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Content posted in October 2009
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EMC Adding Big Data Center Plus 400 Jobs: A Cloud Hub?
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
Five weeks ago, EMC said it would add 400 jobs in Research Triangle Park over five years. Three weeks ago, it announced its new Atmos Online Compute Service. And yesterday it bought a 450,000 square-foot warehouse in RTP to serve as a data center and R&D facility. If we triangulate in the Triangle, could that mean that mean EMC will base its new Atmos cloud business there?
Google Gains a Louder Voice
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
Traditionally, mobile communications have been tightly controlled by carriers and handset suppliers. Gradually, mobile networks have been becoming more open, and Google added a feature to its Google Voice offering, so users can more easily run it on mobile networks.
Teradata's Hardware Strategy and Tactics
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
The most important takeaways about Teradata's hardware strategy from the Partners conference last week are: 1. Teradata's future lies in solid-state memory. 2. The solid-state future is imminent. 3. Teradata will increase the number of appliances it sells. 4. Teradata will mix and match parts (especially storage) in a modular product line.
Have AT&T's Network Performance Issues Been Self-Inflicted?
Commentary  |  10/27/2009  | 
Network performance at AT&T hasn't been much to brag about in recent years. The number one excuse seems to be the ravenous appetite for bandwidth iPhone owners have. Get a few thousand of them together in one city for a convention and people are suddenly reminiscing of the good old days with GPRS speeds.
Windows Partisans Don't Get It
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Last week's release of Windows 7 has some Windows defenders rubbing their virtual hands at the prospect of Microsoft delivering a knockout blow to Apple. But their arguments reveal that they don't understand why SMBs and consumers have been embracing the Mac in increasing numbers.
Pilots Who Missed Airport Busy With Laptops
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
The pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, which overflew the runway at Minneapolis-St. Paul airport last week, told investigators from the National Transportation Safey Board that they used their laptop computers -- a violation of company policy -- while discussing airline crew scheduling procedures.
What To Expect When You're Expecting A Recovery
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
A trio of new surveys makes it clear that while small busineses are hoping for an ecomomic recovery soon, many remain worried that a double-dip recession could drive them out of business.
How Reliable Is Windows 7? Ask Its Built In Reliability Monitor!
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Windows 7 has lots of new features, including a useful Problem Steps Recorder. But many SMBs would like to know just how frequent those problems really are. Well, Windows 7 has a built in Reliablity Monitor that's designed to tell you how often a Windows 7 machine has experienced problems.
Global CIO: Why Are Microsoft, Oracle, And HP Bashing IBM?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Mark Hurd, Larry Ellison, and Steve Ballmer have all recently taken some fairly empty shots at IBM. But if Big Blue is such a loser, why do those three CEOs keep talking about it?
Verizon CEO: iPhone For Us Is Up To Apple
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Verizon executives must be sick of answering the iPhone question, but Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg gave it another shot recently. He said, "This is a decision that is exclusively in Apple's court." Um, what now?
Is Cloud Bigger Than The Advent Of The Personal Computer?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, says "the cloud" is a phenomenon that is bigger than the advent of the PC. I think he's almost got it right. Cloud is bigger than the PC Revolution, but it's big in part because it incorporates and extends the PC revolution to Internet server clusters. The cloud owes more to the PC than Eric acknowledges.
Atigeo's Smarter Social Profile (video)
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
The World Wide Web is becoming the World Wide Watch -- a creepy place where people talk about behavioral targeting and learning your intent. The goal is less nefarious, because implied in that is the ability to offer consumers more meaningful content. Startup Atigeo promises to make this all palatable by giving users access to their social profiles, including how that profile is acted upon.
Nokia Delays N900 Smartphone
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Fans of Nokia's N900 will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the Maemo-powered smartphone because it will be delayed until sometime during November. While no one likes delays, this handset is powerful enough to look like it's worth the wait.
Can Open Source Software Save Democracy?
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Voting machines and their foibles were catapulted to the top of public consciousness during the 2000 Presidential election, but have gone largely unnoticed in subsequent elections, which is a good thing. The possibility that a widespread glitch could affect a close national election, and the potential for this to undermine democracy, cannot be overstated.
H1N1 A National Emergency: Bring On The E-Records!
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
President Obama has declared a national emergency in respect to H1N1. This gives hospitals more leeway in setting up emergency operations to respond to the rising swine flu pandemic. Wouldn't e-medical records systems come in handy now?
Recommended: Update BlackBerry Storm To OS 5.0
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Attention BlackBerry Storm 9530 owners: If you haven't already, plug your phone into your computer, launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and install the new OS 5.0.0.328 system software ASAP.
Open Source Scores A Big White House Win
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
President Obama wants to encourage open and transparent government. What better way to accomplish this task than by using open and transparent software?
Fidelity Sees Surge In Mobile From Gen X And Y Customers
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
A search for "chief wireless officer" shows it's a very exclusive club. One name that'll come up is Fidelity Investments' chief wireless officer Joseph Ferra, whose 10-year advocacy for mobile IT has driven huge growth for Fidelity Anywhere, particularly among Gen X and Gen Y clients.
Hospitals Serving Poor Lag In Healthcare IT
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
It's no surprise that hospitals which serve predominantly poor patients are lagging in implementing healthcare IT. However, it's a cause for concern that the federal stimulus program might not be up to the task of closing that gap, according to federally supported researchers.
PortableApps Adds Non-Open Source Apps, Sort Of
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
In a startling move, a favorite platform of mine for delivering no-install open source applications on Windows has thrown open the doors to adding freeware -- non-open source apps -- to their collection. Did the planets fall out of alignment when I wasn't looking?

Wells Fargo's Innovation Balancing Act
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Wells Fargo's Executive Vice President of Information Services, Wayne Mekjian faces all of the challenges most bank IT executives face, like an increasing focus on security and privacy and a move to consumer friendly services like mobile banking. But he's also had to digest the integration of acquisitions. And yet, the bank still manages to focus on innovation. Mekjian shared some of his challenges and innovations in a video interview.
Palm Pixi To Street Nov. 15 For $100
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Palm's second phone to run webOS will finally become available from Sprint starting on November 15. The Palm Pixi features a touch screen, full QWERTY keyboard, and an attractive $100 price point.
Twitter, Facebook Waste $2B Annually In U.K. Economy
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Calling the personal use of social media by businesspeople during the workday "a productivity black hole," a British IT services company said more than half of the 1,460 surveyed employees said they spend up to 40 minutes per week on such sites. I'd say that while those numbers might be accurate, the conclusion is astoundingly shallow.
Who Needs Analytics PhDs? Grow Your Own
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
Analytics, whatever that means, has emerged as the hot topic all over our industry... According to the conventional wisdom, very special experts, quants we'll call them, are needed because mere mortals can't handle this stuff... But I don't buy this.
T-Mobile Launches Project Dark
Commentary  |  10/26/2009  | 
T-Mobile has officially launched their pricing plans that have been floating around under the names Project Dark or Project Black in the last few weeks. The pricing should be low enough to pull a number of people to their network. The rumor of the iPhone though, was, as I suspected, false.
Ten Useful Windows 7 Downloads
Commentary  |  10/25/2009  | 
If your company is staying with Windows then it's going to move to Windows 7 eventually. That means you need to be prepared to make the decision about when and how to migrate. Here are a few useful files and utilities on the Microsoft site to make you the Windows 7 expert in your company.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard CEO Hurd's Strategy: The Infrastructure Company
Commentary  |  10/25/2009  | 
Promising that HP can combine massive scale and innovation, CEO Hurd says it will separate itself from IBM and others by having a complete end-to-end line of hardware, software, and services.
Why Do Companies Fail?
Commentary  |  10/24/2009  | 
Every week I read about another company that has closed its doors. Many news outlets are quick to report on the closures but rarely there is an analysis on why they failed.
Ochocinco Beats Single Coverage, Breaks Anquan Boldin News
Commentary  |  10/24/2009  | 
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco likes to boast that he can't be covered. Now he says he's the one who'll be doing the covering. Of news.
Mobile Round-Up: Storm OS Upgrade, Droid Army Amassing
Commentary  |  10/24/2009  | 
This has been a busy week for the mobile industry. Several nuggets came to light that may not have caught your eye, so Over The Air rounded them up for you. In this edition, we talk about a new operating system update for the original BlackBerry Storm and a spate of Droid-related news.
Mac Clonemaker Releases Do-It-Yourself Hackintosh Kit
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Psystar, the Mac cloning company that's been locked in legal battle with Apple for more than a year, is now selling software that anyone can use to install OS X on stock Intel-based PC hardware. A review of the instructions and FAQs show why doing so would be a bad business decision.
BlackBerry Storm2 Landing Oct. 28 In Verizon Stores
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
If you're anxious to get your hands on the new BlackBerry Storm2 -- and I wouldn't blame you if you are -- you won't have to wait much longer. The device will street Wednesday, October 28. Let me say this, any person using the original Storm needs to upgrade to the Storm2.
In Search Of Lost Time
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
This week's O'Reilly Web 2.0 Summit yielded the usual detritus about technology reinventing the laws that govern time and space, but Facebook's revelation that people spend 8 billion minutes a day on its service really cut through the clutter for me.
Is There A Business In The Virtual World?
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Much has been made of the premature obituaries for Second Life, but while the virtual world manufactured by Linden Labs has prevailed long beyond its presumed expiration date, the business model seems too arcane and forbidding to inspire many imitators.
Google Goings-On: Reader, Maps, Picasa, Search Updates
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Google has been busy this week. Beyond announcing a search deal with Twitter, it also brought more options to its RSS Reader, layers to Maps for Mobile, support for Windows 7, and customized mobile search.
CNN Bringing iReport Closer
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
CNN.com unveiled a new site design to reporters Thursday that it will launch on Monday that includes more prominent use of video and a radical change in how it incorporates so-called citizen journalism.
Why Was The Open Source Guy At The Windows 7 Party?
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
It does sound like a setup for a joke, doesn't it? What was I, the Open Source Guy, doing at Microsoft's gala Windows 7 launch party in New York City yesterday? A colleague of mine pointed this out, and I joshed back that I felt like the only guy in a corduroy suit at a black-tie ball. Actually, my first jolt of perspective came before I even stood on line for my badge.

Keep Your Laptop Off Our Inadequate Network
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Why do IT people resist end users bringing their own equipment to the enterprise network? Those same IT folks are typically pretty proud of what they've achieved with their infrastructure. The message is typically, "it's a security risk." But the implied message is: "we have an inadequate network to deal with this challenge."
Microsoft Pokes Fun At Itself In Mobile App Video
Commentary  |  10/23/2009  | 
Microsoft has made another video that pokes fun at itself, this time about Windows Marketplace for Mobile. It also seems to be taking a few swipes at other app stores, namely the Apple App Store. It isn't mentioned specifically, but once you view the video, you'll see some of the absurd apps Microsoft was pretending to work on. I bet more than one of them is in the iPhone App Store. With over 75,000 apps, there has to be at least one mustache simulator, right?
Full Motorola Droid Specs Leak Before Announcement
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Oops. Someone over at Motorola published the full technical specifications of the upcoming Motorola Droid Android handset for Verizon Wireless about one week too early. The device boasts some impressive specs. Care to find out what the Droid is packing?
The Top 10 Offshore Nations In The World
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Which countries around the world are the best choices for your offshoring projects? This study by respected outsourcing/offshoring consultancy Tholons includes some nations that are obvious (India) but also some that are unexpected: will the neighbors of the U.S. to the north and the south both make the list?
Global CIO: Informatica Joins Ranks Of Elite Enterprise Software Companies
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Informatica CEO Sohaib Abbasi says cloud computing presents an enormous opportunity for the data-integration specialist, whose latest financial results topped all analysts' predictions.
Practical Analysis: Data Center Wars Escalate As Cisco Retrenches
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Data center virtualization cries out for new servers and networking. Cisco overengineered its first offerings; round two is looking better.
Windows 7 Photo Gallery & Movie Maker (video)
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Windows Live Photo Gallery and Movie Maker come with Windows 7, but are free to download and will make working with your photo images insanely easy. Movie Maker is also a pretty nifty tool -- and one that should make YouTube happy, because I can see many families posting simple slide shows from this tool.
Windows 7 Taskbar & More (Video)
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Windows 7 is being hailed as the operating system that Microsoft finally got right. Time will tell of course, but there's sure a lot to like at first glance. We got some demonstrations of a few of the end user productivity enhancements from Microsoft. In the first part of our video demonstration, we'll look at the new Taskbar and similar features.
A Few Of Fedora 12's Coming Features
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Fedora 12's public beta is now out -- what timing, right? -- and while a cursory glance at the feature list as a whole doesn't sport anything revolutionary, there's more than a few goodies worth singling out.

Windows 7's Official Release Prompts bMighty Apology
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
I admit it. I was wrong. Almost a year ago, bMighty posted a story on 10 things we DIDN'T think would happen in 2009. We were right about most of them, but it became all inarguable that I totally blew # 7 when
Down To Business: Tech Patents Revisited: Alternative Approaches
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
The fact that patent reform has repeatedly died in Congress shows there are no pat answers. But here are a few strong ideas.
Adobe's Opportunity
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
Like most CEOs of public companies, Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe, isn't the most compelling interview subject because he's too guarded about what he says.
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