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Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in September 2007
The Search For Mobile Video
Commentary  |  9/30/2007  | 
I am, simultaneously, both a consumer and creator of Web video, and as both, I'm wildly interested in the quest for good mobile video. I wish someone (including me) would rise to the challenge.
Vista Has Failed To Push Aside Its Older Brother
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
It looks like Microsoft may be backing down, ever so slightly, from its stance that Vista is the best thing to happen to consumers and businesses since the invention of the can opener. The company announced yesterday that it's extending availability of XP for another five months to June 30, 2008. In other words, if you want XP, you can still get it.
IBM Eases The Way To Lotus Symphony
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
I'm always pleased when companies respond to the complaints of its user base -- especially when the user base isn't paying anything for the privilege. So while it is gratifying that Apple is offering irate early iPhone adopters $100 coupons, I feel even more appreciative that IBM quickly tweaked its originally irritating registration process for Lotus Symphony.
Halo 3 Reviews Are In: Master Chief Rules!
Commentary  |  9/24/2007  | 
Ever since Halo 2 ended with Master Chief promising to "finish the fight" on earth, gamers have been waiting for a sequel to the epic sci fi shooter. The time has come, but has it been the worth the three year wait?
The Future Of Virtual Worlds
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
Are virtual worlds like Second Life here to stay? My answer is "yes, but." Yes, but virtual worlds are part of a long-term transition which also includes the mobile Internet. Yes, but the result will be a complete transformation in how we think about being "on the Internet" vs. being "away from the computer." Yes, but Second Life might not be the virtual worlds platform of the future.
Getting Advice From The Brazen Careerist
Commentary  |  9/21/2007  | 
Journalists come from motley backgrounds. But I don't think we've ever had anyone writing for us before who played professional beach volleyball. Penelope Trunk has. She's also been a software executive, founded two companies, has been through an IPO, an acquisition, and bankruptcy, wrote a book, and been a professional columnist. Having had so many careers on her own, it makes sense that she specializes in giving career advice.
Abraham Lincoln Speaks Out About The BlackBerry And iPhone
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
A little while back, I wrote a blog about people who sign their e-mail messages "Sent from my BlackBerry" or "Sent from my iPhone." I questioned whether they're bragging about using the latest technology. Many of you wrote in to set me straight -- but the response I liked best described how Abraham Lincoln addressed this issue 140-plus years ago.
Power Management Flaw For Intel Processors? Or Just A Fluke
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
National Semiconductor is struggling with a problem with its Intel-based laptops. Processors in the laptops slow down into power-saving mode when the computers are disconnected from external power. That's how they're supposed to behave -- but they don't return to full power even when reconnected to external power. That means NSC is getting much less performance than it paid for.
Download Duel: IBM Lotus Symphony V. OpenOffice
Commentary  |  9/20/2007  | 
When I read about Lotus Symphony, IBM's spanking new free office suite, I was intrigued, and decided to try it out during my lunch hour. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Why? Because it took most of that hour just to get through the registration process.
Will The Lack Of EDGE In The U.K. Kill The iPhone?
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
Today during his mini-Jobsnote at the iPhone press conference in London, Apple CEO Steve Jobs promised a 3G iPhone next year. But what about the lack of EDGE in the U.K. for the iPhone that was announced today?
Apple's Genius Bar Is Cool, But Not Consumer Friendly
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
Proponents say the "Genius Bar" is just another example of Apple's superiority -- you go to a hip store to get hands-on support from smart, cool people who fix your problems on the spot. I say the Genius Bar is inefficient and unfriendly to the customer. Read about my travails in obtaining iPod support and see if you don't agree.
SpiralFrog Offers Free Music -- For A Price
Commentary  |  9/18/2007  | 
The iTunes model of moving individual music and video files to users in return for small fees has become hard to beat. There's a new contender, however: SpiralFrog, which offers media downloads free of charge -- but with several strings attached.
Is Your Corporate Blog Flame-Resistant?
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
I got a surprising answer when I asked a question during today's "Web 2.0 Gets Business Chops" panel discussion at the InformationWeek 500 conference in Tucson, Ariz. My question was, "How do you handle off-topic discussions or inappropriate postings on corporate blogs and wikis?"
Three To-Do Lists For Building An Innovative IT Department
Commentary  |  9/17/2007  | 
Big-business IT departments have their eyes on the ground, focused on day-to-day issues of keeping the business running. That leaves CIOs locked out of the room when CEOs are deciding the direction of the company. To get a seat at the table, CIOs and IT managers need to transform their organizations to focus on innovation. Management consultant Ram Charan described what IT managers need to do to make the change.
Cell Phones Are Ticket To Business Success In India
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
The next time someone asks you about the potential ROI on a cell phone, remember this post. According to a report in BusinessWeek, cell phones are becoming the ticket to success (and out of poverty) in developing markets like India.
Verizon Wireless Strikes Back At Google Over Open Access
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
Just when it looked like the FCC's upcoming auction of 700 MHz spectrum might inject some degree of openness into the U.S. wireless industry, Verizon Wireless struck back with this lawsuit. Will the auction still take place?
Ameritrade Notifies Customers Of Data Breach -- Proactively
Commentary  |  9/14/2007  | 
Online brokerage TD Ameritrade is warning customers today that some of their personal information, including e-mail addresses, was accessed by an external source. Its handling of the situation shows there's some progress being made toward more proactive disclosure of security breaches, since the disclosure comes before any known loss of personal identity data such as Social Security numbers.
Happy Birthday Winamp... Long Live Mike The Llama
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
The Winamp player is celebrating 10 years of existence next month with an Anniversary Edition player so it can build on its 60 million monthly active unique user empire. Take that, iTunes!
Backward Into The Future
Commentary  |  9/13/2007  | 
At a trade show last year, a PR rep steered me happily toward an IP phone that came equipped with a camera and a display so you could easily have face-to-face conversations over the Internet. I don't remember exactly what the rep said after that -- I was too busy flashing back to the 1964 World's Fair, where AT&T touted its futuristic, just-around-the-corner
Do Online Social Networks Lead To More Real Friendships?
Commentary  |  9/11/2007  | 
Not so, a recent study claims. According to Dr. Will Reader and a team of researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, most people who use social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace only have, on average, five really close friends. Ironically enough, that's the same number most people have offline too.
On The Eve Of Second Life's First Corporate Strike
Commentary  |  9/11/2007  | 
Beginning Wednesday Sept. 12, a union representing IBM's employees in Italy will start training interested avatars for the first virtual strike against a company doing business in Second Life.
Record Industry Tries To Save Itself By Distributing Online Content On A CD
Commentary  |  9/10/2007  | 
Welcome to another edition of the unintentional irony files. Today's target, the record industry. Their special new idea? The ringle.
iPhoneSIMfree Is Now Available For Purchase
Commentary  |  9/10/2007  | 
Looks like you can now begin unlocking iPhones at your earliest convenience. Engadget claims that iPhoneSIMfree's software is now available for purchase online from four online retailers.
Apple May Join Google And Bid On Wireless Spectrum
Commentary  |  9/10/2007  | 
I have to admit that 2007 is rapidly shaping up to be one of the most interesting years in the history of the wireless industry. Already we've seen the iPhone, rumors of the Google Phone, carriers (sort of) warming to the conc
Facebook Could Kill Twitter
Commentary  |  9/7/2007  | 
A couple of months ago, I spent some time playing with Twitter. After experimenting with Twitter, I finally saw the application as a potential business tool and the future of applications like presence and collaboration. However, now that I've transitioned into a regular user of Facebook and its mobile application
Palm Foleo, We Hardly Knew Ye!
Commentary  |  9/7/2007  | 
When Palm canceled the Foleo this week, I got a condolence note from a reader of an article I'd written the week before that had said nice things about the Foleo. "Too bad . . . Guess you'll have to update your recent article," he wrote. Well, much as I might like a do-over, life doesn't always work that way. I am sorry to see Palm kill the Foleo, even though I think I know why.
Paying The Early Adopter Tax
Commentary  |  9/6/2007  | 
There are a lot of taxes that I'm (reluctantly) willing to pay. I've never been late on my income taxes. (Hear that, IRS? I'm a good citizen.) I accept that paying city and state taxes are the price of living in a large metropolitan area. But one tax I've always balked at is what is popularly known as the early adopter tax.
Spam Blacklists Still In Tunnel, But Is That Light Up Ahead?
Commentary  |  9/5/2007  | 
A couple of recent court decisions are good news - no, great news - if you hate spam. Two compilers of anti-spam blacklists, Kaspersky Lab and Spamhaus, both had decisions go their way. But unfortunately, the Kaspersky decision, clearcut though it is, may not be enough to save Spamhaus.
Goodbye 4GB iPhone, Hello iPod Touch Also Known As The iPhone With Just Wi-Fi And More Storage
Commentary  |  9/5/2007  | 
Steve Jobs graced us with his presence today and now we have more iPhone news to share. First up, Apple is killing the 4GB iPhone and dropping the price of the 8GB iPhone to $399. If you're still anxious to get an iPhone you can now buy one of the last 4GB iPhones for only $299.
Reports: Apple Unveiling Touch-Screen iPod, Digital Radio Tomorrow
Commentary  |  9/4/2007  | 
The Apple blogs are buzzing with reports on what Apple will unveil in its announcement Wednesday, including a touch-screen iPod with a 3.5-inch display, beefed-up Nano and -- maybe -- an Internet-radio-enabled iPod.
iPhone Led The Smartphone Market In July And Could Challenge BlackBerry For Prosumers
Commentary  |  9/4/2007  | 
According to the latest findings from iSuppli, Apple's iPhone was the top selling smartphone in the U.S. in the month of July. iSuppli stands by its earlier estimate that the iPhone will sell 4.5 million units in 2007. Take that, iPhone skeptics.
iPhoneSIMfree Releases FAQ, Says It May Offer iPhone Software Unlock In A Few Days
Commentary  |  9/1/2007  | 
I guess it's now more than official: CNN has confirmed that the guys at iPhoneSIMfree have developed software that unlocks the iPhone. Not only that, but the developers at iPhoneSIMfree have released a FAQ for their highly anticipated unlock solution. How long until we can get our hands on it?

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