News & Commentary
Content tagged with Government posted in February 2008
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
IBM Envisions Clustered Modular Storage
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company also plans to introduce in the next couple of quarters solid-state drives that will work alongside hard-disk drives.
Did Poor Data Governance Spark the Subprime Crisis?
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The subprime lending crisis offer fresh evidence that we're in the bear-skins-and-stone-knives era of understanding risk and making good decisions based on data. That's one of the key points I heard yesterday at an IBM Data Governance Council meeting in New York... Current technologies are limited by a lack of best practices and standards and by the sheer scale and complexity of enterprises and financial markets...
Google Hands Out Voicemail To S.F. Homeless
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The social program is a joint effort between Google's Grand Central group and the city's Project Homeless Connect.
Michael Robertson Debuts SyncWizard Storage Service
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The software collects contacts, appointments, music, and documents online and makes it available on PCs, PDAs, and smartphones.
Google Readies Google Health
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The upcoming service is expected to look similar to Google News and provide links to profile data, medical contacts, health notices, and drug interaction warnings.
Firefox, Or Pigfoot?
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
One index of success for an open source project is how many other projects are derived from it -- or how many people have created alternate builds of the same project.  Firefox's success has spawned a whole slew of community-compiled editions of the program, and this week I've been living with one of them, code-named "Pigfoot."

Sprint Bests Other Unlimited Plans With 'Simply Everything'
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The wireless industry has been waiting for a response from Sprint to all the unlimited plans launched by its competitors last week. Well, now we have it. Today, Sprint announced what is essentially an "unlimited everything" plan for $99. And when they say everything, they mean everything. How will Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile respond to this?
Apple COO: iPhone 'Not Married' To AT&T, Will Always Be Hacked
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor's conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook said that, "Apple is not married to the single, exclusive-carrier model." Whoa. So is Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T shorter than initial projections? And if so, when might other carriers be able to sell the iPhone?
Where To Start With ILM
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Last week I hosted an ILM (Information Life-cycle Management) video Web cast. One of the questions that came up was "Where do I start with ILM without much risk?" It's a good question.
Will Office Open XML Slam The Door On Accessibility?
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's bid to turn its Office Open XML (OOXML) format into an ISO standard is a bad idea for any number of reasons. One of those reasons, however, strikes me as especially troubling: If OOXML wins ISO approval, it could make life much harder for millions of disabled people who rely upon accessibility-enhancing tools and technologies.
Alternative To Homeland Security's E-Verify System Proposed
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Under the NEVA legislation, confirming whether a prospective employee can legally work in the United States would be based on the new hires registry database operated in each state.
In Silicon Valley, A Way Forward For Muni Wireless
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This week's news that Covad Communications has stepped in as the primary network provider on the stalled Silicon Valley Wireless project may allow us, in Wall Street parlance, to "call the bottom" on the ailing business of providing widespread, low-cost municipal wireless access.
Google Down But Not Out Due To Poor Ad Click Growth
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Advertisers have gotten more sophisticated in the past year or two and are looking beyond click-based ads for other options, industry insiders remark.
Why You Should Love Information Mess
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
David Weinberger, author of "Everything is Miscellaneous," believes we need to unlearn what we think that we know about the best ways to organize information... He looks at how many projects require a much greater degree of control as they increase in size, but contrasts that with the Web, which has growth only because of the lack of control. Control doesn't scale; we just thought that it did...
Windows Small Business Server 2008: Cougar Sires Server Family
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft unveils the new version of Windows Small Business Server as linchpin of a new solution family with integrated products for business with up to 50 or 250 users.
Talk To Me, Openly
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
It's a cliche to say that open source breaks down barriers, but every day I learn about a new way that's happening. Here's one barrier that open source can help to bring down, incrementally: the language barrier.

Apple To Host iPhone SDK Launch March 6
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This morning Apple started sending out invitations to an event to be held Thursday, March 6. The topic? The long-awaited iPhone SDK. The invitation read: "Please join us to learn about the iPhone software road map, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features."
Attensity Launches Software-As-A-Service Text Analysis Of Customer Feedback
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The on-demand version of the company's Voice of the Customer software identifies facts, opinions, requests, trends and trouble areas from unstructured feedback found in surveys, service and call center notes, emails, Web forums, blogs and other forms of customer contact.
Vignette Gears Up For A Better Web Experience
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
I caught up with Vignette as details were emerging about its updated Web content management tools. This week, we learned a little more about the Web Experience Platform, the company's new and improved approach at managing your content.
Google Lends Its Voice To Opera, Yahoo Sings The Blues
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The mobile search wars continue, and Google just won an important tactical victory over rival Yahoo. Opera, maker of mobile Web browsers, has switched its default search from Yahoo to Google.
SharePoint Licensing Costs 'Highest in Class'
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The CMS Watch Web CMS Report, calls out MOSS 2007 as having "perhaps the highest fee structure in its class," - by which we mean among mid-market and departmental solutions - particularly when used as a Web CMS for a public site. Seems others agree...
Open ESB Update
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 

Recently, I spoke with Kevin Schmidt of Sun Microsystems regarding Open ESB, a community-driven open-source ESB used by Sun and other companies. Sun contributed Open ESB to the community under the CDDL license years ago, and uses it as the basis fo

Sun Locks Up MySQL, Looks To Future Web Development
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
"This is the most important acquisition in Sun's history," said CEO Jonathan Schwartz.
Congress Probes Case Of The Missing White House E-Mails
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Bush administration officials put some of the blame on a two-year transition from Lotus Notes to Microsoft Exchange.
iPhone 1.1.4 Firmware Available
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This afternoon, Apple made the 1.1.4 firmware update for the iPhone available for download. The update is a 162-MB file. So far, no known new features have been spotted with the upgrade, but it is believed to support the as-yet-to-be-released SDK. Stay tuned for more details.
iTunes Boasts Second Place For Music Sales, Hits Milestones
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Legal music downloads now account for 10% of the music acquired in the United States, according to analysts with NPD Group.
The New Economy of Free (What It Will Cost You)
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
We all know -- or had at least one grandparent tell us -- you don't get something for nothing. But technological advances and new distribution models mean that you can get some stuff for not that much. Oh, and you might want to think about how you can apply that concept to generating revenue for your smaller business.
Tech Turf Gives Windows Mobile Users Quick Access To Google Services
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This new application from The Tech Turf provides Windows Mobile smartphones with an iPhone-like dashboard that can quickly access a wide range of Google services. The app is called Google2Go! (not to be confused with Yahoo's Go for Mobile) and speeds up Web searches, as well as provides visual
Will Linux Breathe Adobe's AIR?
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
You've probably heard by now about Adobe's AIR, a way to create "rich Internet applications" on the desktop.  It's only for Windows and Mac at this point, but Adobe's plan is to eventually release it for Linux as well.

Fading Hope for Wikis
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
If you ever spend time as an administrator or even an editor on Wikipedia, you find that your initial enthusiasm for the concept wanes pretty quickly. I thought Wikipedia was a forum for interested people to present their knowledge in an open and influence-free environment, to be vetted by like-minded, optimistic people. As it turns out, it became a dumping ground for every crackpot, agenda, vendetta and misinformation-broker on the planet...
Microsoft Moves Beyond Clicks With 'Engagement' Measurement
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
The new method is intended to augment click-based metrics, which don't tell online marketers very much about their customers and are susceptible to manipulation.
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