News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in February 2008
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Data Warehouse Appliances? Me too!
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Just as every presidential candidate this cycle is the candidate of Change, it seems that all the DBMS vendors offer the preferred data-warehouse appliance solution. That's the message I heard from appliance panelists at today's TDWI Washington DC chapter meeting. For a couple of them it was a real stretch, which in one case wasn't a bad thing. The net take-away is that we are seeing Change in the DBMS world, even if for the politicians that word is still only a promise.
WikiLeaks Wins Back Its Domain
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
A federal judge dissolves an injunction but a Swiss bank's litigation against the community-driven document sharing site will proceed.
OOXML In Geneva: Microsoft Document Standard Still Up In Air
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
A consensus was reached by standards delegations, but opponents predicted the thinness of support overseas will translate into votes to defeat at home.
eBay Settles Patent Dispute With MercExchange
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The online auction site said it will pay for three patents MercExchange claimed.
Co-Founder: YouTube Live Video Coming This Year
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
With Google's financial backing, Steve Chen is optimistic about offering real-time streaming on the Web.
Laying Waste To Your Enemies With Google Bombs
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Wired has a How-To Wiki on its site that often has great little blurbs on how to get things done. Today's How-To idea? How to embarrass, frustrate, or annoy your enemies by sending them Google bombs. Is this valuable knowledge to share? Is bombing people on the Internet something mature professionals do? Or is it
How eBay Manages Its Data Centers
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The company is a third of the way through a major three-year grid computing initiative and is hoping to move toward automatic service level management.
Sybase Bets Big, Wins On Column-Oriented Database
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Revenue for Sybase IQ, a column-oriented database for data warehouse systems, was up 70% last year.
Aquantia Seeks To Make 10GBase-T Scale
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Darwin would have liked our industry. Evolution is constant and predictable, and it's particularly so for Ethernet, from its original 10 Mbps incarnation to the current 10 Gbps version -- pricing, power consumption, and port density follow a similar trend line. But just because the evolution happens, doesn't mean that it's easy.
Microsoft To Cut Vista Prices By Up To 50%
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Price cuts for standalone packages of Windows Vista range from 20% to 50%, depending on the country and version of the software, Microsoft said.
Hacking My PowerShot
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Hardware hacking: it isn't just for those of us with soldering-iron skills anymore, as the hacks for the iPhone clearly show.  I don't have an iPhone, but I do have a Canon PowerShot A560, and as it turns out, that's another device that can be hacked thanks to some firmware wizardry.

Microsoft Combined With Intel For A Vista Logo Disaster
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer got its hands on the Microsoft e-mails that are part of the lawsuit regarding Microsoft's ill-fated Vista Capable logo program. Earlier, I said Microsoft, OEMs, and retailers all deserved blame in the logo disaster, but these insider e-mails have changed my opinion on apportioning blame.
Blu-ray Basics: Using The High-Definition DVD Format On Your PC
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Now that Sony's Blu-ray has won the next-gen DVD war against Toshiba's HD DVD, find out whether it's worth adding to your PC, for entertainment and data storage.
Vaporware Vendor Targets New Markets
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
You have to admire a technology company that can build a business around airborne water particles. FogScreen has done that, with an impressive customer list that includes Disney, Nokia, 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Microsoft. Now it's taking its act to Vegas.
BI Goes Mainstream at Procter &Gamble
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Philip Bierhoff, Systems Manager at Procter & Gamble, spoke at last week's FASTforward conference about strategies to increase user adoption as business intelligence goes mainstream. P&G's Symphony project creates "decision cockpits": dashboards based on specific roles and corporate divisions, and including information ranging from traditional BI reports to documents to news...
Fight The Power: Greening Your Linux Systems
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
SaaS vendor NetSuite Opens Platform To ISVs, VARs
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
In launching the NetSuite Business Operating System, the vendor is offering to host third-party software on its multi-tenant, on-demand architecture. As a result, ISVs and VARs can extend NetSuite's underlying capabilities to specific verticals.
Wyse's Thin Clients Touted For Virtualized Desktops
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company launches new hardware and software in hopes of capturing virtualization and energy-sensitive customers.
IBM Envisions Clustered Modular Storage
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company also plans to introduce in the next couple of quarters solid-state drives that will work alongside hard-disk drives.
Did Poor Data Governance Spark the Subprime Crisis?
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The subprime lending crisis offer fresh evidence that we're in the bear-skins-and-stone-knives era of understanding risk and making good decisions based on data. That's one of the key points I heard yesterday at an IBM Data Governance Council meeting in New York... Current technologies are limited by a lack of best practices and standards and by the sheer scale and complexity of enterprises and financial markets...
Google Hands Out Voicemail To S.F. Homeless
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The social program is a joint effort between Google's Grand Central group and the city's Project Homeless Connect.
Michael Robertson Debuts SyncWizard Storage Service
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The software collects contacts, appointments, music, and documents online and makes it available on PCs, PDAs, and smartphones.
What Risks Could Slow The Windows Server Juggernaut?
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
What Ballmer and would-be customers have to say about the new Windows Server 2008 release.
Taking Google Sites For A Spin
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
After seeing the news this morning about the launch of Google Sites, I decided to take the new tools for a spin. I signed up, bought myself a domain name, and went to work at customizing it and setting up users. Just how easy is it?
Newfound Faith: Oracle Upgrades Its CRM Software-As-A-Service Offering
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
SaaS momentum can't be denied, but the vendor will try to limit uptake among its core customers.
Microsoft Eased 'Vista Capable' Specs So Intel Could Meet Quarterly Numbers
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
A Microsoft exec says in an e-mail that the company lowered the standards for what qualified as "Vista Capable" to help Intel sell graphics chips.
Google Readies Google Health
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The upcoming service is expected to look similar to Google News and provide links to profile data, medical contacts, health notices, and drug interaction warnings.
Opera Trades Yahoo For Google In Mobile Browser
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
Google gains a huge advantage by becoming the default search option on the Opera Mobile and Opera Mini start pages.
With $85 Million Infusion, Glam Shines
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The women's-interest media company set a new benchmark for the exploding online ad market and set itself up as a potential competitor to Google.
Microsoft's Ballmer On Windows Server, Yahoo, Linux
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
How does Microsoft beat Linux? The same way "you beat any other competitor: You offer good value, which in this case means good total cost of ownership," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says.
Yahoo Fears Microsoft Bid Will Spark Brain Drain
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
Yahoo says the Microsoft takeover bid may harm its ability to hire and retain employees.
Firefox, Or Pigfoot?
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
One index of success for an open source project is how many other projects are derived from it -- or how many people have created alternate builds of the same project.  Firefox's success has spawned a whole slew of community-compiled editions of the program, and this week I've been living with one of them, code-named "Pigfoot."

Those Other Ruby Web Frameworks
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The Pragmatic Programmer has long advocated that it's good practice to learn at least one new programming language every year. If you're a web developer, it's at least as important to pick up a new framework from time to time.

Most Ruby developers tasked with building web applications are clearly working in Rails at this point. However, there are some great alternative fram
VMware Moves To Counter Virtual Machine Security Threat
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
More than 20 security vendors plan to use VMsafe, a set of APIs that offer visibility into VMware's hypervisor, to watch for viruses, Trojans, and keyloggers.
Google's JotSpot Wiki Reborn As Google Sites
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Google Sites offers simple tools for collaborative Web site creation.
Where To Start With ILM
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Last week I hosted an ILM (Information Life-cycle Management) video Web cast. One of the questions that came up was "Where do I start with ILM without much risk?" It's a good question.
Will Office Open XML Slam The Door On Accessibility?
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's bid to turn its Office Open XML (OOXML) format into an ISO standard is a bad idea for any number of reasons. One of those reasons, however, strikes me as especially troubling: If OOXML wins ISO approval, it could make life much harder for millions of disabled people who rely upon accessibility-enhancing tools and technologies.
Alternative To Homeland Security's E-Verify System Proposed
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Under the NEVA legislation, confirming whether a prospective employee can legally work in the United States would be based on the new hires registry database operated in each state.
Apple Set To Release iPhone Developer Kit
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The set of software tools is expected to include a compiler and hooks to an operating system's application programming interfaces for connecting to a variety of services.
Google Down But Not Out Due To Poor Ad Click Growth
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Advertisers have gotten more sophisticated in the past year or two and are looking beyond click-based ads for other options, industry insiders remark.
Dell Builds Out Web-Hosted Support Services
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Among the services Dell plans to make available are patch management, anti-virus, anti-spam, online backup and recovery, asset discovery, asset tracking, e-mail continuity, e-mail archiving, and image management.
Why You Should Love Information Mess
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
David Weinberger, author of "Everything is Miscellaneous," believes we need to unlearn what we think that we know about the best ways to organize information... He looks at how many projects require a much greater degree of control as they increase in size, but contrasts that with the Web, which has growth only because of the lack of control. Control doesn't scale; we just thought that it did...
Windows Small Business Server 2008: Cougar Sires Server Family
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft unveils the new version of Windows Small Business Server as linchpin of a new solution family with integrated products for business with up to 50 or 250 users.
Oracle Cleared To Complete BEA Acquisition
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have given Oracle fast-track clearance to buy the middleware vendor.
Microsoft Launches Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlined the company's strategy for enterprise IT and the benefits it sees in the latest versions of its major enterprise products.
For Sale: Passwords To Fortune 500's Servers
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Cybercriminals are paying premiums based on compromised sites' Google PageRank to buy thousands of login names and FTP credentials, a security software company reports.
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