Melinda Gates was recently interviewed in Vogue magazine and had some rather interesting things to say about her husband and the technology in her home.
According to Gates, both she and Bill have strict rules forbidding their children from having an iPod or iPhone.
"There are very few things that are on the banned list in our household," Gates tells Vogue. "But iPods and iPhones are two things we don't get for our kids."
But it gets better. Gates went on to say that there is an "inevitable lure of forbidden fruit" and "every now and then" she looks at her friends and says, "'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone.'"
Of course, the blogosphere has erupted, adding fuel to the Bill Gates fire that might never extinguish. In fact, commenters on David Carnoy's Crave article first reporting on this story have delivered some interesting takes on the issue.
"That is kind of a pathetic insecurity that demonstrates just how little confidence Gates and wife have in the products that built their lives," a commenter named ewlech wrote.
In Gates' defense, commenter David Dudley writes, "I don't think it's a confidence issue, they just don't see a point in using their own cash to increase market share of a competitor. You certainly would not espouse Apple to use Dell servers in their internal infrastructure despite opinions of what is 'superior' or otherwise, right?"
The argument could rage for hours. But I don't think it's as difficult an issue as some might think. If I were Bill Gates and I had three children running around my mansion, I'd ban all Apple products, Nintendo consoles and handhelds, Linux, and every single Zune competitor. There's something to be said about family loyalty.… Read more
PALM DESERT, Calif.--How does one measure the effects of economic meltdown?
At Demo 09 here, there are two ways, one that's obvious, yet hard to see, and another that is both obvious and visceral.
While Demo for years has featured about 65 to 70 companies, this time around there's just 39. Everybody knows that, but it's hard to actually see it. The main ballroom where Demo presentations are held is packed, with every seat at every table full. But that's an illusion: the wall at the back of the room has been pulled in dramatically … Read more
Responding to criticism from privacy activists, YouTube in the past two weeks has rolled out a number of new privacy features. Chief among these is a "delayed cookie" option thatYouTube promises will not leave cookies in the browsers of users who have not yet clicked the "play" button to view a video.
While this statement is true for traditional Web browser-based cookies, YouTube's cookie-lite solution still leaves long-term, non-session Flash cookies behind in the Web browser of visitors who have yet to actually click play to watch the YouTube videos.
PALM DESERT, Calif.--Last September, at DemoFall, I wrote that the most obvious trend in evidence at the technology showcase confab was the prevalence of iPhone apps. It seemed that at least a couple of dozen of the 72 companies at that show were putting at least part of their product offering on Apple's hit device.
Here at Demo 09, I figured that that ratio would jump, or at least stay about the same. But everything is smaller this time around--just 39 companies are presenting, for example, and there are hundreds fewer attendees--and as far as I can tell, … Read more
Symbian has dismissed Google's open-source credentials for Android as merely "marketing." Open-source developers, however, are much less cavalier, finding substance in Android, according a new report from Black Duck Software.
Hype is apparently in the eye of the beholder, and asking Symbian to gauge the merits of Google Android may be like asking the fox to be a judge for the hens' beauty contest.
Black Duck's data comes from analysis of 185,000 open-source projects from 4,000 different Web sites. It found that while Apple's iPhone has spawned 266 related open-source projects, Google Android … Read more
For the last few years, companies have had two primary approaches to security: attempt to plug every security hole themselves, or rely on an open-source community to do so. With its open-source Native Client project, Google actually wants to do both and has launched a contest to attract outside development talent to plug security holes in Native Client's code.
Native Client is a Google-developed technology for running x86 native code in Web applications. Google hopes the code will make it easier for developers to write richer browser-based applications that run across a range of browsers and operating systems.
Google'… Read more
Update: As of 8 a.m. PST, within three hours of this story first going live, it appears that President Obama's Web team has (silently) pulled the robots.txt file from the Recovery.gov Web site. The site is now open to Web crawlers of all kinds.
The Obama administration has apparently opted to forbid Google and other search engines from indexing any content on the newly launched Recovery.gov.
It may be true that to give is better than to receive, but the opposite principle seems to operate in open source, and it may have serious, negative consequences for the long-term health of the open-source ecosystem.
While it used to be fashionable to criticize Google and the Web companies for skimming the cream off open-source communities, Google has become a model open-source citizen, actively and aggressively hosting and contributing to open-source projects. Today the biggest beneficiary of open source, and the one that gives commensurately little back, is enterprise IT.
I presented on this topic at the New York … Read more
Google has been a huge beneficiary of open source over the years, building its infrastructure on the freely available software. But it has only been in the past year that Google has gone on a serious open-source charm offensive, both contributing actively to open-source projects and calling out its significant contributions to open-source projects: over one million lines of code each year in addition to serving as a host to over 160,000 open-source projects.
Now Alan Noble, head of Engineering for Google in Australia and New Zealand, has called out the various benefits Google derives from open source:
At … Read more