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The Scourge of CES: The Content Crisis
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
LAS VEGAS - The second-biggest problem at the Consumer Electronics Show, the World's Most Exhausting Tradeshow, is apparently the Content Crisis. (The biggest problem, as always, is the wait to get a cab.) I hadn't been aware of the Content Crisis or its effect on consumers, but in every aisle of the exhibit halls vendors are anxious to tell me that they have the solution to the Content Crisis - a way to give me more media, more audio and video to play on my iPod, my HD TV, my home theater. And
iPhone Hype: I Just Don't Get It
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
Reading up on the Apple iPhone, I'm not seeing what's so exciting about it, and I'm even tempted to say that the thing is going to sink like a lead balloon and everybody who's jazzing about it now is going to feel foolish in a year. It's a cell phone that's also an iPod that does the Internet and takes pictures. Why is that exciting? I already have a cell phone and an iPod, and my cell phone -- a 14-month-old Palm Treo 650 -- is Internet-enabled and a cameraphone too. I grant you there will be a
Why More U.S. Tech Jobs Could Be Lost To India In 2007
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
Despite all the outrage over outsourcing from Lou Dobbs and other protectionists, the practice of sending jobs to low cost countries like India has to date had only minimal impact on the U.S. labor market. But that may be about to change, according to a new survey from Merrill Lynch.
iPhone Phone Home, And Reaction To My Mac OS X Review
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
My initial reaction to Apple's Macworld announcements was: "Um...OK, a phone, the Apple TV, and a name change...OK." Now, I think the iPhone is a solid phone. I think it has a lot of things that people will want, and it will probably shake up the phone market quite a bit. Am I going to get one? Probably not. First, I'm a Sprint customer, and to be more precise, a happy Sprint customer. There's nothing in the
CES Products: Tinkerer Toys For Picture Takers
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
Underneath the casual-Friday dress code that predominates at CES beat the hearts of many a mad scientist. Digital photography seems to attract a disproportionate number of tinkerers and garage inventors, for some reason, and as I've wandered around the exhibit halls I've run into several products from some of them that make me want to reach for my wallet or scratch my head in disbelief, often at the same time.
Interoperability: Please Make It So
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
We Haven't Heard the Last Word on Teradata
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
Monday's announcement by NCR that it will spin off its Teradata Data Warehousing business comes as the latter faces new competition from HP and increased competition from established rivals including IBM, Oracle, SAS and appliance players Netezza and DATAAllegro. Teradata executives are sticking to the script about an independent path forward, but I won't be surprised to see Teradata snatched up by a larger rival.
CES 2007: It Can Be A Lonely Trade Show For Some
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
It's been a long two days, and at 6 p.m., closing time at the Las Vegas Convention Center, everyone is either on line for a bus, on line for a cab, trudging wearily back to their hotel -- or, as I am, sitting in Starbucks doing some last minute work and just letting their feet rest.
Counting Down To June For The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
It's going to be a long wait until June. That's when Apple says it will release its newly announced iPhone. But it may be July or later before I actually get one (or two, since I assume my wife will want one). Given the universal praise I've been hearing for the device, I suspect they may be hard to get ahold of initially.
Cisco Doesn't Think Apple Owns That iPhone Name
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
Cisco says it's been negotiating with Apple for years about using the name, and that those negotiations continued into last night. Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn't seem too concerned while making his blockbuster announcement about Apple's iPhone.
Welcome to CES, Brought To You By iPod
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
LAS VEGAS - While I'm at the Consumer Electronics Show, product announcements coming from MacWorld in San Francisco are proving where the real center of the consumer electronics industry is - wherever Apple's Steve Jobs is standing. Even here it feels like every third or fourth vendor you see is pitching something that works with an iPod.
CES 2007: Microsoft Offers Reassurance Via Family Testimony
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
Microsoft has a tent at CES just outside the Las Vegas Convention Center where, among other things, they are offering interviews with families were were part of their beta testing program (excuse me: their Life With Windows Vista program). These families were given a computer loaded with an early version of Vista about two years ago and were asked to use it as their main computer while giving constant feedback.
Insight at the Speed of Thought… Sometimes
Commentary  |  1/9/2007  | 
The Internet has raised the bar for BI expectations. We want to click a report and get an answer now. Complex query? Millions of records? Full table scan? Those are details that users really don't care about. People can view stock prices in near-real time, voting results, sport scores, even traffic. So why can't access to corporate data be equally instantaneous?
What I Did On My CES Vacation
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
LAS VEGAS -- The show floor opened Monday. I walked it. Here's what it looked like.
Keywords And Metatags Don't Infringe Trademarks
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
In a recent blog post, law professor Eric Goldman noted that a ruling in J.G. Wentworth SSC Ltd v. Settlement Funding LLC reinforces other judicial opinions that using trademarked terms as keywords and metatags does not constitute a trademark violation. The plaintiff in the case, J.G. Wentwor
CES 2007: It's Not Just Tech Folks Anymore
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
For somebody who has spent most of her professional life writing about computers and associated technologies, the crowds at the Consumer Electronics Show are a revelation. Not just the vast number of companies shouting for the attention of the buyers and media -- even though classifying some of the products here as "consumer" can be a stretch -- but the attention it's getting in the popular media. It's been front-page news in the
Second Life, New Opportunities
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
My 11-year-old daughter and her friends already are addicted to a virtual world. Called Club Penguin, it's for tweens, who create avatars--of course, they don't call them that--who are (quite naturally) penguins. Through their penguin alter egos, the kids can chat, build, and furnish houses (which are igloos, of course), and work at various jobs to earn money that they can spend on penguin clothes, furnishings for their igloos, and other goodies dear to the hearts of that species, er, age group.
Analysis Of The Brazilian Supermodel Sex Video Story In One Short Sentence
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
If you didn't want crowds of people seeing you have sex, why did you do it on the beach with other people around? OK, I can't leave it at one sentence, so here's a little more.
So Small, They're Unreal
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
LAS VEGAS -- While there are rumors floating around that Microsoft may use the Bill Gates keynote at CES here today to launch its Origami ultra-mobile PC, there are far more interesting super-small PCs floating around the corridors of the tradeshow -- little wonders so they're unreal. The only downside, of course, is that some of them literally are unreal -- they're prototypes -- but they're signposts to the futu
CES 2007: How To Get The Message Across
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
At CES, everybody's middle name is entertainment -- even at the news announcements. As a result, Panasonic is going to have to learn how to present itself properly if it's going to get the better of, say, Sony. The former started its Sunday press conference with a canned question-and-answer session between two top executives in a seemingly desperate attempt to uphold the honor of their plasma displays (and eventually announcing two new HD video camcorders). Sony opened its event with violinist
CES 2007 And Macworld Preview
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
Vista Lagging, XP Unflagging
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
CES: Calibrating The Hype Factor
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
The Consumer Electronics Show and Las Vegas are made for each other. They are both built out of flash and dazzle, and rest on a solid foundation of bullpucky that must reach all the way to the center of the earth. But they reach out their tentacles to ensnare your mind. Why else, a mere four hours after I got to town, would I wait in line with 500 other press people on a Saturday night to take a picture of an iPod in a plastic box with built-in speakers floating in a fish tank?
Get The Lowdown On CES 2007 And Macworld Here At InformationWeek
Commentary  |  1/8/2007  | 
The year kicks off with two big tech events this week. All the latest electronic toys and gadgets are on display at CES 2007 in Las Vegas, and Apple Computer struts its stuff in San Francisco at the Macworld Conference & Expo. In past years, those two conferences saw the introduction of pretty much every electronic gadget in your house: The iPod, MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini, VCR, and DVD -- all introduced at either CES or Macworld.
CES 2007: Products On View At CES Unveiled
Commentary  |  1/7/2007  | 
I've always been warned that CES would be chaotic, and it looks like they weren't kidding. On Saturday, at the opening of CES Unveiled, the first press event of CES, the line of journalists waiting to get their first glimpse of new tech (and their first free meal of the day) was down the hallway and around the corner. And this was before most of the attendees had shown up.
From Our Blog
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
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Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
IT Confidential: Resolving To Resolve The Daylight-Saving Time Problem
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
Put the new DST adjustment at the top of your New Year's resolutions list; it's not Y2K, but it will represent many precious hours of work if you don't address it now.
Guinness Brought to You Faster By Real-Time BI
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
It's Friday evening -- a perfect time for a cold pint of Guinness. Did you know that 10 million pints of Guinness are drunk around the world every day, four million of them in the U.S.? Getting all that alcohol shipped from the Dublin brewery to North American warehouses is a supply chain challenge is being met with the help of real-time business intelligence software.
Down To Business: Business Intelligence Still In Its Infancy
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
A common measure of a company's BI chops used to be the size of its data warehouse. Now it's the quality and timeliness of its data, and its relative success with content management
CES 2007: A Shocking Introduction From Taser
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
The Business Journal of Phoenix pun-ishes its readers with its CES coverage: "Taser International Inc. is hoping for a stunning debut appearance when it introduces its new personal protection device Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas."

CES 2007: How'd Things Go Last Year?
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
Macworld takes a look at how vendors did fulfilling promises at last year's CES. The upshot: Microsoft mostly delivered on its promises for Vista and for the Xbox 360. On the other hand, big promises for Blu-ray and HD-DVD fizzled.

Well, Sure, Everybody Loves Latte
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
Reporter Sharon Gaudin is on the Macworld rumor mill, with reports that the company may introduce a phone and video player next week. Great quote from analyst John Welch, who describes how Wall Street is always disappointed by the announcements at Macworld, no matter how big or small they are. Welch says Steve Jobs "could announce warp drive teleporters and people would bitch that he didn't announ
Are Legacy Systems In The Crosshairs For 2007?
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
HP CIO Randy Mott is applying the 80/20 rule to legacy systems. He says in a video interview that his goal is to have his IT organization spending 80% of its time on development, 20% on maintaining and operating its legacy systems.
My Web 2.0 Refrigerator Door
Commentary  |  1/5/2007  | 
The Promise of a New Year
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
New Year's Resolutions for Vendors and Buyers
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
When I talk to vendors about customer projects that were seriously delayed or that failed outright, the response is invariably: "implementation problem." That's code-speak for the customer or integrator (or both) screwing up. Sometimes customers are blissfully ignorant of their unreadiness to implement new technology, but I suspect more commonly implementation troubles result from a poor product fit.
Vista Lagging, XP Unflagging
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
Cost of upgrading to business versions of Vista: $199, $299, or $399, depending on which edition you choose. Cost of staying with Windows XP? Apparently priceless. That's one logical conclusion based on the stories that InformationWeek readers are clicking on fast and furiously these days.
Reason Number Six Why IBM Outsources: Those High Electricity Rates In Vermont
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
In addition to a hangover, Vermonters rang in the new year with higher electricity rates thanks to a 9% increase by Green Mountain Power Corp., which supplies much of the state's electricity. Among the opponents of the hike was that bastion of populist outrage--IBM.
CES 2007: Stuff For Your Car
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
Vendors at CES 2007 will roll out electronics to spice up your wheels, including the next generation in iPod FM adapters, in-car high-definition streaming video, and technology to turn your rental car into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

CES 2007: Bridging the Gap Between HD DVD And Blu-ray
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
Consumers concerned that HD DVD vs. Blu-ray will be the Betamax vs. VHS of the decade will get some relief from vendors at the 2007 International CES.
CES 2007: Turn On The Power
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
Power is the dirty secret of portable electronics. You unwrap your new mobile gadget, and it's sleek and sexy as Seven of Nine -- but it comes with a power-supply brick as ugly and lumpy as Neelix. And the battery supply has a lifespan as short as a tribble. Some vendors at 2007 International CES are looking to change that.

webMethods Tops Forrester Wave Report
Commentary  |  1/4/2007  | 
webMethods, which at the beginning of 2006 couldn't even break into the BPM analysts' magic circle/wave/whatever, ended the year taking top honors in the Forrester Wave for Integration-Centric Business Process Management. webMethods has put a lot into its new version of the offering. In addition to a real SOA platform under the covers, webMethods has included some BPM features that will knock your socks off.
Net Neutrality and the Virtual Worker
Commentary  |  1/3/2007  | 
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