Commentary
Content posted in November 2007
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A Few Cheers For OpenBSD
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
With all of the hollering about Linux, Ubuntu or otherwise, there's another open-source operating system that just celebrated getting a new 4.2 release out the door.  It's one that hasn't been quite as widely-celebrated as Linux but is still deeply important in its own way: OpenBSD.

ECM: The Payoff Comes With Real Change
Commentary  |  11/2/2007  | 
It would be interesting to know how many failed enterprise content management (ECM) projects stemmed from the wrong deployment methodology. I was pondering this after a discussion with Liz Ure, head of Information Strategy for the Scottish Government. She talked about the inappropriateness of methodologies that emphasize implementation, rather than change. Her point is that they focus too much on "going live."
Will Google's OpenSocial API Program Kill Ning?
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Google this week stormed into the social networking world and stole Facebook's thunder with its new OpenSocial API program, an effort to create an open standard for creating and integrating applications into social networking platforms. While the rest of the blogosphere is pondering Facebook's fate, I want to ask another question: Does OpenSocial spell the death of Ning?
Google Mobile Guessing Game Continues
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
What does Google plan to announce? First, it seemed Google would announce a deal with Verizon Wireless, a rumor that prompted our colleague Richard Martin to wonder if Google wasn't about to sell out on its unofficial corporate motto. Now it looks like
Craigslist Slaying Spotlights Need For Online Safety
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
The murder of a young woman answering a job ad on Craigslist is a sad reminder of potential danger when people connect online and subsequently meet up in the real world.
The Three Opens, Pt. 2: Open-Source Applications
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
In the first post in this series, I talked about how open-source operating systems were one of a galaxy of three major and complementary forces.  The second, and in some ways more important force, is open-source applications.

Analyzing 10 Years Of Offshore Outsourcing
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Can you believe it's been a whole decade since CIOs began offshore outsourcing? Small bits of development work went overseas before then, but the practice didn't really pick up until CIOs found themselves short-handed on Y2K code fixes. From that point on, it exploded.
The Palm Centro Smartphone: Small But Satisfactory
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
I was wary of the claims made about Palm's new Centro smartphone. The iPhone aside, I've found few smartphones -- or, for that matter, plain mobile phones -- that have made me say, "Maybe I want that one." Those that I do like are usually so expensive that I can't imagine paying for one. But I'm sold.
Wozniak: Apple Should Unlock The iPhone
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Steve Jobs got a suggestion the other day from an old friend and business partner -- a guy named Steve Wozniak. Unlock the iPhone, Woz said: "I am really for the unlockers, the rebels trying to make it free. I'd really like it to be open to new applications."

More Enterprises Adopting Wireless Broadband, But Wi-Fi Still Leads 3G And WiMax Plans
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Wi-Fi is the wireless workhorse that has become the go-to solution for freeing enterprise workers from their desks. Fully 73% of all businesses in North America will adopt Wi-Fi by 2011, with only 17% connecting with 3G and 11% connecting with WiMax.
Coming Soon to Every Desktop Near You: Linux?
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
"I believe Linux will become the de-facto standard desktop operating system," states former Linux Journal editor Nicholas Petreley. Oh yeah?
Playing Through: O'Neal Putted While Merrill Burned
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Bringing new meaning to the term "stay the course," ousted Merrill Lynch CEO Stanley O'Neal apparently spent much of August and September, as his firm was headed into one of the worst crises in its history, on the golf course. We know this thanks to the power of the Internet and O'Neal's meticulous score-keeping.
Google's Designs On Web Identity
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Google's OpenSocial initiative, a set of APIs which let developers create widgets that will work on multiple social networks, looks like a reaction to Facebook's successes. But it might turn into another cog in the wheel of digital identity management.
Source: No Google-Verizon Deal Imminent
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
While Google may be in what some have called "advanced talks" with carriers Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile, an insider stated that there is no deal about to be announced.
One Laptop Per (Inner) Child
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
The Asus Eee goes on sale in the United States this morning. Finally. The Eee is the less-than-two-pound, Linux-based, instant-on, 7-inch-screen, no-hard-disk, $400 laptop that was announced last June. It's been slowly making its way to the States ever since, and I've been tracking its progress by reading reviews from overseas. Now, at last, it's here.
GoMobo Brings Fandango-Like Advance Ordering To Your Morning Coffee Run
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
I've got an addition to my list of favorite mobile apps, to go alongside the GrandCentral phone service I told you about last month. It's GoMobo, a startup which brings you a way to order food via cell phone text messages.
Competitors Turn Vonage into a Piata
Commentary  |  11/1/2007  | 
Singing a familiar Warren Zevon tune: Im down on my luck  Send lawyers, guns, and money, Vonage had a tumultuous October, settling patent disputes with Verizon and Sprint for approximately $200 million, but now finding that AT&Ts hand is reaching into its pockets.
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