Tableau does Web 0.2... but that's just a first step
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.
Microsoft's CIO Out
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
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.
Has Muni Wi-Fi Gone With The Wind?
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.
Here's Hoping Google Can Fix The Phone UI Problem
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.
Smart Enough Systems: Change Rules, Not Processes
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?
Interesting things happen when Internet engineers have too much time on their hands. Hear for yourself.
Google's Android: The Greatest Vaporware Smartphone Ever
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.
Join Us For GridTalk With Cisco Systems
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.
Apple Releasing iPhone Update 1.1.2, Breaking Third-Party Apps -- Again
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.
The Female CIO: A Rare Sighting
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
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
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
Venture capitalist Mike Fitzgerald says he's more inclined to invest in software startups that embrace the service model.
Windows Home Server Gets Serious
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.
Celko's Theater-Seat-Assignment SQL Puzzle
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
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?
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
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.
1-800-Flowers Goes Back To Its Mom And Pop Roots
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
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
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?
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.
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
Open Source Apps Can Pave the Way
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.