News & Commentary
Content tagged with Enterprise Applications posted in July 2009
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Windows 7 Gets Auto-Upgrade Switch
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Microsoft's Windows Anytime Upgrade program lets users migrate to a premium version of the OS with a mouse click.
Piracy Verdict Gets Student Fined $675,000
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The verdict, $22,000 per track, is far less than the legal maximum the jury could have levied.
Set Top Shipments To Top 200M By 2013
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Many consumers are interested in a set-top box that connects to their PC and Internet.
Google Woos Business Users With Billboard Ad Campaign
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The company that made Internet advertising what it is today has decided to promote Google Apps using really big display ads by the highway.
VoloMedia Granted Patent For Inventing Podcasting
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
But blogging pioneer Dave Winer, among others, says there's plenty of prior art contradicting VoloMedia's claims.
Amazon Kindle E-book Deletion Prompts Lawsuit
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Amazon angered customers when it remotely deleted two books in from Kindle e-book readers without notifying their owners.
Apple Fixes iPhone SMS Vulnerability
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Moving to close a hole revealed at the Black Hat security conference on Thursday, Apple has released iPhone OS 3.0.1.
Firefox Passes One Billion Downloads
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
The Mozilla community is celebrating Firefox's success with online and offline events.
iPhone OS 3.0 Leads To Wi-Fi Use Surge
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
AT&T says it saw a 41% increase last quarter in iPhone connections at wireless hotspots.
In Case Of Disaster, Turn To Cloud
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
Disaster recovery is one of those eat-your-spinach topics: not glamorous, not fun, not appealing but good for you. A new report predicts that cloud computing will transform the backup, recovery, and business continuity markets and hit the sweet spot for many SMBs.
Shuttle Glides To Safe Landing
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Endeavour completes 16-day mission with spot on touchdown.
New Ubuntu Support Plans Built For Small-Biz Users
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
Ubuntu wants to win over more small-business Linux users with a new set of targeted, low-cost desktop tech support packages.
UK Government Tries Twittering By Committee
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
Reading about U.K. government guidelines for participating in Twitter, I'm reminded of a joke: A woman says to her workaholic husband, "We need more spontaneity in our marriage. Surprise me!" And the man says, "Great idea, honey! Why don't you prepare a list of ways that you'd like me to surprise you spontaneously, and then we can schedule a meeting to discuss it!"
SPSS Is Not the Story; IBM's Vision for Analytics Is
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
The media and my fellow analysts have been breathlessly touting IBM's acquisition of SPSS ($1.2B) as some sort groundbreaking to a new era of analytics. I don't see it that way... If anyone thinks the acquisition of SPSS marks IBM's serious entry into analytics, they've been sleeping...
Netezza Is Changing its Hardware Architecture, Slashing Prices
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
Netezza is about to make its biggest product announcement in years, cutting prices to less than $20K/terabyte of user data, replacing its PowerPC chips with Intel-based IBM blades and making substantial changes in how data flows between the various parts of a Netezza node for a claimed 10-15X increase in price-performance...
The CentOS Shakeup
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
A rift has opened within the ranks of the CentOS project -- a schism between the project's team and its leader that, to me, points up the differences between a "hobby" and a "professional" open source project.

Whacky Graphics at USAspending.gov
Commentary  |  7/31/2009  | 
I started this blog entry with the intent of appraising USAspending.gov's IT Dashboard, a new, interactive tool for evaluation of Federal Government IT spending. Unfortunately, graphical issues start on USAspending.gov's main page with one downright whacky graphic. I can't recall the last time I saw a graphic that so distorted the numbers, so I tried to recreate it (and failed). Here's how...
1 In 10 Internet Users Buys Virtual Goods
News  |  7/31/2009  | 
Nearly half of buyers report visiting virtual worlds; more than a quarter said they either own an iPhone or play social network games.
Yahoo's Incredible Change Of Fortune
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
Only last year, Microsoft offered to buy the whole of Yahoo for a price of somewhere around $40 billion dollars. This week, Microsoft managed to get the part they really wanted, the search traffic from Yahoo visitors, for almost nothing. What was Yahoo thinking?
Apple Shows Google The Web Hasn't Won
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The Web may be the platform of the future, but at the moment, Web development technology doesn't provide Google with a way around Apple's ban on its Google Voice app.
Xbox's Project Natal Revamped For Offices?
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
The technology behind Microsoft's Project Natal, a future Xbox technology that employs voice recognition technology and uses a camera to recognize gestures and eliminate the need for a controller, could eventually make its way into the business world.
Pirate Bay Tossed Out Of Netherlands
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The organizers of the Pirate Bay have 10 days to block traffic to and from the Netherlands, or face stiff fines.
Google Docs Gains E-Commerce Option
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
Google on Thursday released the Google Checkout store gadget, software that allows any Google Docs user to create an online store and sell items using a Google spreadsheet.
The Potential of Virtual Desktops
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
I've been covering desktop virtualization quite a bit lately; it's a pretty hot topic. After debugging the Matrix for the last 6 months in the InformationWeek Desktop Virtualization labs, I'm trying to free my mind and consider the potential uses of desktop virtualization beyond running MS Office, here's some pretty cool ideas. Gaming companies, listen up.
Google Readies Its Book Business
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
As it prepares to become a major digital book seller, Google is striking partnerships with brick-and-mortar stores and trying to dispel concerns.
SAP Demos Commitment To Business ByDesign
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Enhancements and testing of the software-as-a-service suite indicate that SAP intends to make the offering more broadly available next year.
Microsoft CEO Says 'Nobody Gets' Yahoo Deal
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Steve Ballmer says he was surprised by the market's reaction to the search and advertising partnership but also characterized the deal as "a little bit complicated."
Memory Chip Market Recovering
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Rising demand and limited supply will boost prices for DDR3 DRAM chips in the second half of the year, iSuppli says.
In SPSS, IBM Gains an Open R & Python Analytics Platform
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
I love telling folks that I ran my first SPSS programs in 1976... and that I haven't run one since. SPSS has long since reinvented itself as a predictive analytics vendor but brings other, less-visible assets to the IBM deal including the ability to patch Python and R code into SPSS routines. SPSS's Bring Your Own Analytics is a clear competitive differentiator with benefits for users and the company alike...
LG Reveals Latest 'Chocolate' Phone
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The handset's 4-inch, high-quality touch screen is geared toward watching videos and viewing Web pages on the go.
Shuttle Reentry Thruster Fails
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
A propulsion jet that guides Endeavour during descent to Earth has malfunctioned.
NASA's Next Mission: Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
As NASA prepares for the return of space shuttle Endeavour and, beyond that, its next-generation Aris moon rocket, NASA's IT experts are thinking about what's next for the agency's data centers. An early adopter of cloud computing, NASA could play a central role in the U.S. government's move to virtualized, on-demand IT resources.
Facebook May Be Friending Android
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Google's Android platform may soon become too big for the social networking giant to ignore.
Senate To Review Microsoft, Yahoo Deal
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Subcommittee on antitrust will closely examine search alliance, chairman vows.
RIM Releases Developer Tool For BlackBerry
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Mobile app makers can test and debug BlackBerry programs that use HTML, CSS, Ajax, Silverlight, Ruby on Rails, and other rich Internet applications.
Practical Analysis: Users To Microsoft: 'Win7 Better Be Good'
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
More than 1,400 respondents to our poll expressed their concerns over Win7 and vented their frustrations over Vista.
Startup Helps IT Bill For VM Use
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
Apptio's newest service tackles chargebacks for server virtualization.
Image Gallery: Virgin Galactic's Spaceship And Carrier
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The founder of the world's first spaceline, Richard Branson, said it will be ready to transport people and satellites into space in about a year and a half.
Open Source: The Way, Not The Goal
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
I didn't make it to OSCON this year, so I missed out on more than a few nifty events. One was a panel chaired by Matt Asay of Alfresco, where he cited research to show that companies do switch to open source as a way to save money, but that there are other, much larger goals beyond that.

Google Search Expert In Coma
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, a natural language search expert, was knocked unconscious by a falling tree branch Wednesday in New York.
Microsoft Takes Another Crack At Retail
News  |  7/30/2009  | 
The software giant's stores are expected to sell laptops, mobile devices, software, Zune media players, and the Xbox 360 gaming console.
Homeland Security Saves Millions In Microsoft, Oracle Licenses
Commentary  |  7/30/2009  | 
The Department of Homeland Security, in a published update on its ongoing "efficiency review," reveals it was able to save $89 million in software licensing fees by renegotiating contracts with Microsoft and Oracle. Every other federal agency should be undertaking similar reviews.
Build A Case For A Business Continuity Appliance
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
bMighty's second Business Case Builder is a free downloadable PowerPoint presentation designed to help your company justify the purchase of affordable technology solutions to maximize business uptime.
Black Hat: Fighting Russian Cybercrime Mobsters
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
McAfee and the FBI teamed up at Black Hat to discuss Russian online organized crime. The standing room only presentation was part fact and part hype. With a mission to publicize the FBI's work, Russians were made to be some of the most organized and threatening of all cybercriminals. While this could be true, the connections to American and other hackers around the world were drawn and cannot be ignored.
Intel Sees Windows 7 Adoption Speeding Past Vista
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Intel rejected Vista for its own 80,000 employees, but expects Windows 7 to be adopted much more quickly than Vista was.
Global CIO: IBM's Game-Changing Plunge Into Predictive Analytics
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
Why IBM's plan to buy SPSS will greatly accelerate the evolution of not only IBM but also that of the entire IT industry.
Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Fraught With Risk
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
Shareholders punish Yahoo over pact's terms while pundits say a host of issues could derail alliance.
Untangle Wraps Up Small-Biz Network Security
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
How much would you pay for a security product that is effective, easy to use, and backed by a company that is totally focused on the small-business market? Does "free" sound like a fair deal?
Lawmakers Aim At Texting While Driving
News  |  7/29/2009  | 
The proposed legislation would reduce federal highway funding for states that don't ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.
Veiled: A Browser-based Darknet - Not for Porn, Says HP
Commentary  |  7/29/2009  | 
For those living in a box, Black Hat is currently underway in Las Vegas. The first talk of the day I attended was by Bill Hoffman and Matt Wood from HP's Security Labs. They discussed their browser-based darknet called Veiled. Billy is best known for his web security research while working for SPI Dynamics, acquired by HP, and authoring a book on AJAX security. Matt leads development on HP's Scwaler and SWFScan security tools.
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