News & Commentary
Content tagged with Software posted in June 2009
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Red Hat To Certify Linux Apps For Amazon's EC2
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Move will guarantee that Enterprise Linux packaged with third-party apps are ready to run in Amazon's EC2 cloud.
Microsoft's Security Essentials: A Promising Start
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
I've been using the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, (MSE) having been one of the lucky few to grab it in the first few days before Microsoft closed the beta. Here's what I think so far: It's not flashy, it's not feature-rich, and its not a replacement for enterprise-class workstation security. Because of that, it has the potential to be a great solution for consumers and small businesses.
Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Lenovo Launches Four Xeon Servers
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The new ThinkServers feature built-in virtualization, new power-saving features, and several Intel Xeon 5500 processors to choose from.
Google Fixes App Sync Plug-In
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Google App Sync for Microsoft Outlook has been fixed so that it no longer interferes with Windows Desktop Search.
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
GPL Usage: Growing And Shrinking, Both
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If the latest round of statistics are to be believed, the GPL -- the most popular license for open source software -- is undergoing a slow but fundamental shift. But if the same statistics are to be further believed, other licenses are also gaining ground on the GPL.

Realizing Government 2.0
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
One of the most compelling attributes of Web 2.0 is that it transformed the static Interweb from something pushed at us to something that includes our inputs. The coincidence of Howard Dean's intelligent use of the Web, the rise of Facebook in public consciousness and Barack Obama's very technologically-savvy campaign has led to the expectation that Government 2.0 would quickly follow.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
Firefox 3.5 Released
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and Bubbl.us.
Twisting Terms to Make BI Market Share Claims
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When a BI vendor claims they are the market leader of anything, according to IDC, you need to be clear on what exactly gets counted. In other words, study the taxonomy on page three of IDC's latest report...
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
Microsoft Defends Windows 7 Upgrade Limit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Redmond notes that cap for free upgrades is five times higher than Vista limit.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
Sun, RingCube Partner On Virtual Desktops
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Ringcube Technologies' vDesk desktops will run on Sun's Sun Ray thin clients, lowering the hardware costs of virtualized workspaces.
Online Sales Tax Brouhaha Hits More SMB Amazon Affiliates
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Amazon.com has dropped affiliate relationships with small businesses in North Carolina and Rhode Island as the states prepare to implement new laws requiring the company to collect online sales tax.
The Go-To Geek, June Edition
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Oh, sure, you may be a high flying enterprise architect, DBA, infrastructure engineer, or coder, but your friends and family all think: you work in IT. You love IT. And, "you must want to take care of my consumer grade tech needs because you love IT so much." Riiiight. How can you satisfy them and still have time for summer fun?
Pirate Bay Takes On YouTube
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
VideoBay is in "beta extreme" and comes with the warning, "Don't expect anything to work at all."
Google Fights Information Poverty In Africa
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Google is rolling out new mobile phone services in Uganda, where mobile phones represent the dominant computing device.
So Long, And Thanks, Google Earth, For All The Fish
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the latest installment of what appears to an ongoing series in the technology press, criminals are using technology to commit crimes.
Windows 7: Free Upgrades End With SP1
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Microsoft will charge businesses for XP-to-Win7 upgrades once first service pack is released.
Will New Certification Criteria Fuel Open Source E-Health Records?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Till now, certification requirements for electronic medical records were pretty hefty, addressing hundreds of stringent criteria that comprehensive inpatient and ambulatory systems must meet in order to get a seal of approval from the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, or CCHIT, a non-profit federally supported group.
Toyota Develops Mind-Controlled Wheelchair
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Brain/machine interface transmits user's thoughts to an onboard laptop which analyzes and passes commands to wheelchair.
Mozilla Releases Fennec Builds For Windows, Nokia Devices
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The latest version of mobile Firefox brings Windows Mobile users better support for touch screens and better stability, Mozilla said.
China Limits Use Of Virtual Currency
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trading virtual currency for real goods has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.
NASA Mints Nine New Astronauts
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Space agency's class of 2009 features diverse group of experts.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Information Builders Tops Ventana's 'Value Index' For BI Vendors
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Information Builders topped the list of seven vendors that agreed to participate in the study with a value index of 93%, followed by IBM Cognos Software, Infor, Softscape, Arcplan, Actuate, Symphony-Metreo, Microsoft and InetSoft, respectively.
Stallman and Mono: Not As Mono-Lithic As You'd Think
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Free software grand master Richard Stallman weighed in not long ago about Mono, the open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET. He's not against it in principle, he just doesn't feel it's a good idea to depend on it for anything, especially not the core GNU tools.

Panorama Gets Help From Google In Upgrade Of Web-Enabled BI Apps
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A new Google Apps client includes a Flash-based analysis application that uses Google Docs in presenting an intuitive user interface that allows casual information workers to navigate through large amounts of data to generate business insights.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
VM Management For Fun And Profit
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
I chatted up a group of IT pros running full tilt towards virtualization. They all seemed to have left their management hats at home... How 'bout you? We'd love to get your view on VM management.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
CIO Seeks Open Government In Brawling New York State Senate
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Andrew Hoppin, CIO of the New York State Senate, is working to leverage information technology to get more people involved in politics. Politics needs more voices from the left, right, and center, he said. "Not just professional voices, the people paid to be there, but the people who are interested and have a concern about the workings of the legislators," he said.
Adaptive Planning Says Challenging Economy Requires More Sophisticated Planning Tools
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Is the recession bottoming out or will things get worse? Is a comeback bounce around the corner, or are we looking at the dreaded "L-shaped" recovery where business remains stuck at a depressed level? More to the point, what is your company going to do about whatever scenario plays out?
Google Ups File Attachment Capability Of Gmail
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
I just don't know how anyone can survive with the limits placed on email systems these days. I mean, where does Google get off thinking it is acceptable to limit Gmail file attachments to a mere 20MB. That's ridiculous. Wait, what? Google just changed it to 25MB? Oh. That's cool.
Microsoft Limits Free Windows 7 Upgrades
News  |  6/28/2009  | 
Software maker's numerical cap on program is meant to push pricey subscription licenses, analyst claims.
Windows 7 Pricing: How Much Lower?
Commentary  |  6/27/2009  | 
For months, the news about Windows 7 has been encouraging. The product looks good, but the one thing we didn't know was how much it would cost. Now, we know that too -- or at least some of the picture.
China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
IBM Talks Up Cloud Computing
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
"Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT," says Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM Cloud Labs.
Google Warns Of Social Profile Spam
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Social profile spam is on the rise and Google wants Web site operators to do something about it.
Apple Bans 'Hottest Girls' iPhone App
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Apple threw cold water on the "Hottest Girl" iPhone app, removing the software from the App Store after the developer started showing pictures of topless women.
Lenovo Joins HP In Free Windows 7 Upgrade
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Buy a PC running Windows Vista Vista now, get a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it ships in September.
OpenSolaris: No Standing Still On A Moving Train
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
Yesterday I sat down on the phone with Larry Wake -- official title: Group Manager, Solaris Strategic Marketing -- to chat about OpenSolaris. I ended up with an answer to an unexpected question: How do you get people who use software measured in lifetimes of years and decades to move to software lifetimes of mere months?

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