News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in January 2009
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Take The Moblin Alpha For A Spin
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Intel's Moblin project -- its own sponsored edition of Linux for Atom-powered devices -- just hit the public alpha stage. The Moblin site invites people to take it for a test drive, and that's precisely what I did.

Newcomer Claims 3rd Place In Thin Clients
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Germany's IGEL is less well known but is offering some redefinition of what a thin client can do and appears closely attuned to virtualization developments.
Umbraco's New CMS Is An Impressive Step Forward
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Almost a year and a half after its last major release, the open source .Net-based Umbraco 4 content management system was finally released this week, and based on the impressive set of new functionality and features, it looks to have been worth the wait.
iPhone Keeps Mobile Gaming Growing
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
With the iPhone leading the way, smartphone users are downloading games at a rapidly growing rate, according to data from ComScore.
Gut Versus Analytics: What's the Real Story?
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
A recent article in CIO by Thomas Wailgum entitled "To Hell With Business Intelligence: 40 Percent of Execs Trust Gut" caught my attention. This was driven by some recent (separate) research by Accenture and Forrester to examine how business managers are using analytics, as opposed to... gut reaction, gut feeling, gut instinct and, related but even more evocative, butterflies in the stomach.
Draft "LEED For Datacenters" Now Available
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC) that is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) yesterday posted a draft "LEED for Datacenters" on its website that the lab developed in partnership with a who's who of datacenter industr
Broadband Stimulus No Panacea
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
The nation's leaders plan to spend $6 billion on expanding broadband access, but it's unclear how their efforts will pan out.
Footprints Of Google's GDrive Spotted
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
A reference to Google's long-rumored online storage service was spotted in a JavaScript localization file associated with Google Pack, Google's free software bundle.
T-Mobile Confirms G1 Successors
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
T-Mobile will release more G series smartphones this year, but it will face a crowded field as Motorola, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson will have Android-powered handsets as well.
Google Adds Features To Firefox Toolbar
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Google is offering up a second beta of its toolbar for the Firefox browser. The new version has several new features, including a new tab page.
Virtualization Set For Desktop Surge In 2009
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
The push for cost savings will sweep virtualization solutions from VMware, Microsoft, Citrix, and others past the server, onto the desktop and into the cloud.
Smartphone Market To Grow Despite Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Apple and RIM are expected to take advantage of the increased adoption of smartphones, according to ABI Research.
Gartner's Top Six Marketing Processes For A Down Economy
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Three of the processes, customer retention management, lead management and online marketing, focus on boosting sales, while the others, creative production management, marketing fulfillment and financial management, are designed to improve accountability and cut costs.
10 Cloud Computing Predictions
News  |  1/30/2009  | 
Vendors are rushing to join Amazon, EMC/VMware, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce in the cloud, offering businesses new ways to do more with less.
Why BI is in a Funk
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
I wrote recently that BI is in a "funk." Let me now offer a few ideas as to why that is so: 1. At its heart, BI is an application development technology. 2. Very few enterprises want to or can change the way they do business. 3. Large BI vendors aren't sure what business they're in. 4. The communication collaboration opportunity is being botched.
New Appirio App Exploits Facebook/Salesforce Connection
Commentary  |  1/30/2009  | 
Appirio Referral Management Solution matches a Facebook application with a Salesforce.com back end to let companies recruit and market to millions of social networking users.
Reflection 2008 Gets Vista-Style Upgrade
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Attachmate's terminal-emulation software takes advantage of Vista features and has been integrated with Microsoft .Net technologies.
The Truth About Open-Source Groupware
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
The conventional wisdom holds that Microsoft Exchange towers above its open-source competitors. Maybe it's time to challenge the conventional wisdom.
Lenovo Targets Small And Midsize Companies With Bargain PCs
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Predicting that small and midsize companies are getting ready to rebound from the recession, Lenovo is poised to battle for their business. And it's releasing a line of low-cost PCs to prove it.
Citrix To Reduce Workforce By 10%
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The trailing off of license revenue in the final quarter was a warning to Citrix that 2009 would be a difficult year, revenue-wise.
Apple Applies For Storyboard Software Patent
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Approval for its "Script-Integrated Storyboards" submission could mean better integration with its media applications like Final Cut Pro, Pages, iMovie, and Keynote.
Google Maps Van Kills Deer, Google Earth Busts Pot Growers
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Google's navigation services have provoked some interesting news items this week. Apparently, the driver of a Google Maps van accidentally struck and killed a deer. Also, over Switzerland, Google Earth helped Swiss police find and bust a two-acre pot farm.
Lenovo Buys Secretive Startup Switchbox
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Consumer technologies from the company, which was co-founded by a former Microsoft executive, are expected to be integrated into upcoming Lenovo products.
Tech CEOs Meet With President, Support Obama's Stimulus Plans
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Tech giants have come out in support of President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plans. Dozens of technology company leaders sent a letter to Congress last week saying that they supported Obama's plan.
Hawaii Pushes To Improve Broadband Technology
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The state has an ambitious goal of dragging Hawaii out of the country's cellar -- it was recently ranked 49th in broadband speeds among the country's 50 states.
Samsung Touts Highest Density Memory Chip
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Samsung is targeting manufacturers' new generation of "green" PCs with its new technology, which will be used in servers, workstations, desktops, and laptops.
Is Open Source A Recession-Fighting Tool?
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
The buzz on open source is that it can slash IT costs and save budgets. Our Linux expert looks at where and how much can be saved with FOSS -- and gives some caveats.
Windows 7 Beta Flunks Out Of Georgetown
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
University's IT department nixes downloads of Microsoft's new operating system.
Survey: Older Internet Users Embrace E-Commerce
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Gen Y isn't keeping up with predecessors when it comes to online banking and shopping.
Discount Hardware, Discount Software - Stock Up Now
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
As vendors look to keep revenue coming in the door, prices on hardware and software are plummeting. For small and midsize businesses who can afford it, now's a great time to buy.
Will It Take A New Deal To Stop The Economic Crash?
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Colossal government work programs stopped the Great Depression and created infrastructure improvements we still use today, argues The Infamous Brad. What colossal technology programs might help pull the United States out of its economic nosedive, and leave a legacy for generations to come?
SAP Weathers The Downturn
News  |  1/29/2009  | 
Fourth-quarter sales jump 8% on strength of services revenue.
Vendor Stability Matters Too
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Technology is important, and so is vendor stability. You want solutions that perform, and you need to be confident that providers will be there for support and upgrades. I've seen evidence that two software vendors I follow are facing business complications. Here are their stories, a cautionary tale, names withheld as an ethical compromise...
Ubuntu In Your Pocket
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Printed documentation never goes completely out of style. Cases in point: the O'Reilly books, the ... For Dummies series, and MacFreda's Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference. It's $10 in print -- and free as a PDF.

Bandwidth Management Coming To You
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
Cox Communications recently announced a new bandwidth management program, while Google and partners are releasing a tool to detect throttling. The traffic battles are heating up, but the deck is stacked against users since we use the pipes, not manage them. Even so, Cox's plan seems responsible and, if done right, can balance competing network demands.
bMighty Says It's Time To Embrace Linux
Commentary  |  1/29/2009  | 
As the bad economic news continues to accumulate, Linux offers hope to cash-strapped businesses everywhere. That's why bMighty has put together a uniquely useful set of how-to guides that can help you choose which Linux distro is right for your company's needs, show you exactly how to make the move, and even point you to the best places to get free Linux help.
Visual Studio Developers Get PHP IDE Upgrade
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Jcx.Software has released VS.Php 2.6, an integrated development environment for Microsoft Visual Studio developers who want to work in PHP.
A Long-Term Windows Vista Test Drive - Living With The Much Maligned OS
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Even as the hype machine turns to Windows 7, many businesses are still conflicted about whether to embrace Windows Vista. Well, I took the plunge a while ago, and here's what I learned.
Salesforce.com Sets Right Vision In Customer Service, Analyst Says
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Among the most important achievements in the recently launched Service Cloud is the recognition that Google and other search engines may well be "the most prominent customer service channel in existence," Datamonitor says
Oracle Audit Vault Monitors Competing Systems, Including DB2
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The software now supports monitoring of Sybase versions 12.5 and 15 as well as IBM's DB2 version 8.2 or 9.5 running on Linux, Unix, and Windows.
Toshiba Reaches Out To Smaller Businesses With Price Drop
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Toshiba has dropped prices on its notebook computers aimed at the small- and midsize-business market, so you can pick up a new laptop for as low as $529.
Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Vint Cerf puts out the word that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps such as BitTorrent or Skype.
8 Mobile Technologies To Watch
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Many of the improvements expected to make an impact in the next two years will soon be integrated into smartphones, research firm Gartner reports.
Multi-Core Processors Outpacing Key Business Software
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The relentless doubling of cores per microprocessor chip will result in servers with far more horsepower than software can use, says Gartner.
Google To Tackle Net Neutrality Head On
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
Today Google unveiled a new tool that can be used to determine if an Internet connection is being slowed or throttled by the Internet Service Provider. Measurement Lab is an open platform that Google expects will be used by researchers to gauge just how well the Internet is working.
Google Claims Data Center Energy Savings
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Google said its quarterly energy-weighted average Power Usage Effectiveness fell to 1.16 from 1.22 in the third quarter.
Amazon Kindle E-Book Reader To Get Facelift
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
Tech enthusiasts are taking their best guesses as to what the online retailer has planned for the 2.0 version of the popular gadget.
Microsoft: Explorer 8 'Complete And Done'
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The software maker says its latest browser is close to final form, but users would like some improvements.
Cloud Computing: The Ultimate Recession Technology
Commentary  |  1/28/2009  | 
The recession is hurting everyone ... or is it? This could be the break out year for cloud computing vendors who are ready and waiting for a flood of businesses to embrace low cost, no investment, no management computing in the cloud.
Opera Finalizes Browser For Android
News  |  1/28/2009  | 
The release version of Opera Mini for Android includes the ability to save files on an SD card, resources for video playback, and other improvements.
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