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Content posted in January 2009
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Crash Kills SOA On New Year's Day
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
On her blog, Burton Group analyst Anne Thomas Manes declared SOA dead on Jan. 1, saying it was wiped out by the catastrophic impact of the economic recession. Luckily for me, I have an alibi and I was nowhere near the accident scene when it happened.
Apple Delivers Next-Gen 17" MacBook Pro
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
It's been nearly three months since Apple revamped most of its notebook line, offering new versions of its MacBook, MacBook Air and 15" MacBook Pro models. Copious missing from the Oct. 2008 update was the 17" MacBook Pro. Today, at Macworld Expo, Apple filled in the missing piece.
WiMax Comes To A Second U.S. City
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
Clearwire rolls out a 4G wireless broadband network in Portland, Ore doubling the number of U.S. cities with a WiMax alternative. What stands to be a big leap ahead for WiMax, remains a long way to blanketing us in broadband access.
Model Seeks Court Order To Identify Anonymous Blogger
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
A model has asked a court to require Google to turn over a name or other information that would identify an anonymous blogger who posted derogatory comments about her sexual behaviors, looks, and mental state.
Career Experts Predict 2009 Should Be Good For Tech Pros
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
The new year almost always ushers in feelings of high hopes. While the rotten economy is putting a damper on some of that customary New Year wishfulness this time, career experts say IT pros should feel optimistic about jobs in 2009.
Apple Reworks iWork for Small Biz
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
Just about the biggest small-business news out of Apple at Macworld Expo  which opened today in San Francisco  is a whole lot of improvements to its iWork software suite.
Solar Power's Breakout Year
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
The solar industry is the Ugly Betty of clean technology. Photovoltaic panels aren't pretty and solar power isn't yet cheap. But Solar keeps plugging along in its chunky glasses and thick sweaters, inching ever closer to its full potential.
How Eli Lilly Taps Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
I'm expecting 2009 to be a year in which large companies embrace cloud computing in greater numbers. But how will they do it? And why? Eli Lilly, an early adopter of Amazon Web Services, will discuss its motivations and experiences in an upcoming InformationWeek Webcast.
Will EMC Wrap Products In Open Source?
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
If people are skeptical about open source on the desktop or in mobile spaces, the one place where open source has generated a good deal of consensus is in that amorphous place so commonly referred to as "the cloud". Just ask EMC, judging from its most recent open source acquisition.

Will IT Spend On Itself In 2009?
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
In today's economy, does the IT department dare spend to improve its own operations? At many companies, that will go over like the old man getting himself a new bass boat for Christmas, while the kids get socks. But now might be the right time to spend to get IT operations in order.
CES A Little Long In The (Blue) Tooth
Commentary  |  1/6/2009  | 
On the eve of CES in 2008 I was so giddy an oblong ear bud might have made me moist. This year, you can ... well, you can shove 'em in your ear. The pompadoured David Caruso (CSI: Miami) and his handlers picked TechWeb to talk to last year (I don't remember what he said, but he did that look -- you know, where he looks like he's looking at the ground, but he's looking at you at the same time, all dramatic like); now my in-box for meeting requests is practically crickets chirping. Not even
10 Ways To Start Online Networking
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Meeting potential clients doesn't have to be done at a stuffy mixer anymore. These days you can reach out to tons of people through the power of your fingertips. And it's not too late to jump on the online-networking bandwagon -- here are 10 tips to get you going.
Complex Event Processing as a Marketing Device
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
"For software vendors, CEP is a marketing device and nothing else. Notice that no two people will agree on what complex-event processing is, but everyone claims to be more CEP than the next guy. The only two consistent attributes across all 'CEP' products are (1) they are in some way used for soft real-time processing and (2) they are general purpose, rather than coming pre-customized for a very specific purpose..."
The Onion's Technology Year In Review
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Had enough Year In Review stories yet? You might want to make room for one more... The Onion's hilarious Already Obsolete Technology Year In Review.
Google Earth Enterprise Goes Mobile
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Today, Google announced that the enterprise version of its Google Earth product is available in mobile form "immediately." What does this mean? You can look at your enterprise's own Google Earth data out in the field when not connected to the enterprise network.
Obama To Name CTO
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama could name a CTO as early as Wednesday, but some people in the technology sector have complained about how long that has taken.
The FOSS Project Blues
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Here's frustration incarnate for you: an open source program that fills a vital niche in your computing experience, but hasn't been updated in what feels like forever and ... could really use an update.

Servers May Be (Relatively) Resistant To The Downturn
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Surveys show that some IT spending will continue unabated, with servers being the prime example.
Oh, Steve Jobs, Why Do You Hate Me?
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
All last week I worked frantically on an article previewing this week's Macworld conference. The big news prior to the conference was the rumor that Steve Jobs was sick -- declining rapidly, too sick to work. "Nobody, however," I wrote, "has presented a single scrap of evidence that Jobs is actually sick. It's all a bunch of gossip." Several hours after I posted that article, Jobs release
VMware, SpringSource Link Arms On Development
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
It's getting more common to see a proprietary company partner with an open source one, but even so, the alliance of SpringSource and VMware is notable. Each is a leader in its field, and their ability to work together is a boost for both.
Crisis Survival Kit: 10 Smaller Biz Marketing Advantages
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
With the competition for every dollar fiercer than ever, business owners must press any and every competitive advantage. Fortunately, smaller businesses have certain inherent advantages over large enterprises in downturns and now's the time to make the most of them.
Can A Super 'Nova' Save Palm?
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Palm's CES press conference is mere days away. Before Palm CEO Ed Holligan has a chance to tell us what the company is up to, the Internet has coughed up some details and a rough sketch of the new smartphone from Palm.
HP Says It's 'All in' On BI and Neoview
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
HP wants the world to know that it's serious about business intelligence and that it's standing behind Neoview as a cornerstone of its future in that business... The new news is that it has reorganized the formerly separate Neoview product organization and the business intelligence services group that had its roots in the acquired Knightsbridge consulting business...
Boston's CIO Caught Between Politics And Transparency
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
A Boston councilman wants more details about city business posted on its Web site, but a 1947 law says such details can appear only in the paper-based City Record. Stuck in the middle is Boston's CIO, who's installing 21st-century tools but lacks authority to decide what information gets published. And you thought your office politics were ugly.
Steve Jobs Responds To Rumors About His Health
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
This morning, Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent out a letter to the Apple community. The letter addresses Steve's health in a straightforward manner to dispel rumors that Mr. Jobs is on his deathbed. Read the entire letter here.
Consolidation in VoIP SaaS Market
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
Voice over IP (VoIP) technology has reached broad acceptance with many small and medium businesses now relying on these systems to support their businesses. Consolidation is one sign of a maturing market, and two long standing competitors have decided that pairing up was their best long term option.
Will Google March 'Android' Onto The PC Desktop?
Commentary  |  1/5/2009  | 
What would Google do with its own PC operating system? We might find out soon, since it already seems to have one.
Google Helps Mice Avoid A Better Trap
Commentary  |  1/4/2009  | 
Google is expected to work even harder this year on Gmail, its Web-based e-mail product, so it can keep gaining ground on Microsoft and Yahoo. It just might succeed.
What Are The Damages From Vista-Capable PCs?
Commentary  |  1/4/2009  | 
Here's another installment in the continuing saga regarding Microsoft's "Vista Capable PC" logo. This time, the question is about damages. If the buyers of these PCs were deceived because of the logo, what did it cost them? Here's wh
Will FriendFeed Be Able To Reach The Mainstream Internet User?
Commentary  |  1/3/2009  | 
This weekend there has been a lot of chatter about FriendFeed and where the service needs to move to grow out of its core user base of early adopters. For those of you who haven't tried FriendFeed, think of it as a new-style forum based on a person's activity across the Web.
Gartner: Top 10 'Anti-Resolutions' For 2009
Commentary  |  1/3/2009  | 
Gartner VP Jeffrey Mann has compiled an intriguing list of his Top 10 "anti-resolutions" for 2009 that he either (a) wants someone else to do or (b) wants others to stop doing. It's a thought-provoking list, particularly about how some IT vendors tend to treat their customers.
10 Resources To Help Your Business Go Green
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Going green seems so simple: Recycle, conserve, and turn off. But when it comes to green IT for your company, things can seem complicated, what with all those governmental rules and policies. So here's a list of Web sites to guide you through the jungle of going green in your business.
The Trouble With Netbooks
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Rumor has it that Google would like to see its Android operating system powering more than mere mobile phones.
The For And The Against For Linux
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Two responses to things I've written recently are worth commenting on. Both were responses to my post about Windows 7 being more of a previous-version-of-Windows-killer than a Linux-killer -- and both bring up further points to be argued and defended.

Analyst: Apple To Debut Alternate Version Of iPhone
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Ah, the rumor lives on. An analyst has chimed in with his thoughts on Apple's future product lineup. In the mix, you guessed it, is a "lower-cost version of the iPhone." The analyst stops short of calling this device the iPhone Nano, but that's what it's widely believed to be.
Dell CIO Adds Huge New Business-Side Role
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Underscoring the huge potential for customer-centric CIOs, Dell has expanded the responsibilities of CIO Steve Schuckenbrock by naming him as head of its newly formed Large Enterprise business unit. So let's replace CIO = Career Is Over with the new 2009 model: CIO = Capability Is Optimized.
Small And Midsize Business Core To Dell Reorg
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Still the second largest computer maker in the world, but stinging from slumping sales and sliding stock price, Dell has reorganized its operations into 3 business units: one for government, one for large enterprises, and one for small and midsize businesses.
iPhone Dev Team Offers 'Yellowsn0w' iPhone 3G Unlocking Tool
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
The day has finally arrived. The iPhone Dev Team's hard work has paid off and users of the 3G iPhone can now unlock their devices. Right now, the software is being called a beta, and true to beta form, some users are reporting success, while others are reporting failure.
Google: Have A Mobile Product Idea? Give It To Us!
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Could Google possibly be running out of ideas for new and interesting mobile products? Probably not, but that's not stopping Google from asking Joe Public to contribute some gems. Google recently set up a new Web site where users can submit their brilliant concepts for new mobile applications.
New Year Meanderings...
Commentary  |  1/2/2009  | 
Searching for BI. MDM is for real. Multi-flavored data warehouses. It's why we love Google. As the title suggests, these are truly meanderings...
Windows: Linux Can't Touch This
Commentary  |  1/1/2009  | 
Serdar Yegulalp makes some great points in his blog entry about Linux versus Windows in 2009. There's no doubt that Linux has Microsoft-beating strength in several important categories such as servers and mobile devices. However, Microsoft still owns the PC market and it doesn't look like that will change in 2009.
AppleScript Made Easy as 1-2-3
Commentary  |  1/1/2009  | 
AppleScript is the built-in end-user programming language found in Mac OS X. AppleScript  designed for people like you and me  is designed to help you learn how to automate everyday tasks. Unfortunately, AppleScript can be a little hard for a complete neophyte to work learn, unless you have a friend who can help you, or maybe take a class. I'm happy to report that a new AppleScript book has come out that I think every Mac user would enjoy, and learn from.
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