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Mozilla Making Strides With Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Late last year, Mozilla promised to "rock" the mobile Web with a new mobile browser of its own. Mozilla admits that success won't happen overnight, but a spokesperson did say, "Mozilla's mission is to break open a closed market." Can Mozilla be a player in an already crowded field of alternatives?
Laying Waste To Your Enemies With Google Bombs
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Wired has a How-To Wiki on its site that often has great little blurbs on how to get things done. Today's How-To idea? How to embarrass, frustrate, or annoy your enemies by sending them Google bombs. Is this valuable knowledge to share? Is bombing people on the Internet something mature professionals do? Or is it
Aquantia Seeks To Make 10GBase-T Scale
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Darwin would have liked our industry. Evolution is constant and predictable, and it's particularly so for Ethernet, from its original 10 Mbps incarnation to the current 10 Gbps version -- pricing, power consumption, and port density follow a similar trend line. But just because the evolution happens, doesn't mean that it's easy.
Microsoft Combined With Intel For A Vista Logo Disaster
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer got its hands on the Microsoft e-mails that are part of the lawsuit regarding Microsoft's ill-fated Vista Capable logo program. Earlier, I said Microsoft, OEMs, and retailers all deserved blame in the logo disaster, but these insider e-mails have changed my opinion on apportioning blame.
Report: 3G iPhone Coming By Midyear
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Those disappointed by the lack of a 3G announcement at Macworld can take heart. According to UBS analysts, iPhone chip supplier Infineon Technologies is ramping up production for the next generation iPhone. This time around, it will include a high-speed 3G data radio.
Vaporware Vendor Targets New Markets
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
You have to admire a technology company that can build a business around airborne water particles. FogScreen has done that, with an impressive customer list that includes Disney, Nokia, 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Microsoft. Now it's taking its act to Vegas.
BI Goes Mainstream at Procter &Gamble
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Philip Bierhoff, Systems Manager at Procter & Gamble, spoke at last week's FASTforward conference about strategies to increase user adoption as business intelligence goes mainstream. P&G's Symphony project creates "decision cockpits": dashboards based on specific roles and corporate divisions, and including information ranging from traditional BI reports to documents to news...
Fight The Power: Greening Your Linux Systems
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
SaaS vendor NetSuite Opens Platform To ISVs, VARs
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
In launching the NetSuite Business Operating System, the vendor is offering to host third-party software on its multi-tenant, on-demand architecture. As a result, ISVs and VARs can extend NetSuite's underlying capabilities to specific verticals.
Sprint "Simply Everything" Changes Wireless Landscape
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
$100 a month for all your mobile voice, data, and messaging needs? Heck yeah! But this is more than a good deal, it's a step toward a new way of using wireless - for your company and your customers.
Taking Google Sites For A Spin
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
After seeing the news this morning about the launch of Google Sites, I decided to take the new tools for a spin. I signed up, bought myself a domain name, and went to work at customizing it and setting up users. Just how easy is it?
Sprint Bests Other Unlimited Plans With 'Simply Everything'
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The wireless industry has been waiting for a response from Sprint to all the unlimited plans launched by its competitors last week. Well, now we have it. Today, Sprint announced what is essentially an "unlimited everything" plan for $99. And when they say everything, they mean everything. How will Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile respond to this?
Apple COO: iPhone 'Not Married' To AT&T, Will Always Be Hacked
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor's conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook said that, "Apple is not married to the single, exclusive-carrier model." Whoa. So is Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T shorter than initial projections? And if so, when might other carriers be able to sell the iPhone?
Those Other Ruby Web Frameworks
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The Pragmatic Programmer has long advocated that it's good practice to learn at least one new programming language every year. If you're a web developer, it's at least as important to pick up a new framework from time to time.

Most Ruby developers tasked with building web applications are clearly working in Rails at this point. However, there are some great alternative fram
Will Office Open XML Slam The Door On Accessibility?
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's bid to turn its Office Open XML (OOXML) format into an ISO standard is a bad idea for any number of reasons. One of those reasons, however, strikes me as especially troubling: If OOXML wins ISO approval, it could make life much harder for millions of disabled people who rely upon accessibility-enhancing tools and technologies.
In Silicon Valley, A Way Forward For Muni Wireless
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This week's news that Covad Communications has stepped in as the primary network provider on the stalled Silicon Valley Wireless project may allow us, in Wall Street parlance, to "call the bottom" on the ailing business of providing widespread, low-cost municipal wireless access.
Why You Should Love Information Mess
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
David Weinberger, author of "Everything is Miscellaneous," believes we need to unlearn what we think that we know about the best ways to organize information... He looks at how many projects require a much greater degree of control as they increase in size, but contrasts that with the Web, which has growth only because of the lack of control. Control doesn't scale; we just thought that it did...
Windows Small Business Server 2008: Cougar Sires Server Family
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft unveils the new version of Windows Small Business Server as linchpin of a new solution family with integrated products for business with up to 50 or 250 users.
Apple To Host iPhone SDK Launch March 6
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This morning Apple started sending out invitations to an event to be held Thursday, March 6. The topic? The long-awaited iPhone SDK. The invitation read: "Please join us to learn about the iPhone software road map, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features."
Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Perfectly Timed For A Recession
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Although I still have a lot of doubt that Microsoft and Yahoo will ever consummate a marriage, Microsoft continues to pursue the deal with a lot of enthusiasm. I don't know how loudly I can say this, but Microsoft: It's a trap! There's a reason why some major Yahoo shareholders are suing to make this deal go through, pronto. They think you're crazy and they want to get the money before you sober up.
Google Offers Provisioning Toolkit For Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
So you're taking the leap and deploying Google Apps across your enterprise. Rather than add users one by one, Google is giving IT admins a new way to create user accounts: the Apache 2.0 licensed Open Source Google Apps Provisioning Toolkit.
Media Advice For Entrepreneurs And Others
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
How to get your company noticed -- advice from a journalist, a professor, an analyst, and a flack.
Google Lends Its Voice To Opera, Yahoo Sings The Blues
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The mobile search wars continue, and Google just won an important tactical victory over rival Yahoo. Opera, maker of mobile Web browsers, has switched its default search from Yahoo to Google.
Chronicle Of A Startup: The Kernel Of An Idea
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
I have an idea for a new venture that seems promising to me. Is it? I'm on my way to Silicon Valley to find out.
Microsoft loves Java
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's recent acquisition activity brings to it a lot of Java-based software, expertise, as well as a large Java-focused customer base.

Open ESB Update
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 

Recently, I spoke with Kevin Schmidt of Sun Microsystems regarding Open ESB, a community-driven open-source ESB used by Sun and other companies. Sun contributed Open ESB to the community under the CDDL license years ago, and uses it as the basis fo

Adobe Aims for the Next Generation of Apps
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Some day we will stop talking about "RIAs" (Rich Internet Applications) and Web 2.0 apps and Web apps; they will all just be apps. The same goes for "desktop applications." They will just be apps too. In fact, I wish we had a simple name for all these flavors of apps right now. Thankfully, I can see the horizon of that "some day."...
iPhone 1.1.4 Firmware Available
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This afternoon, Apple made the 1.1.4 firmware update for the iPhone available for download. The update is a 162-MB file. So far, no known new features have been spotted with the upgrade, but it is believed to support the as-yet-to-be-released SDK. Stay tuned for more details.
The New Economy of Free (What It Will Cost You)
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
We all know -- or had at least one grandparent tell us -- you don't get something for nothing. But technological advances and new distribution models mean that you can get some stuff for not that much. Oh, and you might want to think about how you can apply that concept to generating revenue for your smaller business.
Tech Turf Gives Windows Mobile Users Quick Access To Google Services
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This new application from The Tech Turf provides Windows Mobile smartphones with an iPhone-like dashboard that can quickly access a wide range of Google services. The app is called Google2Go! (not to be confused with Yahoo's Go for Mobile) and speeds up Web searches, as well as provides visual
Gmail Chat Goes Invisible. :-D
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Instant messengers, rejoice! Google has updated Gmail Chat and Talk with the ability to go invisible. This was a much-needed feature of the IM client built into Gmail. Google stepped up and delivered.
Open Source Guide: Take A Bite Out Of Microsoft's Cash Cow
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Is there life after Microsoft Office? Today, for the first time in many years, the answer is yes, thanks to Here's a good first step to determine whether this outstanding open-source software suite can help your small business put Microsoft's favorite cash cow out to pasture, once and for all.
Q&A: MicroStrategy, Teradata and Informatica CTOs on Pervasive BI
News  |  2/25/2008  | 
Jeff Bedell, executive vice president of technology and CTO of MicroStrategy, Stephen Brobst, CTO of Teradata, and James Markarian, senior VP of product strategy and CTO of Informatica, have collaborated on a noted whitepaper and joint presentations on the topic of pervasive business intelligence. Intelligent Enterprise contributing editor Mark Madsen recently asked these three thought leaders about the latest trends carrying us toward broader adoption and near-real-time decision support.
Google Outlines The Secret To Its Success
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Apparently, there's some level of mystery involved in Google's success. So much so that Google's chief economist Hal Varian put together a bunch of ideas on why Google continually succeeds. Varian has one answer. I have another.
Windows Vista Childbirth Pack 1
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
I have become convinced that Windows service packs and childbirth have a lot in common. You approach the big day with nervous anticipation, and hope that everything will come out OK. That day sometimes involves a lot of pain, but a few years after each event people look back wistfully and think, "Gee, that wasn't so bad. I'm sure glad we did it." As the big day arrives for Vista Service Pack 1, be prepared for that short-term pain.
LinkedIn Launches Mobile Site
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Today LinkedIn showed off a new beta WAP site that lets you perform some basic tasks related to your LinkedIn database of professional contacts. And when we say basic, we mean basic. You can't view your contacts' contact information, accept invitations, nor even update your own profile. LinkedIn Mobile has its work cut out for it if it intends to catch up to other social networking sites' m
Sun, MySQL Seal the Deal
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
It's a done deal. In what seems like record time for an acquisition of this magnitute -- under six weeks, but who's counting -- Sun and MySQL have sealed the deal and MySQL is now part of Sun Microsystems.

"This is the most important acquisition in Sun history, and the most important acquisition in the modern software industry," Schwartz said.

And he may be right.

Report: No iPhone SDK In February
Commentary  |  2/24/2008  | 
According to reports, the software developer kit for the iPhone is going to be delayed by one to three weeks. Apple is turning into a regular Microsoft with the recent spate of product delays.
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