News & Commentary
posted in August 2005
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SmartAdvice: The New Face Of Project Management
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
From collaborative software to alert management, business collaboration has taken on new looks, The Advisory Council says. Also, your company's size and market dictate whether a modular or integrated retail order-management system is best.
Microsoft Boosts MSN Toolbar
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Microsoft unveils add-ins to its MSN Search Toolbar, including an anti-phishing filter and one-click access to MSN's online games site.
Katrina Overwhelms Telecom Giants' Contingency Plans
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Telcos scramble to restore service to customers while keeping employees safe.
Making Sense Of Messaging Compliance Offerings
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
Confused about the expanding array of products designed to help manage messaging policies and compliance? A new Radicati Group report helps break down this evolving market.
IT Sales Could Slow In Aftermath Of Katrina
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Cascading impact of rising oil prices caused by Gulf Coast devastation could curb corporate revenue, causing a slowdown in IT spending.
Linux And Windows Square Off In Another Round Of TCO Testing
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Two research reports sponsored by IBM argue that Linux is less expensive to buy and operate than Windows or Unix.
Writer Groups Not Backing Down In Fight With Google
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
At this point it's looking likely that at least one author's organization will go to court to try to stop Google's book-copying project.
IT Workers Were In A Foul Mood About Jobs Last Month, Report Says
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Worries about personal finances and layoffs amidst industry consolidations caused a drop in IT-worker confidence levels.
New Orleans Paper Shifts To Web Only
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
For the second day, the Times-Picayune, New Orleans' daily paper, published a Web-only edition, as like other businesses and the city's residents, it has had to abandon the city and deal with dislocation.
IBM To Serve Center Court View At U.S. Open
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
On-court cameras will capture and record ball position data for every shot, and viewers will be able to see animated graphics that recreate the trajectory of each shot.
Maxtor's Storage Device Streams Media Sans PC
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Maxtor launches a shared storage device for homes and small business networks that includes a media server for sharing and streaming files without requiring a PC.
First Firefox 1.5 Beta Due Next Week
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
A second beta of the version once known as "Deer Park" is due in early October, with a release candidate promised by Oct. 28.
Creative Ships Worm-Ridden Music Players
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Around 4,000 of its Zen Neon players--all of which were sent to Japan in July--are infected with the Wullik.b worm, Creative says.
ABN Amro Set To Unveil Largest IT Offshore Outsourcing Deal
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Value of contract involving Tata Consultancy Services and other vendors could exceed $2 billion.
Review: Mobil Crossing's WayPoint 200 PDA
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Though this GPS-enabled unit has some nice features, our reviewer gave this device a thumbs-down in many areas.
Analysis: Microsoft Moves Deeper Into VoIP
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Observers expect to see more MSN-integrated consumer applications that include new the Teleo software Microsoft acquired this week.
Report: Baby Bells Continue To Lose Wireline Subscribers
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Expect an 8% drop in the number of access lines for the four former Regional Bell Operating Companies through the remainder of this year, due mostly to competition from cable and wireless providers, a new study says.
Globalsat, Sarantel Bring GPS Navigation To PDAs
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Globalsat Technology Corp. of Tawian will use Sarantel Limited's antenna for a receiver that turns PDAs and smartphones into navigational instruments.
Gartner Lee Models The Future
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Forced to build forecasts far more complex than Excel can handle, an environmental-consulting firm foregoes more advanced BI tools and puts its faith in a startup modeling specialist.
The Clueless CIO
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
We recently ran a poll to determine how "in the loop" the CIO is about Web services development efforts. We chose to ask about Web services because that's where SOA efforts usually start: at the grass roots of the organization, used to solve sticky integration issues that can't easily be solved by more traditional methods.
Open-Source BI Stretches Beyond Reporting
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Can open-source software crack into the lucrative but ultra-competitive business intelligence marketplace by offering packages that include more than a reporting tool?
Review: Open-Source BI Stretches Beyond Reporting
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Can open-source software crack into ultra-competitive business intelligence marketplace by offering packages that include more than a reporting tool? Our reviewer takes you on a tour of two that try.
Two (Database) Runs, No Errors
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
New database error-checking software from GoldenGate is undergoing trials at the Montefiore Medical Center.
Slow And Steady Won't Win Basel II Race
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
The majority of banks still are designing or building their Basel II solutions, according to a recent study of top-tier banks in Europe and North America.
Boingo Adds Airports To Hotspot Network
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
New additions to the hotspot roster include 30 domestic airports and 6 in Europe.
Intel-Led Alliance Stirs Angst Over Wireless Spec's Future
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
By working outside of the IEEE's 802.11n next-generation task group, Intel has angered industry participants who accuse the Intel-led alliance of everything from co-opting the standards process to outright antitrust violations.
Katrina Aftermath: An Internet Story
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
Not knowing. That desperation can be seen in thousands of notes, many heart-wrenching, being left on message boards run by nola.com, the online publisher of The Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans.
Study Rejects Link Between Mobile Phones And Cancer
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
One of the largest and most rigorous studies ever into the alleged links between cancer and the use of mobile phones has failed to find any connection between the two--at least for the first ten years of use
Pre-Halloween Jitters
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
Getting Anything Out Of Gmail?
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
I wrote about the competition between Google and Microsoft in my email newsletter this week. (You can read the piece here, but how lame is that? You should be subcribing to it.) I mentioned that because Google didn't sell software it didn't have to lock in its customers with proprietary formats and non-standard protocols the way Microsoft does. One of my readers, Malcolm M
Network Security Appliance Market To Hit $6.4 Billion By 2008
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
The market grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a new Infonetics report. Hot sellers included VPN and firewall appliances, with intrusion detection and prevention also popular.
Opinion: Is Microsoft The Next Google?
Commentary  |  8/31/2005  | 
The pundits are puffing Google as the next Microsoft. Given Microsoft's history, isn't it more likely to be the other way around?
Microsoft Ships Release Candidate Of Windows Server 2003 R2
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
Built atop the recently released Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, the new release includes support for all x64 processors and built-in Unix interoperability, among many other features.
IntelliReach Enhances E-Mail Search With FAST Technology
News  |  8/31/2005  | 
IntelliReach plans to integrate FAST’s enterprise search solution into its next-generation policy-based message management system.
Hurricane Katrina Claims HP's Technology Forum
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
The company plans to reschedule its inaugural Technology Forum for later in the fall.
Katrina Batters BellSouth's Phone Service
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Areas of the Deep South have been hit so hard by Hurricane Katrina that BellSouth doesn't even know how many phone lines were downed by the storm.
Yahoo Improves Web Mail Search
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Now included: the ability to check content in email attachments, among other features.
Google Extends Site Mapping Service To Mobile Web Sites
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Webmasters building pages for mobile phones can now use Google tools to help the search engine giant add content to its index pages.
Understanding Customers' Many Tongues
Commentary  |  8/30/2005  | 
Suppose you're a multi-billion dollar distributor with millions of parts in your catalog, but your customers send in quote requests in myriad formats, including XML files, spreadsheets, delimited lists and Word files. That's exactly the situation at electronics giant Avenet, which is using something called "semantics integration" to intelligently decipher the abstract communication coming from its buyers.
Allstate Fields Mobile Vans To Link Adjusters To HQ After Katrina
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Wireless connections between headquarters and adjusters on the scene of the devastation help insured people get their claims resolved faster, Allstate says.
Skype Insists It Is Not For Sale; IPO Another Question
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
The "for sale" rumors have been circulating in recent days along with the report that the firm has hired investment banking firm Morgan Stanley & Co. to perhaps float an IPO.
Consortium To Develop Next-Gen Hybrid Vehicle
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Four technology companies will work with participating auto makers to research and develop components and other pieces of hybrid electric vehicles.
Creative Claims Apple IPod Uses Its Newly Patented Technology
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Creative Technology says it's been awarded a U.S. patent for user-interface technology in its portable media players and its competitors', including the iPod.
Private Phone Records Sold Online, Privacy Group Complains
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
The Electronic Privacy Information Center wants telecommunications carriers to do more to prevent customer information from being sold online.
Opera Browser Free For 24 Hours
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Opera Software is giving away registration codes to its $39 Opera 8 browser for 24 hours on Tuesday, August 30, as part of the Norwegian company's 10th year anniversary celebration.
Accused Zotob Hacker May Be Behind 21 Other Worms
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Farid Essebar, 18, also known as "Diabl0," may have written 20 variations of the Mytob mass-mailed worm and one version of the MyDoom worm.
The Shape Of Macs To Come
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Steve Jobs set the computing world abuzz when he announced that Apple will switch to Intel microprocessors next year. What can we expect from these next generation Macs?
'Tagosaurus' Software Scans Your MP3s, Recommends New Ones
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Tagomatic.com today introduced a new software tool called Tagosaurus, which enables Internet users to automatically search their MP3 collections to find similar, recommended, bands stored in the Tagomatic recommendations database.
Another Windows Bug Open To Zotob-Like Attacks
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Another Windows vulnerability disclosed earlier in August is ripe for exploit, security firm Symantec says.
Katrina Spurs Companies To Initiate IT Backup Plans
News  |  8/30/2005  | 
Some 18 companies are using SunGard's Availability Services and more than 120 customers have put the company on notice that they might have to use SunGard facilities to relocate employees, call centers, and computers.
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