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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in April 2008
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Judge Rejects RIAA's Music Copyright Infringement, Distribution Claims
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Merely making copies of music available does not equal distribution, or primary copyright infringement, the judge said.
Pay Isn't The Only Gap Between Male And Female Tech Pros
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You'd think there'd be more female tech pros peeved about earning 10% less than their male counterparts. But interestingly, our new 2008 InformationWeek salary survey of 9,653 IT pros indicates that money matters more to men, while women are most concerned about the job's challenges and responsibilities.
Interop Video: Management Guru With A Heart Of Globe
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
Tuesday's morning keynote at the killer Interop conference was given by C.K. Prahalad, a business professor who's not only got a keen sense of how technology impacts the globalized marketplace, but a social conscience and a sense of humanity, too. Who knew such a powerful combo was even possible?
Interop: Palo Alto Networks' Firewall Identifies App Traffic On Content, Not Ports
Commentary  |  4/30/2008  | 
You've programmed your firewall to block the ports that some unwanted app is using and that app turns up on your net again. Net-enabled applications don't tie themselves down to one port the way the Web (HTTP, port 80) and other apps do. After some firewall shuts their ports down, they find another port. Using traffic profiles instead of ports to identify more than 600 applications, not only did Palo Alto Networks' series win InformationWeek's
Two Must-Have Open-Source Security Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
Over the past decade, open-source developers have created some of the world's top-rated IT security tools. While some of these applications have a well-deserved reputation for being complicated and difficult to use, there are some notable exceptions.
SAS Institute Unveils Software To Help Companies Go Green
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
SAS pitches the software as providing a proactive approach to assessing green efforts, before businesses are forced to by new laws or environmentally conscious customers.
Microsoft Again Delays Windows XP SP3 Release
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
Hello, Would You Like A New Job?
Commentary  |  4/29/2008  | 
When was the last time you got a call from a headhunter? Have those calls cooled down lately? Think it's due to the weak economy, or do you think it's possible that you're just not that "hot" anymore?
Interop: Prof. Prahalad Says IT Matters More Than Ever
News  |  4/29/2008  | 
The business guru told an Interop audience that technology lets companies achieve greater flexibility and customization while lowering unit costs.
Oracle Database Susceptible To Rare Attack
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
"A lateral SQL injection" attack that can be placed by an outsider in a database application using Oracle's extended PL/SQL query language can be prevented, security experts say.
U.S. IT Salaries Are Down. Did You See This Coming?
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
While I expected the current economy to crimp IT salaries, I didn't see this one coming. InformationWeek's annual U.S. IT Salary Survey showed a $2,000 dip in the median total pay. This marks the first median drop in our survey since the tech bubble burst. How does the data match your reality?
FCC: Issues Kept Bidders From 700 MHz Safety Spectrum
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
An agency report says fears of payments defaulting if negotiations failed as well as the costs of building out and operating the D block kept companies away.
Verizon's Earnings Jump Thanks To Wireless Growth
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless unit recorded 1.5 million net customer additions, and Verizon's FiOS TV service signed up 263,000 net new customers.
Life Inside The One-Man (Or Woman) IT Shop
Commentary  |  4/28/2008  | 
Got a lot on your plate? How would you like to be the IT shop? While the common belief is that one-person IT departments are typically the stuff of start-ups and mom-and-pop businesses, that's not always the case.
Forrester Predicts Slow Year For Government IT Spending
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report found that 43% of governments are working with flat budgets this year, while 40% have bigger budgets than last year.
IBM, Cambridge Push For Increased Funding For Service Innovation
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
The report encourages universities to offer courses in service science, management, and engineering and urges governments to provide more funds for research.
Web 2.0 Expo Reveals: Mobile Is The New Desktop, Social Nets The New Media Companies
Commentary  |  4/26/2008  | 
Remember, you read it here first. Wolfe's three laws of the brave new Web 2.0 world are: Mobile is the new desktop, the home page is dead, and social networks like Facebook and MySpace presage the media company of the future. These catchy Web 2.0 catch-phrases popped into my head during a heavy week of session-sitting at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco. Here's why I'm optimistic that those of us who are ready to embrace the virtual future are going to be in for a fun ride.
Web 2.0: Whatever Google Knows About Spam, It Isn't Saying
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Trust and reputation systems are a great way to reduce spam, but Google avoids talk of an ongoing flood of malware-infected porn on Google Groups pages.
'LOL' Slips Into Homework But Formal Writing Still Valued
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
Twenty-five percent of teens surveyed said they used emoticons in school writing and 38% said they used text shortcuts or abbreviations.
Think Tanks Propose National Innovation Foundation
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Such a foundation would serve as a catalyst between industry and university researchers and seek to expand regional innovation through state governments.
Google Names Morgan Stanley Director As CIO
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Benjamin Fried replaces Douglas Merrill, who left Google earlier this month to run EMI's digital music business.
CIOs Uncensored: A Painful Data Integration Experience
Commentary  |  4/24/2008  | 
Dear Cleveland Clinic CIO: Help a broken man out.
Interop: Vettro Mobile App Helps Protect Underground Pipes, Cables
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Vettro 360 for Damage Prevention is built on the same mobile platform used to provide services like coordinating pickup and delivery, field service, and IT service management.
Innovation Marketplace Helps People With Good Ideas Find Problems
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Planet Eureka connects inventors with the problems they can solve.
Federal Spending Telework Expected To Increase
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Telework Exchange issued a report underwritten by RIM that concluded that telework is becoming a significant factor in IT spending for the federal government.
Microsoft Developers Weigh In On Live Mesh
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
House Members Try To Stop Efforts To Police Internet Gambling
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
A bipartisan delegation is drumming up support to overturn portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.
Keeping IT Staff Happy In Tough Times
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
Money is always quick and easy bait to keep valued staff from leaving. But how do you retain -- or even attract -- key talent when budgets are tight?
Interop Preview: Tech Industry Gets Ready To Rumble
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
Video: Ruby On Rails For Absolute Beginners
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
I don't know much about Ruby On Rails, the open-source framework which allows you to develop Web applications. Fortunately, walking the halls of the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, I ran into someone who does, and he's offering a free online course where you can learn about it for yourself.
MashupOS: Can You Have Security and Web 2.0?
Commentary  |  4/23/2008  | 
Okay, you have a web browser, and you have Web 2.0 applications -- mashups, in other words. And you have a choice -- convenience or security. The convenience of running mashups that combine related data from unrelated sources versus the minefield of running web services from multiple unknown, untrusted sites in a browser that was designed for visiting one known, trusted web site at a time. What's the answer?

FCC Chief Says Comcast Blocked Traffic Even During Slow Times
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin told Congress it appears that Comcast used technology that completely blocks certain traffic, like peer-to-peer file sharing.
Windows XP SP3 Embedded Not Coming In April
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
A Microsoft official would only say that Service Pack 3 for the Embedded version of Windows XP will come "at a later date."
At Last, A Homegrown CIO
Commentary  |  4/22/2008  | 
Weyerhaeuser's new CIO comes from within, proving some companies aren't afraid to put an in-house IT veteran in the top technology spot.
Windows XP SP3 Set For Release, Microsoft Says
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The service pack includes all updates issued since Windows XP Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and some new elements.
Venture Capital Slips Only Slightly As Economy Downturn Looms
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
Internet companies saw a 7% decline in venture capital investment dollars from the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the MoneyTree Report.
Cell Phone Users Gain Mobile Access To Health Data
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
AllOne Mobile lets consumers securely access their personal health records through cell phones and PDAs.
Astronaut Sets U.S. Space Record
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The Soyuz spacecraft landed Saturday, with three astronauts from the International Space Station returning home safely.
Web 2.0 Manifesto: 'Nobody Knows Anything'
Commentary  |  4/20/2008  | 
The people who really understand the Web know that nobody really understands the Web. (Zen enough for you?) Or, to put it more accessibly, to succeed, you can't try to out-think what your users want. You just have to try ... stuff. Which is why I'm so excited to be headed out to the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.
Domain Name Sales Boom During Real Estate Bust
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The $10 million sale of Fund.com during the first quarter of the year helped spark $38,029,543 in domain sales ... and high interest in generic domain names.
Don't Be A Control Freak
Commentary  |  4/18/2008  | 
How can CIOs control the end run around IT? They can't -- that's the lesson from a new CIO survey. Live with it, loosen up, and keep track of where IT dollars actually are going.
CNN Faces Cyberattack Over Tibet Coverage
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
Security experts and researchers are mixed on whether the attacks, reportedly scheduled around 8 p.m. on April 19, Beijing time, will happen.
MacBook Pro Customers Report Blank Screens
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
The display problem occurred after users deployed the high-end notebook's latest firmware upgrade.
FCC Hearing On Network Management Draws Net Neutrality Supporters
News  |  4/18/2008  | 
Speakers at the Stanford University meeting want policymakers to require cable and telecommunications companies to manage Internet traffic in a nondiscriminatory way.
CIOs Uncensored: A Focus On People
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
Burger King's CIO feels strongly that helping people -- IT employees and the community -- pays big dividends.
Down To Business: U.S. A Broadband Leader? Or Just A Poseur?
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
As new World Economic Forum ranking suggests, racing to extend the fattest pipes to the most people doesn't necessarily make you a world-class networked economy.
5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
For two weeks now, I've been the relatively happy owner of an iPhone. Still, I have some major complaints, and I know the folks in Cupertino are just waiting to hear what I've got to say. The problem is that the iPhone is a great gadget and conversation-starter, but not yet a true corporate tool.
Apple Patches Safari Vulnerabilities
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The fixes include patching a zero-day vulnerability in Apple's Web browser that allowed researchers to compromise a MacBook Air.
What's The Hardest CIO Job?
Commentary  |  4/17/2008  | 
It must be tough to run IT in a big bank these days, what with all the regulation and oversight going on. Logistics and shipping companies put a strain on IT systems. Google's CIO just left, perhaps for good reason. However, my nomination for the toughest CIO job is ...
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