News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in December 2008
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Resolving What Not To Do In 2009
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
The New Year is upon us. This annual switch of the calendar signals the official shift from looking back on 2008 to looking forward to 2009. Looking forward usually takes two forms: predictions and resolutions.
Microsoft's Year-End Zune Fail
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
Users of the 30-GB Zune all over the world awoke this morning to find that it was the day the music died. Although it's still a bit of a mystery why the Zunes failed, the only fix that gets the Zune working right now is an extreme reset that requires disassembling the case to disconnect both the battery and hard drive.
The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.
Treasure Hunter Claims Google Maps Treasure Find
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
Alaska Air Taps Oracle To Build Customer Loyalty
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The airline implements Siebel loyalty-program software designed to shift the focus away from revenue-draining free miles and more toward personalized service.
Quality Issues (Still) Plague Spoke.com People Search
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
"If you want to keep your job, use Spoke," advise the folks behind "the fastest growing and most up-to-date business network in the U.S." Sounds like something to look into; social/people networks are one of the most important BI assets to have emerged in recent years. Grading according to accuracy, completeness, quality, usefulness, and usability, I'd give Spoke a low C. Here's why.
LG Adds CinemaNow, YouTube Access To Blu-Ray Player
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The new services will be available on Network Blu-ray Disc Players shipping in the first half of next year.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
AIIM Adds Resources For Content Management Neophytes
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
AIIM, the Association for Information and Image Management, has long been a useful resource for established content management industry professionals as well as organizations just getting started with piecing together a content strategy.
China Approves 3G Licenses
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Why OpenOffice Is Mired In Sun's Swamp
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
While I was out getting my fill of Christmas turkey, a brouhaha erupted online about the state of the OpenOffice.org project. One of the developers on the Novell side, Michael Meeks, wrote a widely circulated blog post in which he chastised Sun for its heavy-handed handling of arguably one of the most significant open source projects of our time.

Beating Swords Into Data Centers
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
Since my previous post about Canadian startup Bastionhost's hosting plan for an underground bunker in Nova Scotia, I've been investigating a number of former nuclear fallout shelters that have been converted into data centers.
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Home Networking: Next Big Thing For Consumer Devices
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A Parks Associates survey suggests 2009 will center largely on connecting digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones.
Samsung Building Its Own 4G Chips
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The company will bypass paying royalties to the likes of Qualcomm by manufacturing its own WiMax and LTE chips.
Amazon, Netflix Rated Highest In Holiday Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Home Shopping Network and the Gap suffered the steepest declines in the annual ForeSee online retailer customer satisfaction survey.
Yes, Trust In The PKI Is Broken
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The trust in digital certificates relies on the fact that the authority issuing the certificate has validated the identity of the person or company making the request and that the digital certificate can't be forged. New research presented at the 25th Chaos Computer Congress shows that forging digital certificates is possible and practical. Trust in the SSL i
Crisis Survival Kit: 3 Things Every Business Owner Need To Thrive
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
Among the axioms flying around in these bleak financial times is that a recession is a great time to start a business. It's also a time to seize opportunities as competitors retreat and retrench. But whether you're hatching a new business or scrambling to keep the one you already have afloat, bringing 3 things to your business will put you on the path to success.
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.

Windows 7 Leaked To The Internet
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Microsoft's next operating system is available from torrent sites.
Microsoft's Obvious-Patent Insanity
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
On Christmas, Microsoft filed for yet another one of those crazy patents that seems so obvious you have to wonder why they bother to apply. Aren't patents supposed to be for nonobvious inven
Microsoft Seeks Pay-As-You-Go Computing Patent
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
While such patent applications don't always lead to products, they do give some inkling as to what Microsoft is considering.
Text Messaging Rates Questioned Again
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Industry watchers and politicians say the cost to transmit the growing number of SMS messages isn't in line with the rising fees.
The Future Of The Netbook?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
As laptop computers are predicted to outsell desktops in 2009, what role will the smaller, cheaper netbook play? And how can you decide if the netbook is a good fit for your business?
Kindle E-Reader Amazon's Top-Selling Electronic Device
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Oprah-endorsed e-book reader was also the No. 1 item on Amazon customers' wish lists.
NMAP Network Scanning: A Must-Have Addition To Your Library
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
NMAP, the open source network mapping tool, should be in any network or security administrator's toolbox. It's a feature-rich network scanner that goes far beyond port scanning such as service and OS detection, stealth and evasion modes, and sports an internal scripting engine. NMAP Network Scanning, a reference guide written by Gordon Lyon, a.k.a. Fyodor, is a must-have book to get the most out of NMAP.
Samsung's 8-Megapixel Innov8 Coming To AT&T
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone, with its high-caliber camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, will be compatible with AT&T's networks.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Blog Posts of 2008
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
What did you, the readers of Intelligent Enterprise, like most on this site in 2008? When it comes to our blogosphere, the three keys to popularity are controversy, controversy, controversy. Before we ring in the new, here's a list of our top-ten blog posts of 2008...
Microsoft Layoffs Coming?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Despite hiring at a rapid clip for the last few years, even Microsoft may not be immune to the rounds of layoffs hitting the technology industry recently.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Stories of 2008.
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
How-to articles trump news and trend pieces yet again.
Microsoft Keeps Netbooks Small And Weak
Commentary  |  12/28/2008  | 
Although this doesn't seem to have been a great holiday season for technology in general, I suspect that netbooks will be a bright spot for computer makers. Tiny notebook PCs like the Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, and
Let's Stop This Patent Trolling
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
It seems like every few months, some obscure company is awarded a patent for some relatively mundane idea, then turns around and sues the companies that have been using it. This time, the incredible and seemingly patentable innovation is icons that update based on document or window content.
Living With Parallels On Desktop, Server And iPhone
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
I spend 80% of my work life in a 100% Mac shop. I've used VM solutions from Sun, VMware, and Parallels on Apple hardware for InformationWeek. We've been a Parallels shop at my day job 'cause, frankly, it was first out with desktop and server solutions. We're much happier with the latest rev of Desktop.
Who Loves the Incumbent Vendor?
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
Imagine you have been using a particular vendor's technology for the past five or ten years... Now it's time for an upgrade, or even a replacement of that technology. The product did what it was supposed to do at the time, but now technology has moved on and it's time for a refresh... Make sure you consider both sides of the double-edged sword of incumbency.
Some Business Stories Are Filled With Cheer
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
It's all too common lately to check out the news and end up depressed. Which is why it's refreshing to read some good news, like the story of a recently shuttered bakery -- that resulted in 300 layoffs -- being opened back up by another company just in time for the holidays.
Facebook, MySpace Could Boost Location-Based Services
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Integrating LBS and tapping into its anticipated $13 billion market is expected to generate a healthy revenue stream for the social networks.
It's Time To Install Mac OS X 10.5.6
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Last week, Apple introduced the latest update to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard." As with other recent Leopard updates, the 10.5.6 update focused on bug fixes and security patches. However, there are some welcome feature upgrades  including improvements to MobileMe's "push" synchronization for contacts, calendars and bookmarks.
NORAD Tracking Santa Claus With Google Maps
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The aerospace command is using the Internet to follow Kris Kringle's Christmas Eve progress.
Fighting Click Fraud And Bots From The Heart Of Texas
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
It's been a big year for Click Forensics, a company that helps advertisers, agencies, and ad networks recognize and reduce low-quality Web traffic. In addition to naming a new CEO and securing second-round funding, the fraud-fighting startup struck a deal with Google.
Looking Into The Content Management Crystal Ball
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
I've never been one to make grand predictions about the future of technology, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy hearing what others have to say. As 2008 comes to a close, a handful of prognosticators are stepping forward to offer up their vision for the future of content management. Here are some of the more interesting lists ...
Plane Crash Survivor Twitters Eyewitness Account
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Twitter also was instrumental in getting the news out about the April 2007 Virginia Tech shootings and the October 2007 Southern California wildfires.
Cloud Maturity Models Don't Make Sense
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
An issue that's been roiling the cloud computing blogosphere the past few months is the notion of a maturity model for cloud computing, which I oppose. Multiple maturity models (say that three times fast!) already have been defined for a variety of IT subjects, including business processes and at least five or six different ones for SOA, alone.
Handango Partners With Mobile Game Publishers
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
The mobile application retailer finds that smartphone users are increasingly choosing fun and games over productivity apps.
EA Offers DRM-Free Option For Spore
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
In response to heavy criticism, Electronic Arts is allowing "Spore" fans to play the title on an unlimited number of PCs through the online Steam service.
iPhone Gets High-Profile Apps
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
HP, NPR, and USA Today are the latest organizations to develop applications for Apple's App Store.
Windows XP Extensions Reflect Vista's Woes
News  |  12/23/2008  | 
Microsoft needs to keep its older operating system on the market in order to appease business customers.
BPMN's Three Levels, Reconsidered
Commentary  |  12/23/2008  | 
I've now been doing BPMN (business process modeling notation) training for two years, and only recently have I begun to appreciate the true nature of BPMN usage levels. This reconsidered view may help you better understand what is rapidly becoming the one significant standard in business process managment.
Global CIO: Remembering Bill Gates: A Faraway Look At The Larger-Than-Life Legend
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
Poorly delivered jokes aside, Bob Evans remembers interviews with Bill Gates over the years and wishes him success in philanthropy and future endeavors.
New Web Utility Combines Time Reporting With Social Networking
Commentary  |  12/22/2008  | 
TimeXchange, a just-launched, free Web-based platform, aims to be an alternative to timesheet reporting and approval. "We're trying to take a process no one likes to do and make it easy," said Joe Piekarz, president of Actus Technology.
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