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Content posted in January 2008
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DEMO Update: Skyfire Debuts New Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
With all the transformation occurring in the mobile and wireless market -- with powerful new devices and established mobile browsers jostling for users' attention -- it's an interesting time for a new mobile browser to appear. That's what happened today at Demo.
Old Scheduling Dog Shows DEMO A New Trick
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
We often hear that business technology must look and feel more like personal technology, and Demo's kick-off presentation came from a company that's moving in that direction. TimeTrade Systems, whose enterprise scheduling software is used by 300 companies, demonstrated an innovative scheduler for individual users.
Social Computing Goes Mobile
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Engineering Content Management For A Web 2.0 World
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
If you think we're entering a recession, you wouldn't know it from talking to Alfresco's CEO John Powell.
Green-For-Profit At DEMO '08
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Can green business be good business? Two companies highlighted at Demo '08 this week are foregoing the not-for-profit model. One has unveiled a smarter charger for consumer electronics, the other tracks and shares users' energy-saving actions.
Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.
Poking Cisco In The Eye
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Cisco frowns on resellers of used network hardware because it doesn't get a cut of aftermarket sales. Network Hardware Resale (NHR), a prominent reseller, is going a step further by offering an alternative to Cisco's SMARTnet maintenance service -- a key revenue source for the networking giant.
A Chat With Movable Type's Anil Dash
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
What with Six Apart's blogging/CMS software Movable Type now released in an open source edition, I decided to go directly to someone at the company -- namely, VP Anil Dash -- and talk to him about where his company's headed.  Movable Type's become one of my personal open source case studies, partly because I use the program myself (as does InformationWeek) and because I'v
Enterprise Architects Must Plan for SaaS
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
This week I'm speaking at the Open Group Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in San Francisco. I did the Keynote presentation at the summer conference in Austin, Texas, and will be providing the Keynote at this conference as well. So, what does enterprise architecture have to do with SaaS? Plenty, and those who plan, work, and build their enterprise architectures today will ignore SaaS at their peril.
Hackers Enable Over-The-Air Firmware Updates For iPhone
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Once again, hackers are a step ahead of Apple and AT&T. Users of unlocked iPhones that are running firmware 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 can upgrade to 1.1.3 over the air directly through the installer.app. Maybe hacker ingenuity is why one-quarter of all iPhone users are
Analyst: Motorola Quitting Handset Business
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I've heard my fair share of wacky predictions from analysts. Though I've been hard on Motorola this past year, I think Nomura International analyst Richard Windsor is a little off the mark when he suggested that Motorola might ditch its mobile handset business rather than attempt to resurrect it. But can Motorola actually
At DEMO, Microsoft Keeps A Watchful Eye
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
At the Demo conference this week, dozens of entrepreneurs will vie for the attention of investors, customers, and the media. Microsoft is none of those things, yet it's a platinum sponsor of the event. Why? Microsoft is looking to bring more up-and-coming companies into its fold.
Report: Smaller Businesses Getting Smarter About Their IT Dollars
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Amid all the reports predicting that companies are going to be increasingly cautious in their IT spending this year, is one focused on small and midsize businesses. It's conclusion? Smaller businesses are learning that IT could help them grow.
CommVault Watches Your Backups
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
CommVault's new Remote Operations Management Service (ROMS) will watch your backups for you, assuming, of course, you use CommVault's Galaxy backup program. And if you spring for the diamond level, a human being will even call you in the middle of the night to discuss what went wrong. Backup administrator is a thankless job at best. People only notice when something goes wrong and then they're breathing down your back, acting like 6-year-olds in the back seat, saying "When will we be back up?"
Press Release Roundup
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Today was one of those days that makes you wonder, 'just how may PR firms are working the virtualization sector?'
Perplexing Nexus
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
If I were an IT vendor like Cisco and competing with Juniper (telecom) and Brocade (storage), a new Nexus platform and accompanying OS might make a lot of sense, splitting the difference as they do between these two backbone switching markets, each so hungry for terabyte and petabyte capacities. But if I were a storage buyer, I'd probably yawn.
Demo Preview: Let's Get Liquid
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
I just touched down in windy Palm Springs for the 2008 Demo conference, which doesn't actually start up until tomorrow morning, but it's already clear that, here in the desert, the big buzzword for this year's startup showcase is "liquid."
Bill Gates For Senate
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Nostradamus I'm not. Most of my past tech-industry predictions have fallen flat: Sun Microsystems didn't buy Apple, Apple hasn't acquired Motorola, and OS/2 never beat out Windows. But here's one prognostication you can take to the bank: Sometime after he retires from Microsoft, when being a world-class philanthropist begins to get a wee bit boring, Bill Gates will run for public office.
Best Buy Creates International CIO Position
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Electronics retailer Best Buy has tapped a former Accenture consultant as the new CIO of its international division. In today's global economy, is an international CIO a necessity or a redundancy?
Verizon Makes A Killing On Wireless Data Revenue
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless posted its fourth-quarter and full-year results for 2007 today. The numbers don't quite match those of AT&T, but they're not too shabby. Among the many positives is the fact that its data revenue for the year jumped 65%.
Xsigo I/O Virtualization On TechWebTV
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
This is taking the virtualization thing just a bit too far! First we've got servers being virtualized, then storage, and now Xsigo, among others, (I'll come back to this) is virtualizating I/O. But that's not all: CEO Ashok Krishnamurthi was stuck in some traffic bottleneck (oh, the irony) so he left his StartupCity TV filming in the hands of marketing manager Kelly Ciccone and damn if she didn't do a great job. Virtualized interview, indeed.
Lombardi Executive Re-org and 2007 Results
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Lombardi held an analyst conference call last week in advance of today's press releases - a relatively new format for Lombardi - to discuss their executive reorganization against the backdrop of their 2007 results and 2008 strategy. Rod Favaron, CEO (and, until last week, President) and Phil Gilbert, President (formerly CTO) gave us the update...
Microsoft's Financial Results Have Flash, When You Can Find Them
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Last week, Microsoft announced some impressive financial results from 2007. I thought I would drill down a bit into the financials, so it seemed natural to go to Microsoft's investor page. I found a lot of interesting things there, even before I got a chance to read the annual report.
Startup Tackles E-Mail E-Discovery
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Fortiva has launched an archiving service to address e-discovery for e-mail. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) demand that enterprises involved in litigation be able to produce relevant e-mails within prescribed time limits.
Nokia Snags Trolltech
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
The latest open source acquisition just came down the pike, and from the outside it's one of the unlikelier pairings imaginable: Mobile handset vendor Nokia just made a $150+ million offer for open source software makers Trolltech.

Did you know there's a dictionary in Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"?
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
It's the helpful little program that I never noticed, but I stumbled on Dictionary when looking in my "Applications" folder over the weekend.
Skyfire Mobile Browser Succeeds Where Others Fail
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
It looks like 2008 is shaping up to be the year for the mobile browser market to really come of age. Not only do we have Minimo in alpha stage from Mozilla, but Google is also working on a new browser for its yet-to-be-released Android platform. While work is still underway on
Open Source Funding Signals CMS Shakeup
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
The last few years have seen a ton of movement in the open source software market. And the recent string of acquisitions are sure to shake up the business of content management.
Full Nelson: Cisco's Nexus -- Because They Can
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Last century when Cisco started buying companies like an Orange County Housewife with a Platinum card in Silicon factory, the fool-proof way to sniff out the acquisition's purpose was to start with the assumption that Cisco believed the acquired company would help it sell more routers.
DEMO 08 Showcases Small Business Innovations
Commentary  |  1/28/2008  | 
Look for a handful of innovative small-business-oriented product introductions at this weeks Demo08 conference in the California desert. Just dont count on the products arriving on time or truly changing the way your company does business.
How To Fix The Windows Vista Bootloader
Commentary  |  1/27/2008  | 
The folks over at NeoSmart Technologies have posted an interesting document on how to deal with Windows Vista's finicky bootloader.
iPhone 1.1.3 Update Raises Text-Messaging Bug
Commentary  |  1/27/2008  | 
The latest iPhone firmware update, pushed out by Apple in mid-January, is raising a raft of bug reports on Apple's own iPhone forums, with dozens of posters complaining that it messes up SMS (text message) conversations, causing them to appear out of order. The glitch is all the more vexing given that the 1.1.3 update was supposed to help iPhone users send SMS messages to multiple people. For Apple's part, it has posted a support document admitting that "SMS messages may be displayed in the wron
A10 Networks Steps Up, As Juniper Steps Out
Commentary  |  1/27/2008  | 
While Juniper Networks closes down its DX line of load-balancing appliances, market newcomer A10 Networks is closing deals. A10 president and CEO Lee Chen says his company has signed four new accounts in the past month.
D'oh! I Should Have Made A Backup #1
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
I ran into a video on CNN today that is one of the clearest arguments for a good backup scheme anyone could make. As described in the report at http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2008/01/24/pkg.disgruntled.employee.wtlv, an administrative assistant at a storefront architecture firm in Jacksonville, Fla., saw a want ad for an administrative assistant with her bosses phone number listed. Thinking she
Imagining A Post-Motorola World
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Richard Windsor, the London-based Nomura Securities analyst who has not always been bullish on Nokia, broadcast an interesting research note this morning in which he says the world's No. 1 handset maker "has evolved into a new beast." "Rivals have been contemptuously swept to one side," Windsor adds, "leaving Nokia as the undisputed king of the jungle." Noting that Nokia's market share has broken the 40% plateau, Windsor upgrades the stock to "buy" and forecasts a share price of $42.50, 18% abo
Is Hardware Dead?
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
As the Internet "cloud" lets Amazon, Yahoo! and EMC's Mozy rent computing power at bargain prices, is there a still reason for small and midsize companies to buy their own machines?
EMC Flash Move Catches Industry Offguard
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Cisco executives have often said they don't need to be first to market with any technology. And we've heard EMC downplay the first-to-market advantage. Still, it's remarkably clear that EMC caught everyone flatfooted with its decision to be the first major storage vendor to add solid-state disk technology to its products.
Lotusphere Thoughts
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Cognos 8.3: The Good, the Bad, the Reality
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Last week Cognos announced the release of Cognos 8.3, its flagship business intelligence platform. The latest release includes a number of improvements both for end users and administrators. Although it is a point release, I'd venture to say it's the biggest since Cognos 8 first shipped in November 2005. Here's my take on highlights and gaps…
Connecting With InformationWeek On Twitter, Facebook, And Our Forums
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
InformationWeek is slopping over the edges of our Internet domain, connecting with this new-fangled "social networking" technology all the kids are talking about nowadays. We're expanding our presence on Facebook and Twitter, getting ready to beef up our forums, and making plans to connect on other social networks as well.
The Secret Life Of Cell Phones
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Green technology isn't exactly filled with tales of heart-stopping adventure and miscreant behavior, but a new series of environmental videos sure makes it sound that way.
Quest Goes All The Way With Vizioncore
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Vizioncore, a startup that provides disaster recovery and backup software for virtual environments, has been bought up by Quest Software. Quest has had a controlling stake in Vizioncore since 2005.
Open Source License Auditing Tools Still Need Someone Knowledgeable Behind The Wheel
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Yesterday my colleague Charles Babcock brought us the news about HP's release of the FOSSology tool, a license-auditing application that promises to help organizations cut through the thickets of software licenses that can come with open source programs.  When you get down to it, though, it's just a tool: the real decisions about software licensing have to and always
Vista is the Most Secure OS. At Least Microsoft Says So
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
Microsoft tells us that Vista is the most secure of all the desktop operating systems. And my mother thinks I'm the smartest person ever. While both may or may not be true, the real question is: Is that all that matters?
AMD Won't Comment On IBM Takeover Reports
Commentary  |  1/25/2008  | 
The latest chatter surrounding AMD is talk of a possible acquisition by IBM. That thread began making its way around on Wednesday, via a Reuters story quoting a Wall Street Analyst. AMD, for its part, told me it won't comment. My take is that acquisition isn't in the cards right now, but it's highly likely that AMD and IBM will expand their already existing partnership, which began in 2003 when the two joined forces on the development of 65-nm chip-fabrication technology.
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