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Content posted in November 2009
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The CrunchPad That Never Was
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
In 2008, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington had a lovely vision for a $200 portable tablet device that would provide wireless web browsing. Sixteen months later, the collaborators on the CrunchPad are going through a messy divorce and it's not likely to see the light of day. Looking at the project's evolution, though, I can't say I'm surprised.
Senate Healthcare Reform Bill's IT Provisions Make Sense
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
As the Senate begins debating its healthcare reform bill, there's several health IT related provisions that aren't likely to stir a lot of emotion on the Senate floor, but deserve some attention.
Nokia Slows Maemo Investment To Just One Device?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Today, citing people familiar with Nokia's 2010 product roadmap, Reuters is reporting that Nokia will release just one new device in 2010 running its Linux-based Maemo platform. That's a bad idea, Nokia.
The Myth of 360 Degree Views
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
We've all encountered the promise of 360-degree customer views, marketing-speak that asserts that BI solution X, CRM solution Y, or Sales Force Automation solution Z considers customer information from all angles. Yet I've never seen the "360-degree" claim fulfilled. Here's my take on 360-degree views and how they can finally becoming reality...
Is Wave A 'Concept Car' For Google?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I'm wondering if Google Wave is like a concept car for Google. We'll never see it in production--but all of its features and capabilities will emerge in other products released by Google and other companies. Google Wave solves some very real business problems. But I think even Google will have trouble getting companies to adopt it.
Microsoft Seeks Patent For Cloud Data Migration
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
On the cusp of launching its Azure cloud computing service, Microsoft is also making a savvy bid to lock up a patent for one of the main worries--vendor lock-in--of cloud users. (The other big concern is security.) The folks from Redmond have filed a patent application for migrating data to a new cloud, which is what you'd have to do when leave your first vendor.
LG Intros eXpo WinMo Smartphone With Pico Projector
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Today LG and AT&T introduced a new Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the eXpo. The device's defining feature is a removable Texas Instruments DLP pico projector, which can be used to share movies...er...PowerPoint Presentations when on the road.
Android And Chrome OS: Google Vs. Google?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Would Google's Chrome OS spell more competition for Android than anything else? That's one of the possibilities looming for Google's browser-centric Linux distro, as on each closer inspection it looks that much less like a Windows killer.

Government CIOs Must Focus On Results, Not Data Centers
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Data center proliferation entails unacceptable cost and risk, says the former CIO of the U.S. Postal Service. With cloud computing as an option, it's time to pursue a more sustainable strategy.
Sprint Targets Cyber Monday Instead Of Black Friday
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Just before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless all announced sales for Black Friday and over the weekend. Conspicuously absent was any sort of sales event promoted by Sprint. Turns out Sprint was saving its deals for Cyber Monday instead of Black Friday.
Saving 70% Per Month In The Cloud
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
I need to add an FTP server to my environment, and as I sit here and struggle with how I'm going to do that and stay under my annual budget, it occurs to me that the cloud isn't a bad option anymore. The savings are pretty compelling, in fact; read on for a quick and dirty cost analysis.
Google Branded Phone Rumored in 2010
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Ever since Google's Android phone has been known about, there has been speculation that Google would make a "Google Phone" to sell. Google has steadfastly maintained they don't want anything to do with hardware though. They are satisfied with making the platform and working with hardware makers to bring Android to the consumers. That may change.
Murdoch And Microsoft Redefine Search
Commentary  |  11/29/2009  | 
A report in the Financial Times says that Microsoft has approached News Corp to obtain exclusive indexing rights for their sites such as Fox News. In return for some payment from Microsoft, News Corp would change its sites to block Google's indexing (and presumably others as well), leaving Bing as the primary way to find content on their sites.
Top Resources To Save Big On Cyber Monday
Commentary  |  11/29/2009  | 
I am ashamed to admit it but I am a deal hunter. I'd like to share my top resources so you can save actual money on Cyber Monday.
Give Thanks For Low Tech
Commentary  |  11/27/2009  | 
As families and friends gathered across our great country yesterday, we were celebrating the merits of low tech. I think it should teach us something about how we conceive, build, and deliver any tech.
China Not So Worried About Math, Computer Skills
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
President Obama's making a new push to encourage and improve math and science education, in order to keep up in the global economy. In China, meanwhile, math and computer skills rank low as a requirement for driving innovation, a surprising Newsweek survey finds.
Down To Business: How Indian CIOs Stack Up
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
IBM thinks they're more progressive than CIOs elsewhere in the world, given their emphasis on innovation, customers, and other strategic matters.
AOL Has A New Logo!
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
AOL is offering up a tantalizing taste of its post-Time Warner business strategy: a new brand identity, which it plans to formally introduce when it lists on the NYSE on December 10.
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon All Offering Black Friday Sales
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
At least three of the four major network operators in the U.S. have announced sales on devices for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Here's a round-up of what AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are offering. My favorite deal is the buy-one-get-one BlackBerry offer that Verizon has scheduled for Friday, November 27.
Best Buy Rolls Out $99 Android Sale
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
The holiday shopping season has fully arrived, and stores across the country will be opening early and offering bargains. If you're brave enough to hit the big box retail stores this weekend, Best Buy is offering five different Android handsets for $99 each.
Be Transparent To The (Open) Core
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
"Transparency" is a vital term in open source: how easy is it to find out about some aspect of an open source project or product? Matthew Aslett of the 451 CAOS Theory blog went to find out how a number of vendors of open core products stacked up in this regard.

Practical Analysis: Smartphones -- Passion To Profit And Productivity
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
Mobile apps are hard to support, they're a new development discipline, and they have a squishy ROI--but they can't be ignored.
Fusion-io: This Ain't Your Father's SSD Hardware
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
Think your new SATA solid-state hard drive is hot stuff? There's a new kid on the block that will make it look like a relic from the storage Stone Age.
Text Data Quality: Mistakes and More
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
I wrote recently on Text Data Quality, looking at issues that affect analytical accuracy, that "the basic text data quality issue is that humans make mistakes, and the challenge is that people's natural-language mistakes defy easy, automated detection." This topic and related non-erroneous vagaries of human language bear further exploration...
A Chink In Apples App Store Armor
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
I've said before the iPhone is nice but what really makes the platform stand out is the App Store that now has over 100,000 apps available. There are grumblings however from an increasing number of developers not happy with the way Apple is treating those that keep the App Store's shelves stocked.
Global CIO: The Thanksgiving Angels Of Flight 3405
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
As Thanksgiving looms, we sometimes overlook those better angels of our nature that are all around us. And that's a mistake.
IT Owns E-Discovery
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Organizations are realizing technological expertise is just as essential as sharp legal analysis when it comes to e-discovery.
Older Android Phones Get Free Google Navigation
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
One of the coolest features that comes with the Motorola Droid is the new Google Maps Navigation application. It provides free, voice-guided navigation for the Android 2.0 platform. Google decided to spread the Maps Navigation love around a bit and recently made the app available to devices running Android 1.6.
HP Picks Worst Name Ever For New Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Hewlett Packard has occasionally tossed a new iPAQ-branded smartphone into the market more as proof that it can still make them than to scare up any real sales. Its latest smartphone is perhaps one of the best-looking it has ever crafted, but HP crippled it with a terrible, horrible, no-good name.
Google's New Chrome OS Partner: Ubuntu
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Among the people Google's partnering with to build Chrome OS, there's now a very familiar name: Canonical, the folks behind Ubuntu. In their words: "Canonical is contributing engineering to Google under contract" (for Chrome OS).

Apple Says Users To Blame For iPhone Virus
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Did your iPhone catch the new "Duh" iPhone virus? If so, Apple says it's your own fault for jailbreaking the iPhone. iPhones that have not been jailbroken are not susceptible to the virus, and jailbreakers can take steps to protect themselves.
Reports of Perfectly-Balanced Hardware Configurations are Greatly Exaggerated
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Data warehouse appliance and software appliance vendors like to claim that they've worked out just the right hardware configuration(s), and that a single configuration is correct for a fairly broad range of workloads. But there are a lot of reasons to be dubious about that. Specific vendor evidence includes...
Black Friday FOR SMBs, Not Just BY SMBs?
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Typically, Black Friday is a sales event where companies offer big discounts to consumers to spur sales the day after Thanksgiving. But in today's economy (ITE) companies are also pushing Black Friday to their SMB customers.
Holiday Internet Marketing Grows, A QuickBooks Marketing App Gets Upgraded, And A New Entry-Level Shopping Cart
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
A new Constant Contact survey says SMBs are boosting their Internet marketing for the Holidays, ClickFuel has upgraded its FuelStation online marketing dashboard to work with QuickBooks 2010 and QuickBooks Pro, and ProPay's CartLite is an entry-level shopping cart.
iPhone And Android Dominate Mobile Web Browsing
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
The iPhone and devices based on Android make up 75% of mobile web traffic according to a recent report by AdMob. These two devices together don't make up anywhere near 75% of the device sales, but they have a disproportionate share of web browsing.
Prepare for IE9 -- Or Not
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Internet Explorer 8 may have just shipped, but last week Dean Hachamovitch who is General Manager for Internet Explorer provided some hints about what is coming with IE9. A release date wasn't one of the hints that was dropped; I think it's far away.
Microsoft, News Corporation Plan Foot-Shooting
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Microsoft is reportedly discussing a deal that would see News Corporation remove its Web sites, such as the Wall Street Journal, from Google's index.
Full Nelson: Video: San Francisco Goes Open, Transparent
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
An interview with the city’s mayor and IT principals about DataSF.org and its groundbreaking applications
Apple Steps Into AT&T-Verizon Ad War
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
AT&T just got a partner it its fight with Verizon Wireless. Apple is stepping into the advertising fray with two new commercials that point out features that the iPhone has that Verizon's phones iDon't.
Unified Communications Looks to the Sky
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
To date, cloud computing has had little impact on the Unified Communications (UC) market. The underlying technology has been slow to fall into place, the cost of these services has been high, the benefits have been hard to pinpoint, and the distribution channel has been weak. Infrastructure providers, such Broadsoft, Cisco, and Microsoft, have been pushing to overcome those barriers and may be close to providing small and medium businesses with more UC cloud options.
Can IT Help New Cancer Screening Guidelines?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
New recommendations from a federal task force last week about breast cancer screenings have infuriated many cancer survivors as well as medical professional organizations, including the American Cancer Society. The guidelines were based on data analysis of the risks and benefits of mammograms for women under age 50.
AT&T's iPhone Stranglehold Ending June 2010?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Neither AT&T nor Apple has ever admitted how long the exclusive sales arrangement is for the iPhone. Despite their silence, at least one person strongly believes the deal will end in June 2010, which means the iPhone will then become available via more carriers in the U.S.
Storage, Storage, Storage: New Storage Devices In 3 Sizes
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Data storage choices for SMBs just keep on coming as Data Robotics and Synology debut new storage solutions for prosumers, small businesses, and the midmarket.
Why Force.com Is Important To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Shortly before Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference started last Wednesday, the San Francisco Fire Department had locked the doors to Moscone Center to let the crush of bodies entering it disperse before letting in more attendees. I thought, are you kidding me? All this for a mid-size software company? But as I talked to attendees over the next few days, I began to understand what was stoking such enthusiasm I haven't seen in years in the enterprise software industry.
Proprietary Software: Still Not Doomed, Sorry
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
These days, I can scarcely click a mouse without running headlong into some variety of punditry regarding the imminent death of proprietary software thanks to open source. Sorry, I don't believe proprietary software is digging its inevitable collective grave any more than the sun is about to go nova.

Verizon Snags Samsung's Omnia II With WinMo 6.5
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Samsung adds to Verizon Wireless' inventory of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices with the new Omnia II. This media monster packs social networking powers, a five-megapixel camera, support for Divx and Xvid, and comes with a budget-friendly price of $200.
Google Chrome OS: Don't Link it to Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
With much fanfare, the Google Chrome OS launched last week. Chrome OS is a Web operating system that boots quickly, right into a browser... We've been here before... And I would rather not bind Chrome to cloud computing because I don't think the OS will be around long.
Will Android Survive?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
With the Apple iPhone setting the market on fire, it seems difficult to imagine another platform replicating its success. That isn't going to stop people from trying though. If even only half as successful, there is a lot of money to be made. The latest platform to catch fire is Android. Will it succeed, or be an also ran?
Encryption Can Get Board's Attention
Commentary  |  11/22/2009  | 
There are lots of good reasons for IT leaders to pay attention to even the finest details of encryption policies. One of the more practical is that encryption's a board-level concept. As in, the board of directors will feel no hesitation in second guessing decisions not to encrypt data that ends up exposed.Which makes the findings in this week's cover story on encryption all the more surpr
Does Ellen Following Me Mean Twitter's A Fad?
Commentary  |  11/22/2009  | 
Earlier this month talk-show host Ellen began following me (and other tech people) on Twitter. Did her move display something more than just a simple follow?
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