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Content tagged with Cloud Storage posted in February 2008
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.

Don't Discount The Threat Of Web 2.0 Terror
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
We've recently seen silly articles hyping the threat of terrorists using virtual worlds and other Web 2.0 sites for recruitment, planning, and training. And we've seen equally silly articles ridiculing the idea. The truth is that Web 2.0 tools are great for terrorism, for the same reasons they're great for legitimate projects. That doesn't mean we should shut down Facebook and Second Life to protect ourselves from instant, horrible death. But we do need to rationally evaluate possible threats.
Join Us For GridTalk Friday On The Future Of Motorati Island
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Join us Friday to look at one of the most active communities in Second Life: Motorati Island. The sponsors, headed by Pontiac, recently turned the island over to the United Spinal Association. Renamed Motorability, it's headed up by Patty Streeter, who will be our guest for GridTalk noon SLT.

Turning Work Into Play Is No Game
Commentary  |  2/22/2008  | 
It sounds like techno-utopian silliness to say that businesses need to learn from online games how to make tedious knowledge-work more enjoyable. But many knowledge-work jobs are so deadly dull that the typical worker lasts just nine months -- in call centers, for example. Extend that by a few months, and businesses stand to save piles of money, said Byron Reeves, a professor in the department of communication at Stanford University.
Using Virtual Worlds For Social Therapy
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
Stanford University researchers discovered that users of virtual worlds like Second Life with attractive avatars were more confident in real life.

Join Us For GridTalk On Friday With Wagner James Au, Author Of "The Making Of Second Life"
Commentary  |  2/19/2008  | 
Join us in Second Life and on the Web for a conversation with Wagner James Au, author of the new book, The Making Of Second Life, a history of the virtual world, its creators, and residents. The book is a terrific chronicle of a four-year technological landmark and cultural phenomenon.
Microsoft Rails Against Fasthosts' Office SaaS
Commentary  |  2/13/2008  | 
I figured we would see a few of these. As SaaS takes off, major software vendors who were slow in the SaaS uptake may find that others do it for them, whether or not they have agreements. Microsoft is first to toss a punch at their partner Fasthosts, whose new product, Office SaaS, is a bit too similar to Office Client, according to Microsoft.
How SaaS Changes IT Sales
Commentary  |  2/12/2008  | 
SaaS is not only changing the way we use software but also how vendors sell software... In the traditional sales model, the idea is to dazzle the customer in the beginning, make huge promises, and then collect the big check... In the SaaS model, the power is really with the customer, and the sales people have to take a very different approach to selling.
Learn About SOA And Virtualization Later Today At InformationWeek Live
Commentary  |  2/5/2008  | 
Join us at 3 p.m. Eastern time today when we'll be talking with my colleague, senior editor Andy Dornan, about virtualization and service-oriented architecture at the official launch of InformationWeek Live.
SaaS Leadership Hinges on Microsoft's Yahoo Bid
Commentary  |  2/5/2008  | 
I guess I could point to all of the press releases and blog posts about Microsoft's $44 billion Yahoo bid, but there are thousands at this point and you already know what's going on... A core issue here is ownership of the SaaS marketplace, a clear direction for all of the major players and thus the driving force behind the current land grab, and this deal.


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