Google Porn Search On Cell Phones
Google gave two computer scientists access to more than a
million of its mobile search records in research aimed at
understanding the unique needs of wireless Web surfers. Judging by
the results, what users really need is a porn portal, as more searches
were for smut than anything else.
Think Globally, Analyze Locally
All this talk about "operational BI" and "pushing intelligence to decison-makers" is mostly just theory, right? No, it isn't. And nothing illustrates better than example.
DreamWorks Moves To SOA
A move to the Linux operating system and open source applications more than a year ago played a key role in DreamWorks' transition to a service-oriented architecture.
A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.
A Buttoned-Down AOL IM?Consumer Version Suits Most
There's a lot to be said for bringing more business functionality to what has primarily been a consumer application. The test for tech vendors is to develop services that businesses will buy and their employees will use.
We're No. 1
If you still haven't gotten the respect you deserve from your CIO, that might change.
New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
We've been making some changes to the InformationWeek.com Web site designed to make it more useful. This isn't a big remodel like we did two months ago, where we gutted the whole house and redid everything. This is more like new windows and doors, new coats of paint, and replacing the loose floorboards.
What's new? A mobile edition, search tools, RSS feed upgrades, and favicons. Our Digital Edition isn't completely new, but how about we take a minute to tell you about it anyway, as long as we h
Google Gets Brilliant
In keeping with its efforts to hire top scientists, Google today revealed that it has appointed Dr. Larry Brilliant to serve as executive director of Google.org, the company's philanthropic arm.
Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.
When Tech Hurts
The ways in which technology has enhanced all of our lives are too numerous to count. But on Tuesday, I was struck by two stories that I interpret as signs that technology may be driving too deep and becoming too pervasive in our lives.
The Year Of The Web Browser
Although the so-called "Browser Wars" ended around 1998, 2006 is shaping up to be an intriguing sequel. To get fully up to speed on all the many browser comings and goings, check out my Targeting Technology podcast on the changing face of Web browsers, as well as our recent "browser wars" blockbuster review Microsoft IE7, F
Beyond The Relational Database
"Information management" goes way beyond the relational database -- if for no other reason, than simply because relational databases can't handle the entire job.
Google: Love It, Fear It
I love Google. I've been critical of Google many times in this space, as have my colleagues, but you should know that I also love Google.
How much do I love it? Well, recently, I was taking a quiz on the Internet that asked me to name four sites I visit every day. And I couldn't come up with four. I could only come up with one: Google.
Even InformationWeek isn't a site I visit every day; every once in a while I like to indulge in a charming, old-fashioned custom called a "weekend," or
This Week's Spin On Google
It's been a fairly typical week in techdom, with much of the news focusing on Google, including several strategic initiatives that, if successful, will expand the footprint of the company's search technology. Of course, Google and several competitors came under Congressional fire for their responses to Internet censorship by the government in China.
Among this week's key developments:
Buying Out The Boss
Open-source application server and middleware maker JBoss attracted huge attention last month when it announced it was moving up the stack by building the first commercial-use product based on Enterprise Java Beans 3 (EJB3). Now JBoss is back in the news -- as a potential buyout target.
Open Source Shakeup
I sat down with long-time Samba team member and noted open-source expert John Terpstra last Sunday at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLe 4x) in Los Angeles, and created a podcast from the interview.
Carr: Is CIO Rocket Scientist Or Baggage Handler?
When author Nicholas Carr says open source will revolutionize IT software use, he doesn't mean it in the same sense that open-source advocates do. He's still standing by his thesis in Does IT Matter? And his answer to that question remains, no, not for strategic advantage.