The Chinese want Seagate

The article doesn’t say why the Chinese did not make a play for Western Digital 😉

Chinese Seek to Buy a U.S. Maker of Disk Drives – New York Times

The overture, which was disclosed by the chief executive of one of the two remaining drive makers in the United States, William D. Watkins of Seagate Technology, has resurrected the issues of economic competitiveness and national security raised three years ago when Lenovo, a Chinese computer maker, bought I.B.M.’s personal computer business.

Published in: on August 26, 2007 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Content-Aware Image Editing

Content-Aware Image Editing

This video is showing up everywhere. These guys have apparently done the hard work of automating a 2-D maximum entropy analysis of an image and used it to provide the user a GUI-based intuitive way to resize and image by adding or removing image information with the least significance.

Published in: on August 26, 2007 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Textbooks 2.0

Looks like we have a grassroots effort to provide textbooks that are free and not controlled by school boards or worse

Textbook Revolution

Textbook Revolution is the web’s source for free educational materials. This is a student-run, volunteer-operated website started in response to the textbook industry’s constant drive to maximize profits instead of educational value.

Published in: on August 24, 2007 at 4:02 pm  Comments (1)  

GoogleSky is Launched!

All sorts of astronomical goodies added to Google Earth…click one button to switch you from Earth to Sky mode.  Planets, constellations, backyard astronomy and Hubble Space Telescope  images are all available.

Digital50: News and more Business News

Hubble Space Telescope Imagery — The HST layer provides users with over 120 high-resolution images provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA/ESA’s renowned orbiting telescope.

Published in: on August 22, 2007 at 1:04 pm  Comments (5)  

Torts 2.0 – online contracts site

Create, negotiate and execute contracts at online site Tractis,
which appears to be in closed beta, for now…

Tractis – Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to provide a way to make online borderless justice possible. Yeah, you heard us right. We want to develop a new legal system that overcomes the inefficiencies, complexities, injustices and sluggishness of traditional legal systems. We want justice for, from and by the Internet nation. Tractis is only the beginning

Published in: on August 20, 2007 at 2:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Moore’s Law as event Horizon

How to divide up the enterprise computing universe into
two fundamental regimes.

The Red Shift Theory – Hardware – www.itnews.com.au

“All this is really about which side of Moore’s Law you’re on,” Papadopoulos says. “If your applications are growing faster than Moore’s Law, you’ve got a fundamental set of issues about scale and power. If they’re growing slower than Moore’s Law, you’ve got all kinds of opportunities around consolidation.”

Published in: on August 20, 2007 at 12:10 am  Leave a Comment  

Solaris to run on IBM Kit

Could the relationship run deeper?  What happens when UltraSparc T2 servers bump up against the Cell – both running Solaris? 

Longtime Rivals IBM, Sun to Collaborate

But analyst Bob Djurdjevic of Annex Research said this could herald something deeper between Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM and Santa Clara, Calif.-based Sun – perhaps an eventual acquisition of Sun by its older, larger rival.

In that scenario, IBM and Sun would have a broad software portfolio to sell together, and they could join forces on the very expensive development of next-generation microprocessors for their servers.

Published in: on August 17, 2007 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Five Universities punt IT to Google

Five more universities switch Google Apps Education Edition – Tech

When universities sign-up for Google Apps, students, faculty, and staff get GMail powered email, IM capabilities with their contacts, and an online calendar that allows them to add classes and meetings right from the GMail interface.

Published in: on August 17, 2007 at 9:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

MySQL charging for source code?

MySQL defends paid tarball decision | Reg Developer

MySQL has defended a decision to end free community access to the latest source code for its popular database in an attempt to snag paying customers.

Chief executive Marten Mickos said MySQL remains in full compliance with the principles of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), adding the company’s decision will help build a “well-funded business model” capable of producing yet more GPL software.

Published in: on August 16, 2007 at 4:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Extra Google Storage

Now available for a yearly fee.

So much for 9 gigs for free.

Online Storage: Purchase Google “overflow” storage – Lifehacker

Google announces that users with overflowing Gmail boxes or Picasa Web Albums can purchase additional storage that applies across the apps. Plans start at $20/year for an extra 6 gigabytes,

Published in: on August 13, 2007 at 8:55 pm  Comments (1)