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posted in January 2007
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Dell 2.0: Founder Reassumes Role Of CEO
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell replaced Kevin Rollins re-assume the role of CEO of the company, effective immediately, the company said.
Dear Steph And Chey: You Are Soooooooo Busted
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Apparently, the new, electronic way for schoolkids to pass notes to each other is to leave comments on random blogs. The reason I know this is because two girls named "steph" and "chey" have been leaving messages on this blog.

Microsoft Challenges Newest Word Zero-Day
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The software maker argues that a vulnerability recently identified is not new but a duplicate of a flaw found in December 2006.
Nortel Builds VoIP Bundles for Newbies
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Nortel Networks this week revamped its popular IPT 1-2-3 program to add product bundles aimed at bringing new customers into the VoIP fold.
Portable DAVE Drive Connects To Cell Phones Wirelessly
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Formerly known as "Cricket," Seagate's new 10GB and 20 GB devices may spark interest with mobile video download subscribers.
Rollins, Dell's 'Outstanding Executive,' Is Now Out Of A Job
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
He's the man who Michael Dell backed to the hilt, but more than a year of subpar performance, market share losses and a complex, expansive federal investigation ultimately were too much to save Kevin Rollins' CEO job at Dell.
Google Profits Nearly Triple In Fourth Quarter
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Partner sites through Google's AdSense programs contributed $1.2 billion to the search engine's coffers.
Defense Tech Agency Picks Vendors For $12.2 Billion Systems Upgrade
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
EDS, Lockheed Martin, CACI, Booz Allen Hamilton, Science Applications International and SRA International will share a slice of improving the Encore II program.
Atheros Unveils Bluetooth Chip For PCs
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Atheros' first Bluetooth product is a single chip that will work with the company's wireless LAN products.
California Newspaper Tries Paid Web Content
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The Sacramento Bee is the latest newspaper to try to boost revenue from premium content, while still offering ad-supported news at no charge.
Supercomputers Key To Improving Hurricane Predictions
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration puts two IBM supercomputers online, while a German scientific institute puts in an order for one of its own.
Notes On Lotusphere: IBM Looks At The Future Of Computing
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The recent conference showcased emerging products like the Malibu Personal Productivity Assistant, a contextual collaboration tool built in Eclipse, and a PC-mobile shared chat environment.
AMD Aims Fusion Chip At Laptops In Bid To Outgun Intel
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The advanced Fusion processors will merge X86 and graphics cores and will ship in 2009.
Google Exec Coaxes IT Managers Toward Online Software
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Dave Girouard suggests users should be less cautious and be willing to turn over more of the applications to Google.
Oracle Launches Massive Update To All Five App Lines
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Oracle gathered partners, customers and press on Wednesday to hail major new versions of all five application sets in its software lineup.
Demo 07 Conference Showcases Encrypted Messaging, Inkless Printing
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
A wide range of products shown at Demo 07 -- new encryption technology, inkless printing, a Web-based shipping system for small businesses, and even some enterprise applications -- hightlight a new trend in technology.
XM Satellite Radio Gets 10-Year Extensions With Carmakers
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Two large automakers have agreed to factory-install XM radios in cars well into the next decade.
Symantec Unveils Consumer Identity Strategy
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The company hopes to tap into the projected $1.1 billion business in online consumer authentication through 2011.
Tech Pay Rises, But Job-Mood Sinks, Say New Reports
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Wages for IT workers in the fourth quarter of 2006 were 3.1% higher than they were in the comparable quarter of 2005.
AOL Offers Free Movie To Download Beta Testers
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The test is to get feedback on changes the company is making "under the covers" to the download process in an attempt to make it faster.
Second Life Is Hard To Use -- Is That A Bug Or A Feature?
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Second Life is hard to use. Everybody knows it. I've logged something like 20 hours on SL in the past week and a half, and I'm still a consummate klutz. SL needs to be easier to use -- but not too easy, because if it was easy, it would undercut the nature of the world and remove one of its most appealing qualities.
Gartner Dings Vista On BitLocker
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Small businesses and home users of Vista won't get the benefit of Microsoft's disk protection, an analyst notes.
Eastman Kodak Posts First Quarterly Profit In Two Years
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The company balanced into the black thanks to a multi-billion-dollar restructuring and a consignment contract with Flextronics.
Billionaire Icahn Wants On Motorola's Board
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
The investment strategist is putting pressure on CEO Zander to buy back company shares to lift the stock price.
E-Retailers Rate Nigeria Fraud Central
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
But fraudsters will arrange to ship their products from other countries if merchants are denying orders to a particular ZIP code or region, expert says.
Windows Vista In A Nutshell:
Chapter 2, Using Windows Vista
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Preston Gralla's new book, from O'Reilly, thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Windows Vista. Here, as a free excerpt, is the complete second chapter: Using Windows Vista.
Microsoft Altered Windows Vista To Quell EU Watchdogs
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Based on advice from the European Commissioner for Competition, Microsoft made changes to several parts of Windows Vista to resolve concerns that competitors would be disadvantaged.
Roadkill at the Corner of Search and BI
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
A client who regularly generates large numbers of reports that "sit within a data warehouse system, run off Business Objects/Cognos against one source or another." The client envisions "something like the Amazon site that allows search, and when someone selects a report, it lists other reports, noting 'people who looked at this report also looked at... '"
The (Few) Ways Vista Makes Office Work Better
News  |  1/31/2007  | 
Office 2007 gains some extra oomph when run on Windows Vista rather than on Windows XP.
Blogger Smackdown At AlwaysOn
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Last night's final panel at the AlwaysOn conference in NYC, "Panel: Can Brands Get Away with 'Buzz Marketing' in the Blogosphere?", was the best session so far at this show. It was chock-full of emotion, idealism, and all the kinds of ideas you hope to see on stage at a conference. The session was moderated by CKS Partners founder Bill Cleary and included super-bloggers Jeff Jarvis and
Mobility At AlwaysOn: If You Personalize It Will They Come?
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Mobility took the stage this morning at the AlwaysOn Media conference in New York City. Panelists tried to tackle the question of the third screen: Will consumers respond to mobile ads? How can marketers capitalize on such a small space? Are cell phones too personal a space to hit with marketing messages? The panelists agreed that a couple of factors will contibute to the success of mobile marketing. The first is the personal connection consumers have w
PTT By the Minute?!?
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Correct me if I am wrong here, but wasn't the major premise of push-to-talk technology (PTT) that it would help save people (enterprises) money by allowing them to avoid using their monthly minute allotment because they were using the walkie-talkie instead? If so, AT&T's new plan to allow customers to use PTT on a per-minute basis negates the entire appeal. Sorry, but if I have to pay by the minute to use the PTT s
JasperSoft Adds ETL Tool To BI Suite
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
JasperSoft, a maker of open-source business intelligence tools, unveils software for extracting data from multiple sources and loading it into a BI data warehouse
Hyperion Integrates BI Tools With Ketera On-Demand Spend Management
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Hyperion says customers who subscribe to Ketera 's hosted spend management system can receive its analytics through Hyperion's business intelligence dashboard.
The Most Unusual Person In Second Life
Commentary  |  1/30/2007  | 
Ida Keen is the most unusual person I've met in Second Life. You'll recall that the people I've met in SL include Dirjha Summers, an exotic dancer who works in a midnight city prowled by vampires and demons, along with Tateru Nino, an androgynous figure in a long robe who works in an office floating high in the clouds. Ida Keen, however, is an ordinary woman who lives, along with her husband, in an approximate reproduction of her grandmother's house on the Florida shore. She wears jeans, a sweat
Surviving Media Disruption At AlwaysOn: Will There Be A Calm After The Storm?
Commentary  |  1/30/2007  | 
Yesterday, I was at the opening session of the AlwaysOn NYC Media Event. Many of the media industry's top congenscenti were on hand to discuss, debate, spin, and relentlessly pitch the future of all online media. All of the bloggers present (like yours truly) were sectioned off into a tiny space in the middle of the floor called the "Blogger Bullpe
Reporter's Notebook: The Road to Demo 07
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
The theme this year seems to be sharing, as opposed to last year's, which was searching.
Copyright Protection A Boom Business
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Cracking down on piracy contributed to 6.6% of the U.S. gross domestic product in 2006, according to an industry lobbying group.
Robotic Fish Cleared In Computer Glitch
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Students taking the admission test for medical schools encountered the error in a portion of the exam designed to test verbal reasoning.
Hitachi Liquid-Cooling System Headed To HP Workstation
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
The high-end workstation is designed for use in digital content creation, scientific research, manufacturing, and the oil and gas industry.
Linux Community Takes On Vista With Free Driver Development Service
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Under the plan, a manufacturer of, say, video cards could submit specs to the Linux kernel community and its members will create a driver for the device that the manufacturer can ship with the product or users can download.
NeuStar Will Operate .tel Top-Level Domain
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Users can use a .tel domain name to initiate communication over telephony, VoIP, instant messaging, e-mail, SMS, and other Web communications, the company says.
Poll: Parents Prefer A Trekkie To A Date Met Online
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
The Zogby survey also found 35.6% of 18- to 24-year-olds queried consider someone posting a picture of them in a swimsuit an invasion of privacy.
Information Builders Shows A Smarter BI Tool
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
The tool is just one example of how business intelligence vendors are increasingly offering more ways to make company data available to more people throughout an organization.
Gartner Insight on BI Platforms Revealed
Commentary  |  1/30/2007  | 
Whenever Gartner cranks out another of its famous Magic Quadrants, we inevitably see the vendors in that prized top-right quartile cranking out press releases announcing their success. Sometimes they even purchase reprint rights to the Quadrant itself, which gives us all a peek at the outcome.
Data Protection Markets Expected To 'Explode'
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Continuous data technologies, wide area data services, virtual tape libraries, and capacity optimized storage are expected to take off before the end of 2010.
Super Bowl Prompts Retailers To Cut HDTV Prices
News  |  1/30/2007  | 
Stores typically offer sales as the big game draws near, hoping to squeeze revenue out of a traditionally slow month following the holiday season. But this year the cuts are deeper than normal.
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