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Content tagged with Mobile posted in January 2006
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Is SOX Working?
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
Home Depot will be the test case.
Is the Internet Broken? Web Veteran Says No
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
David Clark, senior research scientist at MIT, says he believes the Internet is crumbling under the weight of security problems and it must be rebuilt. Mike Nelson, IBM's director of On Demand Business and former director for technology policy at the FCC, disagrees.
Let Go of Your Inner Spaghetti
News  |  1/31/2006  | 
To share data and make SOA work, spaghetti days must end.
WinCramped
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
I don't usually cover security-related news here without, of course, an Open Source angle of some sort. But so many fans of open-source software use Winamp -- and so many use it constantly, as part of their daily routines -- that today's zero-day, attack-and-exploit report could be devastating. And now that a patch is available, the best way to prevent the very real possibility that an attacker will turn you
Five Things You Need To Know About VoIP
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Thinking of moving to VoIP, or you've already made the switch? Here's some of the things you need to know about efficiency, security, scalability, and how VoIP can help make your company look cool.
Sour Grapes And Cheap Whine
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Last week, I discussed the growing momentum Nicholas Negroponte and the One Laptop Per Child project have built lately, especially given the United Nations' .formal endorsement of the project in Davos last Thursday. This week, the other side of the story is emerging -- and it's possible that we may yet see a Certain Unnamed, Very Large Company try to undermine the project, even though OLPC is progressing to the point where such behavior looks increasingly malicious and petty. According to John
Favorite Firefox Extensions
Commentary  |  1/30/2006  | 
Other people play Minesweeper or Soduku or alphabetize their Rolodexes. When I'm looking to procrastinate, I mess around with desktop productivity software. Firefox extensions, in particular, are good for endless hours of work avoidance. Here's some of the best I've found recently:
Extension Addendum
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
I've received some great feedback on my Firefox extensions article; judging from the number of people reading it, this is just as popular a topic as it has always been. Some readers have emailed asking whether these are my own favorite extensions, or actually my picks specifically for beginning Firefox users -- as I'll explain, it's more the latter. I have also have received two other questions (so far) that I figure enough people will want to
Oracle's Wedding Gift: Siebel Ends On A High Note
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
Oh, the irony. After three quarters of anemic earnings, Siebel Systems pulls a rabbit out of the hat just days before its shareholders are set to vote on Oracle's acquisition of the CRM software maker. Revenue through the roof. Profit up the wazoo. License sales at nearly pre-dot-com-bust levels. Larry Ellison must be feeling pretty good about himself about now.
Sun Scores First 'Defensive' Open-Source Success
Commentary  |  1/27/2006  | 
By making Solaris open-source code, Sun Microsystems has staged the first successful defensive open-source maneuver. I call it the scorched earth approach to open source. Like a smokejumper in front of a forest fire, Sun set a backfire to consume the fuel before the conflagration could reach it.
United Pipe & Supply Chooses OutlookSoft CPM
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
IX Infotech to implement corporate performance management solution for wholesale distribution house.
Google's Long March
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
It is very easy to spin Google's decision to censor the search results on its new Chinese Web site as a sellout. If you haven't already heard someone crowing over Google's cold, calculating betrayal of its corporate vow to Do No Evil, don't worry -- you will. Before you buy into this smugfest, however, consider another angle
'FON' Has Fun With U.S. Launch
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
Startup launches a volunteer-based global network of Wi-Fi hotspots.
Tomorrow, The World
Commentary  |  1/26/2006  | 
Almost everyone who learns about Nicholas Negroponte's effort to distribute millions of laptop computers to kids in developing nations has an opinion about the plan. Surprisingly, it's often a negative opinion: If Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) ever appeared on the ballot, I would hate to have money riding on the outcome. Fortunately, that's a non-issue. Negroponte a
Avaya, Juniper Team For Enterprise Networking Wares
News  |  1/26/2006  | 
One example of what the two will jointly offer: a secure IP telephony system for organizations with geographically dispersed offices.
Microsoft Takes Baby 'Open' Steps
Commentary  |  1/25/2006  | 
One way to win back some industry kudos might be to more fully embrace the world of open-source software that Microsoft has long been fighting. Perhaps this is one small step in that direction.
AT&T, Avaya Partner On Enterprise VoIP Solution
News  |  1/25/2006  | 
AT&T and Avaya have joined forces to offer a comprehensive managed VoIP solution intended to simplify enterprise migrations to VoIP.
Headsup: Down the E-Mail Drain
News  |  1/24/2006  | 
Two recent surveys attempt to quantify time wasted on handling e-mail.
Google, The Sea Monster, And The Big Whirlpool
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
The headline on today's top story, "Google's Achilles' Heel," references classical mythology. Here's another classical mythology reference that's not mentioned in the story: Scylla and Charybdis. In Greek mythology, Scylla was a monster who lived on one side of the Strait of Messia. A whirlpool named Charybdis was on the other side of the strait. Ships passing through the channel had to carefully steer a course between the two hazards. If they went too wrong in one direction, the sea monster g
Behind The Times
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
I know a few professional designers, including some who do user-interface work. As you might expect, they're a pretty tech-savvy bunch -- and they certainly try stay abreast of the latest technology news. And then, on the other hand, you have the developers and design-firm executives quoted in a recent story about Microsoft's new Expression Graphic Designer tools. I don't know what
VCs Invest Less In IT, Sort Of
News  |  1/24/2006  | 
But other types of ventures receiving investors' money heavily depend on technology to exist.
Is Unix Dead? I Think I Hear It Laughing...
Commentary  |  1/24/2006  | 
Is Unix dead? We debated that issue as we worked on this week's cover story, "What's Left Of Unix?" My answer is no, it's not dead. As a matter of fact, I think I hear it laughing on its way to the bank.
Analysis: Five Reasons to Invest in Process Management
News  |  1/23/2006  | 
BPM is both a management philosophy and a software tool. Bruce Silver outlines what it can do for your organization.
Business Technology: Through The Prying Eyes Of 'Privacy Advocates'
Commentary  |  1/20/2006  | 
Fighting children's access to pornography is a noble cause, so Google must find a way to aggregate search information without compromising the privacy of individual customers, Bob Evans says.
Cisco Security Alerts Serve As VoIP Wake-Up Call
News  |  1/20/2006  | 
Cisco's revelation last week of two security alerts and fixes for CallManager, the processing component of its voice-over-IP technology, is a reminder that there's no getting around VoIP's vulnerability.
Field Report: Software Spectrum, Plano, Texas
News  |  1/20/2006  | 
January 6, 2006 will live long in the memory of 250 managers, directors and officers at Software Spectrum who on that date got their first look at the company's new dashboard.
Field Report: HCR Manor Care, Toledo, Ohio
News  |  1/20/2006  | 
While other vendors talk about creating process portals, this health-care provider has built one from scratch
Wisconsin Getting Wireless Broadband Network
News  |  1/20/2006  | 
A high-speed wireless broadband network using Alvarion Ltd. gear and technology is being rolled out in Wisconsin by TDS Metrocom, as the two firms begin eyeing wide regions underserved or not served at all by broadband.
Consumers Say Feds Should Protect Their Right To Internet Services: Survey
News  |  1/20/2006  | 
Two-thirds of Internet users worry that Internet providers may block their access to information and services, and a majority support congressional action to prevent the practice, says a new survey released this week by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA).
Langa Letter: XP On Your Thumb Drive
Commentary  |  1/19/2006  | 
Fred Langa offers a step-by-step and illustrated guide on how to boot XP from an ordinary USB drive.
Sourcing Deficiencies Cost Mid-Size Enterprises $134 Billion Annually, According To Aberdeen Study
News  |  1/19/2006  | 
New report benchmarks sourcing effectiveness and identifies best practices.
EarthLink And Motorola Team Up For City Wi-Fi Projects
News  |  1/19/2006  | 
Philadelphia and Anaheim, Calif., are first on the project list for Wi-Fi, and three more U.S. cities are expected.
Salesforce.com Brings Big Names Into New Apps Marketplace
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Adobe, Business Objects, and Skype will offer their applications through Salesforce's new AppExchange site.
Product Meets Process
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Product lifecycle management apps can help you gain control over disjointed activities, but globalization and emerging compliance requirements beg for a more process-oriented approach.
Toward the Personal Work Space
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Moving beyond conventional portals -- with their chaos of directories and portlets to disparate applications -- organizations are starting to deliver information in the context of user roles and processes. The challenge is selecting technologies that will create a single, cohesive environment that supports both Web-and thick-client interfaces.
Governance Gauge: The Regulatory Pendulum Swings
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
History teaches that regulations regularly swing from tough to lax and back again.
Doctors Log On: Vendors Endorse Medical Signature Standard
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Paperless clinical trials have received high-level support in recent months.
XML Content Authoring For the Rest of Us
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Long viewed as difficult and arcane, the world of XML authoring is changing with dozens of vendors and new, lightweight authoring tools.
See It Coming
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Performance dashboards and scorecards can help you spot what's really important, but they must be pointed in the right direction. Aligned with a coherent business strategy and clear interim objectives, these tools can deliver key performance indicators that will guide employees and partners to appropriate actions. Here's how to pick leading, lagging and diagnostic metrics tied to the right goals.
Security Concerns Mount For Wireless Networks
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Security is top-of-mind for businesses managing wireless networks, especially as they start adding new applications, such as voice over IP. Meru Networks' new offering scrambles malicious code at the radio-frequency signal level.
In Focus: Document Scanning and the Enterprise Market
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
Document imaging was once the exclusive domain of a geeky breed of value-added resellers, imaging-specialized distributors and obscure "integrated document management" vendors. In the past five years, things have changed dramatically.
IBM Inks $1.1 Billion Outsourcing Deal With Gap
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
The 10-year pact calls for IBM to support and manage mainframes, servers, networks, and data centers, as well as provide help-desk and disaster-recovery services.
Sky TV Launches Two New Broadband Video Services
News  |  1/17/2006  | 
U.K.-based Sky TV has launched two new services, Sky by broadband and Sky by mobile, that lets subscribers watch TV on their computers and on their mobile phones.
Business Technology: Nanotech Nannies Threaten To Cripple Industry
Commentary  |  1/13/2006  | 
Let's not let the drive to regulate interfere with reasonable advances as a promising technology takes off, Bob Evans says.
IBM Targets Blade Servers At Retail Stores
News  |  1/13/2006  | 
IBM is offering blades, middleware, point-of-sale applications from third-party vendors, and an integrated wireless switch from Symbol Technologies.
3 Out Of 4 Block Telemarketing Calls
News  |  1/13/2006  | 
Most participants in the Federal Trade Commission's Do-Not-Call program say they have seen a drastic decline in telemarketer calls, although they're still getting the calls.
Lucent Trims Predictions, Names New COO
News  |  1/13/2006  | 
The network equipment maker said Friday that it won't meet its revenue numbers for fiscal 2006. It also named its chief financial officer, Frank D'Amelio, as chief operating officer.
U.K. Government To Sell Legendary Spy Shop That Inspired James Bond's Q
News  |  1/13/2006  | 
High-tech R&D firm is credited with inventing or co-inventing the jet engine, radar, and the liquid crystal display.
Langa Letter: 5 Essential Steps To PC Security
Commentary  |  1/12/2006  | 
As the new year begins, Fred Langa says keep these items in mind to help prevent data theft, identity theft, and private information falling into the wrong hands. These steps will give you 365 days of safe computing.
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