News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in February 2009
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Do You Backup Your Blog?
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
Yesterday I reported on an apparent hacker attack on the iMedia Connection site. It appears the site must have been hit hard as it is down over 48 hours. What are you doing to make sure your blog is backed up in the case of a hacker attack or server outage?
Death Of Local Newspapers Spells Trouble
Commentary  |  2/28/2009  | 
The Rocky Mountain News is dead, and the San Francisco Chronicle is on life support. The Detroit Free Press, which just won the George Polk Award and Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting that led to the perjury conviction of a popular mayor, is reducing home delivery to three days a week. Community newspapers are dying, and online news media isn't filling the void. It's a bad situation.
Interop Insider (MP3): Virtualization, Cloud, Green IT, & Security Are Major Themes At Upcoming Interop
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
I've decided to start publishing a new series of podcasts that I'm calling Interop Insider. After all, in addition to publishing InformationWeek, TechWeb also is the producer of some great events like Interop. So, given that us InformationWeekers can get an inside track on what's happening with our sister events, why not jump on that track early and develop an audio series that can be heard over time, or piled in its
In A Down Economy, Prepaid Wireless Grows
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are picking up multiple subscribers as consumers look to trim costs.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile TV Company
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Qualcomm is beefing up its mobile TV team as a potentially competing service from the Open Mobile Video Coalition looms.
AMD On Track To Ship 32-Nm Chips In 2010
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
CEO Dirk Meyer says ramp up with begin in the middle of next year.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Carbon Disclosure In Discrete Measures
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
The Carbon Disclosure Project's first global supply chain report, due on March 5, should be an eye-opener -- not only for what it contains but for what it lacks. Acer, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM are among the IT companies that joined the CDP Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration and will be represented in the report.
Want An Obama Coin? Operators Are Standing By
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Have you been tempted by a historic Obama coin or wished you could hear those bingo numbers better? Have you wondered whether operators are really standing by? It turns out they are.
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Dell Cost Cutting $1 Billion As Profits Fall 48%
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Like other PC companies, Dell is suffering from the effects of the worldwide recession.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Google Blocks Paid-App Access For Developer G1s
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The search giant said it doesn't want Dev Phone owners to be able to use the root access capabilities to pirate applications.
25 Random Things About... bMighty.com!
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
You know that annoying Facebook meme going around where people you hardly know shared way more than you ever wanted to learn about them? And you know how it's finally died down and you thought you were safe? Well, think again: here are 25 Random Things About bMighty.com, the InformationWeek Business Technology Network's site for small and midsize busineses.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.
NASA's Bad Week: A Crash; Accusations Of Fraud
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
On Tuesday, a failed NASA launch sent a satellite deep into the frigid sea near Antarctica. On Wednesday, the FBI searched the offices of a University of Florida professor accused of swindling the space agency out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. [Update: on Friday, the White House released its budget proposal, which calls for the space shuttle to be retired.] Luckily for NASA, the week's nearly o
Netflix To Offer Streaming-Only Movie Service
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The subscription movie-rental service is recognizing the growing popularity of on-demand video over the Web.
Google Defuses Street View Privacy With User Photos
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In so doing, the company manages to deflect and dissipate much of the criticism leveled against it for company-directed image acquisition.
Review: Safari 4 Beta Takes Page From Google Playbook
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The latest version of Apple's Web browser, now in beta, copies features already available on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera -- and looks great doing it.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Change In The Wind You Can Believe In
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
PricewaterhouseCoopers says the winds of change that have blown a few clean-tech IPOs off course aren't strong enough to stop the renewable energy market from moving ahead. That includes wind power. Certainly, Intel, Cisco, Google, and other high-tech companies agree and continue to invest in wind and other renewables. There is, however, still that pesky question of a new, or revitalized, electrical grid.
Give Up Technology For Lent?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Now that the Mardi Gras parties are over, Catholics (and others) are looking at 40 days of Lent, with self-denial replacing wild exuberance. Well, here's a modest proposal: why not give up some seductive technologies that may waste more time than they save? bMighty.com came up with 8 likely candidates.
Opera Serves Up 1 Petabyte For Mobile Users
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Opera Mini has seen explosive growth in places like Russia and the Middle East thanks to demand for sites like Facebook.
Podcast With Google's Pete Koomen On New Business Model For App Engine
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
When it comes to running custom apps in the cloud, there are basically two architectures. One involves an IaaS (Intel-as-a-Service) provider like Amazon with its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) where you load your own software stack onto Amazon's pay-as-you-go bare metal (virtual as it may be). The other is to develop your code to run on one of the platforms as a service (PaaS). One such PaaS is Salesforce.com's F
Britain Endorses ODF; Why Not The U.S.?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The Open Document Format was adopted today by the British government as a basis for making future software purchases based on open standards. In general, Britain is requiring government agencies to use as much software based on standards as possible, based on its 10-point program to encourage open standards and open source. If Britain can do it, why can't we?
Mobile Search Ads To Grow 130% By 2013
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Google is in a good position to capitalize on this growing market by aggressively moving its AdWords program to the mobile space.
Global Chip Revenue Forecast Drops To Near Record Low
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Gartner predicted it will take at least three years for the semiconductor industry to regain 2008's revenue levels.
Stimulus Package Will Spur New Tech Jobs
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Compared with other job sectors, the IT labor force has been holding up relatively well during the recession. And now there's an extra boost -- the government's economic stimulus programs should fuel demand for new tech talent in several key areas.
China May Soon Get iPhone 3G
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Apple has reportedly reached a deal to bring the popular touch-screen smartphone to China Unicom in May.
HP, Sun To Support Solaris On ProLiant Servers
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The deal elevates Sun to a strategic partner for HP's ProLiant servers and could also help each in its battle with a common enemy: IBM.
Which Linux Distro And Why?
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Video: Straight Off The UPS Truck, A New Amazon Kindle 2 Is Unboxed
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
In this, my first "unboxing" video on InformationWeek, you'll see me unpackage an Amazon Kindle 2 straight off the UPS truck. Amazon had planned to ship the first round of Kindle 2's on Feb. 24. But they shipped a day early and I received my review unit yesterday. Here's a video from carton to Kindle 2.
Nokia's iPhone Rival Hits AT&T
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, and it can be purchased for $399 unlocked.
Touchscreens Make A Grab Beyond Smartphones
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
It's not only phones that are getting the tactile treatment. Touchscreens are finding their way onto laptops, netbooks, and other mobile devices. Is there nothing a touch won't touch?
Decoding Steve: Microsoft's Ballmer Not Hard To Read
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
There's a scene in The Godfather II when Michael Corleone explains to his brother Fredo why Hyman Roth wants to kill him: "He acts like I'm his son, his successor, but he thinks he's gonna live forever. He wants me out."
Integration Problem Between Apple's QuickTime And iSight Cameras Remains Unsolved
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
One reason Apple's Macs have consistently produced a pristine experience -- particularly when multiple Apple technologies are involved -- has to do with the degree to which Apple controls both the hardware and the software. It's also one of the reasons that the Mac is such a great multimedia workhorse. But judging by a great many posts across the Web and our experience here at InformationWeek, Apple has a serious problem with two technologies that should work flawlessly together: the iS
Gmail Outage Highlights Why It's More Enterprise-Ready Than It Has Ever Been
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Barely one month has passed since the folks at Google announced that users of Gmail would be able to access their in-boxes even though the Gmail servers themselves were inaccessible. For example, if (a) you have no Internet connectivity or (b) the Gmail service goes down. It was only a matter of time before a Gmail failure put the newly announced offline mode to the test. Although most of us here in the U.S. didn'
Microsoft Won't Build Its Own Smartphone
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer said he'll continue to focus on selling the software that runs mobile devices and let Apple iPhone have its "mojo" in the consumer market.
Google Searches Measure Economic Misery
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
Google searches provide insight into the spread of the flu, so it's perhaps no surprise that they also reveal something about our ailing economy.
Memo To Google: I Know 600 Students Who Depend On Your Gmail
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
I couldn't help but take Google's Gmail outage today a bit personally. I'm in the midst of my one, big yearly contribution to my son's school: computerizing the school's heavily paper-based read-a-thon competition, using Gmail as the platform. So I'm asking you please, Google, don't mess up my PTO project. For once I look like a hero rather than the under-involved parent.
Novell, VMware To Create Virtual Appliances For Linux
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The collaborative deal affords ISVs using VMware Studio a free evaluation redistribution of appliances built on SuSE Linux Enterprise.
Strong Federal Role Needed To Break Renewable Energy Grid-Lock
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
Former Gov. George Pataki delivered perhaps the most powerful assessment of the move to rebuild the national electricity grid yesterday when he called for a greater federal role in the permitting process. This was the same Pataki who had championed deregulation in New York state -- and later defended deregulation after the huge 2003 blackout of the Northeast.
Nokia Increases Cost-Cutting Measures
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
With the mobile market expected to decline by nearly 10%, Nokia wants some employees to accept buyout packages, and it's encouraging unpaid leaves and sabbaticals.
Motorola Selling Off Good Technology
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Motorola purchased the mobile e-mail company two years ago to better compete in the enterprise market with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
Red Hat Unveils Virtualization Portfolio
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The company's upcoming server software also could serve as building blocks for a future cloud computing strategy.
Gmail Outage Prompts Apology
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Gmail users with Google Gears installed were able to access their in-boxes during the outage Tuesday morning. Gmail has about 113 million users worldwide.
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