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Updated: 4/11/2003; 3:53:35 PM.



Monday, March 17, 2003

Twingle looks interesting.  It is a tool for content authors to work with networked information.  The Twingle philosophy:

  • This is OSCOM, so one for all and all for one.
  • Inventing new standards is a sign of weakness.
  • This will fit the brain of normal people, meaning the 99.99% of the world that don't write content management systems.
  • Be smart, but not too smart.

I picked this up from the Bitflux blog which has a lot of interesting stuff on open source, etc.  Another great blog that I ran across today is the OSCOM (Open Source Content Management) blog.  I picked up on some additional standards like SlideML and Midgard.

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Gartner has created a weblog entitled "Emerging Storm" that regularly discusses issues like cybersecurity and business continuity.  In a recent post, Rich Mogull discusses the role of government agencies in protecting cyberspace:

"Despite the recent involvement of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in coordinating response to the latest Sendmail vulnerability and the development of an EU cybersecurity center, governments play a minor role in the management of cyberincidents. In the U.S., DHS is still in a formulative stage, without a leader for cyberdefenses or a fully defined organizational structure and operating process. DHS is combining a series of cyberagencies - such as the National Infrastructure Protection Center and the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (and has dissolved the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board) - but none of these agencies have been as effective or responsive as private industry cybersecurity initiatives."

I think Rich is correct, none of these agencies seems to have the reach of something like Symantec, CERT, or the Internet Storm Center.  I am hoping that the effectiveness of the Infragard effort will continue to grow.

Gartner's weblog was mentioned in a recent Newsfactor article, "Blogging Goes Corporate."

8:20:47 AM    comment []

I am intrigued by the possibility of Tom Siebel running for Governor of Montana.  In discussing Siebel's ambitions for the post, CNET mentions that Governor Leavitt recently invited Siebel to speak at a recent meeting of the Western Governor's Association.  He has also testified before Congress on how technology can be used to enhance the nation's homeland security efforts.  Siebel has moved a significant part of its operations into Utah.  In the CNET article a company spokesman says the Mr. Siebel "has no political aspirations and any suggestion to the contrary is rumor."  [thanks for the tip Barbara]

In other news, Jay Call, the founder of Utah-based Flying J died Saturday in a jet crash enroute to Hailey, ID.  I met Jay Call when I was putting together the state fuel network.  He started Flying J with a single Brigham City station in 1968 and expanded to a national network of 160 travel plazas across the country.  He was a great entrepreneur and I wish his family well.

A current listing of gas prices at Flying J outlets across the country.

Governor Leavitt was down in the Palm Springs area when Elizabeth Smart was returned home.  This article in the Desert Sun describes his response to the news.

Jesse Feiler is concerned that the hype associated with cyberterrorism will detract from the real serious issues.

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