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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in June 2007
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My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild
Commentary  |  6/30/2007  | 
This journal of my Friday-night search for an iPhone has everything you look for in summer entertainment: suspense, fast driving, crime, sex, Eastern mysticism, finance, humor, and adventure.

AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Should The iPhone Make Telcos Tremble In Fear?
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
The iPhone is a stylish gadget, but it kowtows to the established telecom industry, Slate Magazine argues. But Slate dangles an intriguing possibility as an afterthought: Is the iPhone a Trojan horse?

Video: The Daily Show Looks At iPhone-Mania
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Correspondent Rob Riggle will do anything to get his hands on an iPhone in this funny, raunchy short video.

Getting My Hands On An iPhone -- I Hope
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
What are you doing this weekend? As I write this, it's Friday morning, and I'm hoping I'll be working this weekend, posting image galleries and writing reviews of the iPhone. Of course, to do that, I need to get my hands on an iPhone.

The Only Thing That Matters About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Yes, there's a lot of hype about the iPhone. Yes, it's a very expensive piece of equipment. But neither of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is: How good is it?

MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
InformationWeek Gets Voice In Second Life -- Sort Of
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Recently, I checked on an obscure corner of my vast Second Life real-estate empire, and by gosh, voice is working there. I was excited -- I've been impatient to start incorporating voice into my regular Second Life usage.

A Preview Of This Summer's Tech Toys
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Perhaps it was because the humidity was so high in New York that it felt like I was swimming through Manhattan's streets, or perhaps it was because my thoughts were drifting longingly to summer vacations by the beach, or perhaps because my cell phone recently took a disastrous dip in the Atlantic Ocean -- but I couldn't help noticing a trend toward water-resistant technology at the Digital Experience press event last night.
Review Scorecard Reveals That EDGE May Ruin The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Are you desperate to see how well the iPhone is coming out in early reviews? Do you need a comprehensive scorecard? Well, look no more.
Relaunching Our Discussion Group In Second Life
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
I'm very pleased to report that we're teaming up with one of the best virtual-worlds news blogs, Metaversed, to beef up our ongoing discussion group in Second Life.

LinkedIn's Plan To Open Platform Is But A Step
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Business social networking site LinkedIn is going to be following in the footsteps of Facebook by opening up APIs over the next several months. Facebook's move has bolstered already skyrocketing membership and led to a ton of new applications. But what does this big step mean for LinkedIn and for social networking in business? Just like everything else in the Enterprise 2.0 world, business social networks won't get used unless they can do something better than e-mail and other apps.
How To Crash Windows Vista In 10 Seconds Or Less
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system is a mighty paradox. On the one hand, it's more robust and feature-rich than any of its predecessors. For the most part, it's also more secure and is immune to many pretty sophisticated takedown attempts. But it's got one nasty Achilles' Heel, which'll enable you to crash the OS in under 10 seconds.
iPhone Debate: Buy Or Wait?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Friday is almost upon us and there seems to be no way to avoid the absurd iPhone hype. Just this morning I received a pitch from VeriSign's PR agency, Weber Shandwick, that posed the question, "Will the iPhone crash the Internet?" (No, apparently. The question was just to get me to read the pitch.) Resistance, it seems, it futile. So in the spirit of Stephen Colbert's Formidable Opponent segment, it's time to debate myself about the pros and cons of buying an iPhone. Feel free to join in.
iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Wired has the breakdown: The 8-Gbyte iPhone for $599, plus $36 activation fee, plus $220 a month for the highest-priced, highest-usage plan. The 4-Gbyte iPhone with the basic plan, at $60 a month, adds up to about $2,000 over two years.

C'Mon, Apple, Give Us Mac Users Some Love
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
With iPhone hype building to a frenzy, Mac users are feeling neglected and unloved. I can't remember Apple's last interesting Mac announcement. Instead, Apple's been giving its love to the mobile phone crowd, and even Windows users.

Lawrence Lessig Takes On An Even Bigger Problem
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig has for a decade worked in the area of that great oxymoron, "intellectual property," but last week he announced that he will no longer focus on IP issues. He isn't leaving "the movement," he wrote in his blog, ". . . but I have come to believe that until a more fundamental problem is fixed, 'the movement' can't succeed either." The problem? The corruption of the political
Is Silence Golden?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Since a bunch of badly disguised radicals trespassed on a merchant ship and tossed some of its cargo into the waters of Boston Harbor, people have come up with imaginative ways to protest laws that they see as unfair, unjustified, or wrong.... OK, that's a pretty hokey opening. I apologize. But it was the best way I could think of to introduce the topic of the "Day of Silence" that is being held today by a group of U.S.-based Webcasters.
Open Notebook, Open Sources: How The GPL Grew
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
I'd like to open my notebook to some revelations, comments, and maybe just plain trivia discovered in the pursuit of news on open source. For example, EnterpriseDB, which has billed itself as a replacement for Oracle databases, just replaced an Oracle system at FTD, the floral delivery service. And I thought "replacing Oracle" was just a clever marketing line from Andy Astor.
Rebutting The iPhone Critics
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Daring Fireball has been doing some deliciously vicious rebutting of negative reporting on the iPhone. Here, he goes after an article in the New York Times.

AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Now comes renewed word that AMD's quad-core Phenom desktop processor line is poised to hit the market in November. The news, circulating in stories out of Taipei this weekend, isn't actually anything new--AMD publicly copped to a planned 2H 2007 introduction back in May. But it is stoking industry interest in what looms as a new round in the architectural wars, between AMD's impressive "10h" design and Intel's equally strong "Core"
Novelist Michael Chabon, Winner Of The Pulitzer Prize, Credits Mac Software
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Michael Chabon concludes his latest novel, The Yiddish Policeman's Union, by naming his Mac writing software, DevonThink Pro and Nisus Writer Express. I can't recall ever seeing another a novelist credit their writing software in the afterword to a novel.

Book A Meeting, Get A Free iPhone
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
It's easy. Grab 10 or more of your closest friends and reserve some time at a little place on the waterfront outside of Los Angeles airport.
Alaskans Out In The Cold On iPhone
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Alaskans won't be able to get the iPhone because of Apple's contractual obligations with carrier AT&T, reports the Alaska Daily News. The paper goes on to suggest ... well .. lying is such an ugly word, isn't it?

Taking A Break This Summer? Or Taking The Laptop?
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Sunglasses, check. Bathing suit, check. Camera, check. Laptop-that's a double negative. Yes, I'm doing that increasingly rare thing: having an untethered, nontech vacation. No electronic leash for me for the next two weeks. I'm even leaving my cell phone at home (what the heck, it wouldn't work where we're going anyway).
E-Mail Feud Between The Video Rental Store And Lawyer Takes A Sad Turn
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Travis J. I. Corcoran, who's been posting e-mails in a feud with attorney Robert Tourtelot, says he's going to stop now, after being informed that Tourtelot, who's advancing in years, may not be in possession of all his faculties:

Free VoIP For Your Windows Mobile Smartphone
Commentary  |  6/23/2007  | 
Fring, the free mobile VoIP service that works just like Skype, is now available for Windows Mobile 5
Hilarious E-Mail Feud Between Video Rental Store And Lawyer
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
A spelling-impaired attorney sends bullying e-mails to a DVD-rental outfit. and the target of the e-mails posts the exchange for our reading pleasure.

Simplifying Web Searching From The Mac
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
The delightful Merlin Mann posts a one-minute video tutorial on using Sogudi to simplify searches from Safari using keywords. Keyword searches are great little time-savers, available from just about any browser and operating system.

Apple Offers Web Video Tour Of The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
It's just one week until the launch of the iPhone and to mark the final seven days of waiting, Apple has released a Web-based "guided tour" designed to further whet the appetites of Macheads around the world.
Video: Stephen Colbert On E-Mail Etiquette
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
The late-night mock shock jock interviews Will Schwalbe, co-author of Send: The Essential Guide To E-Mail For Office And Home. "I spend most of my time e-mailing drunk. ... Could that come back and bite me in the *** one day?"

SAP Isn't About Easy; It's About Regimentation
Commentary  |  6/22/2007  | 
Kimberly-Clark's experience with its three-year, $100 million SAP rollout -- plus $17 million for user training -- is hardly big news. But it underscores something I've thought for a long time: the decision to move to SAP has little or nothing to do with making it easier for employees to perform better in the real world. On the contrary, it has everything to do with B-school egghead theories
How To Set Up A Multi-Monitor Display On The Mac (With A Useful Tip For Windows And Linux Users)
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
I'm coming to you now from a desktop with three displays: A 24" iMac display, 19" LCD external monitor, and 12" internal PowerBook display. It's ridiculous -- my desk looks like it belongs to the Biggest Nerd In The Universe.

What Secret Does Your Laptop Hold?
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
What do you have on your laptop that you might not want anyone else to see?
Beware Of Sticky Fingers When BlackBerrys Handle State Secrets
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
We're not at war with France, at least not the last time I checked, but that doesn't mean that the French want their state secrets coursing through the U.S. telecommunications infrastructure, courtesy of French government officials addicted to les BlackBerrys. Sure, BlackBerrys come with built-in encryption, but is that enough when you really, really don't want anyone to get their hands on the
The Most Hated Words On The Internet
Commentary  |  6/21/2007  | 
"Blog," "netiquette," "cookie," and "wiki" are among the most hated words on the Internet, according to a British poll.

Ventrilo Harassment Exposed
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
What happens when your MMORPG is hijacked by a player with a headset, chat software, and a whole lot of attitude? Duke Nukem, for starters.
What Can Real-World Businesses Do To Succeed In Second Life?
Commentary  |  6/20/2007  | 
I'm wrapping up an article I've been struggling with for months, about how real-life businesses succeed in Second Life. It's a tough article to do because I think the overwhelming majority of real-life businesses that move into Second Life are failures.

Enterprise 2.0 In Action At Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/19/2007  | 
I came to the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston this week expecting to hear about all the challenges companies are having proving the value of collaborative technologies to their employees and how they were trying to get pilot projects off the ground and what vendors are doing to sell tools like blogs, wikis, and mash-up engines. What I didn't anticipate is that I'd see innovative uses of collaborative technology right here at the show. Exhibit one: Morgan Stanley.
How Do You Keep Work From Taking Over Your Life?
Commentary  |  6/19/2007  | 
Blogger Dave Taylor describes a major lifestyle change -- he's shutting off his cell phone and computer at 5 p.m. on weekdays, and all weekend, too.

My Macs And Treo Hate Me
Commentary  |  6/19/2007  | 
I've been having a terrible time getting my iCal calendars moved from the colossal iMac to the wee-small PowerBook and getting them to sync with my Palm Treo 650. I was eventually able to move the calendars, but syncing still has me stumped.

All Knowledge Is Social At Enterprise 2.0
Commentary  |  6/19/2007  | 
I am at the Enterprise 2.0 conference today in Boston. Enterprise 2.0 is a relatively new term -- it was first coined in March last year. But it has captured the imaginations of technologists and vendors around the world in just 15 months and gone memetic. But what does Enterprise 2.0 really mean for businesses?
Why Doesn't Wi-Fi Work On Many Corporate Campuses?
Commentary  |  6/18/2007  | 
While some Wi-Fi evangelists wax poetic about the potential of muni Wi-Fi and free broadband wireless for the masses, I have a much simpler question: Why is Wi-Fi access on most corporate campuses so bad? Corporate Wi-Fi has been around now fo
Yahoo CEO Out: Does This Mean Panama Is A Flop?
Commentary  |  6/18/2007  | 
Yahoo CEO Terry Semel resigned today in a move that sent shockwaves through the Web. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang will replace Semel at the top spot. Despite Semel's best efforts -- buying Overture and building Panama -- Yahoo hasn't been able to keep up with Google in terms of search or online ad growth. Today's announcement opens up plenty of new questions.
Connecting My Wee Small PowerBook To My Colossal iMac
Commentary  |  6/18/2007  | 
I got the wee, small PowerBook home Saturday, and began to explore options for connecting it to the colossal iMac. I want to use the same keyboard and mouse to control both machines. Turns out there are several says of doing that, all of them pretty easy.

Mark/Space Responds To My Complaints About Its Mac Synching Software
Commentary  |  6/18/2007  | 
Mark/Space, the company that makes the Missing Synch software that -- among other things -- synchs Palm handhelds to the Mac, took issue with my complaints about its licensing and customer service.

Will The iPhone Make Consumers Abandon Their Carriers?
Commentary  |  6/15/2007  | 
Just how powerful a pull will the iPhone be for AT&T? It's hard to say. According to a report in today's Wall Street Journal, just because someone knows about the iPhone doesn't mean they'll buy it. But it seems some carriers' subscribers may be more vulnerable for poaching than others.
Hanging With The Grown-Ups
Commentary  |  6/15/2007  | 
A close friend recently sent me an invitation to join a new search service called Spock, which has generated a bit of buzz. Besides the lure of the name itself (OK, I admit it, I was a Trekkie in a previous life), I was attracted by the idea of a new search engine that uses tags and other strategies to pull in information about people, eliminate duplicate information, and pull it all together in a profile page. But not all the buzz has been favo
We're All In The Same Bloat
Commentary  |  6/15/2007  | 
Bloatware -- sometimes called craplets -- is that ugly build-up of annoying code you find on new PCs -- demoware, trial applications and sign-ups, and marketing cruft that you have to deal with when you're setting up a new computer. Apple ridiculed PC bloatware in one of its spot-on "I'm-a-Mac-and-I'm-a-PC" ads. And in their latest newsletter, the guys at PC Pitstop say it's getting worse.
The iPhone Could Kill The Mobile Streaming Video Market
Commentary  |  6/14/2007  | 
Get ready for this week's edition of the analyst hockey stick. According to the latest report from Research and Markets, the U.S. market for paid mobile video services is just bustin' at the seams, with growth expected to go from $180 million in 2006 to $10.2 billion in 2012. Are they serious?
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