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Content posted in November 2007
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Microsoft (Almost) Mum On CIO Departure
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Stuart Scott was let go for "violation of company policies;" two executives tapped to assume his responsibilities in the interim.
Nokia To Embrace Android After All?
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Of the seamingly few companies not included in yesterday's Android invasion was the world's largest maker of cell phones, Nokia. Yesterday, the company said it didn't think the new open mobile platform from Google was a threat. Today it changed its tune a bit.
Tableau does Web 0.2... but that's just a first step
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
In a year when the Net is abuzz about Web 2.0, Tableau Server, out this week, qualifies as Web 0.2. But don't get me wrong. Tableau Software's first foray onto the Web is a modest step when considered in light of Web 2.0 agendas, and also in light of the very high expectations created by the company's stand-alone Tableau Desktop application. It is not, however, a failure. Rather it shows caution, implicit care to get it (collaborative Web computing) right and not overextend and underdeliver.
What Does Google's Android Mean For IT?
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Yesterday my colleague, Eric Zeman, chimed in with his thoughts about Google's Android announcement and what it will mean for enterprise IT. In a move to expand the discussion, I sat down earlier today with Maribel Lopez, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, to talk about the impact of Google's mobile initiati
Microsoft's CIO Out
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Stuart Scott, Microsoft's most recent CIO, has been let go from the company, according to a report.
Mac Software Bug Can Lead To Massive Data Loss
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
The blog TomKarpik.com reports that you can experience "horrendous data loss" if you move data from one volume to another, and the destination volume disappears midway. Karpik says he first encountered it in Samba, but it also occurs no matter the type of destination -- local USB, Firewire, network, etc. -- and that the bug dates back all the way to Panther and affects Leopard.

Report: Apple Developing Tablet PC
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
One of the perennial rumors of the Apple community is coming around again. This time, it's a CNET blog reporting that Apple is developing a tablet PC Really. Not kidding this time.

Sick And Tired Of Xenophobia In Offshore Outsourcing Discussion
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
It's inevitable. We post a story about offshore outsourcing, and the comments section quickly fills with several or more postings about those damn foreigners taking our jobs. My multi-story package on entering the second decade of offshore outsourcing has attracted quite a few.
Has Muni Wi-Fi Gone With The Wind?
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
There are a number of "pie in the sky" dreams that have fallen by the wayside in the last few years. One of those is the idea of free, attainable municipal Wi-Fi.
Meeting Miser Proves It: Time Is Money
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Meetings are known productivity killers, but how much productivity they push six feet under has not been easy to quantify. Until now.
Here's Hoping Google Can Fix The Phone UI Problem
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Google's "vapor-phone" announcement (as some people have branded it) has me hoping they can do something about the mobile phone market that so far only Apple, of all people, has done anything about: Make the phones less of a clumsy eyesore.

Microsoft's Free Enterprise Search Tool Targets Smaller Businesses
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Microsoft is venturing deeper into enterprise search territory with its release of Search Server 2008 Express, a stand alone business search tool. A release candidate is available now as a free download.
Smart Enough Systems: Change Rules, Not Processes
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Instead of simply capturing operational process statistics in a data warehouse for later analysis, Smart (Enough) Systems use that knowledge to inform business rules and adapt their guidance of decision-making process. By extracting the decisions from applications and manual procedures, and managing them within a decision management system, they can be applied consistently across the enterprise.
An Ode To IP v 6?
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Interesting things happen when Internet engineers have too much time on their hands. Hear for yourself.
Entrenched Wireless Players Not Concerned About Google's Android
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
The big guys of the modern cellular industry were all quick to weigh in on Google's Android platform. The consensus? A mix between stifled yawns, indifference and a lack of real concern that Google threatens their modern mobile empires. Is that a safe attitude?
Someone Please Pay Attention to Me -- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
As an illustration of how far the mighty have fallen, there was barely a blip on the radar when industry behemoth IBM unveiled the newest partner, Alcatel-Lucent, supporting its attempt to become a key supplier of unified communications solutions.
Google's Android: The Greatest Vaporware Smartphone Ever
Commentary  |  11/6/2007  | 
Google's announcement of the new, "Android" smartphone platform had less substance than a fashion show at a nudist colony. It's a non-existent smartphone, codeless software, and an alliance of major mobile phone players that leaves out most of the major phone vendors.

What Do Sprint And T-Mobile Plan To Do With Google Android?
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Despite Sprint's and T-Mobile's names on all the news earlier today neither carrier has really said what they plan to do with Google's Android initiative.
Join Us For GridTalk With Cisco Systems
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Join us for GridTalk on Tuesday when our subject will be Cisco Systems' upcoming Virtual Career Fair, with guests Christian Renaud, the company's chief architect for networked virtual environments, and Randy Sisk, new markets and technologies scout for the company. Cisco is a pioneer in using Second Life and other virtual worlds for business, so we'll also spend some time discussing the broader issues of commercial activities in virtual worlds.

What Does Google's Android Mean For The Open Source Community?
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Google's Android announcement today may be the biggest news story ever for the mobile open source community. To add some perspective, I sat down with Fabrizio Capobianco, CEO of Funambol, a company working with mobile carriers and device manufacturers to offer an open source application server for mobile messaging.
Security Training: Whose Responsibility Is It?
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Who else other than the CIO? So why aren't CIOs doing more about it?
Five Reasons Palm Should Drop Its OS And Use Google Android
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Let's face it: The Palm OS isn't exactly cutting edge. Alright, I'll be blunt: Palm's OS is the 8-track cartridge of smartphone software. I think Palm should face facts, drop its never-ending linux initiative and its ancient leisure suit of an OS, and embrace
Apple Releasing iPhone Update 1.1.2, Breaking Third-Party Apps -- Again
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Apple plans on Friday to release version 1.1.2 of its iPhone software, timed to coincide with the European release of the phone, according to reports on Apple blogs. The new software adds support for foreign languages, and a leading European wireless broadband vendor. And -- oh yeah -- the new release breaks third-party apps on the iPhone. Again.

Google's Android Platform Is Not For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
The participants of today's conference call could not have been any clearer. Each of the speakers said "improve the consumer experience" multiple times in their little speeches. So what is this new mobile platform really for?
Will Google's Android Further Fragment The Mobile Market?
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Google earlier today answered months of endless gossip and blog posts. While there is no gPhone -- at least not for now -- Google's new mobile linux platform, Android, could translate into millions of
The Female CIO: A Rare Sighting
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Is there a lack of women at the highest levels of technology leadership, some people wonder (myself included)? Not at New York Life there isn't.
RIM Announces Blackberry Software for Small Businesses
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Smaller businesses are getting more attention than ever from vendors that used to steamroll by them on their way to enterprise customers with big bucks. The latest such vendor is Blackberry maker Research in Motion.
Google Guys Talk About Gphone's Android Development Platform
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
OK, so it's not the Gphone most people were hoping for. But what Google announced Monday morning could potentially turn out to be more significant. It's Android, an open development platform for mobile devices. And we've got a video where the Google guys talk about it.
Go SaaS, Young Man
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Venture capitalist Mike Fitzgerald says he's more inclined to invest in software startups that embrace the service model.
Windows Home Server Gets Serious
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
Back in May at Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) Conference, Windows Home Server, a new product, still in beta, was one of the stars of the show. It's taken nearly six months for Home Server to get its act together and take it on the road. But today HP finally announces its MediaSmart Server, a Home Server appliance, and Home Server will soon appear at big-box retailers near you.
BlackBerry Users are the Happiest Business People
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
A new survey indicates that business smartphone users are most satisfied with their BlackBerry handhelds. We don't call them CrackBerrys for nothing.
iBricking Redux: iPhone Firmware Update 1.1.2 On The Way
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
In what is sure to ignite another outcry against Apple, the latest firmware update for the iPhone will -- you guessed it -- wipe out access to third-party applications and wireless networks other than AT&T's. Again.
What to Test Before Deploying Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
The latest incarnation of Apples desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, looks to be a significant improvement over the already-excellent Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
Celko's Theater-Seat-Assignment SQL Puzzle
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
In many situations, auxiliary tables are faster and more appropriate than SQL with computations. To illustrate, consider a classic problem. You have a theater and a bunch of seats you wish to sell for a performance (or think of seats for an airline flight). The seats have a sequential serial number from 1 to (n) for inventory. But in the theater building and on the tickets, the seats are arranged in rows of (k) seats and referenced by the pair (row_nbr, seat_within_row_nbr).
What's Great And What Stinks In The New Apple Mail
Commentary  |  11/5/2007  | 
While the young people nowadays are all about their "instant messaging," and "social networks," e-mail is still the switchboard through which most of my business communication flows. Apple Mail 3, the upgraded mail client included in Mac OS X Leopard, is a very good mail client and a significant improvement over previous versions. It has a few features I love, some I hate, and some that are frustrating because they're good but could be so much better.

Linux To Power Google GPhone?
Commentary  |  11/4/2007  | 
One thing which hasn't been nailed down in all the reports about Google's expected mobile phone announcement is exactly what operating system will run the thing. Turns out, it could be Linux.
Microsoft Talks Models Without Mentioning The U-Word
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
Microsoft talked a lot about software modeling this week, but it never mentioned the U word, that is, Unified Modeling Language, also known as UML. That may be because Microsoft has always said UML is too complex. Or maybe it's because UML underlies its competitors' best modeling efforts.
Down To Business: The American IT Pro Isn't An Endangered Species
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
Just because industries get disrupted and uprooted, whether by foreign competition or domestic ineptitude, doesn't mean they're dead ends.
1-800-Flowers Goes Back To Its Mom And Pop Roots
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
You'd think that with the evolution of the Internet and more people going online to shop, retailers would become further removed from customers and less personal. I was surprised to find out that 1-800-Flowers.com is doing exactly the opposite. It's hoping that advancements in technology will help the company go back to its roots.
Fight! ACS' Boardroom Brawl
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
Even more so than in other vendor relationships, CIOs watch closely the health of their outsourcing providers, since they're so dependent on those companies' day-to-day strength. Customers can't be thrilled at the brawl going on at ACS over a failed private-equity buyout, which has led to five board members resigning.
Apple Bans Nuclear Plants From Running 'Leopard' OS
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
While researching a story about Apple letting users run Leopard in a virtualized environment, I came across some interesting language in the software's license agreement. Who knew you can't use Leopard to run a nuclear power plant, or a 747?
Can Any OS Live Forever?
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
For any CIO who's ever been caught on the wrong side of technology obsolescence, it's worth reading Charles Babcock's ode to a 30-year-old operating system that's still kicking.
Ad Blocking. You Know...For Kids.
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
With the commencement on Thursday of a Federal Trade Commission Town Hall meeting, "Ehavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, and Technology," The Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (US PIRG), two public interest advocacy groups, again asked the FTC to investigate and regulate online marketing. The two groups filed a 74-page supplemental statement that expands u
Asus's Eee Has It All Over Wal-Mart's Linux PC
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
And so now two new PCs running Linux out of the box have hit the shelves this week: Asus's $399 Eee Flash-storage mini-notebook and Everex's $198 TC2502 gPC, courtesy of Wal-Mart.  Yes, they both run Linux, but the similarities end there -- and my money's on the Eee being the real success story of the t
Nokia's Push Into Content Services Off To Shaky Start
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
Nokia was dealt a double blow today when two of its planned Internet Services products met with setbacks. The delay in launching its N-Gage gaming service isn't too severe, but the loss of Warner's catalog from the Nokia Music Store is more serious.
Open Source Apps Can Pave the Way
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
Open source as your operating system may be too scary a prospect but are you at least taking advantage of open source applications? You should.
Desktop Linux: Yea Or Nay?
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
The debate about whether the open-source operating system will ever become a major player on the client side is heating up again this week, in the wake of Nick Petreley's "pro" argument, Why Linux Will Succeed On The Desktop and my earlier piece, 7 Reasons Why Linux Won't Succeed On The Desktop.
Google's Mobile Plans To Be Revealed Monday
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
I guess Google couldn't wait two weeks to spill the beans. It appears that Google is prepared to make an announcement on Monday regarding its plans in the mobile space, and sources say Sprint, T-Mobile and a bunch of handset makers will be involved.
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