Since the advent of the Internet, its users have been able to hide behind a certain vail of anonymity. So I wonder how can one use the web accurately to research market trends? Some of this will make sense, other times it will be a brain dump. Bear with me, this is a long term project in the making.

3.30.2005

Reading 3/30/05

The weekend flew by leaving me with no time to read up on my weekly blogs, so I will knock them down throughout the week.

Starting things off, checked out Chad Dickerson's column over at InfoWorld that he posted last week. He discussed his views on supporting Macs in an enterprise environment. He is a Mac user so he is not setting out from the start to squash the idea of running Macs in an enterprise, he actually lays out a policy that is spelled out in many IT departments. Mr. Dickerson tells of the extra hoops that IT personel must jump through to support and maintain Macs. He did not outline every detail, but he did highlight how slow Virtual PC is and how it opens that system to all of the problems a Windows machine is suscceptible to in a connected environment. One thought though as we move towards delivering more applications via the web and something is moving at Google in the direction of hosted applications (my personal hypothesis), will the type of operating system connecting the box to the network matter less? Has Apple actually taken us back in time to the terminal days? I'll be interested to see what Google does with all of their computing power and applications smarts, I realize advertising is their first line of business, but what else could they create? How will virtualization play in this market?

Next up, persistent search is being talked up by the WSJ and on Paul Kedrosky's blog. Mr. Kedrosky links up to an article that discusses using tools such as Pubsub to monitor and scour the web for watch words and phrases. This makes the web a more effective tool for finding unique bits of information or not so unique anymore as more people adopt this push versus a pull methodolgy of searching the web. No longer will we jump our on computers and stare blankly at the screen in the future clicking link after link to try and hone in a single golden nugget of info, we will have what we are looking for pushed to us. The next step as I see it will be developing a system that pushes the web to you, like Pubsub, but then allowing the user to rate the quality of the data pushed to them in order to build a more intelligent push system. Food for thought for all of you developers out there.

Finally, it looks like there is another player entering the push email solution environment, Eudora. Remember a company by the name of Qualcomm? Remember their email solution we all used back in college in the 90s before Outlook became the defacto POP3 email and contact manager? I do and boy what a hoot to see Eudora back in action and this time mobile. I was alerted of this development by checking out the CTIA's blog postings. The service will send a text message to the email addressee and let them "preview" the message before jumping online to view the entire message. Looks like you have to use Eudora's desktop email solution to use their mobile service as well since you have to forward mail to the Eudora Mobile site. On the blog it mentions Verizon Wireless will be offering Eudora Mobile to its customers, wonder if we will see any Eudora specific Smartphones anytime soon?

Well that's it for this posting, as always, the lines are open for your comments. Thank you for reading.

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