A Few Cheers For OpenBSD
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
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?
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?
Analyzing 10 Years Of Offshore Outsourcing
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
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
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."
Playing Through: O'Neal Putted While Merrill Burned
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
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.
One Laptop Per (Inner) Child
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.
Competitors Turn Vonage into a Piï¿¼ata
Singing a familiar Warren Zevon tune: ï¿¼Iï¿¼m down on my luck ï¿¼ Send lawyers, guns, and moneyï¿¼, Vonage had a tumultuous October, settling patent disputes with Verizon and Sprint for approximately $200 million, but now finding that AT&Tï¿¼s hand is reaching into its pockets.