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Company presentations – innovators

Company presentations – innovators – includes related article on network topologies This year’s selection of product and service innovators emphasizes communications. It includes network-based startups such as CyberCash, First Virtual Holdings, Ubique, the Microsoft Network (the network’s a startup) and Open Market. There are also telecom-related systems such as Wildfire Communications and Versit, the initiative […]

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Go Corporation: our friend the pen

Go Corporation: our friend the pen – promoting pen-based input system Esther Dyson Today GO Corporation is holding a developers’ conference to introduce PenPoint, the new operating system for hardware platforms that will be manufactured by IBM, NCR, GRID Systems … and anyone else who cares to apply for a license. Next month, on the […]

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Directory services – standardization of e-mail addressing, interfaces

Directory services – standardization of e-mail addressing, interfaces – includes related article on inconsistencies in communications services Jerry Michalski Someone hands you a business card. Chances are, when you get back to your office, you can call her easily with the information on that card, anywhere in the world. The phone system’s numbering plan is […]

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Wildfire Communications: “What can I do for you?”

Wildfire Communications: “What can I do for you?” – speech-recognition interface simplifies and expedites telephone use Many communications products are marginal improvements over existing technologies. They patch a few problems and cause a few of their own. Wildfire Communications has taken a fresh look at the act of communication and has created an elegant and […]

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Keeping the PC personal

Keeping the PC personal – speech by Microsoft Corp. Chairman William H. Gates at Personal Computing Forum 1990 Bill Gates Esther Dyson, EDventure Holdings: Good morning. This is the concluding session, and we tried to persuade you to stay for it by having Bill Gates speak. Bill is going to talk about keeping the pc […]

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Kids, education and technology, part 1

Kids, education and technology, part 1 – includes related articles on Ingenius, on Tenth Planet Explorations and on paying teachers higher wages Jerry Michalski A tour of the software and communication tools available for grade-school education today is enough to make you wish you were five years old again. There are some wonderful products and […]

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Our scenario: let the market handle privacy

Our scenario: let the market handle privacy – includes related articles on the imbalance in power between individuals and big organizations, historical and legal aspects of privacy and a person’s value to direct marketers Esther Dyson OUR SCENARIO: LET THE MARKET HANDLE PRIVACY Certainly economics indicates that companies will eventually want to use e-mail for […]

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Artificial markets: Holland’s echo model

Artificial markets: Holland’s echo model – John Holland, includes a related article on evolutionary schemas Esther Dyson Seemingly distinct from programming by evolution is the whole area of modeling. Models can be used to predict or analyze real-world systems, or to model the behavior of markets, among other things. However, what looks like a market […]

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Company presentations/profiles – preview of Forum computer conference

Company presentations/profiles – preview of Forum computer conference While there’s a healthy diversity among the companies and products featured in the company presentations, there seems to be more of a theme than usual this year (or did we just pick more carefully?). While attention is focused on user interfaces, personal productivity and cute client applications, […]

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Intellection: Run your factory like an airline? – Software Review

Intellection: Run your factory like an airline? – Software Review – the Rhythm software package from Intellection is a real-time master production scheduler and optimizer In fact, Miraglia has found his time-management solution — along with 14 other customers such as Black & Decker, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Motorola and Caterpillar. It’s a product called Rhythm, […]