News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in May 2008
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Looking through the Prism at WPF
Commentary  |  5/31/2008  | 
Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaborative Tools Gird Wachovia's Global Push
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Wachovia is embracing Wikis, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and other collaborative tools to connect staff, cut costs, and retain and attract younger employees.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
Google Seeks Dismissal Of Street View Lawsuit
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Google insists it has the right to drive upon a private road, turn around in a private driveway, and take pictures of private property.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
Mozilla's Add-On Army (Finally!) Makes Its Move
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
As Firefox 3 takes its final steps towards a final release, some users are wondering whether their favorite extensions will fall by the wayside. As it turns out, most of them won't have to wonder -- or worry -- much longer.
Online Ad Market Expected To Beat TV By 2012
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Video advertising will lead the shift, leading to overall Internet ad revenue of $51.1 billion, according to one research firm.
The Challenge of Mobile Analytics
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Last year everyone was talking about Web 2.0; this year it's all about the Mobile Web. Let's take a look at what this means for mobile analytics... The bottom line: Mobile analytics are relatively new; beyond infancy, but certainly not for the faint of heart. The biggest challenges are...
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Live Search Cashback Invites Company Troubles
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
My first look at Microsoft's new Live Search Cashback mentioned some concerns about its potential for abuse by employees. It would be easy for someone to buy products with company money and pocket the cashback rewards. As I've been doing a few more searches and purchases with the service, it seems like some merchants may be counting on this sort of behavior.
Obama's Tech Outreach Betrays Small Glitches
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
While Sen. Barack Obama unveiled an impressively broad technology policy plan last November, his campaign still has a few glitches to work out in terms of its own use of online technology for outreach.
Google's Android To Offer Up App Store?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Another gem to come from Google's I/O conference is news that Android-powered phones will be able to access some sort of centralized store to find and download applications to the handset. This will be great for developers looking to distribute their applications, as well as users seeking new functionality for their phones.
Startup Incubator Opens In Pittsburgh
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
A new facility for startup software and Internet companies is about to open in Pittsburgh. The new AlphaLab is affiliated with Innovation Works, a seed-stage investor that has pumped $37 million into more than 100 Pittsburgh-area startups over the past eight years.
Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser?  What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really.  It's Flock, which serves as great proof of how open
Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.
MEDgle: Symptoms Ending In 'gle'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
You know that rash, that one you don't want to talk about but that you keep scratching and wondering about but you're afraid to go to the doctor and get it checked out? I'm kidding -- but seriously, if you did, you could go to MEDgle first and find out how seriously to take it. This self-funded startup is yet another interesting way to exploit the expansiveness of the Web to create a new business opportunity.
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Ultra Low-Cost Laptops: A Viable Option For SMBs?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
No one likes to spend more than they have to on a computer. And no one likes to carry around more weight than they have to. You'd think that would make a killer combination for ultra-low-cost ultra-portables like the Asus eeePC, OLPC XO, and HP 2133 Mini-Note. And now a new teeny tiny machine is on the way from Dell. But don't throw away your traditional notebook just yet.
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
IBM Adds Social Networking To Rational Team Development
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Rational Team Concert is aimed at letting all participants in the development process--not just developers--collaborate.
Obama's 'Solution' For Bridging U.S. Science Gap: Eliminate SATs
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The Democratic presidential candidate has found a unique way to boost U.S. students' performance in math and science -- he'd eliminate rigorous testing and let everyone into college for free. Yup, that ought to do it.
Security, the Cloud and the Data Warehouse
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
"Doesn't DW-in-the-cloud suffer from the same fundamental problem as DW-as-a-Service in that you have to pump all of your proprietary, strategic, highly sensitive data outside of the firewall onto someone else's hardware?" James Dixon posted this question in response to my last post, and it points to a fundamental criticism that has been around since the first ASP started years ago...
Google's Marissa Mayer Sides With Simplicity
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Behind The CIA's Intellipedia
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To improve information sharing among intelligence agencies, the CIA turned to technologies emanating from Web 2.0, such as blogs, Wikipedia -- and Facebook.
Opera Cozies Up To Google, Adds Gears Support
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
I use Google Gears. I also use Firefox. When I upgraded to Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1, I lost access to Google Gears because it isn't supported yet. This is somewhat vexing. I also use the Opera browser from time to time. Today, Opera Software announced that both the desktop and the mobile versions of its browser will support Gears. Time for me to change browsers?
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Sony Gets Wiki With It
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Copyright Issues Become Cloudy When Content Owners Can't Be Found
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Congress is considering changes to the way libraries, historians, museums, publishers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others can use copyright-protected works whose owners cannot be found.
Windows 7 'Ultimate' Video: First Glimpse?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Windows 7 appears to look a lot like Windows Vista, judging from a video purporting to show the "Ultimate" version of Microsoft's next operating system that has popped up on the Internet and drawn more than one million hits on YouTube.
'State Of The Internet' Shows Attacks, Network Speeds Up
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Attacks coming from 125 countries targeted 23 unique network ports, with the most malicious traffic coming from the United States and China, Akamai reports.
N.Y. County Holds Giant Online Garage Sale
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Nassau County is selling a 4,200-square-foot home alongside cufflinks, collectible pens, highway maintenance equipment, power generators, scrap metal, and cameras.
Converting Science Fiction To Reality: The Transformative Power Of Technology
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Think there's no more magic in this business? Still have people trying to tell you that IT doesn't matter? Think again. I spent most of Wednesday at Carnegie Mellon University and among the people I spoke with was Jay Srini, the Chief Innovation Officer for the neighboring University of Pittsburgh's Medical Center Health Plan. Jay spoke about the extraordinary advances being made in the spaces where IT and medical technology and bioengineering meet health care.
Yahoo CEO Yang: Microsoft Not Interested In Merger
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang says his company and Microsoft are exploring possible partnerships.
Bashing SAP, Oracle and Other 'Stackers'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Lombardi's Jim Rudden posts an admittedly "cranky" piece about software giants like SAP crashing the business process management (BPM) party. His beef with those companies, which he calls "Stackers," is that they pursue the promise of BPM half-heartedly... I think he paints the Stackers with too broad and too black a brush. So let me offer a more nuanced view.
Open Source And Open APIs, Facebook-Style
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
The more I read Facebook's statement about opening its platform to third-party developers, the more it seems like you could interpret what they say as a promise to open just their APIs, or both their APIs and their underlying platform code.  Which one's more likely?  Better to ask: which one makes the most sense for Facebook, or any other Web compan
Nokia as a 'Software' Company
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
I'm probably the first to report that the news out of Barcelona is that cell phone giant Nokia  is transitioning from being a mobile phone company to being a software company. I'd be wrong, of course. Well, mostly wrong.

Google Earth Now Viewable Inside Web Browsers
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Google says it wants to open up the core of Google Earth to developers so they can create the next great 3-D geo application.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3 Fixes Flaws, Adds Google Sync
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The patch includes a fix for the most serious of three iCal vulnerabilities disclosed by Core Security Technologies earlier this month.
Google I/O Overrun By Developers
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
More than 2,900 developers descended on the Moscone Center West convention center in San Francisco on Wednesday and Google wasn't ready for them.
Google's Developer Strategy Rests On The Cloud
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Its new era of software development includes Google Gears, Android, Google App Engine, Google Web Toolkit, and OpenSocial API, the company revealed at its I/O conference.
VMware To Acquire B-hive Virtual Application Performance Monitoring
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
B-hive's flagship product, B-hive Conductor, monitors an application from the network, measuring the response time between a user action and an application response.
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