News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in June 2008
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Fatwire Expands Its Product Line And Customer Base
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Fatwire Software has strung together and impressive set of wins, most recently with the one-two punch of the introduction of its Content Integration Platform and the recent announcement that Military.com has migrated onto its Content Server product.
Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
MIT CIO Innovation Award Winners Show Their Stuff
MIT CIO Innovation Award Winners Show Their Stuff
InformationWeek Videos  |  6/30/2008  | 
CIOs from State of Michigan and National City Corporation Talk About the Innovative Projects their Teams Have Been Executing On, Including Core System Replacement and Business Portals
Quashing Viral Video, Penney Undresses Ad Firm
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Retailer J.C. Penney has forced the withdrawal of the so-called "Speed Dressing" ad that won a prestigious advertising award at Cannes, France, earlier this month.
Microsoft Needs To Want Change--It's Not There Yet
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
In October 2005, Ray Ozzie told Microsoft executives what needed to happen to make Microsoft a leader in Internet services. Ozzie had been at the company for about six months at the time. Now it's more than three years since Ozzie joined Microsoft. Is he making progress on this goal?
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Gates On Windows: 'What A Mess'
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
In a now semi-famous e-mail rant in 2003, outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lamented the colossal user-unfriendliness of his company's primary product, Windows. Now that message has been given voice by a Seattle radio host.
Google Inks Distribution Deal With 'Family Guy' Creator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Google has struck a deal to help finance and distribute on the Internet an animated series from Seth MacFarlane, creator of "The Family Guy" television series.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
Windows XP Officially Retired By Microsoft
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Microsoft will no longer make Windows XP available to large computer makers, such as Dell, Lenovo, or Hewlett-Packard, or to software retailers.
Voters In Both Parties Favor Same VP Candidate
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
No matter what their party affiliation, Americans like peanut butter, Gatorade, and Colin Powell. That's according to a company that helps big names like Wal-Mart and Gatorade with market research.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
The Importance Of Real-Time Data In Mobile Maps
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Today Google announced that it will license Tele Atlas' mapping data for another five years. An important part of the deal will allow Tele Atlas to gather info from Google Maps users about maps that are incorrect. This brings me to a bad mobile mapping incident I faced over the weekend ...
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Zooming Web Pages
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
The most useful new feature in Firefox 3 is that it lets you zoom whole Web pages, making them bigger and smaller to enhance usability. Previously, you could only resize the text, which made the overall page look lopsided and funny. We'll show you how to use this new feature -- it's pretty simple, which makes this a pretty short video.
Microsoft’s Ballmer In Firing Line As Gates Departs
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The question is whether Ballmer, as a solo act, is up to leading Microsoft through its next set of hurdles.
NetGear's WGR614L: (Soon To Be) My Open Router
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
As soon as my next paycheck comes in, I'm seriously thinking about picking up Netgear's new WGR614L wired/wireless-G router. It's yet another of the small but growing pool of hardware devices (along with some of Netgear's own earlier routers) designed with the hacker in mind.

Avoid End-of-Quarter Buying and ELAs
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Last week I had the pleasure of keynoting at the DocTrain event in Indianapolis and also running a small session on "How to procure Content Technologies."... At the end of the session I chatted with the head of a leading US-based systems integrator who said he liked the session but would have added two key points: 1. Never buy at the end of a quarter and 2. Avoid Enterprise License Agreements.
Company Argues For Right To Read Ex-Employee's E-Mail
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
A finance company is arguing in court that it had a right to read an ex-employee's personal e-mail. Sounds crazy, right? And yet, in this world where we carry BlackBerrys to access work e-mail from home, and handle personal business over the company Internet connection, it takes a crazy person to figure out where personal life ends and work begins.
OMeta# a .NET meta language
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
How's This For A Concept?: E-Mail Less, Talk More
Commentary  |  6/29/2008  | 
It occurred to me, after reading Luis Suarez's piece in the New York Times today, that I need to free myself from e-mail in much the same way that Neo was freed from the Matrix by Morpheus. E-mail is not only destroying my productivity, it's hampering my career development.
Ballmer's Right About Privacy, Wrong About Toolbars
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
It's pretty hard to move around the Internet today without leaving behind a trail of information. Any time that information can make someone money, you can bet that they will figure out a way to collect it. Although privacy is always a concern, users often don't realize the value of the information they're giving out for free, even when it's anonymous.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Progress Buys Two SOA Tool Vendors In Two Days
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Mindreef and Iona Technologies are expected to bolster Progress' portfolio which includes management tools and business process management software.
Google Tests Social-Networking Features On iGoogle Homepage
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Google is adding the ability for subscribers to chat with friends without having to download any extra software.
Livelink ECM Targets The Life Sciences Industry
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Managing quality is obviously a critical issue for companies of all sorts, but few have the strict guidelines and need for process of those in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry. Broadly including pharma companies, biotech firms, medical equipment manufacturers and others, life sciences companies have to balance both internal process with regulatory requirements. Managing all aspects of this can be a challenge.
No One Gets Fired For Registering A Dot-Com
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the generic Top Level Domain (gTLD), recommended opening the gTLDs to organizations that can afford the registration process and can prove they have the wherewithal to manage a gTLD. Many are predicting Wild West expansion of names and the death of the .com. I predict it will be risky business for domain name owners.
Google's Latest App Connects PCs To TVs
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Devices that could communicate with the Google software include the video-game consoles PlayStation and Xbox 360 as well as HP's high-definition TVs.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Judge Says Battle Over Founding Of Facebook Is Over
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The terms of the settlement, which involved an award of cash and Facebook stock, was ordered sealed by the judge.
Lessons Learned From Bill Gates
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Today is Bill Gates' last day as a full time employee of Microsoft, the company he built into a software giant. It's hard to even imagine that Microsoft was ever a small business but it had the same humble beginnings as nearly all companies. It also had an extraordinary leader in Gates and it is there that smaller businesses could learn a lot.
Firefox 3 Video Tour: Phishing And Malware Protection
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Firefox 3 includes built-in warnings designed to protect you against those bad guys who want to trick you into giving up your credit card numbers, or download software infections to your PC. The browser throws up a warning when you try to visit a known crooked Web page. Take a look at how it works.
Bill Gates' Legacy For IT
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
When Bill Gates steps out of his office today for the last time as a full time Microsoft employee, he'll leave behind a company in flux, but one that's been central to much of the business technology revolution in the last 30 years.
Bill Gates And Windows XP: Good Night And Good Luck
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Microsoft will mark the end of an era this weekend as Bill Gates and Windows XP -- two icons of the company at its zenith -- head for the sunset. Can Redmond survive this transitional moment, or will June 30 be the day Microsoft died?
Google Retools BlackBerry Browser Support
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Starting today in the U.S., users of BlackBerry smartphones should begin noticing a number of improvements to their Google search results. Google has tailored its software to better accommodate the BlackBerry Web browser.
Linux On The Move Once More
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Want a phone OS? Soon enough you'll have your choice of Nokia/Symbian, Google/Android, Microsoft/Windows Mobile, Apple/iPhone ... and now a merger between Linux mobile standards groups. There's something for everyone here.

Google Hears Your Complaints, Revamps Mobile Services Web Site
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Setting up services for your mobile phone often requires you to perform some configurations via the Web. This is true for a number of Google services, and apparently people didn't think it was easy enough. Google listened to all the feedback and launched a new mobile site today to help make it easier to set your phone up with Google services.
Talend Unveils Open Source Data Profiler
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Open Profiler helps IT teams assess data to identify potential problems before beginning projects such as data integration or application development.
Second Life Artist Faces Setback in Struggle For American Citizenship
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
The U.S. government recently denied a green card application by a well-known Second Life artist, declaring her two-year marriage to an American citizen to be fraudulent. The news isn't all bad for her, though -- the denial gives her an opportunity to appeal and prove that the marriage was legitimate.
Sun Bundles MySQL Database, GlassFish App Server
News  |  6/26/2008  | 
By charging only $65,000 per year, Sun hopes to challenge traditional commercial software providers that charge large license fees and maintenance costs.
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