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Content posted in October 2007
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Nick Carr's New Book: 'The Big Switch'
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Circle the date: Jan. 7, 2008. Yes, just three months from now, the guy who first said "IT Doesn't Matter" and then changed his approach to "Does IT Matter?" comes out with a new book. Nick Carr's upcoming work will chronicle the ways in which "companies are beginning to dismantle their private computer systems and tap into rich services delivered over the Internet," according to remarks on his home page.
What's The Value Of IT?
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Almost two-thirds of CIOs and CFOs don't know -- and don't try to know. That's according to a new survey by Micro Focus. Do you know what your software's worth?
Technological Changes Are Hard
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
The payroll wreck being endured by tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers serves as a reminder that when software deployment goes wrong, the results can be truly disastrous -- no matter what size business is involved.
California Lawyer Seeking Plaintiffs For iPhone Class-Action Suit
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
A Saratoga, Calif., attorney is increasing the legal heat on Apple in the wake of the iPhone bricking dispute.
More Free Online Document Apps -- This Time From Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
You've got to give Google, ThinkFree, and Zoho, among others, credit. If not for them we might never have more free Web-based software from Microsoft that lets you share and store documents online.
Titan, Not Online Services, Is Microsoft's Real SaaS Play
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Microsoft's trying to get attention this week for its "new" Online Services for businesses, including on-demand Exchange and SharePoint. But this is just rebranding of hosted software it's offered for a while. If you want to know Microsoft's true SaaS play, take a look at Titan.
Apple Sticking To Guns Amid iPhone 'Bricking' Fiasco
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Apple is apparently intent on hanging tough amid the growing iPhone bricking controversy. That's the message I'm getting from Apple's public-relations department.
HTC Touches A Nerve With New Touch Screen Smartphones
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Apple may have sold 1 million iPhones in less than three months, but HTC -- a Windows Mobile smartphone manufacturer -- gave the iPhone a run for its money with 800,000 HTC Touch phones sold in a similar period. It unveiled even more of them yesterday.
Five Things For Linux Distributions To Do Better
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
There are many things that Linux does well. There are many things that still need work. But they're not always the obvious things, either.
Demystifying the Gartner ECM Magic Quadrant
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Inclusion in the Gartner Magic Quadrant (MQ) is believed by vendors to have a very positive impact on sales. In the 2007 MQ for Enterprise Content Management, published last month, it's clear that little (in Gartner's view) has changed in ECM. Well, we beg to differ: 2007 has been a period of major change! Rather than harping on perceived weaknesses in the MQ, I'll point out where the ECM Suites Report analysis differs from Gartner's.
Want Better Internet On Your Mobile Phone? So Do Nearly Half Of Users
Commentary  |  10/2/2007  | 
Seems that the idea of the mobile Internet is catching on. Enough so, in fact, that 45% of people polled by The Kelsey Group indicated that they will specifically look for better mobile Internet capabilities on their next phone. Will you?
How Is MSN Losing $1 Billion A Year?
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
According to Henry Blodget (I know, I know, Henry Blodget on a Web company losing money -- insert irony here), Microsoft's MSN is losing $1 billion a year. That's right, $1 billion.
Five Reasons Nokia Should Buy Skype From eBay
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
According to Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider (Henry Blodget and Silicon Alley, two great Web 1.0 tastes that go great together?), eBay's acquisition of Skype can now be officially tagged a bomb. How long will it be until Google, Yahoo, or Microsoft buys Skype?
Microsoft Joins The Documents-For-Free Movement
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
It seems that online word processing has suddenly become sexy. Within hours of each other, both Microsoft and Adobe have joined Google, Zoho, and other companies in promoting new online document creating/sharing services. What gives?
Microsoft's Online Push An Act Of Necessity, Not Desperation
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
Microsoft's launch Sunday of new online software is being widely seen as a desperate, defensive measure against Google, IBM, OpenOffice and other Web 2.0 challengers to its Office franchise. But the numbers show Office is stronger than ever -- what's really going on?
Open Source Software: Do You Have Time to Exploit It?
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
Before you take the leap into the innovative world of open source, make sure your IT department has the time -- and the inclination -- that using this software requires
Motorola Makes Good On Messenger 5, Delivers Mobile E-Mail
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
First announced earlier this year, Motorola has finally made its Good Mobile Messenger 5 e-mail program available to enterprises looking for an alternative to BlackBerrys. How does it compete?
A Safer Firing
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
There really is no good way to fire someone (but there are lots of bad ways, as I discussed previously). But beyond making a painful situation as painless as possible, is the need for managers to protect themselves in the process.
Does AT&T Hate The First Amendment?
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
According to Gizmodo, AT&T has modified its Terms of Service in such a way that could allow the carrier to drop customers who say things that the company doesn't like. Holy 1984, Batman.
Nokia's Acquisition Of Navteq Makes It A Major Player In Both Navigaton And The Web
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
So far 2007 has been about the smartphone, and in particular, one smartphone: the iPhone. But if Nokia's deal for Navteq is any indicator, 2008 could be the year of location.
Nokia Buys Mapping Company, Pokes Fun At Apple
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
Nokia made its biggest acquisition ever today by picking up Navteq for a cool $8.1 billion. It also unleashed a new ad campaign in NYC touting the benefits of unlocked operating systems. The iPhone 1.1.1 update backlash continues...
The Top Five Reasons The Mobile Web Rocks
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
Scott Karp over at Publishing 2.0 last week claimed that, bluntly, the mobile Web sucks. Karp is a blogger for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect, but, on this topic, he's totally wrong.
The Business Case For An Internet Refrigerator
Commentary  |  10/1/2007  | 
Internet refrigerators were a joke a few years ago, but RFID startup Blue Vector Systems says that it's finding real customers for them. The concept is similar to the vision of household appliances that automatically reorder groceries, only aimed at enterprise supply chains instead of home kitchens.
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