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Content tagged with Software posted in July 2008
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Alfresco Releases An Open Source SharePoint Compatible Alternative
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Alfresco, whose open source enterprise content management (ECM) software has earned it a significant following, is making more waves with the release this week of Alfresco Labs 3, an open source alternative to Microsoft SharePoint.
VMware Releases Beta 2 Of Mac Virtualization App
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The latest suite of Mac-Windows integration features new ways for protecting virtual machines with multiple snapshots and new tools for technical professionals.
Google Plans Venture Capital Fund
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company's VC arm will be led by David Drummond, Google's senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer.
Blade Server Use Will Be Limited Through 2012, Researcher Says
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Among the disadvantages of blade servers are proprietary technology and a lack of interoperability standards that tend to lock users to a vendor.
rBuilder: DIY Open Source Appliances
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
I blogged earlier about the growth of open source virtual appliances, which now includes outfits like Jumpbox who create value-added appliances for popular open source packages. Now comes rBuilder, for those with a bit more do-it-yourself spirit.

As Data Center Needs Grow, Microsoft Plows Into Iowa
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Its online services push requires a huge investment in new data center facilities.
Boeing Standardizes Software For Product Development
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing, as Boeing faces roaring demand and an order backlog of 3,600 commercial planes.
EDS Denies Layoff Report, Shareholders Approve HP Deal
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The transaction, which valued EDS at $25 per share, is expected to close in the second half of 2008.
Facebook To Use Intel-Powered Servers
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The agreement includes evaluation, benchmarking, and optimization of software for Intel architecture in Facebook's growing data centers.
Microsoft Sues Mouse Maker Primax
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft accuses Primax of using several patented technologies developed for keyboards and mice.
Netflix Will Stream TV, Movies To LG Blu-Ray Player
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The LG BD300 player will rely on a wired broadband connection to display a variety of streaming content from Netflix and other services.
Beyond Vista: Microsoft's Plans For Windows 7, 8, And 'Midori'
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Microsoft's OS developers need to be more sure-handed than ever these days, given the number of balls they've got in the air.
Apple Says MobileMe's E-Mail Bugs Fixed
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The company said the service's e-mail issues have been repaired, but some subscribers are still reporting problems.
With Microsoft Midori, Platforms Take Shape In The Cloud
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The advent of browser-based thin clients like CherryPal and projects from Microsoft, Google, and others indicates that fully cloud-based computing will make its way to the masses.
Alfresco Debuts Beta Of SharePoint Competitor
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Today Alfresco takes aim at Microsoft SharePoint, the collaboration juggernaut, with the release of Alfresco Labs 3. Currently available in beta, Alfresco Labs 3 lets companies use SharePoint in an open-source environment.
Sybase, DBMS Clusters, MPP, and DATAllegro
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
NowPublic Lists Silicon Valley's Most Influential Web Voices
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
The "crowd-sourced" list contains the most popular voices on the Web through sites like Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and others.
Cuil Needs To Fix Its Technology Before It Can Get Hot
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Search engine expert Stephen Arnold believes the surge of interest in Cuil shows there's a huge pent-up demand for an alternative to Google.
Should Microsoft Play To Its Corporate Strengths?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
With Apple recently experiencing explosive growth and Microsoft stock in the doldrums for most of the decade, it's time for some action in Redmond. Last time I proposed a "show them how it's done" model, where Microsoft builds complete solutions that include its software. This time it's the "focus on what you do best" approach; for Microsoft that means servers and business infrastructure.
Scrabulous Revived On Facebook With New Name, New Features
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
Like Scrabulous, the new game Wordscraper allows players to choose seven tiles at a time to create words on a board that offers double word and triple letter points.
Thomson Reuters Replaces IM Software To Avert Wall Street Disruption
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
A U.S. District Court Judge ruled the firm had to stop using its FaceTime instant messaging after failing to make a final payment to the contractor that provided it.
Boeing To Roll Out Product-Management Software Companywide
News  |  7/31/2008  | 
It's part of an effort to improve manufacturing as Boeing faces an order backlog of 3,600 planes, including the delayed Dreamliner 787.
Google Says Privacy Doesn't Exist, Get Used To Everyone Knowing Everything About You
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
The headline practically says it all. Google is being sued by a Pittsburgh couple for posting images of its house on the Internet in Google's Street Views pages. Google responded, in court no less, that complete privacy simply doesn't exist in today's world and the couple should stop crying about it.
Is Oracle Really Ready for BI and EPM?
Commentary  |  7/31/2008  | 
Instead of just making a broad set of statements on the recent Oracle announcements made on July 16th, this is a little more depth and perspective that might be useful for you as you think about Oracle and their BI and performance management approach to the market... The devil is in the details of these announcements and the impact on your review or use of these products needs to be clear and precise.
Nielsen Norman Group Evaluates Intranet Portal Usability
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, a Web usability-centric column published every two weeks, focused recently on enterprise intranet portals. It's been three years since the Nielsen Norman Group last took a detailed look at the enterprise portal industry, and in its latest report, it notes that while many things have changed, certain key principals -- such as usability, governance and effectively measuri
Google Acquires Omniso
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Google, via the YouTube blog, on Wednesday said that it has purchased Omniso, a California-based social video startup.
Chinese Demand For Locally Made Chips Heating Up
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The main reason for the trend, according to iSuppli's report, is the drop in manufacturing outsourcing to China by foreign electronic equipment makers.
Sprint Updates Its Mobile Web Browser
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Dubbed "Sprint Web," the interface includes an adaptive homepage and a Google search bar.
Rebooting Windows: How To Recover From Vista Crashes
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
We've pulled together a passel of little-known software backup and repair techniques so you won't have to reinstall Vista from scratch, if it gets trashed or hits a fatal startup error.
MySpace Adds To Senior Executive Suite
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
MySpace, which launched four years ago, now has more than 117 million users worldwide and offices in 19 countries and 29 localized sites across the Web.
Amazon Offers Online Payment Service For E-Commerce Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Checkout By Amazon and Amazon Simple Pay will compete with PayPal and Google Checkout for a piece of the online payments pie.
Consumers Spend Less, Comparison Shop Online
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The latest Consumer Behavior Report suggests prices at the pump are now a factor in how far shoppers will go to get that great deal.
Google Maps Adds Mass Transit Support For S60 And Windows Mobile Phones
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Not too long ago, Google added transit directions to is Maps for Mobile product. Initially, it supported just BlackBerry smartphones. Today, Google added support for Nokia's S60 platform and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, as well. I gave the new mapping software a spin.
Yahoo To Reimburse Customers Of DRM-Protected Music
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
People who purchased from Yahoo's soon-to-be-closed online music store will be offered coupons for MP3s from Rhapsody.
Microsoft Prepares For Post-Windows Era With 'Midori'
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The operating system is being designed from the ground up to support Internet-based computing and multicore architectures.
British Hacker Loses Extradition Appeal
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
UFO fanatic Gary McKinnon is accused of hacking into 97 U.S. military computer systems in 2001 and 2002 and may face as many as 70 years in a U.S. prison.
Hollywood Sues Two Free-Movie Sites
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The sites offered free streams of copyrighted films, including the latest X-Files, Batman, and Hellboy movies.
Despite Buyout, Bell Canada Cuts 2,500 Managers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The company said the loss of positions will result in annual savings of about $300 million when combined with other reductions carried out earlier in the year.
Software Contract Dispute Threatened IM On Wall Street
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
A judge told Thomson Reuters it had to stop using its instant messaging software by Friday after a payment dispute with the contractor providing the technology.
Fighting Siloing In Open Source
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
Another major theme recurring through the notes I took at OSCON, something echoed by many people there, is "siloing" -- or, rather, how to recognize it and do something about it.

Rural Areas Hotbeds Of Twitter Searches, Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Lightly populated areas are more prone to fostering online relationships because of travel constraints, a report from Gaebler Ventures suggests.
Microsoft Offers In-Car Internet Search Service To Automakers
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The service comes as automakers begin to embrace the Internet, starting with a wireless connection option on Chrysler models beginning next month.
Apple: We Fixed MobileMe
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
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Qwest Rolls Out Verizon Wireless Handsets, Services
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
The Verizon service replaces the Sprint service that has been offered by Qwest since it sold its earlier Qwest Wireless service a few years ago.
Looking For Anyone In Particular?
Commentary  |  7/30/2008  | 
In the current economic climate, hiring new people is something that's put on the back burner at many organizations -- especially if there's any threat that a "reduction in headcount" might be in the cards. But, that doesn't mean no one is hiring IT people. In fact, certain talent is still hard to find and highly sought after at some organizations.
Struggling Banks Turn To Social Networking
News  |  7/30/2008  | 
Fiserv has launched a Facebook application called MyMoney that lets users pay bills, make transfers, and check balances.
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