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Content tagged with Software posted in February 2007
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VMware Rails Against Microsoft's 'Premier' Windows Strategy
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The virtualization software vendor takes issue with the way that Microsoft supports high-roller customers using Virtual Center and VMotion.
House Moves To Outlaw Phone Number Spoofing
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
While the bill would criminalize spoofing, it does make exceptions for victims of domestic violence, crime tipsters, and others with legitimate reasons to conceal their numbers.
New Deals Show Software-As-A-Service More Than A Niche
News  |  2/28/2007  | and IBM write up new contracts with partners willing to adopt an on-demand software model.
FAIR USE Act Aims To Clarify Copyright Limits
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The legislation would amend the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that teachers, libraries and certain individuals could circumvent DRM locks.
Black Hat 'RFID' Compromise Is A Win For Security
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The deal between HID and IOActive shows how delicate a line security researchers walk when they seek to present their work to the public.
A $10 Wok Replaces A $20,000 Satellite Dish
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A software programmer substituted a $10 Chinese cooking wok for a $20,000 satellite dish on behalf of his New Zealand television station.
Kaspersky Report: Targeted Trojans Will Plague 2007
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
As worldwide worm epidemics fade, Trojan attacks aimed at specific companies will take their place as the predominant malware menace this year.
Google Mashup Helps You Avoid Traffic Backups
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The search engine company debuts an add-on to its Google Maps application for a handful of metro areas.
CRM Comes to Google Business Apps
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
One company is adapting its Web-based enterprise customer relationship management software to fit Google's Apps Premier Edition.
Qualcomm-Nokia Patent Trial Delayed
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The judge gave no reason for placing the trial on hold, but the delay gave rise to hopes that Qualcomm and Nokia are trying to reach a settlement on their licensing agreements.
California Is The Latest State To Consider Move To Open Documents
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
While the precise format is not spelled out in the bill, the legislation would likely open the way for Open Document Format.
IBM Partners With Google For Business Web 2.0 Push
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
WebSphere Portal 6 and Portal Express customers can get Google Gadget Portlet for free starting in April.
Models Take the Danger Out of Prediction
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Predictive modeling isn't a crystal ball, and despite the efforts of Business Objects, Hyperion, Microstrategy and SAS to get predictive modeling into mainstream BI tools, there are many other reasons for its lack of success... Predictive modeling is different from using predictive models... Automating decisions with predictive models is a good idea, especially when those decisions are numerous and each one has a farily low risk of error.
Oracle on HP and Intel Claims New Database Record
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
For those keeping score, the Oracle/Intel/HP system is 1.5% faster than an IBM system, which was bumped down to second place.
Windows Vista's Color-Coded Security Messages Can Be Spoofed, Symantec Warns
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A Symantec security researcher says malicious code can "trick" Windows Vista into generating a green light when it should be holding up the stop sign.
States From Maine To Oregon Brace For Daylight-Saving Time Computer Bug
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
State IT leaders have been bombarding subordinates and end-users with memos and bulletins outlining their concerns and detailing courses of action to deal with what's been called a mini-Y2K.
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
Health Care Software System, Subject of Lawsuit, Becomes Open Source
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
Medsphere hopes to capitalize on a successful deployment at the VA hospital system by adapting its software to the community hospitals and private health care providers.
JasperSoft Offers Business Intelligence On MySQL Database
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
JasperSoft launches a suite of reporting tools for the open-source database.
IBM Launches High-Performance Computing Initiative
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
IBM works with Microsoft and other application vendors to expand the use of its hardware in computer clusters and mainframes.
Web Analytics Vendor Adds Data Visualization
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
On-demand Web analytics service provider Omniture has launched Discover 2.0, a visual data exploration tool designed to uncover business opportunities, new customer acquisition strategies and ways to drive more revenue from online marketing campaigns. Complementing Omniture's SiteCatalyst Web analytics service, Discover 2.0 is said to support unlimited segmentation of online customers and site visitors.
DoJ Sued For Release Of FISA Court Rules On Spy Program
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The EFF filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking information on changes to the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Dell's Not Ready To Go Mainstream With Business Linux
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The No. 1 computer maker is reluctant to pick one distribution and alienate users of another distribution.
Americans Use Internet To Manage Their Health, But Most Doctors Are Slow To Use Tech Tools, Say Surveys
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
While 51% of patients are willing to pay for e-health record services if reasonably priced, only 11% of the doctors surveyed say they use electronic patient records.
Brits Petition Tony Blair For Relief From High Windows Vista Prices
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The U.K. version costs as much as 65% more than in the United States after currency conversion.
Federal CIOs Report Progress, Want More Help From IT Industry
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
A survey of federal CIOs shows improvements in terms of IT policy, programs, certification and accreditation, training, integration, privacy protections, network monitoring, and intrusion prevention.
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Washington State Considers RFID Restrictions
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The Electronic Bill of Rights would outlaw collection, storage, and disclosure of information gathered through radio frequency identification technology without notifying consumers.
Apple Delays Its Apple TV Device Until Mid-March
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The device is designed to operate seamlessly with Apple's iTunes online store and let users download feature movies and TV shows.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Vista, Infrastructure and BPM Top IT Concerns
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
What are the three most important priorities for IT organizations in 2007? GCR (formerly Gartner Custom Research) put this question to more than 1,000 IT professionals and determined that Windows Vista, core infrastructure and business process management are among the top concerns, eclipsing interest in security and hardware upgrades.
Microsoft, GM, Schwab, Halliburton Sued Over Network Security Technology
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
In the suit, a former IBM scientist claims that Halliburton's use of Microsoft's Active Directory technology to create its ID management system violates his patent.
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with's ability to find relevant health-related information.
Sun Enlists In Free Software Foundation
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
As an FSF patron, Sun joins the likes of Intel, IBM, HP, Google, MySQL, EMC, and JBoss.
Marriott To Offer High-Definition TV In Hotel Rooms
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The entertainment system for Marriott, JW Marriott, and Renaissance hotels includes a 25-watt stereo speaker system and a digital connectivity panel for plugging in electronic gadgets.
HP Introduces Low-Cost Backup System For SMBs
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System automates daily backups and stores data on the corporate network so it can be restored in minutes.
Oracle Ships Free Information Life-Cycle Management Tool
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The software download can help companies move information accessed infrequently to lower-priced hardware for long-term storage.
With Acquisition, Microsoft Pushes Further Into Online Health Care
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
Microsoft has agreed to acquire Medstory Inc., which has an online search engine for delivering health information on the Web. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Self-Configuring Lego-Like SuperBots For NASA Crawl, Fly, Climb
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
SuperBots modules can connect in a variety of ways to permit rolling, climbing, burrowing, flying, and inspection and repair.
BitTorrent Launches A Legal Video Download Store
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
BitTorrent hopes a well-stocked digital film store with thousands of titles at reasonable prices can wean its audience away from pirated video.
Microsoft Sued Over Office Live Brand
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
Office Live LLC, a Los Angeles-based provider of online professional services, is suing Microsoft for trademark infringement over its Office Live suite of business applications.
Vista Still Seems Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'
Commentary  |  2/25/2007  | 
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm apparently running a bogus copy of Windows Vista. At least that's what my computer told me earlier today after I booted up. Funny thing is, I got my copy of Vista directly from. . . Microsoft. Apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem. If you troll Microsoft's Windows Vista Activation Forum, you'll find numerous posts along the same lines.
Altosoft Unveils Business Optimization Suite
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Altosoft's upcoming operational business intelligence product uses data drawn from business processes.
Windows Vista Not Available In Some Custom-Built Dell's
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Compatibility issues with some peripherals are forcing customers to take Windows XP or wait for their build-to-order PC to become Vista ready.
Microsoft Challenges Adobe With Publisher Partnerships
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
In a war of digital readers, Microsoft is using its Windows Presentation Foundation technology to block out Adobe's Flash and PDF software.
Linux, Innuendo, And Doubt
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer subtly raises the intellectual-property issue again.
Google Business Apps Shows The Changing Battle For Workers' Desktops
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Google, Microsoft, and IBM all want to be the point of entry to people's business lives.
Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Previously critical of the search engine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation supports Google's argument that sponsored links do not constitute infringing uses of trademarks.
Mozilla Security Update Fixes 7 Vulnerabilities
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
The patches foil the location.hostname vulnerability and help computer users running Firefox and Firefox
IT Confidential: What Web 2.0 Will Mean For Workforce 2.0
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
How will the way college students use Web 2.0 technologies affect corporate computing? Here's a hint: Jackass, The Presentation.
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