Friday, January 28, 2005

Lotus Notes, Workplace said to boost users on the edge

Lotus Notes, Workplace said to boost users on the edge: "Central to Notes at the outset was the concept of a semi-structured data base and an object software metaphor that centered on documents rather than transactions. 'We built these forms-based things,' said Ozzie, 'I don't think we understood deeply the kind of applications people would build.'
'We were shooting from the hip,' Ozzie said of the early years of Notes development. The approach worked well where organization workflow was important, and was not necessarily embraced wholeheartedly by central IT.
'The fundamental belief we had was [in] the people who best know how to adapt software to their needs,' Ozzie said, referring to the business workers 'at the edge of the system.'
In the early days, he said, Notes applications were largely created by 'power users and line-of-business IT.' Notes, of course, later became more and more of an environment for professional developers."

Dick Cheney, Dressing Down (washingtonpost.com)

Dick Cheney, Dressing Down (washingtonpost.com): "At yesterday's gathering of world leaders in southern Poland to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the United States was represented by Vice President Cheney. The ceremony at the Nazi death camp was outdoors, so those in attendance, such as French President Jacques Chirac and Russian President Vladimir Putin, were wearing dark, formal overcoats and dress shoes or boots. Because it was cold and snowing, they were also wearing gentlemen's hats. In short, they were dressed for the inclement weather as well as the sobriety and dignity of the event.
The vice president, however, was dressed in the kind of attire one typically wears to operate a snow blower.

Cheney stood out in a sea of black-coated world leaders because he was wearing an olive drab parka with a fur-trimmed hood. It is embroidered with his name. It reminded one of the way in which children's clothes are inscribed with their names before they are sent away to camp. And indeed, the vice president looked like an awkward boy amid the well-dressed adults. "

Globale Studie: Deutschland bei Umwelt-Ranking auf Platz 31 - Wissenschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Globale Studie: Deutschland bei Umwelt-Ranking auf Platz 31 - Wissenschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Deutschland, das sich selbst gern in der Avantgarde der Klimaschoner w�hnt, muss sich mit einem bescheidenen Rang begn�gen: Platz 31, weit hinter Staaten wie etwa Gabun, Kroatien, Litauen, Albanien oder der Zentralafrikanischen Republik."

MapPoint users in for long and winding road | CNET News.com

MapPoint users in for long and winding road | CNET News.com: "A bug in Microsoft's MapPoint software sends those looking to travel between two Norwegian cities on a trip across much of Western Europe. The suggested quickest route between Haugesund and Trondheim is a 1,685-mile journey through Belgium, England, France, Germany and Sweden to make the journey. With two trips across the ocean and a fair bit of overland travel, the site estimates the journey will take some 47 hours and 31 minutes. "

Oooops ...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Blair mahnt Bush: USA sollen sich st�rker im Klimaschutz engagieren - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Blair mahnt Bush: USA sollen sich st�rker im Klimaschutz engagieren - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Davos - Die USA m�ssten bei ihrem Streben nach weltweiter Unterst�tzung f�r ihre Politik selbst auch die Interessen anderer ber�cksichtigen, sagte Blair in Davos. Wenn die Vereinigten Staaten wollten, dass der Rest der Welt ihre Vorstellungen teile, dann m�ssten umgekehrt auch die USA die Vorstellungen anderer L�nder teilen."

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The New York Times > Technology > Google and Yahoo Are Extending Search Ability to TV Programs

The New York Times > Technology > Google and Yahoo Are Extending Search Ability to TV Programs: "oogle and Yahoo are introducing services that will let users search through television programs based on words spoken on the air. The services will look for keywords in the closed captioning information that is encoded in many programs, mainly as an aid to deaf viewers."
I wonder when they will search my IM chats, my conversations at home, my thoughts, ... |-)

Druckversion - Auto-Report: T�V stellt neuen M�ngelh�chststand fest - Auto - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Druckversion - Auto-Report: T�V stellt neuen M�ngelh�chststand fest - Auto - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Das Modell mit den wenigsten M�ngeln bei der ersten T�V-Untersuchung nach drei Jahren wies der Porsche Boxster auf. Er wurde mit einer Quote von 2,6 Prozent vor dem Mazda Demio und dem Audi A4 zum 'M�ngelzwerg' gek�rt. Ganz weit abgeschlagen auf den hinteren Pl�tzen liegen nach drei Jahren der VW Sharan (16,2 Prozent M�ngelquote), der Seat Alhambra (15 Prozent), der Chrysler Voyager (14,5), und der Ford Galaxy (13,6)."

Sunday, January 23, 2005

IFILM - Television: Fair and Balanced Inauguration

IFILM - Television: Fair and Balanced Inauguration: "A Fox News anchor flips out when a guest dares to question the nature of Bush's elaborate 2nd inauguration. "
If you have watched Outfoxed before, you won't really be surprised by this - at least measured by European standards - highly unprofessional behavior.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Microsoft BizTalk Server: Microsoft BizTalk Server Roadmap

Microsoft BizTalk Server: Microsoft BizTalk Server Roadmap: "Empowering Business Users - BizTalk Server 2006 will empower the business user by extending capabilities introduced in BizTalk Server 2004, such as Business Activity Services (BAS) and Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), better integration with Windows SharePoint Services, and real-time support for business activity subscriptions and notifications. "

Abducted In Iraq: Four Months on Planet bin Laden - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Abducted In Iraq: Four Months on Planet bin Laden - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "French journalist George Malbrunot spent 124 days as a hostage of Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq. The experience nearly broke him, but it also offered him stunning insights into the way jihadist groups operate. He returned convinced of one thing: America's policy is doomed. "

Friday, January 21, 2005

Internet Capital Group Engages Former IBM Executive to Drive Partner Company Growth

Internet Capital Group Engages Former IBM Executive to Drive Partner Company Growth: "WAYNE, Pa. --(Business Wire)-- Jan. 18, 2005 -- Internet Capital Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ICGE) today announces the addition of Dr. Michael D. Zisman to its management team, functioning as a managing director."

Congratulations and best of luck, Mike!

Monday, January 17, 2005

The New York Times > International > Europe > Back Channels: A Crackdown Averted: How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path

The New York Times > International > Europe > Back Channels: A Crackdown Averted: How Top Spies in Ukraine Changed the Nation's Path: "While wet snow fell on the rally in Independence Square, an undercover colonel from the Security Service of Ukraine, or S.B.U., moved among the protesters' tents. He represented the successor agency to the K.G.B., but his mission, he said, was not against the protesters. It was to thwart the mobilizing troops. He warned opposition leaders that a crackdown was afoot. "

Fascinating to see how history gets written.

Happy birthday, Pauline! Posted by Hello

USA: Aufstand der Milit�rs - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE

>USA: Aufstand der Milit�rs - Politik - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "'Ich h�tte mich in einem Volvo sicherer gef�hlt als in unserem Humvee', klagt Richard Murphy, der 15 Monate im Irak dienen musste. "
...
"Vor allem die Militärs selbst sind es, die aufgrund dieser Erfahrungen ein Umdenken in Washington fordern. Niemals seit dem Vietnam-Debakel musste die zivile Pentagon-Führung mit so viel Kritik aus den eigenen Reihen fertig werden. General a. D. Barry McCaffrey fürchtet sogar: "Der Armee fliegen in den nächsten 24 Monaten die Räder weg." General Peter Schoomaker, derzeit Stabschef des Heeres, warnte den Kongress bereits vor drastischen Konsequenzen: "Möglicherweise müssen wir die regulären Streitkräfte aufstocken" - was Rumsfeld schon aus Budgetgründen auf jeden Fall vermeiden will."

Friday, January 14, 2005

CBS News | Human Rights Watchdog Slams U.S. | January 13, 2005�14:00:07

CBS News | Human Rights Watchdog Slams U.S. | January 13, 2005�14:00:07: "The torture of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and the treatment of those held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, dealt a blow to the United States' credibility as the world's leader on human rights and the fight against terrorism, a human rights group said Thursday.

"When most governments breach international human rights and humanitarian law, they commit a violation," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in its annual report of human rights developments in 60 countries.

"When a government as dominant and influential as the United States openly defies that law and seeks to justify its defiance, it also undermines the law itself and invites others to do the same."
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BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'erodes' global human rights

BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'erodes' global human rights: "Violations of human rights by the US are undermining international law and eroding its role on the world stage, a leading campaign group says.
Human Rights Watch says the US can no longer claim to defend human rights abroad if it practises abuses itself."

...

The group, the largest US-based rights organisation, says the actions of the US in such detention centres have undermined Washington's credibility as a proponent of human rights and a leader of the war against terror.

"Its embrace of coercive interrogation [is] part of a broader betrayal of human rights principles in the name of combating terrorism," HRW says.

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However, according to the report, the impact of the abuse scandals has already seriously damaged the US's role as champion of human rights, reverberating worldwide.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Some Abstinence Programs Mislead Teens, Report Says (washingtonpost.com)

Some Abstinence Programs Mislead Teens, Report Says (washingtonpost.com): "'I have no objection talking about abstinence as a surefire way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases,' Waxman said. 'I don't think we ought to lie to our children about science. Something is seriously wrong when federal tax dollars are being used to mislead kids about basic health facts.' "

Only in America: Aufklaerung a la Bush: Sex, Luegen und schwangere Teenies - Wissenschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Aufkl�rung � la Bush: Sex, L�gen und schwangere Teenies - Wissenschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Der Mangel an jeglicher Kontrolle motivierte den demokratischen Abgeordneten Henry Waxman, eine Untersuchung der Inhalte der am h�ufigsten verwendeten Programme durchf�hren zu lassen. Die Analyse, die k�rzlich vorgestellt wurde, brachte es schnell an den Tag: Elf der 13 untersuchten Programme enthielten Behauptungen, die zwar den Moralvorstellungen der christlichen Hardliner, nicht aber dem Stand der Wissenschaft entsprachen. So wird M�dchen etwa weisgemacht, dass schwanger wird, wer einem Jungen zwischen die Beine greife - oder dass HIV durch Schwei� und Tr�nen �bertragen werden k�nne.

Der Waxman-Report kam au�erdem zu dem Schluss, dass die Enthaltsamkeits-Kampagnen bisher keinerlei Erfolge zeitigten - ganz im Gegensatz zu konkurrierenden Programmen, die zum Schutz der Jugendlichen �ber Verh�tungsmethoden aufkl�ren."

Only in America? Aberwitzige Warnungen auf US-Produkten: "Schneefr�se nicht auf dem Hausdach benutzen" - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Aberwitzige Warnungen auf US-Produkten: "Schneefr�se nicht auf dem Hausdach benutzen" - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "In den USA hat eine Interessengruppe einen Wettbewerb ausgeschrieben, bei dem besonders absurde Warnhinweise auf Produkt-Etiketten gesucht werden. Den ersten Platz 2004 gewann ein Schild auf einer Toilettenb�rste: 'Nicht zur K�rperhygiene verwenden'. SPIEGEL ONLINE zeigt aktuelle und vergangene Preistr�ger."

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

CNN.com - Vietnam service�political kiss�of death? - Jan 10, 2005

CNN.com - Vietnam service�political kiss�of death? - Jan 10, 2005: "Patriotism today has very little to do with what most of us learned in American history class. The patriot is no longer the admirable citizen who places the common good before his own individual comfort, who sacrifices herself for the safety and survival of her country. That definition is now quaint and obsolete. Patriotism, as redefined by tough-minded, tough-talking hawks, is not action, patriotism is ideology. This new, debased patriotism requires no personal risk, no sacrifice, no inconvenience."

CRN | Breaking News | IBM, Microsoft Chart Collaboration's Course

CRN | Breaking News | IBM, Microsoft Chart Collaboration's Course: "David Marshak, an analyst with Patricia Seybold Group, calls the next two years a period of disruption as it pertains to collaboration. Customers, he says, will be making decisions about messaging and portal solutions and platforms, and IBM and Microsoft�and their partners�should look to cash in.
'I don't know yet whose technology [IBM's or Microsoft's] is more disruptive, but customers are going to be forced to do something�at least an upgrade; at most migrating all of their users, mailboxes and logic,' Marshak says. "


Now I am confused - I thought David Marshak was joining IBM/Lotus managing their real-time collaboration products?!?

Monday, January 10, 2005

Microsoft to grow on its campus

Microsoft to grow on its campus: "To accommodate future growth, Microsoft Corp. said yesterday that it will build up to 2.2 million square feet of new office space on its Redmond campus over the next 20 years, delaying construction on land it owns in Issaquah but confirming the company's commitment to keeping its headquarters in the Puget Sound area."
As home owner in this area - sounds great to me!

Sunday, January 09, 2005

The New York Times > International > Europe > German's Claim of Kidnapping Brings Investigation of U.S. Link

The New York Times > International > Europe > German's Claim of Kidnapping Brings Investigation of U.S. Link: "'This is a very ongoing thing, and we are working together with the Germans to resolve it,' a senior official said. 'Our hope is we can get to the bottom of it.' The official declined to discuss whether the bureau had had any contact with the C.I.A. or Pentagon about the allegations."

CRN | News | Borman In Hot Seat

CRN | News | Borman In Hot Seat: "While IBM wants to entrench more of its software stack in any given account, customers are unlikely to discard rival infrastructure that works. Partners say that while IBM has customers for its Lotus, WebSphere and Tivoli brands, most of them use just one or two products. There aren't many companies that use Domino groupware, Tivoli systems management and WebSphere application servers together, for example.
It does not help that these products, resulting from acquisitions, overlap. Lotus caused a stir when it said it would replace the venerable Notes Storage Facility (NSF) with a DB2-based relational store and swap out native Domino capabilities for J2EE functions. That statement blurred the line between WebSphere and Domino, and company executives have spent much of the past two years trying to clear up the confusion. "

Internet: T�gliche Ration Wahnsinn - Netzwelt - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Internet: T�gliche Ration Wahnsinn - Netzwelt - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "In Deutschland sind Weblogs erst seit j�ngster Zeit auf dem Vormarsch: Vor zwei Jahren gab es 500, heute sind es bereits rund 50 000 deutsche Angebote. T�glich kommen im Schnitt 120 neue dazu."

Friday, January 07, 2005

Only in Germany: To Give or Not To Give?

German Papers: To Give or Not To Give? - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "With Germany at the financial helm of providing aid and relief to the victims of the tsunami disaster in South Asia, charges of a 'selfish donation competition' are already surfacing in national newspapers. Is Germany giving too much?"

USATODAY.com - Magazine names Seattle as fittest city, Houston as fattest

USATODAY.com - Magazine names Seattle as fittest city, Houston as fattest: "The fittest and fattest cities in the United States, according to a survey in the February issue of Men's Fitness magazine:

FITTEST CITIES
1. Seattle
2. Honolulu
3. Colorado Springs
4. San Francisco
5. Denver
6. Portland, Ore.
7. Sacramento
8. Tucson
9. San Diego
10. Albuquerque

FATTEST CITIES
1. Houston
2. Philadelphia
3. Detroit
4. Memphis
5. Chicago
6. Dallas
7. New Orleans
8. New York
9. Las Vegas
10. San Antonio "

"Eighty-five percent of Seattle residents get some exercise every month, and that's a really significant thing," Boulton said. The city's jittery love affair with espresso might fuel some of that activity, he noted: "There's not only a lot of it, it's pretty darn strong."


Hm, I guess we are living in the right area. :-)

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

CRN | Breaking News | Cooper To Leave IBM Software

CRN | Breaking News | Cooper To Leave IBM Software: "IBM confirmed that Cooper, vice president of worldwide channel marketing at IBM Software, is leaving, but the company hasn't announced the move. Cooper will join Nokia as vice president of Mobility Solutions, part of the company's Enterprise Solutions Business Group, a Nokia spokesman confirmed. "

Dinner for One - A German New Year's Custom - Miss Sophie and James

Dinner for One - A German New Year's Custom - Miss Sophie and James: "It's a bit bizarre when you think about it. A short British cabaret sketch from the 1920s has become a German New Year's tradition. Yet, although �The 90th Birthday or Dinner for One� is a famous cult classic in Germany and several other European countries, it is virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, including Britain, its birthplace."

vowe dot net :: The lights go out at Lotus

vowe dot net :: The lights go out at Lotus What a symbolism!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Hasso Plattner: "Wir Deutschen suchen zu wenig nach Loesungen und zu viel nach Schuldigen"

Milliard�re: "Zum Wachstum verurteilt" - 2 - Wirtschaft - SPIEGEL ONLINE: "Wir Deutschen suchen zu wenig nach L�sungen und zu viel nach Schuldigen. Wir brauchen den Willen zum Erfolg. Dazu geh�rt auch, dass wir nicht immer nur weinen und kritisieren. Letztlich sollte jeder von uns endlich bei sich selbst anfangen. Eigeninitiative als Antriebskraft fehlt der Politik, den Unternehmen, den Managern und auch den B�rgern."