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I'm on vacation this week and the airlines lost my luggage; I mean they lost them big time. It took more than a week of cajoling before I finally got my my suitcase from Aer Lingus. I'm staying in France and can't use my iPhone here without incurring huge charges, so I've turned to the Skype app to call the airline and found it failed miserably. I remember reading where someone suggested that you could save lots of minutes (or even do without a network) if you had Skype on your iPhone. There were even suggestions that AT&T didn't want …

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A couple of weeks ago Alfresco CTO [URL="http://twitter.com/johnnewton"]John Newton[/URL] posted the following tweet on Twitter: [I]"Does Cloud = SaaS [Software as a Service]? I don't think so. Cloud is computing, more like electricity."[/I] My gut reaction was that they were equal, and up until that moment I had used the terms interchangeably, but Newton's post got me thinking that perhaps they were different. SaaS applications use cloud platforms, but are not exactly cloud computing. The more I thought about it, however, the less clear it got, so I decided to do some research and also take my questions directly to …

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Mike Elgan, the veteran technology journalist, mused last week in a [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9141437/Elgan_7_reasons_why_e_book_readers_make_lousy_gifts_this_year"]Computerworld article[/URL] that eBook readers would make lousy gifts. I don't necessarily agree with all of Elgan's points, but it got me thinking about how useful a one-trick device is for users. If you think about it, we began to solve the problem of carrying multiple devices with the iPhone. Suddenly we didn't need a camera, a phone and a notebook computer with internet access because we had it all in a single device (and we have access to all those Apps). But reading a book is a unique …

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There has certainly been a lot FUD being spread around lately by the likes of [URL="http://www.comcast.com"]Comcast[/URL] about how [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peer-to-peer"]P2P[/URL] networks are filling up the Internet pipes. Just a couple of weeks ago, fellow Daniweb blogger, Davey Winder wrote (with tongue firmly in cheek), [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2378.html"]The Internet is Full, please get off[/URL], for his InsideEdge blog. I asked Steve Rosenbaum, CEO of [URL="http://www.magnify.net"]Magnify.net[/URL], if he believed the internet was running out of capacity in an interview on Friday and his reaction was, “That’s just silly.” I’ve always felt if the internet were truly filling up, why not just build more capacity. Seems …

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Apple's quarterly earnings report came out the other day and in spite of the economy and Steve Jobs' health and everything else, Apple blew away their quarterly projections. How do you think they keep doing it? What makes people keep buying their products in spite of the economic climate that would suggest people wouldn't be spending money on luxury gadgets? I plan on blogging about this in the next few days, but I would love to her your opinions on how Apple keeps on going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Ron Miller DaniWeb TechTreasures by Ron Miller Blog [url]http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/blog313540.html[/url]

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Over the last year, Microsoft ads have been simply bad on one end of the spectrum and horrible on the other. It's really time for the company to reconsider their ad agency choices and their overall strategy because right now they are throwing good money after bad. I had one friend who described the ads aptly when he said, "It's strange how tone deaf they remain." Let's review (in the words of [URL="http://www.genesis-music.com/"]Genesis[/URL]), [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGQcMMAKovA&feature=related"]the grand parade of lifeless packaging[/URL]: [B]Puking Women[/B] The latest in the series of disasters that have been Microsoft ads was pulled last week because people were …

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In the final days of a failing model, old media made one last futile attempt to save its fading way of life by trying to expand copyright law to exclude fair use and linking. Just this morning, my DaniWeb colleague, Sharon Fisher wrote a post called [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4479.html"]This Blog Post Could Be Illegal[/URL]. Seems Richard Posner, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has written a [URL="http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives/2009/06/the_future_of_n.html"]blog post[/URL] of his own (note the irony here) that copyright should be expanded to bar access to any copyrighted material without the copyright holders express consent …

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[URL="http://www.salesforce.com"]Salesforce.com[/URL], best known for its cloud-based CRM package, announced on Monday that it would be providing web hosting services for web sites, intranets and web-based applications. The announcement comes on the heels of Microsoft's coming out party for its [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3431.html"]cloud computing services platform called Azure[/URL] last week at the Professional Developer's Conference. But Salesforce, much like Amazon is building this business as a logical extension of its existing business. It's already running a server farm infrastructure for Salesforce, so it only takes some minor tweaks to move into the hosting business. [B]Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon: Oh My![/B] Suddenly three very formidable …

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A California Senate candidate is using a Don Henley song in a campaign video on YouTube, and when Henley sued for copyright violation, the candidate fired back that it was his first amendment rights to use the song. It seems he failed to understand the nuances of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Maybe he should be complaining to the RIAA instead. [B]Some Background[/B] [URL="http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/04/18/henley.lawsuit/"]CNN reports[/URL] that Henley got his feathers ruffled when he heard that California Republican Senate candidate Charles DeVore used two of his songs, "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance" without permission. …

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[I]Video killed the radio star. Pictures came and broke your heart. ~Buggles, Video Killed the Radio Star[/I] It turns out the old song was wrong. Video didn't kill the radio star and the internet didn't kill the newspaper industry. It was a failure to embrace new technology, to believe they could continue to do things the old way while the world changed, a steadfast refusal to understand the new ways of doing business. What happened to the news business was a combination of myopia and intransigence, a complete lack of vision and leadership and buying into to the whole decade …

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I'm looking for an alternative to Feedburner to track my blog stats and manage subscriber information. Can anyone recommend a similar service. I would be willing to pay a fee for a reliable alternative. Ron Miller [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/blog313540.html"]DaniWeb TechTreasures by Ron Miller blog[/URL]

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I wrote a [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3687.html"]post[/URL] the other day criticizing the RIAA for failing to understand 21st marketing techniques. The night I wrote the RIAA post, I listened to an interview on [URL="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98591002"]Fresh Air [/URL]with author and Stanford Law professor Lawrence Lessig, who recently published a book called [URL="http://remix.lessig.org/"]Remix[/URL], and he articulated many of the ideas I was trying to convey in my post. There is a bright line of ownership, Lessig says. We can not simply share a song with 10,000 people on a P2P network, but we should be able to use that song in a non-commercial creative work without …

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With an incredible stroke of luck and happenstance, this is my hundredth post and my last post of the year. It seemed to me the perfect time to step back and assess my first year writing the DaniWeb TechTreasures by Ron Miller blog. [B]A Look at the Numbers[/B] Just today I passed 186,000 hits on 99 posts. My best month in terms of hits so far was last month when I had 36,035. My most popular post was [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2681.html"]Alfresco-Adobe Pact Push Open Source Toward the Main Stream[/URL], which passed the 8200 hit mark this morning followed by [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3475.html"]Google Exec Hints …

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The time has come to drag the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) kicking and screaming into the 21st century because it clearly has a lot to learn about marketing on the internet. The RIAA had a [URL="http://www.informationweek.com/news/personal_tech/music/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212501507&subSection=Management"]good news/bad news announcement[/URL] on Friday. The good news was that it would stop persecuting, er I mean prosecuting, individual file sharers, a strategy that to me was just foolish in the first place. The bad news is it has hooked up with ISPs to form a corporate file sharing police force, which could potentially deny internet access without due process to users …

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Today is Black Friday and people are going a bit insane standing on sidewalks overnight waiting for the the big deal on their desired electronics. Everyone from WalMart to Target to Best Buy to the Apple Store is getting involved. And so are online retailers like Amazon. And to be sure there are some good deals to be had out there, but there are also some questionable ones and it pays to make sure you shop carefully today. Just because it's labeled a Black Friday deal doesn't mean it necessarily an outstanding deal. [B]Make Sure It's a Deal[/B] [URL="http://twitter.com/charlesarthur"]Charles Arthur[/URL], …

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Even though RIAA executives will probably spit out their coffee if they happen upon this post, I’m going to give you a round-up of some of my favorite free (and completely legal) internet music services. [URL="http://www.we7.com"]WE7[/URL]: This free site delivers free tracks from mostly unknown artists (although you will find some oldies here if you look often enough). You can play the tracks online on the site by building a playlist, download a free ad-supported track or you can pay .70 British pounds ($1.35 US as of today) to get the song ad-free. Given the unfavorable exchange rate for those …

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On a Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend, Comcast released its latest volley against its customer base, announcing a 250 GB monthly download limit. According to reports, after the first violation, you will get a message from your friends at Comcast warning you about your dastardly behavior (aka using the service you are paying for) and any subsequent violation of the limit would result in suspension of service for a year (or the less publicized punishment where you get sent to Dean Wormer and put on double-secret probation). This is a thinly-veiled continuation of Comcast's attack on P2P traffic. Earlier …

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[I]All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.[/I] ~Robert Kennedy Bobby Kennedy undoubtedly wasn’t thinking about global warming when he made this statement all those years ago, but what he said applies today as much as to what was happening back then. After spending parts of Thursday and Friday at the [URL="http://www.ecs.umass.edu/umtc/climatechange_may08.shtml"]Climate Change Think Tank: Transportation’s Impact and Solutions [/URL]at UMass in Amherst, MA I came away with the gnawing feeling that perhaps, just …

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I'm a tech writer and technology journalist and I've just joined the Daniweb community. I'll be blogging in the TechTreasures blog. I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think.

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