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posted in January 2008
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VMs On The Edge
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
What started as a basic VM test has taken on a life of its own; it looks like we'll be walking the virtualization talk, pushing a VM host out near the edge of my production network. Wish me luck ...
Meebo Offers Tools To Embed Ad-Carrying Chat Rooms
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
In offering its APIs, the company is hoping its chat rooms will show up in more social networks and comments sections of blogs.
Intel To Sell Apple MacBook Air Chip To PC Makers
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The highly miniaturized version of the Core 2 Duo made by Intel specifically for the MacBook Air could end up spurring a raft of Windows-based competitors.
More Macs, More Mobile, More Open Source, Gartner Predicts
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
By 2012, Gartner foresees mobile workers abandoning notebooks, despite their slowly diminishing size, for smaller, more portable mobile devices.
The Coolest Thing I Saw At DEMO
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Every year at Demo there's one presenter that captures my imagination and actually seems to be providing something that I will find useful. This year, while Skyfire showed off the beta of an intriguing new mobile browser and BitGravity displayed its power new network platform for high-definition video, the choice was easy: Silobreaker.
Life After CIO
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Gail Farnsley, CIO of Cummins, is leaving her post to create and oversee a new technology education effort at Purdue University. So there is life after the CIO position, after all.
CIOs Uncensored: IT's New Agenda: Cut Off Nose, Spite Face
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Budgets were trending upward, but recession worries may have put the kibosh on that.
Google Revenue Rises, Social Networking Ads Fall Short
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
CEO Eric Schmidt notes that more than half of the company's search traffic is now outside the United States.
VMware Offers Desktop Virtualization As Next Step
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Industry analyst firm IDC predicts desktop virtualization will be a fresh wave of implementing virtualization technology in the enterprise, amounting to a $2 billion market by 2011.
ELT vs. ETL: Much Ado about Something
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
There's no doubt that ELT - yes, that's extract-load-transform (also called "pushdown") not conventional extract-transform-load (ETL) - is now a mainstream capability. Informatica's inclusion of pushdown optimization in the recently released PowerCenter version 8.5 brings ELT the legitimacy it deserves... I fully expect pushdown will be come a new frontier in the battle for ETL supremacy.
How many iPhones does it take to change a light bulb?
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
The answer is: I don't know. But when I get one, I'll let you know. But there are other riddles regarding the iPhone. One is... where are they? Apple says that it has shipped 3.75 million iPhones by the end of 2007. At that time, the only authorized telecom company for activating those iPhones was AT&T. However, AT&T reported activating just under 2 million iPhones.
Sprint May Write Off Value Of Nextel Acquisition
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Sprint Nextel announced that it might write off $30.7 billion, most of it likely recorded from its acquisition of Nextel.
Join Us For GridTalk With Futurist And Science-Fiction Writer Karl Schroeder
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Join us in Second Life and on the Internet Friday at noon Pacific time for a live Q&A with Karl Schroeder, a futures researcher, blogger at WorldChanging.com and science-fiction writer.
Google Decries Enterprise Search Challenger's Claims
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Google claims an Autonomy white paper contains "significant inaccuracies" about the larger company's security, comprehensiveness, relevancy, and user experience.
50,000 Marriott Employees Get Online Health Alert System
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The system sends their doctors automated alerts of possible problems. One danger: doctor overload.
TSA Launches Blog, Gets An Earful From Weary Travelers
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Officials set up the site to open a dialog with travelers and to reconcile the perceived need for security with the desire for unhindered transit.
At DEMO, Tech For Creating Content--And Managing It All
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Tools for content management, virtualization, and collaboration vied with apps to help manage the time needed to learn everything and products for mobile devices and tracking video content use.
Linux To Challenge Symbian, Microsoft In Mobile Phone Market
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Purple Magic is a 3G Linux reference feature phone that costs less than $100 and combines video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing, and video streaming.
Build-A-PC Chronicles: Reviving A Dusty Old Case
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Embarking on a PC construction project is the opposite of building a new relationship. With the latter, the first flush of discovery is the fun part. In contrast, gathering up all the components for the computer is an expensive drag. Nothing is less enticing than picking out a case. The difference nowadays is that the PC's enclosure used to be an afterthought. Now, with hot-running modern processors, it's cri
HP Uses Recycled Plastic In Ink Cartridges
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The company used more than 5 million pounds of old plastic last year and plans to use twice as much recycled plastic in cartridges this year.
Microsoft Rolls Out Dynamics CRM 4.0 Worldwide
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The business software was built as a Web-based application, though it can also be used in a traditional client-server architecture.
Garmin Adds A Cell Phone To Its GPS Device
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The Nuvifone's built-in camera takes pictures that are automatically tagged with latitude and longitude.
Open Wireless Access Assured On 700 MHz Spectrum
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
An anonymous bidder exceeded the reserve price in the nationwide wireless spectrum auction Thursday.
RealPlayer Labeled As 'Badware'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
StopBadware.org came to the designation after noting one version inadequately discloses advertising behaviors, while another installs additional applications without notifying the user.
Dirty, Sexy Data Centers
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Solar and wind technologies are as popular as Tom Brady and his sparkling choppers. Everybody wants some. Sadly, the green initiatives investors should be pushing for even harder are as glamorous as snaggle-toothed Nanny McPhee: data center efficiencies.
Apple Launches How-To Site For New Mac Users
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
For Windows users thinking of taking the plunge, the site offers video on how to move data from a Windows PC to a Mac.
So Open Source Is Mainstream -- Now What?
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
This may not be "the year of Linux on the desktop" -- and who knows, maybe it is -- but there's little to no question that this is a pivotal year for open source as a mainstream economic phenomenon in the tech world, as my colleague Charles Babcock has indicated.  My big question is: what next?

Yeehaw For Open Access! C Block Reaches $4.6B Reserve
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Today, the FCC's 700-MHz auction got really interesting. The C Block, which spans the entire country in two 11-MHz pairs, met its FCC-mandated reserve price of $4.6 billion. This means that the winning bidder must provide open access on a portion of its network to any compatible device. Google gets what it wants, but is it
Microsoft To Provide Automaker Renault With Novell Linux
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The deal includes the controversial "IP Assurance" clause under which Microsoft pledges not to sue open source users.
Domino's Pizza Tracker Mixes High-Tech With Super Bowl XLII
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
As the restaurant chain plans delivery of 1.2 million pies, the new service lets customers find out whether the pie is being prepared, baked, boxed, or en route.
Patriots, Giants Use Video Technology To Prepare For Super Bowl
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
XOS's Coach's Command Station is used by all NFL teams to study video of their opponents and plan for various scenarios they're likely to face on the field.
Hoover's Launches Business Social Network 'Connect'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The company markets its Visible Path acquisition as a non-intrusive way to make targeted contacts with key business people through contacts subscribers already have.
Apple Users Are Smug Control Freaks, Says Study
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Researchers from Internet ad network Mindset Media say the Mac guy in the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercial is typical of Mac users: superior, self-satisfied, control freaks, perfectionists, politically and socially liberal -- and satisfied with their purchases.
Best Laid Plans, Or Cables...
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
On Tuesday night, two unrelated undersea cables in the Mediterranean were cut within hours of each other, disrupting Internet and phone service to Egypt and, more significantly, to India, the call center capital of the world.
The Recession is Coming! Quick, Start Hiring
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Anyone who follows news on the economy knows the picture isn't great: a volatile stock market, a mortgage crisis, a credit crunch. If we were living in Paul Revere's day, we'd probably eventually see a man on a horse racing through our towns and cities shouting, "A recession is coming! A recession is coming!" Still, we get it. So, how should smaller businesses get ready for the inevitable?
California Senate Approves Bill To Outlaw Skimming RFID Tags
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Technology to steal -- or skim -- information from RFID tags is readily available, off-the-shelf, and surprisingly inexpensive.
Georgia Tech Offers Doctoral Degree In Robotics
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The program will draw from curricula in computer science, electrical and computer engineering, aerospace, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering.
IBM Bows Multi-Domain Master Data Management Server
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Pre-build data models address data quality and consistency problems related to customers, products, accounts, suppliers and more.
What The...?!? Garmin Enters Cell Phone Market With iPhone Look-Alike
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Cell phones must really be the in technology this year. Garmin -- you know, maker of GPS hardware -- has leaped into the cell phone business from out of nowhere with the nuvifone. Announced at an event in NYC last night, this wunderdevice has it all: GPS, 3.5G, W
Dog Food Is Important, But Don't Forget The Dog
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Long ago, Microsoft verbified the term "dog food" to describe the act of using its own products within Microsoft, as they are being developed. Dogfooding helps developers make sure the product really works the way it's supposed to work, on real computers with real users trying to get real work done. Yet all that focus on the dog food ignores the importance of the dogs.
Apple Delays Apple TV Software Update
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Apple says it needs another couple of weeks to finish the software upgrade that will let people rent movies directly from their televisions.
Western Digital Drops Price of 320 GB Pocket-Size USB Drive
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The software that ships with personal drives enable consumers to synchronize content on their desktop with files they take with them.
Hyperic Web Site Management Tool Now Linked To MySQL
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Hyperic's HQ 3.2 also is integrated with another piece of open source code, Nagios system monitoring.
Continuity's RecoveryGuard Reveals DR Flaws
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Today's large IT environments are dynamic places; applications, volumes, and file systems are added, deleted, and reallocated on SANs on a daily basis. The disaster recovery plan, on the other hand, is updated and tested on an annual basis. As a result, most organizations think their data is better protected than it really is.
Dell + Google = First Android Phone?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
The Gphone has been resurrected and the rumor mills are running rampant with this one. The latest scuttlebutt is that Google is partnering with Dell for the first ever Android-powered handset. According to people in the know, word will be delivered from on high during the Mobile World Congress next month. Is this one for real?
DEMO Update: The Problems With 'Me-Centric' Search
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Among the presenters in the final stretch of the 2008 Demo conference were a pair of companies that are focused on search results geared specifically to the preferences, needs, and personality of the searcher. It was apparent that that's not necessarily such a great thing.
Feeling Lucky? Don't Tell Google
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Search engine spammers have ramped up their efforts to ensnare the unwary using a fake link constructed from the search engine's direct results feature.
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