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Bill Gates spoke to 200 government officials at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in Washington, DC, as part of a two-day summit bringing together leaders from the pan-American region. In addition to Gates's presentation, the forum featured keynote addresses by General Colin Powell, former US secretary of state; Anibal Acevedo Vila, governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; Kentucky Gov Ernie Fletcher; and Reg Alcock, president of the Treasury Board Canada Secretariat. Gates spoke of several new and expanded initiatives that provide governments with resources to deliver affordable digital access and develop a well-structured and easily implemented approach to government interoperability. "Governments worldwide continue to face challenges in ensuring the interoperability of their IT systems and in improving citizens' access to technology," Gates said. ... (more)

McNealy: "There was a Lot of Dancing"

Sun Microsystem CEO Scott McNealy spoke recently with the San Francisco Chronicle on a number of topics, includings his company's burgeoning relationship with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer (pictured). Here is some of what he said... Golf, Microsoft, and the Men's Room After noting that he invited Steve Ballmer to play golf in the spring of 2003, an invitation the Microsoft CEO accepted, McNealy noted that "there was a lot of dancing for a full year. We met in the spring (of 2003). It was the beginning of April (2004), a year later, when we finally got it together." "The funniest story ... (more)

Dino Chiesa Responds To Calvin Austin On "C#: Is the Party Over?"

Hey Calvin, I read your "Core and Internals Viewpoint" (C#: Is The Party Over?) the other day, in the print edition of the August 2005 JDJ. There are a couple of inaccuracies in the article maybe worth correcting or clarifying: GotDotNet is GotDotNet.com, not GotDotNet.org. I think the gotdotnet.org domain name may yet be unassigned. GDN is not an underground site as you describe. A WHOIS query points to Microsoft as the registrant. It is a *community* site, though, as you point out. You said that “there has been a …  .NET 2.0”. .NET v2.0 is not of... (more)

Open Source is Not Just for Linux/Unix! Using Open Source Web Software with Windows

Charles River Media announced Using Open Source Web Software with Windows, a comprehensive guide that teaches how open source software can be used effectively on a Windows system. According to the book's publisher "Open source is changing the software market because of its advantages over commercial tools including cost savings, greater reliability, security, improved performance, and scalability. Although open source is primarily associated with Linux, many people, including IT professionals, don’t realize that open source programs can work on a standard Windows platform... (more)

Google Hasn't Put Microsoft Out of Business Yet

Well, Google hasn’t put Microsoft out of business yet. Redmond is still a money machine.  It posted record profits up 65% to $4.93 billion, or 50 cents a share, Thursday on revenues up 32% to $14 billion for the March quarter, its might-as-well-call-it Vista quarter when the software finally came out.  Microsoft’s operating profits came to a staggering $6.59 billion. The numbers beat the Street. Contrary to all the badmouthing of Vista, it seems to be delivering for Microsoft. Now if only its stock would stop being a dog. Microsoft said the results reflected $1.67 bil... (more)