News & Commentary
Content tagged with Operating Systems posted in February 2010
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Global CIO: Microsoft Slams Oracle For Limiting Choice But Seeks x86 Hegemony
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
Riddle me this: Oracle's integrated systems limit competition, which is bad, but it should kill Sparc to limit Wintel competition, which is good.
Twitter Drops MySQL For Cassandra
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The social networking site opts for the open source Cassandra data management system in what's becoming a not-uncommon move.
RSA: Microsoft Tries To Turn Shady Internet Trustworthy
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The company is releasing software to improve the process of online identification and authentication.
IBM, Shell Team Up On Oil Exploration
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Big Blue will lend its analytics expertise to Shell's efforts to extend the life of gas and oil fields.
Twitter Phishing Attack Hooks UK Cabinet Minister
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
The company is warning people not to surrender personal details to fake Twitter login pages.
Google Culls Gmail Labs
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The company is promoting six Gmail Labs experiments and getting rid of five.
Server Market Data Signals Rebound
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Data on worldwide server sales indicates that businesses are starting to increase spending on their IT infrastructures.
Microsoft Decapitates Waledac Botnet
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
A major source of spam and malware has been cut off from its controllers.
Microsoft Licenses Multimedia File System To Panasonic
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Panasonic will license Microsoft's exFAT file system, which makes it easier to exchange multimedia files across devices.
Senate Considers P2P Security Bill
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Legislation would require software developers to tell users when files are being shared via peer-to-peer networks.
Intuit Unveils Quicken Essentials For Mac
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The software is the first version of Quicken built from the ground up for use on Apple's platform.
Microsoft To End Support For Older Windows Versions
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Windows Vista RTM, Windows XP SP2, and Windows 2000 are nearing the end of official support period.
Scribd Launches Mobile Document Sharing App
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Non-copyrighted documents can be sent from a PC to smartphones, Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, and the Sony Reader.
SAP Revamps BusinessObject SaaS BI Suite
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
The upgraded BI OnDemand service consolidates CrystalReports.com, adds workflows for business intelligence novices.
Server Sales Up 4.5% In 4Q
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The good news was tempered by plummeting sales of high-end systems, resulting in an overall 3.2% drop in global revenue, said Gartner.
Google Faces European Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The European Commission says it is looking into three separate complaints about Google.
CA Buys 3Tera Cloud Startup
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
3Tera supplies a graphically oriented system for configuring an application prior to deployment, including deployment as a virtual machine into the cloud.
Google Execs Convicted In Italy
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The ruling in a YouTube privacy case, if not overturned on appeal, could put an end to online user-generated content in parts of the world.
Microsoft Announces Government Cloud
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The Business Productivity Online Suite Federal is hosted on a government-dedicated infrastructure in secured facilities within Microsoft's own data centers.
Q&A: IBM's Top SPSS Exec On Predictive Analytics
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Marketing veteran Deepak Advani talks about business analytics, predictive models, and Big Blue's coming decision-management offerings.
Global CIO Quick Take: GoodData Helps Enterasys Master The Cloud
Commentary  |  2/23/2010  | 
GoodData's technology, management philosophy, and "market-disruptive price point" have helped Enterasys drive more business value from IT.
Intel Reveals It's Been Hacked
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The company's annual report says that some of the attacks have been successful.
Microsoft, Amazon Sign Patent License Deal
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Amazon.com, a large commercial user of Linux, and Microsoft have signed a cross-licensing patent agreement.
Global CIO: NBC's Olympics Web Strategy Pounds Another Nail In Coffin
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
In trying to force web viewers to watch the Olympics on NBC's terms, the network showed how pathetically out of touch it is with that vital audience.
Google Renovates Ad Platform
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
The company's DoubleClick advertising technology, originally a tool for large publishers, is now also available for small publishers.
Free Software Foundation Asks Google To Kill Flash
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Noting that Apple has ditched Flash for "for suspect reasons and using abhorrent methods (DRM)," the FSF wants Google to deal Flash a "death-blow."
Global CIO Quick Takes: AstraZeneca Saves Millions With BDNA
Commentary  |  2/22/2010  | 
Well-done global IT-asset management can turn beancounting into strategic insight—and generate big savings.
Windows Phone 7 Browser Must Wow
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
Gartner says Microsoft should avoid mobile industry's "obsession" with native apps and give new phone state-of-the-art Web capabilities.
3 In 4: Internet Makes Us Smarter
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
A survey finds most believe the Internet enhances intelligence; but critics say its use zaps critical thinking.
Apple Adult Content Purge Encouraged By Developers
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
The company is removing "overtly sexual content" from its iTunes App Store in response to complaints from users and developers.
Mozilla Posts Firefox Fixes But Possible Bug Remains
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
A security researcher claims to have released exploit code that affects Firefox 3.6.
Apollo 11 Moon Rock Returns To Space
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
Shuttle crew places sample from 1969 mission aboard the International Space Station.
Euros Go To The (Browser) Polls March 1
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
Microsoft set to introduce "ballot screen" that gives Windows users a choice between Explorer or rival Internet software.
Google Cyberattack Linked To Two Chinese Schools
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
One of the schools has ties to the Chinese military and to a network company with ties to Google's rival Baidu.
Microsoft Yahoo Partnership OK'd By DOJ
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
Feds say the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo may be the only way to prevent monopolization of the search ad market by Google.
First Impressions Of Windows Phone 7 Series
Commentary  |  2/19/2010  | 
I had a few moments to spend with the freshly announced Windows Phone 7 Series operating system. One thing is clear: Microsoft is serious about taking back the smartphone crown. With OEMs and network operators on board, Windows Phone 7 is its biggest -- and riskiest -- step yet.
Facebook To Accept PayPal Payments
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
Advertisers, gamers, and other users of the social network will have an easier way to pay for their online activities.
Full Nelson: 10 Most Memorable Moments of Mobile World Congress
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Great phones, new apps, amazing technology demonstrations, photos, funny stories and more than you can cram into a single article.
Obama Ponders Manned Mars Missions
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
The President wonders what it would take to put humans on the red planet in live Q&A with shuttle crew.
School Allegedly Spied On Kids In Their Homes
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Web cams in laptops provided a school district with compromising photos of minors in their homes, a lawsuit claims.
Windows Phone 7 Dev Kit Nears Release
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Microsoft promises "best in our history" development platform for its slick new mobile OS.
Global Botnet Attack Hits Enterprise, Government PCs
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Operating undetected for about a year, the criminals behind the cyberattack had control of more than 74,000 computers.
Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Gets Green Light
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Companies say it's now just a matter of days before they implement their wide-ranging search alliance.
Server Den: AMD Emphasizes Energy Efficient Opterons
Commentary  |  2/18/2010  | 
Our columnist interviews AMD chief marketing officer Nigel Dessau, who talks about the scrappy chip vendor's upcoming processors, the four stages of virtualization, and why scale-out servers could be the platform of the future.
PleaseRobMe.com Solicits Social Theft
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
The Web site gathers tweets and online posts about people who are away from home to emphasize the risk posed by advertising one's location.
Global CIO: Open Letters To Ellison, Hurd, Chambers, & Plattner
Commentary  |  2/17/2010  | 
In the past year we've made candid suggestions to each of those executives via open letters -- were our ideas on target?
Microsoft Outlook Becomes Social Hub
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
The company's popular messaging client now connects with LinkedIn, and soon with Facebook and MySpace.
Windows Phone 7 A Game Changer?
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
The buzz surrounding Microsoft's new phone OS doesn't change the fact the company is a distant fourth in the mobile market, but the software could change things.
Dell Offers Microsoft Integration Suite
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
Open Manage contains tools to integrate Dell hardware with Microsoft System Center.
Astronauts Open Windows On The World
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
Endeavour crew takes the wraps off new space station module that offers panoramic views of the Earth and other celestial bodies.
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