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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in October 2007
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Business Users Want GPS In Their Smartphones
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
According to the latest J.D. Power and Associates survey of smartphone users, GPS tops the list of features that users want most in their smartphones. Looks like location is going to be one of the big wireless must-have features for mobile business in 2008.
How To Get Gmail's IMAP, Leopard, And The iPhone Working Together
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
When I heard last week that Gmail is getting IMAP support, I was excited. My life was going to get a little easier. And how hard could it be to set up? Change a couple of settings in Apple Mail and I'd be good to go, right?

Is The Web Headed For Meltdown 2.0?
Commentary  |  10/31/2007  | 
In recent months I've seen a lot of anxiety in the tech marketplace. Bloggers, pundits, and industry insiders all seem to suggest that Web 2.0 is headed for Correction 2.0. Are we in the middle of another bubble?
Shovels As A Service In The Social Networking Gold Rush
Commentary  |  10/30/2007  | 
For this week's feature on Web 2.0 in the enterprise, we counted 17 startups that offer social networking platforms. I don't mean social networking sites (there are thousands of those), but companies touting technology for the FaceBook and MySpace wannabes.

MySpace Cofounder Lies About His Age
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Tom Anderson, cofounder of MySpace, is five years older than he claims.
Join Us For GridTalk With The Creators Of The Greenies
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Join us for GridTalk on Tuesday when our special guest will be Jonathan Himoff of Rezzables, the company behind the Greenies and about 20 other of the most popular and innovative areas in Second Life. He'll talk about business, community building, and creativity in Second Life, as well as where his company gets those crazy ideas.

Broadband Providers Nix Sticks
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Testimony before a House subcommittee last week reiterated what we already knew: fewer people in the United States have broadband Internet access than in several other countries, and rural areas of the United States have even less access to broadband than urban areas. They're called "the sticks" for a reason: rural America gets this one stuck to it, too, as it does on a lot of other social, economic, and technical issues.
Expect The Worst With Your Leopard Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
When upgrading your operating system, expect the worst. Expect that your system won't boot. Expect your favorite applications won't run. Expect that your essential documents will be deleted or inaccessible. Also, your dog will get pregnant, the milk in your fridge will go sour, and you'll wake up with a big zit on your nose and run into your high-school sweetheart later that day.

Is Facebook One Social Network Or An Aggregator Of Social Networks?
Commentary  |  10/29/2007  | 
Last week The Economist took Facebook and other social networks to task, questioning their real value and their potential to scale. Is Facebook headed for a brick wall?
Liveblogging The Leopard Upgrade
Commentary  |  10/27/2007  | 
My wife and I just got back from geek date night: A visit to the local Apple retailer to pick up a copy of Leopard, along with some other schwag, followed by dinner at Souplantation. We like to live large, my wife and I. I'm about to jump in to upgrading this system to Leopard. Bookmark this page for the thrilling play-by-play.

Facebook Is Only Warming Up
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
This was Facebook's week. The golden child of Web 2.0 scored a $240 investment deal from Microsoft, launched a new mobile application for the BlackBerry, and was even rumored to hav
6 Problems With Mac OS X Leopard
Commentary  |  10/26/2007  | 
While Leopard is a significant improvement over previous Mac OS X releases, it has some notable shortcomings. IPhone users, database developers, people still running Classic Mac apps, and folks who are obsessive about backing up will find some disappointments. Read on for a roundup of six Leopard problems.

Sure, Apple's 'Leopard' Is Overhyped -- But Here's Why It Matters Anyway
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
The Apple community is giving Leopard the lite version of the hype orgy that the iPhone received four months ago. All this for a mere software dot-release. It's easy for a sensible person to dismiss the whole thing as flummery, but in fact there are some meaty new benefits to Leopard that are worth looking forward to.

'CSI: NY''s Second Life Adventure Was Delightful -- But Not Revolutionary. At Least Not Yet.
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
CSI: NY's episode in Second Life was a total blast. I went into it with pretty low expectations, and was delighted throughout. It was a heck of a lot of fun -- and it got Second Life right in spirit, even though the SL portrayed on the show was much faster, more stable, and had much better graphics than the real thing.

Cease And Desist? A Music Publisher Responds
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
On Monday, I reported that IMSLP, a volunteer Web site that offered copies of music scores that were (or had been perceived to be) in the public domain, had gone down because of two cease-and-desist letters from music publisher Universal Edition. On Wednesday, I received a reply from UE.
Green Data Centers Equal A Greener Bottom Line
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
Think building an eco-friendly data center is just for tree huggers? Think again -- for IBM and other pinstriped redoubts, it's all about boosting the bottom line.
Can Microsoft Catch Its Cool?
Commentary  |  10/25/2007  | 
In a recent series of popular video ads, Apple portrayed itself as a young, hip guy challenging Microsoft's stodgy businessman. While that was an obvious marketing ploy, it is true that Apple (and Linux) users are often thought of as cooler than those who employ Microsoft Windows. How come?
Google Maps And Twitter Are Essential Information Resources For California Fires
Commentary  |  10/24/2007  | 
The immediate threat seems to have passed for my wife and me here in San Diego, as fires ravage Southern California. But it's still essential for us to keep an eye on the situation. The TV news is first-rate for getting an overview. But Google Maps and Twitter provide a running answer to the question that's most important to me and my wife: Is our neighborhood and our house in any immediate danger?

Five Ways To Get Your (Corporate) Wiki On
Commentary  |  10/24/2007  | 
Wikis are a great source of constantly updated, widely accessible information for consumers. But enterprise use is limited. So here's five simple steps to encourage wiki adoption in your company, courtesy of an Interop speaker.
Not Just India And China Vying For U.S. Tech Jobs
Commentary  |  10/24/2007  | 
Touring the exhibit hall at OutsourceWorld New York this morning, I was struck by the number of booths touting services from vendors in countries beyond the usual suspects. Outsourcing, and IT jobs, are truly going global.
7 Steps To A Greener Data Center
Commentary  |  10/24/2007  | 
Next to labor, energy represents the biggest expense associated with running a data center. On Wednesday, Interop attendees learned ways to reduce those costs and save thousands of dollars.
At Interop, Enterprise Sometimes Follows The LIttle Guys
Commentary  |  10/24/2007  | 
While the big bucks in technology are dedicated to the development of enterprise solutions, occasionally it seems as though consumer-based apps can take the lead -- at least, as far as creativity is concerned.
Staying Informed During The Southern California Fires
Commentary  |  10/23/2007  | 
Much of Southern California is currently under attack by wildfires. As a San Diego resident, I've suddenly taken an intense interest in local news. I've located several good Internet resources for staying on top of the fires' progress, including Twitter, Google Maps, Web sites and blogs. I'm passing them along for our SoCal readers, and anybody else who wants to stay on top of the progress of the emergency.

Join Us For GridTalk To Discuss Virtual Worlds Standards And Interoperability
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
You're invited to GridTalk tomorrow in Second Life and on the Web, where we'll be talking to IBM and Linden Lab about their joint initiative to create standards for interoperability between virtual worlds and the Web. The two companies are working on standards to allow users to move their avatars between virtual worlds, as well as standards for sharing data between virtual worlds and the flat Internet.

Story About Man Who Limps To Apple Store After Recovering From Coma Revealed As A Hoax
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
It's a heart-tugging story: Geoff Evila was planning on camping out to buy an iPhone when it went on sale June 29, but instead a near-fatal car accident left him comatose. Four months later, he regained consciousness. At the prompting of his best pal, the local Apple Store re-created opening day for Geoff, who limped through the store proudly carrying his iPhone to the cheers of store staff.

Comcast Is Blocking More Than BitTorrent, Including Lotus Notes
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
As if the AP's report last week wasn't enough, it looks like Comcast is blocking other online services, including Gnutella, FTP, and even
Does This Punishment Fit the Copyright Crime?
Commentary  |  10/22/2007  | 
While the RIAA goes after Usenet.com, a Vienna-based classical music publishing firm has succeeded in closing down a modest Web site which made public-domain musical scores available for free. Why? Because the site administrator wasn't an expert in international copyright law.
Please Speak S-l-o-o-w-w-w-l-y and Dis-tinkt-lee
Commentary  |  10/20/2007  | 
I wrote recently about Web-based services that capture your cell phone voice mail, transcribe it to text, and deliver it to your e-mail ("Voice Mail Driving You Crazy? Get It In Writing"), and in the article I rated the quality of the transcription -- how accurate the text was. I got some e-mail expressing polite surprise at my conclusions.
Web 2.0 Summit: Baby-Boomer Civilians Are Coo-Coo For Craigslist
Commentary  |  10/20/2007  | 
The Web 2.0 Summit got a delightful dose of reality from a panel of a half-dozen baby boomers, giving the point of view from a group usually unrepresented at industry conferences: The ordinary Joes and Janes who have to use the technology the industry builds.

Web 2.0 Summit: Twitter Founder Evan Williams Preaches Added Constraints
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter and Blogger, believes that developers should be adding more constraints to applications, and fewer features. "Twitter, in case you didn't know, is a very simple application built around the question: What are you doing?" Williams said in a presentation at the Web 2.0 Summit this week.

YouTube Has A Video Preview Of The "CSI: New York" Second Life Episode
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
The crime scene investigators of CSI: New York go into Second Life to catch a killer next week, and the preview is up on YouTube.. The video shows a tech customizing an avatar. And then they go do some kind of gladiator thingie in-world. ZOMG, this is so exciting!!!!

Web 2.0 Summit: Wall Street Becomes One Big Social Network
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Today's "High Order Bit" talk from venture capitalist and "Infectious Greed" blogger Paul Kedrosky focused on the ways in which financial markets are coming more and more to resemble social networks. That leads to a pretty obvious question: Whom does increasing connectivity, correlation, and transparency in financial markets really benefit?
Nokia N810 Tablet Vs. iPhone In Thrilling Death Match
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
We got great feedback from defenders of the Nokia 810 tablet following my dismissive review of the device after a five-minute evaluation at the Web 2.0 Summit. N810 advocates said it's not a smartphone; it's a completely different class of device: A Web access device, MP3 and video player, VoIP phone, Internet video chat machine, GPS, and mor
Web 2.0 Summit Video: EBay Manages 'Disruptive Innovation' To Find Opportunity
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Max Mancini, eBay's senior director of platform and disruptive innovation, describes how his team looks for potential threats to the auction house and tries to get ahead of them, leading to connecting with "social mapping" services such as Facebook, and a Digg-like service that allows users to rate the best auction photos.
Web 2.0 Summit Video: Programming Co-Chair John Battelle Looks Ahead
Commentary  |  10/19/2007  | 
Battelle, chairman of Federated Media, describes how this year's Summit looks at the edge of Web 2.0. As Web 2.0 matures, the Summit is looking at areas where the technology hasn't yet penetrated much, such as mobile computing and over-60 Web users.
Liveblogging Web 2.0 Summit: Conference Wrap-Up -- Where Is Web 2.0 Going?
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
John Battelle of Federated Media, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, and Eric Faurot, senior VP at CMP, got together this afternoon to put out an overview of the Web 2.0 Summit and look at the future of Web 2.0 in cell phones, sensors, and more.

Web 2.0 Summit: The Internet Helps You Live Longer
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
Great quote: At a panel on gaming, Trip Hawkins of Digital Chocolate drew a connection between smoking, lung cancer, social connectivity, Web 2.0, and casual games.
Liveblogging Web 2.0 Summit: Hewlett-Packard Finds Printing Exciting
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
While Internet enthusiasts like to sneer at "ink on dead trees," and predict the death of print, in fact the opposite is happening. And that's the core of Hewlett-Packard's $30 billion printing business. Vyomesh Joshi, executive VP of the imaging and printing group, talked with conference content co-chair John Battelle about how the new technology of Web 2.0 affects the ancient technology of printing.

Viacom Sets Jon Stewart Free, Online
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
Providing some relief after the Steve Ballmer bombast, mild-mannered Philippe Dauman delivered his news and comments like an expert fencer today at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. While my colleague Antone Gonsalves covers Dauman's cut-and-thrust on Google's copyright plans, I'll give you the entertainment news: Viacom is posting the complete history of The Daily Show online, for free, for anyone to port
First Glance: The Nokia N810 Linux Internet Tablet Doesn't Make Sense
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
I had an opportunity to play with the new Nokia N810 Internet Tablet for about five minutes last night, and came away confused. It seems pretty darn expensive for a machine with limited usefulness. Even the name is misleading -- a "tablet" should be a device the size of a notebook computer; the Nokia N810 is a pocket-sized computer.

Murdoch, DeWolfe Dissect Social Networking Future
Commentary  |  10/18/2007  | 
Anyone who has ever written about News Corp. knows that you don't really "cover" Rupert Murdoch in the sense that you cover, say, Sumner Redstone or Michael Eisner or David Geffen. You marvel at him the way you might marvel at a giant, ancient lizard.
Liveblogging Web 2.0 Summit: Mike Moritz, Sequoia Capital
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Former journalist Moritz describes the travails of the Internet and old-media businesses, the myth of the first-mover advantage, and describes the real reason why he left the Google board of directions (the real reason isn't as interesting as the rumors).
Liveblogging Web 2.0 Summit: Evan Williams, Twitter
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Williams co-founded Twitter and previously co-founded Blogger, the first really successful blogging service. He talked about how Twitter succeeded by taking away capabilities.
Liveblogging Web 2.0 Summit: Revolution Money's Ted Leonsis And Jason Hogg
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Leonsis and Hogg did a presentation describing their new Revolution Money system, which has big plans: To obsolete the way credit cards and PayPal currently operate, using Web 2.0 techniques. It'll be more secure, more flexibile -- and free to merchants.
Liveblogging Web 2.0 Conference: Conversation With Adobe Systems CEO Bruce Chizen
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Content co-chair Tim O'Reilly kicked off the discussion with Adobe Systems CEO Bruce Chizen by noting that Adobe should be dead. The whole idea of Web 2.0, he said, is that everything should be free and ad-supported. Companies like Adobe should be dinosaurs. Yet Adobe is thriving. How is that possible?
Web 2.0 Summit Liveblogging: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder And CEO
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Session 2 of the Web 2.0 Summitt: Co-chair Mark Battelle interviews Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Founder and CEO, about financing, hiring, the social graph, and more.
Web 2.0 Summit Liveblogging: Opening Comments By Program Co-Chairs Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media, And John Battelle, Federated Media
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
It's a little after 3 on the opening day of the Web 2.0 Summit. I've alienated thousands of my fellow conference attendees by elbowing my way to the front of the crowd of people waiting to get in so I could score myself a seat next to an electrical socket. It's like _Mad Max_ here folks -- hordes of barbarians fighting each other for access to precious supplies of juice.
Web 2.0 Summit: EBay's Max Mancini Turns Threats Into Opportunities
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Max Mancini has one of the coolest job titles in the industry. As senior director of platform and disruptive innovation, Mancini's job is to figure out what technologies and business models might threaten eBay's business and do it first, for eBay, thus transforming the threat into opportunity.

Do You Trust The Web With Your Money?
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Where do you draw the line when putting your information online? Many people have gotten used to entering credit card and bank info online in order to pay bills and buy products. How about managing all your money?
Web 2.0 Summit: Platforms, Services, And Audiences Coming Your Way
Commentary  |  10/17/2007  | 
Now in its fourth year, the Web 2.0 Summit has moved past trying to define what Web 2.0 is and isn't. Looking ahead to the conference, here are the concepts and issues I most want discussed at the show:
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