Commentary
Content posted in November 2007
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Join Us Tuesday For GridTalk With Linden Lab VP Joe Miller
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Joe Miller, Linden Lab vice president, platform and technology development, will be our special guest for GridTalk, where we'll talk with him about Windlight, new Second Life technology that makes the world more beautiful and realistic.

CIO Effectiveness: Here's A Hint -- Know Your Manager
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Now for another sneak peek at a small slice of our forthcoming CIO Effectiveness Survey 2007: Almost everyone agrees the CIO should report to the CEO. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different.
Last CIO Standing: Joke Contest
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
As I've said several times, I'm committed to passing along every CIO joke -- both by and about CIOs -- that I hear. Unfortunately, I don't have a joke this time. But I do have a little bit of insight that concerns a certain top technology executive's sense of humor -- or lack thereof.
IBM Sametime Delivers
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
The Incompleteness Theory Of Open Source, Continued
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
After my last post about how "failed" open-source projects aren't really failures at all, a colleague of mine provided me with more perspectives on that situation. The very way open source works, he claimed, is like an amortization of risk against failure in software development.
Google's Data Center Strategy Revealed . . . At The Rotary Club
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
For months, I've been trying to get Google to discuss its data center strategy. My approach was flawed. I could have gotten more information at a Rotary Club luncheon this week in Hickory, N.C.
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Google Wants It All When It Comes To Wireless
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google put months of speculation to rest today by officially announcing that it will bid in the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction come January. It might eventually have its own mobile platform, offer all kinds of
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Down To Business: The Internet Is In Trouble ... Or So Says One Outfit
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A new Nemertes Research study exhorts U.S. Net providers to spend many more billions of dollars on their infrastructures or risk a major slowdown. Do you believe it?
Could Linux Help Bring Both Koreas Together?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
People in South Korea speak of folks in North Korea more as lost brothers than bitter enemies. Over the years the two have made various rapprochements, but now it looks like North and South are teaming up on a whole new kind of joint project: a Korean-language Linux distribution.
Why 'SaaS-ified' Apps Fall Short
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
We've talked about the "SaaS-ification" of existing applications before, and it's a prime activity for many software companies as they look to reinvent their conventional applications as SaaS offerings. Unfortunately, the results often leave users wanting more. In the move to the Web, you leave many of the nice, dynamic capabilities behind...
Best Practices: Are Your Company's Processes Mature?
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
The Capability Immaturity Model can help smaller businesses understand what is preventing their organization from establishing effective processes
Motorola's CEO Calls It Quits
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Police Claim Exploding Mobile Phone Did Not Kill South Korea Man
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere exploded with news that an exploding cell phone may have killed a man in South Korea. Now police claim the combustible handset did not play a role in the man's demise. What gives?
Shop Google, Earn Airline Miles
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google is taking a page from the credit card companies by incorporating an airline miles reward program as part of Google Checkout this month.
Work directly with Apple on hardware purchases. and save money too
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
There are more ways to buy Apple hardware and software  and get technical help with configuring what you need  than going through the Apple Web site and retail stores, or by purchasing through resellers like Amazon.com (no sales tax!) or other merchants.
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
AMD Opens Bangalore R&D Center
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
When you get CEO Hector Ruiz to fly into India to open up a new engineering facility, you know AMD is getting serious about 45nm quad-core chips.
Microsoft Rumored To Release A Windows Mobile Update
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Although there aren't many details currently available, word on the street is that Microsoft has previewed an update to its smartphone operating system, Windows Mobile 6, to the lucky few attending the annual Mobius conference.
What Goodies Do You Offer To Techies?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
During the dot-com boom, employers rolled out the red carpet and waved fat checks at tech talent. Today's carrots aren't 20% raises and signing bonuses, but rather 20%-off coupons on car rentals. But could job-perk programs be making a comeback?
Asus Makes Good On Open-Sourcing Eee's Code
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The other day I posted about how Asus had apparently not released all of the source code for its Linux-based Eee PC, and I branded it a goof that would be rectified soon. Looks like that was indeed the case: Asus has fixed its mistake.

YouTube Comes Of Age In Republican Debate
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Finally, an important and intellectual-property-legal application for the video clips from YouTube. Some 30 short videos submitted by the public were used as the questions in Wednesday evening's CNN debate among the Republican presidential candidates. Sure, this isn't the first debate, YouTube or otherwise, but last night the gloves really came off.
California Plan To Outsource E-Mail Service Raises Privacy Questions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
On Wednesday, I broke the news that California is weighing a plan to hand off the hosting of e-mails--to, from, and between state workers--to either Google or Microsoft. Is everybody comfortable with that?
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
Eye-Fi Points To The Future Of Web-Based Products
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The Eye-Fi Wireless SD card for digital cameras reduces a Wi-Fi card to fit on an SD flash storage card, with room left over for 2 Gbytes of storage. But amazing as that is, the most interesting thing about Eye-Fi is the way it works the network.
AT&T CEO Says 3G iPhone Will Be Available Next Year
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The 3G iPhone has been naught but a rumor until AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson opened his mouth recently and spilled the beans. Oh, how Steve Jobs must be fuming right now. All Stephenson would commit to is "next year", but that's enough for many.
Verizon Wireless Picks LTE With Vodafone For 4G Technology
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless officially dropped another bomb this week. Though the move was widely speculated about several months ago after a Vodafone executive made some comments about the two companies' plans, Verizon made it official this morning. CDMA and its 4G derivative UWB are out. L
Bigger Things to BI than Vendor Acquisitions
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The BI platform is critical; it's what the business users see, touch, and interact with. Fail to get that right and the data warehouse is data wasteland. So yes, how BI buying will change as a result of industry consolidation is an important matter... But let's spend more time thinking about how to make BI relevant beyond power users.
BI Startup Targets Microsoft, Siebel CRM
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Semantra, a four-year-old company in Dallas, has developed what sounds like the Holy Grail of the database technologies: A business intelligence-like search tool that lets non-technical users make ad hoc queries in plain English. It's going after Microsoft and Siebel CRM customers first.
Great Web sites and RSS feeds for business Mac owners
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
There are a lot of wonderful sources for information that can help you manage Macs in a business environment. Here are the ones that I monitor every day.
On Clean Energy, Google Jumps The Shark
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As a citizen of Planet Earth, I'm glad to know that Google, the country's sixth-largest corporation in terms of market cap, is planning to invest hundreds of millions to fight global warming. If I were a shareholder (which I'm not), I wouldn't be so thrilled.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Telecommuting: A Cause Celebre For CIOs?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
It's a much-admired perk, according to a new survey. But how favorably do CIOs look on stay-at-home workers -- both those who toil in IT, and the rest of the company?
Super 3G In The Hands Of 24 Million People Predicted By 2012
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A new report by Juniper Research forecasts that by 2012, nearly 24 million subscribers worldwide will be using services based on a cellular technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, which is often referred to as "super 3G." That means in the next couple of years wireless carriers and mobile device makers will have to step up their game, especially in the United States.
Wind-Powered Google Data Centers? One Already Exists
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google's new initiative to develop renewable energy sources conjures up images of data centers powered by water, wind, and the sun. No need to stretch your imagination; Google's already got them.
The So-Called 'Incompleteness' Theory Of Open Source
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sourceforge.net, the premier repository for open-source software, has more than 160,000 projects registered. Many of them will never reach the 1.0 revision marker. But is that really a bad thing?
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Next Tuesday, December 4, bMighty.com is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
Top 5 Things Microsoft Must Fix In Windows Vista In 2008
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
With Vista's first service pack due for wide release early next year, Microsoft is intent on addressing the many things which need to be fixed in its still-young operating system. The question is, are they going to fix the right things? I think not, since the problems this time 'round aren't bugs so much as performance. Read on for my list of five must-have Vista corrections.
Going Green the Google Way
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google says it plans to invest "tens of millions on research and development and related investments in renewable energy." While it's a laudable move, there's no doubt that it's also a potentially cost saving venture as well. Maybe it's time for smaller businesses to start taking the "green" movement more seriously.
South Korean Man Killed By Exploding Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sure, we've all heard about mobile phones that explode, but this time the exploding phone actually killed someone. Are mobile phones becoming less safe?
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Google Adds Locator Feature To Mobile Maps Application
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google made a new beta version of its Mobile Maps application available to certain smartphones today. The biggest improvement of the application comes with its My Location feature, which uses cell tower information--and not on-board GPS--to determine user location. Watch our demo here.
Oracle Hasn't Wasted Time on ECM Middleware
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
In the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Stellent, enterprise content management (ECM) was firmly on the agenda at Oracle OpenWorld. Or rather, Fusion Middleware was firmly on the agenda, and ECM was discussed as an integral part of it... Stellent the brand is no longer. The acquired functionality has already been repositioned and in some cases rearchitected as a set of services...
Lenders Plan Database To Help With Foreclosure Mess, But Will Things Really Change?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Mortgage lenders on Tuesday committed to a doozy of an IT project: they'll build a database on every foreclosed property in the United States to help cities untangle the foreclosure mess. Good. The guilty party is finally starting to show some responsibility for the subprime mortgage crisis.
Motorola Loses The Number Two Spot To Samsung, Has Clearly Lost Its Mojo
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
More bad news for Motorola. Plagued by a tough year all around, Motorola slipped from the world's second-largest supplier of mobile phones to the third, according to third quarter figures released yesterday. In comparison, Nokia increased its lead and sold nearly three times as many devices as Motorola. Can Moto turn it around and get its moj
(How) Has Open Source Data Warehousing Developed?
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
Given the strengths of open source database management systems, open source seems like a natural platform for data warehousing. We've seen a number of success stories over the years — Travelocity, O'Reilly, FTD, and Frontier Airlines — but the roster of case studies is mighty thin... I'd like to hear from actual users and developers for a report I am planning on open source (based) data warehousing.
Why Microsoft Rattles The Patent Saber
Commentary  |  11/27/2007  | 
It must be maddening to believe you command developer loyalties and lead legions worldwide, then watch developers flock to the Linux kernel. Maddening, that is, if you're Microsoft. Why does Microsoft say its patents cover Linux, while at the same time reaching out to other open source code projects? It's the Linux kernel development process.
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