News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in April 2008
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Proclivity's Prediction Software Is In Style
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Proclivity Systems, which predicts trends with its e-commerce "predictive engine," is looking like a trendsetter itself. The New York startup has moved into Fifth Avenue office space, and upscale retailer Barneys New York is a reference customer. Founder and CEO Sheldon Gilbert recently took a break from selling software to be photographed for Men's Vogue.
Interop: Jumping to SaaS -- Look Before You Leap
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Got SaaS yet? If not, you're either a nattering nincompoop or blazingly brilliant. For every drumbeat touting the power and ease of Saas to remake your IT operations, there's competing tympany warning of the dire hazards of leaping into SaaS headlong.
Adobe Pushes Broader Mobile Strategy For Flash
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
Xerox Shows Off Future Tech And Tries To Better Define Itself
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Despite failed attempts to cash in, the company and its PARC subsidiary have several pillars of growth in mind to compete with Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.
Microsoft Finally Concedes On Windows-Linux Management
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Microsoft's announcement of Linux extensions for Systems Center settles an old debate I once had with Bill Gates. Four years ago, I suggested Microsoft could do a better job at cross-platform management, but Microsoft's chairman wouldn't hear of it. Now, the company is doing just that.
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Google Admits Making Money With YouTube Has Been Difficult
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In a candid TV interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, "I don't think we've quite figured out the perfect solution of how to make money [with YouTube], and we're working on that. That's our highest priority this year." You don't say...
Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
What Do Google And John McCain Have In Common?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Since early March, Sen. John McCain has had the GOP nomination tucked safely in his back pocket, while the stalemate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has left the Democratic party at an impasse. Like the Republican pundit, Google is benefiting from the current standoff between Yahoo and Microsoft.
Google Refines Its Image Search Technology
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Having won the text search war, Google may soon take the lead in image searching. In a paper published last week, Google researchers describe how they were able to use image recognition technology to reduce the number of irrelevant images returned through a Google Image search by 83%.
Interop: Oracle Looks Beyond ERP
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Interop: Citrix To Help Build The 'Delivery Center'
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The company's efforts include its Workflow Studio suite and NetScaler MPX, a Web application controller that offers service delivery at 10 Gbps.
What's Your Opinion on Performance Management?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
It's your last chance to "Take The Poll" on our home page (left column below the blog). I'm wrapping up this month's poll on performance management and will post a new poll next week. So... Which of the following best describes your top performance management priority?
ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser, Continued
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
In my post the other day about whether or not work in the ReiserFS file system would continue after Hans Reiser's murder conviction, I mentioned that this being an open source project, it wouldn't be hard for someone else to pick up where others leave off.  And as it turns out, that's precisely what's happening: according to folks on the ReiserFS team, work on ReiserFS will
SAP Scales Back SaaS Product Plans
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Technical issues and profit-bleeding implementations prompt SAP to move more slowly with its ambitious Business ByDesign on-demand software service.
If You've Done Nothing Wrong, This Shouldn't Worry You
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
There's a worrisome article in the Seattle Times about an investigative toolkit that Microsoft is making available to law enforcement agencies. It's got 150 tools, including data collection and password crackers, conveniently packaged in a USB thumb drive. Police no longer need to seize a computer to peek into its contents.
Programmer Hans Reiser Convicted Of Murder, Faces 25 Years To Life
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Reiser was convicted this week of killing of his wife, Nina, whose body has not been found since her disappearance in 2006.
Why IT Might Be in Big Trouble - Again
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
IT has lost touch with reality as they have been disconnected from the situation in business and do not seem to be concerned about it... IT is apparently responding by shifting focus to data management rather than worrying about or focusing on the capabilities needed by business...
Vidyo Named Best Startup Of Interop
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Vidyo, which began shipping its videoconferencing-over-IP system in March, has just won the startup category in this year's Best Of Interop competition. Vidyo promises to make low-cost, high-quality videoconferencing an option for more companies.
IBM Informix Upgrade Enhances Clustering, Database Management
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Princeton Softech "Optim" tools round out IDS 11.5 management suite. Big Blue claims gains in database marketshare.
Content Management Blunders From Down Under
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
The hits keep coming in from our "Top 5 Reasons A Content Management Company Will Go Out Of Business" post. This time, the experiences come from a university from the land down under, proving content management blunders serve us all on a truly global scale.
Interop: Fixed/Mobile Convergence Coming to Your Company?
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Employees no longer sit in their cubicles all day. Instead, executives move from place to place, visiting customers and clients. Figuring out how to reach these individuals has been a problem: Do you try their office number or their cell?
Java, You, and Me
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Where does Java fit into your life? Have you ever really considered how much Java is a part of your everyday life, even outside of software development? For instance, it's most likely running software on your cell phone, smart phone, or other device; but you probably knew that already.
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
First Hyper-V Support Emerges From Desktop Virtualization Supplier
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Provision Networks is the first vendor to make Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor the focus of its desktop virtualization efforts.
Interop: Microsoft Sees 200,000 Protocol Downloads
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Barracuda Launches E-Mail Archive Product
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
The anti-spam appliance vendor learned about the value of archives the hard way -- by getting sued by Trend Micro.
Sun Offers Free Storage OS
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
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Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 Release
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
BI Goes Green(er)
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
This week, SAS is announcing SAS for Sustainability Management. It uses the BI platform and performance management applications to provide companies with a way of measuring sustainability goals and performance against them. Using predictive analytics, customers can even model changes in energy consumption or emissions to see the impact on sustainability goals.
HP Wields Blade Workstations For Mechanical CAD
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The hardware includes an advanced network software utility that allows designers working in 2-D or 3-D environments to work over a standard network.
Interop: SaaS Is A Key Driver Behind Upswing In Innovation
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
McKinsey & Company's Abhijit Dubey said software as a service is becoming mainstream within the IT industry, particularly among small and midsize companies.
What Will Oracle Acquire Next?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
So now that the BEA Systems acquisition is complete, what is next for Oracle? Given Oracle's pattern, it's due for about three acquisitions this spring.
Google Adds Street View To Directions
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
By combining the features, Google said users can now get a better picture of their route alongside turn by turn information.
Oracle Clinches Difficult BEA Systems Acquisition
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
After an acquisition that began as borderline hostile, Oracle talks of the companies' shared vision for SOA and a strong partnership in delivering middleware products.
A ReiserFS Without Hans Reiser
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
After three days of deliberation and six months of testimony, a jury found Hans Reiser, creator of the ReiserFS file system for Linux, guilty of first-degree murder. There's no end of commentary about the trial itself, but now that the verdict is in, I thought I'd contemplate a related issue: What happens to an open source project when one of its main instigators suffers calamity?

Google To Fine-Tune Image Searches
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
So you performed an image search for "Corvette," and instead of finding the spy shot of the C7 you had in mind, you end up with irrelevant pictures of
Microsoft Uses Open Source To Extend Systems Management To Linux
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager.
Interop: Lenovo, LANDesk Develop Client Management Console
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The ThinkManagement Console lets companies centralize access to LANDesk management, inventory tracking, and reporting software for all client hardware, including non-Lenovo systems.
Windows Vista SP1 Disaster Recovery Guide
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Vista's SP1 was expected to solve a lot of problems; instead, it caused even more trouble. Here are fixes to some top complaints, from a Windows Update that won't update to endless reboot loops.
Finding Design Failure with Microsoft Office Search Commands
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Cheers to Microsoft Labs for their release of Search Commands, an Office 2007 add-in that "helps you find commands, options, wizards, and galleries in... Word, Excel, and PowerPoint." The embedded Guided Help calls it "a useful complement to the usual method of browsing for commands by clicking tabs on the Ribbon." But with Search Commands, Microsoft has adapted a findability fix that's quite common on the Web: Search as a crutch. Search Commands reinforces a point I've made in the past, that
Listen Up! Podcasts, Audio Interviews, Whatever. We Got 'Em.
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
We've posted some interesting audio files (podcasts?) on ddj.com. I need to tell you this because they aren't that easy to find, and there is some stuff you won't want to miss.

OpenJDK Part of Linux Distribtutions
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Will Someone Please Answer the Mobile Device?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Remind me. When exactly did cell phones stop being cell phones and start being "mobile devices running content-rich mobile applications"? I'm still grappling with the Rich Internet Applications (RIA) on my new Nokia N95 phone (and I have to admit, it's a beauty) when all I really want to do is answer the phone.   

Interop: RMI Launches Low-End Processor For Network Appliances
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The chip targets entry- to medium-level gateways, WAN optimization appliances, content-security appliances, access points for wireless LANs, and other appliances.
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
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