AOL Launches Broadband Client Beta
Dubbed Open Ride, the client enables users to see all their tools on one page versus previously having to toggle back and forth between windows.
Where Gutenberg Led, Google Follows
When you've been in the tech business for more than a few years, you develop loyalties to certain companies, sites, and products. This is why when I saw the recent coverage of Google's new venture to offer free book downloads, I bristled. Most news stories about the service tout the revolutionary aspects of the project, which "makes it possible for people to store books on their computers and make copies" rat
Getting Smart About Smart Phones
With the number of enterprise mobile data users expected to grow to 269 million by 2010, as forecasted by research firm Yankee Group, businesspeople will need reliable and functional mobile devices that can serve up everything they need while traveling. For this reason, smart phones are growing in popularity because they offer a choice of mobile operating systems and a range of applications they can support. Read on and take a poll to tell us which smart phones are most popular at your company.
IT Managers Appear To Be Everywhere
Look around your IT department. Doesn't it seem that every other person is a manager? That feeling isn't too far-fetched. The number of IT managers in recent years is way up. In mid-2006, the government classified 390,000 IT professionals in the United States as managers, up 119,000, or 44%, from mid-2001.
FaceTime Ups Archiving
FaceTime announced new capabilities for the safe and productive use of enterprise IM across distributed organizations
SAS Move Into Indirect Sales Is An Indication Of Accelerating Change In The BI Industry
This week's SAS Institute announcement that it will begin selling business intelligence software through value-added resellers is a sure sign that commoditization within the BI technology industry is accelerating and another round of consolidation may be imminent.
SAS, which until now has almost exclusively sold its business intelligence and data analysis software directly to customers, will develop a VAR channel to reach small and midsized businesses--defined as those with sales of less than $
Windows Vista: The last Of Microsoft's Supersized Operating Systems?
With Bill Gates on the way out, Microsoft's new chief software architect, Ray Ozzie, has big shoes to fill and an even bigger operating system to manage. Windows XP is in the neighborhood of 50 million lines of programming code, and Windows Vista will push that number higher by millions. The time is coming for Microsoft to reverse direction and pare back its mother lode of code.
How Google Might Fail
Google's success has a downside--a lot of enemies. Beyond reflexive contrarians who hate Google because they enjoy swimming against the currents of popular culture, beyond governments around the world that prefer limited rather than universal information access, there are many businesses that feel threatened by the scope of Google's ambitions.
Could Google really fail?
Are Intel And IBM Cheating With Their Quad-Core Processors?
Are companies like IBM and Intel "cheating" in using multichip module (MCM) packages to create the latest advancements in multicore processors? Or is insisting that those next-generation devices be manufactured using a single monolithic design such as those by Advanced Micro Devices just gamesmanship?
Eaten By The E-Mail Monster
E-mail has gotten to be downright impossible. It causes so many problems--lost productivity, infrastructure costs, legal liability--that we should just get rid of it. It's a waste of time and resources, and it's just likely to get us all sued.
And yet we can't afford to get rid of it. It's what we use to stay in touch. If we didn't have e-mail, we'd be isolated from business communications.
Like the old barroom saying goes: Can't live with it. Can't live without it.
Quick Tip For Firefox Users: Deleting Incorrect Auto-Complete Entries
One of the nicest things about modern browsers is that they can "remember" the text strings you type into certain kinds of Web-based forms. On the downside, they also remember your mistakes and typos, and sometimes this results in incorrect values being reused. My mission over the weekend: Find a way to get rid of the old values, without nuking the whole cache.
IBM Buys ISS
IBM has entered into a definitive agreement for IBM to acquire Internet Security Systems
AmberPoint Upgrades SOA Software
AmberPoint says it has introduced service scorecards and better policy enforcement in the latest version of its management software for service-oriented architectures.
Sipera Intros IPCS
Sipera Systems announced new functionality for the award-winning Sipera IPCS 310
Symantec Intros Product
Symantec announced the immediate availability of Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator 6.0
Taming The Wireless E-Mail Beast
E-mail is said to be the No. 1 application used by office workers everywhere. But e-mail can also be the No. 1 headache for IT administrators, considering that large companies receive millions of e-mail messages a week, a topic that my colleague Paul McDougall and I explore in our upcoming "E-Mail Beast" feature. Now with wireless e-mail on the rise, companies have twice as many headaches. The good news is technology vendors are coming up with tools to make wireless e-mail more manageable.
DeepNines Sues McAfee
Deep Nines filed a lawsuit against McAfee for infringement and false marking of its recently issued US patent
Readers Chime In On The Greatest Software Ever
Our article on the Greatest Software Ever stirred many reader responses, from a variety of sources, including one from a writer who has a picture of himself next to a running Colossus machine--the machine that cracked the Nazi codes--at Bletchley Park, England.
Many of the comments add depth and understanding to my selections. Several writers made good arguments contesting some choices, particularly
Mu Releases PVA
Mu Security announced the inclusion of critical-grade, PVA attack capabilities for the Mu-4000 Security Analyzer
Oracle partners with IDS Sheer; IBM makes third SOA acquisition; HP buys Mercury Interactive.
Feds Validate Cisco
The Cisco Unified Wireless LAN Controllers and Access Points have received NIST FIPS 140-2 level 2 validation
SecureWave, Patchlink Team
SecureWave, a worldwide leader in endpoint security, today announced a partnership with PatchLink Corporation
Don't Ask, Don't Tell...Your Computer
Perhaps it will be a stroke of genius to link voice recognition into established IT apps, or perhaps it will be one more piece of bloatware that IT doesn't really want to have to deal with.