News & Commentary
posted in July 2008
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Alfresco Releases An Open Source SharePoint Compatible Alternative
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Alfresco, whose open source enterprise content management (ECM) software has earned it a significant following, is making more waves with the release this week of Alfresco Labs 3, an open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.
VMware Fusion 2 Beta 2
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Leopard Server now supported plus better HW utilization and Windows-to-Mac data sharing.
VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
The iPhone's Push App Service Appears
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
While iPhone owners may never get true background applications, the seeds are in place for the next best thing. Select developers are saying the 2.1 version of the firmware has an API for Apple's Push Notification Service.
Google Plans Venture Capital Fund
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company's VC arm will be led by David Drummond, Google's senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer.
A Word To The Wise: Working With Firefox Spell-Checking Tools
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
When you work online, words are like clothes: Use them carelessly, and you might as well show up for a business meeting in dirty flip-flops and an "I'm with stupid" T-shirt.
Blade Server Use Will Be Limited Through 2012, Researcher Says
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Among the disadvantages of blade servers are proprietary technology and a lack of interoperability standards that tend to lock users to a vendor.
rBuilder: DIY Open Source Appliances
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
I blogged earlier about the growth of open source virtual appliances, which now includes outfits like Jumpbox who create value-added appliances for popular open source packages. Now comes rBuilder, for those with a bit more do-it-yourself spirit.

As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
Boeing Standardizes Software For Product Development
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing, as Boeing faces roaring demand and an order backlog of 3,600 commercial planes.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
Netflix Will Stream TV, Movies To LG Blu-Ray Player
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The LG BD300 player will rely on a wired broadband connection to display a variety of streaming content from Netflix and other services.
Beyond Vista: Microsoft's Plans For Windows 7, 8, And 'Midori'
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft's OS developers need to be more sure-handed than ever these days, given the number of balls they've got in the air.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Alfresco Debuts Beta Of SharePoint Competitor
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Today Alfresco takes aim at Microsoft SharePoint, the collaboration juggernaut, with the release of Alfresco Labs 3. Currently available in beta, Alfresco Labs 3 lets companies use SharePoint in an open-source environment.
Sybase, DBMS Clusters, MPP, and DATAllegro
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
Patent Office Ad Campaign Inspires Young Minds To Invent
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The site will add a showroom, from Driftlab that explains inventions, including those in the PSAs, and offers interactive games and an inventor's tool kit.
Mobile Phone Market Sees Double-Digit Growth
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Vendors shipped 306 million handsets during the second quarter, a 15% increase from the year before, according to IDC.
NowPublic Lists Silicon Valley's Most Influential Web Voices
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The "crowd-sourced" list contains the most popular voices on the Web through sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Search engine expert Stephen Arnold believes the surge of interest in Cuil shows there's a huge pent-up demand for an alternative to Google.
Dell's New Entertainment Service: Will It B-Sharp Or B-Flat?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Athletes recovering from a serious injury should take it slow and not overexert themselves. That's a lesson that's apparently being ignored by Dell, which is looking to compete with Apple's champion iTunes while struggling with a lousy rep for customer service.
Should Microsoft Play To Its Corporate Strengths?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
With Apple recently experiencing explosive growth and Microsoft stock in the doldrums for most of the decade, it's time for some action in Redmond. Last time I proposed a "show them how it's done" model, where Microsoft builds complete solutions that include its software. This time it's the "focus on what you do best" approach; for Microsoft that means servers and business infrastructure.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Windows Mobile: We Have 18,000 Mobile Applications. Beat That, iPhone
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
This morning I received an email from the Windows Mobile press relations team. According to what I read, the number of Windows Mobile phones out in the world has doubled in the last year, and Microsoft expects its WinMo phones to outsell the iPhone, like, forever.
Mac Cloner Psystar Hires Apple-Busting Law Firm
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Defending Psystar will be Carr & Ferrell, a law firm that specializes in tech industry issues such as copyright and intellectual property law.
Boeing To Roll Out Product-Management Software Companywide
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing as Boeing faces an order backlog of 3,600 planes, including the delayed Dreamliner 787.
Nokia Drops Phone Prices, Puts The Squeeze On Competitors
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Nokia has an empowering, vice-like grip on 40% of the world market for mobile phones. Even with its market-leading position, it is stepping up the pressure on its rivals, and recently cut the cost of many of its phones by about 10%. Is this the first sign of a price war?
New Research Highlights Need For Server Security
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
A recent report indicates that trusted sites are actually a major source of Web infectionsmeaning that in too many cases server security has taken a back seat to expediency.
Google Says Privacy Doesn't Exist, Get Used To Everyone Knowing Everything About You
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
The headline practically says it all. Google is being sued by a Pittsburgh couple for posting images of its house on the Internet in Google's Street Views pages. Google responded, in court no less, that complete privacy simply doesn't exist in today's world and the couple should stop crying about it.
Is Oracle Really Ready for BI and EPM?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Instead of just making a broad set of statements on the recent Oracle announcements made on July 16th, this is a little more depth and perspective that might be useful for you as you think about Oracle and their BI and performance management approach to the market... The devil is in the details of these announcements and the impact on your review or use of these products needs to be clear and precise.
What is Invariant Good For?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Nielsen Norman Group Evaluates Intranet Portal Usability
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, a Web usability-centric column published every two weeks, focused recently on enterprise intranet portals. It's been three years since the Nielsen Norman Group last took a detailed look at the enterprise portal industry, and in its latest report, it notes that while many things have changed, certain key principals -- such as usability, governance and effectively measuri
Geeks 1, Rapist 0
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
It's not often that the geeks get to help put a bad guy in the slammer but as eWeek reports, the geeks at Seagate Recovery Services managed to recover the video of a rapist's confession that was badly burned in the transfer from the original camcorder tape. The poor DA didn't have the original tape and couldn't read the CD. Defense council claims the DVD has exculpatory evidence so
Google Acquires Omniso
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Google, via the YouTube blog, on Wednesday said that it has purchased Omniso, a California-based social video startup.
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Dell Downplays Report Of Music Device
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dell launched a line of MP3 music players in 2003, but poor sales prompted the company to pull the plug in 2006.
The Instinct Gets A Software Update
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Apple's iPhone 3G isn't the only touch-screen device that's selling like hot cakes, as Samsung's Instinct also has been flying off the shelves. While the Instinct was successful, many have reported data-related issues with the phone. Those problems should be fixed with the latest firmware update.
Arrggghhh ... More UC Confusion
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
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