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Content posted in October 2008
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VMware, Citrix Work To Keep The Good Numbers Rolling
Commentary  |  10/25/2008  | 
Both companies exceeded expectations for the last quarter. Now... how to close '08 with a bang?
The Startup Culture: Silicon Valley Versus New York
Commentary  |  10/25/2008  | 
One of the questions I'm asked most often on both coasts is "What's the difference between the startup culture on the East Coast and those on the West Coast?" I'd like to share some of my thoughts on the differences. I have noticed that both coasts have very active startup communities with events on nearly every weeknight.
Parallelism at PDC: Day 0 / overview
Commentary  |  10/25/2008  | 
The pre-conference session on Concurrency was six hours of good information about what Microsoft is rolling out for parallel programming.

The session was titled "Concurrent, Multi-core Programming on Windows and .NET" and done by David Callahan, Joe Duffy and Stephen Toub.

Architect Soft Skills
Commentary  |  10/25/2008  | 
There's a lot of discussion about the hard skills software architects needs to have; for example, see one example at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). Architects need to be familiar with a wide range of technologies, methodologies, understand the software lifecycle, have design experience, and some
Mobile News Roundup
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
It was a big week in the mobile world. Google's Android finally launched, the BlackBerry App Store surfaced, we finally got a firm release date on the Blac
Clean Tech Skirts The Financial Meltdown
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Years from now, when their great-grandchildren ask "what did you do during the Great Financial Meltdown Of Ought-Eight?," the answer clean tech investors and technologists may give is, "what meltdown?"
Measuring Data Center Power Efficiency
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Data centers consume massive amounts of energy. In a Forbes commentary in August, Kenneth Brill, executive director of the Uptime Institute (which monitors data center uptime), said the number of servers in data centers in the United States has grown from 5 million in 2000, to 10 million in 2005, to a projected 15 million in 2010.
ICANN Opens Comments On gTLD Creation
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
ICANN, the organization that manages the technical aspect of the DNS, among other things, has opened up a 45-day public comment period on the process for requesting a new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) such as .com, .net, and .gov. The comment period is the next step along the path of adding more gTLD's to DNS. If you are involved with DNS, or work for a global or national brand, you want to pay attention to t
Crisis Survival Kit: 5 Business-As-Usual Survival Tactics
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Amid a recession, it's tempting to cut back, to forgo risks, and play it safe. For some things that makes sense, but business owners risk sending their company into a downward spiral if they don't seize some opportunities to keep the business growing.
No Software Keyboard Support In Android Until 2009
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Right now the only Android phone in the market has a physical QWERTY keyboard for composing messages, but lacks a software keyboard such as that found on the iPhone. The good news is that a software keyboard is on the way. The bad news is it won't be ready until next year.
Introducing the Cloudworker
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
AMD Holds Its Green Up To The Light
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
AMD next week is set to release its annual Global Climate Protection Plan, its eighth to date. The environmental report is remarkable in its candor, according to those who've read advanced copies. In particular, its disclosure -- best guesses, really -- of how big its carbon footprint is when the entire product supply chain is considered. It's a task that relatively few manufacturers bother to take.
Google Founders Buy Fighter Jet
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Google CEO Eric Schmidt must have new plans to attack the competition, or they just like to fly really, really fast. Whatever the reason, they recently bought a fighter jet.
Isn't 'Open DRM' A Contradiction?
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
"Open DRM", a contradiction? Not according to the Marlin Developer Community. This consortium claims it's created an "open" digital rights management scheme, one that also allows a degree of sharing and movement of content. But under it all isn't DRM still just ... DRM?

Netbooks Slam Shut On Vista Sales
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Revenue from Microsoft's key Windows franchise grew just 2% in the most recent quarter as more PC buyers opted for smaller, more nimble, netbook-style devices that don't need a fat OS like Vista. Does Redmond have an answer for this trend?
Where was Dave? In the Cloud
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
I'm back. After about six months of not writing for this site, I'm back to hit the issues... In this blog we'll be looking at all aspects of the value of computing delivered as a service. This includes the latest offerings around SaaS, of course, but will also include my usual punditry and vision around the exploding world of cloud computing.
Pulse Of Silicon Valley: High Hopes For Tech Amid Sagging Economy
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
You could call it denial, you could say some people are irrationally trying to wish the bad stock market away. But here's another side I saw this week, during a swing through Silicon Valley where I met with 10 pretty together tech companies: There's some serious -- albeit cautious -- optimism out there that now is precisely the time customers will realize they should invest in technologies which will make their businesses more efficient.
Google Goes Crazy With Emoticons For GMail >;-)
Commentary  |  10/24/2008  | 
Like them or not, emoticons have transcended chat rooms and now appear in Tweets, e-mails, text messages, and even advertisements. They've taken on a life of their own at conveying a message, thought, or, ahem, emotion. Google code writers have decided to enhance the number of emoticons that are available to GMail users, and many of them are animated.
Amazon: Deserving Of Wall Street's Punishment?
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
With four tech titans -- Amazon, EMC, Microsoft, and Sun -- hitting their 52-week lows on Thursday, Oct. 23, and a bunch of others coming awfully close, I wondered in my last post if we should have called it Tech Black Thursday. In fairness, I didn't bother to do the same scan on some of Wall Street's other recent and horrific days. So, Thursday may not have been unique. But, at least in the case of Amazo
Tech's Black Thursday? Four Tech Titans Hit 52-Week Low. Others Come Very Close.
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
With the stock market going through the ups and downs that it's going through and with Warren Buffet saying "now's the time to be greedy" when it comes to stocks, several people have asked me which tech stocks might be a good buy. In my 20s, I caused several people to lose money based on bad stock advice and never gave anyone advice again. I still don't. But I poked around anyway
Storwize Boosts Compression Appliances
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
All the attention that storage punditry, including this humble reporter, has given data deduplication in the past few years has pushed that old, reliable data-reduction technology compression toward the dust bin of used up technology in the minds of many storage users. That's too bad, as loss-less compression is still an important data-reduction tool. One vendor, Storwize, has made a nice little business for itself making NAS compression appliances and now it's claiming each appliance can handle
Arista Networks Trademarks 'Cloud Networking'
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Arista Networks made news with the appointments of Andy Bechtolsheim as chairman and chief development officer and Jayshree Ullal as president and CEO, along with a name change (from Arastra) and three new customers. Easily lost in all that was the little trademark symbol attached to "cloud networking," the term it's begun using to describe its thrust.
Jump-Start The Web With Mozilla's New 'Monkey'
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
The latest Firefox beta release is packing a secret weapon that will light a fire under slow-loading Web pages. The trick is knowing where to find it.
SpringCM Announces Upgrades, Free Records Management
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
SpringCM made two significant announcements this week -- an upgrade to its hosted content management system and free access to its records management tools for customers for the next two years.
Movement In The Stationary Fuel-Cell Market
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
After noting recently that there was movement again in the portable fuel cell market, a reader dryly noted that we'd been down that road before and come to a dead end. More like an uneventful drive with no scenery and nothing but rest stops, I'd say. Regardless, there is a parallel road that isn't examined quite as often in the press: stationary fuel cells.
Amazon Adds Windows To Its Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, or EC2, is now ready to run Windows and the Microsoft SQL Server database. Both Windows and SQL Server operation will be in beta mode, according to Jeff Barr, senior Web services evangelist.
Down To Business: Tell IT Like It Is, Not How You Would Like IT To Be
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
The industry is going to have to learn how to let its guard down, an especially tall order when communications are sanitized by lawyers, compliance officers, and PR handlers.
Facebook To Android: You Don't Really Matter
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
In an off-the-record conversation that suddenly went very much on-the-record, Facebook developers were harshing on Google's brand new little darling of a mobile platform. One of the Facebook employees went so far as to call Android vaporware. Don't expect to see a Facebook client for the G1 in the near future.
Google Improves Mobile Gmail
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
One of the overarching themes of the G1 reviews is how good the Gmail integration is. Don't worry if you can't or won't get the Android phone because Google has improved Gmail for BlackBerry and J2ME phones.
8 Things You Should Tell Your CEO
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
When Pegasystems invited me to attend this week's PegaWorld conference, I took a quick glance at the agenda and thought that it said that George Clooney would be speaking. I immediately accepted. On second look, I noticed that it was actually George Colony, founder and CEO of Forrester Research. The somewhat-less-famous George talked about business technology (BT) in the format of eight things that he would tell your CEO over coffee...
Cloud Computing's Skeptics And Critics
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
We hear a lot from cloud computing's true believers, those who are convinced it's the next big thing in business technology. But, there are two sides to every story, and the naysayers are sounding off.
Android, iPhone Not Threats, Says Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
It looks like Microsoft thinks the competition from Google and Apple in the mobile space isn't really much of a competition. In an interview with TechRadar, Microsoft's John Curran unsurprisingly sees Windows Mobile being the most successful out of the three in the next three years.
Gates Startup's Secret Plan: Moist And Chewy Computers
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has launched a stealth company called BGC3. No word so far on its purpose or future direction. However, a quick scan of government and Internet records reveals several interesting tidbits.
SMB Server Virtualization Market Showing Signs Of Maturity
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Growth remains explosive, but the low-hanging fruit appears to have already been taken according to a new report.
SaaS Revenue Poised To Double Within 5 Years
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Business may have concerns about letting vital business data move offsite, but those concerns aren't stopping the SaaS market from growing by leaps and bounds according to a new report. And more big name vendors, such as IBM, are jumping on the SaaS bandwagon.
Lawyers To IT: ESI Is Your Baby
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Fifty percent more attorneys than last year say IT has responsibility for developing and enforcing policies around electronically stored information. That's a good thing.
Hard Times = The End Of Open, Says 'Cult Of The Amateur' Author
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Not long ago I wrote that hard economic times could be a good thing for open source. Andrew Keen, author of Cult of the Amateur, seems to be arguing the opposite: that hard times will knock all of this open source / open content silliness out of people's heads.

We Have Lift-Off: IBM Launches Lotus Notes Into The Cloud
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a rocket from India, AND it's Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging, a software-as-a-service version of IBM's popular e-mail offering.
Google Adds Video Editing Capabilities To Picasa
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Just two weeks ago, Google made it easier to share video clips with family and friends with the updated Picasa 3 software. Now it has gone a step further and has given Picasa 3 users the ability to edit their videos before posting them.
Crisis Survival Kit: 6 Ways To Contain IT Costs
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
Infrastructure -- roads and bridges -- is what keeps our society moving, literally, and without management and maintenance, it crumbles. The same is true of your company's IT infrastructure -- the hardware, software, networks, and other systems that keep your business moving require care and feeding. And that costs money. Here are 6 ways to keep those costs under control without allowing your infrastructure to deteriorate and take your business with it.
Linux: The $10.8 Billion Bargain
Commentary  |  10/23/2008  | 
A new study that puts a "price tag" on Linux development makes for interesting reading. As a tool for measuring the true economic value of Linux, however, I suspect that it barely scratches the surface.
Siemens Plays Up Security
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
Free IntranetLive.com Event To Tour Kellogg's Intranet
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
Building and managing a compelling intranet that meets the needs of your organization can be challenging, but a look at the best practices employed by other leading intranets is always good fodder for brainstorming and emulation.
IBM's New OpusUna Web-Conferencing Platform
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
At IBM's Market Street offices in San Francisco this week, I saw a first-hand demo of OpusUna, a unique Web-conferencing platform that incorporates widgets, audio, and video cameras so that multiple users can collaborate and communicate from within the same browser.
Top 10 Things IT Pros Should Be Afraid Of
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
Boo! These days, Halloween doesn't hold a candle to the frights technology professionals have to deal with in the so-called real world. To illustrate, bMighty has put together a unique Top 10 List of Horrors that may actually be threatening your company right now.
Is $300 Too Much For The BlackBerry Bold?
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
In the day of the $200 iPhone, can the BlackBerry Bold, soon to be available from AT&T, compete with its $300 price point?
Will Slow-But-Steady Stay In The Race?
Commentary  |  10/22/2008  | 
Even though it's been pushed and cajoled for the last several years, the health care industry pretty much remains a turtle when it comes to adopting IT, right? Well, maybe not.
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