use that Google Desktop search feature.
Which is, of course, kind of the point of the complaint. And fighting Microsoft in court worked out so well for Netscape et al, why not?
Google also introduced its poison PowerPoint pill yesterday, the Gmail PowerPoint viewer.
Me likey so far...I can view the PowerPoint embedded in a Gmail without having to open PowerPoint itself.
Hey, it's just one more day not at the Office.[Read More]
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The IBM Software acquisition spree continues.
Telelogic creates and builds products for managing complex software development projects (better known as "application lifecycle management"), and also has tools for business process management, enterprise architecture, and systems engineering.
Telelogic's portfolio will become part of IBM's Rational software division.[Read More]
Well, if you're a faithful "Sopranos" viewer, upon the conclusion of last night's final episode in the 8 year series, you were either throwing your remote at the TV set or laughing at the ambiguous conclusion from creator David Chase.
If you haven't seen the last episode and wish to, stop reading NOW or I could spoil your series' denouement.
Me, I thought it was like a bad joke, upon first viewing.
Like when your cable signal goes out at that critical crescendo moment of a great football game.
Then, after rewinding my DVR a couple of times and watching that lethal blackout again, I laughed out loud.
Chase wasn't going to make it that easy to walk away.
He put the guy in the bathroom who may or may not have had a gun and had homicidal intentions, and the Soprano nuclear family all together at the diner one last time eating onion rings, and basically said "you people use your imagination" to figure out where it would go from there.
So, first I cursed, then I laughed, then I just got totally bummed that it's really over.
Sure, the premiere episode of "John from Cincinnati" afterwards showed some real promise from "Deadwood" creator David Milch, but it's certainly no "Sopranos."
Anyone else care to share their reaction to the "Sopranos" untimely demise?[Read More]
Security and anti-virus software maker McAfee conducted a recent study of the five major search engines in the U.S., including Google, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, and Ask.
This is the second year of the now annual study, and the update indicated that although the overall safety risk to search engine users had declined by about 1 percentage point, it was the sponsored results (those paid for by advertisers) that continued to incur the most risk.
The study analyzed the first 50 search results returned by each search engine for 2,300 popular keywords, with each result then compared to McAfee SiteAdvisor's Web Safety database of 8.2 million site safety ratings.
The ratings were broken out into two categories, red and yellow.
Red for sites found to offer adware, spyware, viruses, exploits, spammy email, excessive pop-ups, or strong affiliations with other red sites.
Yellow for sites which merit some caution before use.
Some of the study's key findings:
You can get more detailed data in the full report, including a comprehensive analysis of organic and sponsored results by search engine and an analysis of safety by individual keyword.[Read More]
IBM announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire Watchfire Corporation, a privately held security and compliance testing software company based in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Online security and privacy incidents continue to pose a risk to Internet communications and commerce. According to a 2005 CSI/FBI Survey, internal security attacks cost U.S. businesses alone $400 billion per year.
Watchfire's technology is expected to help reduce security risks and the threat it poses to customers and the bottom line alike by extending IBM's governance risk management strategy, implementing broad security and compliance capabilities and integrating them into the software development lifecycle.
This will allow customers to define, test, and track the compliance of their applications with security, legal and corporate requirements.
Just last week on a call with my extended team I was reviewing the new Google Street View capability, and explaining the reaction many had had to it from a privacy perspective.
During my conversation with the team, I had mentioned that it would likely only be a matter of time before concerns were raised around the use of such information by terrorists for the planning of their heinous crimes.
Then lo and behold, this tidbit falls over the transom from the CNET "News Blog" stating that the JFK terror plotters used Google Earth to obtain detailed aerial photographs of JFK airport.
According to a court document, the blog reports, one of the four defendants indicated that one of their surveillance videos was not sufficiently detailed for operational purposes, which is when they allegedly resorted to Google Earth instead.
While a Google statement from earlier today highlighted the attention that its Google Earth team has paid to security risks posed by its satellite imaging tool, and that they're not the only player in this market, CNET's Caroline McCarthy also points out that such tools "certainly do make it easier for a would-be terrorist to obtain such maps anonymously."
I would expect this turn of events to lead to at some further public debate and deliberation (perhaps in the U.S. Congress?) about the implications of anonymous access to such valuable satellite imagery online.
Our collective safety and security might well depend on it.[Read More]
...well, at least not yet, anyhow.
First, as I think I've explained in the past, I've been burned too many times on early adoption.
The only early adopting I'll be doing moving forward is for small canine creatures I keep as pets.
Second, I just got my Blackberry Pearl.
It seems to do most everything I need it to do, for now. Everything except allow me to successfully browse the Internets. It used to do that, too, until the IBM internal software installation corrupted the browser.
They tell me I can fix it by wiping the Blackberry hard drive and starting from scratch.
Let me get this straight: I bought a Blackberry so I could check my corporate email and calendar (which I can successfully still do) and to surf the Internet.
But in order to successfully surf the Internet, I have to wipe the Blackberry hard drive and reinstall from scratch, in the process giving up my ability to successfully check my corporate email and calendar? And this is supposed to be productivity enhancement???
Three, the iPhone costs in the neighborhood of $600.
My Blackberry Pearl cost me $99. I can think of another $501 reasons I' won't be waiting for a new iPhone to ring.
Four, I don't like grovelling or begging, nor do I like sleeping overnight on sidewalks outside the Cingular store, not for concert tickets and certainly not for a new cell phone.
When I bought my Pearl, I called ahead, had 'em charge the Pearl in advance of my getting to the store, and by the time I arrived, simply did a quick run through and check out. I liked the Cingular retail people veddy much.
On June 29th, I will be staying as far away from the Cingular Web site and retail stores as is humanly possible. The core Appleites (pun intended) will be out en masse, they will be single minded of purpose, and they will have great anxiety over whether or not they'll be one of the lucky ones to win the iPhone lottery.
I will stay as far away from them and their mob as is humanly possible.
That is, unless they are willing to give me a personal tour of their new iPhone, in which case I'll be happy to oblige their momentary lapse of reason.
You can check out the cool new Apple iPhone TV spots here.[Read More]