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Corbisgate for Bill Gates?

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Corbisgate for Bill Gates?

While Steve Jobs battles "Antennagate," Bill Gates is riding under the radar with Corbisgate.

A 6-person company near Seattle sued stock photo company Corbis (Bill Gates is sole owner) and won a $20 million judgment. Naturally Corbis is appealing the decision.

The Superior Court jury decided Corbis did enter business with Infoflows and then developed the company's ideas into a service for identifying objects in its digital photo collection. The court called Corbis's behaviour "fraudulent."

If you've been in the computer business for a Read more...

Internet Could Win Nobel Peace Prize

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Internet Could Win Nobel Peace Prize

The internet is in the running for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

You may think this is very Scandinavian concept because this week Finland residents will by law be entitled to access a broadband connection at a mandated speed (at least 1 Mbps, with a goal of 100 Mbps by 2015.)

Yet the nomination actually follows a campaign by the Italian edition of Wired magazine. Following the Dynamite-inventor’s will, Alfred Nobel's Peace Prize is to go to whoever "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, fo Read more...

Different Shades of Green

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Different Shades of Green

It's time to expose Green for what it is. Like in real life, "green" comes in many shades.

You've probably noticed these days how your hotel plays a Green card to trump its guests. A placard placed strategically in your hotel bathroom might read: "We join the hotels of the world who want to help our environment. If you leave your towel on the rack, you can help save the world. If you need it washed each day, then throw it in the tub, you selfish SOB."

Part of you wants to help the world (and it really needs help.) And part of you knows the hotel (despite its high rates) wants you to help it save money and enhance hotel profits. What do you do? If you are a Libra like me, you probably throw it in the washtub on some days and save the world on other days. Others, unshackled by their Birth Signs, may decisively commit to one choice or the other.

The Green movement in IT spawns from similar schizophrenic motives. Save the world, help our customers, and save others and ourselves money. We have at least three shades of green in our industry…

  • Green manufacturing
  • Green disposal
  • Green use of electronics

Green manufacturing
ROHS and other laws strive to enforce the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. Legislated in 2003 and adopted in 2006, it is mind boggling that the EU had to make a law for us in the first place. Some technology makers knowingly insisted upon using hazardous substances: how crazy is that?


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