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Content tagged with Software posted in May 2009
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Business Owners Need A Holiday
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
With every dime precious, taking time off from work, much less an actual vacation, might seem to be an unthinkable luxury, but it turns out that small business owners are planning vacations this summer at about the same rate as last year.
HDMI Audio-Video Connector Gets Ethernet Support
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Besides high-speed bidirectional communication, the connector will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without a separate cable.
Google Executive To Become Federal Deputy CTO
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Andrew McLaughlin will find that he isn't the only ex-Google employee serving the Obama administration.
HP, IBM Tie As Global Server Market Hits 12-Year Low
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Market conditions worsened across all geographic regions in the quarter, as customers of all types pulled back on spending, an IDC report shows.
Adobe Releases Flash Platform Betas
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is positioning Adobe Flash Builder 4, Adobe Flash Catalyst, and the open source Flex 4 framework as its answer to Microsoft's Silverlight software.
Tesla Recalls 345 Electric Roadsters
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
No accidents have been reported, but the recall covers all of the luxury automobiles built before April 22.
ISS Expedition 20 Crew Complete After Arrival Of Soyuz
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
For the first time, all five international partner agencies are represented in orbit, NASA said.
Global CIO: Sam Palmisano's Grand Strategy For IBM Revealed In $5B Global Financing Plan
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
The company is offering billions to help customers "mind the gap" until so-called stimulus money begins to flow around the globe. And it expects much of that funding will be used to purchase its very own products and services.
Scientists Celebrate Completion Of World's Largest Laser
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
The National Ignition Facility is capable of creating conditions similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and inside nuclear weapons.
Obama Announces White House Cybersecurity Position
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Names that have been bandied about include acting White House cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway and Microsoft VP Scott Charney.
FCC To Examine Rural Broadband Needs
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
A new report indicates that there will be a multiplicity of solutions ranging from cable and DSL to satellite and broadband over power lines.
Has Omniture's Analytics Push Stalled?
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Omniture has created a great vision of how analytics should be the common thread among all Web marketing. But if you're an Omniture customer, are you ready?... I think Web analytics software has evolved more quickly than the ability of most people to use it effectively -- or justify paying for it.
Are Open Source Developers Throwing Good Code After Bad?
Commentary  |  5/29/2009  | 
Time and again I run into the belief that the open source community has an infinite amount of energy to spare for its galaxy of projects. It's not true, and we need to stop acting like it is.

Kimball University: The 10 Essential Rules of Dimensional Modeling
News  |  5/29/2009  | 
Follow the rules to ensure granular data, flexibility and a future-proofed information resource. Break the rules and you'll confuse users and run into data warehousing brick walls.
Microsoft Changes Tune On Intellectual Property
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
If the book Burning the Ships by Marshall Phelps and David Kline is any indication, the Microsoft we see today is in the midst of a radical change to the way they do business. Most of the book describes the changes to Microsoft's intellectual property policies that Phelps has championed and implemented during his time at the company; he's
Terracotta Helping Hotelier Build Individualized Services
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
InterContinental Hotels is using in-memory data-sharing systems to better anticipate what amenities customers will want during their stays.
Dell Unveils Entertainment Laptop For Students
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The Studio 14z is available with an optional 500-GB hard drive, enough to store up to 125,000 songs, 142,000 photos, or 133 DVD-quality movies.
Sony Ericsson Revamps Its Multimedia Phone Lineup
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Three handsets with strong multimedia and gaming abilities including motion controls along with PlayStation 3 integration may help the company revive its sales.
Microsoft Insists Bing Is A 'Decision Engine'
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Microsoft's Bing is a welcome addition to the search landscape. Competition should help keep the search market healthy. But Bing's initial marketing leaves me rolling my eyes.
Dell Profits Tumble As Customers Tighten Purse Strings
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CEO Michael Dell does not offer a forecast for the current quarter, saying "indicators of global IT demand remain mixed."
AT&T, Verizon Racing To Rollout 4G Wireless
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Super-high-speed LTE wireless infrastructure is expected to expand into mainstream networks in the next few years, analysts predict.
Palm Pre, iTunes To Sync, App Store Revealed
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Programs from Fandango, Pandora, AP News, and other content makers will be available at the June 6 launch, Palm executives say.
Practical Analysis: Change Starts At The Top
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Most IT execs aren't ready to make the organizational changes needed to capitalize on virtualization.
Intel Tools Driving Multi-Core Chip Development
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Parallel Studio is intended to work with Microsoft Visual Studio for development of Windows applications intended to run on servers with multicore CPUs.
Plastic Logic Demos Amazon Kindle Challenger
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The e-book reader will have a touch screen for navigation and 3G connectivity to purchase books and magazines wirelessly.
Time Warner To Spin Off AOL
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Struggling ISP hopes independence will provide a new lease on life.
Government Wrestles With Social Media Records Retention Policies
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The National Archives is trying to navigate complex regulations that require capturing and storing all sorts of content in the age of social media, cloud computing, and seemingly endless storage.
'Google Wave' May Challenge Microsoft SharePoint
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Google's product, platform, and protocol also combines aspects of e-mail, instant messaging, wikis, and blogs to allow real-time and stored collaborative messaging.
Do Executives Take Security Seriously? Survey Says Yes.
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Our exclusive InformationWeek survey shows that IT and executives are on the same page when it comes to information security threats, policies and more.
'Green' Supercomputer Maker, SiCortex Closes Its Doors
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company reportedly sold at least 60 computers to universities and large corporations in 2008 and continued to log sales in 2009.
Microsoft Formally Launches Bing Search Engine
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Software maker seeks to challenge Google's dominance with introduction of functional search tools.
Microsoft Xbox 360 Sales Top 30 Million
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
The company also reports its Xbox Live online gaming service has more than 20 million subscribers.
White House Launching Transparency Blog
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
In a nod to openness and citizen participation in government, the Obama administration also will open White House blogs to public comments.
HP, Cast Iron Offering SaaS Integration Appliances
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
HP's resellers will offer appliances for handling integration between SaaS and on-site applications, which remains one of the biggest hardships of SaaS deployments.
Obama Should Scrap Cybersecurity Czar, Analyst Says
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Gartner expert says president's plan to protect nation's computing infrastructure won't work.
Google Expects 18 Android Phones This Year
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Smartphone makers will be able to modify the Linux-based OS to have unique user interfaces and features, Google says.
Computer Group Objects To EC Browser Regulations
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
CompTIA says Europe's sanctions against Microsoft could damage the whole industry.
Risk Technology Comes Up Short on Wall Street
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
I was interested to hear Bank of America/Merrill Lynch executive Jay Morreale talk about next-generation BI last week... But when he started talking about his 20 years of experience building risk-analysis applications in the financial services industry, I was thinking, okay, so was he part of what went wrong on Wall Street?
Linux Kernel, Meet Windows Kernel. Behave.
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Here's one for the "only in the Linux world" folder: an attempt to place the Windows NT kernel mechanisms directly in the Linux kernel. Am I the only one who thinks, outside of extremely specialized use cases, this isn't such a hot idea?

EMC To Acquire Configuresoft
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Configuresoft products, which assist IT operations in maintaining continuous regulatory and security compliance, are used in EMC's server configuration solutions.
Anti-U.S. Hackers Infiltrate Army Servers
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Exclusive: Defense Department investigators subpoena records from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo in connection with ongoing probe.
Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Touch Pack
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Spinning globes, schooling fish, and virtual erector sets add pizzazz to software maker's new OS.
Federal Agency Seeks $6.6 Billion In Outsourcing Deals
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Defense Intelligence Agency seeks IT services including CRM, cybersecurity, data center administration, disaster recovery, and software development.
Big-Time Data Warehousing At Small-Biz Prices
Commentary  |  5/28/2009  | 
Open-source software gives smaller companies access to enterprise IT tools -- without paying enterprise IT prices. And no IT vendor illustrates this trend better than Kickfire.
Government Panel Calls For Privacy Policy Overhaul
News  |  5/28/2009  | 
Report to OMB outlines the creation of a chief privacy officer role and chief privacy officers at every federal agency that already has a CFO.
Google Automates Apps With Scripting System
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Search giant expects enterprise users to employ Google Apps Scripts for scheduling and procurement, transportation planning, and other business automation functions.
Google Firing Up Android Developers With Goodies
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The search giant is looking to poach content creators away from competitors by offering new tools, application contests, and an open market for distributing apps.
Ingres Adds Red Hat's JBoss To Database Middleware Stack
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
Using the stack will let developers avoid leaning on stored procedures or triggers written in a vendor's proprietary form of SQL.
Google And Mozilla Make Nice
Commentary  |  5/27/2009  | 
It was a small gesture but it spoke volumes: At the Google IO developer conference, while expounding on the virtues and possibilities of HTML 5, Google engineering VP and head of developer evangelism Vic Gundotra thanked the Mozilla community for advancing the state of browser technology.
Soyuz Astronauts Heading Toward Space Station
News  |  5/27/2009  | 
The entire Expedition 20 crew represents five agencies -- the first time a space station crew has represented all five international space agency partners at once.
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