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Content tagged with Government posted in September 2008
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I'm One Of Sprint's First WiMax Customers
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
I became one the first customers in the United States to have real WiMax service today. So far (after a few easy-to-fix bumps), so good.
Dell Offers PC Pre-Loaded With Movies
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
For an additional $20, movie fans can get a copy of "Iron Man," along with bonus features, pre-loaded on select Inspiron, Dell Studio, and XPS laptops, and desktops.
Nokia Abandons Business Market -- What Does It Mean For Your Company?
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Nokia this week announced that it will stop marketing and developing its own software services for business customers. What does that mean for companies using Nokia solutions?
Open Source Census Finds FOSS Everywhere
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Open Source Census, which I mentioned back in April, just dropped a press release this morning about the data it's been collecting. I chatted the day before with Kim Weins, senior VP of OpenLogic, a key co-sponsor of the census, and how they found a few ... surprises in the results.

T-Mobile Concerned Over FCC's Free Wi-Fi Plan
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The mobile operator claims recent tests near Seattle prove the free service would interfere with its cellular network.
Tech Sector Could Star In U.S. Economic Salvation
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Universal broadband, spending on energy technologies, and alternative technologies could encourage the growth needed to come back from the Wall Street bailout, analysts conclude.
AMD Says 'Shanghai'-Based Servers To Hit Market In 4Q
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker said that rollout of its first 45-nm server chip is ahead of schedule and that it learned from its mistakes in launching Barcelona.
Nokia Prepares 'iPhone Killer,' Changes CTO
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Symbian S60-powered smartphone dubbed "Tube" is expected to include Nokia's music player, DVB-H mobile TV support, and various GPS applications.
LG Intros Affordable Touch-Screen Phone
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The KP500 has Bluetooth, a document viewer, expandable memory, and multimedia capabilities, and it should have a low price.
Windows Mobile Internet Explorer 6 To Pack In Full HTML Browsing To Compete
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Pretty much the first thing I do when I review a phone running the Windows Mobile platform is to download Opera Mobile. Why? Because the mobile version of Internet Explorer is sadly lacking, especially when it comes to that whole HTML thing. In order to remain relevant in the increasingly crowded mobile browser market, Microsoft is making sure the next version of mobile IE includes HTML capabilities.
Nokia To Acquire Mobile E-Mail, IM Provider
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The acquisition of OZ Communications is part of Nokia's larger strategy of providing more than just the handset.
Snow Seen On Mars
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
The Phoenix Mars Lander detected snow falling from the Martian clouds about 2.5 miles above the planet's surface.
iPhone 3G Gets Lotus Notes Support
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
IBM released a Web app that enables iPhone users to get access to their Notes and Domino e-mail, calendar, and contacts.
Data Leakage Is A People Problem
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Cisco commissioned a global survey of IT administrators and computer users about their perceptions on data leakage. Not surprisingly, the study found employees use their work computers for personal use and IT knows it.
Waiting for Answers From Oracle
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I wrote last week, the information available on the HP Oracle Database Machine and HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server is incomplete. Pertinent questions are on the table, but I've been unsuccessful, thus far, in getting any answers from Oracle... I have, however, talked to HP about the fit between this new device and its own Neoview appliance.
SaaS Vendor Offers Free E-Mail Continuity For Exchange
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
LiveOffice launches a free e-mail continuity offering as a loss-leader for its archiving service.
Mobile Broadband Group Forms To Counter Wi-Fi
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Led by the GSM Association, the group plans to spend more than $1 billion promoting a Mobile Broadband service mark to signify the alternative to Wi-Fi and WiMax in a range of notebook PCs.
Inside 1&1's Giant Web Hosting Data Center
News  |  9/30/2008  | 
Photos of the ISP's newly green data center in Kansas reveal the infrastructure behind the Web host's strategically located facility.
50 First Blogs (Or, What Writers Want)
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
As I "pen" my 51st blog for Intelligent Enterprise, I'd like to take a different slant on the usual blog: What I, as a writer, expect from you, our reader. The continuing, unprecedented economic turbulence that is roiling us all provides a relevant backdrop to this note... How do we help our customers and employers stay afloat in these sinking economic sands?
RIM's BlackBerry Storm For Dummies: Fake Storms Appear In Verizon Stores
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
You know a product launch is nearing when the dummies show up at retail locations. No, I'm not talking about your fifth cousin. A CrackBerry Forum user recently visited a Verizon Wireless retail store and was pleased to discover mock-ups (a.k.a, "dummies") of the BlackBerry Storm to play with. Verdict? It's heavy.
Acquia Launches Commercial Drupal Distribution, Support Network
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Acquia today accomplished their goal of releasing a commercially supported version of the open source content management system Drupal. At the same time, they've launched the Acquia Network, a service that offers site management tools and various subscription-base levels of support for anyone running Drupal 6.
Nokia Releases the Tube
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
Accidental Accomplishment in ObjectRexx
Commentary  |  9/30/2008  | 
My work on the PigIron open source project is focussed on a Java interface to z/VM SMAPI so that eventually GUI or Web administrative and user applications can be coded in open source so you can run your little ol' mainframe from your desktop or browser.

But imagine testing such code!

What Does Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant Mean To You?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Content management reports and analysis always are interesting fodder for discussion, and now that Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant report on enterprise content management is complete, it's certain to have an equal number of vendors crowing about their inclusion, as well as those who question Gartner's findings.
Samsung Samples 'Smallest' 2 Gb Memory Module
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next-generation memory style is expected to increase from 29% of the DRAM market in terms of units sold to 72% by 2011, according to IDC.
BlackBerry Bold Finally Coming?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
It appears that the Boy Genius was able to get its hands on an internal Best Buy image indicating that the oft-delayed BlackBerry Bold will be available at the retailer Oct. 26. But I have to wonder if all these setbacks
Glide America Mixes Politics With Social Networking
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The service also offers what it's calling the People's Rolodex, a list of federal government contacts that users can add to their existing online contacts.
Apple Tweaks App Store Policies
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company is hoping to stop shady developers from propping up their applications with fake reviews, as well as keep users who haven't tried it from posting negative reviews.
Nintendo DS Refresh Sets Its Sights On Apple
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The next version of the handheld gaming device would be able to take pictures and play music similar to the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Apple Unlocks Its Own iPhones For Hong Kong
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Apple also may be looking to expand into more Chinese markets by unlocking the iPhones for other wireless standards beyond GSM.
SpaceX 'Falcon 1' Marks New Era For Space Industry
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Falcon 1 is carrying a simulated payload, a hexagonal aluminum alloy chamber that weighs 364 pounds and stands about 5 feet tall, designed specifically for the test mission.
Leap Wireless, MetroPCS Sign Roaming Deal
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The companies agreed to roaming deals, spectrum swapping, and settling all outstanding litigation between them.
IBM, ARM Join On Mobile-Device Chip Technology
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The results of the partnership will be used in logic, memory, and interface products for the customers of IBM's Common Platform technology alliance, such as Chartered Semiconductor and Samsung.
WiMax Makes Its Long Awaited Debut
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
WiMax has resembled the networking industrys next budding princess. While a great deal of talk has centered on when the technology would debut, much of it has been shrouded in secrecy and duplicity. Well, for some lucky few businesses, the wait is finally over.
CTL Launches Two Sub-$500 Netbooks
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The 2go Classmate PC is aimed at the education market, while the IL1A mini-notebook targets consumers and businesspeople.
Nero Launches TiVo For PC, Multimedia Software
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company announced software that brings TiVo to PCs, a digital media transferring tool, and an upgraded burning and ripping suite.
Another Open Source Feather In Microsoft's Cap
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
My colleague Dave Methvin jumped on the news about Microsoft's use of the jQuery library before I did, but it has to be said: it's something that says as much about the state of open source as it does about Microsoft. Most of it positive, actually.

iPhone Round Up: 3G Available Unlocked, App Reviews Require Ownership, Apple Lowers Output
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A whole lot has been happening in iPhone-land lately. The 3G iPhone is now available unlocked...in China. If you want to write a nasty note about an iPhone Application, you're going to have to pay for it first. Lastly, Apple has lowered the number of iPhones it will manufacture this year, but has raised the number it thinks it will sell.
Samsung 'Pixon' Hits Store Shelves With 8-Megapixels
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The camera phone also supports 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, a Microsoft Office document viewer, and a multimedia player.
Is Business Activity Monitoring a BI Application?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
A question I posed to a LinkedIn group — Is Business Activity Monitoring (BAM) a BI Application? — sparked interesting discussion. There have been 9 responses to date, including two from Howard Dresner, who has done as much as anyone to shape current-day BI. The responses speak to growing interest in operational BI, and they hint at the impact that complex event processing (CEP) will have on enterprise analytics.
Kalido Offers BI As Managed Service Through Partners
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
Axis Group and the Project Performance Corp. are the first to offer Kalido's infrastructure software on a subscription basis.
Sprint Debuts 'XOHM' WiMax In Baltimore
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The no-contract service will feature a $10 daily pass, a $25-a-month home plan, and a $30-a-month on-the-go plan.
Obnoxious Hipster Startups Must Die
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Dear Lord, please tell me not all startups are as smug, self-satisfied, and alcohol-centric as this one.
Kimball University: Practical Steps for Designing a Dimensional Model
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
What does it take to develop a robust dimensional model? Here's how to get from requirements-gathering to final approval in a process that will ferret out the good, bad and ugly realities of your source data and help you avoid surprises, delays and cost overruns.
GM Set To Relaunch Social Media Site
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The automaker is hoping new Web 2.0 tools will help build a loyal fan base that will see it through its industry's tough times.
Key Management? Don't Hold Your Breath
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
Ben Tomhave posted a lengthy set of observations from the IEEE Key Management Summit 2008. He did walk away confident that key management standards will be forthcoming. That's too bad. One of the best ways to protect data at rest is to encrypt it. However, enterprise encryption requires enterprise key management, not a bunch
Microsoft Details Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0
News  |  9/29/2008  | 
The company will focus on debugging and modeling for developers, including a feature that functions just like an airplane's black box.
Can Android Save Motorola?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
According to an insider, Motorola is looking to increase the size of its Android development team sevenfold. Could deploying an Android handset be the key to righting Motorola's listing ship?
Can Roles and Agility Coexist in Oracle Fusion Middleware?
Commentary  |  9/29/2008  | 
I listened carefully for the better part of two-and-a-half hours last week to Thomas Kurian, Sr. VP of Oracle, present the entire product set and positioning of Oracle's Fusion Middleware. I liked almost everything I heard... but down at the bottom of this stack, he raised the issue of "unified UI for Enterprise Applications controlled by roles." This is where he lost me...
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