News & Commentary
posted in August 2007
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Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
Pervasive Connects QuickBooks With Salesforce.com
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
DataSynch automatically synchronizes customer, product, and order information between the two systems.
JasperSoft Upgrades Online Reporting Tools For Salesforce.com
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Jasper4Salesforce can create, manage, share and distribute reports directly from Salesforce.com.
Windows Vista Update Due, But Don't Expect A Panacea
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Service Pack 1, due in the first quarter of 2008, will come with across-the-board improvements, but few new features.
Factories Get Wireless Help
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
NIST researching ways to help manufacturers minimize radio interference so wireless devices work better in factories.
Why Is Wall Street Punishing Clearwire?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
It would be unethical of me to offer stock tips in this space, so I'll just phrase this as a question: Why is Wall Street hammering Clearwire Corp.? After reaching a high of $33.30 on July 19, the share price for the WiMax network startup has declined 37%. And on Tuesday the stock dropped 7% "on no news whatsoever," as The Motley Fool put it.
Can General Motors Change How Companies Think About IT Outsourcing?
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
A new CMMI model for acquisitions coming out this fall could make it easier for companies to mirror its standardized approach to dealing with IT outsourcing vendors.
Cisco Announces New 802.11n Gear To Ship In October
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The hardware would include the Aironet 1250 Series access point, a new WLAN Controller system based on its Catalyst 6500 line of switches and software services.
Microsoft Update Forces HP MediaSmart Home Server Delay
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
While no one is saying the update is fixing flaws, HP said it decided to wait until the better version of the software was available.
Down To Business: Manage Risk, But Don't Become Paralyzed By It
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
A company's life can depend on its ability to anticipate technological, financial, regulatory, and other big forks in the road, but heaven help us if we must spend all our waking hours thinking like actuaries and lawyers
Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Desktop Virtualization: No Easy Answer
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
It's the next logical step, but there are a lot of alternatives and no single answer.
Six Questions About The Google Phone
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
We're all waiting for the big news next week: Will Google finally announce the Google Phone? Well, I am ready for the Google Phone. In fact, I know exactly what I want to do with it when I first get my hands on one, assuming there actually will be a Google Phone. Here is my list of questions.
Apple Cancels NBC Fall TV Lineup On iTunes
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The rift was based on a doubling of the wholesale price Apple pays for each NBC TV episode.
EarthLink's Cutbacks Cast A Cloud Over Muni Wi-Fi
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Big-city projects are thrown into doubt, while networks in smaller municipalities may still make sense.
iPhone Impresses Europeans. Almost.
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Not all of them, obviously, but during my tip to London this week anyone within sight of my iPhone sidled up next to me quickly for a demonstration of how it worked. There were lots of oohs and aahs, quickly followed by bahs.
When Will Anyone Actually Watch Mobile TV?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
With his post today, my colleague Eric Zeman raised a great question: Is anyone actually watching mobile TV? If by that he meant people watching video on their iPods, yes, I see many iPod users watching video. If, however, he meant people watching V CAST and other mobile TV services that stream over cellular networks...
Verizon Wireless Quietly Rolling Out More V CAST TV Markets
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless launched its MediaFLO-based V CAST mobile TV services back in early March to two dozen or so markets across the United States. Today, Verizon added Corpus Christi, Texas, to the list of markets, which has swelled over the past few months to 37.
Where Are All The IT Jobs And People? Expand Your Horizons.
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
It's one of the great IT dichotomies of our time: Employers fret over a tech talent or labor shortage, while employees say jobs are as scarce as ever. Where's the disconnect?
IPod Or iPhone, Keep An Eye On Apple Next Week
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Despite the apparent focus on Apple's iPod at an event on Sept. 5, European telecom companiess are among those anxious for a chance to catch iPhone fire.
Popover Hate
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Engadget managing editor Ryan Block struck a nerve yesterday when he posted a scathing attack on keyword popovers, such as those supplied by "IntelliTXT / Vibrant Media and like ad services whose entire business depends on polluting your content, confusing your audience, and tricking them into clicking on ads that just won't go away."
College Prof, Student Build Inexpensive, Desktop-Size Supercomputer
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The biggest hurdle was designing and building a system for less than $2,500, which was all they had from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Letting Crazy People Set Intellectual-Property Policy
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Three stories in the news this week demonstrate that intellectual-property policy is set by crazy people. NBC is threatening to dump iTunes unless Apple violates the laws of nature. An organization of science fiction writers is sending willy-nilly takedown notices for property it doesn't control. And Viacom pirated a YouTube video, and then sent down a takedown notice against the video's real author.

Women In High Places -- Or Not
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Is the number of female CIO's diminishing? It certainly seems that way.
Yahoo Issues Yahoo Messenger Security Fix
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The patch addresses a buffer overflow vulnerability in an ActiveX control that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
Your Business Is Ready For Viruses. Now, How About The Flu?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
The Big Flu is coming. Many of your employees will be working from home, or not at all. How prepared is your company for this?
And the Winner of the Waiting Game is.Microsoft!!
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Hey, want to win a lawsuit even if you lose? Or better yet, want to get a verdict against you overturned even when it isn't? Just drag the original lawsuit out, oh, say about four years and when you lose in court file an appeal and let that drag on another four years. It worked like a charm for Microsoft.
The Lighter Side of Outsourcing
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Consumer confidence faltering in a sputtering economy, jobs continuing to move offshore at rapid pace… is this a time to laugh at outsourcing? Why not? As outsourcing vendors get increasingly sophisticated, and as corporate America gets increasingly greedy about the cost savings, here are a few glorious changes that we can look forward to.
Dear New IRS CIO: Admit Disastrous Failures And Outsource All IT
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
I haven't had a nice high-colonic IRS audit in a while, so what the heck: Of all the deep-seated horrors within the IT organization you now head, this is the killer: "60% of the IRS employees contacted by testers posing as help desk workers were talked into changing their computer passwords over the phone." A new CIO can't fix that -- but wholesale outsourcing
More Enterasys Execs Get Prison Terms As Government Winds Up Case
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Three executives got sentences that range from a year and a day to several years in prison.
Microsoft Settles Web Patent Dispute With Eolas
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Shareholders of the closely held company will receive a per-share dividend of between $60 and $72 as a result of the deal with Microsoft, although terms of the settlement are confidential.
Apple Store 'Humiliates' The Disabled, Lawsuit Claims
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The lawsuit charges that the San Francisco Apple Store's "entrance, path of travel, teaching theater seating, elevator, and restroom facilities" are not wheelchair accessible.
PostgreSQL 8.3 Features To Be Available After Labor Day
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Full text search and other features will become available for free download in beta code after Labor Day, with the final release to follow by eight to 10 weeks.
The IRS Gets A New CIO
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
If there's a CIO hot seat, it's got to be at the Internal Revenue Service. Who would want that job, anyway?
Five Things Microsoft Should Fix In Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Having long taken the position that there are many things which need to be fixed in Vista, I'm happy to see Microsoft is at work on a beta of Service Pack 1 for Vista. On the other hand, an examination of Redmond's documentation reveals that there may some significant shortfalls when SP1 ships in early 2008.
Dell Profits Helped By Higher Prices, Lower Component Costs
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Besides the impact of its restructuring, Dell's business may also be affected by an ongoing investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission into the computer maker's past accounting practices.
Gear6 Aims To Speed Storage Access
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
For most applications, the storage industry is fairly adept at delivering requisite performance. All, that is, except for large data set processing. Think: Financial market modeling, or digital image rendering, or seismic analysis for the gas and oil industry. For these applications, thousands of servers churn away for days before the job is finished. And when there's a lot of data fetching, the speed of the storage system is critical, and in most cases, currently inadequate. Gear6 thinks it ca
IBM's Computing Breakthrough Promises Chips The Size Of Dust
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
IBM's new techniques may well lead to the use of atoms for digital storage, which could store the entire contents of YouTube -- about 1,000 trillion bits of data.
Stonebraker Raises Vertica's DW Profile
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
I had a long briefing with database legend Michael Stonebraker today, and I feel compelled to share a few highlights of the conversation. Stonebraker is known as a visionary, and he has consistently turned those visions into long-term bets through commercial startups. Today's prediction? "Sooner or later, the entire data warehousing market is going to move to column-store solutions," Stonebraker asserts, column-store being the architectural basis of his latest venture, a startup called Vertica.
NIST Researchers Tackle Wireless Interference Problem
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The federal agency hopes to help companies improve factory designs and avoid blocking transmissions that make it difficult to take advantage of wireless networks.
Another CIO Priority: Managing Uncertainty
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Management philosophers have held forth for years on the chief role of the chief information officer. We've been told that they must be adept at managing complexity and managing the ever-accelerating pace of change and even managing their bosses' expectations. Let's hurl another esoteric priority into the mix: managing uncertainty.
AMD Releases Code-Reducing Specification For x86
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
SSE5 maximizes the efficiency of applications by reducing the number of instructions needed to achieve a particular result.
Microsoft Spooning BlackBerry? I Think Not
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
The ripple effects in the mobile and wireless market continue to spread, in ever more Byzantine ways. Today Reuters reports that "Research in Motion Ltd shares rose more than 3 percent on Thursday on renewed market speculation that Microsoft Corp could be interested in buying the BlackBerry maker." This according to one analyst would be "in response to Google's recent announcement that it is interested in ma
Nonprofit Organizations Have Hard Time Finding Tech Talent
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
For nonprofits trying to finding IT workers, 70% say the task is extremely challenging or somewhat challenging.
Apple And AT&T Sued For Third Time Over iPhone Battery
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The class-action suit charges that the companies violated California law by failing to inform iPhone purchasers that it costs $100 to replace the phone's battery.
CIOs Uncensored: When It Comes To IT, Cool Is As Cool Does
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Sure, Steve Jobs is the King of Cool--but cool is as cool does.
Jaxtr's New Twist on VoIP
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Given the recent failure of SunRocket, and Vonage's lack of profits and patent problems, you might find it odd to see VCs pouring money into yet another VoIP company.
Feds Seek More Info On Intel, STMicro Flash Spin-off
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
If the inquiry passes FTC muster, the company will be headquartered in Switzerland and have nine main research and manufacturing locations globally.
HP And Tandberg Team Up To Improve Telepresence Offerings
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Users are able to collaborate by linking HP Halo Collaboration Studios to Tandberg's conference room and desktop-based systems.
Antitrust Group Asks FTC To Put The Heat On Intel
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The American Antitrust Institute piggybacks off of a European Commission report that claims Intel offered substantial rebates to equipment manufacturers to edge out competition from AMD.
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