Technology: August 2005 Archives

A few weeks, Tom Foremski at SiliconValleyWatcher complained about how dull the subject of enterprise IT has become. John Gallant, editorial director of Network World, who is involved with the forthcoming Vortex conference in the US, disagreed with Foremski's analysis: that enterprise IT is going to see some major shifts and is therefore far from moribund. Exciting? Maybe not exciting in a "get in on the ground floor and cash out soon" sense. To be honest, it's more a bloodbath waiting to happen.

Nielsen NetRatings has come up with some research on the use of RSS among blog readers and the findings have troubled some posters, such as Steve Rubel.

People are getting perhaps a little too worked up about the findings, seemingly believing that not having RSS take-up will develop into a problem for blogs and that this research points to an ease-of-use problem. It's OK, you can stick with the orange logos and cryptic syndication messages: the problems are obscurity and lack of need.

Email overload is worrying a lot of people, not least the people that run Microsoft. It is even being used to drive the direction in which Office is being pushed, according to comments made at the company's recent shindig with financial analysts. At the meeting, Chris Capossela said the company is concerned about emailing eating into sleep time and that the company is doing something about it. Exactly what is unclear, but it's probably got an orange logo and is spelt R.S.S.

Having helped to make people permanently contactable, Joe Wilcox of Jupiter Research pointed out that more whizzy new communications technology is not going to solve the problem and that helping to separate work life from home life is something that companies should focus on.

I've got a great email productivity tip: don't read it. Or, if you are Bill Gates, get someone else to do the reading for you.