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Older Articles of Interest Posted to Larry Blakeley (http://www.larryblakeley.com)

The Future of the Internet http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/internet_future/internet_future_abstracts.htm

Search and Retrieval http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/search_retrieval/search_retrieval_abstracts.htm

Digital Libraries and Recommender Systems http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/digital_libraries_recommender_systems/digital_libraries_recommender_system_abstract.htm

Personalization and Recommender Systems http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/digital_libraries_recommender_systems/personalization_and_recommender.htm

Preservation http://www.larryblakeley.com/digital_preservation/preservation_abstracts.htm

"Worried sick about the latest rash of Internet Explorer security problems? I have the perfect solution for you, one that's even better than switching to Mozilla, Firefox or Opera. Switch operating systems: Go to Linux.

No matter how much Microsoft supporters whine about how Linux and other operating systems have just as many bugs as their operating systems do, the bottom line is that the serious, gut-wrenching problems happen on Windows, not on Linux, not on Mac OS." - "Isn't Now the Time to Try a Linux Desktop?," by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of eWeek, July 9, 2004.

"Linux has been making gains, (Laura) DiDio said, in IT departments that are technically self-sufficient, have an awful lot of help from system integration or have a very simple environment with few applications" - "Analysts: Ballmer's Pep Talk Underrates Linux," by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, July 8, 2004.

"As a weapon, "Just say no! was useless in the war on drugs, but it is the best defense against spyware.

Usually, spyware programs don't leap onto computers by themselves. Somewhere along the line, users initiate the download, accept the installation of software and allow the infestation to take place. There's no way to sugarcoat it: If you've got spyware, it's your own fault.

Spyware collects and transmits data about how you use your computer so marketers can target their advertising pitches. Some spyware applications launch pop-up ads for products that match the sites you visit or the searches you perform. Others can change Web browser preferences, add entries to Internet Explorer's Favorites list and transmit sensitive information like passwords. The sneaky programs often cause application crashes and slowed system performance." - "An Arsenal to Combat Spyware," by Michelle Delio for Wired News, Jun. 25, 2004.

"E-government has expanded worldwide and through all layers of government. With that in mind, Federal Computer Week has compiled a list of nonfederal e-government Web sites. The 10 sites profiled offer perspectives on digital government from research organizations, academic institutions and European governing bodies. The information available is as varied as the sources. Some sites focus on the policy foundation of e-government, and others delve into the technical infrastructure of electronic-service delivery. Case studies covering local, state, national and international initiatives abound. Readers can find profiles of projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific Rim." - "The 411 on e-gov," by John Moore for Federal Computer Week, May 10, 2004 http://www.larryblakeley.com/Articles/eGov_john_moore.htm

"But because every company is some other company's rival, this kind of infighting just adds fuel to the general commoditization fire. It's great for buyers - the intense competition slashes prices and increases choices - but not great for those sellers who fail to win the war.

The IT industry is looking more and more like a traditional, mature manufacturing business. Plagued by undifferentiated products, global overcapacity, and falling prices, hardware and software companies are consolidating, shifting production offshore, and making money on maintenance and other fee-based services. They're competing on cost rather than innovation and features." - Nicholas G. Carr, Want to Piss Off a CEO?, Wired, Issue 12.05, May 2004.

"When IT is used most effectively, when it's really focused on the business it serves, it reinforces and amplifies that differentiation. It maximizes the advantages a company gets from its business model. It improves processes, leverages skills and streamlines execution in ways that help a business deliver on its unique strengths. It helps Wal-Mart be Wal-Mart and Nordstrom be Nordstrom. That's how you get competitive advantage." - Frank Hayes, IT Delivers, Computerworld, MAY 19, 2003.

"However, the environment of a system A itself consists of evolving systems (say B, C, D...), which are in general undergoing the same asymptotic increase of variety towards their trade-off points. Since B is in the environment of A, and A in the environment of B, the increase in variety in the one will create a higher need (trade-off point) in variety for the other, since it will now need to control a more complex environment. Thus, instead of an increase in complexity characterised by an asymptotic slowing down, we get a positive feedback process, where the increase in variety in one system creates a stronger need for variety increase in the other (cf. Waddington, 1969). This self-reinforcing interaction is an illustration of the "Red Queen Principle" (Van Valen, 1973), which says that a system must continuously develop in order to merely maintain its fitness relative to the systems it co-evolves with. The net result is that many evolutionary systems that are in direct interaction with each other will tend to grow more complex, and this with an increasing speed.

As an example, in our present society individuals and organizations tend to gather more knowledge and more resources, increasing the range of actions they can take, since this will allow them to cope better with the possible problems appearing in their environment. However, if the people you cooperate or compete with (e.g. colleagues) become more knowledgeable and resourceful, you too will have to become more knowledgeable and resourceful in order to keep up with them. The result is an ever faster race towards more knowledge and better tools, creating the "information explosion" we all know so well."- Heylighen F. (1999): "The Growth of Structural and Functional Complexity during Evolution," in: F. Heylighen, J. Bollen & A. Riegler (eds.) The Evolution of Complexity (Kluwer Academic, Dordrecht), p. 17-44. http://www.larryblakeley.com/experts/francis_heylighen/evolution_complexity_summary.htm

"IT managers say Samba's better performance means they can use cheaper servers than would be possible with Windows software. And if they run Samba in a completely open-source environment, such as on Linux, they could remove the cost of Windows server licenses. Samba is available free of charge for commercial Unix versions including IBM AIX, HP-UX and Solaris. It is also available for various versions of Linux, Novell NetWare and VMS .... Last year we found that Samba could handle four times as many clients as Windows 2000 before performance began to drop off." - "Samba 3 extends lead over Win 2003," Roger Howorth, http://vnunet.com/news/1144312, October 14, 2003.

"The desktop is Microsoft's last stand for near dominance, which will gradually erode with greater awareness of the maturity of Linux desktop offerings," Forrester analyst Stacey Quandt predicts. - "Desktop Linux Technology & Market Overview" (DjVu), Bart Decrem, Open Source Applications Foundation, July 10, 2003 "Linux on the desktop should gain traction as an alternative to Windows, said Perr. It is geared for transactional desktops that rely on a Web browser as the primary application ...," Can Ximian Crash Microsoft, Jay Wrolstad, NewsFactor Network http://www.newsfactor.com/adsys/link/?creative=1470, June 30, 2003 4:00AM

"From my perception of the software "wars" going on I can't but feel that Linux will ultimately surpass Windows from a "global" standpoint.  There are just too many brilliant computer science engineers that will not "give up" on their admirable contribution to the advancement of a "choice" in this arena." - Operating System - Linux or Windows?, Larry Blakeley, May 8, 2004

GSM celebrates as historic milestone is passed ahead of schedule Cannes, France 22nd February 2004: More than one billion people, almost one in six of the world's population, are now using GSM mobile phones. This historic milestone has been reached only 12 years after the launch of the first networks.
"We look forward to the celebration of 2 billion GSM subscribers, which we expect will come in a fraction of the time it took to get to 1 billion." - Ralph Pini, Chief Technology Officer, Motorola's mobile communications business

Getting Reorganization Right: How Bruce Chizen Drove Change and Innovation at Adobe Systems

"Our strategy had several elements. First, we said, we were going to focus on some key markets. We decided to concentrate on creative professionals and people who really cared about the quality of the information they communicated. We also decided to focus on document workflows and to streamline the company." - Bruce Chizen, "Getting Reorganization Right: How Bruce Chizen Drove Change and Innovation at Adobe Systems," knowledge@wharton, April 7, 2004 - April 20, 2004.

64-bit Linux: Ready for Prime Time?

"Our tests of Opteron and Itanium servers show big performance gains today and promises of bigger gains to come....Not only did Zeus

respond much faster than Apache for a given number of clients, it handled much greater loads than the Apache server - even 1,000 virtual clients only produced four-second response times....Finally, regarding the four systems tested, all proved to be solid machines. Among the Opteron units - all 1U boxes - the Appro http://www.larryblakeley.com/products/server_hardware/server_hardware.htm

and Pogo Linux systems offer great value and horsepower for the price" - By Logan G. Harbaugh, InfoWorld, August 1, 2003

"I see more and more small businesses running servers, even one-person offices," says Laura DiDio, small-business analyst for The Yankee Group, a Boston-based tech research firm. "They allow you to get more bang for your technology buck- Below, I outline the reasons your small business needs a server (servers are computers that provide services, commands and centralized management to workstation computers, called "clients"). But first, see why some users have server-based networks in their home offices." - Monte Enbysk, Managing Editor of bCentral

The Economy of Ideas

"Notions of property, value, ownership, and the nature of wealth itself are changing more fundamentally than at any time since the Sumerians first poked cuneiform into wet clay and called it stored grain. Only a very few people are aware of the enormity of this shift, and fewer of them are lawyers or public officials." - John Perry Barlow

So, how much information is there really on planet Earth? "So in only a few years, (a) we will be able save everything \- no information will have to be thrown out, and (b) the typical piece of information will never be looked at by a human being." - Professor Michael Lesk, Rutgers University

Will Libraries Survive?

"It's a safe bet, then, that the book will remain the primary form for reading the sorts of works which are at the center of cultural life, and which make up the core of public library collections-works like novels, biographies, histories, or the more readerly periodicals. As collections come online, of course, we'll also have these works in a digital form that makes search and annotation easy ..." - Geoffrey Nunberg, "Will Libraries Survive?," The American Prospect vol. 9 no. 41, November 1, 1998 - December 1, 1998.