A group of European research institutions and open-source software companies has launched an effort to build new tools that will make it easier to do complex IT projects based on Linux and other open-source software. The group has secured $2.9 million from the European Union (E.U.)and additional funding from its participants. Those taking part include the INRIA, Tel-Aviv University, the University of Zurich and Linux software vendor Mandrakesoft SA, .
The group hopes to build software development and management tools that will cut the costs and complexity of large IT projects, particularly those using Linux.
5. Google will do something major with Blogger. I really have no idea what, but it's overdue. Six Apart will grow quickly but face a crisis in its implementation as its core users demand more features that are "unbloglike" like customer databases and robust publishing support tools. This (and other things) may drive Six Apart or one of its competitors into the arms of Yahoo or AOL or even - gasp - Quark or Adobe or Marcomedia.
7. Yahoo and Google will both test systems that combine local merchant inventory information with search, so that merchants can use search as a direct sales channel. By the end of the year, there will be no question that the search companies are in direct competition with the ecommerce companies, but it won't matter - there's room for them all. Paul Ford will continue to get droves of readers to his related, and very prescient, three year old post on how Google takes over the world.
8. Microsoft will lose search share before they gain it back later in the year when the integration of MSN search starts to scale with new versions of Office and IE . Net net, however, MSFT will gain total in total search sessions from last year, and its technology will get much, much better.
9. Firefox will near 15% of total browser share. Firefox faithful will wonder why it's not much much higher. But MSFT will release a very good upgrade of IE, see #8.
10. A third party platform player with major economies of scale (ie eBay or Amazon) will release a search related innovation that blows everyone's mind, and has everyone buzzing about how it redefines what's possible in search.
The lack of licensing fees associated with most open source software helps keep initial costs low, but the real savings come using two programs -- OpenSSH and rsync -- which make it easier to administer Linux remotely while also managing secure, remote data backups over the Internet. While there are third-party software tools available that allow remote administration of Windows computers, this capability is inherent in Linux.
I was playing last night with the latest release of Skype, and decided to use the new feature of importing into skype your Outlook contact base (tools->import contact). BE VERY CAREFUL, as when you do this, the net result is NOT to upload your contact BUT to send a ridiculous spam mail to all your contacts, inviting them to skype you ...
As the meaning of contact-upload (IE non intrusive for your contact) and spamming (IE intrusive for your contact) are VERY different, I'm very unhappy and feel cheated by Skype (and will from now on try to use the product as Little as possible)
Conclusion: if you cheat and try to mislead your customers, you will loose them.
Taking some time off, reading Les Pensées (Blaise Pascal 1670) , trying to understand how/why one of the greatest scientific mind abandoned mathematics and physics for philosophy and theology, amazing reading (cf section 72 below)...
72. We do not rest satisfied with the present. We anticipate the future as too slow in coming, as if in order to hasten its course; or we recall the past, to stop its too rapid flight. So imprudent are we that we wander in the times which are not ours and do not think of the only one which belongs to us; and so idle are we that we dream of those times which are no more and thoughtlessly overlook that which alone exists. For the present is generally painful to us. We conceal it from our sight, because it troubles us; and, if it be delightful to us, we regret to see it pass away. We try to sustain it by the future and think of arranging matters which are not in our power, for a time which we have no certainty of reaching.
Let each one examine his thoughts, and he will find them all occupied with the past and the future. We scarcely ever think of the present; and if we think of it, it is only to take light from it to arrange the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means; the future alone is our end. So we never live, but we hope to live; and, as we are always preparing to be happy, it is inevitable we should never be so.
Enterprise CIOs Plan Modest IT Spending Increase in 2005, Says Forrester Research Forrester Research - December 20, 2004 Forrester Research reports that CIOs at North American and European enterprises plan to increase their IT spending by 3.9 percent in 2005, based on its latest survey of 1,368 IT decision-makers.
Applications are the top budget priority in 2005. Fifty-nine percent of decision-makers surveyed identified deployment or upgrade of major packaged applications as a priority; many will use application integration and outsourcing services. The analysts say the findings re-affirm their earlier forecast for a 7 percent increase in overall North American IT spending in 2005. The 7 percent forecast includes small/medium business and additional enterprise spending outside IT departments. Forrester says its past analysis indicates that CIOs and technology decision-makers tend to be conservative when predicting future spending
Another batch of two 2005 technology predictions, one from the NVCA, and the other from the RedHerring.
The NVCA is a summary of where venture capitalists predict their money will be going in the coming year, there are many VC views represented, but nothing earth shattering...
... 2005 will be the beginning of a new business cycle and a high demand for participation in the venture capital asset class will foster a strong competitive environment among VCs and limited partners alike in 2005, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) predicted today. According to Mark Heesen, NVCA President, the year will be characterized by a return to early stage investing as new funds are raised and those dollars begin to be deployed... Technology will continue to be the cornerstone of venture capital investing in 2005 with an ongoing focus in software and the life sciences sectors...
A team of US researchers has shown that controlling devices with the brain is a step closer. Four people, two of them partly paralysed wheelchair users, successfully moved a computer cursor while wearing a cap with 64 electrodes. Previous research has shown that monkeys can control a computer with electrodes implanted into their brain...
12 :: Kinnernet 2007 Tel Aviv - Israel
March 15 to 17 in Ohalo Manor, Kibbutz Kinneret, Jordan Valley. Followed by the Marker Conference in Tel Aviv March 18/19 and Mishkenot Shaananim Symposium in Jerusalem on March 20.
11 :: DLD 2007 DLD Conference
Munich January 21-23 2007.
DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is one of Europe's freshest conferences covering digital innovation, gaming, arts and science, bringing together thought leaders from Europe, the Middle-East, America and Asia
10 :: LE WEB 3 Paris
Dec 11/12 2006
I'll participate (with 1000 others ;-)) to was should be a great European tech gathering...
I'm also hosting a Dinner on Wed Dec 13 (register on my blog if you are interested)