News & Commentary
posted in August 2009
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IBM To Offer Desktop Virtualization
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Desktops will be virtualized via the products of either VMware or Citrix Systems to match a customer's current environment.
New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
GMIS Epilogue: DHS, DC, and The Merits of In-Person
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Like every conference attendee, I was way too busy dealing with logistics to deal with most anything else. But now that I'm all unpacked, here are a few things of note that I left out of my conference blog, including advice from the Department of Homeland Security, cloudy goodness from Dmitry Kachaev of the District of Columbia, and why we might all want to be teleconference luddites.
Northrop Wrist-Slap: Yes, Virginia, There's A Santa Claus
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Dear Boss: I know my project's 9 months late but you shouldn't fire me because Northrop Grumman is nine months late on its Virginia project but will still continue to get paid $190 million per year thru 2014, which you must admit is a tad more than I make for delivering similar results. With Virginia showering clemency on Northrop, how can you not do the same for me??
Will Kennedy's Death End Or Renew Push For Reform?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
During his 47 industrious years in the U.S. Senate, Ted Kennedy championed more than 2,000 bills. Hundreds of them became law, including landmark healthcare legislation ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 to the $20 billion health IT provisions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
iPhone The Most Popular Internet Device At Wireless Cafes
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
According to a new report from JiWire, more people use iPhones to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots than any other device. Those users stay connected for over an hour, and mostly visit social networking sites.
Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The business-centric smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a large resistive touchscreen and a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Amazon Kindle's New Role: Script Reader
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Lions Gate, the studio responsible for the film and TV hits "Crash" and "Mad Men," is using the Kindle e-reader to distribute scripts.
Snow Leopard Draws Mixed Reviews
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Apple's newest OS praised by some for speed, knocked by others for lack of "killer features."
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
U.S. Open Warns Against Tweets
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Players are banned from sending Twitter messages during matches of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Palm Pre Heads To Canada
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Bell Mobility will offer the touch-screen smartphone for $199.95 with a three-year contract.
AMD Intros 40W Opteron Chip
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The low-power, six-core processor is designed for use in cloud servers and data centers.
VA CIO Eyes 'Big' Changes, Challenges
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report finds "systemic" problems in IT project management at the agency.
iPhone Exclusivity May End Next Year
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Selling the iPhone on multiple carriers may be the only way for Apple to gain significant market share in the U.S.
Google Weighs Fighting Gmail Subpoena
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A property developer is seeking to identify critics associated with a Gmail address used by TCI Journal, an online site covering the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Virtualization Eases Support Of EMRs
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A multi-specialty physician practice with 75 clinicians is running its e-medical records system as virtual applications via the cloud.
Fickle Carriers Now Want Stimulus Funds
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The unqualified success of the first part of the government's broadband stimulus effort is forcing broadband carriers to change their tune.
Northrop Months Late On Virginia Outsourcing
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Contractor submits "corrective action plan" to state IT officials in bid to get deal back on track.
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: Does It Matter?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
As President Obama said, the media loves a ruckus. But should SMBs really care about the alleged Snow Leopard-Windows 7 throwdown? And is the OS where the real battle is anyway?
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
The Cloud Reality Is Setting In
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
A recent survey reveals that cloud computing fears regarding security, data management, total cost of ownership, regulatory and compliance issues, and vendor lock-in have actually increased...
USAirways And Barclays Send Creepy Credit-Card Message
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
A couple of friends and I recently met for beers at Slattery's and I paid the bill with a USAirways MasterCard from Barclays Bank. So imagine my surprise a couple days later when I got an email message from USAirways bearing the subject line, "How was Slattery's Midtown Pub?"
Samsung Readies Application Store
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
About 300 programs will be accessible by Samsung smartphones running Windows Mobile and Symbian.
Tibco Adds Matching Engine To MDM Platform
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The addition of Netrics' technology to Collaboration Information Manager version 7.2.1 considerably improves the finding of duplicate records in very large data sets through advanced mathematical modeling of human similarity.
Cast Iron Offers Amazon EC2 Integration
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The service lets customers integrate and move data between apps in Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud and their own data centers.
Verizon Said To Be A No-Show At Motorola's Android Event
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
On September 10, during a keynote address at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is expected to announce the company's first Android device(s). A Verizon representative has said that Verizon won't be attending and doesn't know what's being announced. This begs the question, which carrier is going to sell the to-be-announced device(s)?
Ad Copy For The Faithful
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Last week's talk about FSF's "7 Sins" campaign made me think about the nature of such pro/con publicity efforts -- like Apple's PC/Mac ads, the "I'm a PC" ad. Are they designed to draw people into the fold, or keep people from leaving it?

IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.
NASA Eyes Shuttle Heat Shield
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Discovery and ISS crew members trade places in space following safety check.
Verizon Holding BlackBerry Storm Firesale, Storm 2 Release Date Leaked?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the BlackBerry Storm to the low price of just $50. Sounds like Verizon wants to move some inventory. On top of that, a recently captured screenshot of Verizon's inventory system suggests that the BlackBerry Storm 2 will be available via Verizon WIreless's business channels as soon as September 29.
BP Outsourcing Cutbacks Set Trend For Multinationals
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
After seeing BP save an estimated $500 million by consolidating 40 outsourcers down to five, many other global corporations are looking into similar reductions to cut costs and reduce risk. "The next 12 months will see a fair number of deals triggered by vendor consolidation," says Gartner's research chief in India.
AT&T Rejects Two Motorola Android Phones
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Android and AT&T just cannot seem to get together. Motorola was working on two phones for the carrier but AT&T just rejected the devices claiming they were out of date.
Building On The Government 2.0 Platform
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
Tim O'Reilly is enthusiastic, and rightly so, about the promise of innovation in "Government 2.0," the concept of government serving as a platform from which new services and applications are made available to the public. So, if the government is a platform, how do businesses and other developers build on it?
Ford Swaps New Cars For Twitter Chatter
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
Ford is seeding the U.S. market for the imminent introduction of its Fiesta model by giving Fiestas to 100 bloggers with a requirement that they upload Fiesta-related videos each month to YouTube and discuss their impressions of the car on Twitter, Facebook, and their blogs.
Global CIO: In The Age Of Facebook, IT Problems Become CIO Nightmares
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
For unknown reasons, a vital software application isn't delivering mission-critical information, and the end-customers are screaming mad. And they're airing their complaints very publicly on Facebook.
Office Upgrades Are Not Summer Fun
Commentary  |  8/29/2009  | 
A friend of mine returned from vacation last week to find that her work PC had been upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007. Perhaps I should say that the IT department had attempted to upgrade it, because things weren't working right. All it took was a day of wasted time for her to get things limping along again.
Health Care Reform: Let's Fix The Technology First
Commentary  |  8/29/2009  | 
It seems these days you can't put on the TV without every channel discussing health care reform in the U.S. The more I think about it, I believe we are doing it wrong. We should begin by fixing the technology then layering the new plans otherwise we will be in the same situation we are in now in just a few years.
Is The Future Of Music Making It?
Commentary  |  8/29/2009  | 
Leading names in the entertainment and technology worlds met earlier this week to map out an immersive, intelligent, multimedia future for music. I'm not sure their visions are going to make it.
Xen Hypervisor Goes For Full Virtualization
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
The Xen.org project will adopt much of the Citrix Systems virtual infrastructure and aims to supply a full virtualization environment.
Amazon's Private Cloud: Virtually Private Or Maybe Private?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Amazon, purveyor of the EC2 public cloud, suddenly announced Aug. 26 it's a private cloud supplier. Isn't there something wrong with a multi-tenant, shared resource provider transforming itself into a private cloud service? I'm not sure Amazon can offer a private cloud --yet. Then again, I see no reason why it couldn't sometime in the future.
Microsoft's 'Secret' Google Bashing
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Microsoft is conducting secret meetings to discuss ways to hobble Google, DailyFinance reports. Phrased in a less incendiary way, such as "Microsoft lobbyists are working to advance Microsoft's interests and blunt revenue threats from competitors," this hardly qualifies as news.
The Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
It's been a surprisingly busy week for the end of summer, as Apple inked a deal to get the iPhone in China, Nokia turned to Linux for the powerful N900, and Research In Motion made moves to get a
ReviewCam: Greenview Data's SaaS-based E-mail Archive
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Used to be you'd send a snappy little e-mail, carbon copy your boss to cover your ass, and life was grand. I grew up on PROFS and then cc:Mail when we went to "store and forward" systems (whatever that meant). It was cute, a novelty, like Twitter but without all the vitriol. Now it's subpoena material, proof of your negligence, or maybe just your nonchalance. You write it and it lives forever, by law. From thus emerges companies like Greenview Data kee
IBM 'X-Rays' A Molecule
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
The imaging breakthrough could lead to the development of smaller and faster processors and memory devices.
Top 10 (Hidden) Reasons SMBs Should Go Virtual
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
On the eve of the VMworld event in San Francisco, VMware virtualization guru Joe Andrews wonders why so many small and medium-sized businesses still sitting on the virtual sidelines. And he coughs up ten lesser-known ways virtualization can help even smaller companies
Is Cell Phone Security A Virtual House Of Cards?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mobile service providers insist there is nothing wrong with their security standards. Are they whistling past the digital graveyard?
Apple Snow Leopard Security Criticized
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac users are getting new security features with the arrival of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, but some security vendors say those enhancements are lightweight.
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