News & Commentary
Content posted in November 2007
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Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With Linden Lab VP Joe Miller
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Joe Miller, Linden Lab vice president, platform and technology development, will be our special guest for GridTalk, where we'll talk with him about Windlight, new Second Life technology that makes the world more beautiful and realistic.

AMD Pulls The Plug On Quad FX Enthusiast Platform
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The desktop platform was AMD's attempt to hold gamers who might be tempted to move to Intel's quad-core processors.
Egads! IBM Embraces Solaris For The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If nothing else, the mutual pats on the back represent a considerable thaw in the often-chilly relations between Sun and IBM.
CIO Effectiveness: Here's A Hint -- Know Your Manager
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Now for another sneak peek at a small slice of our forthcoming CIO Effectiveness Survey 2007: Almost everyone agrees the CIO should report to the CEO. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
USAID Server Hacked To Serve Pornography
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The compromised server was associated with USAID's Tanzania subdomain, Tanzania.usaid.gov.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
IBM Endorses Sun's OpenSolaris On The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
IBM also put its stamp of approval on Sun's recently introduced virtualization platform called xVM.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Generation 'Y' Loves Google, Telecommuting, Survey Finds
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The interns polled said they also place a high priority on information security and balancing security against usability.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall Update Set For Release
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The changes include new parental controls that let parents set limits on the amount of time their children can spend playing Xbox games during a given period.
TiVo Patent Upheld In Suit Against EchoStar
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Despite an endorsement from the USPTO, a decision on the infringement case by the U.S. Court of Appeals is still pending.
Last CIO Standing: Joke Contest
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
As I've said several times, I'm committed to passing along every CIO joke -- both by and about CIOs -- that I hear. Unfortunately, I don't have a joke this time. But I do have a little bit of insight that concerns a certain top technology executive's sense of humor -- or lack thereof.
Questions Abound With Verizon's Open Network Announcement
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Until details such as per-message use fees and CDMA access are answered, reaction is muted.
In Post-Holiday Online Surge, Success--And Some Turkeys
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
A Web site overhaul helped Overstock.com avoid the transaction slowdowns that plagued some other sites.
IBM Sametime Delivers
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's Android Could Provide Sustenance For Mobile Linux
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's Open Handset Alliance and its use of Apache V2 public license, could prove as a proof-of-concept for some companies, ABI analysts suggest.
Verizon Opens Its Network
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Any device, any application sounds impressive, but skeptics see a play for new spectrum.
Microsoft Drops Details On Silverlight 2.0
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The Web presentation technology takes better advantage of the .NET development environment and should make it easier for programmers to create rich media applications.
Winners, Losers In Google's 700-MHz Spectrum Plans
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's entry into the spectrum auction could be a boost to companies like Frontline Wireless, which aims to build out a hybrid private/public network.
The Incompleteness Theory Of Open Source, Continued
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
After my last post about how "failed" open-source projects aren't really failures at all, a colleague of mine provided me with more perspectives on that situation. The very way open source works, he claimed, is like an amortization of risk against failure in software development.
Google Commits To Wireless Spectrum Bid
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The winner of the auction will have to pay at least $4.6 billion for the so-called "C Block" portion of the spectrum.
Google's Data Center Strategy Revealed . . . At The Rotary Club
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
For months, I've been trying to get Google to discuss its data center strategy. My approach was flawed. I could have gotten more information at a Rotary Club luncheon this week in Hickory, N.C.
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Z4 Sues Microsoft Over Windows Vista, Office
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Fresh off its $142 million court victory, z4 Technologies claims Microsoft still violates patents it holds for technology that blocks attempts to use a single password.
Google Wants It All When It Comes To Wireless
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google put months of speculation to rest today by officially announcing that it will bid in the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction come January. It might eventually have its own mobile platform, offer all kinds of
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Down To Business: The Internet Is In Trouble ... Or So Says One Outfit
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A new Nemertes Research study exhorts U.S. Net providers to spend many more billions of dollars on their infrastructures or risk a major slowdown. Do you believe it?
Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.
Why 'SaaS-ified' Apps Fall Short
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
We've talked about the "SaaS-ification" of existing applications before, and it's a prime activity for many software companies as they look to reinvent their conventional applications as SaaS offerings. Unfortunately, the results often leave users wanting more. In the move to the Web, you leave many of the nice, dynamic capabilities behind...
Motorola's Ed Zander Out, Greg Brown In As CEO
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Motorola, which once had dominated the market, had dropped to third place behind Samsung.
Best Practices: Are Your Company's Processes Mature?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
The Capability Immaturity Model can help smaller businesses understand what is preventing their organization from establishing effective processes
Worldwide Server Revenues Up Slightly, But Shipment Growth Slows
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If economic worries stay with buyers, then spending on new systems could continue to slow, analysts with IDC lament.
Motorola's CEO Calls It Quits
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
Tibco Makes Its Low-Latency Messaging Software A Bit Faster
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The latest upgrade of Rendezvous targets service-oriented architectures built by financial services companies.
Cyber Gang Mastermind Arrested
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Sophos: A teenager from New Zealand, believed to be the brains behind an international cyber gang, has been arrested
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Police Claim Exploding Mobile Phone Did Not Kill South Korea Man
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere exploded with news that an exploding cell phone may have killed a man in South Korea. Now police claim the combustible handset did not play a role in the man's demise. What gives?
Apple To Kill Boot Camp Beta Dec. 31
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The utility represents a bold move by Apple to lure Windows users who aren't prepared to toss their favorite applications just so they can own a Mac.
Shop Google, Earn Airline Miles
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google is taking a page from the credit card companies by incorporating an airline miles reward program as part of Google Checkout this month.
Work directly with Apple on hardware purchases. and save money too
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
There are more ways to buy Apple hardware and software  and get technical help with configuring what you need  than going through the Apple Web site and retail stores, or by purchasing through resellers like Amazon.com (no sales tax!) or other merchants.
Dell Fights Cybersquatters And Rogue Resellers In Court
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The company has filed lawsuits in Florida against several individuals and a handful of domain name companies for typosquatting more than 1,100 domain names.
Yahoo Updates Widgets For HTML And Flash Developers
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Version 4.5 also brings new features for consumers, including features for users to rate, tag, and share.
FBI Arrests Bot Masters As Cyber Crime Worsens
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The FBI says that since June, eight individuals have been indicted, plead guilty, or were sentenced for criminal activity related to botnets.
Dell Hints At 'Product Lust' As Profit Rises
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The chief executive breaks the company's financial silence with analysts by enticing them with new consumer offerings that are expected to differentiate it from HP and Apple.
Amazon Launches Q&A Web Site
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Askville.com lets users share knowledge with each other, and offers rewards to those who consistently provide quality information.
Cisco Expands Lead In Enterprise Wireless LAN Market
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The real growth in enterprise wireless LANs will come in the next few years from the emerging 802.11n standard.
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
Fake Online Teen Romance Ends Up In Murder, Sentencing
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Authorities describe the case as a fit of jealousy over a middle-aged woman in an online relationship who pretended to be 18.
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