News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in November 2007
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Egads! IBM Embraces Solaris For The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If nothing else, the mutual pats on the back represent a considerable thaw in the often-chilly relations between Sun and IBM.
USAID Server Hacked To Serve Pornography
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The compromised server was associated with USAID's Tanzania subdomain, Tanzania.usaid.gov.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
IBM Endorses Sun's OpenSolaris On The Mainframe
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
IBM also put its stamp of approval on Sun's recently introduced virtualization platform called xVM.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Generation 'Y' Loves Google, Telecommuting, Survey Finds
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The interns polled said they also place a high priority on information security and balancing security against usability.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall Update Set For Release
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The changes include new parental controls that let parents set limits on the amount of time their children can spend playing Xbox games during a given period.
TiVo Patent Upheld In Suit Against EchoStar
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Despite an endorsement from the USPTO, a decision on the infringement case by the U.S. Court of Appeals is still pending.
Google's Android Could Provide Sustenance For Mobile Linux
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's Open Handset Alliance and its use of Apache V2 public license, could prove as a proof-of-concept for some companies, ABI analysts suggest.
Microsoft Drops Details On Silverlight 2.0
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The Web presentation technology takes better advantage of the .NET development environment and should make it easier for programmers to create rich media applications.
The Incompleteness Theory Of Open Source, Continued
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
After my last post about how "failed" open-source projects aren't really failures at all, a colleague of mine provided me with more perspectives on that situation. The very way open source works, he claimed, is like an amortization of risk against failure in software development.
Google's Data Center Strategy Revealed . . . At The Rotary Club
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
For months, I've been trying to get Google to discuss its data center strategy. My approach was flawed. I could have gotten more information at a Rotary Club luncheon this week in Hickory, N.C.
Z4 Sues Microsoft Over Windows Vista, Office
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Fresh off its $142 million court victory, z4 Technologies claims Microsoft still violates patents it holds for technology that blocks attempts to use a single password.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.
Worldwide Server Revenues Up Slightly, But Shipment Growth Slows
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
If economic worries stay with buyers, then spending on new systems could continue to slow, analysts with IDC lament.
Tibco Makes Its Low-Latency Messaging Software A Bit Faster
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The latest upgrade of Rendezvous targets service-oriented architectures built by financial services companies.
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Apple To Kill Boot Camp Beta Dec. 31
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The utility represents a bold move by Apple to lure Windows users who aren't prepared to toss their favorite applications just so they can own a Mac.
Shop Google, Earn Airline Miles
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google is taking a page from the credit card companies by incorporating an airline miles reward program as part of Google Checkout this month.
Yahoo Updates Widgets For HTML And Flash Developers
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Version 4.5 also brings new features for consumers, including features for users to rate, tag, and share.
Dell Hints At 'Product Lust' As Profit Rises
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The chief executive breaks the company's financial silence with analysts by enticing them with new consumer offerings that are expected to differentiate it from HP and Apple.
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
Delays In Product Searches, Check-Outs Plague Holiday Shopping Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
While multi-hour Web site meltdowns are now rare, slowdowns in product search, cart loading, and check out still left many shoppers stuck this week.
Mac Office 2008 To Export PowerPoint Slides To iPod, iPhone
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The PowerPoint presentation could be displayed on a large-screen digital TV using an AV cable plugged into one of the Apple mobile devices.
Poor Performance Plagues Mobile Web Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google, Facebook, MapQuest, and other Web sites are struggling to perfect their mobile offerings, says Keynote Competitive Research in a new report.
Focus on Operational BI: Q&A With Information Builders' Gerald Cohen
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Despite industry consolidation, business intelligence is not a commodity utility, insists Gerald Cohen, CEO and founder of Information Builders. Among the largest independent BI vendors remaining, the company focuses on operational BI, and as Cohen explains, that means looking beyond data warehousing and conventional reporting and delivery methods.
Product Info Key To Online Retail Success, Survey Finds
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Shoppers are more likely to spend time browsing and purchasing from Web sites with complete and compelling product information, analysts with WebCollage found.
A Multilayer Approach To Reducing Data Center Heat
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Emerson Network Power's Cooligy is working with server manufacturers to integrate its close-proximity cooling techniques into "off-the-shelf" products starting next year.
Asus Makes Good On Open-Sourcing Eee's Code
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The other day I posted about how Asus had apparently not released all of the source code for its Linux-based Eee PC, and I branded it a goof that would be rectified soon. Looks like that was indeed the case: Asus has fixed its mistake.

AT&T CEO: Expect A 3G iPhone In 2008
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The news somewhat trumps any announcement scheduled by Apple CEO Steve Jobs at the January Macworld conference.
Microsoft Releases Final Version Of Exchange Server 2007 SP1
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
SP1 features improved support for Windows Server 2008, tighter integration with Office Communications Server 2007, and better mobile device security management.
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
Bigger Things to BI than Vendor Acquisitions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The BI platform is critical; it's what the business users see, touch, and interact with. Fail to get that right and the data warehouse is data wasteland. So yes, how BI buying will change as a result of industry consolidation is an important matter... But let's spend more time thinking about how to make BI relevant beyond power users.
BI Startup Targets Microsoft, Siebel CRM
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Semantra, a four-year-old company in Dallas, has developed what sounds like the Holy Grail of the database technologies: A business intelligence-like search tool that lets non-technical users make ad hoc queries in plain English. It's going after Microsoft and Siebel CRM customers first.
Micron Unveils Family Of Solid-State Drives
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Under the new RealSSD brand, Micron will make 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch solid-state drives for notebooks and desktops.
IBM Warns Of Lotus Notes Vulnerability
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The flaw exists because Lotus Notes displays an icon associated with the attached file's extension rather than its MIME Content-Type header.
On Clean Energy, Google Jumps The Shark
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As a citizen of Planet Earth, I'm glad to know that Google, the country's sixth-largest corporation in terms of market cap, is planning to invest hundreds of millions to fight global warming. If I were a shareholder (which I'm not), I wouldn't be so thrilled.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Mac Hack Attack Exposed As A PR Stunt
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Defaced versions of AppleMatters.com and iPhoneMatters.com were hoaxes, but real Mac-specific hacks are widely expected as Apple gains market share.
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Judge Says SCO, Novell Trial Can Proceed
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The trial was originally scheduled to begin in September in Utah federal court -- but was postponed pending the outcome of SCO's bankruptcy petition.
Law Center Steps Up GPL Defense, Seeks First U.S. Test Case
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The litigation is intended to prod commercial companies to adhere more closely to the open-source GNU General Public License.
IBM Releases Tools To Boost Data Warehouse Performance
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
IBM also has partnered with Appfluent Technology to distribute the latter company's monitoring and workload analysis software.
Overstock.com Divulges Secret To Its Cyber Monday Success
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
CEO Patrick Byrne credits the success of his new Web site to a move away from offshore outsourcing and the investment in "expensive" Java developers.
Wind-Powered Google Data Centers? One Already Exists
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google's new initiative to develop renewable energy sources conjures up images of data centers powered by water, wind, and the sun. No need to stretch your imagination; Google's already got them.
The So-Called 'Incompleteness' Theory Of Open Source
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sourceforge.net, the premier repository for open-source software, has more than 160,000 projects registered. Many of them will never reach the 1.0 revision marker. But is that really a bad thing?
TiVo Partners To Enter PC TV Tuner Market
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Nero will develop software for a PC-based DVR that can be connected to a digital TV
California Looks At Google Or Microsoft As Its Hosted Software Supplier
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A move to hosted e-mail and other services would affect a quarter of a million state workers and create a multimillion-dollar revenue windfall for either company.
Adobe And Yahoo Partner To Put Ads In PDFs
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Ads for Adobe PDF Powered by Yahoo allows publishers to generate ad revenue from their digital content.
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