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Monday, August 21, 2006

FCW.com discusses in Bentley’s upcoming Annual License Exchange (ALE) program, due in September. Unlike existing licensing for small shops and enterprises, ALE “lets customers trade their software licenses for full purchase-price credit once a year.” The goal reports Joe Croser, Bentley’s director of global marketing, is to grow existing customers, which grows the customer base. Another way to look at it, I suppose, is to note its another way to help folks from going elsewhere.

Analysts have mixed reviews. Some say it will help customers change software as their needs change. Others point out there may be contractual challenges since other vendors may not have the chance to compete fairly. 

Bentley currently offers an Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) program where for a flat annual fee agencies can use all the software they want. That program is only available to large organizations, however. ALE will be available to all sizes of company, as I understand it.

Interestingly, Bentley is described at the beginning of the article as a “software vendor ... which makes geographic information systems software.” Perhaps like Intergraph, which uses the term spatial information management to describe itself, Bentley wants to line up with geospatial vendors rather than the CAD vendors?

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/21 at 05:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Saturday, August 19, 2006

An Irish company, Steorn, claims to have invented a Perpetuum Mobile—a perpetual motion machine. What a bunch of bull! Or is it a brilliant media campaign?

Ignorant inventors (or is it charlatans?) have been trying to build a Perpetuum Mobile since as early as 1150. Ignorant masses have been enchanted by the possibility ever since. But nothing like the Internet to generate mass psychosis, and huge traffic to the “inventor’s” website. Or so the theory goes.

Long tail, anyone?

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/19 at 04:41 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

As part of the ZeroOne art/technology festival a cutout of Bill Hewlitt and David Packard is travelling (with a cell phone to track it) across Silicon Valley. Strangers are picking the pair up and showing them highlights of the area. Their path is online. While the pair could not get into the HP lobby for a photo, they were welcomed into Sun’s headquarters and fitted with “I love Solaris” tshirts. Ultimately, Sun acquired them from the artist, and the company will send them touring once again. Several other tech leader cutouts are still touring.

via Mercury News

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/19 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Friday, August 18, 2006

At the World Potato Congress in Wilder Idaho delegates are seeing the alternative to expensive and sometimes slow to deliver aerial and satellite imagery of crops. The answer? An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) from Simplot Agribusiness. The potato Predator “transmits digital video and aerial photographs of fields to farmers to help spot weed, pest and watering problems.” High resolution and quick turn around for small areas is a challenge for both aerial and satellite sensors. And, while the military uses UAVs, it’s hard to imagine it’s affordable to potato farmers.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/18 at 10:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Well not really. It chose Harris. And Harris chose ArcPaD. And ESRI owns a 25% state in Maptel the Melbourne company that wrote and writes ArcPaD. According to an article in CRN Australia, the census sale of ArcPaD (500,000) is the largest mobile GIS sale in the world. Before the sale to cenus there were 70,000 users of ArcPaD. No word on how much Maptel makes in this deal.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/18 at 09:44 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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