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Content posted in February 2008
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VMworld Wrap
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
VMworld Europe offered a bunch o' news. VMware and others come out strong on systems management and security tools. I guess they have been listening to their customers.
Data Warehouse Appliances? Me too!
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Just as every presidential candidate this cycle is the candidate of Change, it seems that all the DBMS vendors offer the preferred data-warehouse appliance solution. That's the message I heard from appliance panelists at today's TDWI Washington DC chapter meeting. For a couple of them it was a real stretch, which in one case wasn't a bad thing. The net take-away is that we are seeing Change in the DBMS world, even if for the politicians that word is still only a promise.
WikiLeaks Wins Back Its Domain
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
A federal judge dissolves an injunction but a Swiss bank's litigation against the community-driven document sharing site will proceed.
OOXML In Geneva: Microsoft Document Standard Still Up In Air
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
A consensus was reached by standards delegations, but opponents predicted the thinness of support overseas will translate into votes to defeat at home.
eBay Settles Patent Dispute With MercExchange
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The online auction site said it will pay for three patents MercExchange claimed.
World Of Warcraft, The Virtual Playmaker
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Forget the old business models of enterprise software and services, Vivendi's video games branch just posted one of its best margins ever, all thanks to a bunch of druids, goblins, orcs, elves, and fairies.
Accenture CIO: No Cuts In IT
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Economic uncertainty is something of a mixed blessing when it comes to IT, says Frank Modruson, the CIO of consulting firm Accenture. It can be a challenge, and it can be an opportunity.
Solar-Powered Gadgets Gone Goofy
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
I'm as eager as anyone to see more products that can be fired up with solar power. But some gadgets should never have made it off the drawing board -- they're just too goofy. Like these.
35 People, Places & Things That Will Shape the Future
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
A glimpse at the hot technologies expected during the next 35 years--what's coming down the pike, and how we might begin to make sense of it.
XM, Sirius Extend Their Merger Plans
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Other huge media mergers, including News Corp.'s $5.6 billion buyout of Dow Jones, may quell FCC fears that a combination will constitute a monopoly in satellite radio.
Mozilla Making Strides With Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Late last year, Mozilla promised to "rock" the mobile Web with a new mobile browser of its own. Mozilla admits that success won't happen overnight, but a spokesperson did say, "Mozilla's mission is to break open a closed market." Can Mozilla be a player in an already crowded field of alternatives?
IBM Network Prototype Promises 1-Second Movie Downloads
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The technology uses photons of light, instead of electrons, to transmit information at 8 trillion bits per second.
Co-Founder: YouTube Live Video Coming This Year
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
With Google's financial backing, Steve Chen is optimistic about offering real-time streaming on the Web.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Launching In Early March
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The space crew will transport a segment of a Japanese laboratory and systems for the International Space Station's robotic arms.
Laying Waste To Your Enemies With Google Bombs
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Wired has a How-To Wiki on its site that often has great little blurbs on how to get things done. Today's How-To idea? How to embarrass, frustrate, or annoy your enemies by sending them Google bombs. Is this valuable knowledge to share? Is bombing people on the Internet something mature professionals do? Or is it
Microsoft Upgrades Server Products
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
How eBay Manages Its Data Centers
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The company is a third of the way through a major three-year grid computing initiative and is hoping to move toward automatic service level management.
Operation 'Cisco Raider' Nets $76 Million In Fake Gear
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The multiyear effort to curb the flow of counterfeit network hardware into the U.S. and Canada reflects a steady escalation in the war on intellectual property crime.
Sybase Bets Big, Wins On Column-Oriented Database
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Revenue for Sybase IQ, a column-oriented database for data warehouse systems, was up 70% last year.
Aquantia Seeks To Make 10GBase-T Scale
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Darwin would have liked our industry. Evolution is constant and predictable, and it's particularly so for Ethernet, from its original 10 Mbps incarnation to the current 10 Gbps version -- pricing, power consumption, and port density follow a similar trend line. But just because the evolution happens, doesn't mean that it's easy.
3Com Reworks Its Huawei, Bain Acquisition Terms
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Shareholders are scheduled to meet again March 7 to address the concerns of a federal government panel.
Consumer Spending Fails To Outpace Inflation
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Overall consumer spending in January increased 0.4% compared with December, but a widely used measure of inflation increased by about the same amount in that period.
Guinness World Records Validates Longest Document Scan
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Truper 3600, a low-volume production scanner, processed a continuous single-page document for one hour, 17 minutes, and 22 seconds.
Microsoft To Cut Vista Prices By Up To 50%
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Price cuts for standalone packages of Windows Vista range from 20% to 50%, depending on the country and version of the software, Microsoft said.
Hacking My PowerShot
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Hardware hacking: it isn't just for those of us with soldering-iron skills anymore, as the hacks for the iPhone clearly show.  I don't have an iPhone, but I do have a Canon PowerShot A560, and as it turns out, that's another device that can be hacked thanks to some firmware wizardry.

iPhone Predictions: Improved E-Mail And Texting
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Apple should improve the e-mail and texting capabilities of the iPhone and find a way to provide tactile feedback when users touch a key, a usability expert says.
United Business Media Transforms CMP into Four Independent Media and Information Services Businesses
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
New market-focused agile businesses to leverage UBM global resources and infrastructure
Microsoft Combined With Intel For A Vista Logo Disaster
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer got its hands on the Microsoft e-mails that are part of the lawsuit regarding Microsoft's ill-fated Vista Capable logo program. Earlier, I said Microsoft, OEMs, and retailers all deserved blame in the logo disaster, but these insider e-mails have changed my opinion on apportioning blame.
Report: 3G iPhone Coming By Midyear
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Those disappointed by the lack of a 3G announcement at Macworld can take heart. According to UBS analysts, iPhone chip supplier Infineon Technologies is ramping up production for the next generation iPhone. This time around, it will include a high-speed 3G data radio.
Blu-ray Basics: Using The High-Definition DVD Format On Your PC
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Now that Sony's Blu-ray has won the next-gen DVD war against Toshiba's HD DVD, find out whether it's worth adding to your PC, for entertainment and data storage.
Vaporware Vendor Targets New Markets
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
You have to admire a technology company that can build a business around airborne water particles. FogScreen has done that, with an impressive customer list that includes Disney, Nokia, 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Microsoft. Now it's taking its act to Vegas.
BI Goes Mainstream at Procter &Gamble
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Philip Bierhoff, Systems Manager at Procter & Gamble, spoke at last week's FASTforward conference about strategies to increase user adoption as business intelligence goes mainstream. P&G's Symphony project creates "decision cockpits": dashboards based on specific roles and corporate divisions, and including information ranging from traditional BI reports to documents to news...
Fight The Power: Greening Your Linux Systems
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
SaaS vendor NetSuite Opens Platform To ISVs, VARs
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
In launching the NetSuite Business Operating System, the vendor is offering to host third-party software on its multi-tenant, on-demand architecture. As a result, ISVs and VARs can extend NetSuite's underlying capabilities to specific verticals.
United Business Media Transforms CMP into Four Independent Media and Information Services Businesses
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
New market-focused agile businesses to leverage UBM global resources and infrastructure.
Apples Achilles heel: Business-grade tech support
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
My business is a real mixed shop, split nearly evenly between Windows users and Mac users. A real challenge for us, and probably for you too, is finding quality contractors and support organizations that have deep Mac knowledge (or, frankly, any Mac knowledge).
Macintosh bargains are everywhere, just not on Apple.com
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Wheres the obvious place to research and buy a new Macintosh computer? You can find everything you need on Apple.com. But where are the best bargains? Despite Apples tight controls on retail pricing, the company store rarely has the best deals.
Looking at UC from Two Perspectives
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Researchers Forecast Terrorist Behavior
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The tool uses decades of data on the behavior of 30 major terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah and Hamas, to predict future behavior from past actions and events.
Dell's Profits Hurt By Restructuring Costs
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
EqualLogic and Everdream acquisition costs also hinder Michael Dell's quest to regain the company's one-time position as the world's largest PC maker.
Wyse's Thin Clients Touted For Virtualized Desktops
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company launches new hardware and software in hopes of capturing virtualization and energy-sensitive customers.
Top 6 Words And Phrases To Use In Internet Discussions To Prove You Are A Jerk
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Are you a jerk and do you want people to know it? In real life, it's easy to prove you are a jerk: You can talk loudly during movies, cut in line at Starbucks, or tell new mothers their babies are ugly. But on the Internet, it's harder to prove you're a jerk.

Sprint "Simply Everything" Changes Wireless Landscape
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
$100 a month for all your mobile voice, data, and messaging needs? Heck yeah! But this is more than a good deal, it's a step toward a new way of using wireless - for your company and your customers.
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