News & Commentary
posted in September 2009
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Nokia World 2009: N97 Mini, X6, X3 Handsets Intro'd
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Today at Nokia World, the largest handset maker kicked things off with a bang by announcing three new multimedia handsets. The N97 Mini takes the N97 down a notch, the X6 kicks things touch-screen style, and the X3 will slide its way into your heart.
Oracle Database R2 Adds In-Memory Query
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The Oracle Database 11g Release 2 announced yesterday includes upgrades to availability, storage management and administrative productivity... On the data warehousing front, a new in-memory parallel query capability supports faster querying whenever tables, partitions or databases can be stored entirely within cache.
New CIO At Univ. Colorado: Big Raise, Big Expectations
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The University of Colorado has just recruited from Harvard a new CIO described by his new boss as "one of the great IT minds in higher education." That's a nice intro-but, if you want to see something really nice, check out the raise he got over the previous CIO, plus his IT budget and staff size.
No End in Sight for Offshore Outsourcing
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
If McKinsey & Co is to be believed, the market for offshore services is set to grow significantly, with India poised to benefit the most. But there's silver lining for the domestic US IT services industry... and a note of caution for India...
Windows 7 Free Trial Available
News  |  9/2/2009  | 
Tech pros can download Microsoft's new OS at no charge and use it for 90 days.
Gmail Goes Down  Again
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
Google has been aggressively positioning its Gmail mail service as an alternative to Microsofts Exchange line and had a great deal of success in the small and medium business sector. However, the services reliability has been an ongoing concern, and it was knocked offline once this week.
New Salesforce.com Contact Manager Edition Designed For VERY Small Businesses
Commentary  |  9/2/2009  | 
The new Contact Manager Edition of Salesforce delivers several Salesforce.com features for managing business contacts and customers, for $9 per user per month -- but only for 1-2 users!
VMware Seeds Amazon Cloud Competitors
News  |  9/2/2009  | 
vCloud Express is a counterstroke to Amazon EC2 cloud services.
Oracle Unveils 11g Database, R2
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Release 2 of Oracle's flagship database seeks to consolidate departmental, smaller systems on a data center grid.
Microsoft, Intel Pump Up Windows 7
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
In a joint press event, the two companies bragged about Windows 7's performance and energy efficiency on Intel processors.
Global CIO: HP And IBM To Add 4,000 U.S. Jobs In Three Small Towns
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
HP and IBM will open heavily subsidized customer-support centers in three small towns across the U.S. that will eventually employ 4,000 workers. The jobs are wonderful--but was the price for them fair?
Windows And Linux Users Get Another Great VM Option
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Parallels, Inc. is a company best known for its Mac-based virtualization software. This week, however, it finally delivered an updated version of its Windows- and Linux-based products.
Nintendo Launches Free Web Access On The Wii
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Nintendo dropped the $5 charge a day after it announced a new version of the Wii Fit Plus.
Google Wave To Admit Schools And Businesses This Fall
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Google Wave, the strangely compelling mixture of e-mail and instant messaging that was demonstrated at the Google I/O developer conference in May, will admit a limit number of school and business users this fall, with general availability promised next year.
NFL Bans Tweeting During Games
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Football players, coaches, and other personnel face a social-networking blackout starting 90 minutes before a game, through the media interviews afterwards.
ReviewCam: Sharemethods Cloud-based Document Management
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Document management. Boring, but necessary, right? Just to spice it up, put it in the cloud on Salesforce.com's App Exchange platform or Oracle's OnDemand Suite, and what you get is document management that starts to mean something from a customer-centric point of view. What you've got is Sharemethods.
Is Google Chrome's Rise Limiting Firefox's Future?
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Internet Explorer continues to lose market share, but gains by Google Chrome threaten to slow Firefox down.
Napster Goes Mobile
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The mobile version will enable Web-capable phones to view album art, preview songs, and download tracks over the air.
Program Aims To Erase Doubts About Health Data Security
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
A new certification program could make it easier for healthcare organizations to decide whether their IT security products meet their compliance needs.
Wi-Fi Draws Air Travelers
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Business travelers overwhelmingly value Wi-Fi service over meals or free movies on airplanes, says a survey.
Gmail Fail Strikes Again
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Users of Gmail from around the globe are reporting that the service isn't accessible. Google is promising a fix soon.
iPhone Battery Life Still Weak, Mophie Juice Pack Helps
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
A new report compiled by Strategy Analytics says that while most iPhone owners are pleased with their devices, they aren't so happy about battery performance. Though the iPhone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery, there are options out there. Enter the Mophie Juice Pack Air.
30,000 Job Openings For SAP Consultants, SAP Official Says
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
An SAP official said today that 30,000 job openings exist worldwide for SAP consultants to support the needs of the company's 82,000 customers and their 12 million users across the globe.
GSA Wants Bigger Role In Fed IT Spending
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Federal agencies spend $22 billion annually on IT purchases made through the General Services Administration via government-wide contract vehicles.
HHS Funding Health Information Project
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1.2 million grant to help states adopt, plan, and deploy health information exchanges.
L.A. Wildfires Close In On Cellular Towers
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
If flames engulf Mt. Wilson, cell phone service to the public and to emergency service providers would be disrupted.
Privacy Group Coalition Urges Data Regulation
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Ten consumer and privacy groups are urging Congress to limit the way online information can be used for advertising and profiling.
AT&T Boosts 3G In NY
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The wireless operator is deploying 850-MHz spectrum to increase 3G coverage for its smartphone and mobile broadband users in New York and New Jersey.
Maytag Crosses Popular Blogger, Gets Spun Dry
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
It's always been a bad idea for consumer companies to get celebrities angry, because celebrities have millions of fans, and can rally those fans to fight. Now, with the Internet and social media, it's easier for people to achieve celebrity and the power to significantly damage companies. That's a lesson that Maytag is learning the hard way, from blogger Heather Armstrong, who writes Dooce.
VMware Bridges Data Center, Cloud
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
In his VMworld keynote, CEO Paul Martz outlined the company's plans to provide seamless management consoles for internal and cloud-based virtual machines.
Nokia Delays U.S. Music Service
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The move could be another blow for the world's largest cell phone maker goal as it tries to gain traction in the United States.
Serious Design Failure at USAspending.gov
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
The U.S. federal government's USAspending.gov Web site is a travesty, almost a parody of a government-transparency site. The site looks fine, but it significantly fails accessibility requirements. Its use of graphics has only gotten worse -- far worse -- since I wrote about execution issues a month ago. Further, it's old-school, a mockery of Gov 2.0 principles of interactivity and responsiveness and community.
Snow Leopard: 100 Incompatible Mac Apps
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Tracking site says Apple's new Mac OS X 10.6 not compatible with dozens of applications and utilities.
Oracle Sees A Threat In Rimini Street
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Apparently the third-party software maintenance firm known as Rimini Street, which Oracle and SAP have claimed is no threat to their businesses, is indeed a threat. Oracle has filed court documents requesting Rimini Street to produce information about its business, which it says could be a "carbon copy" of TomorrowNow, the company at the center of Oracle's lawsuit against SAP.
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 To Launch In October
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Handsets to be available at launch have not been named, but Microsoft said HP, HTC, LG Electronics, Samsung, and Toshiba are committed to the OS.
Android Dev: No Money To Be Made In Android Market
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Larva Labs recently released its sales figures for Google's Android Market. The results are less than encouraging. For the month of August, Larva averaged sales of just $62.39 per day -- and it has four apps for sale. Um, what's going on here?
Wipro Offers Cloud Computing Service
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The IT outsourcing company has teamed with Oracle to offer a platform service that software companies can use to join the SaaS industry.
Mini Laptop Shipments Outpace Notebooks
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Subsidies offered by telecom providers in return for signing data plan contracts are helping to boost netbook sales.
Sharp Offers Japan-Only Linux Mini-Note
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Linux is always looking for new markets, and now it might have one via the ultra-small notebook space: Japan.

Craig Newmark Discovers No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
What's Craig Newmark's "real sin?" It turns out that his transgression isn't, as the cover of the recent Wired would have it, "refusing to evolve," but rather of pride, an old fashioned desire to do some good.
Shuttle Drops 'Stephen Colbert' At ISS
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
Discovery astronauts will undertake mission's first spacewalk following cargo delivery.
Wal-Mart Flexes Web Muscle By Adding 900,000 New Items From Outside Retailers
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
On the same day it created 1,500 jobs in deeply depressed Michigan by announcing seven new stores, Wal-Mart also revealed it is expanding the scope and scale of Walmart.com by offering on the site almost 1 million new items offered by other merchants. How about your company: are you innovating or standing pat?
Apple Announces Sept. 9 Event
News  |  9/1/2009  | 
The iPod maker may refresh its line of digital music players, but a tablet PC is not expected.
Windows Mobile 6.5 To Street On October 6
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Finally. Today, Microsoft announced that it will fully launch Windows Mobile 6.5 and the Marketplace for Windows Mobile on October 6. Network operators AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are on board, as are phone makers HP, HTC, LG, Samsung and Toshiba.
Aerohive Networks Attacks Wi-Fi Network Overloads
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Wireless communications have become quite popular in small and medium businesses. As companies rely more heavily on these connections, it has become difficult to make sure that there is sufficient bandwidth to support important applications. To address that problem, Aerohive Networks enhanced its network monitoring tools.
Prediction Meets the People Problem
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
Are you ready for analytics? Rising ambitions and investment in related software could bring about a renaissance... Or, if it turns out organizations can't muster the talent needed to analyze and predict, we might see a classic Gartner Hype Cycle "trough of disillusionment."
A Worm In The Apple For AT&T?
Commentary  |  9/1/2009  | 
AT&T scored a big win when it became the exclusive supplier of the iPhone in the US. They have had the deal for a little over two years now and it should extend well into 2010. You'd think after selling over ten million devices so far, it would be a huge win for both Apple and AT&T. You'd think. Right?
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