Rafe Needleman writes a terrific article at CNET exploring which desktop software products are likely to become services. He offers both the state of the art for things like mapping, e-mail and collaboration tools. On mapping he offers:
I’ve been a big fan of Microsoft Streets and Trips for many years, because it provided a much better user experience than the first-generation online mapping tools, such as Mapquest. But new tools, such as Google Maps (which uses AJAX), show us that browser-based mapping need not be locked into the old click-and-wait model of traditional Web applications: it’s live, like Streets and Trips. The route-finding happens on Google’s machines. And the user never has to worry about updating to the latest version, since Google’s servers always provide the company’s most up-to-date product.
This is a worthwhile exploration to get one thinking about what the future of software will look like.
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/31 at 07:00 AM |
Tuesday Oracle is expected to announce the beta release of Oracle 10g Express Edition (Oracle Database XE), a free version of its flagship to compete with free and open source options. It should available by the end of the year and is limited to running on servers with one processor, with 4GB of disk memory and 1GB of memory. It’s unclear to me if Locator (the “comes with it” spatial offering) is part of it.
This version is aimed at small businesses, students and developers who might want to embed it in applications.
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/29 at 07:28 AM |
[10/29 Update] ESRI posted a webpage about the product. Little information, but a nice screen shot that looks like Google Earth to me.
[10/28]After just about everyone else in the blogosphere covered the upcoming “Google Earth killer” demonstrated at the ESRI European User Conferece, ESRI’s senior staffer penned a few words.
The new info I found:
- user interface exposes additional tasks for navigation, routing, geocoding/reverse geocoding
- customizable by authoring new tasks that plug into the viewer and the server
- beta release expected in a few weeks time
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 12:58 PM |
The Rolla Daily News reports that “an internal USGS committee will be assigned to review the decision to consolidate the mapping program in Denver.” The small group will not include associate director Karen Siderelis, who made the decision. And, that’s just one investigation; there’ll be a second in response to a request from the Inspector General on the matter.
As the heat turns up more USGS employees are speaking out. These are the allegations shared with the paper:
“The private companies are here in Denver. I think the end result for Karen Siderelis is to do away with federal employees and give the money away to her little friends.”
“There’s no body in our organization who cares for this woman [Siderelis]. She and her tight-knit group have no respect or understanding of this organization, no allegiance to the USGS. The emphasis is toward giving work to the states ... They’re feeding their own buddies. No one has respect for Karen Siderelis.”
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 07:17 AM |
Ok, let’s start with the premise that geography matters. Good. Let’s go one more: geography, or crossing geography, costs money. So, sometimes when you order from the local pizza place, you pay a fee for delivery. Sometimes you do not. Sometimes you pay to have the new furniture delivered. Sometimes you do not. Mostly, you do pay a fee to have someone deliver your groceries. (Apparently, that idea is still in the works as so many companies go into and out of the grocery delivery business.)
So, here’s a question: When you subscribe to a print magazine, do you explicitly pay for delivery? I ask that because a few weeks ago a cooking magazine to which I subscribe sent me note offering me a $16 subscription plus $2 for delivery. That freaked me out until I received a similar note from a running magazine. Perhaps I’m naïve (hey I’ve only been involved in publishing for about 5 years and only tiny fraction involved print publications) but I thought the price of subscription included both the magazines and the delivery of said magazines. Now, I’m ok with fees being higher for those overseas, that’s fine. The cost of the magazine and the delivery of those magazines to say Denmark from the U.S. should be higher.
I guess what I’m getting at is that the “subscription” is a package deal. It makes no sense and you can’t even buy “just the magazines.” If you did, it’d not be called a subscription, would it? It’d be called, “newsstand price.” Newsstand price explicitly does not include delivery! That’s why you walk, ride, drive, etc. to the newsstand on your own nickel!
Come on publishers, don’t treat us like idiots. Just raise the price of the subscription; don’t hide it in “delivery costs.”
by Adena Schutzberg on 10/28 at 07:00 AM |