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Content posted in October 2008
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AMD Setting Out To "Shanghai" The Server Market
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
As Intel's chief competitor in the SMB server processor market, AMD lost ground when its latest generation of quad-core Opteron processors, code-named Barcelona, appeared later than planned last year. AMD is rushing to make up lost ground this year with its next quad-core Opteron generation, code-named Shanghai.
Google's Android Army Gathers More Soldiers
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
HTC had better look out. Motorola also has chosen Android to be its savior. But these are not the only companies looking at the open mobile platform from Google. OpenMoko, maker of the Linux-based FreeRunner, also is eying Android, as is Asus (yes, the maker of PCs). Can Android take over the mobile world?
Don't Hold Your Breath Waiting For Turn-By-Turn Directions On The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
At first glance, the iPhone has all the ingredients needed to support turn-by-turn directions. It runs GPS. It runs Google Maps. It has audio output and a speaker. So why doesn't the iPhone give you real-time turn-by-turn directions? The answer, I think, is that turn-by-turn directions are more complicated to deliver than they seem to be. Much as I want my iPhone to tell me where to turn when I'm driving, I'm not optimistic that we'll see that capability anytime soon.
LinkedIn Carefully Opens Its Network To Outside Apps
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
LinkedIn, arguably the most business-focused social network on the Web, has opened its network to outside application developers with the intent to help its 30 million members (and counting) better communicate, collaborate, and share information.
From Here to Agility: Ron Ross on Rules
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Ron Ross kicked off this week's Business Rules Forum with a keynote called From Here to Agility; agility, of course, is one of the key reasons that you consider implementing business rules, whether in the context of BPM or other applications... He spoke convincingly about Tom Davenport's conclusion that automated decisioning will be the next competitive battleground for organizations...
Motorola Is Going To Bet The Farm On Android
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Motorola is planning a massive overhaul of its mobile phone business. Among the changes? Layoffs and a complete re-focusing of its midrange handsets, where most of its sales are. Moving forward, Motorola is going to bank on Android to be its go-to mobile phone platform.
AMD Releases Green Report
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
AMD today released its eighth annual Global Climate Protection Plan, incorporating for the first time the environmental impact its suppliers have on its finished goods.
Java Sales - Sun's Numbers
Commentary  |  10/29/2008  | 
Bitrix Site Manager Launches Two New Versions
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Following just a few months after the release of Site Manager 7.0, Bitrix last week announced two new editions of Site Manager intended for sites that need to support heavy traffic and e-commerce.
Ubuntu Server Or Desktop? Some Tips For Making The Right Pick
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
This Thursday, the latest version of Ubuntu Linux will hit the streets. If you're looking for the perfect small-business Linux distro, this one just might fit the bill.
bMighty vs. Bernanke: More Mixed Signals
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
The rANT is becoming seriously confused -- these days it seems like the only certainty is uncertainty. On a day when U.S. consumer confidence dives lower than ever before, the stock market celebrates with its second-largest point gain in history.
What Microsoft Didn't Say About Windows Azure
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
After hemming and hawing for months over its cloud strategy, Microsoft has finally unveiled Azure Services Platform, a set of hosted software services that, once available, can be used to build and run applications in the cloud. Microsoft's grand plan, however, leaves key questions unanswered.
Edit Office Docs On The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
As wonderful as the iPhone 3G is, there are still a few drawbacks to it for the enterprise user. It looks like we'll soon be able to cross off "editing Office documents," as DataViz will soon be bringing its documents app to Apple's handset.
Sun/Fujitsu Offer A Server They Call "The Mainframe For The Rest Of Us"
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
At the upper range of the SMB server price range, the $15,000 SPARC Enterprise M3000 server amounts to an entry-level machine for Solaris usersone with some interesting features.
Windows Azure: Help Wanted In The Blue Sky Mine
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Well, there was at least one surprise in the first day of the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference: Microsoft's new cloud OS is named Azure, not the rumored Stratus. Many of the other Azure foundation pieces-parts are predictable adaptations and evolutions of existing Microsoft products and services, which is both good news and bad.
iPhone 2.2 Images Hit The Web
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
The iPhone 2.2 firmware update is on its way, and it's a meaty one, with goodies for Google Maps users and podcast fans. Beta users have been posting images of the Google Maps upgrades, with added support for Street View and walking and transit directions, and they look sweet.
Could Health Care IT Get A Boost Next Year?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
There's a lot of uncertainty out there in general when it comes to the economy, next week's elections, and other unknowns, but when it comes to the health care sector, the uncertainty runs a bit deeper, especially when it comes to investments in IT.
Want A G1 Android Phone At A Discount? Try Wal-Mart
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Retail discounting giant Wal-Mart is set to begin selling the HTC G1 Android phone for $30 less than it costs at T-Mobile USA stores. If you wanted to get the G1 on the cheap, looks like Wal-Mart is the way to go.
Microsoft PDC Day 2: Office, Windows, And Live Mesh
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Today, Microsoft unveils Windows 7 and talks about the future of Office and Live Mesh. I'm watching the keynote, and will blog about it here. Will Windows 7 be better than Vista? Does Live Mesh matter? Read it here.
IBM, Oracle and the Appliance Campaign Trail
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Perhaps I've been watching too much political coverage on TV lately, but at one point during IBM's Information On Demand (IOD) press conference yesterday, it struck me like a campaign stop... Noting the lack of warehouse- and appliance-related announcements at IOD, Forrester Research analyst Jim Kobielus asked, "what is IBM's strategy, going forward, to make your InfoSphere Balanced Warehouse portfolio ever most cost-effective and ever more scalable?"
Windows Azure: The End Of Software?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Forget the marketing hype, Windows Azure isn't the latest Microsoft operating system. It's a business strategy. One that shows Redmond believes the days in which it can make fat profits from software alone are numbered.
Survey Shows Disconnect On IT Policy
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Cisco follows up on its survey on data leakage, which I already wrote about, and an analysis of policy effectiveness. There isn't too much surprising in the findings, but the results continue to highlight the need for sound security policy management processes in organizations and,
Which Google Android Apps Are G1 Users Downloading?
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Want to know who's downloading what for their HTC G1 Android phones? Medialets, a company which hooks iPhone and Android apps into mobile advertising, has an early look at the most popular Google phone applications. Here's the data.
Yahoo's Zimbra Joins The Cloud Club
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Yahoo's Zimbra is becoming a hosted service provider in its own right, for the first time taking its open-source, Web-based messaging and collaboration application straight to a select customer segment.
Microsofts Cloud Vision: Not Quite 'Azure'
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Microsoft has introduced Azure, a cloud computing platform. Interesting, but what does it comprise, and what is Microsoft offering that isn't already out there from the likes of Amazon and Google?... For the multitude of Microsoft developers out there, this is great news. For others, though, Azure is yesterday's news
Canonical's Next (And Hardest) Steps
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
Look forward, not back. That's a philosophy Mark Shuttleworth wants to bring to Ubuntu, and by extension to the rest of Linux as well. In a conference call on Monday, right before the release of 8.10 at the end of this month (happy Halloween!), he laid out what's in that release right now and some high-level goals for the future.

Best Buy Wants A Whopping $660 For BlackBerry Bold
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
If you had any desire to snag yourself a BlackBerry Bold free of contract, you may want to think twice. The unlocked, unsubsidized version of the Bold is on sale at BestBuy.com for $660.
Google Adds Calendar Notifications To Gmail
Commentary  |  10/28/2008  | 
If you're a user of Gmail, you've probably taken a peek at Gmail Labs. Labs is where Google engineers give us the ability to test out new features for Gmail that aren't fully finalized. Now, Google has added gadgets that allow users to view their Google Calendar and their Google Docs from within Gmail.
Firefox + NoScript: Throw 'Clickjackers' Under The Bus
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Is "clickjacking" the security risk some people make it out to be? Not if you're acquainted with one of my favorite Firefox browser extensions.
More Cloud Computing Startups
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
The list of emerging companies with cloud services and infrastructure products keeps growing. Since we compiled InformationWeek's guide to 20 Cloud Computing Startups in September, eight more have drifted in.
How Many G1s Does HTC Expect To Sell?
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Remember all the fuss about how many G1 units would be sold? Well, The San Jose Mercury News landed a sit-down interview with the CEO of HTC, and he shed some light on how many the company is expecting to sell.
Microsoft Unleashes Cloud OS: Red Dog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Into the intersection of contracting IT budgets due to the financial crisis and gathering momentum for cloud computing steps Microsoft with Azure, a platform that allows developers to create cloud-computing architectures run from (where else?) Microsoft servers.
Why Windows 7 Doesn't Compute
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
I know this is nit-picky, especially when there are so many other important things to focus on -- like faster boot times and files searches that take less than a leap year. But here's what I want to know: Isn't "Windows 7" a gross misnomer as the name of Vista's successor? If we're not gonna use a year as the numerical designation in the new operating system's name, then aren't we at least up to nine or 10? (Or maybe 12?)
Clouds Are Forming: Are You Ready for the Storm?
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Fellow TechWeb contributor Michael Biddick recently offered some great information on the cloud computing movement by taking a look at the factors that drive people to the clouds... While many IT leaders think the future is all about the clouds, many enterprises are slow to get off the bench.
The PCI Protection Racket
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
A hotel operator says his point-of-sale vendor is using PCI as an excuse to force expensive upgrades to POS equipment.
Crisis Survival Kit: 20 Ways To Trim IT Costs
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Any way that a business owner can conserve cash right now is pure gold. That includes not only expenses on the business side but also on the IT side. The key is to trim IT costs carefully -- with a scalpel not a hatchet -- so the cuts don't hobble your business.
Google Earth Has Landed on iPhone
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
What a fun surprise, to learn that Google has released a really cool version of its Google Earth mapping program for iPhone (and for iPod touch).
Android's Mobile Email An Epic Fail?
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Uh oh. Reports are pouring in from users of the HTC G1 Android phone and the news is not good. Users are saying that the mobile e-mail client fails to retrieve e-mail and reports mysterious "connection errors." Many complain that mobile e-mail doesn't work at all on the G1. Google, T-Mobile and HTC, you'd better fix this one fast...
Microsoft PDC Live Blog
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
Windows 7 Alpha Among The Stars At Microsoft's Developers Conference
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Ready or, well, ready, Microsoft is rolling out the red carpet for its first public alpha release of Windows 7, the successor to its much-maligned Vista operating system.
Go-oo: OpenOffice.org, Reloaded
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
For those of you who've been downloading the OpenOffice.org 3.0 betas and release candidates, there's an alternate build of OO.o that's well worth your attention: Go-oo.

Green Computing? Offset This
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Is there anything positive to be said about "carbon neutral" computing? The premise of carbon neutrality is to achieve net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.
iPhone Gets Google Earth, Street Views On The Way
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Good news for iPhone users this morning. First, Google announced a free version of its Google Earth application for the iPhone. Second, it appears that firmware 2.2 for the iPhone will support Street Views in the Google Maps application. Together, these make the iPhone's mapping capabilities a lot more interactive.
Cocktail Conversation
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
I don't hear this expression much anymore, but my wife used to use it to describe the kind of chatter one can make about a subject, and seem knowledgeable, but possess only a very superficial grasp of it... Between conferences, blogs and webinars, I'm hearing a lot of cocktail conversation lately.
FORTH Sidetrack
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
New toy

Per a blog item by Jon Erickson , Chuck Moore, inventor of Forth, has again irrupted into my continuum with his Intellasys venture, another Forth in silicon [SEK 40C18 DataSheet]. I've now
Parallelism at PDC: Day 2 - Scaling High
Commentary  |  10/27/2008  | 
Sprint: Android Ain't For Us. Not Yet, Anyway
Commentary  |  10/26/2008  | 
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that Android, as it is today, is not "good enough to put the Sprint brand on it." I suppose that will make the next gathering of the Open Handset Alliance, of which Sprint is a part, a little awkward.
Weekend Warriors
Commentary  |  10/26/2008  | 
Who says you can't launch a web startup in a weekend? On October 18th and 19th, over 500 Ruby developers participated in a weekend-long development competition called the Rails Rumble, producing nearly a quarter million lines of code and 131 qualifying applications. Not bad, right? That's certainly a lot of code. But what's more interesting are the apps themselves, which are clearly more than the sum of their parts.

Windows Vista SP2: Mid-Life Crisis Management
Commentary  |  10/25/2008  | 
Poor Vista. Interest in Windows 7 and the new Windows Strata "cloud OS" has left the current version of Windows getting little attention. Microsoft VP Mike Nash pulled customers back into the present with the announcement that Vista Service Pack 2 will be released to a select group for testing just two days before Halloween.
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