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Content tagged with Government posted in July 2007
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I Loved My iPhone But I Had To Return It
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
As you may recall, I finally snagged an iPhone a few weeks ago. At the time, I was less than pleased with my experience. I had problems syncing my iPhone with my PCs. Many of you wrote in with some advice on how to better connect my Jesus-phone with my laptop and desktop. While I appreciated your help, it wasn't enough. After 10 days, I returned my iPhone.
Google Almost Gets What It Wants From The FCC
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
The FCC set the ground rules today for the upcoming 700-MHz auction. While Google didn't get everything it asked for -- the FCC made progress toward opening up spectrum but stopped short of real open network access -- it came pretty close.
Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
Joyent A-Twitter Preaching Its Shared Infrastructure
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The 18-employee company is making a quiet change in the collaboration tools space especially for Ruby on Rails developers.
Poll Results on BPMN Portability
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
There's no denying that BPMN is gaining traction in the marketplace. I see it in my training. I see it in BPMS and BPA vendors getting on board. But what's amazing about this is that it's happening without a standard way to store and interchange BPMN between tools. It almost boggles the mind that the creators of BPMN "forgot" about this when they started, and its current owners place model interchange far down the priority list...
Vermont Sets Five-Year Plan For E-Health Record Adoption
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
In its road map report, Vermont Information Technology Leaders identifies what's needed to reach a 2011 goal of getting more than half of the state's doctor practices to use electronic medical records.
Business Objects Tackles Product- and Region-Specific Data Quality Problems
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
New Universal Data Cleansing option extends data quality initiatives beyond customer information.
Amp'd Mobile Subscribers Get Reprieve. Sort Of.
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Amp'd Mobile is still leaving the building, but Prexar Mobile has offered to step in and take over Amp'd's subscribers. Subscribers will be able to transition their service from Amp'd to Prexar by visiting Prexar's Web site and filling out some forms. Is this good news?
Aruba Certifies Apple iPhone For Enterprise
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Aruba said it tested the iPhone's WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security, roaming, VPN connections, and portal authentication combined with public shared key encryption.
Mozilla Issues Fixes For Two Firefox Bugs
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Mozilla releases Firefox version 2.0.0.6 right before it's expected to announce new security tools at this week's BlackHat security conference.
Foonz Offers Free Conference Calls To The Little Guy
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Not all cell phones offer the ability to make conference calls on the fly, but a new service from foonzMobile lets anyone initiate a conference call for free. How well does it work?
TIBCO Takes the Open-Source Route to Integrating Mashups and Composite Apps
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
After helping to set the standards of the OpenAjax Alliance Hub, TIBCO is taking its own PageBus publish-and-subscribe message bus open source. It's an important integration tool as developers envision componentized Ajax applications.
My Custom Linux Distribution Chooser
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
A couple of columns back I talked about how many people are daunted by the sheer number of Linux distributions out there. I argued that the total number of distributions that you need to consider are actually fairly small, and that it probably wouldn't be too tough to create a road map or chooser. Here's my first attempt at doing exactly that.
Daddy, I Want A Gold iPod!
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
For the geek who has everything: An 18K gold iPod Nano, with accompanying golden docking station, remote control, and earbuds. The vendor, Xexoo, removes the case of the device, and replaces it with one made from 100 g of gold.

Yahoo Testimony About Imprisoned Reporter Contradicted
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
A document from the Beijing State Security Bureau suggests that Yahoo possessed more information than it has admitted to about Chinese journalist Shi Tao.
Just How Successful Are Google's Mobile Initiatives?
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Japan's No. 2 carrier, KDDI, today said it plans to offer a new mobile e-mail service powered by Google's Gmail. This is the latest in a long line of Google-related mobile announcements. While Google's mobile onslaught continues, this question remains: Just how successful are the search giant's efforts?
A New Marketplace Greets EMC Documentum 6
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
At first blush, EMC Documentum 6 is a substantial upgrade to D5, consolidating many of the firm's acquisitions into a much more unified and standardized product set, and also boosting some areas, such as BPM and transactional document management capabilities... But the market has changed, and favors the buyer now far more than the vendor. Documentum was once the dominant and obvious choice for major ECM implementations, but today there is much more serious competition.
Caught In A Mosh: New MVNO Launches Beta Service
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
As Amp'd Mobile goes down in flames, another company is taking a shot at the MVNO model. Mosh Mobile, based in Indiana, will provide free services, including unlimited voice,
EMC Documentum 6 Upgrade Makes it Easier on IT
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If content management is to spread "enterprisewide," development can't complex, cumbersome process. With SOA improvements, Eclipse standardization and configuration enhancements, EMC streamlines with IT in mind.
Italian 'Writes' 384-Page Book With His Cell Phone
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Science fiction author Roberto Bernocco wrote an entire novel in his downtime using only his Nokia 6630 cell phone. In case you're not familiar with that model, it does not have a QWERTY keyboard. He used T9 to write the entire thing, which took him 17 weeks. It was recently published.
SiNSYS Implements Fraud Manager
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Fair Isaac announced that European payment card processor SiNSYS has successfully implemented Fair Isaac's Falcon Fraud Manager
Kimball University: Keep to the Grain in Dimensional Modeling
News  |  7/29/2007  | 
When developing fact tables, aggregated data is NOT the place to start. To avoid "mixed granularity" woes including bad and overlapping data, stick to rich, expressive, atomic-level data that's closely connected to the original source and collection process.
Are The Carriers Killing Business Mobility?
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where we sit down with a wireless industry insider to talk shop about mobility and business IT. This week's guest, Daniel Taylor, was the head of the Mobile Enterprise Alliance. Unfortunately, the MEA has decided to dissolve (more on that here) and Taylor is moving on to a new role
Wikia Search Gets Distributed Web Crawler
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Jimmy Wales buys Look Smart's Grub search engine and secures it under an open source license for a public release later this year.
German Court Says EBay Must Work To Halt Sale Of Fake Rolexes
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Despite its best efforts, eBay has been plagued by con artists attempting to sell a variety of counterfeit goods on its site.
Linux Distro Of The Week: 64 Studio
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
In 1989, a company called New England Digital demonstrated a $100,000+ all-digital audio workstation suite. Things are a bit cheaper now.
Energy Star PCs: Not A Heap Of Green To Be Saved
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Buying Energy Star PCs is the right thing to do for the environment. Some companies take that responsibility seriously. But at companies only concerned about saving money, the EPA's brand new energy-efficiency requirements won't dazzle the accountants.
Is InfoSpace's New iPhone App Better Than Just Using Google Search?
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
InfoSpace made its Find It application available for the iPhone today. Using a screen with iPhone-esque buttons in the browser, users can search for restaurants, stores, health care providers and such. Are the results more useful than Google's?
Mozilla Gives Thunderbird E-Mail The Boot
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Proposed options include releasing the offline e-mail client as a community project similar to SeaMonkey.
America's E-Mail Addiction Goes Mobile
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
E-mail use on mobile devices has nearly doubled since 2004, and 59% of those with mobile devices check e-mail every time it arrives in their in-boxes, according to AOL.
8 iPhone Briefs
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Here are some of the best information, tips, and links about the HarryPotter-phone. Learn how to troubleshoot problems, customize ringtones, use non-Apple headphones with the iPhone, and more.

Packet Sniffing for Web Analytics: Not Dead Yet
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
You could be excused for thinking that packet sniffing-based data collection for Web Analytics was long gone. Like log file analysis, packet sniffing fell out of favor with the advent of page tag-based data collection. Proponents argue that packet sniffing is superior because data collection becomes "hands off" once the collection appliance is installed between the router and network switch. There are no tags to maintain, nor log files to administer. On the other hand...
Case Study: Field Force Automation Saves The Day For Mac-Gray
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Welcome to Over The Air's first Friday case study. We'd like to make case studies a regular part of the blog and we're kicking things off with a look at how Mac-Gray's coin collectors used standard field force gear to reduce expenses, reduce wear and tear on its fleet and boost worker productivity.
Microsoft Gives New Detail Of Services Transformation
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Microsoft Strengthens Advertising Chops With Deals, New Research Group
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Yellow Pages Publisher To Buy Business.com
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
R. H. Donnelley's $345 million acquisition proposal is significantly more than the $7 million paid for the Business.com domain name in 1999.
Will Dual-Mode Smartphones Become The Device De Rigueur?
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
Not only did revenue from smartphones leap 10% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the fourth quarter of 2006, sales of Wi-Fi-enabled handsets are on track to top $145 billion in the next three years. Is Wi-Fi the key to spurring smartphone adoption?
New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.
Pegasystems Improves on Process Localization, Testing and Data Encryption
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
SmartBPM Suite upgrade focuses on global process deployment and security challenges.
iPhone Problem No. 2: This Time The Hardware Went Kaput
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
It was just two days after last week's failed network connectivity issues that the speaker on my iPhone died. How did Apple respond?
Data Discovery: A Tool for Information Management
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
We all need to understand better how to establish cost-effective information management strategies. As part of this effort, we need to identify methods and technologies that can automate and improve data processing... The silos of data generated over the last decade continue to grow and to challenge organizations as they look to gain a consistent view of their operations... Data discovery is one way to identify data that should be assimilated into a common definition...
What Do We Really Want From Linux?
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
In my last blog post about the real-world cost of Linux, I was struck by the contrast between my words and fellow InformationWeek blogger Alexander Wolfe's take on all this. He's lamented the broad variety of distributions out there, and
RSA Adds 1,500 New Customers in Q2
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
RSA announced that more than 7,800 customers, including about 1,500 new customers, selected RSA solutions in the second quarter of 2007
Is The Network A Pipe Or A Platform?
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
Web 2.0 has brought Sun's old slogan that The Network Is The Computer back into fashion, but few take it quite as literally as Cisco Systems. If Cisco gets its way, components like memory and processors will be linked by IP networks, not circuit boards.
LucidEra Unveils New Tools For On-Demand Forecast-To-Billing Application
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
LucidSnapshots provide quick access to sales opportunities in the pipeline and customer acquisition trends and win rates.
Google Earth Enterprise Gains Web Browser Integration
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The updated software will allow IT administrators to embed a 2D view of Google Earth data into any Web application and to make enterprise mashups.
Crackpot Analysts Way Off On iPhone Sales
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
Now that real numbers are in, it's clear that estimates of the number of iPhones sold in the first few days after the launch were wildly inflated. So, it's worth asking, where did the crazy off-the-mark numbers come from? It turns out that most of the high-end analyst estimates were based on, well, analyst estimates.
Digg And Microsoft Strike Ad Deal
News  |  7/25/2007  | 
The two companies plan to work together on future technology and advertising initiatives.
Smartphone Plus Projector Equals Road Warrior Heaven
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
Imagine you're on the final legs of a never-ending road trip. You arrive at the 100th client meeting that week to deliver the PowerPoint you slaved over for weeks. Just as you set up, the projector in the room goes dead. What do you do? Why not use the projector on your smartphone?
Carriers At Risk Of Losing Enterprise Customers?
Commentary  |  7/25/2007  | 
Upstart Wi-Fi vendors could potentially pilfer certain enterprise business segments from wireless network operators, according to a new report from Analysys. Well, maybe.
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