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Content tagged with Strategic CIO posted in May 2008
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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.
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.
Google Shows First Android GPhone Prototype
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Sure, Google engineer director Steve Horowitz says "I'm here to tell you there is actually no GPhone" in this interesting Android demonstration video I've linked to. But then he goes on to show off a GPhone prototype he's been working with for the last six months. So let's go to the videotape.
Down To Business: Smell Opportunity, Not Just Upheaval, In Globalization
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
If there's such a thing as a business technology profession of the future, it's in developing, building, managing, and cultivating global supply chains.
CIOs Uncensored: An Interview With The Last CIO
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
How did it come about that Tomorrow's CIO really is tomorrow's CIO?
EDS Shareholder Sues To Block HP Merger
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The suit asks a Delaware court to force EDS to auction itself off for a higher price.
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.
'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.
Will Apple's 3G iPhone Still Fall Short?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
In April, shortly after I bought my very own iPhone, I blogged about the device's design flaws, pointing out the 5 Areas Where Apple's iPhone Falls Short. With the new 3G iPhone on the way, the question to ask now is whether all the lingering annoyances are being fixed. Here's my blow-by-blow assessment.
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.
Tomorrow's CIO: The Qualifications
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
What are the attributes that make for a good CIO, today and going forward? Here's another peek at our "Tomorrow's CIO" research survey results, specifically the attributes and abilities both CIOs and executive management are looking for in top technology talent. How does this line up with your own ideas about what it will take to prepare for the challenges of Tomorrow's CIO?
Belgian Newspapers Sue Google For Copyright Damages
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
Belgiun newspapers want Google to pay $77 million for violating their copyrights by reprinting headlines and linking to their stories.
Top 20 Risks U.S. Tech Companies Are Losing Sleep Over
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
If you think the slow U.S. economy is the biggest worry for U.S. tech companies right now, you're wrong.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Offers 'Virtually Silent' Machines
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The systems integrator continues to defy Apple's no-cloning rule, upgrading its Leopard-based knockoffs and ramping up production capabilities.
Debian Linux Suffers From 'Major Security Flaw,' Gartner Warns
News  |  5/28/2008  | 
The open source operating system is said to be vulnerable to hacks that could leave users' personal data exposed to identity thieves.
Architect, Sure, But Of What?
Commentary  |  5/28/2008  | 
The CIO is generally thought of as an architect -- traditionally of a company's IT structure and strategy and, increasingly, potentially, of a company's overall business processes. However, not everyone, it seems, is willing to make the leap to the CIO-as-process-guru hypothesis.
Dell Committed Consumer Fraud, N.Y. Judge Rules
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Customers lured into no-interest or no-payment financing were denied and offered high-interest loans that often exceeded 20% instead.
Joomla Rocks, Or How To Build A Professional Web Site For No Money Down
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
Working in a garage-based company that's looking to create its first killer Web site? Or maybe you're toiling in the bowels of a behemoth corporation, wondering why you're mired in an old-fashioned, "waterfall" software-development process when all you wanna do is board that Web 2.0 train, and quickly. Well, I've got the answer for you, and it's called Joomla.
Bell Canada Races To Appeal High Court's Takeover Ruling
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
A ruling earlier this month threatens to block the $52 billion takeover of BCE by the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan and a group of U.S. buyout firms.
Business Tech Is The Land Of The Living
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
Women prefer careers working with living things, rather than "inorganic matter," according to a study recently blogged about by my colleague, Richard Martin. But how come more females don't seem to realize that a successful career in the business technology field is all about working with people? People are "living things," too, right?
Cleveland Rocks!
Commentary  |  5/27/2008  | 
How did the CIO of a rust-belt financial firm buffeted by the mortgage meltdown mess pull out a big win in Cambridge, Mass., last week? Here's a hint: Make the most of what you've got.
Global Warming Skeptics Plot 'Carbon Belch Day'
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
Conservative grassroots group Grassfire.org wants people to waste as much energy as possible on June 12 to break free from "carbon footprint guilt."
Google Claims Viacom's Lawsuit Threatens The Net
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
The Web portal says its YouTube division exceeds the minimum requirements of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Online Hate Activity Rises, Extremists Using Web 2.0 Technologies
News  |  5/27/2008  | 
A report by the Simon Wiesenthal Center highlights how extremists have turned to YouTube, Facebook, online games, and Second Life to recruit new members.
Desert Island MP3s: What's Your Must-Have Music?
Commentary  |  5/24/2008  | 
Here's a holiday weekend thought experiment, which doesn't seem so far-fetched anymore given the high price of gas: If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, what digital tunes would you have to have on your music player to survive the boredom? In the old days, radio stations called this challenge "Desert Island Discs." I'm updating it for the MP3 era; read on for my list.
Google's Page Goes To Washington To Promote 'White Spaces'
News  |  5/23/2008  | 
Page sees slivers of unused wireless spectrum filling a role similar to Wi-Fi -- free and available widely across the United States.
Disabled Teens Get Grant For Online IT Training
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
The CompTIA Educational Foundation initiative provides career development opportunities for people who have been underrepresented in IT fields.
Court Rules Against Bell Canada Buyout Deal
News  |  5/22/2008  | 
The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that the $52 billion buyout plan -- the largest buyout plan ever -- isn't fair to bondholders.
For Indian Tech Entrepreneurs, Downturn Still Offers Opportunities
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
The head of The Indus Entrepreneurs, a tech networking group that mentors immigrant talent, says now is a good time to start new companies.
What CIOs Say About Innovation And Web 2.0 Tools
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
There are plenty of barriers to innovation, including a fear of change, riskiness, cost, and more. But an important element in facilitating innovation is collaboration, and Web 2.0 tools that help people share ideas are helping some organizations to break down the barriers stunting innovation.
Apple's Mighty Mouse Challenged In Court
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Maryland-based Man & Machine says the name of Apple's peripheral infringes on the name of its own waterproof optical mouse.
Social Networking, E-Commerce Driving Smartphone Users To The Web
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
U.S. smartphone users spend almost a third of their mobile Web time shopping on Craigslist, while their U.K. counterparts are browsing Facebook.
Western Digital Unveils 320-GB Portable Storage For Macs
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
The My Passport Studio external hard drive is designed to work with Apple's Time Machine backup software.
U.S. Broadband Penetration, Speeds Lag Behind Other Countries
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
The United States ranked 15th out of 30 countries for broadband penetration at the end of last year, slipping from 12th place in 2006, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
How To Tame Microsoft Windows Vista's UAC
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Are all those Windows Vista User Account Control warnings driving you nuts? Here are seven ways to make Vista's UAC less intrusive, while keeping legitimate security threats at bay.
Carbon Nanotubes Could Be Toxic, More Study Recommended
News  |  5/21/2008  | 
Nanotubes may pose cancer risk, but researchers have more to learn about real-world risks of human exposure.
Old Is New Department: Microsoft Patents Proactive Virus Protection
Commentary  |  5/21/2008  | 
Microsoft has just snared a U.S. patent for proactive virus protection, which is how security software helps secure your PC when it encounters shape-shifting malware not already in its antivirus definition file. What I want to know is, what does this mean for all the other vendors -- like McAfee, Symantec, Kaspersky, and Trend Micro -- that have been selling proactive protection software for years? Do they now have to pay Microsoft protection; I mean, royalties?
The Consumer Effect In Beantown
Commentary  |  5/20/2008  | 
Boston is a bitter pill for a fan of the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Cavaliers, such as myself. But I guess I'll make the best of it. I'm here to cover -- and participate in -- the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, which got off to a rousing start with a night-before visionary speech by the CIO of Verizon.
Agile Programming And Offshore Outsourcing
Commentary  |  5/20/2008  | 
A small offshore outsourcer, Exigen, is pitching would-be clients on using agile programming -- and an interesting pricing wrinkle -- to make offshore IT projects less likely to flop, and more likely to get done early. Problem is, most companies aren't even close to ready to work with outsourcers in an agile mode.
Xerox Unveils Five Printers For SMBs
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
New products range from the $279 Phaser 3100MFP, which prints, copies, and scans, to the $1,999 Phaser 5550 laser printer, which processes 50 pages per minute.
Apple iTunes Customers Targeted By Phishers
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Anyone paying any attention at all should be able to detect the difference between "kurvemageren.com" and "apple.com," security experts report.
How SAP Is Trying To Fill The Talent Pipeline
Commentary  |  5/20/2008  | 
Last week, SAP announced new university alliances to prepare future professionals with business, tech, and soft skills needed in the rollout of NetWeaver, ERP 6.0, and other popular SAP products. This week, the company talked to me about the work under way with other third parties to help fill the talent gap now.
Senate Should Stop Complaining About Bush Cyber Security Initiative
Commentary  |  5/20/2008  | 
I've been following the debate surrounding U.S. Senate authorization of funding for President Bush's Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative. A bunch of senators are complaining that they don't know precisely what they're funding and that there's all sorts of secrecy involved. Hey, of course much of the plan is secret! It's about security, stupid.
IT Pros Saw Paychecks Shrink In 1Q
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Average tech wages dropped in the first three months of 2008 compared with a year ago, says IT staffing firm Yoh.
Windows XP SP3 Chokes On ISP Versions Of Internet Explorer 7
News  |  5/20/2008  | 
Specifically, XP3 runs a version of an essential dynamic-link library file called XMLLite.dll that's not compatible with versions of IE7 released prior to October.
CIO: A Lot To Live Up To
Commentary  |  5/19/2008  | 
Especially if it stands for "Chief Innovation Officer," which is what Citi has in mind for the acronym. Is it a corporate turning point or management hocus-pocus?
Senator Lieberman Wants Terrorist Videos Removed From YouTube
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Islamic terrorist organizations use YouTube to distribute propaganda, attract followers, and provide weapons training, the senator said in a letter.
Google Launches Google Personal Health Record Tools
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
The pilot project with the Cleveland Clinic lets hundreds of patients add and access information about their medical histories and conditions.
Oracle Plans Utah Data Center To Support SaaS Business
News  |  5/19/2008  | 
Oracle joins Microsoft, Google, and others building new centers to support growing online operations.
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