Getting Anything Out Of Gmail?
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
Slogging: Blogging With A Vengeance
San Francisco Chronicle columnist David Lazarus noted last week that ZabaSearch.com, a search engine for personal information both sensitive and mundane, plans this Thursday to roll out a blogging service. ZabaBlog, Lazarus wrote, "allows people -- former classmates, ex-lovers, disgruntled co-workers -- to discuss you online."
Call it "sloggin
Katrina Makes Life Difficult In The Big Easy
Perhaps there isn't a meaningful business technology parallel to the hellacious scenario that unfolded Monday in New Orleans, although I did once attend a Common AS/400 user conference at the newly convertible Superdome. As Hurricane Katrina unleashed her fury along the city's cobblestone streets and left several residents stranded on their rooftops, people were more co
IT At The Eye Of The Storm
Hurricane season is again in full swing. Katrina, presently pounding Florida, is being blamed for at least five deaths and cutting power to more than 2 million people in the southeastern part of the state. As devastating as this year has been -- four named storms in the Atlantic so far -- it doesn't yet measure up to the 2004 storm season, during which nine named storms tormented citizens in the Southeastern states. While it's hard to find a silver lining in these storm clouds, at least last yea
Why Wireless Laundry Is Important
Sure, civilization would move forward without Internet-enabled washing machines and dryers, but these devices do make sense and they point to a far more important trend.
Perhaps I'm repeating myself, but this is important: Ubiquitous access to all information is changing the world dramatically. The emphasis here is on the words "all information." Sure, it might seem unnecessary to get an e-mail or text message when your clothes are dr
I Owe Adobe Half an Apology
We just turned comments on for the Pipelines blogs, and it didn't take you long to find them. I was delighted to see so many responses to my post on Adobe sneaking applications onto my PC when I updated the Adobe Reader. (See Bad Behavior, Adobe.) But I was puzzled by comments that said they hadn't had the same problem I did. So I went back to the Adobe site to see what I'd missed.
User-Created Content: The Next Big Thing That's Already Here
You want to know where the big money is coming from on the Internet nowadays? Look in the mirror. Online businesses are increasingly finding revenue in capturing content from users like you. Companies are making money by providing tools and services that let you write stuff, take pictures, organize your information, and publish it to the Web.
Bad Behavior, Adobe
I try to practice what I preach and do a good deed, and what do I get for it? Abuse.
I just sent out my weekly e-mail newsletter. In the Editor's Note I urge readers to follow Adobe's request and patch their Adobe Reader because of a potential security problem. Things are getting pretty bad when the bad guys pervert familiar, trusted applications like the Reader to be delivery systems for malware. Poor Adobe, I thought, at least it's m
Details On Sirius Radio 'TiVo' Leaked
A marketing product sheet on an upcoming product called the Sirius Starmate Replay reveals that the gadget offers the TiVo-like ability to "timeshift," recording up to 44 minutes of Sirius satellite radio content. The $129 product will also let you plug in your favorite sports teams, and it will alert you when one of their games is on the radio.
Very cool! Check out the leaked marketing materials here. (vi
A Warning About Google's New Desktop Search
If you're interested in downloading the new Google Desktop Search beta, please read this before downloading it.
Unlike most Windows applications, which ask permission to close running applications or tell you to go close them, Google's Desktop Search application simply shuts everything down on your desktop without permission or warning. Open browser windows, Outlook -- whatever -- just gone without a trace. So make sure you save a
Per-Core Software Pricing For The Desktop?
Right now it's just a Big IT story, all about more powerful servers and complicated software licensing agreements, but sooner or later -- probably sooner -- it will come down to the desktop and affect the way you pay for software: Multi-core processors will mean you'll pay a per-core price for the applications you run.
The Microsoft iPod? Give Me a Break
Microsoft's claim that it invented the iPod would be really funny if it weren't so sad. In fact, it is exactly what is wrong with issuing patents for high-tech ideas: Microsoft, a company that did absolutely zero to put an iPod in your pocket, is getting set to try to grab the profits from the company that actually made the effort, Apple.
What The Polls Say We're Doing On Online
A few weeks ago, we asked for your input on whether we should change the delivery timing of this newsletter. Over 1,000 of you were good enough to respond (1,043), and as promised - here are the results:
Same time as now: 4 a.m. Eastern time-- 66% .
Noon Eastern time is OK-- 18%.
Don't care-- 16%.
Blogging About Work? Play Nice
There's a tsunami building, fed by a combustible mix of incredibly stupid (and apparently mean-spirited) workers, public blogs, and nervous companies.
I'm referring to the growing numbers of folks fired or reprimanded in the workplace for either exposing company plans or posting negative comments about co-workers in public blogs.
The latest example comes from the Southern California branch of AAA, which last week fired 27 workers over their postings on the MySpace social-networking Web site, a
The Transmigration Of Your PC's Soul
We reported back in July on FingerGear's $149 Computer-On-a-Stick, which is a USB 2.0 flash drive complete with a bootable onboard Linux operating system and open source office suite.
While that's shipping now, IBM researchers are working on another solution called the SoulPad designed to do something similar. The Sou
The news from LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week makes a very interesting point: Linux and open-source software seem to be making gains in the enterprise.
IBM and Novell kicked off the Linux lovefest with major declarations of support for the OS, and the president of Oracle delivered the keynote. Those companies, some of the biggest in the business, wouldn't have done that if Linux weren't working for them. And were it works is serv
Next Treo Powered By MS Windows Mobile
The next version of the Palm Treo, which reportedly will be called the Treo 670, will apparently run Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system instead of the Palm OS that it was designed around. It's hard to believe, since the company that makes the Treo, now called Palm, and the company that makes the Palm OS, used to be one company, and emerged over the years in an environment of competing head-on with Microsoft's Windows CE and Windows Mobile platforms.
The gadget blog
NewsGator Goes Corporate With RSS Server
NewsGator said Thursday that it will take its flagship RSS aggregation engine to the corporate market in the third quarter with the introduction of NewsGator Enterprise Server (NGES).
If You Can't Join 'Em Lick 'Em
Apple's admission that computer users have more than one finger and therefore can push more than one mouse button is a major break with the company's "I'd rather be right than popular" attitude.
It's also another sign that Steve Jobs really is getting serious about going after a bigger share of the PC market. At least that's what I hope. I'd love to see some real competition between Apple and Microsoft for the de
A Ratings System for Open Source Software
A rating system for open-source software will be announced at OSCON, the O'Reilly Open Source Convention going on this week in Portland, OR, The New York Times reports. The system is the cooperative work of Intel, the O'Reilly CodeZoo, Carnegie Mellon Univerity, and SpikeSource, a start-up company that supports and tests corporate open-source projects.