News & Commentary
posted in June 2008
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Fatwire Expands Its Product Line And Customer Base
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Fatwire Software has strung together and impressive set of wins, most recently with the one-two punch of the introduction of its Content Integration Platform and the recent announcement that Military.com has migrated onto its Content Server product.
Back to School
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Apple Releases Yet Another Mac OS X "Leopard" Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
It's only been a month since Mac OS X 10.5.3 came out, and today we have Mac OS X 10.5.4. As far as I can tell, Apple has never released operating system patches so close together. That's a clear sign that something wasn't quite right with 10.5.3  as indeed, there has been with Leopard in general. Let's see what Apple gave us today.
Which Is Better For External Hard Disks  FireWire or USB 2.0?
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Every so often, Im asked this question by Mac owners: Which port should you use to connect an external hard drive, FireWire or USB 2.0?
IT Budgets: Still Guardedly Optimistic?
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
InformationWeek last week held its annual Editorial Advisory Board meeting. The Editorial Advisory Board is made up of several leading CIOs (and former CIOs) and technology-oriented executives and investors. The most incendiary topic: the economy.
Lenovo Launches Its First U.S. Consumer Desktop
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The IdeaCentre K210 release follows Lenovo's launch this year of IdeaPad consumer notebooks outside of China.
Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
The Cloud's Next Hurdles
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
MIT CIO Innovation Award Winners Show Their Stuff
MIT CIO Innovation Award Winners Show Their Stuff
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/30/2008  | 
CIOs from State of Michigan and National City Corporation Talk About the Innovative Projects their Teams Have Been Executing On, Including Core System Replacement and Business Portals
Quashing Viral Video, Penney Undresses Ad Firm
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Retailer J.C. Penney has forced the withdrawal of the so-called "Speed Dressing" ad that won a prestigious advertising award at Cannes, France, earlier this month.
Microsoft Needs To Want Change--It's Not There Yet
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
In October 2005, Ray Ozzie told Microsoft executives what needed to happen to make Microsoft a leader in Internet services. Ozzie had been at the company for about six months at the time. Now it's more than three years since Ozzie joined Microsoft. Is he making progress on this goal?
Overland Buys Snap, Adaptec Gets Out of NAS Biz
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Today Adaptec dumped their money loosing Snap Appliance division, once as much a mindshare leader in NAS as NetApp, to Overland Storage for $3.6 million after buying it just 4 years ago for $100 million. Overland gets a quality line of NAS appliances to add to its mix of tape libraries, REO VTL/disk backup appliances and Ultamus Fibre Channel RAID arrays along with a sublet of Snap's plant and around 50 employees. Adaptec will keep the top of the line 700 series iSCSI arrays and get to concentr
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Time For Congress To Enforce 'Prevailing Wage' H-1B
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A great idea hit me after reading George Will's column last Friday, lamenting our "shortage" of qualified high-tech workers. Sadly, Will sidestepped the controversial issue of whether foreign nationals undercut U.S. engineers by working for less under the H-1B visa program. So why not enforce domestic pay levels for these folks, and lift the current annual cap of 140,000 H-1B green cards? Under my
Gates On Windows: 'What A Mess'
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
In a now semi-famous e-mail rant in 2003, outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lamented the colossal user-unfriendliness of his company's primary product, Windows. Now that message has been given voice by a Seattle radio host.
Google Inks Distribution Deal With 'Family Guy' Creator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Google has struck a deal to help finance and distribute on the Internet an animated series from Seth MacFarlane, creator of "The Family Guy" television series.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Windows XP Officially Retired By Microsoft
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Microsoft will no longer make Windows XP available to large computer makers, such as Dell, Lenovo, or Hewlett-Packard, or to software retailers.
Voters In Both Parties Favor Same VP Candidate
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.
California Says Hands-Free Law Will Save 300 Lives Per Year
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Beginning tomorrow, July 1, drivers in California will be required to use hands-free devices when behind the wheel of their car. A study conducted last month believes the law will save 300 lives annually. Does this type of legislation make a difference, and how will it be enforced?
Calif. Preps For Hands-Free Cell Phone Law
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
I hate to be an alarmist, but Californians have less than 24 hours to change their driving habits... that is if you like to talk on your cell phone behind the wheel.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Acer, Apple, Dell, and HP Sued For Patent Infringement
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Saxon Innovations, an intellectual property licensing company based in Tyler, Texas, says the tech vendors violated several of its patents.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
Mitel Retools Line Post Inter-Tel Acquisition
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Mitel, who has been quite successful in the small and medium sector, bolstered its IP PBX line. To ward off formidable competitors, the company added messaging, audio and web conferencing, and mobility applications and revamped its IP phones.
The Importance Of Real-Time Data In Mobile Maps
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Today Google announced that it will license Tele Atlas' mapping data for another five years. An important part of the deal will allow Tele Atlas to gather info from Google Maps users about maps that are incorrect. This brings me to a bad mobile mapping incident I faced over the weekend ...
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
Microsoft’s Ballmer In Firing Line As Gates Departs
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The question is whether Ballmer, as a solo act, is up to leading Microsoft through its next set of hurdles.
Will Rhapsody Deal Vault Verizon's V Cast Toward Success?
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
I consider myself to be a heavy music consumer. I purchase between two and five CDs worth of music each month. Even though I can download music directly to my iPhone via the iTunes Music Store, I still don't go for mobile music. What's preventing me (and everyone else) from doing so, and will Verizon Wireless's new deal with Rhapsody and Real make a real difference?
France Telecom's Latest Effort To Buy TeliaSonera Collapses
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
France Telecom and Sweden's TeliaSonera would have presented a major competitive threat to Vodafone Group and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.
NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.

Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
OMeta# a .NET meta language
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
How's This For A Concept?: E-Mail Less, Talk More
Commentary  |  6/29/2008  | 
It occurred to me, after reading Luis Suarez's piece in the New York Times today, that I need to free myself from e-mail in much the same way that Neo was freed from the Matrix by Morpheus. E-mail is not only destroying my productivity, it's hampering my career development.
Top Ten Reasons You Don't Need a Requirements Document
Commentary  |  6/29/2008  | 
As I said in Requirements Are Required Reading, the real reason I'm a stickler for requirements documents is that a little extra effort upfront means I have to talk to fewer people later on -- and recall, I'm basically anti-social, which means I don't like to talk to people even in the best of situations. Luckily, David De Witt was there to set me straight, with his Top 10 reasons why you don't
Ballmer's Right About Privacy, Wrong About Toolbars
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
It's pretty hard to move around the Internet today without leaving behind a trail of information. Any time that information can make someone money, you can bet that they will figure out a way to collect it. Although privacy is always a concern, users often don't realize the value of the information they're giving out for free, even when it's anonymous.
The iPhone 1.0 Should Be Cheap Now. Right?
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
When Steve Jobs said the iPhone 3G was going to start at $199, I immediately figured I could cop a cheap first-generation one on Craigslist or eBay. It's only logical to think Apple addicts would ditch their handsets for the latest and greatest, and that would lead to great online bargains.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
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