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posted in December 2009
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5 Mobility Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Five predictions for what SMBs can expect on the mobility front in the coming year -- from Trust Digital.
My Last Essay
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
This is my last essay for InformationWeek, as we're putting things on hiatus so I can focus on writing my next book in 2010. There are a few things I want to say before I go...
Elementool Puts Project Management In Cloud
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
The company offers software project management tools on the Web as an integrated service.
The Lighter Side of Consulting
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
The other day I ran into an old Consulting mentor of mine. Smooth, superior and self-assured, the man was Consulting Personified. But now gone were the suit and smirk, replace by sneakers, stubble and a sullen look. Could it be The Curse of the Consultant?
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To Windows Mobile
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Job posting out of Redmond indicate Microsoft is likely planning to integrate its Xbox Live online gaming platform with Windows Mobile.
U.S. Pushes For EMR Standards
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
The proposal for widespread adoption of Electronic Medical Records standards could accelerate the disbursement of $19 billion in federal stimulus funds.
Apple Tablet Success Riding On Touch-Panel Patents
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
In my recent story on the Apple iSlate speculation, I pointed to Windows tablets to make the point that Steve Jobs and company don't invent things, they perfect them. But when I wrote that Apple doesn't have any tablet patents, a reader noted that what Apple does have is multi-touch interface patents. And those will be the key to the Apple tablet.
LCD TV Sales Boom Foreseen In 2010
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
While worldwide shipments rose 1 percent this year, they're expected to ramp 22 percent to 171 million units in 2010, according to DisplaySearch.
7 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Seven Predictions on what SMBs can expect from the world of cloud computing in the coming year -- from Appirio.
Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
The Myth Of Reliability
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Two outages for BlackBerry users around Christmas prompted many complaints and threats from angry users via online forums, blog posts, and tweets. I'm not sure if there's really an issue here.
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
E-Sales In Holiday Surge
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
Social network marketing, poor weather, and free shipping offers helped push online shopping to a 5% gain during the 2009 holiday season.
Online Retailers Boost Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
Amazon, Macy's and other e-retailers achieved record-high levels of consumer satisfaction over the holiday shopping season.
Eleven BI/Analytics Topics for 2010
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
This time of year, we pundit types like to post our summations of the past year's developments, our Best Of lists recapping our own work, and our industry predictions for next year, for 2010. Not me, not this year. I will, however, post on the year ahead... for me, on BI and analytics topics that I plan to cover in the next few months...
WSO2 Launches Business Activity Monitor
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The open source monitor provides visibility into services oriented architectures through the customizable WSO2 Gadget Server dashboard.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Windows 7 Year In Review
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
The operating-system buzz in 2009 may have been split 60/40 between Windows 7 and Google Chrome OS, but only the former is here today. As to whether a Web-centric OS like Chrome can ultimately edge out the most polished traditional desktop version ever, that's yet to be determined. During 2010, though, I expect that Windows 7 will increase its footprint, as enterprises initially wary of adoption begin to fold Win7 boxes into heterogeneous environments.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.
The Pros And Cons Of Virtualization For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Does virtualization really make sense for small businesses? Some experts doubt it, but I'm reluctant to offer any simple answers to this question.
AT&T Resumes Online iPhone Sales
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
AT&T has resumed sales if the iPhone in New York city via their website. I tested a few zip codes in the area and both the 3G and 3GS models are available, as well as refurbished phones. For whatever reason AT&T pulled them over the weekend from the website, they have apparently reversed course.
Remote Desktop: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Is it possible to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection technology with Windows 7? As always, that depends upon which version of Windows 7 you're talking about.
Salesforce.com's Wizard Was Parker Harris And Team
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Much has been recorded about the rise of Salesforce.com and how Marc Benioff's clever marketing brought the company to the forefront. Today, with its stock reaching new highs, I wanted to pay tribute to a giant of cloud computing, Parker Harris, the technology magician behind the marketing who made Benioff's story possible.
Apple Stock Falls Following Record High
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Investors are bullish on the products they expect Apple to intro in January, particularly the long-awaited Mac tablet.
London iPhone Problems Spotlight Network Issues
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
O2, the United Kingdom's exclusive iPhone provider, has apologized to users for dropped calls and poor reception.
Firefox Prepares To Make Its Smartphone Debut
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
According to the BBC, the first mobile phone version of Firefox is only "days away" from release. In reality, however, most mobile users at small and midsize companies will be in for a much longer wait.
Oracle Lifts Cloud Over MySQL Storage Engine Vendors
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Earlier this month, Oracle put out a press release promising to play nicely with MySQL if its Sun takeover is approved... Point #2 is the biggie, lifting a major cloud from the MySQL storage engine business.
MyYearbook Speeds Web Responses
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
EXtremeDB, McObject's in-memory, object-oriented database, helps MyYearbook meet the high performance demands of the social networking site.
Intelligent Enterprise 2010 Event Calendar
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
If it's about information management, business intelligence, enterprise applications, processes or architecture, it's listed in our annual guide to technology events. Make your plans for the can't-miss conferences, expos and summits of 2010.
Ford Vehicles To Get iTunes Tagging
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The capability will be part of Ford's HD Radio, which also offers digital radio reception and Internet radio over Bluetooth.
AT&T Resumes NY iPhone Sales
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The company may have been trying to prevent fraud when it stopped online iPhone sales to New Yorkers.
Manufacturers Seek Green Monitoring In ERP
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Executives want social media and environmental management functionality in their enterprise resource planning software.
2010 And Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
In 2010 cloud storage will continue to grow in use but like my other 2010 entries, next year won't be the "year" of cloud storage. As we discussed in our article "What is Cloud Storage", people and organization
New SSDs Hit The Sweet Spot For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
We all know that quality solid state disks (SSDs) are just too expensive for small businesses to afford, right? Not so fast.
Red Hat Revenue Up 18% In 3Q
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
The company continues to grow its revenue, often at the expense of Unix, in a recessionary economy.
Online Shopping Breaks Records
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Coupons and other incentives helped push online retail to record-breaking levels over the holiday shopping season, said comScore.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Intel Recap: Atom, Nehalem Were 2009 Highlights
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
For processor-architecture voyeurs of the Intel variety, 2009 was most interesting for the emergence of the low end as market segment with legs enough to compete with traditional laptops. (Read: Atom and netbooks.) At the same time, servers got a big kicker with release of the Nehalem line in April.
Qualcomm COO Leaves For CEO Job
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Industry vet Len Lauer will take the top executive position at an unnamed firm, according to Qualcomm.
E-Books Beat Regular Books On Xmas
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Amazon sold more electronic books than physical books for the first time.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
Integration: ECM Curse and Opportunity
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
With the proliferation of enterprise content management (ECM) vendors at many organizations, a new challenge is developing around managing federated ECM systems. Can the content management applications within an organization be integrated to help users find the information they need?
AT&T Halts Online iPhone Sales In NYC
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
AT&T has halted online sales of the iPhone in New York City. You can verify this by going to AT&T's online site and entering a NYC zip code. Sure enough, I entered a Brooklyn zip code and the iPhone was missing. When I changed it to my southern California zip, the iPhone 3GS and 3G showed up in the list. What is going on?
Reviewing The Year's Storage News Highlights
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Over the past couple of weeks, I slogged through the usual endless series of storage-related "best of" and prediction articles. Finally, here's one that is actually worth sharing.
Working With The Win7 Problem Steps Recorder
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Windows 7 includes a new remote support tool that is potentially very useful -- if you know about it.
Five Tech Startup Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
It's that time of the year again when everyone provides their predictions for the upcoming year. I'd like to take a look at five predictions for 2010 related to tech startups.
Wolfe's Den: Apple iSlate Chatter Obscures Device Significance
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Apple's expected release of a humongous-screened iPod will legitimize the platform for business users. It could, in turn, revive Windows-based tablets and make Webpads the big alt.platform story of 2010.
The Decade Of Windows 7
Commentary  |  12/25/2009  | 
As 2010 approaches, Windows 7 seems to be experiencing a successful launch and warm reception from both businesses and consumers. I've just switched over to Windows 7 for my day-to-day desktop, and definitely think it's an improvement over both XP and Vista. That's fortunate, because I suspect we'll all be using Windows 7 for most of the next decade.
Santa Claus, Technology Propagandist
Commentary  |  12/25/2009  | 
A good number of kids will go to bed tonight thinking at least two things about the traditions of Christmas: first, they'll consciously be thankful and thrilled about their presents and, unconsciously, they'll have been further indoctrinated into the miracles of technology.
The Perfect Office Mac?
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
German tinkerer Klaus Diebel will modify your old iMac so that it makes coffee but still functions as a Macintosh.
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