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Microsoft’s Hailstorm is all anyone is going to talk about this week.
‘The Redmond-based software giant will deliver a suite of basic Web services that will run not only on Windows-based Web sites, but on the Unix platform. This opens the possibility that .Net could take hold on some of the largest Web sites currently running on non-Microsoft software.’
Hailstorm is ‘Scobleized’ at Robert Scoble’s weblog.
For various reasons, I’ve been thinking as well about what kinds of web services companies can provide to augment or create new revenue streams. MSFT’s new direction with Hailstorm looks at first glance to be really, really intelligent- broadening the user base beyond Windows, giving away some services but charging for others, opening up some applications to outside developers, turning everything into XML. Making “Windows” portable and extendable…
With MSFT charging into web services, an area they have invested heavily in so far (Expedia, Hotmail, MSNBC, Slate, CitySearch, etc.) it’s clear others will have to do so- but in other ways.
If you’re a producer of devices that create information (digital cameras, digital video cameras, etc.) it’s clear that one future revenue stream is to provide storage/backup online either via broadband connections or even snail mail as a last resource (the time it would take to upload gigs of video to a Sony DV storage site would be prohibitive…even with a cable modem due to the tiny upload speeds one gets in “broadband.”)
If you’re a producer of software that manipulates information (a la Adobe Photoshop or any music or movie editing software, your new versions are going to have to support XML or SOAP or XML-RPC. This might be the beginning of a cascade of re-writes of software to run on the Hailstorm/.NET platform. Developers, start your debuggers! 🙂
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Bob Johnstone on how Organic LEDs are kewl!
‘Organic light-emitting diodes are shaping up as a superdisplay: brighter, thinner, lighter and faster than liquid crystal displays. They also take less power to run, offer higher contrast, look equally bright from all angles and have the potential to be much cheaper to manufacture than their conventional counterparts.’
“[T]he more they are studied, the more organic light-emitting diodes look to be just about everything their liquid-crystal counterparts are not. For starters, their structure is about as simple as one could imagine: an electrode, some organic stuff, then another electrode. Hook it up to a voltage and, presto, out comes light. There’s no backlight, no diffuser, no polarizers or any of the other baggage that goes with liquid crystals.
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Joel Spolsky on ArsDigita. Ouch. I agree completely.
“When I go to the website today and read that they ‘maximize value for the end-user,’ I think of that dazzling, exciting kid you knew freshman year, who jumped from varsity squash to journalism to drama to campus politics, and was all fired up to change the world. But he got married, has 2 1/2 kids, took a job as an insurance agent and wears a gray suit to work every day.”
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Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 23:11:24 -0800
From: Don Marti
To: pho mailing list
Subject: Re: pho: go after the ones who started this
On Sat, Mar 17, 2001 at 09:12:10PM -0500, Eric de Fontenay wrote:
> Well, while we’re on the subject, what would happen if a group of
> artists were to file a class action suit against the major label for
> distributing their work without taking appropriate safeguards to
> protect their music, technological safeguards that have and currently
No such thing. I’ll _eat_ any CD that I can play but not rip.
Copying is possible. Enforcement of the laws against copyright
infringement is possible.
Magic copy-proofing is bullshit.
I’m not saying this because I want to see musicians lose money to
illegal copying, but because I don’t want to see them lose money to DRM
Please, DRM-mongers, go back to selling reconditioned printer cartridges
or HERBAL VIAGRA.
Technical Editor, Linux Journal
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.