The Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have decided to go separate ways. There is now a risk of a power struggle emerging over the HTML standard that could cause it to fork. Everybody that has to develop websites knows that energy and therefore money is wasted in accommodating how different browsers variably implement the features of different HTML standards. Forking the HTML standard could lead to two parallel webs. Even if it did not, it certainly would be more complex and expensive to implement for multiple versions of two living standards rather than one. Two parallel standards would inevitably stifle innovation with energy wasted on duplicated effort.

The thing that enables the really useful ‘world wide’ part of the World Wide Web, just like any other sophisticated undertaking, is standardisation. Standardisation is what enables and makes affordable complex undertakings requiring many specialists. Microsoft, Apple, and other influential players that could, have undermined standardisation efforts using their market dominance to their own advantage. Failure to regulate adherence to standards is what allows them to place their petty commercial self-interest above progress and the greater good. Some things can be left to choice, but others are too important and must be regulated. Adherence to a single HTML standard should be regulated across the world to ensure progress.

More wireless data

Imec and Panasonic have developed a 40nm low-power low-cost CMOS device implementing the IEEE 802.11ad standard – which transports high bandwidth data over a short range. At 7Gbps over short distances it is faster than the 5Gbps provided by USB 3.0.

High bandwidth short range wireless technology will enable many new applications for fast connections that are also intrinsically more secure than wider reaching networks. However this low power version requires more development before it is ready for commercial applications.


Using your data

The inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee says that although data about us is held and used by others we should have automated access to it so that we can make more use of it. He thinks that this will spawn useful new services. Sir Tim says that standardised data forms are required to simplify use of the data by these new services.
Some entities may be reluctant to provide access to this data because their businesses are built on it or they gain commercial advantage through it. It is not just the new breed of IT companies like Facebook that hold this data. Government, supermarkets, leisure groups, hoteliers, travel providers and many others hold our data and access to it is not easy.
The UK Data Protection Act allows for data access, but does not mandate automated access. Inevitably we will need legal rights of automated access to our data as well as technical solutions to exploit it.
This Guardian article reports on Sir Tim’s thoughts and links to some audio of him.

Relative size of big IT businesses

Last quarter revenue reported in billions of $:
Apple 46.333
IBM 24.7
Microsoft 20.885
Google 10.645

Interesting observations:
The iPhone was the biggest contributor to Apples revenue at 24.4. The next biggest was the iPad at 9.153.

6.279 of Microsoft’s revenue came from it business division with three other divisions between 4.2 and 4.8 but their on-line services made a 0.458 loss.

Advertising was responsible for 10.225 of Google revenue, 69% of which came from their own websites with 27% from their network member’s websites.

Apple’s profits are very dependent on two of its products. Google’s profits are highly dependent on advertising revenue from its own websites. Despite online services being well established, Microsoft is making a loss where others make money. IBM is largely out of the media eye, but it is still hugely profitable and has a diverse balanced range of interests that make it less susceptible to disruption.

Quick SSD v HDD comparison

Capacity & price:
The OCZ Revodrive 3 x2 240GB SSD is less than 25% of the capacity of the Western Digital VelociRaptor 1TB HDD but costs about twice as much. So the SSD storage is roughly 8 times as expensive.

Read speed:
SSD 1520MB/s, HDD 200MB/s – SSD is roughly 7.6 times as fast.

Write speed:
SSD 1129MB/s, HDD 200MB/s – SSD is roughly 5.6 times as fast.

The WD HDD reviewed by Legit Reviews

Anti-virus latest

AV-Comparitives have recently published two reports: “On-demand Detection of Malicious Software” and “Whole product Dynamic Real World Protection Test”.

The March 2012 detection report shows that the three systems finding the most malicious software in order of success are: GData, Avira, and Kaspersky.
It also shows that those three in order of least false positives generated were: Kaspersky, GData, and Avira.

The whole product report for March 2012 shows the top three systems as: Bitdefender, GData, and Kaspersky.

Naturally the relative effectiveness of systems varies over time, but effectiveness is built on effort, not luck. Obviously more weight should be given to the most recent results, but consistent good results are also important.

I have used GData and Kaspersky so far in 2012 and can recommend them both. GData has the heaviest resource usage, but then according to the tests it makes good use of that to find the most malicious software. Kaspersky has a very nice user interface that works well for those interested in looking deeper at their system but is fairly unobtrusive for those that aren’t so interested.

802.11ac Wi-Fi equipment available in June

Buffalo have announced their AirStation WZR-D1800H equipment will be available in June with 802.11ac. It includes a 2.4GHz 802.11n radio for backward compatibility.
Smallnetbuilder says the Buffalo WLI-TX4-1300H model will be 802.11ac only.
Netgear announce R6300 for 802.11ac