It was a year full of transitions and surprises, and the next year looks likely to bring more of the same. Here's a look at some of eWEEK's most interesting stories from 2006.
The "Great Man" theory of history is usually attributed to the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle, who wrote that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men." He believed that it is the few, the powerful and the famous who shape our collective destiny as a species. That theory took a serious beating this year.
The holiday season is approaching rapidly, and if you're like us, you probably still have some holiday shopping left to do. In the spirit of crass consumerism, we've compiled a list of gifts you may want to add to your wishlist, or for the other geeks in your life.
Penguins must be flying high. People are flocking to see them on the big screen, they star in ads all over the little screen and they're splashed across advertising circulars and packaging for a scad of products.
Marching penguins, dancing penguins and, next year, surfing penguins. We're surrounded by the little critters, but they're not justa Hollywood creation --they've been popular culture fixtures for years. Among them:
For several years now I've been looking for something Bill Gates said. And through Windows NT, you can see it throughout the design. In a weak sense, it is a form of Unix. There are so many of the design decisions that have been influenced by that environment.
While Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has garnered a tremendous amount of support worldwide, it has also become a lightning rod for critics who have questioned the viability of its long-term success and impact. As the OLPC receives its first shipment of laptops and continues to formalize agreements with developing countries, the cost of individual laptops hover at about $130. Critics, however, suggest that the "true cost" may be several times that amount.
Inspired by Linux, the OScar project aims to build a car by tapping the knowledge of a volunteer team. It won’t be an easy ride, but their journey is important
IBM voted against the certification of Microsoft Office document formats as an international standard at a general assembly of Ecma International on Thursday.
A TWELVE YEAR OLD mite has been arrested by South Carolina coppers because the lad opened up his giftmas present early. Ho Ho Ho.